What are third-party services?
Third-party services are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by a government entity, or that involve significant participation of a nongovernment entity. These services may be separate websites or may be applications embedded within FTC websites. We will always provide clear notice before you enter a third-party service from an FTC website.
Privacy Information Regarding Third-Party Services
When interacting with the FTC through a third-party service, the third-party service provider’s privacy policies apply. The following table lists the third-party services currently used by the FTC and provides links to the privacy policies of each third-party service provider. In addition, the table provides links to the FTC’s privacy impact assessment (PIA) for each service (please note that some services are assessed as part of a larger project and do not have their own PIA, and in other circumstances, a PIA may not be required at all). Generally, the FTC does not collect, disseminate, or maintain any personally identifiable information (PII) that you make available through these services, except as specified in this table.
|AddThis||http://www.addthis.com/privacy#publisher-visitors||DCBE Websites and Blogs – Consumer.ftc.gov, Consumidor.ftc.gov, OnGuardOnline, AlertaenLinea, Consumer.gov, Consumidor.gov, and the BCP Business Center (December 2012) See Sec. 2.6.||No.|
|Video Hosting Privacy Impact Assessment (January 2013)||No. The FTC may collect general analytics such as number of viewers watching live webcasts and videos and length of time watched.|
|Challenge.gov||http://challenge.gov/privacy||GSA’s Government-wide Challenge.gov PIA||No.|
In addition, see Sec. 6 of the PIA (“All required confidentiality, Privacy Act, and other privacy-related clauses have been inserted into the contractor’s contract with the Commission.”)
|The Collection of Public Comments Filed Electronically Privacy Impact Assessment (November 2011)||Title, first name, last name, organization name (if any), mailing address, city, state, country, and postal code may be collected and maintained from users who file comments.|
|http://www.facebook.com/policy.php||Facebook Privacy Impact Assessment (March 2012)||The FTC may collect comments when hosting an interactive Facebook chat, answering questions, or broadcasting an event, but makes every reasonable attempt to remove any names prior to preserving Agency records. See Sec. 2.1 of the PIA.|
|ForeSee Results||http://www.foreseeresults.com/privacy-policy.shtml||Web Customer Satisfaction Surveys Privacy Impact Assessment (May 2012)||The FTC does not intend to collect any PII and the survey instructions expressly discourage respondents from including any in response to the questions with open comment fields; however, the system cannot prevent respondents from doing so.|
|GovDelivery||http://www.govdelivery.com/privacy||GovDelivery Privacy Impact Assessment (August 2010)||Email address or name, mailing address, and organization name (optional) will be collected and maintained from users who subscribe to FTC newsletters.|
|http://www.reddit.com/help/privacypolicy||Reddit Privacy Impact Assessment (August 2013)||The FTC may collect comments when hosting interactive Ask Me Anything’s and responding to FTC-related reddit posts, but makes every reasonable attempt to remove any names prior to preserving Agency records. See Sec. 3.0 of the PIA.|
|http://twitter.com/privacy||Twitter Privacy Impact Assessment (June 2013)||The "handles" (user names) of news agencies and professional journalists reporting on FTC-related subjects may be collected and maintained. In addition, the handle of any user may be collected and maintained if @FTC, @laFTC, @TechFTC, @Josh_WrightFTC, @JulieBrillFTC, or @MOhlhausenFTC interacts with the user during an interactive chat or answers questions the user directed to @FTC, @laFTC, @TechFTC, @Josh_WrightFTC, @JulieBrillFTC, or @MOhlhausenFTC. See Sec. 2.1 of the PIA.|
|Wordpress||http://automattic.com/privacy/Wordpress||Wordpress Privacy Impact Assessment (March 2012)||Users who choose to leave comments on the blog may provide FTC access to PII such as name, email address, or other information which the FTC may collect. See 2.1 of the PIA.|
|YouTube Privacy Impact Assessment (October 2011)||No.|