Privacy Policy

Updated: September 13, 2016

TED encourages our community to discover and share ideas with one another. While gathering information about the people who use the site is an important part of the experience, we take your privacy very seriously, and make every effort to safeguard your personal data. This privacy policy is intended to inform you of what information we collect, how this information is used, and what steps we take to protect this information. If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policy and protections, please contact us.

What information do we collect?

We collect three kinds of information:

  1. Personal information that you directly provide to us, which includes information you supply when you register an account with us.
  2. Automatically collected, non-personal information, which includes tracking information gathered as you use
  3. Cookies that collect data to help us understand what areas of the site are most useful and interesting to our TED audience.

We may use this information to help customize your experience based on your previous activities on

Information you provide directly to us:

When you register an account on, we ask you to provide a unique email address, first and last name, and password. You have the option of also providing profile information (such as location, occupation and your personal story). You may also choose to directly send us information such as email correspondence or search queries.

You may choose to create a account using the Facebook Connect feature on By doing this, you are asking Facebook to send us certain information from your Facebook profile, and you authorize us to collect, store and use in accordance with this privacy policy any and all information available to us through the Facebook interface.

Billing and credit card information:

When required for TED Conference registration or other services, we may request and store name, address, telephone number, email address and billing information. We do not store credit card numbers except for the last 4 digits. This information will only be shared with third parties who perform tasks required to complete the purchase transaction.

Comments, conversations and other public activities:

We offer you opportunities to engage in public activities on "Public activities" are any actions you take that are designed to be visible to other users, including comments, conversations, recommendations and ratings. If you choose to engage in public activities, you should be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected or used by other users of these areas, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages.

We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these forums, and we have no responsibility to publish, remove or edit any of your comments, conversations or other content. For more information, see the Terms of Use.

When you share or recommend any content using your Facebook profile, your action is governed by Facebook’s privacy policy. Likewise, when you share or recommend any content through other social media outlets, your actions are governed by their privacy policies.

Information gathered automatically and cookies:

We use various technologies including cookies to manage and track use of the content we provide, including:

  • the IP address used when registering and submitting content to the site
  • standard web analytics information
  • aggregated data about email click-through rates and video viewing
  • information collected through HTML cookies, Flash cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies
  • information about how you use the site, including demographic and other details that are provided to TED to help us customize the site based on your preferences

The type of cookies that we use helps TED to understand how you use the site, what preferences you have, information about the TED Talks and other data points to help TED provide you the best user experience and to enable TED to customize our website according to your preferences. TED does not sell this information to any third party but may provide information to partners that assist TED in updating, managing or maintaining our websites.

TED may collect and use information about your location (such as your country) to provide you with tailored TED language specific experience for your region, but we don’t collect any exact data of you or your device. Also, you may be able to change the settings on your computer or mobile device to prevent it from providing us with any location information. In case you wish to opt-out of the tracking and cookies, please feel free to manage your settings on your browser in privacy, or other ways to opt-out so that the cookies and or ad features are turned off.

Non-personal information that we collect using these technologies may be combined with information you provide directly to us.

Device information:

We may collect non-personal information about the computer, mobile device or other device you use to access TED services, such as IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language and other transactional information.

This information may be used to offer you optimized experiences based on your device or location.

How we use the information we gather:

Providing requested services:

We may use the information that we collect to fulfill your requests for services and information. For example, we may use your contact information to respond to your customer service requests, or to enable registration for one of our conferences.

E-mail and newsletters:

If you signed up for one of our email newsletters, we will send you the newsletter that you requested. We may also use the information that we collect to send you other e-mail communications, such as information about your account, changes to the site, or information about our conferences and events (if you have opted in for this information.)

Statistical analysis:

We perform statistical analyses of users of the site, and their viewing and participation patterns, for product development purposes and to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our audience. Please note that we do not share contact information with our advertisers.

Third parties:

We may employ third parties to perform site-related services, including database management, maintenance services, analytics, marketing, billing and email distribution. These third parties have access to your information only to perform these tasks on our behalf.


We may use the information that we collect to prevent illegal activities, to enforce the Terms of Use, or as otherwise required by law.

In addition to the uses identified above, we may use the information that we collect for any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect your information or pursuant to your consent.

Please note that third parties may independently collect data about you, including your IP address and information about the websites you visit and the links you click, through cookies, clicks on links, or other means when you visit or view ads on the site. We do not control the privacy practices of these third-party services.


TED connects Google Analytics client id data with TED user id data so that we can create a more personalized experience for users, even when not logged in.

Protection of your information:

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put in place commercially reasonable physical, technical and administrative controls to protect your information. Please note that no method of transmission over the internet is 100% secure.

Children under the age of 13:

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If we learn that we have collected any personal information from a child under the age of 13 without verifiable parental consent, we will delete that information from our database as quickly as possible. If you believe that we may have collected information from a child under 13, please contact us.

Changes to this privacy policy:

This privacy policy may be amended from time to time. When the policy is updated the date of the last update will appear at the top of the privacy policy. If we make material changes you will be notified here for a period of 30-60 days based on our last update. As of July 2016, we added information to our privacy policy defining cookies, how we use this data to optimize our website based on your preferences and made a change to our policy update section.

Deleting your account:

You can request that your account be deleted at any time by contacting us. When your account is deleted, your user profile and all public activities (comments, conversation topics) will be removed. To unsubscribe from our newsletters, click on the link at the bottom of a newsletter you have received, or you can manage your subscriptions from your profile.