Information We Collect From You
Our websites’ servers collect and retain technical information regarding visits to our website such as the IP address assigned to the computer visiting the site, the type of browser used by a visitor and the operating system running the user’s connections to the service. This data is not linked to you. It is used in the aggregate to analyze the ways in which our site is used, and how we can improve the user experience, and may be shared, in the aggregate, with third parties such as advertisers. Our websites’ servers also collect the email address of users who request information on our company’s services by entering their email addresses.
Information Relating to Children
You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to use the DirectBuy ® Services. Any person who provides their information to DirectBuy ® represents to DirectBuy ® that they are 18 years of age or older. DirectBuy ® is in no way directed at children under 18 years of age. We will not knowingly collect personal information of children under 18 years of age, and if we learn that we have inadvertently collected such information, we will promptly delete it.
How We Use Your Information
DirectBuy ® uses your personal information in the following general ways: To provide you with the DirectBuy ® services, to allow for your identification and authentication onto the DirectBuy ® website, to contact you for billing and administrative functions, and for internal research and reporting purposes. We also use the information provided by you in surveys for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of the DirectBuy ® service.
We may also send you site and service announcement updates with important information about the service through the email address you provide. We may also notify you about special promotions available through trusted partners. You can opt-out of receiving these promotional emails, but not service related messages, at any time either through a link in emails we send you.
Cookies are pieces of information that your browser receives from Web sites and stores on your computer’s hard drive. Information in cookies includes preferences you select while visiting a particular Web site. For example, by storing cookies on your hard drive, you’ll return to a specific Web site with the same settings you used on a previous visit. We do require cookies in order to manage and individual visits the DirectBuy ® site. Certain cookies are also used to determine how you were referred to the DirectBuy ® site as well as your browsing and buying activities, in order that we can determine the success of any particular online marketing campaign. If you have cookies turned off, you may not be able to access the DirectBuy ® service. If you enter our pages from the site of one of DirectBuy ®’s partners, our system will recognize the path you have taken. DirectBuy ® advertises on such partners’ sites or we’ve entered into a promotional partnership with them. We track the number of visitors that these partners send us to see the success of our online marketing or promotional campaign. These partners will not know your personal information, unless you have given it to them separately or consent to give it to them through us.
Disclosure of Personal Information to Third Parties
We do not sell, rent or share your personal information with non-affiliated third parties for direct marketing purposes or otherwise, without your consent. We do, however, share your information with trusted third party contractors who provide services for us. These third party contractors are prohibited from using the information we provide for purposes other than performing services for us.
Finally, we may transfer information, including any personally identifiable information, to a successor entity in connection with a corporate merger, consolidation, sale of assets or other corporate change regarding our website.
Third Party Sites Appearing on the DirectBuy ® Site
The DirectBuy ® website contains links to and advertisements for sites operated by third parties whose policies regarding the handling of personal information may differ from ours. While we endeavor to associate only with reputable sites, DirectBuy ® cannot be responsible for the information handling practices of these other sites.
Protecting your information
DirectBuy ® makes reasonable efforts safeguard your personal information. However, due to the open communication nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that communications between you and the site, and the site and you, will be free from unauthorized access by third parties. Your use of the site and disclosure of your personal information is at your own risk.
If DirectBuy ® learns of a security breach through which sensitive personal information may have been compromised, we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. By using this web site, or providing personal information to us through any means, you agree that we can communicate with you electronically regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues relating to your use of this site.
This policy is effective as of January 1, 2007. As we update and expand our services, we may make changes to this policy. If the changes result in materially less protection for your personal information than that provided in this policy, we will make reasonable efforts to contact you and obtain your consent to the changes before using information that we have previously collected.