Privacy Policy Privacy Policy

Last updated: January 2, 2017

Shary is committed to your privacy. As you use the Shary Website and our Services, we want you to understand how we are using information and the ways in which we protect your privacy.

This Privacy Policy discusses:

  • Information Shary collects about users
  • How we use information we collect
  • Information this Privacy Policy does not cover
  • Shary’s data security and storage practices
  • How Shary does not collect children’s personal information
  • Privacy Policy updates
  • How you can contact Shary.

We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy to understand what we do with the information we collect from you. We have tried to keep this policy as simple and easy-to-read as possible. If you do not understand any capitalized terms, they are defined in the glossary. If you have any questions, please contact us at Shary respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal information.

Information We Collect About Users

We collect two types of data about Users:

  • Information that you or others provide to us, and
  • Technical data passively collected from all visitors to the Shary Website.
Information You Provide

When using the Shary Website and Services, you may provide us with a combination of Personal Information and Non-Personal Information. Personal Information is information that you provide to us which personally identifies you, such as your name, address, e-mail address and financial account information. Non-Personal Information cannot reasonably be used to identify you. You may provide this information when you register for an Shary account or otherwise complete a transaction using the Shary Website. When you pay your Shary membership dues through the Shary Website and we collect your payment information, Shary will only use this information to complete your order and will not share this information with outside parties, except to the extent necessary to complete the order, to verify identity, or to comply with applicable law or legal process.

Passively-Collected Data

Like most Web-based services, we automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser when you use the Shary Website. We may use a variety of methods, including Beacons and Cookies, to collect this Passively-Collected Data. The information that we collect with these automated methods may include, for example, your IP Address, Cookie information, a unique device or user ID, browser type, system type, the content and pages that you access on the Shary Website, and the ͞referring URL͟ (that is, the page from which you navigated to the Shary Website). Shary uses Passively-Collected Data to: (a) remember your information so that you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Shary Website; (b) monitor your participation in various sections of the Shary Website; (c) customize our service to you, including by providing you with recommendations; (d) monitor aggregate site usage metrics such as total number of visitors and pages viewed; (e) administer, operate and improve the Shary Website and our other Services and systems; and (f) provide Services and content that are tailored to you. If we combine any information gathered through passive means with Personal Information, we treat the combined information as Personal Information under this Privacy Policy.

How We Use Information We Collect

Shary uses the information we collect to establish, maintain, and enhance our relationship with you and other users. Specifically, we use it to: (a) provide and improve the listings and search results on the Shary Website; (b) display and personalize content on the Shary Website; (c) develop new products and Services; (d) prevent abusive uses of the Shary Website; and (e) send you information about products and Services (including ours and those of third parties) that we believe will be of interest or useful to you, such as targeted advertisements based on data about your use of the Services. We may combine Personal Information with other information we collect from your activity on the Shary Website, information we receive from other companies or publicly available information. If we combine any information gathered through passive means with Personal Information, we treat the combined information as Personal Information under this Privacy Policy.
Information we share with others. Your privacy is important. We are committed to protecting information that identifies you personally, where you have chosen to keep it private. While we may share Non-Personal Information, we will only share your Personal Information in the following circumstances:

  • When you consent or direct Shary to share the information. For example, if you choose to contact another Member through the Shary Website, your name and e-mail address will appear to the recipient of the message.
  • Shary service providers. When Shary hires a service provider to help operate the Shary Website or our business (including vendors and payment processors), Shary may give access to certain Personal Information necessary for the service provider to undertake its work, in which case we will require those service providers to honor your Personal Information.
  • Shary affiliates and partners. We may share some or all of your Personal Information with our affiliates and partners (including a parent company, subsidiaries, other companies that we control or that are under common control with us, and joint venture partners), in which case we will require those affiliates and partners to honor your Personal Information. At this time, Linking Forward, Inc. d/b/a Shary does not have any parent company, subsidiary, other company in its control or that is under common control with it, or joint venture partner.
  • In the event of merger or sale. If Shary is involved in a merger, acquisition, bankruptcy, or any form of sale of some or all of its business, Personal Information may be transferred with the business.
  • When legally obligated or to protect from harm. Shary may share Personal Information (as well as Non-Personal Information) when we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any requirement of law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request; (b) enforce or investigate a potential violation of the Terms of Use; (c) detect, prevent or otherwise respond to fraud, security or technical concerns; or (d) protect the rights, property or safety of Shary, its Users or the public against harm.

We aggregate data. We may use information we collect in aggregated forms. That is, we may combine information about our Members and Users with that of others in an anonymous manner to create Aggregate Information. When we employ non-Shary companies to anonymize or aggregate data on our behalf, we will protect your Personal Information by following our requirements for sharing Personal Information with third party service providers.

When we deliver ads based on data about your use of the Services, we keep your identity anonymous. We will not identify you personally to third parties, except in accordance with this Privacy Policy. Of course, if you choose to respond to an advertised offer with your name and contact information, you will no longer be anonymous to the advertiser.

Information this Privacy Policy Does Not Cover

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the following:

    • Information we gather through public sources.
    • Information you give to third party websites. From time to time, you may be able to follow a link to the websites of other companies or individuals from the Shary Website. These may include but are not limited to third-party payment processors and shipping companies. These third-party websites may collect Personal Information about Users, and Shary’s Privacy Policy does not extend to these external websites and third parties. Please refer directly to these third-party websites regarding their privacy policies.

Our Data Security and Storage Practices

We work hard to protect Shary and our Users from unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of information we hold. Shary follows industry standards and best practices to help protect your Personal Information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure. For example, we store the personal information we collect on computer systems with limited access, which are located in controlled facilities. When we transmit highly confidential information (such as a credit card number or password) over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Shary stores and processes Personal Information in databases hosted in the United States. We make good faith efforts to store data securely, but does not guarantee the safety of data.

We Do Not Collect or Use Children’s Personal Information

We will not knowingly collect Personal Information from any person under the age of 13 or target the Shary Website and Services to Users under the age of 13. If we learn that Personal Information has been collected from a User under the age of 13 on or through the Shary Website, we will take the appropriate steps to delete this information.

Members are discouraged from posting Personal Information or images of their own children on the Shary Website, and are altogether prohibited from posting Personal Information or images of other children on the Shary Website.

International Users

The Shary Website is intended for users in the United States. By accessing the Shary Website or providing us data, you agree that we may use and disclose the data we collect as described herein or otherwise communicated to you, transmit it outside of your resident jurisdiction, and store it on servers in the United States. For more information, please contact us at

Privacy Policy Updates

We occasionally update this Privacy Policy to reflect changes in our Services and customer feedback. When we post changes to this Policy, we will revise the “last updated” date at the bottom of this statement. If there are material changes to this Privacy Policy or in how Shary uses your Personal Information, we will notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes prior to implementing the change or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Policy to keep informed about how Shary is protecting your information.

How You Can Contact Us

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy or any privacy-related matter, please contact us at

You may also write to us at:
Shary / Linking Forward, Inc.
Attn: Privacy
P.O. Box 286898
New York, NY 10128


Aggregate Information
Aggregate Information means information about groups or categories of Users which does not identify and cannot reasonably be used to identify an individual User. Aggregate Information is a type of Non-Personal Information.

A Cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the Cookie allows that site to recognize your browser as a previous visitor. Cookies may store User preferences and other information. You can set your browser to refuse all Cookies or to indicate when a Cookie is being sent, or to clear out Cookie information. However, some features or Services of the Shary Website may not function properly without Cookies.

IP Address
Every computer connected to the Internet is assigned a unique number known as an Internet protocol (IP) address. Because these numbers are usually assigned in country- and ISP-based blocks, an IP Address can often be used to identify the country and ISP from which a computer is connecting to the Internet.

Shary is a Members-only e-commerce site that provides a platform for its Members to post goods to give away for free, and where Members can contact posting Members to arrange for pick-up or delivery of said goods. A Shary Member is an individual or business who pays a membership fee to Shary for access to and the right to use and post to the Shary Website. No individual or business may post listings, contact other Members, or otherwise use the Shary Website without first becoming a Member.

Non-Personal Information
Non-Personal Information is information that does not directly identify and cannot reasonably be used to identify an individual User.

Passively-Collected Data
Passively-Collected Data is data we automatically receive and record on our server logs from your browser when you use the Shary Website. We may use a variety of methods, including Beacons and Cookies, to collect this information and recognize it as yours. The information we collect using these automated methods may include a User’s IP Address, Cookie information, a unique device or user ID, browser type, system type, the content and pages that you access on the Shary Website, and the “referring URL” (the page from which you navigated to the Shary Website).

Personal Information
Personal Information is information that identifies (whether directly or indirectly) a particular individual, such as the individual’s name, e-mail address, telephone number, Social Security number and financial account number. Personal Information does not include information available from public sources. When Non-Personal Informationis directly or indirectly associated with Personal Information, Shary protects this Non-Personal Informationas it does Personal Information.

The Shary Services are defined to include the Shary Website, its features, applications, data and products.

As used in this Privacy Policy, the terms “Shary or “we” or “us” or “our” refers to Linking Forward, Inc. d/b/a Shary, Inc.

Shary Website
The term Shary Website includes all internet-based properties owned and operated by Shary, including but not limited to mobile and web applications.

A User is a Member, anyone who visits the Shary Website or who directly avails himself or herself of Shary’s products or Services. In this Policy, we also use other similar terms such as “visitor” and “Member” to denote a User. The terms “you” and “your” also refer to a User of the Shary Website.