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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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").
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ShareThis Services are for general audiences. We will not knowingly collect information from children under the age of thirteen (13).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will act on your request as promptly as possible.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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Last Updated 25 August 2010