Third Party Services

Question

What about information collected by other third-party services when the FTC uses those services to communicate and interact with me?

Answer

The FTC uses third-party services such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to communicate and interact with the public. You may encounter these services as separate websites (for example, the FTC’s Twitter page), or as applications embedded within the FTC’s websites (for example, AddThis). These services are controlled and operated by third parties, and are not government websites or applications. By interacting with the FTC through these third-party services, you may be providing non-government third parties access to your personal information, which can be used to distinguish or trace your identity. Any information collected by a third-party service is subject to the privacy policies of the third-party service provider. These third-party services may, for example, use persistent (multi-session) cookies.

Generally, the FTC does not collect, disseminate, or maintain any personally identifiable information (for example, registration information) that you make available through these third-party services, except in limited instances specified here. You should be aware, however, that the FTC may read, review, or rely upon information that you make available to the public or the FTC on these services (for example, comments made on the FTC’s Facebook page), as authorized or required by law.

Please note that these third-party services supplement the FTC’s traditional communication and outreach efforts. If you need to communicate with the FTC, please use these traditional channels to contact us. For more privacy information regarding each of the third party services currently used by the FTC, click here.