- What Information We Collect and How We Use It
- Types of Information
We may collect two types of Personal Information: (i) personally identifiable information, which constitutes any information that can identify an individual directly or through other reasonably available means and is otherwise referred to herein as “Personal Information”, but does not include information deemed not to be Personal Information in accordance with applicable law; and (ii) non-personally identifiable information, which is also referred to as aggregate and anonymous data, or is information that would not, in and of itself, identify you. Please note that what one may initially consider to be Non-PII may, in some contexts, such as in respect of small geographic locations or communities, result in such information being attributable to you or allowing you to be identified because of the context. Please consider this when providing information
- Visiting Our Website
When visiting our website, certain data are automatically stored on our servers for the purpose of system administration or for statistical or backup purposes. These data comprise the name of your Internet service provider, in some cases your IP address, the version of your browser software, the operating system of the computer used to access our website, the website you are using to visit us, the websites that you visit while you are with us and, if applicable, any search terms you have been using to find our website. Depending on the circumstances, such data may allow that conclusions be drawn about certain visitors to the website. However, no person-related data are used in this context. Such data are used solely after having been rendered anonymously. If Buyer2Buyers transfers data to an external service-provider, technical and organizational measures will be taken which guarantee that their transmission occurs in conformity with the statutory data protection regulations.
- Registration and Purchase.
In order to provide you with an account at Buyer2Buyers that allows you to sell or purchase products, through you registration and/or your account settings, we may need to collect Personal Information from you such as your first name, last name, email address, username, company name, and password. Certain information may be required to register with us to take advantage of some of our features. In addition, when you view products, place offers on products via the Service we need to collect purchase information, including the price, quantity and types of products that you are interested to purchase. When you register, you will be automatically opted in to receive in-system and email notices, which may include notification if someone sends you a message or sends you a new connection requests, Buyer2Buyers announcements, notification of new activity, and notices about Buyer2Buyers. You may opt not to receive commercial emails from us by clicking unsubscribe, but you may not be able to enjoy some of the features of the Service. In addition, you may not opt out of receiving non-commercial notices, such as emails that we deem important for security or administrative purposes.
- Cookies and Log Files.
Like most web sites and interactive services, Buyer2Buyers collects information using cookies and web log files to track site usage. A cookie is a tiny data file that resides on your computer and allows Buyer2Buyers to recognize you when you return to our site using the same computer and web browser. Our web log files may contain additional information such as your IP address, the type of browser and version you are using and other information that is not, by itself, personally identifiable.
- What Other Information May Be Collected
Profile. As a Buyer, you may have a public profile (a “Profile”) on the Services and certain information in your profile may be available to other users of the Services. You have the ability to view your Profile, and can update and/or change your Profile by notifying us of any changes you wish to make. Note that if you include PII in your Profile, it can be used and viewed by others. We are not responsible for the information you choose to include in your Profile.
Third Party Services. As a Buyer, we may request access to your social media webpages such as Facebook and Twitter for purposes of your Profile. Some of those third party services may also provide us with Personal Information from your accounts and, as such, we may collect such information.
Feedback. You should feel free to give us feedback, register a complaint, or ask questions about the Services. We may store your communications, including any Personal Information you include in them, so that we can effectively respond to you.
- How We Use Your Information
Our primary objective in collecting your information is to provide services that are of the greatest interest and use to you. In addition to those uses mentioned above, we use the Personal Information collected for the following purposes: (i) for registration and access to your account; (ii) to manage your account; (iii) to communicate with you; (iv) to measure interest in and improve our Services; (v) to provide you with information and offers from us or third parties that we believe you may find useful or interesting, including marketing or promotional materials, advertisements, coupons and other information on services and products offered by us or third parties; (vi) to resolve disputes troubleshoot problems. In addition, the Personal Information allows us to develop and customize the Services and to better understand what products and services you would like. The Personal Information may also be used to send you e-mails that we believe may be of interest to you, such as our newsletters. You may opt out of receiving any such e-mails by unsubscribing; simply follow the unsubscribing instructions.
In addition to the uses mentioned above, we use the Non – Personal Information collection for the following purposes: (i) to monitor and analyze use of the Services and for the technical administration of the Services; (ii) to increase functionality and user-friendliness of the Services; (iii) to better tailor the Services to your needs; and (iv) to generate and derive useful data and information concerning the interests, characteristics and use behavior of users, and to verify that users of the Services meet the criteria required to process their requests.
- How We Share Your Information
We may share you information with the following parties and/or for the following purposes:
Other Buyers – As a Buyer, we may share your Personal Information with other buyers in connection with any Offers you opt-in to through the Services. This information is shared to facilitate any Offers and the entry into Contracts.
Affiliates. We may share much of our data, including your Personal Information, with our parent, subsidiary and other affiliated companies (each a “Related Entity”) that are committed to serving your online needs and providing related services.
Public Profiles. As mentioned above, if you provide Personal Information in your Profile, this information will be publicly available and therefore may be shared to other users of the Services.
Trusted Third Party Service Providers. We may use third parties to provide technical support and perform tracking and reporting functions, conduct quality assurance testing, and provide other services in connection with the Services. We may share Personal Information about you with them so that they can perform the services they are required to perform.
Other Third Parties. We may share information with other parties whom you ask us to send Personal Information, whether explicitly or by using the Services.
Aggregate Information. We may share non- Personal Information in the aggregate to third parties relating to user behavior in connection with actual or prospective business relationship with those third parties. For example, we may disclose the number of users that have been exposed to, or clicked on, links.
Any changes to this Privacy Statement will be published on this page. This enables you to inform yourself at any time about which data we are storing and how we collect and use such data.
Buyer2Buyers will store your data safely and, therefore, take all precautionary measures to protect your data against loss, abuse or changes. Contractual partners of Buyer2Buyers who have access to your data in order to provide services to you on behalf of Buyer2Buyers are contractually obliged to keep such information in confidence and may not use these data for any other purpose. In some cases, it will be necessary that we transfer your inquiries to affiliated companies of Buyer2Buyers. Also in these cases your data will be treated confidential.
- Person-related Data of Children
Buyer2Buyers does not wish to collect data on children below the age of 18 years. Where necessary, Buyer2Buyers will expressly draw the children’s attention in an appropriate place to the fact that they shall not send any person-related information to Buyer2Buyers. Should parents or other legal guardians discover that the children under their supervision have made person-related data available to Buyer2Buyers, we request that they contact us at the address: email@example.com , if these data shall be deleted. We shall then arrange for the deletion of these data without delay.
- Use of Social Media Plug-ins
Plug-ins (“plug-ins”) of the social media networks facebook.com and Twitter may be embedded in our web pages. The associated services are provided by the companies Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. respectively (“providers”).
Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA («Facebook»). For an overview of the Facebook plug-ins and their appearance, go to: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins
Twitter is operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. For an overview of the Twitter buttons and their appearance, go to: https://twitter.com/about/resources/buttons
Linkedin is operated by Linkedin Inc., Mountain View, California, United States. For an overview of the Linkedin r buttons and their appearance, go to: https://developer.linkedin.com/plugins
To increase the protection afforded to your data when you visit our web pages, these plug-ins are implemented as “2-click buttons.” This form of integration ensures that, when accessing a page from within our website containing such plug-ins, you are not automatically connected to the providers’ servers. Only if you activate the plug-ins, thus issuing a permission for data transmission, will the browser create a direct link to the providers’ servers. The content of the various plug-ins is then transmitted by the provider concerned directly to your browser and then displayed on your screen.
The plug-in tells the provider which of our website pages you have accessed. If, while viewing our website, you are logged into your Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter user account, the provider is able to collate your interest, i.e. the information you are accessing, with your user account. On making use of any of the plug-in functions (e.g. clicking the “Like” button, leaving a comment), this information too will be transmitted by the browser directly to the provider for retention.
Further information on the collection and use of data by Facebook or Twitter and on the rights and possibilities available to you for protecting your privacy in these circumstances can be found in the providers’ data protection/privacy advisories:
Data protection/privacy advisory issued by Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php
Data protection/privacy advisory issued by Twitter: https://twitter.com/privacy
Data protection/privacy advisory issued by Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy?trk=hb_ft_priv
To avoid allowing Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter to link your visit of our website to your user account with these providers, you will need to log-off the respective user account prior to accessing our web pages.
- What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files stored on your computer containing small amounts of information each time you visit a site. Cookies are useful in improving a websites performance, they are not harmful and cannot extract personal information or introduce viruses. We give you the option to disable cookies from our site each time you visit.
- How to reject / delete / accept cookies
You can easily delete previous cookies on your browser options or settings. Please ask your IT administrator.