AddThis includes the following key components:
1. AddThis Tools: Oracle (“Oracle”, “we”, “us”, “Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud”) provides an AddThis suite of technologies to publishers for use on their websites (“AddThis Tools”). AddThis Tools provide website owners with the capability to enable users of their websites to share webpages, blogs, news, photos, videos, and other content with social networks and other destinations via a browser plug-in or website plug-in. With AddThis Tools, publishers can (i) enable users to share, follow, view, recommend and interact with the publisher’s content, and (ii) collect information from those users as a result of their visit. The AddThis Tools are available for download through AddThis.com or through selected third party sites.
2. AddThis Toolbar: Oracle also enables you to download and install directly from Oracle an AddThis Toolbar as a browser plug-in that enables you to share content from virtually any website (“AddThis Toolbar”). The AddThis Toolbar is available for download through AddThis.com or through selected third party sites.
The AddThis Tools and AddThis Toolbar collect information from the device used by you to interact with Publisher Sites or with the AddThis Toolbar (“AddThis Data”).
AddThis Data is collected online and may indirectly identify you. It includes, for example:
We may associate personal information about you with interest segments or profiles as part of the provision of AddThis services to our customers and partners. Interest segments are a specific group of consumers that share a common behaviour or preference used for marketing by our customers. Profiles are a set of attributes about a specific consumer or device, or a set of multiple consumers or devices sharing common attributes used for marketing by our customers.
Oracle may also collect email addresses on behalf of a Publisher to assist the Publisher in creating email lists as part of our AddThis List Building Tools service. More information about this service is available here. Oracle is not responsible for the use and processing of your email address in connection with the AddThis List Building Tools service. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of the Publishers to understand how such Publishers use and share your email addresses.
We use personal information for the following purposes:
a) to enable AddThis Tools and AddThis Toolbar functionality;
b) to enable AddThis Publishers and Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud customers and partners to market products and services to you;
c) to provide personalized recommendations and messages;
d) to link browsers and apps across devices;
e) to sync unique identifiers;
f) to analyze, develop, and improve the AddThis Tools, AddThis Toolbar, and Oracle products and services;
g) to manage the security of our sites, networks, and systems;
h) to comply with applicable laws and regulations and to operate our business.
These purposes are further specified below.
a) Enable AddThis Tools and AddThis Toolbar functionality.
We use AddThis Data to process your request to share content via the AddThis Tools and AddThis Toolbar. We also use AddThis Data to customize the AddThis Tools and AddThis Toolbar to your usage patterns.
Example: You visit a website and use the AddThis sharing tool on the website to share an article to Facebook.
b) Enable AddThis Publishers and Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud customers and partners to market products and services to you.
Publishers provide us with AddThis Data so that we can build Segments and Profiles to facilitate personalized interest-based advertising for you by Oracle and our Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud customers and partners. By installing the AddThis Toolbar, Toolbar Users provide consent for us to use their AddThis Data for interest-based advertising.
Example: A marketing professional working for a travel company wants to reach a group of individuals (also known as an audience) who may be interested in its travel specials to Hawaii. The marketing professional uses AddThis Tools to create an audience interested in travel to Hawaii. If you have visited a travel website previously and have expressed an interest in Hawaiian vacations, you may subsequently see advertisements for a vacation to Hawaii because a cookie has been placed on your device that made you part of that travel company’s audience.
c) Provide personalized recommendations and messages.
Publishers can use AddThis Data and insights provided by AddThis to personalize the Publisher Site.
Example: You visit a site and see content on the site that you find relevant to your interests. Using the example above, if you visit the travel company’s site, you may see specials to Hawaii on the travel company’s homepage. You decide you want to receive additional information from the travel company via email communications and provide your email address to the travel company so they can send you offers and specials directly to your inbox.
d) Link browsers and apps across devices.
For linking Profiles and Segments to enable Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud customers and partners to connect your interest segments across the various browsers and/or devices you may use for the purposes described in this section.
Example: You are interested in vacations offered by a travel company and have clicked on their online advertising. You are logged into several devices (your desktop, smartphone, and tablet) using the same login. Oracle partners have indicated that you are likely the same user across those same devices. The travel company is able to send vacation offers to you (via de-identified cookie ID) to these different devices.
e) Sync unique identifiers.
The AddThis Tools also incorporate Cookies and Pixels from Oracle partners to enable the synchronization of unique identifiers between Oracle and our third party partners to facilitate online behavioral advertising across the online advertising ecosystem. For a list of those third party partners, please visit: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/pixel-partners. The ‘Opt-Out’ tool available below will opt you out of data collection by Oracle and cease the syncing of unique identifiers with our third party partners. Please see the “What are your choices?” section below for more information.
f) To analyse, develop, improve, and improve the AddThis Tools, AddThis Toolbar and Oracle products and services.
We can process AddThis Data for Oracle’s own research and development purposes. For example, to enhance data quality, develop new features and functionality and for statistical analyses related to the performance and operation of the Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud.
g) To manage the security of our sites, networks, and systems.
We can collect usage and systems operations data from the AddThis Tools and AddThis Toolbar for security and operations management to help keep our networks and systems as well as our products and services secure, or to investigate and prevent cyber-attacks or potential fraud, including ad fraud and to detect bots.
h) To comply with applicable laws and regulations and to operate our business.
In some cases, we may process AddThis Data to comply with applicable laws and regulations. For example, to respond to a request from a regulator or to defend a legal claim. We may also process AddThis Data in the operation of our business. For example, to conduct audits and investigations, for finance and accounting, archiving and insurance purposes.
If we have collected information about you in the EU/EEA, our basis for processing is the following:
a) We rely on your consent to enable Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud customers and partners to market products and services to you and to develop and improve our Oracle products and services. End User consent is obtained on behalf of Oracle and Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud customers and partners by the AddThis Publishers. Please refer to Section 8 (“What are your Choices?”) below for more details on how to opt out of interest-based data processing based on your consent;
b) We rely on our legitimate interest to provide measurement and analytics on campaign performance and to analyze, develop, improve, and optimize sites, our networks, and systems, and to maintain the security of our sites, networks, and systems. Oracle products and services secure. To the extent it is recognized to constitute an appropriate legal basis, we may rely on legitimate interests to enable our partners and customers to market products and services to you;
c) We will process AddThis Data in order to comply with applicable laws and regulations, such as to process an opt-out request.
Cookies and similar technologies (e.g., pixels tags and device identifiers) are used by Oracle and our advertising technology partners to recognize you and/or your device(s) on, off and across different services and devices for the purposes specified in Section 5 above.
Pixel Tags (also called web beacons or clear GIFs) are invisible 1 x 1 pixels that are placed on webpages that use this technology for marketing and measurement purposes. When you access these webpages, pixel tags generate a generic notice of the visit. Pixel tags can be used with cookies or alone. When used with cookies, pixel tags can track activity on a site by a particular device and provide relevant online advertising to you. When you turn off cookies or have opted out of cookies, pixel tags simply detect a unique website visit and how you interacted with the advertising but do not track an individual to provide relevant online advertising.
Redirect notice. When you use the AddThis Tools on a Publisher Site to share information and content the Publisher makes available on the Publisher Site (“Publisher Content”), you are redirected through the AddThis Site before you are directed to your destination website where you want to publish or share the Publisher Content (e.g., to share Publisher Content to a social media site such as Facebook).
We provide multiple choices in respect of the information we process about you. You can exercise these choices as described below.
Please note that if you opt out using the first two opt out tools, you may still temporarily receive marketing due to marketing campaigns already underway. However, you will be opted-out of all future marketing campaigns that use the Oracle Marketing & Data Cloud.
Also note that the first two opt out tools are currently cookie-based and prevent Oracle from using your personal information 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 (e.g., certain mobile devices and operating systems). If you delete cookies, change your browser settings, switch browsers or computers, or use another operating system, you will need to opt out again. Oracle does not use persistent, unique identifiers to revive a previously opted-out profile or deleted cookie.
Blocking Emails Shared via AddThis Tools or the AddThis Toolbar. You may opt of sharing content (with other users for example) by email using the AddThis Tools or AddThis Toolbar. By using the AddThis Tools or AddThis Toolbar, You agree to abide by the general rules of conduct in the AddThis Terms of Service. Oracle does not verify the email address you provided. Oracle will delete the email address within 90 days of collection. To opt out of emails sent by you using AddThis Tools, please use the opt-out tool available at: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/email-opt-out.
Toolbar Uninstallation. The AddThis Toolbar can be uninstalled at any time. Please refer to your browser’s support or help feature to determine how to uninstall the AddThis Toolbar.
Access personal information
In order to exercise your right to access your online information, you can use the Oracle Data Cloud Registry (“Registry”) to view the online segments Oracle has associated with your device. By accessing this Registry, you can view the types of third-party interest segments that are available for Oracle Data Cloud customers. Please note that the interest segments you see within the Registry is information about you from the profile associated with the specific browser, computer or device that you are using to visit the Registry. You may see different segments when viewing the Registry from a different browser, computer or device. We therefore recommend using different browsers and devices when accessing the Registry.
Sharing within Oracle
As a global corporation, AddThis Data can be shared globally throughout Oracle's worldwide organisation. A list of Oracle entities is available here. Please select a region and country to view the registered address and contact details of the Oracle entity or entities located in each country. Oracle employees are authorised to access personal information only to the extent necessary to perform their job functions.
Sharing with third parties
We may share AddThis Data with the following third parties:
Oracle maintains personal information for the following retention periods:
We retain AddThis Data for 13 months as of collection. A 1% sample of AddThis Data (“Sample Dataset”) is retained for a maximum of 24 months for business continuity purposes. Oracle hashes the direct and indirect identifiers (such as IP address and cookie ID) in the Sample Dataset. 'Hashing' means the personal information cannot be associated with an individual without the use of additional information.
Oracle has implemented appropriate technical, physical and organizational measures designed to protect personal information against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, damage, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access as well as all other forms of unlawful processing.
Oracle does not create any online interest segments that reflect personal information that we consider sensitive. While the types of personal information considered sensitive may vary among consumers and applicable law, we treat the following types of personal information as sensitive:
We do not allow AddThis Data to be used for employment, credit, healthcare, or insurance eligibility purposes.
We do not intentionally collect AddThis Data from, and do not tailor any services to, children under 16 years of age. Further, we prohibit our Publishers from providing Oracle with personal information from sites directed to children under the age of 16 or from consumers whose age these companies know to be under the age of 16.
Oracle is a member of, and adheres to the regulatory principles of, several industry groups including the Network Advertising Initiative ('NAI'), the Digital Advertising Alliance ('DAA'), European Digital Advertising Alliance ('EDAA') and the Interactive Advertising Bureau ('IAB'). Please visit these industry groups for more information on the advertising industry and for more opt-out choices.
AddThis Platform, AddThis Tools, and AddThis Toolbar contain links to, and allow you to share content on, third party websites and services. By providing such links to third party websites or services or allowing sharing of content, we are not endorsing, authorizing or representing that we are affiliated with that third party, nor are we endorsing the third party’s privacy or information security policies or practices. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of these third party websites and services to understand how such third parties collect, use and share information.
Oracle is a global corporation with operations in over 80 countries and personal information is processed globally. If personal information is transferred to an Oracle recipient in a country that does not provide an adequate level of protection for personal information, Oracle will take measures designed to adequately protect information about you, such as ensuring that such transfers are subject to the terms of the EU Model Clauses.
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