Privacy Policy

Welcome to Paperbuttons, owned by us—Buttonjar Company. We operate Paperbuttons (the mobile phone apps, trademarks and Internet platform) all of which makes sending, sharing and saving printed content in the real world easy. We provide this privacy policy to let you know how we protect your identity, use information to operate and share information appropriately.

Let’s put the important things that consumers want to know first, then the details that the lawyers want to see second. These policies shouldn’t be too brief though, because your privacy is extremely important and we want to make sure you are confident in how have designed our service to protect you.

Our user experience is designed with your privacy in mind first. We do not share any information that could personally identify you to content providers (Who are content providers? See the lawyer’s section below.) With Paperbuttons, you can specifically share content with your social network or via email. When you take action to share and email with Paperbuttons, you are choosing to identify yourself to the people you connected to your social networks and to the email addresses you pick (duh), but we do not take any other action to share information that personally identifies you to anyone else. Here are some specifics:

Social Sharing

When it comes to social sharing, you can choose, using Paperbuttons, to share content found in the physical world, versus on computers, to your social networks. At the same time, you can completely or selectively turn off your social networks, i.e. tell us not to share content to your social networks. We’ve designed the Paperbuttons app to let you quickly turn sharing on (opt-in) or turn off sharing off (opt-out) before each use or on a more permanent basis (see PressPass™ below).

What do we share with content providers? Content providers receive less information than you local coffee shop employee gets when they see you walk in the door. Content providers may, only upon agreement, receive overall statistics about the total visits made to their printed content using Paperbuttons Further, they can receive overall statistics on how many total people viewed socially shared content. And, these numbers can be broken down by gender and age range (not specific ages). Over time, compiling and comparing these statistics will identify overall trends about people’s likes and dislikes, but not about you personally.

We are sharing basic demographic and traffic numbers, a business practice that pre-dates computers. Our content provider is more interested in knowing that 500 people visited their QR code with Paperbuttons and that 50,000 people content shared socially. This approach allows us to keep your identity protected and encourage content providers to use the Paperbuttons platform.


When it comes to email, we simply do not give out your email address. If you indicate you want content emailed to you using the Paperbuttons app, the content provider emails it to an anonymous address on the Paperbuttons platform or the content provider stores an email on the Paperbuttons platform. In either case, we forward their email to you upon your request.

Once you use Paperbuttons to request content to be emailed to you, paying customers can connect to the Paperbuttons platform to have us forward a limited number of subsequent emails to you. You can opt out of those emails at any time with the confidence of knowing your email address was not given out.


MyButtons is our name for the personal information account that you provide Buttonjar Company using Paperbuttons. We associate your personal information with anonymous account numbers or similar anonymous identifiers, so that Paperbuttons can perform in response to your actions without revealing your personal information. MyButtons may include your email address, social networking credentials, first name, last name, gender and age. MyButtons may also include permission setting associated with your account. Permissions tell us if you want content to be shared or emailed. You control MyButtons from the Paperbuttons app in two locations. First, before focusing the camera to “press” a paperbutton , there are social sharing and email icons that can be turned ON and OFF to enable or disable sharing and emailing. These give you control over your permission each time you go to press a paperbutton. During the initial app set-up or by selecting the “mybuttons” button on the camera view screen, you can enable and disable sharing and email for all presses.

In the future, as we grow our business, we may give you the option to selectively tell us to share something about yourself. Even then, we will give you the choice to change your mind and opt out. When you opt out, we will place an opt-out cookie on your computer. The opt-out cookie tells us not to use your information for delivering relevant online advertisements. Please note that if you block cookies, our opt-out process may not function properly. Please also note that if you delete, block, or otherwise restrict cookies, or if you use a different computer or Internet browser, you will need to renew your opt-out choice.

User Categories

As a general rule there are two categories of users of the Site and Services: “Publishers” who are operators or publishers of websites that make the Paperbuttons sharing platform available on their website, and “End Users” who are individual visitors of a website and use the Paperbuttons sharing platform to share a website’s content with others. By visiting the Site or using the Services, you are accepting the policies and practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Information Security, Retention, and Data Integrity

We take reasonable security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include firewalls and encryption, internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems.

We restrict access to Personal Information to Paperbuttons employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our Services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination, if they fail to meet these obligations. However, we are unable to guarantee that the security measures we take will not be penetrated or compromised or that your information will remain secure under all circumstances.

We retain Non-Personally Identifiable Information on the Platform for up to five years. Any search strings we collect via Paperbuttons are converted into Non-Personally Identifiable Information, and the raw search data is stored on our server logs for up to 90 days. Aggregate reports generated from such information may be kept longer.

Paperbuttons processes information in a way that is compatible with and relevant for the purpose for which it was collected.


Paperbuttons will allow an individual access to their Personal Information to the extent it is available and allow the individual to correct, amend or delete inaccurate information, except where the burden or expense of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to the privacy of the individual in the case in question or where the rights of persons other than the individual would be violated. If you have provided Personal Information when registering for our Site, you may access and modify that information at any time by visiting your account settings ( If you’d like us to update, correct, delete, or deactivate any other Personal Information that you have provided to us, please send your request to us at and we will process your request within a reasonable period of time after receipt.


We do not knowingly collect or maintain Personal Information from individuals who are under 13 years of age, and no part of our Site or Services are designed to attract people under the age of 13. Protecting the privacy of children is very important to us. If we obtain knowledge that a user is under the age of 13, we will take steps to remove that user’s Personal Information from our databases.

Links to Other Sites

Our Site and Services contain links to, and allow you to share content on, third party websites and services. The fact that we link to a website or service or allow you to share content on them is not an endorsement, authorization or representation that we are affiliated with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. This privacy policy applies only as provided in the scope section above. Other websites and services follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.

International Users

The Site and Services are hosted in the United States. If you access the Site or Services from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the Site or Services, you are transferring your Personal Information to the United States and you consent to that transfer. Additionally, you understand that your Personal Information may be processed in countries (including the United States) where laws regarding processing Personal Information may be less stringent than in your country.

Enforcement, Questions, and Complaints

Paperbuttons regularly reviews its compliance with this Privacy Policy. In compliance with the U.S.-EU and U.S-Swiss Safe Harbor Principles, Paperbuttons commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your Personal Information. European Union and Swiss citizens and others with inquiries or complaints regarding this privacy policy should first contact Paperbuttons by emailing us at or writing to us at:
Privacy Office
c/o Paperbuttons
1595 Spring Hill Road, Suite 300
Vienna, VA 22182

Paperbuttons has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the Safe Harbor Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if the Privacy Officer at Paperbuttons does not satisfactorily address your complaint, please visit the BBB EU SAFE HARBOR web site at for more information and to file a complaint.


This Privacy Policy applies to the website located at (the “Site”), the Paperbuttons App (the “App”), the tools, and interactive forums made available through the Site, the App and the Paperbuttons sharing platform, as well as a number of related services (collectively the “Services”).

Paperbuttons complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S. Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of Personal Information (defined below) from European Union member countries. Paperbuttons has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view our certification page, please visit

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Please note that this Privacy Policy may change from time to time. If you have any additional questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us any time through this Site or by writing to us at the address set forth above.
Last Updated: January 15, 2012