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Terms & Privacy

On this page you will find information about our terms of use, privacy policy, and security features.

Use of Services

By using spoonacular's website or apps, and any of the content or information contained herein, you must agree to the Terms on this page.

No Warranties, No Liability

spoonacular sources recipes, products, and other data from across the web. We do our best to find recipes, products, and restaurant dishes suitable for many diets—whether vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, etc. — but we CANNOT guarantee that the ingredients in a recipe, product, or restaurant dish are safe for your diet. Always read ingredient lists from the ORIGINAL source of a recipe (follow the link to the site/blog from the recipe page) in case an ingredient has been imperfectly extracted from the original source or has been labeled inaccurately in any way. Moreover, it is important that you always read the labels on every product you buy in the supermarket to see if the product could cause an allergic reaction or if it conflicts with your personal or religious beliefs. If you are still not sure after reading the label, contact the manufacturer. Similarly, contact fast food chains/restaurants directly to confirm any food you find via spoonacular is truly suitable for your diet.

We also attempt to estimate the cost and calculate the nutritional information for the recipes, products, and restaurant dishes found on our site. Again, we cannot and do not guarantee the accuracy of this information. Additionally, our nutrition visualizer that suggests that you limit sodium, sugar, etc., and get enough protein, vitamins, and minerals is NOT intended as medical advice. Similarly, our tips found on recipe pages are based on articles we have read from various sources across the web, and are NOT based on any medical training. The team behind spoonacular does not possess any medical qualifications and the information may be found to be incorrect or out of date based on future research. If you need help planning your diet or determining which foods (and recipes, products, and restaurant dishes) are safe for you, contact a registered dietitian, allergist, or another medical professional.

Use at Your Own Risk

spoonacular is not responsible for any adverse effects or damages that occur because of your use of the website, mobile apps, or any information they provide (e.g. after cooking/consuming a recipe on spoonacular or on any of the sites we link to, after reading information from articles or shared via social media, etc.) To use spoonacular, you must accept all risk and responsibility for your use of our site, app, and any material they contain and information they provide. If you do not agree, please stop using the site/app and contact us to delete your account.

Third Party Sites

spoonacular's website and apps contain links to third party websites. spoonacular is not responsible or liable for the availability or accuracy of such third party websites or the information, products, or services they provide. spoonacular provides these links as a service and linking to these sites does not imply any endorsement by spoonacular. You assume all risk and responsibility for accessing any third party websites from links provided on spoonacular.

Content You Upload

By uploading a recipe to or our mobile apps, you grant spoonacular a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, fully sub-licensable, non-exclusive, worldwide right to use, reproduce, modify, translate, adapt, publish, and create derivative works from your recipe (in whole or in part) and/or to incorporate your recipe in other works in any form, media, or technology, now known or later developed, including for commercial purposes. Your ingredient list, instructions, and image will be sub-licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

You also warrant that you have the right to upload any content that you submit and that in doing so you do not in breach any third party's rights.

Privacy Policy

We want to make sure you understand what data we collect and why. We will never sell your personal information to third parties. We collect data from you in a few ways:


  1. Cookies are small files stored by your browser/device that help us improve your experience with our site and apps, for example by keeping you signed in to your account. Cookies are also used by Google Analytics, a service that helps us track where are visitors are coming from and how they interact with our website. Again, this information helps us improve our service. These systems log information like your browser, operating system, and IP address (including geolocation). Google Analytics does anonymize your IP address - you can read more about their privacy policy here.
    You may review your Cookie Settings to opt out of cookies on spoonacular. You can opt-out of having making your site activity available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

  2. User Provided Registration Data

  3. When you register for our site or app, you must provide a username, email, first name, and password. This information is only used to create and maintain your account and to contact you about important issues regarding your account and experience on our site.
  4. When you sign up via Facebook or Google, these services send us the information you agree to during the sign up process. This information comes from your public profile and includes your full name, email address, and profile picture. To finish signing up, you must also provide a username. This information is only used to create and maintain your account and to contact you about important issues regarding your account and experience on our site.
  5. We use Sendy to send email. If you opt-in to our newsletter, your data will be transferred to Sendy. Here we store just your name and email so we can contact you with information regarding how to use our website/app, new features, new recipes, etc. If you request your data to be deleted, we will also delete it from Sendy.

  6. User Provided Content

  7. If you update your spoonacular profile settings or upload content to spoonacular, this data is of course stored to make sure the site and app function properly. This data is provided optionally, and includes:
    • your profile's personal statement (if you choose to change it)
    • diet
    • intolerances
    • excluded ingredients
    • breakfast / lunch / dinner times + time zone
    • notes on recipes
    • everything entered into the meal planner and food journal, including the data attached to your uploaded pictures (e.g. date taken, location)

Please also be aware when you upload recipes, add notes to recipes, create custom foods, or add food journal entries, you should be careful NOT to include any personally identifiable information in these fields, as all this data will be stored and is publicly accessible until you make your recipe/product/menu item boxes and food journal private. This can be done in your Profile Settings. You should also NOT enter any personally identifiable information into the site search bars, as search queries are also logged to improve search results.

Your username, personal statement, and profile picture are visible to other users on spoonacular. You can see a sample profile below:

By default, your personal statement will include your username. You can edit it to say whatever you want.

We do not share any other personally identifiable information (such as your real name or email address) with anyone outside our own team, except Sendy if you opt into the newsletter as described above. We may however be required to make identifiable and anonymous information available to third parties in these limited circumstances: (1) with your expressed consent, (2) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, (3) when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to protect our rights or property, or (4) to any successor or purchaser in a merger, acquisition, liquidation, dissolution or sale of assets. Your consent will not be required for disclosure in these cases, but we will attempt to notify you, to the extent permitted by law to do so.

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 16. If you believe we have inadvertently collected such information, please contact us so we can promptly obtain parental consent or remove the information.

Delete Your Data

You can always contact us to find out what data we have stored about you. We will remove all stored data promptly after we receive a request from you to delete your account.

Data Protection

Your privacy and data security is important to us. We take reasonable steps to secure your personally identifiable information against unauthorized access or disclosure. However, no security or encryption method can be guaranteed to protect information from hackers or human error. Should we become aware of any breach, we will report the breach within 72 hours of becoming aware of it.

Information we collect may be stored or processed on computers located in any country where we do business.

California Privacy Rights

If you are a resident of California, you may have additional rights under the California Consumer Protection Act. We comply with all requests to access, update, or delete personal information. Please email us with any such requests.


If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policies, please reach out.

This privacy policy was last updated on January 1, 2020. Our privacy policy may change from time to time (at least once a year). If we make any material changes to our policies, we will send a notice to you by email.

Security Features

We use SSL to make browsing safe for you on spoonacular! That means that the path between your computer (desktop, tablet, or mobile phone) and spoonacular is encrypted. Nobody can listen in, change, or modify your data.

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