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GitHub Copilot for Business Privacy Statement

Effective Date: December 7, 2022

Use of GitHub Copilot for Business is also subject to the GitHub Privacy Statement, the Acceptable Use Policies and the GitHub Copilot for Business license terms.

What data does Copilot for Business collect?

Copilot for Business relies on file content and additional data to work. It collects data to provide the service, some of which is then saved for further analysis and product improvements. Copilot for Business collects data as described below:

User Engagement Data

When you use Copilot for Business it will collect usage information about events generated when interacting with the IDE or editor. These events include user edit actions like completions accepted and dismissed, and error and general usage data to identify metrics like latency and features engagement. This information may include personal data, such as pseudonymous identifiers.

Code Snippets Data

GitHub Copilot transmits snippets of your code from your IDE to GitHub to provide Suggestions to you. Code snippets data is only transmitted in real-time to return Suggestions, and is discarded once a Suggestion is returned. Copilot for Business does not retain any Code Snippets Data.

How is data in Copilot for Business used and shared?

User Engagement Data is used by GitHub, Microsoft, and OpenAI to provide the service and to enable improvements.

Such uses may include:

  • Evaluating GitHub Copilot, for example, by measuring the positive impact it has on the user
  • Fine tuning ranking and sorting algorithms and prompt crafting
  • Detecting potential abuse of GitHub Copilot or violation of Acceptable Use Policies.
  • Conducting experiments and research related to developers and their use of developer tools and services.

How can users of Copilot for Business control use of their data?

User engagement data (which includes pseudonymous identifiers and general usage data), is required for the use of GitHub Copilot and will continue to be collected, processed, and shared with Microsoft and OpenAI when you use GitHub Copilot.

For more information on how GitHub processes and uses personal data, please see the GitHub Privacy Statement.