Hi there! We're updating our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Learn more.

Terms & Privacy Policy Update

December 2014

Since we last updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, the way people use Change.org has evolved and the platform has grown exponentially.

Today, more than 80 million people use Change.org to start and sign hundreds of thousands of petitions. Every week, over one hundred petitions on Change.org become victories that are astounding catalysts of change.

It's time for a policy upgrade to ensure our policies fully support the great campaigns on Change.org today and into the future. Our updated policies, which will take effect on 12 January 2015, are still focused on ensuring our users can create the change they want to see.

First, a few core things we're not changing:

  • Change.org is free and open. You can use our platform to start and sign petitions on issues you care about regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you believe.

  • We will not pass your contact details on to third parties without your permission. Organizations can pay to promote their petitions (that's what keeps the platform free to use), but we'll never share your contact information with those organizations unless you say it's okay.

And here are some things we’ve updated:

  • We’ve made it easier to resolve issues. We removed our arbitration clause, which means we would work through the courts if you had a major disagreement with us. We've also simplified how we would work together to resolve a dispute like that first.

  • We’ve made it clear that you retain full ownership of the content that you own and upload to Change.org. We’ve also clarified that while you own the content, we might modify or share versions of it. As an example, if we want to feature your petition on our homepage, we might shorten the title.

  • We explain more clearly how we use cookies. We use cookies to operate our platform and provide you with the most relevant content. We'll also be able to understand whether you've continued your involvement with organisations you’ve connected with after signing a petition.

  • We’ve cut down the legal jargon. We’ve done our very best to get rid of complex legal terms to make these policies as clear as possible, because we want you to understand what they say.

You can read the new Terms of Service here and Privacy Policy here, and view the old Terms of Service here and Privacy Policy here. If you have any questions about these updates, feel free to contact us -- we'd love to help.

Thanks for supporting change in your community - we can't wait to see what you'll change next.