Squarespace’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy are getting an update effective May 14, 2018. We’re making these changes to keep pace with our growing international user base and expanded product offerings, and to ensure that we continue to be transparent about our practices. These updates also address the new requirements under the European Union (EU) data protection law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect on May 25, 2018. We encourage you to read the updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, but we wanted to give you a summary of a few items that may be important to you.

  • Privacy: We restructured our Privacy Policy to be clearer about the ways we collect, use, process, and share personal information. It also explains rights and choices you have over your personal information (and that of visitors to your Squarespace sites), including the ability to access, correct, and delete personal information.

  • International Growth: In recognition of the global nature of our user base, Squarespace Ireland Limited, our Irish entity, is going to provide services to our users outside of the US. For users who are not residents of or who do not have their principal place of business in the US, the Terms of Service will be an agreement with Squarespace Ireland Limited and the laws of Ireland will apply. If you are a resident of or have your principal place of business in the United States of America or any of its territories or possessions, the Terms of Service will be an agreement with Squarespace, Inc. and the laws of the State of New York will apply.

  • Data Processing Addendum: Additionally, we’ve incorporated a Data Processing Addendum (DPA) into our updated Terms of Service that may apply to you if you (or your use of our services) is subject to EU data protection law (including the GDPR). The DPA will be posted on May 14 and will explain how we handle, on your instructions, your and other people’s personal information that you collect or submit using our services.

  • Services Provided: We made changes to the terms to clarify our relationship with our users in regards to what we do and provide as part of our services. We also made changes such as raising the minimum age of our users from thirteen (13) to sixteen (16) years old.

  • Other Policies: On May 14, we will update our Cookie Policy, Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use Policy, and Developer Terms to make sure they are clear and consistent with these changes. When we make those updates, we’ll let you know in your account, and we encourage you to read the full updated terms.

We hope you’ll find these updated and new terms and policies beneficial, but if you have any feedback, please feel free to contact us. We’ll review all feedback we receive on the matter, and will take action as appropriate. Keep in mind that we may not be able to respond to these requests individually.

Overall, you should not experience any change in how you use Squarespace’s products and services, and our platform will continue to provide you with the experience you’ve come to know and trust.