Privacy Policy

Last updated: Dec 24, 2011

We collect the e-mail addresses of those who communicate with us via e-mail, aggregate information on what pages you access or visit, and information volunteered by you (such as the content you upload). The information we collect is used to improve the content of our Web pages and the quality of our service, and is not shared with or sold to other organizations or third parties for any purpose, except to provide services you've requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

It is necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of Terms of Service, or as otherwise required by law.

We transfer information about you if Handshake is acquired by or merged with another company. In this event, we will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Inspection of your data

Only the upper management of Handshake have the ability to view your data, but will never actually do so, except in the following situations:

  • In the process of providing support on your account that you have explicitly requested (for example, if you write to ask for help in setting up your account).

  • In the process of diagnosing / rectifying a technical issue that affects the stability or performance of the Handshake system.

Your data is never stored outside of our secure hosting environment (e.g. on personal workstations or laptops) except on a strictly temporary basis as required in the service of either of the aforementioned situations above.

Information Gathering and Usage

When you register for Handshake we ask for information such as your name, company name, and email address. Members who sign up for a paid subscription also provide their billing address and credit card information.

Handshake uses collected information for the following general purposes: products and services provision, billing, identification and authentication, services improvement, contact, and research.


A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, that is sent to your browser from a web site's computers and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies are required to use the Handshake website.

We use cookies to record current session information, but do not use permanent cookies. You are required to re-login to the Handshake website after a certain period of time has elapsed to protect you against others accidentally accessing your account contents.


Handshake may disclose personally identifiable information under special circumstances, such as to comply with subpoenas or when your actions violate the Terms of Service.


We may periodically update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the email address on your account holder account and/or by placing a prominent notice on our site.