Welcome to ShareThis. This policy describes how ShareThis, Inc. (“we” or “us”) collects and uses information from users of its services and applications and on sites operated by companies other than ShareThis (these web site operators are known as “publishers”) and by advertisers (including advertisers that are part of the ShareThis advertising network and those in other ad networks). This policy also describes the choices you may have with this information.

A. About This Policy

We offer online services and applications that allow users to share more easily content on the Web. In addition to the sharing service, the technology we use to assist with user sharing also allows us to gather information from publisher sites that include our ShareThis sharing icon or from sites that use our advertising technology but don’t offer our sharing icon, and enable these publishers, us, and advertisers in our advertising network to use the value of the shared content or the information gathered through our technology to facilitate the delivery of relevant, targeted advertising (the “ShareThis Services”). This policy governs only information we collect when users elect to use the ShareThis sharing icon to share information, go to a Web site that includes the ShareThis sharing icon or uses the ShareThis Services, and advertisers use of information obtained through the ShareThis Services for advertisers that participate on the ShareThis advertising network. This policy does not otherwise apply to the practices of other Web sites, third party advertisers or advertising networks, services or companies that we do not own, manage or control. We do not control the privacy practices of such third parties, and you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties when you use their services.

B. Information Collected by ShareThis

As we explain in more detail below, we collect information that you provide to us through the following means: when you complete a registration, when you visit our Web site, when you use our sharing icon to share information, when our sharing icons are used on publisher Web sites, when you go to a website using the ShareThis Services or when you view or respond to advertisements served by us or on our behalf.

1. Registration Information

Many of our ShareThis features can be used without registering with us. However, you will need to register with us if you want to use some of our enhanced features, like automatic log-in or address book functionality.

If you elect to register with us, you will be providing us with information that identifies you personally, such as your name, email address, zip code, a user name and password, and other registration information. From time to time, you may also provide us with additional information about yourself if you engage in any other transactions with us, for example, when you give us your phone number to seek customer support. We call this type of personal information collectively "Registration Information."

We may offer from time to time social media services in which our registered users can share with their friends information about themselves, including information about a user's interests and favorite web sites. You can decide in your sole discretion what information you want to share with others, including your age, hobbies, and interests and other content, such as photos. This information only will be made available to friends you have specifically agreed to share such information and we will treat it as "Registration Information." You have a right to change these options at any time.

2. Usage Information

We collect information when you visit our Web site, use or interact with ShareThis Services (including, sharing content with our sharing icons), when you visit our publishers' Web sites that use our sharing icons or ShareThis Services; this information could include general click stream behavior such as pages viewed (including the URL addresses of such pages), navigation from page to page through the ShareThis Services, time spent on each page, and items that visitors click or select ("Usage Information"). This Usage Information also may include IP address, information about your geographic location derived from your IP address and the domain name of your Internet Service Provider. We mostly use cookies and pixel tags to collect this Usage Information. A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer and stored on your hard drive when you visit a website; each website can send its own cookies to your browser. A pixel tag is a small graphic file that allows us to monitor the use of ShareThis Services. Pixel tags allow us to collect information such as IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the tag appears, the URL of the page on which the pixel tag appears, the time (and length of time) the page containing the pixel tag is viewed, the type of browser that retrieved the pixel tag, and the identification number (the long string of characters) of any cookie previously placed by that server on your computer.

We also use a "cookie" to collect Usage Information in order to assemble non-personal, demographic, behavioral and technical information in order to group users that share a common interest into audience segments ("Audience Segment Cookies"). These Audience Segment Cookies do not contain Registration Information; for example, these cookies may disclose that a user located in a geographic area may be interested in cars, but this information does not identify or include the name, e-mail address, phone number, mailing address, or user name of any specific individual.

In addition to the Audience Segment Cookies we describe above, we may also use cookies with ShareThis Services to allow us to improve the quality of our service, store user preferences, store and retrieve login information on a user's system, and to personalize content and offers of interest to our users.

Technical Information

We also collect technical information such as the type of browser you are using (e.g., Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.), the type of operating system you are using (e.g., Windows or Mac OS), the central processing unit on your computer, and your manner of connecting to the Internet (e.g., connection speed through narrowband or broadband access) (collectively, "Technical Information").

Advertising Information

When you visit or interact with advertisements served by us or by others using the ShareThis Services, we collect information, including Technical Information and Usage Information from you ("Advertising Information"). In addition, our advertisers, ad networks and publisher Web sites may share certain non-personally identifiable information about their users (such as zip code) with us in order to provide the ShareThis Services.

Information collected on ShareThis Services may be combined with information collected from other sources.

Resume Information

Resumes are requested for job applicants and are used to evaluate the candidate. Resumes are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with any entity unrelated to ShareThis.

C. Information Used by ShareThis

We will use your Registration Information in (a) to fulfill requests for our services; (b) to communicate with you and respond to your inquiries; (c) to conduct research about the use of the ShareThis Services; (d) to enable you to create an account and customize your ShareThis Services; (e) to contact you from time to time about ShareThis Services; and (f) for us (not third party advertisers) to provide offers and advertisements for products and services that may be of interest to you. If you decide to share your interests and your profile information with your friends on ShareThis, we will display your profile information according to the preferences you set in your account.

You can control the types and frequencies of certain emails you receive, although you agree that we may always contact you to provide you with important information or required notices required by ShareThis.

We may use pixel tags, either provided by us or by our publisher Web sites, advertisers, and ad networks to collect Usage Information and use the information in combination with our Audience Segment Cookies to provide ShareThis Services, targeted advertisements on ShareThis, or to assist our publisher Web sites, advertisers and ad networks in their provision of targeted advertising. We and our publisher Web sites, advertisers and ad networks use information obtained through the Audience Segment Cookies (anonymous user profiles, groups, and audiences) to design and deliver targeted advertising campaigns or other relevant content. We and the Web sites, advertisers and ad networks also use this data for other related purposes (for example, to do research regarding the results of our online advertising campaigns or to better understand the interests or activities of users of the ShareThis Services). We may also be retained by certain Web publishers that will use the ShareThis Services to collect Usage Information on the publisher’s Web sites solely for the purpose to obtain additional information about such publisher’s own users and in accordance with such publisher’s privacy policy (ShareThis will not have the right to use this information for its advertisers).

We will use your Technical Information to analyze statistically site usage and to customize our site's content, layout and services. We may use third-party analytics services to collect, monitor and analyze the information collected as described above. This information will allow us to improve our services, provide content and offers of more interest to you, and better understand and serve our users.

We will use Advertising Information to observe consumer behavior (including, sites visited and content shared by our users) across multiple websites in our network, and then organize users into groups or “audience segments” based on such users’ interests for use in Audience Segment Cookies. We will use this Advertising Information (a) to match advertisements that may be of interest to our users that fall within an audience segment and (b) to assist our advertisers, ad networks, and publisher Web sites to deliver advertisements and offers that may be of interest to users within an audience segment.

D. Sharing Information

1. Registration Information

We do not sell Registration Information. We will not share any Registration Information (including, any Registration Information combined with other Usage or Technical Information) with any third party for marketing purposes. On the other hand, we will disclose any information we collect, including any information personally identifiable with you, if (a) you specifically authorize it (e.g., you respond to an offer made by a third party on the ShareThis Services or you use our social media services) or (b) we reasonably believe we are required to do so by law, regulation or other government authority or to protect our rights and property or the rights and property of the public. We may also cooperate with law enforcement agencies in any official investigation and we may disclose your personally identifiable information to the relevant authorities.

2. Information Shared for Advertising

We may share aggregate information about user interests and website visits collected from cookies and Audience Segment Cookies with third party advertisers and publishers. We may also share statistical information about our services with advertisers and publisher.

We may use third-party companies (advertisers, publishers and ad networks) under agreements with us to serve advertisements and/or collect certain information about usage of ShareThis Services on their properties and Web sites; however, no Registration Information is provided by us to such companies. These companies may use such information (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over) in order to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Your preferences collected through this process may be used to influence which types of marketing messages you receive across sites that we work with. These companies typically use a cookie or pixel tag to collect this information. Please note, although we do not provide Registration Information when you use ShareThis Services on third party properties, these publisher Web sites and advertisers may independently gain other demographical information about you after they place their own cookies or web beacons, or when we serve advertising information to them based on our Audience Segment Cookies and any pixel tags associated with such cookies. These cookies and pixel tags are not intended to collect personal information from your computer, such as your name, address, e-mail address, user name or phone number; however, these cookies may collect information such as a user’s IP address and the location where the user accesses the Internet. The use of cookies and pixel tags by these advertisers, publishers, and ad networks are subject to their own privacy policies. We are not responsible for the information practices of these third parties. You may find a list of ShareThis' current advertising networks, if any, by clicking here. Most of these companies are members of the Network Advertising Initiative, and give you the ability to opt out of their advertising cookies and pixels at www.networkadvertising.org.

E. Your Options

You can opt out of our use of your Advertisement Information (including opting out of our Audience Segment Cookies) for targeting purposes by going to http://www.sharethis.com/privacy and clicking on the “Opt Out” button for advertising cookies. By opting out, we will set an “opt-out cookie” on your Internet browser, which will prevent your Advertising Information from being matched to any particular Internet browser. Please note, that if you opt-out, you will continue to receive advertisements on ShareThis Services and Participant Sites, but these advertisements will not be tailored to your preferences and usage based on information collected by ShareThis. This opt-out only applies to ShareThis’ Advertising Information, and does not apply to cookies or web beacons used by third party publishers, advertisers or ad networks.

Most Internet browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you'd prefer, you can set yours to refuse cookies. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of ShareThis if you do so. If you change browsers (including, if you use a browser on a different computer), delete your cookies, or use multiple browsers (either on the same computer or different computers), you will need to repeat this process for each computer and each browser.

F. One Click Option

We may offer one-click log-in features to our users. If we offer such features, you will have the option to decide whether you want to use the password management and one-click log-in features of ShareThis and you can add, disable or remove this information at any time in your discretion. This information will be protected in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

G. Be Careful if You Post Information Available to the Public

Whenever you voluntarily post personal information in public areas on ShareThis and on the Internet, like journals, blogs, message boards, and forums, you should be aware that this information can be accessed by the public. Please exercise discretion in deciding what information you disclose.

H. Minors

The ShareThis Services are for general audiences. We will not knowingly collect information from children under the age of thirteen (13).

I. Acquisitions

We reserve the right to transfer your personal information in the event of a transfer of ownership of ShareThis, Inc., such as acquisition by or merger with another company. If an acquiring company should plan to materially change this privacy policy, we will notify you beforehand.

J. Security

We take steps to help protect your personal information. We require password protection, physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect personal information about you. We limit access to personal information about you to employees and agents authorized by us to operate, develop or improve our services. Any agent must agree in writing to keep your information confidential. Please remember that no technological environment is completely secure and we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted or posted on ShareThis or any other website over the Internet.

K. Changes in Privacy Policy

From time to time we may update this Privacy Policy and will post a notice of any significant changes on our website. You should visit this page periodically to review any such changes to the privacy policy. Your continued use of this website or our service means that the provision of personally identifiable information to us after such material changes will be subject to the new terms.

L. Canceling Your Account

You always have the option to cancel your account with us at any time. Simply sign in to the site and click on the 'My Account' at the top of the page; click on 'Edit Profile' then select ‘Deactivate Account’ and follow the simple instructions. You may request to have your registration account information removed by submitting a request to privacy@sharethis.com. We will act on your request as promptly as possible.

M. Data Retention

We will retain your Registration Information as long as you have an active account with us. We reserve the right to deem your account as being “inactive” if you have not logged into any ShareThis Service with your user name and password for a period of twelve (12) consecutive months. Once we deem your account inactive, we may delete your Registration Information, including any data that you may have saved on the ShareThis Services, without any liability to you.

Our policy is to delete all Usage Information, Technical Information, Audience Segment Cookies and all other cookies that have been on our severs for twelve (12) months. Although we will use reasonable endeavors to remove such older data, we cannot assure that all such data will be completely purged from our systems.

N. For California Users

Your California Privacy Rights: California privacy law allows California residents to obtain specific disclosures about a business's privacy practices if it shares information with other companies for direct marketing purposes. To make a request to ShareThis under California's privacy law, please send an e-mail to: privacy@sharethis.com.

O. How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about ShareThis’ Privacy Policy or its implementation, or if you believe there are inaccuracies in your account information you may contact us as follows: By email:


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ShareThis, Inc.
455 Delta Ave.
Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45226

Last Updated 25 August 2010

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