ShareThis takes privacy seriously. This Privacy Notice governs the main privacy principles and details we apply to the data we collect through the ShareThis social sharing tools for publishers. This policy explains when and why we collect data, how we use it, when we share it and how we keep it secure.
About ShareThis Sharing Tools
ShareThis provides a customizable social sharing tool, making sharing online content simple. You can easily share anything on the web with your friends on social sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Email, Digg, Reddit and more through one tool (“ShareThis Icon”). In addition to the sharing service offered directly to you, our technology also allows us to gather information regarding the browsing and sharing from those websites that use our ShareThis Icon or our advertising technology (“Publishers”). This enables ShareThis, Publishers, advertisers, and data partners to facilitate the delivery of relevant, targeted advertising, analytics, and data modeling based on social sharing (ShareThis Icon and all applications, services and other technology provided by ShareThis to Publishers, collectively “ShareThis Publisher Applications”). You can recognize the websites which use the ShareThis Publisher Applications by the ShareThis Icon on the website.
Our aim is to enable advertisements by displaying products and/or services that you might be interested in, based on your recent browsing and/or sharing behavior, without identifying who you are by name, email or phone number. This is often called interest-based advertising (“IBA”) or online behavioral advertising (“OBA”). For example, if you visit and browse on Website A which uses ShareThis Publisher Applications, on a subsequent online visit to Website B, you may see ads personalized by your social sharing and/or browsing history on Website A but not personalized based on your name or other personally identifying information. For more information on IBA/OBA, click here.
We collect information via technical cookies placed on your browser, pixel tags, HTTP headers (or other communication protocols), and browser identifiers. We do not use flash cookies or other locally stored objects (LSO) that may be used to circumvent user opt-out choices.
Online Web Environment: (desktop, tablet, and smartphone browsers)
ShareThis “tags” visitors on the websites that use ShareThis Publisher Applications with browser cookies. Users tagged by ShareThis are given a technical identifier, such as C62414AY9324FB5671069928026P0067.
This browser cookie tracks the content viewed by the visitor and pages of websites which use ShareThis Publisher Applications (“Our Publishers”). Pixel tags are then used to transfer browsing data from visitors of Publishers’ websites to ShareThis and our data partners.
About the Technology:
Cookies: Small text files that contain a string of characters and uniquely identify a browser. Cookies are sent to a computer by website operators or third parties. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. However, you may be able to change your browser settings to refuse third-party cookies or to indicate when a third-party cookie is being sent. Check your browser’s “Help” files to learn more about handling cookies on your browser.
Pixel tags: Small strings of code that provide a method for delivering a graphic image on a webpage or other document. Pixel tags allow the operator of the webpage or other documents, or a third party who serves the pixel tag, to set, read, and modify cookies on, and to transfer other data to, the browser used to view the webpage or other documents. Pixel tags may also be used to obtain information about the computer being used to view that webpage or other document, including the IP address of the computer that the tag is sent to, the time it was sent, the user’s operating system and browser type, and other similar information (commonly known as the user agent string).
HTTP headers: Components of the header section that are transmitted whenever a webpage is viewed, and contain technical information required for communication between a client (your computer or device) and a server (the webpage you visit). Other electronic communication protocols (such as those used for email) also use headers to transmit information. This information may include information about the client browser, the requested webpage, server and other information the third party knows about you, your computer or device.
Note: ShareThis does not use persistent identifiers like a carrier or device ID to revive a previously opt-out profile or deleted cookie.
Statistical IDs: IDs created via an algorithm using information about your computer or device, including your operating system, user-agent string, IP address, Internet browser, installed fonts, and similar information. This information makes your computer or device distinct enough for our systems to determine within a reasonable probability that they are encountering the same computer or device, including environments where ShareThis cookies are not supported. These statistical IDs are not 100% accurate. We may use statistical IDs for Publisher analytics and aggregate analytics. We collect this data to measure insights on the browsing and sharing activity from Publisher websites.
Please keep in mind that your web browser may not permit you to block the use of these statistical IDs, and those browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on such techniques.
Other Environments: (Mobile applications)
In environments that do not support interest-based advertising cookies, like mobile applications, we do not collect Usage Data for interest-based advertising. See Data Collection and Use.
To serve ads in mobile applications the advertiser identifiers may be used, such as Google Advertising ID or Apple IDFA, depending on the operating system of your mobile device. These identifiers consist of a string of technical and random characters signaling out your device with a hash (non-reversible encrypting method). The advertiser identifier identifies your device but not you and can be reset by you. See your device manufacturer for more information.
Linking Environments: (browsers and mobile apps used)
To serve you personalized advertisements and provide a seamless online experience, third party data partners that we work with may link your identifiers on the different environments you use. We may enable the linking of our Usage Data through cookie syncing. We do not use plain text personal information such as your name or address to operate the linking. Our data partners may use exact linking methods by leveraging the technical data collected through our technology such as advertising partner identifiers.
Our data partners are members of the NAI or DAA and you can opt out of our tracking and theirs through NAI or DAA opt out mechanisms described in User Choices.
Data Collection and Use
We collect registration information and Usage Data (defined below). Your registration information is not connected to Usage Data. For Usage Data, we use data that does not directly identify an individual. We collect and use technical data relating to a certain amount (not all!) of your browsing navigation to display personalized advertisements, provide analytics, and data modeling based on social sharing, by us or third parties.
We do not process any information which could be used by ShareThis, directly or indirectly, with the help of a third party or otherwise, to determine the identity of a user.
How Data is Collected
Your name, email, and other registration information:
You should know that many of our services can be used without registering with us. However, if you want to use some of our enhanced features you will need to register with us. If you chose to register with us, you affirm that you are 16 years of age or older. We do not sell or share registration information with third parties for marketing purposes.
We may offer social media services in which our registered users can share information about themselves with their friends, including information about their interests and favorite websites. You can decide what information you want to share and who you want to share with in this manner.
Keep in mind, whenever you voluntarily post personal information in public areas, like blogs, message boards, and forums, you should be aware that this information can be accessed by anyone with access to those places. Be careful how you share.
Note on Emails from Users with ShareThis Icon:
When you share to email with the ShareThis Icon, you chose how to connect to email from your device. We do not verify your identity to that email account; we rely on your device email settings, using third-party authentication through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Yahoo!, as applicable. Even still, 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 Publisher Applications.
We collect data when your device visits our website, uses or interacts with our services (including sharing content with the ShareThis Icon), when your device visits Publishers’ websites that use ShareThis Publisher Applications, and when your device views or clicks advertisements that we serve or are served on our behalf.
Publishers are owners or operators of websites that make ShareThis Publisher Applications available on their site to collect Usage Data as a data controller in the European Union. Publishers make the ShareThis Publisher Applications available on their site to facilitate their legitimate interest in enabling browsing and sharing content from their website and are required to deploy banner cookie notices/consent, as applicable by local law.
Usage Data may include, without limitation:
- Unique IDs of a cookie placed on a web browser (example: 37d387ca-f68a-11e5-b87d-0e58954c72b1)
- General click-stream behavior
- Webpages 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
- Items clicked or selected
- Content highlighted
- IP addresses
- Mobile advertising identifiers (Apple IDFA or Google AAID) which are specific technical data created by mobile manufacturers to allow personalization and customer analytics in a secure and non-identifying way for users (not collected by us but may be used with our data)
- The information contained in HTTP headers or other intent transfer protocol signals
- Attributes of computer or device usage, type of browser (e.g., Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari), and operating system (iOS or other for mobile devices)
The information listed above does not directly identify an individual and is not considered to be personal information in many jurisdictions in which we operate. Specific types of the information listed above, such as Internet Protocol (IP) address, may be considered personal information in some parts of the world or if combined with other information. In some parts of the world if information that does not directly identify an individual is combined with other information it may be considered personal information and in such cases, we treat this information as personal information.
ShareThis is aware of the sensitivity of certain types of data. We do not create interest segments that reflect sensitive personal data, based on local jurisdictions. While types of data considered sensitive may vary among users, we presently treat data as sensitive if it includes sensitive health information (such as a serious medical condition like cancer); certain aspects of a user’s personal life or financial situation (such as credit, insurance or employment eligibility); or use of, or interest in, gambling, alcoholic beverages, or “adult” products or services.
We do not create segments of EU consumers based on personal data considered to be sensitive in the EU (e.g., information about physical or mental health or condition, sexual orientation, race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or similar beliefs). In most other jurisdictions, general health interest such as skin care, diet, or fitness are not sensitive and therefore ShareThis may use such interests.
Click here to view the list of health and wellness interest data segments available by ShareThis in such jurisdictions.
ShareThis does not intentionally collect data from, and does not tailor any segments to, children under 16 years of age.
How Data is Used
We 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 our 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 per 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.
ShareThis uses the usage data we collect and information collected from our third-party partners to create audience segments and to otherwise enable interest-based advertising (“Usage Data”).
Audience segments are groups of users and certain general interest categories that we have inferred based on the following:
a) demographic or interest data
b) a general geographic location derived from your 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 Personal Information; they are tied to a device, not a person. 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, email, phone number, mailing address, or username of any specific individual. Audience segments are not tied to Registration Information.
We may also employ Usage Data for research and development purposes, for our internal operational purposes, and to create aggregate statistics for market research or analytics services. These aggregated statistics do not include information that directly identifies an individual. We offer some of the Usage Data to Our customers for their own internal analytics or data modeling. In such cases, we contractually prohibit the customers from re-identifying you without your opt in consent.
Browser environment: (desktop, tablet, and smartphone browsers)
When you opt out as instructed in this section, an opt out cookie will be set on your browser. We must maintain the opt out cookie on your browser in order to recognize you as having opted out from our service. The ShareThis opt out cookie is like any other cookie, therefore, if you clear that cookie from your browser, use a different internet browser, or use a new computer to access the internet you must opt out again.
You can also opt out by visiting the following links. Please note these links allow you to opt out of interest-based advertising delivered by registered members (i.e., us and other companies that also provide interest-based advertising and are members of these self-regulatory organizations) on the current browser you are using when you opt out on their platform.
The opt-out tools above are currently cookie-based, and prevent ShareThis from using Usage Data for interest-based advertising on the browser on which they are installed. As a result, the opt out will only function if your browser is set to accept third-party cookies, and may not function where cookies are sometimes automatically disabled or removed (potentially without your knowledge), like Safari. If you delete cookies, change your browser settings, switch browsers or computers, or use another operating system, you will need to opt out again.
Our statistical IDs are not used for interest-based advertising. Therefore, the industry opt out platforms listed above may not apply to our statistical IDs. Also, please keep in mind that your web browser may not permit you to block the use of these statistical IDs, and those browser settings that block cookies may have no effect on such techniques.
While the opt-out methods described above often work for mobile web browsing, they are cookie-based and are therefore less reliable in mobile “app” environments that may not accept interest-based advertising cookies.
Instead, you can typically opt out at the mobile platform level by the limit ad tracking within the settings function, as described below. Though we do not collect data from mobile apps for interest-based advertising, we or third parties we work with may use such data collected by others in delivering interest-based ads.
Most Android Users:
To use the “opt-out of interest-based advertising” option, follow the instructions provided by Google here: Google Play Help.
Please note that this is a device setting and will disable interest-based ads from all providers, and not just for ShareThis.
iOS users: (version 6 and above)
To use the “Limit Ad-Tracking” option, follow the instructions provided by Apple here: Apple Support Center.
Please note that this is a device setting and will disable interest-based ads from all providers, and not just for ShareThis.
Do Not Track and Cookie Blocking:
ShareThis does not process do-not-track signals from browsers. If you block third-party cookies from being set on your browser, you may not be able to enjoy some features or functionality of, and you may see the same content and advertisements repeatedly on, some websites. Blocking cookies will also block the function of our opt-out, which is an opt-out cookie. Check your browser’s “Help” files to learn more about handling cookies on your browser.
The Ghostery browser extension is also a good tool to see a list of all third-party cookies on each website you visit and allows you to selectively opt out.
Corporate Website Collection and Use
You can browse the ShareThis corporate website (ShareThis.com) without providing any personal information. You may choose to provide this information to us voluntarily if you interact with ShareThis.com in certain ways, such as applying for employment with ShareThis, or using one of our contact forms. To facilitate your purpose in communicating with us, the registration data collected is your name and email address.
This information is used only for the reasons it was collected, such as responding to your communication, and is not shared with third parties other than to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected.
We may also collect limited personal data, through the use of technologies such as cookies, as explained in our Technology Section above. We may use this data for purposes including enhancement of our services; marketing, interest-based advertising, and to more effectively match our website content to your interest.
We may also work with third parties who collect information on ShareThis.com, and we may maintain links to other websites on ShareThis.com. This Privacy Notice does not apply to the privacy practices of other websites or of third parties who collect information on ShareThis.com. We encourage you to visit the applicable policies of those third parties, or visit www.aboutads.info to learn more about interest-based advertising and to see your opt-out choices from other participating companies that may be collecting and using data on ShareThis.com.
Data Sharing or Disclosure
We share Usage Data, including audience segments, with advertisers, Publishers, and other data partners (all, “Our Customers”) for interest-based advertising, analytics and data modeling.
We share pseudonymised Usage Data, including audience segments, with advertisers, Publishers, and other data partners (all, “Our Customers”) for interest-based advertising, analytics and data modeling. In the European Union, we may transfer Usage Data to other controllers.
Our Customers may use third-party service providers, acting on their behalf, to display advertising or other content that reflects users in an audience segment.
We also provide analytics to help Publishers to better understand the use and interactions on their website. This information tells a Publisher how many people are sharing content from their website. We may offer aggregate browsing data so a Publisher may know the people most likely to share their content with their friends are, for example, soccer fans.
When we share Usage Data with Our Customers, we contractually prohibit them from re-identifying you (with your name, address, email, phone or other directly identifying information) without opt in consent, unless the Usage Data is only from their website.
We also share Usage Data with third-party service providers (e.g., data storage and processing facilitates or modeling vendors) in order for those service providers to perform business functions for ShareThis or on behalf of ShareThis customers. When ShareThis shares Usage Data with third party service providers, we require them to use it only for the purposes of providing services to us and to implement security controls and to maintain the confidentiality of that information.
ShareThis may use or disclose registration information and/or Usage Data as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; b) to comply with legal process; c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities, including public and government authorities outside your country of residence to meet national security and/or law enforcement requirements; d) to enforce our terms and conditions; e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates, you or others; f) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damage that we may sustain; and g) as part of a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets.
Data Security and Retention
The security of your information is a high priority to ShareThis. We do not process any information which could be used by ShareThis, directly or indirectly, with the help of any third party or otherwise, to determine the identity of users. We have implemented industry-standard security measures, as appropriate for the sensitivity of the data.
The security of your information is a high priority to ShareThis. We have implemented industry-standard security measures, as appropriate for the sensitivity of the particular data.
However, no transmission of data over the Internet is guaranteed to be completely secure. While we strive to protect your data, it may be possible for third parties not under the control of ShareThis to unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. ShareThis cannot ensure or warrant the security of information you transmit to us.
We believe Usage Data is relevant for up to 14 months so we retain that data for up to 14 months from the date of collection. Our cookies expire 14 months after they are last updated. For example, if you browsed a sports website for baseball on January 1, your membership to ShareThis’ “Sports/Team Sports” audience segment would expire by March 1 of the following year.
Aggregate, de-identified data (which is not connected to an individual or device) for reporting may be retained for a longer period. We may permit some of our customers to retain Usage Data for longer periods of time for limited purposes such as seasonal or cyclical interest-based advertising campaigns or internal analytics and model development. Such customer’s deletion of this Usage Data is done per their posted privacy policies or other retention periods they communicate publicly.
ShareThis may also retain other statistical data related to the performance, operation and use of services for more than 14 months for security and operations management, statistical analyses, service improvement, and research and development
We will retain registration information as long as you have an active account with us. If you have not logged into any of our services with your username and password for a period of 14 consecutive months, we may deem your account as being inactive. Once we deem your account inactive, we may delete your registration information, including any data you may have saved, without any liability to you.
You always have the option to cancel your account with us at any time. Simply sign into the site and click on the My Account at the top of the page. Click on Edit Profile and then select Deactivate Account and follow the instructions. You may also request to have your registration information removed by submitting a request to email@example.com.
Commitments to Privacy Standards
ShareThis promotes transparency and control for users as members of various self-regulatory programs.
ShareThis also participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. For more information and to view our Privacy Shield policy, expand the section labeled “Additional Information” below.
ShareThis is a member of the following self-regulatory programs:
Network Advertising Initiative (NAI):
ShareThis adheres to the NAI codes (NAI Code of Conduct, Mobile Application Code). NAI offers an online web opt-out platform to allow consumers to express their choices and provides general information related to privacy and Interest Based Advertising.
The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA):
ShareThis adheres to the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising. The DAA opt-out platform offers the consumer a choice page to opt out from advertising services, and general information related to privacy.
ShareThis adheres to the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s (“EDAA”) principles. The EDAA opt-out platform offers consumers in the European Union a choice page to opt out from advertising services, and general information related to privacy.
For California Users:
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, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Pursuant to California privacy law, registered users under 18 years of age may request to have content or information posted by the user removed from any of our online platforms by sending an email request to: email@example.com. The removal of content does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content posted on any of our line platforms by the registered user. We do not advertise or market any products or services identified in Chapter 22.1 Sec.22580 to users we have actual knowledge are under 18 years of age.
GDPR and EU-US Privacy Shield:
ShareThis, Inc. is committed to protecting data and enabling individual privacy rights in every location we do business. Therefore, we comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.
Our compliance with the GDPR, which is designed to empower and protect the data privacy rights of EU individuals, is evident with the availability of user consent tools as well as user data access rights outlined throughout this policy and more specifically below.
ShareThis’s accountability for personal data that it receives under the Privacy Shield and subsequently transfers to a third party is described in the Privacy Shield Principles. In particular, ShareThis remains responsible and liable under the Privacy Shield Principles if third-party agents that it engages to process the personal data on its behalf do so in a manner consistent with the Principles, unless ShareThis provides that it is not responsible for the event giving rise to the damage.
In compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield Principles, ShareThis commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collecting or use of your personal information. European Union individuals with inquiries or complaints regarding this privacy notice should first contact ShareThis directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your complaint within 45 days of receipt.
We have further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the EU-US Privacy Shield Principles to BBB EU PRIVACY SHIELD, a non-profit alternative dispute resolution provider located in the United States and operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgement of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit www.bbb.org/EU-privacy-shield/for-eu-consumers/ for more information and to file a complaint.
For residual disputes that cannot be resolved by the methods above, under limited circumstances, a binding arbitration option may be available before a Privacy Shield Panel. To find out more about the Privacy Shield’s binding arbitration scheme, please see: https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=ANNEX-I-introduction.
The Federal Trade Commission has investigation and enforcement authority over our compliance with the Privacy Shield. We acknowledge the right of EU individuals to access their personal data. If you are in the European Union and would like to gain access to, or request amendment, correction or deletion of information that ShareThis holds about you, please contact us using the details in the “Contact Us” section below. We will consider and respond to your request in accordance with, as applicable, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, and any applicable laws.
We respect your privacy rights and provide you with reasonable access to the Personal Data that we may have. If you wish to access or amend any of this data that we hold about you or to request that we delete any information about you, you may contact us as set forth below.
You may also update, correct or delete your account information at any time. Please note that while any changes you request will be reflected within a reasonable period of time, we may retain all information for backups, prevention of fraud and abuse, analytics, or satisfaction of legal obligations.
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Please note we may update or change this privacy notice. If we revise our privacy notice, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, and to other places we deem appropriate, so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If we make material changes, we will notify you by means of a notice on this site prior to the change becoming effective.
Updated April 26, 2018