Effective Date: October 6, 2015
Introduction: This Ghostery Browser Extension Privacy Statement (“Privacy Statement”), which is subject to Ghostery’s corporate Privacy Statement, describes our information practices for the Ghostery® browser extension (“GBE”) or plugin, a downloadable consumer browser extension that helps you to see what companies are tracking (“Trackers”) you on any given website. With the information provided by the GBE, you can learn more about these Trackers and exercise personal control over this activity. Except as provided in this Privacy Statement, the GBE does not collect any personal information about you such as your name, address, or email address unless you affirmatively provide it to Ghostery. The GBE is owned by Ghostery, Inc., formerly Evidon, Inc. (“Ghostery”), a for-profit company, and can be downloaded onto your computer, subject to the Ghostery Browser Extension End-User License Agreement (“EULA”).
Ghostery, like all corporations, is constantly trying to improve its products, including the GBE. Because we have historically not collected personal information like names and email addresses, we have not been able to communicate directly to our anonymous users. However, many have contacted us and have asked to be kept abreast of changes to the GBE, certainly a good idea. In response we have developed the Consumer Messaging Platform (“CMP”), turned on by default, that will allow us to communicate to our users while still honoring their privacy.
Section I: Ghostery Browser Extension
What Data is Collected - When you download the GBE it collects the following data: Non-personal Information: Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, web browser, operating systems, and opt-in settings to share Tracker information with Ghostery.
Personal Information: At download, or anytime through the GBE settings, you may create a user account in which case we will collect your name, address, email address, phone number, and if you are purchasing either the Premium or Ghostery Pro versions of the GBE, then we will also collect your credit card information.
How is this Data Used -
- If you have not opened an account: The GBE data that we collect is used to: (i) communicate through the CMP in order to share product information or updates and Ghostery news to our GBE users where we do not know their names or email addresses, and (ii) for internal analytical purposes such as more accurately counting the number of GBE downloads. This data collected is not stored or retained and you can opt-out of us collecting this data at any time by going to the GBE options page and following the instructions provided. Please know that if you opt-out of us collecting and using this information, you will still be able to use the GBE, but you won’t receive any product information or updates.
- If you opened an account: The GBE data (personal information) that we collect when you open an account is used: (i) to communicate directly to you in order to give you information about our products, updates and upgrades (in certain cases for a fee), (ii) as your login credentials in order to access the added functionality in the GBE, (iii) to allow our partners to market to you, unless you tell us otherwise by opting-out from receiving partner communication, and (iv) to sync your Ghostery settings across browsers.
Section II: Ghostery Opt-In Community
What Data is Collected - When downloading the GBE you are asked if you will opt-in to a Ghostery community millions strong, that we used to call Ghostrank, giving us permission to monitor and catalogue data on the Trackers that may be following you as you traverse the Internet. There is no obligation to opt-in to this community, and if you do you can always withdraw your consent as described below. Also, the only way we will collect this Tracker data is if you affirmatively opt-in and when you do so, we collect the only following: the Trackers identified by the GBE, the blocking status of the Trackers, domains identified as serving Trackers, the time it takes for the page and the Trackers to load, the Trackers’ position on the page, the browser in which the GBE has been installed, the browser language, standard web server log information like your web request, the data sent in response to that request, a timestamp for the request, page and Tracker weight (megabytes of data attributable to each Tracker), and whether Trackers appeared on any visited webpage. To be clear, the data we gather is about Trackers and tracking elements only (we find out and inform you who is tracking you on the Internet) and the characteristics of the visited web pages. It is never about individuals who encountered those Trackers.
How Is the Data Used: The data we collect if you opt-in is used to: (i) increase our Tracker intelligence, and (ii) build and improve our products that we license to businesses. That is how we make money and is how we are able to continue to offer the GBE as a free consumer privacy tool. We do not use any collected information to track individuals or to target ads to them. To learn more visit www.ghostery.com.
Withdrawing Opt-In Consent: You can always withdraw your opt-in consent by opening the GBE, going to the settings, unchecking the “Enable” box and saving your new preferences. Once that is done you will no longer be in our opt-in community and we will not collect any of the information described above.
Section III: Miscellaneous
Consent and Acknowledgement: By downloading or using the GBE you: (i) consent to Ghostery’s information collection and use practices described in this Privacy Statement and agree to the terms of the GBE EULA, and (ii) acknowledge that Ghostery’s information collection and use practices are essential to the performance of the GBE and Ghostery’s ability to provide its services to you.
Data Retention: Ghostery retains the collected data for as long as it is needed for the purpose for which it was collected.
Security: Ghostery has reasonable technical, physical and administrative security safeguards in place to protect the collected data.
Information Sharing Policy: We reserve the right to disclose any information as required by law, or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on us, or to protect the safety of a third person.
Merger, Sale, or Reorganization of Ghostery: If Ghostery should ever file for bankruptcy, or have its assets sold to or be merged with another entity, all collected data are Ghostery assets and may be transferred or sold without recourse.
Changes to Privacy Statement: We may occasionally change this Privacy Statement and when we do, we will also revise the “Effective Date” at the top of the Privacy Statement. If we make any material changes to our Privacy Statement, we will try to inform you via our CMP and, if you opened an account and gave us your email address, then we will also attempt to email you about those material changes. Ultimately, however, it is your responsibility to periodically review this Privacy Statement to stay informed about our information practices. Your continued use of the GBE constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Statement and any changes to it.
Contacting Ghostery: All inquiries, comments or concerns about our information practices should be sent either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org , or regular mail to Ghostery, Inc., 10 E. 39th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016, Attention: Privacy Department. You can also call us at 917-262-2528.