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Privacy Commitment

Your Privacy is
of Utmost Importance to Us

Effective 10/05/2012

Privacy Notice Table Of Contents:

 

Our Commitment to Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point on our website where personally identifiable information may be requested.

Because we want to demonstrate our commitment to your privacy, we have agreed to disclose our information practices and have our privacy practices reviewed for compliance by TRUSTe. TRUSTe is an independent organization whose mission is to build user’s trust and confidence in the Internet by promoting the use of fair information practices.  This privacy statement covers the website GovernmentAuctions.org®.  Cyweb Holdings Inc., the owner of the GovernmentAuctions.org® website, is licensee of the TRUSTe Privacy Program. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact us at privacygovernmentauctions.org.  If you do not receive acknowledgement of your inquiry or your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should contact TRUSTe at http://www.truste.org/consumers/watchdog_complaint.php. TRUSTe will then serve as a liaison with us to resolve your concerns.

The Information We Collect

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the GovernmentAuctions.org® website. On some pages, you can order services, make requests, register for membership, and join our affiliate program.

The types of personal information that may be collected at these pages are:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Credit/Debit Card Information
  • Your Chosen Login Information

The Way We Use Information

We use the information you provide about yourself when registering for membership or for our affiliate program to help us complete that membership or affiliate program registration and to offer you the services you registered for or that you otherwise request or have contracted for.

GovernmentAuctions.org® will not sell or rent any your personally identifiable information to any third parties and will not share any of your personally identifiable information with third parties except in the limited circumstances described below, or with your express permission.

Log Files

As is true of most Web sites, we automatically receive certain information and store it in log files.  This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. 

We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.  Specifically, we use third-party log analytics software called Urchin that uses log files to track this non-personally identifiable information about visitors. We do not link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user’s computer for record-keeping purposes.

We use cookies on this site to recognize you as a GovernmentAuctions.org® member or as our affiliate program participant. We use session cookies, if and when you log into our website. These cookies make it easier for you to navigate our site by allowing our website to recognize you if you visit multiple pages in our site during the same session, so that you don't need to re-enter your login information multiple times. Once you log out or close your browser, these session cookies expire and no longer have any effect.

We also use longer-lasting cookies, which are not linked to any personally identifiable information, to gauge our online advertising and promotion efforts and to prevent users from registering for more than the maximum allowable number of special offers or trials, as we may make available from time to time. Additionally, we use longer-lasting cookies to process our Affiliate Program such that if you use an affiliate referral link to sign up with us (either for membership or for our affiliate program), your account is recorded as having been referred by that affiliate. For your protection, your account information is never shared with any affiliates. Finally, from time to time, we may also use longer-lasting cookies to enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site.

Some of our business partners (for example, advertisers and others) may use cookies on our site.  We have no access to or control over these cookies. This privacy statement covers the use of cookies by GovernmentAuctions.org (http://www.governmentauctions.org) only and does not cover the use of cookies by any third-parties. [See also Outside Websites section.]

You can remove cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some areas of our site, such as our member pages, will be limited.

Pixel Tags

Like many websites, GovernmentAuctions.org® may also use pixel tags, also known as use clear gifs, web beacons, or spotlight tags to help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content, advertising, and promotions are effective.  We may also implement pixel tags provided by other companies, for the same purpose. Pixel tags are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users across specific pages.  In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, pixel tags are embedded on web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.  We do not tie the information gathered by pixel tags to our customers’ personally identifiable information.

Third-Party Advertising Companies

Like other sites, we use third-party advertising companies to serve ads and collect data when you visit our Website.  These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this web site, other Web sites and other forms of media, in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.  If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies you can click here.

            Disclosure to Third Parties

We will not sell or rent any your personally identifiable information to any third parties and we will not share any of your personally identifiable information with third parties except in the limited circumstances described below, or with your express permission.

1.       We disclose information that we in good faith believe is appropriate to cooperate in law enforcement investigations of fraud or other illegal activity, and to conduct investigations of violations of our Terms of Use and/or our Affiliate Agreement.

2.       We disclose information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, subpoena, or legal process served on us.

3.       We may disclose information to your agent or legal representative such as a holder of a power of attorney that you granted, or a guardian appointed for you.

4.       As with any other businesses, it is possible that Cyweb Holdings Inc. or the GovernmentAuctions.org® website in the future could merge with or be acquired by another company (either via stock transfer or asset sale). If such an acquisition or merger occurs, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy, the successor company or other assign would have access to the information maintained by us, including account information of our members and affiliates, but it would continue to be bound by this Privacy Policy unless and until it is amended as described below.

5.       When you register for membership on our website, it is necessary for us to share some of your information with our payment processors (which may be Paypal or Clickbank) for the purpose of accepting registration fees and/or associating your chosen or given login information with your account with us. If and when you enter information on PayPal’s or Clickbank’s site, the collection and use of the information that you share with them will be subject to their respective privacy policies.

6.       We may share information necessary to conduct their duties or functions with our employees or with those who are otherwise contracted to conduct customer service, technical support, affiliate support or other functions on our behalf. These service providers are subject to confidentiality agreements with us or are otherwise limited by law or by contract from using the information for secondary purposes beyond those limited ones for which the information is shared.

7.       We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers, other parties, and for public relations purposes. For example, we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of individuals from Alabama and Z number of individuals from Florida filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

8.       We may use third-party advertising companies to serve ads and collect data when you visit our Website.  These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this web site, other Web sites and other forms of media, in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

9.       If you do not complete your registration/transaction, We may allow third party software use of your name and email to inquire why you did not complete your registration/transaction.

Communications from us

We have the ability to retain any data that you provide on this website, even if you do not complete your registration/transaction . Such contact details and data may be used to contact you to inquire why you did not complete your registration/transaction.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Email addresses obtained in this manner are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties, unless your issue or question requires it. If you send us correspondence, including e-mails and faxes, we retain such information in the records of your account. We will also retain customer service correspondence and other correspondence from GovernmentAuctions.org® to you. We retain these records in order to measure and improve our customer service, and to investigate potential fraud and violations of our Terms of Use and our Affiliate Agreement. We may, over time, delete these records if permitted by law.

We communicate with members and affiliates on a regular basis via email to provide requested services and support. When you register for membership on our website or for our affiliate program, we may send you updates or other important information regarding your account. For example, we may send you confirmation email and registration expiration and renewal updates. We may also send your information related to changes to our policies, products or services.  Generally, you cannot not-opt out of these service communications. But they will be informational in nature rather than promotional.

If you join us as an affiliate (but not as a member), so long as you participate in our affiliate program, we may also use the information you provide about yourself or about your organization to communicate with you via email, mail, telephone or fax to reply to your inquiries, to provide you with requested products and services, to set up your affiliate account, and to contact you regarding new products, services, and promotions. Affiliates may not opt out of these communications.

Opt-out

We never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described in this statement without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses. If you join us a member, we may use your email to send you other types of communications that you can control, such as newsletters, and communications that advise you of new and/or related products, services, and offers. If, at any time, you prefer not to receive these emails, simply follow the unsubscribe/opt-out options at the bottom of the email to opt-out of any future non-service emails.

Please contact us at mypreferencesgovernmentauctions.org should you have any problems changing your email preferences.

 

Outside Websites

GovernmentAuctions.org
® may link to other websites (including, but not limited to, our payment processors, advertisers, business partners, and others we deem of interest to our users). GovernmentAuctions.org® is not responsible for the privacy practices of other Web sites. We encourage you to view the privacy policies of all websites that you visit and use.

When you click to redeem your hotel certificate, you will be taken to a third party site that may be branded with GovernmentAuctions.org logos.  It may appear that the user is still on our site, but the user is in fact on a third party Web site.  The privacy policy of this third party governs the use and collection of the personally identifiable information while on the hotel certificate redemption site.

 

Our Commitment to Data Security

The security of your personal information is important to us.  To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. When you register and pay  for membership or to be an affiliate with us, we protect any information you enter  using Verisign’s secure socket layer (SSL) encryption.   Furthermore, we physically restrict access to your personally identifiable information to employees and service providers on a need-to-know basis.

 

Our Commitment to Children's Privacy

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

 

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

This policy may be revised over time as new features are added to our service or as we incorporate suggestions from our customers, so please review it frequently. If we change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement page (http://www.governmentauctions.org/privacy.asp) and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.  If we make material changes to this policy, 30 days prior to the change, we will either notify you by posting a notice here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page. (if you no longer have a membership or affiliate account with us, you will not be contacted to notify you of the amended changes and your personal information will not be used or disclosed in this new manner) Please check the GovernmentAuctions.org® website at www.governmentauctions.org for the most current version of our policy.

 

How You Can Correct Your Information

If you have a membership account with us, you can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us an email request that credibly shows error at supportgovernmentauctions.org. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

If you have an affiliate program account with us, you may change your information by logging into your affiliate account, and clicking on “Change Your Information.”

 

How to Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please send us an email at privacygovernmentauctions.org, or write to us at:

Privacy Policy

GovernmentAuctions.org

70 Middle Neck Rd., Suite 5

Great Neck, NY 11021


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