Tableau Public Data Policy

Welcome to Tableau Public! We’re glad you want to use this service to visualize and publish data on the web. We built Tableau Public because, like you, we believe it should be easier to tell stories and communicate with data. You should feel free to use Tableau Public for data (including visualizations) about government, real estate, schools, science, government, sports, economics and thousands of other subjects.

The data you publish is your responsibility.

You are responsible for the content you publish to Tableau Public. We provide Tableau Public as a free service; we are not the owners or publishers of the data on our servers. We don’t screen content before it is published and we don’t make decisions about what content can exist on Tableau Public except as described in this policy. You should be mindful of the data you choose to post.  If you publish libelous or defamatory statements about someone, you can be sued by that person. If you publish confidential data about your customers that they would expect you to keep private, they might seek recourse, including legal action. If you publish data about people that embarrasses them, you can expect them to get angry at you.

You should not publish confidential data that you want to keep private, like your company’s sales plan or your personal financial information.  Once it is posted you should expect that data to be no longer private. This is simply because Tableau Public is only for data that is publicly available, subject to the license terms in the Terms of Service. It provides no security or access features. If you want Tableau Public-like capabilities with security and access features, please look into our other products at Tableau Software.

Our guiding principle is freedom of speech.

Our core guiding principle is the freedom of speech.  However, even under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, there are limits to free speech and there are risks of liability for certain kinds of speech or content.  Tableau generally allows content to be posted to Tableau Public unless such content may create liability for Tableau.  Accordingly, Tableau reserves the right (but assumes no obligation) to remove such content, including:

  • Content that infringes third party copyright, trademark, or publicity rights. Tableau may remove content for which it has received a proper notice of claimed copyright infringement or a notice of trademark or publicity rights infringement.    
  • Obscene content, child pornography, and content depicting the exploitation of children. Tableau may remove and/or report to appropriate authorities any such content that it finds or about which it is notified.
  • Content that incites violence. Tableau may remove any content that incites violence.
  • Content that violates U.S. federal criminal law. Tableau may remove content that violates U.S. federal law, such as content regarding the current number and location of troops deployed in times of war.

We will follow closely our goal to support the freedom of speech within the bounds of the law. Of course there will be cases that arise that have shades of grey. In those cases, we will consult Tableau Public’s external advisory board regarding the appropriate steps to take. Our advisory board consists of a professional journalist, an academic and a media lawyer. 

There is a formal process to take down content.

Although we reserve the right to screen or monitor content on our systems, we generally do not do so.  If you discover content that you believe should be taken down, you may file a complaint in this way:

  • Email or mail us a complaint using the Tableau Public Content Takedown Complaint Form. The complaint must include specific information about the allegedly offending content. If you’re complaining about copyright, trademark, or publicity rights infringement you must be the copyright owner.

Send your form to legal@tableausoftware.com. Or mail the complaint to Tableau Software, Attention: Legal Department, 837 North 34th Street, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98103. We prefer email.

  • On receiving a complaint,
    • If the complaint claims infringement of copyright, we will promptly remove the content pending a counter-notice.
    • If the complaint claims (1) infringement of  trademark, privacy, or publicity rights, or (2) that the content is obscene, child pornography, or depicts the exploitation of children, we may, in our discretion, remove the content.
    • If the complaint makes some other claim, we may, in our discretion, take down the content while the complaint is evaluated. Our bias will be to not take down content while we evaluate the complaint.
    • If we do take down content, we’ll notify the user who posted it.

We will consult our external advisory board for any questionable cases.

  • For copyright infringement complaints:
    • Tableau will notify the user who posted the applicable content that a complaint has been received and the content has been taken down.
    • The user can file a counter-notice claiming that he or she has the right to post the content: 
      • Tableau will inform  the complainant and provide a copy of the counter-notice; and
      • If the copyright owner does not notify us within 14 days of receiving the counter-notice that he or she has brought a suit for copyright infringement, we’ll put the content back up.

This is a living document.

As of today this policy outlines what kinds of content Tableau will remove from the Tableau Public servers. Content on the web is, by its very nature, an evolving area. Therefore Tableau may, from time to time, revise this policy.  If we do, that revision will be effective no later than 30 days after being posted to the Tableau Public site. If the changes are material we might email you about them.  We are committed to helping people tell stories and inform discussions with data. Making this policy clear is part of that. And we welcome your comments: please send them to feedback@tableausoftware.com.