1. What Types of Information Does Distribute.com Collect?
No matter what information we collect, we will only collect the information deemed reasonably necessary to fulfill our legitimate business objectives.
In order to use the Distribute.com platform, Users must register with us and create an account. Your account contains the following basic, identifiable data, which we collect and retain: name; email address; business; and business address. Your account is accessible through a confidential password and screen name that you select. Users are able to browse each others' profiles, and view various types of information contained within those profiles, in order to make new connections with each other. The information you provide when you sign up for an account will be visible to other users.
Our platform is designed for users to buy and sell inventory, to connect with other professionals in the industry, and to increase deal flow between users. To this end, we also collect and retain the following, specialized data: your payment information; data on the inventories of sellers; data on potential transactions; data on transactions consummated on our platform; your transaction trends; and your interactions with other users. We may also ask demographic information such as geographic location, as this data assists users in making connections with each other.
We also collect data in response to specific requests from you, for things such as signing up for an email newsletter or other online information service we may offer, answering a survey, or contacting us. Surveys are conducted strictly for internal profiling purposes and only keep track of anonymous demographic data. Our website contains links through which an online user can email us. We collect personal information contained in the email for the purpose of responding to a user's questions and/or comments.
Further, we may use data collection technology to collect some information about you, such as IP address, browser type, operating system type, domain name, access times and referring website address. It may not be readily apparent to you when such data is being collected. For instance, when you come to our website, your IP address is collected so that we know where to send information you are requesting. An IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer every time you log on to the Internet. A "cookie" is a small file or record-keeping device that websites often store on a user's computer. (You can disable cookies or set your browser to alert you when cookies are being sent to your computer.)
As of April 21, 2000 the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act became effective. The regulations apply to the online collection of personal information from children under the age of 13. Distribute.com is very sensitive to the issue of children's privacy and makes every effort to protect the privacy of children using the Internet. If you are under 13 years of age you should not use this website, and under no circumstances should you send information about yourself to Distribute.com. This website, products, and services are not developed for or directed at children. Our policy is not to permit anyone under the age of 18 to do business with us. If Distribute.com discovers that a child under the age of 13 has provided Distribute.com with personally identifiable information, Distribute.com will immediately delete that child's personally identifiable information from the website.
If you wish to review, update, or delete any personal information that we may have collected about you, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. How is Collected Data Used?
We will only use collected data for purposes deemed reasonably necessary to fulfill our legitimate business objectives.
Distribute.com uses the data it collects for several purposes. Above all else, we use collected data to improve the quality of our service. This means we use collected data to match buyer users and seller users, we use collected data for purposes of marketing to potential users, and we use collected data to forecast the Company's future needs and your future needs.
We may combine information collected from data collection technology with personally identifiable information to identify a user in order to enforce compliance with our Terms of Service or to protect our service, website or other users of Distribute.com's website.
Distribute.com may generate and store aggregations of data from large pools of users. Such aggregation does not contain personally identifiable information. Distribute.com uses this aggregate data to generate useful, comparative analytics and thereby improve Company services. We may publish the analytics publicly, and share them with the users of Company services. Further, Distribute.com reserves the right to target users using this aggregate data for purposes of advertisement within the Company platform. By using Company services, you agree to the collection, usage and storing of aggregate data.
3. With Whom Does Distribute.com Share My Personally Identifiable Information?
At this time, it is Distribute.com's policy to not sell your personally identifiable data. From time to time, we may employ and share your personal information with vendors who use it solely to provide support for the internal operations of our website (e.g., technical support and network delivery). This personal information is not sold to these entities. They will not use your personally identifiable information for any other purpose, and have agreed to maintain the confidentiality, security, and integrity of the personal information they obtain from us.
Distribute.com reserves the right to share your personally identifiable information with our parent or affiliated companies. Further, Distribute.com may sell, transfer or otherwise disclose user information, including personally identifiable information, in connection with a corporate merger, consolidation, the sale of substantially all assets, or other fundamental corporate change. We may disclose your personal information in the good faith belief that we are required to do so by law or to comply with legal processes, respond to any claims or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Distribute.com staff or the public.
4. Advertisements and Third Parties
When you are using the Distribute.com website, there may be advertisements, placed by us or a third party. Distribute.com or a third party may place cookies and/or use web beacons, which may be used to identify some of your preferences. We do not control the use of such technology by third parties, the information they collect, or how they use such information. Distribute.com does not disclose your personally identifiable information to third parties serving ads or other content on our website. The ads we display are more effective when they are shown to users who are likely to be interested in the product or service advertised. For this reason, we may use the data we collect and receive to help us choose which ads to show to users.
The Internet is not a 100% secure medium. Distribute.com is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of the personal identifying information that the Company solicits. Although we use reasonable efforts to protect information, the potential of somebody breaching security measures does exist.
What are my privacy rights if I am located outside the United States of America?