Your privacy is critically important to us. At MetaPDF we have a few fundamental principles:
- MetaPDF connects to your Google Account. We technically restrict this access as much as possible and we only ask for access to information necessary to run our Service. In particular we don’t have access to your e-mail or any files stored in Google Drive that you have not uploaded via MetaPDF. Moreover, we never transfer or store your documents on our servers.
- All content you store in MetaPDF is private by default and only accessible by you unless you choose to share it with others.
- We do not store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our Services.
- We do not store your credit card number. All payments are processed securely by Stripe, a payment provider trusted by thousands of small businesses.
- You can choose to import your Gmail contacts to share PDFs email from within MetaPDF. Your contacts will only be stored locally on your computer, never on our servers. We will never send emails to your contacts
unless explicitly initiated by you when you share PDFs via email.
- We do not share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, or protect our rights.
First published on 3/10/2015.
We, Paperpile LLC, operates the website www.metapdf.com. It is our policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites and services.
Like most website operators, MetaPDF collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor’s request. MetaPDF’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how MetaPDF’s visitors use our website. From time to time, MetaPDF may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of our Service and websites.
MetaPDF also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. However, MetaPDF does not use such information to identify its visitors and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described below.
Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
Certain visitors to MetaPDF’s websites choose to interact with MetaPDF in ways that require MetaPDF to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that MteaPDF gathers depends on the nature of the
interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an account at MetaPDF to provide a username and email address (directly or via their Google account, see below). Those who engage in financial transactions with MetaPDF are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, MetaPDF collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with MetaPDF. MetaPDF does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. Visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
MetaPDF and Google Services
The sign-in process to MetaPDF is handled through the visitor’s Google account. MetaPDF follows the guidelines provided by Google for the secure OAuth 2.0 authentication and authorization protocol. At not time MetaPDF has access or stores any passwords associated with the Google account. If a visitor chooses to sign-in to MetaPDF via a Google account, the visitor will be asked explicitly to grant permission to access certain information and services associated with this Google account. The visitor can review the permissions and deny access at this point. In addition, the visitor can revoke the access at any later point here: https://www.google.com/settings/account. MetaPDF only asks for information or services required to run the MetaPDF service and only has access to information the user has explicitly granted access to. Notably, MetaPDF does not have – at any time – read or write access to the visitor’s e-mail data in Gmail or any data stored in Google Drive except files that have been uploaded to Google Drive by the user via the MetaPDF service. You can optionally import your contacts from Gmail into MetaPDF. The sole purpose of this function is to make it easier for you to send papers by email to your contacts or invite your contacts to shared folders. MetaPDF stores your contact list only locally on your computer. Your contact list is never sent to MetaPDF’s servers or stored there. MetaPDF will never send emails to your contacts unless explicitly initiated by you when you share papers with the email function.
MetaPDF may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, MetaPDF may monitor the most popular public Content on the MetaPDF Service or use usage statistics to measure how our user base grows. MetaPDF may display this aggregated, non-personalized information publicly or provide it to third parties. However, MetaPDF does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Protection of Personal Information within MetaPDF and our Contractors
With “Personal Information” we understand potentially personally-identifying, information and Content which you created and that you stored on our Service.
MetaPDF has employees who work on the Service and works with contractors who improve or maintain parts of the Service. For example, the server hardware running the Service is provided by a contractor.
MetaPDF discloses Personal Information only to those of its employees and contractors that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on MetaPDF’s behalf or to provide additional features available through MetaPDF’s Service, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to third parties.
Some of those employees and contractors may be located outside of your home country; by using MetaPDF’s Service, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. MetaPDF will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to any third party. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, MetaPDF discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only when required to do so by law, or when MetaPDF believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of MetaPDF, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a MetaPDF Service and have supplied your email address, you explicitly agree that MetaPDF may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with MetaPDF and our Products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. MetaPDF takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
Protection of Shared and Public Content
We would like to protect shared Content the same way as personal Content is protected. As we cannot control what the recipients of your shared Content do with the Content, this is not possible. From our side, we restrict access to shared Content the same way we restrict your Personal Information.
Analyzing the Data to Optimize the Service
We are continually optimizing and improving the Service for you. To analyze the data, we are using our own software and software of third parties.
To improve the software and to gain scientific insight, anonymous statistical information will be passed on to third parties, especially to providers of software which we use. This statistical information is not “Personal Information” under above definition; especially it is not potentially personally-identifying and does not include your Content or parts thereof.