Updated: October 31, 2006
We at Atomic Avenue, Inc. know you value your personal information and
your privacy. We’ve created this Privacy Notice so that you know
how any information you share with us is used. By visiting this site,
you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.
“we,” “us” or “our”) handles our users’ (“you,” “your,” or “yourself”)
personal information for our services on Atomic Avenue.com (the “Web Site”).
and the Terms and Conditions of Use (the “Terms”) in registration, you
expressly consent to our collection, storage, use and disclosure of your
Policy is effective upon acceptance for new users and is otherwise effective
the amended terms on the Web Site. All amended terms automatically take
effect 30 days after they are initially posted on the Web Site.
You can browse the Web Site without telling us who you are or revealing
any personal information about yourself. Once you give us your personal
information, you are not anonymous to us. If you choose to provide us
with personal information, you consent to the transfer and storage of
that information to our servers located in the United States. We may collect
and store the following personal information:
- Email address, physical contact information, and (depending on the service
used) sometimes financial information, such as credit card or bank account
- Transactional information based on your activities on the Web
Site (such as bidding, buying, selling, item and content you generate
or that relates to your account)
- Shipping, billing and other information
you provide to purchase or ship an item
- Community discussions, chats,
dispute resolution, correspondence through the Web Site, and correspondence
sent to us; • computer sign-on data, statistics on page views, traffic
to and from the Web Site, and ad data
- Other information, including
IP address and standard web log information, and
- Supplemental information
from third parties. For example, if you incur a debt to us, we
will generally conduct a credit check by obtaining additional information
about you from a credit bureau, as permitted by law. As another example,
if the information you provide cannot be verified, we may ask you to send
us additional information (such as your driver license, credit card statement,
and/or a recent utility bill or other information confirming your address),
or to answer additional questions online to help verify your information.
We don’t sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their
marketing purposes without your explicit consent.
Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you
with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customized experience. You agree that
we may use your personal information to:
- Provide the services and customer support you request
- Resolve disputes,
collect fees, and troubleshoot problems
- Prevent potentially prohibited
or illegal activities, and enforce the Terms
- Customize, measure, and
improve our services and the Web Sites’ content and layout;
- Tell you
about targeted marketing, service updates, and promotional offers based
on your communication preferences; and compare information for accuracy,
and verify it with third parties.
Our Disclosure of your Information
We may disclose personal information to respond to legal requirements,
enforce our policies, respond to claims that a listing or other content
violates the rights of others, or protect anyone’s rights, property, or
safety. We may also share your personal information with:
- Members of our corporate family to help detect and prevent potentially
illegal acts and provide joint services;
- Service providers under contract
who help with our business operations (such as fraud investigations, bill
collection, affiliate and rewards programs and co-branded credit cards);
- Other third parties to whom you explicitly ask us to send your information
(or about whom you are otherwise explicitly notified and consent to when
using a specific service);
- Law enforcement or other governmental officials,
in response to a verified request relating to a criminal investigation
or alleged illegal activity (In such events, we will disclose name, city,
state, telephone number, email address, User ID history, fraud complaints,
and bidding and listing history); and
- Other business entities, should
we plan to merge with or be acquired by that business entity (Should such
a combination occur, we will require that the new combined entity follow
personal information will be used contrary to this policy, you will receive
- Third parties in response to a subpoena or other valid
legal process in the United States ordering the disclosure of such information.
Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our
ability to keep the community free from bad actors, we will not otherwise
disclose your personal information to law enforcement, other government
officials, or other third parties without a subpoena, court order or substantially
similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the
disclosure of information is necessary to prevent imminent physical harm
or financial loss or to report suspected illegal activity.
Activity Associated with User IDs
Your User ID is displayed throughout the Web Site and is therefore available
to the public. All of your activities on the Web Site will be traceable
to your User ID. Other people can see your bids, items that you have purchased
in the past, items for sale, feedback, ratings and associated comments,
and so on. Notices are sent to other community members regarding suspicious
activity and policy violations on the Web Site and refer to User IDs and
specific items. Therefore, if you associate your name with your User ID,
the people to whom you have revealed your name to will be able to personally
identify your activities on the Web Site.
Using Information from the Web Site
The Web Site enables you to share personal and financial information in
order to complete transactions. We encourage you to disclose your privacy
practices and respect the privacy of other users. We cannot guarantee
the privacy or security of your information and therefore we encourage
you to evaluate the privacy and security policies of your trading partner
before entering into a transaction and choosing to share your information.
To help protect your privacy, we allow only limited access to other users’
contact, shipping and financial information in order to facilitate your
transactions. When users are involved in a transaction, they may have
access to each other’s name, User ID, email address, and other contact
and shipping information. In all cases, you must give other users a chance
to remove themselves from your database and a chance to review what information
you have collected about them. You agree to use user information only
- Any transaction-related purposes that are not unsolicited commercial messages
- Using services offered through the Web Site (shipping and
fraud complaints), or
- Other purposes that a user expressly chooses.
We use “cookies” (small files placed on your hard drive) on certain pages
of the Web Site to help analyze our web page flow, customize our services,
measure promotional effectiveness, and promote trust and safety. A few
important things you should know about cookies are that:
- We offer certain features that are only available through the use of
- Most cookies are “session cookies,” meaning that they are automatically
deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session.
- You are always
free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although doing so
may interfere with your use of the Web Site.
- You may encounter cookies
from third parties on certain pages of the Web Site that we do not control.
For example, if you view a web page created by another user, there may
be a “cookie” placed by that web page.
No spam, spyware or spoofing
We and our users do not tolerate spam. You may not use the Web Site to
send spam or otherwise send content that would violate the Terms. We do
filter and automatically scan messages before they are sent for viruses
and other illegal or prohibited content but do not permanently store email
messages sent through these tools.
Your password is the key to your account. Use unique numbers, letters,
and special characters and do not disclose your password to anyone. If
you do share your password or your personal information with others, remember
that you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account.
If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control
over your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions
taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised
for any reason, you should immediately change your password.
Accessing, Reviewing and Changing your Personal Information
You can see, review and change most of your personal information by logging
into the Web Site. Generally, we will not manually modify your personal
information because it is very difficult to verify your identity remotely.
You must promptly update your personal information if it changes or is
inaccurate. Once you make a public posting, you may not be able to change
or remove it. Upon your request, we will close your account and remove
your personal information from view as soon as reasonably possible, based
on your account activity and in accordance with applicable law. We do
retain personal information from closed accounts in order to comply with
law, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot
problems, assist with any investigations, enforce the Terms, and take
other actions otherwise permitted by law.
Your information is stored on our servers located in the United States.
We treat data as an asset that must be protected and use lots of tools
(encryption, passwords, physical security, etc.) to protect your personal
information against unauthorized access and disclosure. However, as you
probably know, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions
or private communications, and other users may abuse or misuse your personal
information that they collect from the Web Site. Therefore, although we
work very hard to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should
not expect, that your personal information or private communications will
always remain private.
addresses only the use and disclosure of information we collect from you.
If you disclose your information to others, whether they are bidders,
buyers, or sellers on our Web Site throughout the Internet, different
rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the information you disclose
to them. Since the Company does not control the privacy policies of third
parties, you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties.
We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information