Privacy


GENERAL INFORMATION
Auction Empire is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to and governs data collection and usage on the Auction Empire Web site.

The following paragraphs describe the type of information we collect on the Site, the reasons why we collect this information, and with whom we may share such information. By continuing to use the Site after having an opportunity to review this Statement of Privacy, you have consented to our collection, use and sharing of the information as described in this statement.

COLLECTION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Auction Empire collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. Auction Empire also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Auction Empire. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Auction Empire for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Auction Empire Web site.

The Auction Empire Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize Auction Empire pages, or register with Auction Empire site or services, a cookie helps Auction Empire to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Auction Empire Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Auction Empire features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Auction Empire services or Web sites you visit.

USE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Auction Empire collects and uses your personal information to operate the Auction Empire Web site and deliver the services you have requested. Auction Empire also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from Auction Empire and its affiliates. Auction Empire may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Auction Empire does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. Auction Empire may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Auction Empire may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Auction Empire, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

Auction Empire keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Auction Empire, in order to determine what Auction Empire services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Auction Empire to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Auction Empire Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Auction Empire or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Auction Empire; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Auction Empire, or the public.  Except as provided above, Auction Empire does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Auction Empire takes commercially reasonable steps to secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Auction Empire secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES
Auction Empire encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Auction Empire so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Auction Empire is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Auction Empire and Auction Empire family of Web sites.

COLLECTION OF INFORMATION ABOUT CHILDREN
We do not intend to collect, nor do we knowingly collect, any information from or about children under the age of 17. Unfortunately, we cannot always determine if a visitor to our website or the sender of an e-mail is a minor child.

ENFORCEMENT/REDRESS
If for some reason you believe that our Site has not adhered to this Statement of Privacy, please notify us. We will do our best to respond to your concerns and, when appropriate, take steps to correct a problem.

CHANGES TO THIS STATEMENT
Auction Empire will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. Auction Empire encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Auction Empire is protecting your information.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Auction Empire welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Auction Empire has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Auction Empire at info@auctionempire.com. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.