Welcome to ShareThis. ShareThis, Inc. offers online services and applications that allow users to share content on the Web more easily. In addition to the sharing service offered directly to users, the technology we use to assist with user sharing also allows us to gather information from publisher Web sites that include our ShareThis Sharing Icon or use our advertising technology, and enables ShareThis and our partner publishers and advertisers to use the value of the shared content and other information gathered through our technology to facilitate the delivery of relevant, targeted advertising (the ShareThis Services). This policy describes how ShareThis, Inc. (We or Us) collects information from users of our services, applications, and third-party Web sites with whom we partner (publishers), how we use that information to enrich your Web experience, and when we share that information with our publisher and advertiser partners and other third parties. This policy also describes the choices you have regarding how your information is used and shared.
We believe that the ShareThis Services enhance our users Web experience. If you do not want us to collect, use, and share your information as described in this Policy, however, you may simply opt-out of the ShareThis Services altogether and we will not use or disclose your information.
A. About This Policy
This policy governs only ShareThis use and disclosure of information we collect when users elect to use the ShareThis Services to share information, visit a publisher Web site (Site) that includes the ShareThis Sharing Icon or uses the ShareThis Services, or view advertisements we serve. This policy does not otherwise apply to the practices of other Web sites, third-party advertisers or advertising networks, or other 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 may collect information about you through the following means: when you complete a ShareThis registration (Registration), when you visit our Web site, when you use our Sharing Icon to share content, when you visit a Web site using the ShareThis Services or when you view or respond to advertisements served by us or on our behalf.
Many of our ShareThis Services 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 certain information, some of which identifies you personally, such as your name and email address, 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 information you provide to us directly Registration Information.
We may offer from time to time social media services in which our registered users can share information about themselves with their friends, including information about their interests and favorite Web sites. You can decide in your sole discretion what information you want to share with others in this manner. This information will only be made available to friends with whom 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 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 partner publishers Web sites that use our sharing icons or ShareThis Services, and when you view or click advertisements that we serve or are served on our behalf (Usage Information). Usage Information could include general click stream behavior such as Web pages viewed (including the URL addresses of such pages), search queries from which users are directed to a page, navigation from page to page through the ShareThis Services, time spent on each page, and items that you click or select . 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 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) ( Technical Information).
Information from Third Parties
In addition to the information ShareThis collects directly from users, we also receive certain non-personally identifiable information (e.g., demographic information such as zip code) from our advertisers, ad network and publisher partners, and we may combine this information with what we have collected. We also collect information from third-party Web sites with whom you have registered, like social networks, that those third parties make publicly available.
C. Information Used by ShareThis
We will use your Registration Information: (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, store log-in credentials, and customize your ShareThis Services; (e) to contact you from time to time about ShareThis Services; and (f) for ShareThis to provide offers for products and services of ShareThis and our partners 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 of certain emails you receive by clicking on links in the emails, although you agree that we may always contact you to provide you with important information or notices required by ShareThis.
We use the Usage Information we collect and information collected from our third-party partners to assemble non-personal, demographic and behavioral information to group users that share a common interest into audience segments (Audience Segments). Audience Segments are groups of users and certain general interest categories that we have inferred based on (a) demographic or interest data, (b) a general geographic location derived from you IP address, (c) the pages you view and links you click, and/or search terms you enter when using certain services. These Audience Segments do not contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII); for example, these segments 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 will use these Audience Segments (a) to match advertisements that may be of interest to our users that fall within that 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 a given segment.
In some cases, if you have chosen to make PII (like your name) publicly available through third party sites like social networks, we may seek your consent to use that PII in connection with services we offer in conjunction with our partners. We will not disclose your PII without your consent.
We will use your Technical Information to analyze statistically site usage and to customize our sites content, layout and services. We may also use third-party analytics services to collect, monitor and analyze the non-personally identifiable 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.
D. Sharing Information
We do not sell Registration Information, nor do we share any Registration Information (including, any Registration Information combined with other Usage or Technical Information) with any third party for marketing purposes.
We may disclose any information we collect, including PII, 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 or any user.
We may share non-aggregate, non-personally identifiable Usage Information, including audience segments, with third party advertisers and publishers to assist us and them in delivering relevant, targeted advertising that is aligned with user interests. For example, 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.
We may also share aggregate statistical information about our services with advertisers and publishers. We do not provide any PII to these third parties.
E. Your Options
You can opt out of our use of your Usage 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 Usage Information from being matched to any particular Internet browser. 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. 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 Usage Information, and does not apply to cookies or Web beacons used by third party publishers, advertisers or ad networks.
F. Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising
You can learn more about the program here.
ShareThis supports the cross industry, Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (Self Regulatory Principles) as managed by the Digital Advertising Alliance (for more information click here.)As part of this service, certain online advertisements and Web sites are delivered with the Advertising Option Icon (also referred to as the Forward i) or similar icon that helps consumers understand how their data are being used and provides choices for consumers who want more control. This icon is also at the bottom of each of our Web pages. The Advertising Option Icon provides information (and links to other information) on online behavioral ads, who is collecting and using your online data, how you can opt out and more. ShareThis uses Evidon, Inc.’s assurance platform to comply with the Self-Regulatory Principles. ShareThis also is a member of (1) the Internet Advertising Bureau and abides by IAB’s Member Code of Conduct, which you can review by clicking here and (2) is a participating network with the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out tool for behavior advertising, which you can review at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
G. One Click Option
H. 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.
The ShareThis Services are for general audiences. We will not knowingly collect information from children under the age of thirteen (13).
M. Email Security Information
We do not perform email verifications on our ShareThis widgets. We cannot block users from sending emails from your email address or to your email address. We are not responsible for the information provided or shared by users via the ShareThis widget.
N. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will act on your request as promptly as possible.
O. 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. ShareThis generally deletes all Usage Information, Technical Information, Audience Segment Cookies and all other cookies that have been on our severs for twelve (12) months
P. For California Users
Your California Privacy Rights: California privacy law allows California residents to obtain specific disclosures about a businesss 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.
Q. How to Contact Us
4009 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1227
Last Updated 20 March 2013