This statement sets forth CarBuyCo.com (“CarBuyCo”) Privacy Statement for its CarBuyCo.com site and describes the practices that CarBuyCo will follow with respect to the privacy of users of this site. CarBuyCo.com respects your privacy and is committed to protecting all personal information that you provide. This Privacy Statement is created to inform you of the Company’s privacy policies and practices and to explain how your information is collected and used. From time to time, we may change this Privacy Statement. For example, as we update and improve our service, new features may require modifications to the Privacy Statement.
Types of Data and Collection Methods
Through the site, we receive data that you actively submit as well as data that we track as follows:
Data Actively Submitted by You: When you request information, subscribe for a service, register as a user, respond to an online survey or otherwise actively send us data, we usually collect data such as your name, email address(es), mailing address(es), telephone number(s), and certain other personal information. In connection with chargeable services, we will also collect payment information (e.g., credit card number and related verification information). In each such instance, you will know what data we collect through the site, because you actively submit it.
Data Passively Tracked by Us: When you visit the site, we also passively track information on your computer and Internet connection, such as the IP address of your computer and/or Internet service provider, the date and time you access our Web sites, the Internet address of Web sites from which you link to our site, the computer technology you are using and your movements and preferences on our site. We use technology that many other Web sites employ, including, without limitation, “cookies” or small data files stored on your computer's hard drive (which is further described below), to collect information such as the aforementioned.
Please note that unless you also actively submit personal information such as your name or address, passively tracked data does not typically allow us to identify you personally (even though it can theoretically be done, we do not have the means or an interest to find out who you are, unless you identify yourself voluntarily through an active submission of data). To the extent permitted by applicable law, we reserve the right to combine passively tracked data with personal data that you actively submit.
Collection Purposes, Use of Data
We collect passively tracked data primarily for the general purposes of administering, protecting and improving our site and our systems, to better understand the preferences of our site visitors, to identify server problems, to compile aggregated statistics about site usage, and to help personalize your experience of our site.
We collect actively submitted data primarily for the purpose for which you originally sent us the data (e.g., to post your vehicle for sale and/or for the purchase of a vehicle).
Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customized experience. We may use your personal information to provide the services and customer support you request, process transactions and send notices about your transactions, resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems, prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, customize, measure, and improve our services and the content and layout of our Web site, send you targeted marketing, service update notices, and promotional offers based on your communications preferences, and compare information for accuracy and verify it with third parties.
Information Collected for Tracking and Customization (Cookies)
A cookie is a small file that a Web site transfers to your computer to allow it to remember specific information about your session while you are connected. Your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the Web site that provided it, and no other Web site can request it. There are two types of cookies, session and persistent. Session cookies last only as long as your Web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for longer periods of time.
Cookies were designed to help a Web site operator determine that a particular user had visited the Web site previously and thus save and remember and preferences that may have been set while the user was browsing the site. If you are simply browsing an CarBuyCo informational site, a cookie may be used to identify your browser as one that has visited the Web site before.
Searches and Listings
To make use of certain features on our site, visitors need to provide limited information about themselves and their interests so that we can tailor the information we provide to their needs. For example, to help you find a car close to your home, we need to know zip code. We ask you to provide this information when you perform a search. When you list a car for sale, we ask for information on the car and on how you can be contacted by potential buyers. We also ask for your credit card number and the expiration date on your card. We use this information to create your ad and to process your payment.
Sweepstakes, Surveys and Other Promotions
From time to time, we may offer sweepstakes or other promotions on our Web site or use a survey to measure customer satisfaction with our services. We may also employ third party research firms to conduct these surveys on our behalf. If you enter a sweepstakes or promotional contest, we'll ask you to provide information about yourself (such as your name, address, and email address). We need this information to contact you if you win. We may also use this information for marketing purposes and/or share this information with any co-sponsor of the contest or sweepstakes who is identified in the contest rules. We may also share this information with shipping or fulfillment companies or other third-party service providers that help administer our promotions. If you don't want us to collect the information requested in the contest or sweepstakes registration form or to provide it to co-sponsors, please do not enter the contest or sweepstakes. With regard to surveys, except as otherwise provided in this Privacy Statement, we will not share, without your consent, any personally-identifying information you submit in response to an CarBuyCo survey with any company other than the research firm conducting the survey. We may, however, take the information you provide and aggregate it on an anonymous basis with data collected from other survey participants and disclose that pool of anonymous information as we see fit, without identifying you personally.
Third Party Invitations
Disclosures of Personal Information
In connection with promotions or other projects, we may ask you specifically whether you have objections against a certain kind of data use or sharing. If you opt-out under such circumstances, we will respect your decision. To opt-out of receiving further commercial email or to unsubscribe from services, please contact us at support@CarBuyCo. Please note that our affiliates and other data recipients have their own data privacy policies, which may differ from ours and you would have to contact them separately with respect to opt-out requests
If personal information you have submitted through the site is no longer accurate, current, or complete, and you wish to update it, please send an email to support@CarBuyCo. Upon appropriate request we will usually be glad to update or amend your information, but we reserve the right to use information obtained previously to verify your identity or take other actions that we believe are appropriate.
Interaction with Children
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) governs information gathering online from or about children under the age of 13. Verifiable consent from a child’s parent or guardian is required before collecting, using or disclosing personal information from a child under the age of 13. However, this site is intended for adults in the United States. We do not intentionally or knowingly collect, personally-identifiable information from children under the age of 13 and we request that individuals under the age of 13 not submit any personal information on the Site.
Transmissions over the Internet are never 100% secure or error-free. As a result, while we strive to protect your personally identifiable information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or receive from us. This is especially true for information you transmit to us via e-mail. We have no way of protecting that information until it reaches us. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our servers. Furthermore, we take reasonable steps to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. This includes, among other things, using industry standard techniques such as firewalls, encryption, intrusion detection and site monitoring. However, It is your responsibility to safeguard any password and User ID you use to access the site and to notify us at support@CarBuyCo if you ever suspect that this password or User ID has been compromised. You are solely responsible for any unauthorized use of the site conducted via your password and User ID.
Internally, we will restrict access to your personally identifiable information to employees who need access to the information in order to do their jobs. These employee are limited in number and are committed to our privacy policies.
We will review our security arrangements from time to time as we deem appropriate
Linking Policy and Disclaimer of Endorsement
CarBuyCo links to many Web sites created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. CarBuyCo provides links to these Web sites as a service to our users. The presence of a link is not an CarBuyCo endorsement of the Web site.
When users follow a link to an outside Web site, they are leaving CarBuyCo and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners / sponsors of the outside Web site(s). CarBuyCo is not responsible for the information collection practices of non-CarBuyCo Web sites.
Effective Date, Amendments
This statement is effective as of August 1, 2008. We reserve the right to change this statement from time to time and in our sole discretion. We reserve the right to change, modify, add or remove portions of this statement at any time, but will alert you that changes have been made by indicating on the statement the date it was last updated. When you visit the site, you are accepting the current version of this statement as posted on the site at that time. We recommend that users revisit this statement on occasion to learn of any changes.
Please feel free to contact us with any comments, questions, complaints or suggestions you might have regarding the information practices described in this statement. You may send us an email at support@CarBuyCo or write to us at CarBuyCo, LLC, 5000 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, North Carolina 28212.