Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friendly Pinterest privacy disclosure

I was greeted with the following information today when I used my Pinterest account to pin a picture in a new blog.  It details quite well the technical tactics social media sites are now using to record and target your Internet usage.  The commercial value of this data- whether identifiable or anonymous forms the foundation of the emerging global Internet ecosystem.

"These days, whenever you use a website, mobile application, or other
internet service, there’s certain information that almost always gets
created and recorded automatically. The same is true when you use our
products. Here are some of the types of information we collect:

  • Log data. When you use Pinterest, our servers automatically
    record information (“log data”), including information that your browser
    sends whenever you visit a website or your mobile app sends when you’re
    using it. This log data may include your Internet Protocol address, the
    address of the web pages you visited that had Pinterest features,
    browser type and settings, the date and time of your request, how you
    used Pinterest, and cookie data.
  • Cookie data. Depending on how you’re accessing our products, we may
    use “cookies” (a small text file sent by your computer each time you
    visit our website, unique to your Pinterest account or your browser) or
    similar technologies to record log data. When we use cookies, we may use
    “session” cookies (that last until you close your browser) or
    “persistent” cookies (that last until you or your browser delete them).
    For example, we may use cookies to store your language preferences or
    other Pinterest settings so you don‘t have to set them up every time you
    visit Pinterest. Some of the cookies we use are associated with your
    Pinterest account (including personal information about you, such as the
    email address you gave us), and other cookies are not.
  • Device information. In addition to log data, we may also collect
    information about the device you’re using Pinterest on, including what
    type of device it is, what operating system you’re using, device
    settings, unique device identifiers, and crash data. Whether we collect
    some or all of this information often depends on what type of device
    you’re using and its settings. For example, different types of
    information are available depending on whether you’re using a Mac or a
    PC, or an iPhone or an Android phone. To learn more about what
    information your device makes available to us, please also check the
    policies of your device manufacturer or software provider."

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