Introducing Meetup’s Inaugural Transparency Report

As a platform that brings people together to do what matters most to them, Meetup is entrusted with a lot of data, including the content and information generated by our members.

Like most online service providers, occasionally we receive orders or requests impacting our members, such as government requests for information and intellectual property claims.

We value our members’ trust and we take our legal obligations seriously. We have developed procedures to ensure that we handle these requests and orders fairly and with proper consideration for member privacy.

We have chosen to publish this Transparency Report to give our members, as well as the broader public, visibility into how Meetup responds when faced with these decisions.

With rising levels of civic participation and public concern about challenges to democratic ideals, we hope that this transparency report will serve to strengthen our members’ trust, and provide everyone with useful information about this important topic.

Click here to read Meetup’s Inaugural Transparency Report, which includes information about the data requests and IP claims that we received between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Important Updates to Meetup’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

As we make some changes to build a better Meetup and bring more people together around the world, we need to update our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We’ve also created a new Cookie Policy and a reorganized Policy Center to make all these documents easier to find.

Key Policy Updates

While you should read Meetup’s updated Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and related policies in the Policy Center, below is a summary of some key updates:

Terms of Service

  • We added an easy-to-understand overview, section summaries, and practical tips.
  • We updated aspects of how and where you can bring a claim against us, including important information about informal dispute resolution, mandatory arbitration, and a class action waiver.

Privacy Policy

  • We added details about how we collect information about you.
  • We let you know how we use information about you to operate our service, and for other uses, including advertising.
  • We explained how we share information about you with our service providers.
  • We provided more information about your choices related to how we communicate with you and how we use information about you.

Cookie Policy

  • We described how we use cookies and similar technologies.
  • We elaborated on how you may be able to control or opt out of some of these technologies.

Next Steps

To continue using our services, you must agree to our updated Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

  • If you created an account at any time before March 28, 2017, please click “Agree” to indicate that you agree to our updated Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.
  • If you created an account on or after March 28, 2017, these updated terms and policies already apply to you.


You can find answers to many questions in our Help Center. You can still access the prior versions of our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy from the links at the top of each page.

If you want to provide feedback on our updated terms or policies, you can contact us at

Thank you for being a part of the Meetup community.