Policies and Procedures

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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is extremely important to us and we are committed to fair practices that protect your information. This Privacy Policy is provided to explain our information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make our policies and procedures available on every page of this website.

Scope of this Privacy Policy

Please be aware that this Privacy Policy does not govern all the information Help Scout may process. Our commitment to customers and service providers is governed by a separate Data Processing Amendment.

Our commitments to employees are governed by our internal employment policies.

In all instances we are committed to transparency with our customers, employees and protecting your data privacy.

An Overview of the Sources of Personal Data

Help Scout obtains information about individuals in these main ways:

  • when you visit this website or contact us directly about becoming a customer or obtaining other information,
  • when you become a Help Scout customer,
  • when individuals use a customer’s help desk function,
  • when individuals interact with a customer’s Beacon function,
  • when a customer uses our service to combine its data with the data residing in other applications, such as Salesforce,
  • when you are a service provider to Help Scout, and
  • through the Help Scout employment process.

This Privacy Policy governs how we collect and process information obtained from your visits to our website, when you contact us directly (or interact with us via other media outlets and social media) about becoming a customer or to obtain other information, and when you engage with us as part of the employment process.

Our Data Processing Amendment governs our processing of any information obtained as a result of the customer or service provider relationship. You can read our commitment to customers and service providers, and our fair information practices in the Data Processing Amendment.

Some definitions

This Privacy Policy relates to information collected by Help Scout PBC (referred to in this Privacy Policy as “Help Scout” “we” or “us” or “our”) through your use of the Help Scout website, its features, the services we provide (outside of our paid-for services), and information available through the Help Scout website.

“You” or “your” refers to the individual who uses this website, features, and services, or accesses available information, or engages with us directly by email or telephone.

As used in this Privacy Policy, the terms “using” and “processing” information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization.

Whose information does Help Scout collect?

Help Scout collects information from three types of individuals:

Our customers are individuals and businesses who have signed up for a Help Scout account. If you are a customer, we will handle information we receive from you under the terms of Help Scout’s Data Processing Amendment.

End users are individuals that use goods and services provided by Help Scout Customers. If you interact with Help Scout in the course of seeking customer service for a particular product or service, you are probably an end user. We process “End User Data” which means information about end users of Help Scout customers, which includes but is not limited to, the first name, last name, phone number and email address of an end user.

Personnel are the people who work, and apply to work, for Help Scout. Please refer to the Personnel section of this policy to read about the information Help Scout collects from personnel.

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What information does Help Scout collect?

Depending on your use of the Help Scout website, or direct interactions with us, we collect two types of information: personal information and non-personal information.

Personal Information

Personal information identifies you or may be used in combination with other pieces of personal information to identify you. Examples of personal information include your name, company name, job title, address, e-mail address, telephone number, and billing and credit card information. Personal information can also include information that does not identify you, but could be combined with other information in a way that enables you to be identified. This includes information such as age, gender, profession, zip code, IP address, and current location.

Non-Personal Information

Non-personal information is information that cannot be used or combined with other information to identify or contact you, including browser types, domain names, and statistical data involving the use of the Help Scout website.

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What data does Help Scout collect from customers using Beacon?

If you have a Beacon enabled, it tracks certain events as a customer interacts with your site. These events could be search queries, Docs Articles views, previous URLs visited, and Beacon actions (opening the Beacon, sending a message, sending a reply and starting a chat). This data is collected to build a timeline of events leading up to a customer initiated conversation and is only processed and stored by Help Scout if the Customer submits their request via Beacon.

FeatureCustomer data collectedPurpose
Beacon (Normal or Secure Mode) • Name
• Email address
• IP address of customer, or customer’s ISP
• “Custom Data” - custom attributes defined by Help Scout’s Customer ( e.g. Plan Name, Account Type, Twitter Handle, etc).
To prefill the contact form with the Customer’s information, fetch the Customer’s Previous Conversations, and display custom data on the Beacon Sidebar application within Help Scout
beacon_docs_session_id cookieNoneThis is a unique id value that identifies the customer’s session and does not contain identifiable customer data.
beacon_docs_visit cookieDocs Article view history, pages visited on your site, and search query history.Used to build a timeline of events leading up to a customer initiated conversation.

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What data does Help Scout collect from customers using Google integrations?

Help Scout administrators or users can optionally use Google integration features that require Help Scout to access limited information from the Google account they provide. When these features are accessed by users and administrators, Help Scout displays a message allowing the user to review the information that will be collected, including a link to this privacy policy, so they can choose to allow that access or cancel. The following table lists each Help Scout Google integration feature, and if that feature is used, the corresponding data collected and its purpose.

FeatureGoogle Data CollectedPurposeWhere used
Google SSOUser email addressGoogle SSO, or Single-Sign On using your Google credentials is optional and configurable. Help Scout administrators can choose to force Google SSO or provide it as an option.Help Scout Web app, Android app, iOS app.
Import G Suite Domain usersUser email address
User name
List of users in the G Suite Domain
Allows Google G Suite Domain administrators to set up their Help Scout account and import G Suite Domain users. If used, the user names, and emails from your G Suite Domain are displayed to Help Scout administrators so they can create corresponding Help Scout users.Help Scout Web app
Send email using Google oAuthThe right to read, send or delete email using the Google email account provided. We only use this authorization to send email.Used by Help Scout administrators to grant a Help Scout mailbox the right to send emails using SMTP via the provided Google account. When configured in a Help Scout mailbox, any associated outbound email will be delivered via the Google account provided instead of via Help Scout’s own email servers. The right to read or delete email using Google oAuth is not used by Help Scout.Help Scout Web app

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When does Help Scout use end user information from third parties?

Help Scout will collect End User Data necessary to provide the Help Scout services to our customers.

In our Android application, we use Google Firebase to collect in-app crash reports and analytics to help us better support that application including user name and email. You can opt out of sending this data by turning off Crash Reporting and Analytics in our Android application’s Settings. Firebase is GDPR compliant.

We may use End User Data to look up and store additional Public Data in order to create a more complete customer profile. “Public Data” is defined as information received from a third party partner named FullContact. Public Data may be claimed, edited or discarded from their systems by following this link and is subject to their Privacy Policy.

If you would like to opt-out of our collection of End User Data, you can disable the option to Enrich Customer Data in your Help Scout account options. To disable this feature, you must be an Account Owner. If you are an end user, you may decline to provide End User Data to us when we ask for it, though doing so may prevent us from being able to help you.

End users may voluntarily provide us with information they have made available on social media websites. If you provide us with any such information, we may collect publicly available information from the social media websites you have indicated. You can control how much of your information social media websites make public by visiting these websites and changing your privacy settings.

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When does Help Scout use customer information from third parties?

We receive some information from the third parties when you contact us. For example, when you submit your email address to us to show interest in becoming a Help Scout customer, we receive information from a third party that provides automated fraud detection services to Help Scout. We also occasionally collect information that is made publicly available on social media websites. You can control how much of your information social media websites make public by visiting these websites and changing your privacy settings.

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Where and when is information collected from customers and end users?

Help Scout will collect personal information that you submit to us. We may also receive personal information about you from third parties as described above.

Registering to Use the Help Scout Service and in the Course of Using the Help Scout services.

Customers will be required to establish an account in order to take advantage of certain features of the Help Scout website. If you wish to establish an account you will be required to provide us with information (including personal information and non-personal information). In addition, we may obtain your personal information from you if you identify yourself to us by sending us an e-mail with questions or comments.

Cookies and Page Tags

We also use “Page Tags” and “Log Files.” For more information about these and a full list of the cookies we use, what they do, and how to disable the non-necessary ones, please refer to our full Cookie Policy.

We may allow third parties to provide analytics services and serve advertisements on our behalf across the internet and in applications. These entities may use cookies, device identifiers and other technologies to collect information about your use of the Services and other websites and applications, including your name, email address, IP address, web browser, mobile network information, pages viewed, time spent on pages or in apps, links clicked and conversion information.


If you are a Help Scout worker or applicant, we collect information you voluntarily provide to us. We use the information collected for Human Resources purposes in order to administer benefits to workers and screen applicants.

You may contact us in order to (1) update or correct your information, (2) change your preferences with respect to communications and other information you receive from us, or (3) receive a record of the information we have relating to you. Such updates, corrections, changes and deletions will have no effect on other information that we maintain, or information that we have provided to third parties in accordance with this Privacy Policy prior to such update, correction, change or deletion.

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Does Help Scout collect information from children under 16 years of age?

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. The Help Scout Service is not designed for or directed to children under the age of 16. We do not collect personal information from any person we actually know is under the age of 16.

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What does Help Scout do with the information it collects from customers?

In general, we use the information collected to provide you with a great overall experience interacting with us and when using the Help Scout website and to help us understand who uses our offerings, for internal operations such as operating and improving the Help Scout website and our help desk services, to contact you for customer service and billing purposes and to facilitate the delivery of Help Scout advertising in some cases, including using your email to send information to you about our services.

We use your information to send you a welcome e-mail after you create an account, when you are invited to Help Scout, or when you sign up for a demo, webinar or to receive our newsletter. We also use your information to send other e-mail communication related to the Help Scout website. We always give you the option to unsubscribe in any email we send you.

If you identify yourself to us by sending us an e-mail with questions or comments, we may use your information (including personal information) to respond to your questions or comments, and we may file your questions or comments (with your information) for future reference. We also use the information collected to send announcements and updates regarding changes to our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy or when making pricing changes. You will not be able to unsubscribe from these announcements and updates as they contain important information relevant to your use of the Help Scout website and our services.

We may also use the information gathered to perform statistical analysis of user behavior or to evaluate and improve the Help Scout services. We may link some of this information to personal information for internal purposes or to improve your experience with the Help Scout website and our services, in these cases we will obtain your consent.

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What does Help Scout do with the information it collects from end users?

We use End User Data to identify you and to provide you with customer service on behalf of a Help Scout customer. We will disclose End User Data to the relevant Help Scout customer so that they are better able to assist you. If you are interested in how we process the data on behalf of Help Scout customers, please read our Data Processing Amendment.

Third Parties Generally

Third parties may be able to independently directly collect personal and non-personal information without permission from Help Scout, and may include potential or actual advertisers, providers of advertising products or services (including vendors and website tracking services), merchants, affiliates and other actual or potential commercial partners, sponsors, licensees, researchers and other similar parties.

Outside Contractors and Third-Party Processors

We may employ independent contractors, vendors and suppliers (collectively, “Outside Contractors”) to provide specific services and products related to the Help Scout website and our services, such as hosting, credit card processing and fraud screening, and mailing list hosting. In the course of providing products or services to us, these Outside Contractors may have access to information collected through the Help Scout website or help desk services, including your personal information. We require that these Outside Contractors agree to (1) protect the privacy of your personal information consistent with this Privacy Policy, or the Data Protection Amendment and (2) not use or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than providing us with the products or services for which we contracted or as required by law.

Laws and Legal Rights

We may disclose your information (including personal information) if we believe in good faith that we are required to do so in order to comply with an applicable statute, regulation, rule or law, a subpoena, a search warrant, a court or regulatory order, or other valid legal process. We may disclose personal information in special circumstances when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating the Help Scout Terms of Service, to detect fraud, or to protect the safety and/or security of our users, the Help Scout website, or the general public. Help Scout is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

We also may be required to disclose an individual’s personal information in response to a lawful request by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.

In cases of onward transfer to third parties of data of EU or Swiss individuals received pursuant to the EU Standard Contractual Clauses, Help Scout is potentially liable.

Sale of Business

We reserve the right to transfer information to a third party in the event of a sale, merger or other transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of Help Scout or any of its Corporate Affiliates (as defined herein), or that portion of Help Scout or any of its Corporate Affiliates to which the Service relates, or in the event that we discontinue our business or file a petition or have filed against us a petition in bankruptcy, reorganization or similar proceeding, provided that the third party agrees to adhere to the terms of this Privacy Policy.


We may disclose information (including personal information) about you to our Corporate Affiliates. For purposes of this Privacy Policy, “Corporate Affiliate” means any person or entity which directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by or is under common control with Help Scout, whether by ownership or otherwise. Any information relating to you that we provide to our Corporate Affiliates will be treated by those Corporate Affiliates in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

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Does this Privacy Policy apply when I link to other websites or services?

The Help Scout website or our services may provide you with access to other websites and services. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of any websites or services other than those provided by Help Scout. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of each and every such website and service. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by us.

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When does Help Scout disclose information to other third parties?

Except as set forth in this Privacy Policy, the Cookie Policy or the Help Scout Data Processing Amendment or as specifically authorized by a Help Scout customer, we will not disclose any information to third parties.

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Could my information be transferred to other countries?

Help Scout is incorporated in the U.S. Information collected via our website, through direct interactions with you, or from use of our help desk services may be transferred from time to time to our offices or personnel, or to third parties, located throughout the world, and may be viewed and hosted anywhere in the world, including countries that may not have laws of general applicability regulating the use and transfer of such data. To the fullest extent allowed by applicable law, by using any of the above, you voluntarily consent to the trans-border transfer and hosting of such information.

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Is the information collected through the Help Scout Service secure?

We take precautions to protect the security of your information. We have physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to help safeguard, prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use your information. However, neither people nor security systems are foolproof, including encryption systems. In addition, people can commit intentional crimes, make mistakes or fail to follow policies. Therefore, while we use reasonable efforts to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If applicable law imposes any non-disclaimable duty to protect your personal information, you agree that intentional misconduct will be the standards used to measure our compliance with that duty.

Help Scout maintains ongoing Level 3 PCI compliance, adhering to stringent industry standards for storing, processing and transmitting credit card information online.

Help Scout also maintains ongoing compliance with the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and is able to process, maintain and store protected health information for any entities restricted by these regulations. On request, Help Scout will sign a business associate agreement (BAA) with your organization.

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For more information about how Help Scout stores and secures customer and company data, please see our Security Policy.

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What rights are offered to California residents?

The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) provides consumers with specific rights regarding their Personal Information. You have the right to request that businesses subject to the CCPA disclose certain information to you about their collection and use of your Personal Information over the past 12 months. In addition, you have the right to ask such businesses to delete Personal Information collected from you, subject to certain exceptions. If the business sells Personal Information, you have a right to opt-out of that sale. Finally, a business cannot discriminate against you for exercising a CCPA right.

When offering services to our Customers, Help Scout acts as a “service provider” under the CCPA and our receipt and collection of any consumer Personal Information is completed on behalf of our Customers in order for us to provide the Service. Please direct any requests for access or deletion of your Personal Information under the CCPA to the Help Scout Customer with whom you have a direct relationship.

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What choices do I have regarding the collection, disclosure and distribution of personal information?

Except as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy or in the Data Processing Amendment, as applicable, we will only use personal information for the purposes described above or as otherwise disclosed at the time we request such information from you. You must “opt in” and give us permission to use your personal information for any other purpose. You may also change your preference and “opt out” of receiving certain marketing communications from us by clicking the unsubscribe link included on the bottom of all such communications, or by contacting us via email.

Do Not Track

The term “Do Not Track” refers to a HTTP header offered by certain web browsers to request that websites refrain from tracking the user. We take no action in response to Do Not Track requests.

Can I update or correct my information?

The rights you have to request updates or corrections to the information Help Scout collects depend on your relationship with Help Scout. Personnel may update or correct their information as detailed in our internal company employment policies.

Customers have the right to request the restriction of certain uses and disclosures of personally identifiable information as follows. You can contact us in order to (1) update or correct your personally identifiable information, (2) change your preferences with respect to communications and other information you receive from us, or (3) delete the personally identifiable information maintained about you on our systems (subject to the following paragraph), by cancelling your account. Such updates, corrections, changes and deletions will have no effect on other information that we maintain, or information that we have provided to third parties in accordance with this Privacy Policy prior to such update, correction, change or deletion. To protect your privacy and security, we may take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you profile access or making corrections. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information at all times.

You should be aware that it is not technologically possible to remove each and every record of the information you have provided to us from our system. The need to back up our systems to protect information from inadvertent loss means that a copy of your information may exist in a non-erasable form that will be difficult or impossible for us to locate. Promptly after receiving your request, all personal information stored in databases we actively use, and other readily searchable media will be updated, corrected, changed or deleted, as appropriate, as soon as and to the extent reasonably and technically practicable.

If you are an end user and wish to update, delete, or receive any information we have about you, you may do so by contacting the organization of which you are a customer.

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How will I know if there are any changes to this Privacy Policy?

We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time without notice. Having said that, we will not make changes that result in significant additional uses or disclosures of your personal information without notifying you of such changes via e-mail. We may also make non-significant changes to this Privacy Policy that generally will not significantly affect our use of your personal information, for which an e-mail is not required. We encourage you to check this page periodically for any changes. If any non-significant changes to this Privacy Policy are unacceptable to you, you must immediately contact us and, until the issue is resolved, stop using the Help Scout website and any services we provide. Your continued use of our services and the Help Scout website following the posting of non-significant changes to this Privacy Policy constitutes your acceptance of those changes.

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Whom do I contact if I have any privacy questions?

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy or feel that we are not abiding by the terms of this Privacy Policy, please contact our Privacy Agent in any of the following ways:

Attn: Privacy Agent
Help Scout PBC
177 Huntington Ave, Ste 1703
PMB 78505
Boston, MA 02115-3153

Our representative in the European Union can be contacted by email.

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Applicable Law

This Privacy Policy is governed by the laws of Delaware, USA without regard to its conflict of laws provision. You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in connection with any action or dispute arising between the parties under or in connection with this Privacy Policy except for those individuals who may have rights to make claims under the EU Standard Contractual Clauses.

By using the Help Scout website or contacting us directly, you signify your acceptance of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, you should not engage with our website, or use our services. Continued use of the website, direct engagement with us, or following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy that do not significantly affect the use or disclosure of your personal information will mean that you accept those changes.

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