If you are interested in learning about how we collect, use, and disclose information in connection with our digital advertising technology, you have come to the right place.
This privacy statement describes Anomaly's practices and policies with regard to Platform Data. It may describe how Anomaly enables or allows clients to use the Platform, but otherwise does not apply to our clients' or other 3rd parties' practices. Companies participating on the Platform own their own data, and Anomaly retains limited rights to use it to run the Platform. This document does not apply to our data practices offline or with respect to Anomaly.com.
To opt out of our digital advertising technology data practices, click here.
NAI MEMBERSHIP AND COMPLIANCE
Anomaly is an approved member and adheres to the Code of Conduct(s) of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI), the leading self-regulatory association dedicated to responsible data collection and its use for digital advertising. The NAI is an organization for third-party online advertising technology companies, including networks, exchanges, DMPs, SSPs, RTB platforms, analytics companies, and service providers.
The NAI’s role is to help promote consumer privacy and trust by creating and enforcing high standards for responsible data collection and use practices online and in mobile environments among its members. You can find a description of policies listed here: NAI Self-Regulatory Codes of Conduct. By joining the NAI, we have demonstrated commitment to consumer privacy and digital advertising best practices. You can find the NAI opt-out tool here, which allows you to opt out of Interest Based Advertising.
What is in this document?
This document provides information about our digital advertising technology platform (the Platform), which enables our clients (advertisers) to tag content and collect data about consumers who interact with their websites and mobile applications. This document also describes our policies about data collection and use.
Our goal is to be transparent about our business by describing our technology in simple terms so that Internet users can understand our practices. However, please note that we do not have a direct relationship with individual consumers who interact with our client’s websites and mobile applications. Individual consumers with questions about the practices of those advertisers should review those companies’ own privacy policies and contact those companies directly.
What is the Anomaly Platform?
Anomaly has a marketing intelligence technology platform. By "platform," we mean a technology that provides tools for advertisers to purchase data from website and mobile application publishers, or sellers. Our clients want to use their advertising dollars efficiently by reaching the right audiences, and by measuring the effectiveness of the content or creative they are deploying. To help accomplish these goals, advertising buyers and sellers can use our Platform to engage in a variety of techniques, including interest-based data collection, real-time (or programmatic) advertising, contextual, and location-based advertising.
The Platform also provides advertising buyers and sellers other tools, like the ability to measure how effective their ads were, to help prevent malware attacks or other malicious online activity, and other functions designed to help determine the efficacy and reach of their advertising. They may also use our Platform to buy and sell data to help make the ads that their consumer end users see more relevant to them.
The Platform is operated by Anomaly, 536 Broadway, 11th floor, New York, NY, 10012, USA.
What do we mean by Platform Data?
The Platform is designed to use certain types of data (“Platform Data”). It includes data generated through the Platform as well as data our clients receive from other sources and then use on the Platform. This may include information about Internet users’ browsers and devices, such as:
the type of browser and its settings,
information about the device’s operating system,
information about other identifiers assigned to the device,
the IP address from which the device accesses our client’s website or mobile application,
information about the user’s activity on that device, including web pages and mobile apps visited or used,
information about the geographic location of the device when it accesses a website or mobile application, and
inferences or information about users’ interests that are created, acquired, bought, sold, or used by our clients.
Some of this data is sometimes referred to as “HTTP header data” or “clickstream data.”
Platform Data does not include names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, or government identifiers. Anomaly does not allow such data to be collected or used on the Platform.
Glossary of basic terms
Ad Server: An ad server, in its simplest form, is the computer responsible for delivering an ad to be shown in a web page or a mobile app. Today, communications may be sent to several servers in the process of selecting and delivering an ad. This occurs in a matter of milliseconds (thousandths of a second).
Beacons, Pixels, Tags, and SDKs: Beacons (also sometimes referred to as web beacons or pixels) and tags are elements included in web pages to enable companies to collect data, serve advertising, and provide related services, such as measuring ad effectiveness or preventing fake ad traffic. They do this by allowing communication between a web browser and a server. A beacon is a small transparent image that is placed on a web page. A tag is a small piece of website code that is run by the web browser. An SDK is a piece of computer code that developers include in their mobile applications.
Cookie: A cookie is a small text file that is stored in a web browser by a website or ad server. By saving information in a cookie, websites and servers can remember preferences or recognize web browsers from one visit to another or from one website to another.
Non-Cookie Tracking Technologies and Device Identifiers: Companies sometimes use alternative methods that perform functions similar to cookies in order to identify unique browsers or devices. For example, some platforms, such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Play Services for Android, provide unique IDs to be used for advertising. Additionally, mathematical or statistical techniques are sometimes used to try to identify devices. These "Statistical Identifiers" are not 100% accurate.
ID Synching: ID synching (sometimes also referred to as cookie syncing is a common and long-standing process in the digital advertising industry. It enables advertisers to link up data from multiple advertising platforms. (In other words, it helps advertisers buy ads in more than one place.)
Here’s an example of how it works. Let’s say you sell a product on your website. A customer visits your site. Your website stores a cookie to identify that customer’s browser, and the cookie contains an ID of 12345. You then associate that ID with information about what the customer shopped for on your site.
If you want to then use that information to advertise to that user, you might go to an online advertising marketplace to buy ads. In order to buy the right ads and show them to the right user, you’ll need to match your ID, which is 12345 to the ID that the marketplace has assigned to the same customer (which let’s say for this example is ABCDE).
The result is a record that says ID 12345 = Marketplace ID ABCDE. That way, when the marketplace offers to sell you an ad to be shown to ABCDE, your system will know that ABCDE is the same as 12345, and you can pick the right ad to show the customer.
Cross-Device Mapping: Cross-device mapping is the process of making inferences that certain devices are related to each other, i.e. they belong to the same user or household. This is done using either “statistical” or “deterministic” methods (or a combination). “Statistical” refers to using mathematical techniques to make intelligent guesses that certain devices are related. “Deterministic” means using known relationships, for example logins that use the same email address or other personal information, to link multiple devices to a single user.
Interest-Based Advertising: Interest-based advertising uses information collected across multiple web sites or mobile apps to predict users' preferences and to show ads that are most likely to be of interest to them. For example, if a user visits a travel site or uses a travel app, she might see travel-related ads on another site or app. Advertisers may also use other information they have or can acquire about users’ interests. Users have choices with respect to this type of advertising, as discussed below.
Precise Geographic Location: A user’s device may be capable of sharing his or her precise geographic location with the apps or web pages he or she visits using that device. Devices use one or more methods to determine a user’s location, including GPS coordinates and information about wifi networks in the vicinity. Devices such as iPhone or Android phones typically ask for users’ consent before installing or using an app that accesses the device’s precise geographic location. The app, in turn, may make this information available to third-party advertising companies in order to make the ads you see more relevant.
Real-Time Transactions (Also called Real-Time Bidding or Programmatic Advertising): Advertising buyers are able to bid in "real time" for the opportunity to show an online advertisements when a web page is loaded or an app is used. The winning bidder gets to show its ad.
The explanations above are simplified. There are many resources available on the web to learn more about these concepts and online advertising in general. Although we have no responsibility for the content of these sites, we offer the following as additional places to learn more:
All About Cookies: www.allaboutcookies.org
AboutAds.info, For Consumers page: www.aboutads.info/consumers
The Network Advertising Initiative: networkadvertising.org/managing/learn_more.asp
About web browser cookie settings:
Internet Explorer: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11
What Information Do We Collect and Use?
The Anomaly Platform allows our clients to collect and use Platform Data.
The Platform collects information provided by third-party sources to allow clients to use such data to target ads. To do this, clients and data providers may use ID synching to enable the use of this information through the Platform.
Anomaly may collect Precise Location Information when, for example, an app makes such information available through the Platform.
How Do We Collect Information?
Cookie use by the Platform
|What information do we collect and use?
||The Platform is designed to collect and use only Platform Data as described in this document.
|How do we collect information?
|For what purposes do we use the collected information?
||Anomaly uses the information collected on the Platform to provide, operate, manage, maintain, and enhance the Platform.
|What information do we share with third parties?
||Clients have access to the Platform Data that they collect, acquire, or use on the Platform, and may remove it from the Platform for their own use. Anomaly may provide Platform Data to partners and service providers for the purpose of operating, managing, maintaining, or enhancing Anomaly’s services, including for the safety and security of the platform and the online industry, or as required by law.
|How is the information stored and how long is it kept?
||Platform Data is usually aggregated or deleted within 30-90 days (from the last time we see a user), but may be retained in the Platform for up to 18 months from the date of collection before aggregation or deletion.
|What are an individual consumer end user’s choices?
||End user choices are spelled out in the online and app privacy policies of our clients, but most web browser users may opt out of the use of the Platform for interest-based advertising in their web browser. Most mobile app users have access to choices provided by certain apps or in their device system software.
|What happens if this privacy statement is changed?
||Check this policy for changes. Material changes will not be applied to previously collected Platform Data.
To distinguish between unique web browsers, and to store data for advertising purposes, including interest-based advertising.
To store ad delivery and reporting data for clients, such as, for example, which ad was shown, the number of times a particular ad has been shown, and how recently an ad was shown to a particular web browser.
To enable ad buyers to track users' responses (clicks and conversions) to ads purchased on the platform.
With non-unique values for server load-balancing and similar technical purposes.
The Platform uses non-unique cookies to store users' opt-out choices:
The Platform may also use some Non-Cookie Tracking Technologies and Device Identifiers for these purposes (as defined above and as detailed below).
Cookies play a role in cross-device linking in that cookies from different browsers or devices might be associated with each other.
Some browsers or other software may be configured to block 3rd party cookies by default.
For What Purposes Do We Use the Information Collected on the Platform?
Anomaly uses the information collected on the Platform to provide services to its advertiser clients, which primarily means we provide, operate, manage, maintain, and enhance the Platform.
The Platform enables Anomaly's clients to collect, buy, and sell data and to use Platform Data to buy and sell online advertising. Sometime Anomaly staff give "hands-on" help to clients using the Platform for these purposes, for example by configuring advertising campaigns for clients to best meet their objectives.
Particular advertising-related purposes for which Anomaly’s clients may use the Platform Data include:
Interest-based advertising (For information on how to opt out of interest-based advertising on the Platform, consumers can visit the "What are your choices?" section below and review our clients’ online and app privacy policies.)
Limiting the number of times a user sees a particular ad
Showing ads in a particular sequence
Customizing ads to a particular location
Showing ads related to the content of the web page on which they are shown
Determining how users respond to ads
Reporting aggregated statistics regarding, for example, the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns
What Platform Data Does Anomaly Share With Third Parties?
Anomaly may provide Platform Data to partners and service providers in order to provide, operate, manage, maintain, and enhance Anomaly's services. Anomaly may provide, or enable others to collect, information for purposes of protecting the safety and security of the online ecosystem, including to detect and prevent malicious activity or fake traffic.
Anomaly may also disclose such information in the event we reasonably suspect malicious activity or fake traffic, or believe that we are legally required to do so. Anomaly may also share aggregated data derived from the Platform, including, for example, statistics about Platform activity.
Our clients have access to their Platform Data that they collect, acquire, or use on the Platform, and may remove it from the Platform for their own use.
Finally, we may transfer Platform Data to a successor entity in connection with a corporate merger, consolidation, sale of assets, bankruptcy, or other corporate change.
What are consumer choices?
Consumers should visit the privacy policies of our clients’ websites and mobile apps in order to learn about their choices.
Opt Out of Interest-Based Advertising: Consumers can opt out of interest-based advertising related to the Platform as follows:
Anomaly Web Browser Opt Out: Consumers can click here to opt out of having the Platform used to select ads for the consumer’s browser based on his or her online web browsing behavior. When the consumer opts outs, an opt out cookie (from ApolloProgram.io) will be stored in the consumer’s web browser. The Platform will know the choice the consumer has made when it sees the opt out cookie, and will apply that choice to all companies using the Platform. If a consumer blocks or deletes the opt out cookie, he or she will not be opted out and will need to allow cookies from Anomaly and renew his or her opt-out choice.
Important things to note about the opt out:
Blocked cookies: The opt out cookie may not work if a consumer’s browser is configured to block third-party cookies.
Deleting or protecting opt outs : If a consumer deletes cookies, he or she will need to opt out again. There are browser plugins to help a consumer preserve his or her opt out cookies. For more information, please visit http://www.aboutads.info/PMC.
Only a single browser: The opt out only applies to the browser profile in which the consumer sets it. For example, if the customer sets the opt out while using Firefox, but then uses Chrome, the opt out will not be active in Chrome. To opt out in Chrome, the consumer will need to repeat the opt out process. This is because the cookies cannot be read between different browsers or browser profiles.
Learn More: To learn more about interest-based advertising, and to access the opt outs of other online advertising companies, visit the Network Advertising Initiative opt out page.
Mobile App Opt Out: Mobile device system software such as Apple iOS or Google Play Services provide an opt out choice that is communicated to companies providing in-app advertisements. For more information, or to opt out using these mechanisms, a consumer should consult his or her device settings.
Consumers can also consult the NAI’s mobile opt out page here, which explains how users can manage these controls.
Location: Most mobile devices offer the consumer the ability to stop the collection of location information at any time by changing the preferences on the device. The consumer may also be able to stop the collection of location information by particular apps by adjusting the settings for individual apps or following the standard uninstall process to remove specific mobile apps from the device.
Anomaly supports industry self-regulation, and endorses best practices and self-regulatory requirements that apply to the Platform.
Certain companies may participate in the Digital Advertising Alliance ("DAA") AdChoices Program and may display an Advertising Option Icon for Interest-based Ads that links to an opt-out tool which allows you to exercise certain choices regarding targeting. You can learn more about the DAA AdChoices Program at http://www.youradchoices.com/ and its opt-out program for mobile apps at http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices.
Please be aware that such opt-outs do not affect nontargeted ads. We are not responsible for the effectiveness of, or compliance with, any third-parties’ opt out options or programs or the accuracy of their statements regarding their programs. However, we support the ad industry’s 2009 Self-regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising available at http://www.iab.net/media/file/ven-principles-07-01-09.pdf and expect that ad networks, if any, that we directly engage in connection with the Platform to serve interest-based ads will do so as well, though we cannot guaranty their compliance.
Additionally, the following industry sites provide useful information about industry self-regulation of interest-based advertising: www.networkadvertising.org and www.aboutads.info
What Happens if this Privacy Statement is Changed?
Check this page for changes. We may change this privacy statement at any time. However, if we were to make material changes, those changes would not be applied to Platform Data collected prior to such changes.
If you have questions about privacy on the Anomaly Platform, you may send us a message here: firstname.lastname@example.org.