Privacy Policy
Last updated: December 18, 2017

We recognize that your privacy is very important and take it seriously. Our Quora Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) describes our policies and procedures on the collection, use, disclosure, and sharing of your information when you use the Quora Platform. We will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy applies to activities by Quora Inc. and its affiliates and subsidiaries (collectively “Quora,” “we” or “us”). Capitalized terms that are not defined in this Privacy Policy have the meaning given them in our Terms of Service.

The Information We Collect
We collect information directly from individuals, from third-parties and automatically through the Quora Platform.

Account and Profile Information: When you create an account and profile on the Quora Platform, we collect your name, contact information, and other information you provide, such as topics that you know about or find interesting. Your name, photo, and any other information that you choose to add to your public-facing profile will be available for viewing to users of the Quora Platform. Once you activate a profile, other users will be able to see in your profile certain information about your activity on the Quora Platform, such as the questions and answers you post, your followers and who you follow, topics of interest to you, the information you list as credentials, and your edits to Your Content. For more information about your choices for publicly displayed information, see the section below about Your Choices.

Your Content: We collect and store the information and content that you post to the Quora Platform, including your questions, answers, photos, comments. Unless you have posted certain content anonymously, Your Content, date and time stamps, and all associated comments are publicly viewable on the Quora Platform, along with your name. This also may be indexed by search engines and be republished elsewhere on the Internet in accordance with our Terms of Service. For more information about what you can change, see the below section on Your Choices.

Communications. When you communicate with us (via email, phone, through the Quora Platform or otherwise), we may maintain a record of your communication.

Integrated Service Provider and Linked Networks. If you elect to connect your Quora account to another online service provider, such as a social networking service (“Integrated Service Provider”), you will be allowing us to pass to and receive from the Integrated Service Provider your log-in information and other user data. You may elect to sign in or sign up to the Quora Platform through a linked network like Facebook or Google (each a “Linked Network”). If you elect to sign up through a Linked Network, you will be asked to enable sharing of your contacts with Quora. If you agree to this sharing, in order to facilitate a more connected experience, we may send notices informing your contacts you have joined Quora so that you and your contacts can find and follow each other on the Quora Platform. The specific information we may collect varies by Integrated Service Provider, but the permissions page for each will describe the relevant information. Integrated Service Providers control how they use and share your information; you should consult their respective privacy policies for information about their practices.

Automatically Collected Information About Your Activity. We use cookies, log files, pixel tags, local storage objects, and other tracking technologies to automatically collect information about your activities, such as your searches, page views, date and time of your visit, and other information about your use of the Quora Platform. We also collect and may store information that your computer or mobile device provides to us in connection with your use of the Quora Platform such as your browser type, type of computer or mobile device, browser language, IP address, mobile carrier, unique device identifier, location, and requested and referring URLs. We also receive information when you view content on or otherwise interact with the Quora Platform, even if you have not created an account. For more information, see the Cookies, Pixels and Tracking section below.

Ad Services. The Quora Platform includes the Quora advertising services (“Ad Services”), which may collect user activity and browsing history within the Quora Platform and across third-party sites and online services, including those that include our ad pixels (“Pixels”), widgets, plug-ins, buttons, or related services. Our Ad Services collect browsing information – such as IP address and location, date and time stamp, user agent, Quora cookie ID (if applicable), URL, and time zone, and other information about user activities on the Quora Platform, as well as on third party sites and services that have embedded our Pixels, widgets, plug-ins, buttons, or related services. See the section below about our Quora Ads for more information about our Pixels and how they are used.

Third Parties. We may receive information about you from third parties, such as other users, partners (including ad partners), or our affiliated companies. For example, other users may share or disclose information about you, such as when they mention you in their content, reply to Your Content, or share information about Your Content via other sites or services. Users of our Ad Services and other third-parties may share information with us such as a cookie ID, device ID, or demographic or interest data, and information about content viewed or actions taken on a third party website, online service or app. Users of our Ad Services may also be able to upload certain customer list information (e.g., email or phone number) to create customized audience segments for certain campaigns, so that they can reach audiences of existing customers and others with similar characteristics in the Quora Platform. See the Quora Ads section below for more information.

How We Use Your Information
We do not sell your personally identifying information – such as your name and contact information – to third parties to use for their own marketing purposes.

Quora uses the information we collect:

  • To provide you the services we offer on the Quora Platform, communicate with you about your use of the Quora Platform, respond to your inquiries, provide troubleshooting, and for other customer service purposes.
  • To tailor the content and information that we may send or display to you in the Quora Platform, to offer location customization, and personalized help and instructions, and to otherwise personalize your experiences while using the Quora Platform.
  • To display interest-based advertising to you in the Quora Platform, to improve our advertising and measurement systems so we can show you relevant ads, and to measure the effectiveness and reach of ads and services. For more information, see the Ad Services section below.
  • For marketing and promotional purposes, such as to send you news and newsletters, special offers, and promotions, or to otherwise contact you about products or information we think may interest you, including information about third party products and services.
  • To track the success of our communications and marketing, and to gather metrics about the Ad Services.
  • To better understand how users access and use the Quora Platform, including the Ad Services, both on an aggregated and individualized basis, and for other research and analytical purposes.
  • To evaluate and improve the Quora Platform, including the Ad Services, and to develop new products and services.
  • To comply with legal obligations, as part of our general business operations, and for other business administration purposes.
  • Where we believe necessary to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person or violations of our Terms of Use or this Privacy Policy.

How We Share Your Information: We share information as set forth below, and where individuals have otherwise consented:

Service Providers. We may share your information with third party service providers who use this information to perform services for us, such as payment processors, hosting providers, auditors, advisors, consultants, customer service and support providers, as well as those who assist us in providing the Ad Services.

Affiliates. The information collected about you may be accessed by or shared with subsidiaries and affiliates of Quora, Inc., whose use and disclosure of your personal information is subject to this Privacy Policy.

Business Transfers. We may disclose or transfer information, including personal data, as part of any merger, sale, and transfer of our assets, acquisition or restructuring of all or part of our business, bankruptcy, or similar event.

Legally Required. We may disclose your information if we are required to do so by law.

Protection of Rights. We may disclose information where we believe it necessary to respond to claims asserted against us or, comply with legal process (e.g., subpoenas or warrants), enforce or administer our agreements and terms, for fraud prevention, risk assessment, investigation, and protect the rights, property or safety of Quora, its users, or others.

Your Content and Activity. Your Content, including your name, profile picture, profile information, and certain associated activity information is available to other users of the Quora Platform and may be viewed publicly. Public viewing includes availability to non-registered visitors and can occur when users share Your Content across other sites or services. In addition, Your Content may be indexed by search engines. See the section below about Your Choices for information about how you may change how certain information is shared or viewed by others.

Ad Metrics. We may share with users of our Ad Services aggregate statistics, metrics and other reports about the performance of their ads or content in the Quora Platform such as the number of unique user views, demographics about the users who saw their ads or content, conversion rates, and date and time information. We do not share IP addresses or personal information. We may also allow our advertisers to use Pixels on the Quora Platform in order to collect information about the performance of their ads.

Anonymized and Aggregated Data. We may share aggregate or de-identified information with third parties for research, https://quora.com/about/cookies_...marketing, analytics and other purposes, provided such information does not identify a particular individual.

Cookies, Pixels and Tracking
We and our third party providers use cookies, clear GIFs/pixel tags, JavaScript, local storage, log files, and other mechanisms to automatically collect and record information about your usage and browsing activities on the Quora Platform and across third party sites or online services. We may combine this information with other information we collect about users. Below, we provide a brief summary these activities. For more detailed information about these mechanisms and how we collect activity information, see our Cookie Policy.

  • Cookies. These are small files with a unique identifier that are transferred to your browser through our websites. They allow us to remember users who are logged in, to understand how users navigate through and use the Quora Platform, and to display personalized content and targeted ads (including on third party sites and applications).
  • Pixels, web beacons, clear GIFs. These are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, that we use to track the online movements of users of the Quora Platform and the web pages of users of our Ad Services, and to personalize content. We also use these in our emails to let us know when they have been opened or forwarded, so we can gauge the effectiveness of our communications.
  • Analytics Tools. We may use internal and third party analytics tools, including Google Analytics. The third party analytics companies we work with may combine the information collected with other information they have independently collected from other websites and/or other online products and services. Their collection and use of information is subject to their own privacy policies.

Do-Not-Track Signals. Please note we do not change system behavior within the Quora Platform in response to browser requests not to be tracked. You may, however, disable certain tracking by third-parties as discussed in the Quora Ads section below.

Quora Ads

We display personalized ads and content to you on the Quora Platform. To show users relevant ads and other personalized content, we may use information that we have collected via the Quora Platform, including from our Pixels, widgets, plug-ins, or buttons embedded on third party sites that collect information about a user’s activity on other sites. We also use this information to measure advertising effectiveness and to provide metrics about ad performance to advertising customers. For example, if you visit websites that sell sports apparel, we may show you sports-related ads or content on the Quora Platform. We may report to the user of our Ad Services the number of Quora Platform users that saw a particular ad and certain aggregated demographic information about the viewers of the ad. See the Quora Pixel Privacy Terms for more information about our Ad Services and how our Pixels are used.

Users of our Ad Services may also provide us with information as part of their ad campaigns. For example, they may share customer list information (e.g., email or phone number for current and prospective customers) with us in order to create customized audiences for their ad campaigns. We only use this customer list information to facilitate the particular user’s campaign (including ad metrics and reporting to that user) or for fraud detection and security purposes. We do not disclose these customer lists to third parties (other than our services providers) unless required by law, and we do not disclose to the relevant Ad Services user the names or identities of their customers that were successfully reached as part of such campaigns.

We may also work with third parties such as network advertisers to serve advertisements on the Quora Platform and on third-party websites or other media (e.g., social networking platforms), such as Google AdSense (more info here) and Facebook Audience Network (more info here). These third parties may use cookies, JavaScript, web beacons (including clear GIFs), Flash LSOs and other tracking technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content to you.

While you cannot opt out of advertising on the Quora Platform, you may opt out of much interest-based advertising on third party sites and through third party ad networks (including Facebook Audience Network and Google AdSense). For more information, visit www.aboutads.info/choices. Opting out means that you will no longer receive personalized ads by third parties ad networks from which you have opted out, which is based on your browsing information across multiple sites and online services; if you delete cookies or change devices, your opt out may no longer be effective.

How We Protect Your Information
The security of your information is important to us. Quora has implemented safeguards to protect the information we collect. However, no website or Internet transmission is completely secure. We urge you to take steps to keep your personal data safe, such as choosing strong password and keeping it private, as well as logging out of your user account, and closing your web browser when finished using the Quora Platform.

Access and Amend Your Information
You may update or correct your account information at any time by logging in to your account. You may also make a number of other adjustments to settings or the display of information about you as described in more detail in the following section about Your Choices.

Your Choices
You may, of course, decline to submit information through the Quora Platform, in which case we may not be able to provide certain services to you. You may also control the types of notifications and communications we send, limit the information shared within the Quora Platform about you, and otherwise amend certain privacy settings. Here is some further information about some of your choices: Anonymous Posts. You may post certain content anonymously, including questions and answers. In such event, your name is not displayed along with the content, and Quora does not associate such content with your user ID and other profile data. For information see how anonymity works on Quora.

Your Content
You may edit or delete the answers that you post at any time. Any questions you have posted may remain on the Quora Platform and be edited by other users. Any deleted content will be removed from third party sites from which it has been shared via Quora’s sharing features; however we have no control over deletions or changes to Your Content if it has been shared manually by others. When you make edits to Your Content, other users will be able to see the history of those edits in your profile activity.

Adult Content
In your profile’s privacy settings, you can elect whether to receive adult content.

Emails and Communications

When you join the Quora Platform by signing up for an account or creating a profile, as part of the service, you will receive the Quora digest containing content that we believe may match your interests. As permitted by law, you are also opting to receive other emails from us that may be of interest to you as a user of the Quora Platform. You can manage your email and notice preferences in your account profile settings, under your Emails and Notifications settings, but note that you cannot opt out of receiving certain administrative or legal notices from us. If you opt-out of receiving emails about recommendations or other information we think may interest you, we may still send you transactional e-mails about your account or any services you have requested or received from us. It may take up to 10 business days for us to process opt-out requests.

Additionally, by joining the Quora Platform, you are agreeing to receive feedback and communications from third-parties within the Quora Platform, including third parties who may comment on your postings within the Quora Platform. In your profile, under your Privacy Settings, you can adjust whether to allow people to comment on your answers and posts. You can also adjust permissions about who you allow to send you messages on the Quora Platform.

Followers. You can block the ability of another Quora user to follow you by selecting the setting for this in the other user’s profile. You can change whether or not you follow other users.

Topics
You can change topics that you follow or that your profile lists as areas that you know about.

Credentials
You can change your credentials that are displayed in your profile or in connection with a specific answer.

Indexed Search
In your privacy settings, you can control whether your profile and name is indexed by search engines. Changes to privacy settings may only apply on a going-forward basis; for example, your name (e.g., answers and profile) that has already been indexed by search engines may remain indexed for a period of time even after you have turned off indexing, as implementing this change is outside of our control.

Deleted or Deactivated Account
If you choose Delete Your Account in your privacy settings, then all of Your Content will be removed from public visibility on the Quora Platform, and it may not be restored by us, even if you change your mind. If you choose Deactivate Your Account, then you will no longer receive any communications from us, and users will not be able to interact with you; however Your Content will remain on the Quora Platform. Once you deactivate your account, you can reactivate it any time by choosing to log in.

Targeted Advertising
For information about targeted advertising choices, see the Quora Ads section above.

Linked Networks
You may connect or disconnect your Linked Networks, such as Facebook, through the Account Settings tab in your profile settings. Once you disconnect it, we will no longer receive information from that Linked Network going forward; we may still maintain the information we have already collected.

Transferring Your Data
Quora is headquartered in the United States, and has operations, entities and service providers in the United States and throughout the world. As such, we and our service providers may transfer your personal data to, or access it in, jurisdictions (including the United States) that may not provide equivalent levels of data protection as your home jurisdiction. We will take steps to ensure that your personal data receives an adequate level of protection in the jurisdictions in which we process it, including through appropriate written data processing terms and/or data transfer agreements.

Children’s Privacy
We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 (or under the age of 14 for anyone living in Spain or South Korea) or knowingly allow such persons to register. If we become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under the relevant age without parental consent, we take steps to delete that information.

Links to Other Web Sites
The Quora Platform may contain links to third party sites or online services. We are not responsible for the practices of such third parties, whose information practices are subject to their own policies and procedures, not to this Privacy Policy.

Your California Privacy Rights
California law permits users who are California residents to request and obtain from us once a year, free of charge, a list of the third parties to whom we have disclosed their personal information (if any) for their direct marketing purposes in the prior calendar year, as well as the types of personal information disclosed to those parties. If you are a California resident and would like to request this information, please submit your request in an email to [email protected]

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our practices or this Privacy Policy, please contact us at [email protected], or send mail to:
Quora, Inc.
Attn: Privacy
650 Castro Street, Suite 450
Mountain View, CA 94041

Changes to Our Privacy Policy
If we change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on this page. If we make any changes to this Privacy Policy that materially change how we treat your personal information, we will endeavor to provide you with reasonable notice of such changes, such as via prominent notice in the Quora Platform or to your email address of record, and where required by law, we will obtain your consent or give you the opportunity to opt out of such changes.

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