Policy for www.AuctionsInternational.com
for our services on the Auctions International website.
in registration, you expressly consent to our collection, storage, use
and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy
and is otherwise effective on July 1st, 2008.
You can browse our 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
on 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 numbers;
• transactional information based on your activities on the sites
(such as bidding, buying, selling, etc.);
• shipping, billing and other information you provide to purchase
or ship an item;
• correspondence through our sites, and correspondence sent to us;
• other information from your interaction with our site, services,
content and advertising, including computer and connection information,
statistics on page views, traffic to and from the sites, ad data, IP address
and standard web log information;
• additional information we ask you to submit to authenticate yourself
or if we believe you are violating site policies (for example, we may
ask you to send us an ID or bill to verify your address, or to answer
additional questions online to help verify your identity);
We don't sell or rent your personal information anyone without your explicit
consent. All bidder account information is held with strict confidentiality.
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
our User Agreement;
• customize, measure and improve our services, content and advertising;
• 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. Such information will be disclosed in accordance with applicable
laws and regulations.
We may also share your personal information with:
• Service providers under contract who help with our business operations
(such as fraud investigations, bill collection, and government sellers).
• 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 information relevant to the
investigation, such as name, city, state, zip code, telephone number,
email address, User ID history, IP address, fraud complaints, and bidding
and listing history.
• Government Sellers who request buyer information to facilitate
timely removal of merchandise that has exceeded the designated removal
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.
Information You Share on Auctions International
Your anonymous User ID is displayed throughout the Site (and so available
to the public), and is connected to all of your bidding activity. Other
people can see your bids, past purchases, and ended auctions.
If you access our sites from a shared computer or a computer in an internet
café, certain information about you, such as your User ID, activity
or reminders from the Site, may also be visible to other individuals who
use the computer after you. Be sure to close the browser window(s) down
after finishing up.
We use "cookies" (small files placed on your hard drive) on
certain of our pages to help analyze our web page flow; customize our
services, content and advertising; 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 available only through the
• 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 some of our sites or
No Spam, Spyware or Spoofing
We and our users do not tolerate spam. Make sure to set your email notification
preferences so we communicate to you as you prefer (found in your member
To report suspected spam or spoof emails to Auctions International, please
forward the email to email@example.com. We automatically
scan and may manually filter email messages to check for spam, viruses,
phishing attacks and other malicious activity or illegal or prohibited
Your password is the key to your account. When you first register as a
member, our system assigns a secure password with unique numbers, letters
and special characters. You can change it by logging in to your member
area. Do not disclose your Auctions International 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 notify us and change your password.
Accessing, Reviewing and Changing Your Personal Information
You can see, review and change most of your personal information by signing
on to your member area. 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. Upon your written 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 to comply with
law, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot
problems, assist with any investigations, enforce our Terms and Conditions,
and take other actions otherwise permitted by law.
Your information registration and account information is stored on our
secure servers located in the United States. We treat data as an asset
that must be protected and use lots of tools (SSL 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 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.
on this site. All amended terms automatically take effect 30 days after
they are initially posted on the site. In addition, we will notify you
through the an email newsletter. If your questions are not answered online,
you may write to us at: Auctions International, Inc., 808 Borden Road,
Buffalo, NY 14227, or call our customer service center at 1-800-536-1401