We made Scratch so people like you could create projects, share ideas, and build a community. To make this happen,
we collect some information for our users. The Scratch Team understands how important privacy is to our community,
Please do not share personal contact information, such as your name, physical address,
email address, phone number, or anything else that can be used to make contact outside of the Scratch website. Please report projects, comments, or forum posts that contain this kind of information so the Scratch team can remove it, and please remind the author of our policy.
What information does the Scratch Team collect about me?
Account Information: In order to build projects or comment on other users' projects, you need to make an account.
During account creation, we ask you for a username, your country, birth month and year, gender, and your
email address (or your parent or guardian's email address if you are under 13 years old). We ask that you select a user
name that does not disclose your real name or other information that could identify you. Other users can see your
username and country, but not your age, gender, or email address.
User-generated Content: All of your Scratch projects, comments, and forum posts are stored on the Scratch servers.
Other users can see your shared projects, comments, and forum posts, along with your username. Because the
Scratch Team is responsible for moderation, we have access to all content stored on the Scratch website,
including unshared projects. If you prefer to work on projects in complete privacy, you can use either the
Scratch 2 Offline Editor or Scratch 1.4.
Usage Information: When you use Scratch, our servers will automatically store a limited amount of information about
how you use the website. This information includes a number that identifies your computer (the IP address), which
pages you visited, and what browser you are using.
Google Analytics: We also collect some data on where you click and which parts of the site you visit using
Google Analytics. This "click data" helps us figure out ways to improve the website. Information collected and
processed by Google Analytics includes the user's IP address, network location, and geographic location.
Google Analytics acquires all its information directly from the user, by installing a cookie (see below) on your
does not collect any personal identifying information about you.
Cookies: When you log in, the Scratch website asks your browser to put an http "cookie" on your computer. The cookie
is actually a small text file that our site can send to your browser for storage on your computer. This allows the website
to remember that you are logged in when you go to a different page.
How does the Scratch Team use my information?
• We collect age and gender data so that we know who is using
• If you forget your password, we will ask you to disclose to us your birth month and year so that we can
verify your account, and your email address so that we can send you a new password.
• We will use your email address
to respond to messages you send us or to communicate with you about the Scratch service or your account.
• We send
out occasional email updates about Scratch to the confirmed email address on your account. Scratch will never sell
or share your email address without your permission. You can unsubscribe from these updates by clicking the
unsubscribe link found at the bottom of the email.
• Parents and guardians who register their under-13 year olds for
Scratch may also receive additional updates from the Scratch Foundation, a non-profit that supports Scratch
educational initiatives. The Scratch Foundation will never sell or share your email address without your permission. You
can unsubscribe from these updates by clicking the unsubscribe link found at the bottom of the email.
• If we detect
repeated abusive behavior from your account, IP address, or email address, we may share your account name,
IP address, and the time and content of the abusive behavior with the IP address owner (such as a school or internet
• We may use de-identified location, age, gender, and usage data in research studies intended to
improve our understanding of how people learn with Scratch. The results of this research are shared with educators
and researchers through conferences, journals, and other publications. You can find out more on our Research page.
• We may disclose some of the information we collect to third-party service providers that help us manage
communications to and from the Scratch website and improve website performance. We are satisfied that these
service providers have privacy policies that restrict them from further disclosing any of your information.
• Other than as described above, we will never share personally identifiable information about you
with any other person, company, or organization, except: ◦ As required to
comply with our obligations under the law.
◦ For technical reasons, if we are required to transfer the data on our
servers to another location or organization.
How can I update my personal information?
You can update your password, email address, and country through the Account Settings page. You can also
reset your password through the Password Reset page. You cannot change your username, but you can make a new
account and manually copy your projects to the new account.
If you want to delete your account entirely, log in to Scratch, and then click your username in the top right-hand corner.
Select “Account Settings,” then click the “I want to delete my account” link at the bottom of the page.
How does the Scratch Team protect my information?
The Scratch Team has in place physical and electronic procedures to protect the information we collect on the Scratch
website. We strictly limit individual access to the Scratch servers and the data we store on them. However, as effective
as these measures are, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot completely guarantee the security of our
database, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us
over the Internet.