eXelate provides data collection, data segmentation, and data distribution to facilitate interest based advertising for advertisers, publishers, and content providers (our customers) and provide a more relevant advertising experience to consumers. In order to provide these services, eXelate collects information about users’ online activity across websites and mobile applications (“eXelate Targeting Data”).
We collect eXelate Targeting Data from our partners (such as publishers, mobile app developers, and other third-party providers of advertising technology and services) in a variety of ways, including through the use of browser cookies, pixels, application software development kits (SDKs), or server-to-server connections with our partners.
- Cookies. Cookies are small text files that are stored on a user’s Internet browser, and can be accessed by web servers when the browser returns to a website or goes to another website. Cookies are used by companies to gather information about visits to websites – for example, number of visits, average time spent, pages viewed, navigation history through the website, and other statistics. This information helps companies to improve a user’s online experience in many ways: for example, by making the website easier to use, measuring the effectiveness of promotional ad placements, and tailoring websites and advertisements to better match a user’s interests and preferences.
- Server to Server connections. eXelate also may obtain data from other online and offline third-party sources directly through connections to their servers through various secure information transfer methods. eXelate does not collect personally identifiable information from users through its service. eXelate also does not store personally identifiable information such as name, address, telephone number, social security number, or e-mail address.
eXelate uses and may combine the information collected by various means, including from third party data sources, to help customers create a more relevant advertising and online experience for the user.
How We Use Collected Information
We and our customers use eXelate Targeting Data to provide more relevant advertising or content to users. For example, we may use information about your visits to multiple unaffiliated websites to infer the types of ads and content that may interest you. We also may use the information collected in browsers for advertising, analytics, or ad reporting purposes, or to improve the services.
We may use information about your activity across multiple unaffiliated third-party mobile applications to predict the types of advertisements that may interest you. We share this information, and information about your visits to multiple, unaffiliated sites, with advertisers, publishers, and content providers (our customers) to specify an ad, a group of ads, or content to be displayed to a particular computer or device. eXelate and its partners also may use such information for advertising, analytics, or ad reporting purposes, or to improve the services. We may combine this information with a mobile advertising identifier (such as your mobile device’s IDFA or Google Advertising ID) and may retain it for up to 120 days since the date of last activity.
eXelate uses standard non-sensitive health segments to deliver interest-based advertisements to users in web browsers and mobile applications. For a complete list of such non-sensitive health segments, please click here.
eXelate is a participant in the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) and adheres to the DAA’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising, including the DAA’s Application of Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment. To learn more about the DAA and its consumer choice mechanism, click here. eXelate is also a member of the Network Advertising Initiative (“NAI”) and adheres to the NAI Codes of Conduct. To find out more, and opt-out of NAI member cookies, click here. eXelate also a member of and adheres to the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s (“EDAA”) principles. To learn more about the EDAA and its consumer choice mechanism, click here.
eXelate may use data it collects or receives from advertising technology partners and customers, including publishers, to make a deterministic or statistical match of mobile advertising identifiers and cookie identifiers. For example, eXelate or its partners may match your devices if you log into the same online service on multiple devices or web browsers, or if your devices share similar attributes that support an inference that they are used by the same user.
We also may use such information to match a user’s interests across devices, as well as for analytics, ad reporting, or to improve the services.
We partner with Tapad, Inc. and Crosswise, Ltd. to help make these cross-device connections using mobile advertising identifiers and cookies that we share with them. eXelate may retain information about device matches for up to 120 days.
Choices and Opting Out
You may opt out of eXelate’s data collection and use of Targeting Cookies for interest-based advertising purposes. You may also manage your advertising preferences in web browsers by adjusting the interest-based segments that we associate with your browser or device. For more information about those choices, please use the link below.
Please note that by opting out from eXelate, you are opting out of ad and content targeting activities that are conducted online via eXelate services. You will still receive online advertisements and content, but these ads and content may not be as relevant to you. Be advised that if you change computers or browsers, or use multiple computers or browsers or delete your cookies, you will need to repeat this process for each computer and each browser. You may download a browser plugin that will help you maintain your opt out choices, even if you delete certain cookies from your browser, by visiting http://www.aboutads.info/PMC.
eXelate effectuates do not track signals set in certain browsers by stopping collection of web viewing data for providing relevant advertising. eXelate currently applies signals set in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and certain versions of Internet Explorer. eXelate does not apply signals set in Internet Explorer version 10 and above. Users can learn more about exercising choice with respect to eXelate’s services by clicking here.
If you would like to opt-out of eXelate’s interest-based advertising in mobile applications, you can download the Digital Advertising Alliance’s mobile application for each of your devices and set your preferences in the application.
If you reset the mobile advertising identifiers (e.g., Apple’s IDFA and Google Advertising ID), you will also need to reset your preferences in the AppChoices applications.
Cross-Device Matching Opt-out
If you would like to opt out of eXelate’s cross-device matching, you may do so by opting out using the tools identified in each of the “Web Browsers” and “Mobile Applications” sections above.
When you opt out using the tools for web browsers and mobile applications, eXelate will disassociate the information collected on the browser or device from which you have opted out from the other browsers or devices that eXelate may have matched to it (similarly, eXelate will disassociate the information collected on other browsers or devices from the device from which you have opted out). To opt-out on all of your browsers and devices that eXelate may have matched, please opt out separately on each device and each browser that you use.
Information on opting-out of cross-device matching on mobile devices can be found at: https://www.networkadvertising.org/mobile-devices.
Sharing Information with Third Parties
eXelate may share information that we collect through or in connection with the services with third parties for a variety of purposes, as described below.
- We provide eXelate segment data to our parent company, The Nielsen Company (“Nielsen”), to allow Nielsen’s media measurement business provide more detailed reports for Nielsen’s customers. For example, eXelate cookie data allows Nielsen to let its advertising customers know whether consumers who clicked on an advertisement tend to fit into segments of inferred commercial interests, such as interest in sports, gardening, or likely car shopping. This helps Nielsen’s customers refine their advertising and other media.
- We may share aggregate, non-personal information with our customers and other third parties in connection with reporting and accounting needs as well as with other unaffiliated third parties for various purposes such as advertising and statistical or educational analysis.
- eXelate may share eXelate Targeting Data, and information derived from Targeting Data, with our customers in the ordinary course of our business. We indicate to our customers that an eXelate targeting cookie or mobile advertising identifier is a member of an eXelate Targeting Data segment at various times. For example, a particular browser or device may be associated as a member of a segment (e.g., interests in Green Living or Movies) when the browser or device visits certain Web pages or mobile applications that are operated by our customers. Our customers may use a browser’s or device’s associated membership within a segment of inferred commercial interests based on browsing activity across unaffiliated websites or mobile apps over time to display advertisements and other content that are related to that segment. Customers may also use other partners acting on behalf of those customers to display advertising or other content that reflects a browser’s or device’s membership in a segment.
- eXelate may share Targeting Data with third-party service providers (e.g., data storage and processing facilities) to perform business functions for us or on our behalf.
- eXelate may also disclose Targeting Data if we believe that we have a legal obligation to do so or where necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process.
- In the event eXelate merges with another company, or another company acquires all or substantially all of eXelate’s assets, including, without limitation, in the event of bankruptcy, all data compiled or owned by eXelate may be among the items transferred in that transaction.
Data Storage, Retention, and Security
Except as otherwise stated in this policy, eXelate may store the data it collects on its servers. eXelate may retain pseudonymous log file data, including cookie data, web browsing data, and mobile browsing data (including data from app usage) for up to 120 days for ad targeting purposes. Aggregated data may be retained for other purposes, including analytics, for up to 13 months.
eXelate uses generally accepted industry security standards including physical, electronic, and administrative safeguards to help protect our data. No security measures, however thorough, are perfect, and there can be no absolute assurance of security.
The services provided by eXelate are not intended for persons under 13 years of age. eXelate’s products and services are not developed or directed at children. We do not knowingly solicit or collect personally identifiable information including not from children under the age of 13, nor do we market our products or services to children under the age of 13.
Changes to Our Policy
We may revise this Policy at any time. We encourage you to visit this page periodically to review our current Policy so that you may know what information we gather and how we may use that information.
Should you have questions in regards to this Policy or eXelate’s privacy practices, please contact us at: Privacy.Department@nielsen.com or by mail/phone at: 7 West 22nd Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10010. +1.646.380.4400.
Updated: February 1, 2017, Effective February 1, 2017