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Auction Source is the sole owner of the information collected through the use of its services. Auction Source collects information from our users at several different points through its services:
Organization and Staff Registration. When you register your organization with Auction Source, you provide us with the name and address of your organization as well as your personal name and email address. During registration, all users must provide a personal email address and select a User Name and Password. Your email address is used to contact you about the services on our site. Your User Name and Password allow us to authenticate you when logging in to our site. In order to provide a more personalized experience on our site, we ask all users to provide their first and last names.
Bidder Registration. When you register for a bidder account (enabling you to place bids at any online auction hosted by Auction Source), you provide us with your name, address, phone number and email address (the “Contact Information”). In addition, you will select a personal User Name and Password. The Contact Information will be shared with each organization hosting an auction in which you participate. Participation includes placing a bid for an online auction item, donating an item to be auctioned, donating money or purchasing tickets to a silent/live event auction. Your User Name and Password allow us to authenticate you when logging in to our site.
From time to time, Auction Source may request other Personal Information in order to provide features, functions or services, but you will always have the choice to decide whether or not to provide the requested information. Your User Name may be publically displayed throughout the services and connected with all of your activity, such that any visitors to the site may see your bids, purchases, items for sale, sales rankings, feedback, and any associated comments.
Additionally, Auction Source may collect and compile information relating to your use of the Site which is not Personal Information, such as time, date, browser type, browser language, operating system, domain name of your internet service provider, and IP address (collectively, the "Non- Identifiable Information") as part of the operation of this Site or during the course of your activities on or use of this Site.
By using the services (which resides in part on servers located in the United States), you unambiguously consent to any collection, processing, transfer or use of any Personal Information. If you do not consent to any collection, processing, transfer, or use of such information, please discontinue use of the services.
Auction Source uses Personal Information for the purpose for which you provided it. We do not sell or rent your Personal Information to third parties, for their marketing purposes, without your express consent. For instance, if you registered for our services, Auction Source uses your Personal Information to provide you any alerts or feeds that you requested Auction Source send you. If you correspond with us and include Personal Information, Auction uses the Personal Information to respond to you. We also use your Personal Information to provide you customer support.
Although we make every effort to preserve user privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process. For example, we will cooperate with the appropriate legal authorities when presented with a subpoena or other government order
Employees of Auction Source who need information to perform a specific job (for example, our customer service representatives) are granted temporary access to organization and user information.
Business partners of Auction Source who need information to offer a specific requested service (for example, merchant account providers), are granted access only to the specific information necessary to provide the requested service.
Auction Source takes children's privacy seriously and does not knowingly collect, use or disclose Personal Information from children and is committed to complying with all applicable laws and requirements, such as the United States Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Auction Source encourages all parents and guardians to instruct their children in the safe and responsible use of personal information on the Internet. The services are not intended for or directed at children under the age of 13, and Auction Source does not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 13.