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We’re updating our User Agreement and Privacy Policy (effective June 8, 2018!)


Hi all,

Today we’re posting updates to our User Agreement and Privacy Policy that will become effective June 8, 2018. For those of you that don’t know me, I’m one of the original engineers of Reddit, left and then returned in 2016 (as was the style of the time), and am currently CTO. As a very, very early redditor, I know the importance of these issues to the community, so I’ve been working with our Legal team on ensuring that we think about privacy and security in a technical way and continue to make progress (and are transparent with all of you) in how we think about these issues.

To summarize the changes and help explain the “why now?”:

  • Updated for changes to our services. It’s been a long time since our last significant User Agreement update. In general, *these* revisions are to bring the terms up to date and to reflect changes in the services we offer. For example, some of the products mentioned in the terms we’re replacing are no longer available (RIP redditmade and reddit.tv), we’ve created a more robust API process, and we’ve launched some new features!
  • European data protection law. Many of the changes to the Privacy Policy relate to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You might have heard about GDPR from such emails as “Updates to our Privacy Policy” and “Reminder: Important update to our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy.” In fact, you might have noticed that just about everything you’ve ever signed up for is sending these sorts of notices. We added information about the rights of users in the European Economic Area under the new law, the legal bases for our processing data from those users, and contact details for our legal representative in Europe.
  • Clarity. While these docs are longer, our terms and privacy policy do not give us any new rights to use your data; we are just trying to be more clear so that you understand your rights and obligations of using our products and services. We rearranged both documents so that similar topics are in the same section or in closer proximity to each other. Some of the sections are more concise (like the Copyright, DMCA & Takedown section in the User Agreement), although there has been no change to the applicable laws or our takedown policies. Some of the sections are more specific. For example, the new Things You Cannot Do section has most of the same terms as before that were in various places in the previous User Agreement. Finally, we removed some repetitive items with our content policy (e.g., “don’t mess with Reddit” in the user agreement is the same as our prohibition on “Breaking Reddit” in the content policy).

Our work won’t stop at new terms and policies. As CTO now and an infrastructure engineer in the past, I’ve been focused on ensuring our platform can scale and we are appropriately staffed to handle these gnarly issues and in particular, privacy and security. Over the last few years, we’ve built a dedicated anti-evil team to focus on creating engineering solutions to help curb spam and abuse. This year, we’re working on building out our dedicated security team to ensure we’re equipped to handle and can assess threats in all forms. We appreciate the work you all have done to responsibly report security vulnerabilities as you find them.

Note: Given that there's a lot to look over in these two updates, we've decided to push the date they take effect to June 8, 2018, so you all have two full weeks to review. And again, just to be clear, there are no actual product changes or technical changes on our end.

I know it can be difficult to stay on top of all of these Terms of Service updates (and what they mean for you), so we’ll be sticking around to answer questions in the comments. I’m not a lawyer (though I can sense their presence for the sake of this thread…) so just remember we can’t give legal advice or interpretations.

Edit: Stepping away for a bit, though I'll be checking in over the course of the day.

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