This Privacy Statement sets forth the information gathering, use, and dissemination practices of Barterzone.com, its affiliate and subsidiary companies (“Barterzone”) in connection with its Web site located at www.Barterzone.com (the “Site”). This Privacy Statement addresses Barterzone’s practices regarding information collected only directly through or from the Site – it does not address or govern any information gathering, use, or dissemination practices related to information collected from the visitor (sometimes referred to as “you” or “your”) other than directly through or from the Site, including, without limitation, from or via telephone, facsimile, postal mail, personal delivery, or other or additional offline means or media. This Privacy Statement is incorporated into Barterzone’s Statement of Use by reference, as if set forth fully therein, which must be reviewed and accepted by you.
1. Collection of Personal Information from Site Visitors
Please be aware that the Site is a general audience web site, not directed to children under the age of 13, and must not be used by children under 13. Barterzone and the Site take important measures to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). If you are the parent of a child under the age of 13 who you believe is accessing the Site or contributing personal information wittingly or unwittingly to Barterzone or the Site, contact Barterzone immediately as set forth in Section 4, so that we may restrict access and destroy such information.
Subject to the foregoing, Barterzone may collect or track (1) the home server domain names, e-mail addresses, type of client computer, files downloaded, search engine used, operating system, and type of Web browser of visitors to the Site, (2) the e-mail addresses of visitors that communicate with Barterzone via e-mail, (3) information knowingly provided by the visitor in online forms, registration forms, contest entries, surveys, e-mail, and other online avenues (including, without limitation, demographic and personal profile data), and (4) aggregate and user-specific information regarding which pages Site visitors access.
Barterzone may place Internet “cookies” on visitors’ hard drives. Internet cookies save data about individual visitors, such as the visitor’s name, password, user-name, shopping cart, screen preferences, and the pages of a site viewed by the visitor. When the visitor revisits the Site, Barterzone may recognize the visitor by the Internet cookie and customize the visitor’s experience accordingly. Visitors may decline Internet cookies, if any, by using the appropriate feature of their Web client software, if available.
Barterzone also may use Web bugs to gather, store, and track certain information related to your visit to and activity on the Site. A Web “bug” is a file object, which can be a graphic image such as a transparent one pixel-by-one pixel graphics file, which is placed on a Web page or in an e-mail message to monitor user activity. A Web bug can gather, for example, the IP address of your computer, the time the Web page was viewed, and the type of browser used.
When a visitor performs a search within the Site, Barterzone, without limitation, may record information identifying the visitor or linking the visitor to the search performed. Barterzone may also record limited information for every search request and use that information to solve technical problems with the services available directly or indirectly in connection with the Site and to calculate overall usage statistics.
2. Use of Personal Data Collected
Personal data collected by Barterzone may be used by Barterzone for many reasons, for example, for editorial and feedback purposes, for marketing and promotional purposes, for a statistical analysis of users’ behavior, for product development, for content improvement, for fulfillment of a requested transaction or recordkeeping, or to customize the content and layout of the Site. Aggregate data on visitors’ home servers may be used for internal purposes, and individually identifying information, such as names, postal and e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information which visitors voluntarily provide to Barterzone may be added to Barterzone’s databases and used for future calls and mailings regarding Site updates, new products and services, and upcoming events.
Barterzone also may use Site visitor data to contact the Site visitors regarding account status and changes to the subscriber agreement (if applicable), Privacy Statement, and any other policies or agreements relevant to Site visitors.
3. Disclosure of Personal Data to Third Parties
Identifiable and non-identifiable visitor information and data which visitors provide to Barterzone will not be provided to third parties. Identifiable or non-identifiable data may be disclosed or distributed to another party with which Barterzone enters or reasonably may enter into a corporate transaction, such as, for example, a merger, consolidation, acquisition, or asset purchase, or to a third party pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, in response to a request by or on behalf of any local, state, federal, or other government agency, department, or body, whether or not pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other form of legal process, or if determined by Barterzone in its sole judgment that such disclosure or distribution is appropriate to protect the life, health, or property of Barterzone or any other person or entity.
This Site may contain links to other World Wide Web sites or advertisements for or placed by third parties. Barterzone is not responsible for the privacy practices of such Web sites, advertisers, or third parties, or for the content of such sites or advertisements. It is possible that these links or advertisements, themselves, may be used by third parties or others to collect personal or other information about Site visitors. It is solely the visitor’s obligation to review and understand the privacy practices and policies of these other Web sites and of these advertisers and third parties.
4. Security Measures and Communicating with Barterzone
Barterzone has implemented numerous security features that are designed to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to personal information. For example, Barterzone undertakes all efforts to maintain a secure server; does not store any user credit card information; and requires certain employees and service providers who work for or with Barterzone to sign confidentiality agreements restricting their use of any data related to user information. However, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to or from Barterzone via this Site or e-mail cannot be and is not guaranteed. Accordingly, Barterzone is not responsible for the security of information transmitted via the Internet. Visitors can contact Barterzone by regular mail at 9903 Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90212
5. Comments, Notices and Chat Rooms
Comments posted to any of our Web pages are public. With respect to chat rooms, Barterzone does not, and is not obligated to, monitor or review any areas on the Site, or the content therein, where users transmit or post communications or communicate with each other regarding Barterzone or content on the Site, including but not limited to, communications in chat rooms, bulletin boards or other user forums. Please refer to Section 1 of the Statement of Use for further detail concerning Materials Submitted to the Site. As such, Barterzone assumes no liability for the accuracy of such information, no duty to update or correct such information, and no liability for such communications arising under the laws of copyright, libel, privacy, obscenity, or otherwise.
6. Opt-Out Right
Except as necessary for Barterzone to provide the services, information, or products requested by a visitor, the visitor may opt out of having his or her personally identifiable information, which has been voluntarily provided to Barterzone through online forms, registration forms, contest entries, surveys, e-mail, or another online avenue, prospectively retained by Barterzone, used by Barterzone for secondary purposes, or disclosed by Barterzone to third parties, by contacting Barterzone via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone at the addresses set out above. (This does not apply to collection of the type of Web browser of the visitor to the Site or to information provided or collected that does not meet the description in this Section 6.)
7. Access to and Ability to Correct Personal Data
Upon a visitor’s request via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone, Barterzone will provide to the visitor a summary of any personally identifiable information retained by Barterzone regarding the visitor that has been voluntarily provided by the visitor to Barterzone through online forms, registration forms, contest entries, surveys, e-mail, or another online avenue. A visitor may modify, correct, change or update his or her personally identifiable information by contacting Barterzone via postal mail, e-mail, or telephone at the addresses or numbers above.
8. Right to Change Privacy Statement
Barterzone may change this Privacy Statement at any time. Notice of any new or revised Privacy Statement, as well as the location of the new or revised statement, will be posted on the Site for at least 60 days after the change. It is the obligation of users returning to the Site to learn of changes to the Privacy Statement since their last visit. Any change to this Privacy Statement shall be effective as to any visitor who has visited the Site before the change was made.