Dropbox Purpose

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What is Dropbox – the short explanation. What is Dropbox? It’s is an easy way to store and share photos, documents, spreadsheets, and other types of computer files, using a PC, tablet, or mobile device. Much like the introduction of email, digital photography, and low-rise athletic socks, once you get the hang of Dropbox, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

Dropbox uses cookies and similar technologies, such as pixels, to provide, improve, protect, and promote our services. For the purposes of this policy we will refer to all of these technologies as “cookies.” This page includes information on the what, who, and how of these technologies in connection with the Dropbox website and services.

What are cookies?

Dropbox offers free cloud-based storage for personal use, with highly affordable options for commercial use. But sharing files via Dropbox comes with some interesting gotchas, especially when large volumes of data are involved or when files are shared by many users. Its scalability and ease of use are key factors in us making Dropbox available to everyone at the university. We want to offer the best choice of collaboration for our staff and students, so they can focus on their important work, and Dropbox fits perfectly into this. Mike Day, CIO University of Sydney. View more customer stories.

A cookie is small data file sent to your browser when you visit a website. A pixel tag ('pixel') is a small piece of code belonging to a third-party that can be embedded on websites and in emails. We use both our own cookies as well as third-party cookies. See the “How does Dropbox use cookies” section below for further information on third-party cookies we use.

We also use local storage, including HTML5 local storage and browser cache. Local storage allows us to store information locally on your browser or device to improve your experience, such as to remember your settings for whether you prefer to view your folders in a list or as thumbnails.

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How does Dropbox use cookies?

Dropbox uses different categories of cookies to provide, protect, improve, and promote our website and services. Dropbox only retains personal data for as long as is needed for the purposes for which it was collected. Information on these categories and their purposes are described below.

Strictly necessary cookies

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These are cookies that are essential in order to operate the website and services.

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Strictly necessaryCookies that are used to operate the website and services, such as to log you in and keep your account secure.Categories of data collected for these purposes include authentication data, unique ID, browser information, and language settings.These cookies are set to expire after times ranging from 30 days to 4 years.Third party providers used include Google.

Non-essential cookies

These are all other cookies that are not considered strictly necessary but are used for a number of purposes when you interact with our website and services. These purposes include:

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AnalyticsCookies that help us and our partners understand how our websites are engaged with, such as usage statistics, in order to improve and customize our services.Categories of data collected for these purposes include website usage data, number of visits, browser and/or device information, and unique ID.These cookies are set to expire after times ranging from session (~20 minutes) to 2 years.Third party providers used include Google, Salesforce, Coveo, and Tealium.
General marketing and advertisingCookies that are used by Dropbox and our partners to better understand the types of individuals who are interested in our products and services and how we can promote those services based on that information.Categories of data collected for these purposes include cross website tracking data, browser information, version data, and advertisement conversion data.These cookies are set to expire after times ranging from session (~20 minutes) to 2 years.Third party providers used include Adobe, Marketo, Yahoo, and Google.
Performance and functionalityCookies which help us remember your preferences and settings in order to improve your experience when interacting with our sites and services.Categories of data collected for these purposes include website usage data, previous help center or chat history, email address, and unique ID.These cookies are set to expire after times ranging from session (~20 minutes) to 3 years.Third party providers used include SnapEngage.
Social media advertisingCookies that are used by Dropbox and our partners to understand the effectiveness of our advertisements on social media services. These cookies also help them understand your advertising preferences so they can more effectively show you our advertisements which are relevant to your interests.Categories of data collected for these purposes include social media account details, browser and/or device data, advertisement conversion data, website usage and/or activity data, and unique ID.These cookies are set to expire after times ranging from session (~20 minutes) to 2 years.Third party providers used include Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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How can I control the data collected through cookies?

Browser settings:

You can set your browser to not accept cookies, but this may limit your ability to use our services. Due to a lack of an agreed upon standard for interpreting Do Not Track (DNT) signals, our systems currently don’t respond to DNT:1 signals from browsers visiting our websites.

Self Regulatory:

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Dropbox adheres to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising ('Principles'). You can opt-out of collection of information by third-parties that adhere to the Principles, and that we use to help us promote our services, by visiting www.aboutads.info/choices.

Dropbox also adheres to the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance’s self-regulatory program for data-driven advertising. You can opt-out of collection of information used for online behavior advertising by third-parties that adhere to the program by visiting http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/.

For more information on how to control and access your personal data, please see our privacy policy FAQ. If you’d like to reach out to Dropbox regarding the use of data collected from cookies, contact our Data Protection Officer at [email protected]

You can view and update your profile and account settings from any device at dropbox.com.

Dropbox Purpose Statement

1. Sign in at www.dropbox.com.
2. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials) in the top-right corner.
3. Click Settings.
- The General tab is where you can can view and change your user information and email address, and set preferences for language, date, and time.
- The Plan tab shows you the type of Dropbox account you’re using, its status, and the amount of storage space you have available.
- The Security tab gives you options to run a security checkup on your account, change your password, and set up two-step verification. You can also see and manage the devices that are associated with your account.
- The Notifications tab lets you customize the email notifications you receive. You can choose whether or not you’re notified about things like file activity, devices and browsers, changes to Dropbox Paper docs, and news or tips from Dropbox.
- The Connected apps tab shows you which apps you have integrated with Dropbox and which apps are used to open files and have access to your Dropbox files. You can also see contacts imported from your mobile devices and set defaults for opening Paper docs on your computer.
- The Default apps tab lets you choose how to open certain types of files from your Dropbox account, like Microsoft Office files and Paper docs.
- The Branding tab is where you can customize branded sharing settings, if you’re a Dropbox Professional or Business customer.