“The ShareThis consumer engagement and sharing tools are used by three million publishers to drive engagement, traffic and personalization, capturing the widest and deepest sentiments of people across the internet. These sentiments flow into the ShareThis platform as terabytes of data that are processed daily to better understand people” – Source
Ethical design violations
Invisible tracking pixel.
Block domain sharethis.com
High: found on 1.3% of surveyed sites (96 instances observed).
- “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.” Source
- “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.” Source
- “While using the ShareThis Services, We may place third party advertisers' and publishers' cookies and pixels on their behalf regarding Usage Information.” Source
- “We do not target based on sensitive health-related information, but ShareThis may target general health interest segments such as skincare, diet, fitness, etc.” Source
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