Dogears Etc.(TM) Web Site Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us.

Your personal information will be collected and saved by Dogears Etc. The Privacy Policy describes the information we collect about you and what may happen to that information. All data and information collected from You by Dogears Etc. is treated confidentially respecting the applicable laws on data protection and in accordance with our Privacy Policy. The information we learn from customers helps us personalize and continually improve your shopping experience at Dogears Etc..

The personal information You submit to Dogearsetc.com will not be shared, sold, or disclosed to third parties except, when deemed necessary, to agents or companies providing services You have requested through Dogearsetc.com, or when required by law. All agents or companies used by Dogearsetc.com to provide these services are held to the same strict privacy standards as that of Dogears Etc.. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then You might not be able to take advantage of many of the features offered on Dogears Etc.. We use the information that You provide for such purposes as responding to Your requests, customizing future shopping for You, improving the stores planned for Dogears Etc., and communicating with You.

Dogears Etc. do not sell or rent Your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without Your explicit consent and Dogears Etc. only uses Your information as described in the Privacy Policy. Dogears Etc. views protection of Users' privacy as a very important community principle. Dogears Etc. understands clearly that You and Your Information is one of our most important assets. Dogears Etc. stores and processes Your Information on computers located in the United States that are protected by physical as well as technological security devices.

Dogears Etc. may change its Privacy Policy from time to time in its sole discretion. Each time You use the Website, You consent to Dogears Etc.'s collection, use and disclosure of Your personal information in accordance with its Privacy Policy as it then reads without any further notice or any liability to You or any other person.

If You would like to receive Dogears Etc.'s newsletters, please indicate so during registration. If, however, You place an order on our web site but would prefer not to receive our newsletter, you will receive only emails directly related to your orders - confirmation and receipt, etc.

This is what is known as an opt-in policy concerning commercial email. More common, unfortunately, is the opt-out policy, where email is sent unsolicited to customers, who are then forced to respond saying they don't want it (they must opt out of the situation). We hope the opt-in method will become the norm rather than the exception for commercial interests on the Internet.

When you purchase a book from Dogearsetc.com, You are voicing your support for one of the Internet's opt-in policy proponents and an active voice in the fight against spam.

The privacy practices of this statement apply to our services available under the domain and subdomains of www.dogearsetc.com ("Website") and apply generally to our parent, affiliates, subsidiaries or joint venture websites.

By visiting this website you agree to be bound by the Terms & Conditions of this Privacy Policy. If You do not agree please do not use or access our Site.

By accepting the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions in registration, you expressly consent to our use of your personally identifiable information.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to the terms of the Dogears Etc. Terms and Conditions

This Privacy Policy describes the information, as part of the normal operation of our services we collect from you and what may happen to that information. We have prepared a detailed policy because we believe You should know as much as possible about Dogears Etc.'s practices so that You can make informed decisions. Our parent, subsidiaries and joint ventures operate under similar privacy practices as described in this Privacy Policy and, subject to the requirements of applicable law, we strive to provide a consistent set of privacy practices within the Dogears Etc. trading community.

This Privacy Policy is effective upon acceptance in registration for new registering users, and is otherwise effective on March 1st 2006 for all users.

  1. At Dogears Etc. we are extremely proud of our commitment to protect Your privacy. We value Your trust in us. We will work hard to earn your confidence so that You can enthusiastically use our services and recommend us to friends and family. Please read the following policy to understand how Your personal information will be treated as you make full use of our Website.

  2. Dogears Etc. promises that we will not sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without Your explicit consent. . From time to time we may reveal general statistical information about our Website and visitors, such as number of visitors, number and type of goods and services purchased, etc. Your trust and confidence are our highest priority.

  3. When You use our Website, we collect and store Your personal information from You. Our primary goal in doing so is to provide a safe, efficient, smooth and customised experience. This allows us to provide services and features that most likely meet Your needs, and to customise our Website to make Your experience safer and easier. Importantly, we only collect personal information about You that we consider necessary for achieving this purpose.

  4. In general, You can browse the Website 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. To fully use our Website, You will need to register using our online registration form, where You may be required to provide us with Your contact and identity information, billing information, shipping information and other personal information as indicated on the forms throughout the Website. Where possible, we indicate which fields are required and which fields are optional. You always have the option to not provide information by choosing not to use a particular service or feature on the Website. You may provide us with a Dogears Etc. ID.

  5. We may automatically track certain information about You based upon your behavior on our Website. We use this information to do internal research on our Users' demographics, interests, and behavior to better understand, protect and serve our Users. This information is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. This information may include the URL that You just came from (whether this URL is on our Website or not), which URL You next go to (whether this URL is on our Website or not), Your computer browser information, and Your IP address.

  6. If You use a Credit Card to make payments, either to the Sellers or to Dogears Etc. we collect some additional information, such as a billing address, a credit card number and a credit card expiration date and tracking information from cheques or money orders.

  7. If You choose to post messages on our message boards, chat rooms or other message areas or leave feedback for other users, we will collect that information You provide to us. We retain this information as necessary to resolve disputes, provide customer support and troubleshoot problems as permitted by law.

  8. If You send us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other Users or third parties send us correspondence about Your activities or postings on the Website, we may collect such information into a file specific to you.

  9. If You register for the Website on another Website or use a web site providing a service for Dogears Etc. or a web site that helps facilitate your activity on the Website, that web site may provide personal information about You and Your transactions back to us.

  10. Our use of Your information

    We use Your personal information to facilitate the services You request. We use your personal information in the file we maintain about You, and other information we obtain from Your current and past activities on the Website to: resolve disputes; troubleshoot problems; help promote safe trading; collect fees owed; measure consumer interest in the services provided by us, inform You about online and offline offers, products, services, and updates; customise Your experience; detect and protect us against error, fraud and other criminal activity; enforce our Terms and Conditions; and as otherwise described to You at the time of collection. At times, we may look across multiple users to identify problems or resolve disputes, and in particular we may examine Your personal information to identify users using multiple User IDs or aliases. We may compare and review Your personal information for errors, omissions and for accuracy.

  11. If you choose to list an item for sale on the Website or open a credit account, or otherwise provide us with Your financial information, we use Your address and billing information to bill You and provide associated support.

  12. You agree that we may use personal information about You to improve our marketing and promotional efforts, to analyze Website usage, improve the Website's content and product offerings, and customise the Website's content, layout, and services. These uses improve the Website and better tailor it to meet Your needs, so as to provide You with a smooth, efficient, safe and customised experience while using the Website.

  13. You agree that we may use Your personal information to contact You and deliver information to You that, in some cases, are targeted to Your interests, such as targeted banner advertisements, administrative notices, product offerings, and communications relevant to Your use of the Website. By accepting the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy, You expressly agree to receive this information. If You do not wish to receive these communications, we encourage You to opt out of the receipt of certain communications in Your profile. You may make changes to Your profile at any time.

  14. Third-Party Advertisers and Links to Other Websites Our site includes third-party advertising and links to other websites. We do not provide any personally identifiable customer information to these advertisers or third-party websites.
    These third-party websites and advertisers, or Internet advertising companies working on their behalf, sometimes use technology to send (or "serve") the advertisements that appear on our website directly to your browser. They automatically receive your IP address when this happens. They may also use cookies, JavaScript, web beacons (also known as action tags or single-pixel gifs), and other technologies to measure the effectiveness of their ads and to personalize advertising content. We do not have access to or control over cookies or other features that they may use, and this Privacy Notice does not cover the information practices of these advertisers and third-party websites. Please contact them directly for more information about their privacy practices.

  15. Our Disclosure of your information We may also use your information to deliver information to you that, in some cases, are targeted to your interests, such as new services and promotions. The following are examples of some categories of persons to whom we would share your information with from time-to-time.

    1. Advertisements
      [a] Where a User enters information on any form of an advertiser, Dogears Etc. and the advertiser simultaneously collect the information. The information is used by Dogears Etc. in accordance with the terms of this privacy policy and is used by the advertiser as per the advertisers prevalent privacy policies. Because Dogears Etc. does not control the privacy practices of these advertisers, You should evaluate their practices before deciding to provide the said information.
      [b] Dogears Etc. may also aggregate (gather up data across all user accounts) personally identifiable information and disclose such information in a non-personally identifiable manner to advertisers and other third parties for other marketing and promotional purposes.

    2. Classifieds Listings
      [a] When a User lists a classifieds advertisement, and the advertisement receives an expression of interest by the interested User, the interested User will be provided the contact information of the User listing the advertisement as provided in that User's registration form.
      [b] When a User expresses an interest in a classifieds advertisement, the User who has listed the advertisement will be provided the contact information of the interested User as provided in the interested User's registration form.

    3. Items and Services offered on the Website by third parties
      There are certain items and services for which third parties request for information before the item/service is listed on the Website. Dogears Etc. and the respective third party simultaneously collect the information provided by the User for such purposes. This information is utilised by the third party in accordance with its privacy policy and the terms of the offer. Because we do not control the privacy practices of these third parties, You should evaluate their practices before deciding to use their services.

    4. Internal Service Providers
      We may use third parties that we refer to as internal service providers to facilitate or outsource one or more aspects of the business, product and service operations that we provide to You on the Website (e.g., search technology, discussion boards, bill collection, affiliate and rewards programs, co-branded credit cards) and therefore we may provide some of Your personal information directly to these internal service providers. These internal service providers' are subject to confidentiality agreements with us and other legal restrictions that prohibit their use of the information we provide them for any other purpose except to facilitate the specific outsourced Website related operation, unless You have explicitly agreed or given Your prior permission to them for additional uses. In some instances, the internal service provider may collect information directly from You (such as for Website surveys or for a co-branded credit card). In these cases, You will be notified of the involvement of the internal service provider, and all additional information You provide them and their additional uses will be strictly up to You. If You provide additional information to an internal service provider directly, then their use of Your personal information is governed by their applicable privacy policy.

    5. Other Corporate Entities
      We share much of our data, including personal information about You, with our parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and joint ventures that are committed to serving Your online trading needs and related services, throughout the world. To the extent that these entities have access to Your information, they will treat it at least as protectively as they treat information they obtain from their other Users. Our parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, and joint ventures follow privacy practices no less protective of all Users than our practices described in this document, to the extent allowed by applicable law. Dogears Etc., its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, its joint ventures, or any combination of such, will share some or all of Your personal information with another business entity should we plan to, merge with, or be acquired by that business entity. Should such a combination occur, we will require that the new combined entity follow this privacy policy with respect to your personal information.

    6. Legal Requests
      We cooperate with law enforcement inquiries, as well as other third parties to enforce laws, such as: intellectual property rights, fraud and other rights, to help protect You and the community from bad actors. Therefore, in response to a verified request by law enforcement or other government officials relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity, we can (and You authorize us to) disclose Your name, city, state, telephone number, email address, UserID history, fraud complaints, and bidding and listing history without a subpoena. 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 or other government officials 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 report suspected illegal activity. Further, we can (and You authorize us to) disclose Your name, street address, city, state, zip code, country, phone number, email, and company name to Intellectual Property right's owners under confidentiality agreement, as we in our sole discretion believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity.

      Due to the existing regulatory environment, we cannot ensure that all of Your private communications and other personal information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. By way of example (without limiting the foregoing), we may be forced to disclose personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, or Users may abuse or misuse Your personal information that they collect from the Website. Therefore, although we use industry standard practices to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and You should not expect, that Your personal information or private communications would always remain private.

    7. Your use of other Users' information
      Your use of any information is governed by the Dogears Etc. Terms & Conditions listed on the Website and by the User Agreement. Please refer to that section for all the conditions governing use of information and use of this Website.

      Dogears Etc. and our users do not tolerate spam. Therefore, without limiting the foregoing, you are not licensed to add a Dogears Etc. to your mail list (email or physical mail) without their express consent after adequate disclosure.

    8. Children's Privacy
      Children are not eligible to use our Website and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us. If You are under the age of 18, You cannot sell, purchase or bid for any items on the Website. If You wish to purchase or sell an item on the Website such purchase or sale may be made by Your legal guardian or parents who have registered as users of the Website provided that such purchase or sale is not in relation to any adult material/mature audience items displayed on the Website, the sale or purchase of which to/by minors is strictly prohibited.

    9. Access or change Your personally identifiable information
      To protect Your privacy and security, we will verify Your identity before granting access or making changes to Your personally identifiable information. If you have registered Your profile on Dogears Etc., Your Dogears Etc. ID and Password are required in order to access your profile information.

    10. Security
      When You place orders or access Your account information, we offer the use of a secure server. The secure server software (SSL) encrypts all information You put in before it is sent to us. Furthermore, all of the customer data we collect is protected against unauthorized access. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure correct use of information, we will employ reasonable and current Internet security methods and technologies.

    11. Third-Party Service Providers
      We employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include fulfilling orders, delivering packages, sending postal mail and e-mail, removing repetitive information from customer lists, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, providing search results and links (including paid listings and links), processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. They have access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but may not use it for other purposes.

    12. Business Transfers
      As we continue to develop our business, we might sell or buy stores, subsidiaries, or business units. In such transactions, customer information generally is one of the transferred business assets but remains subject to the promises made in any pre-existing Privacy Notice (unless, of course, the customer consents otherwise). Also, in the unlikely event that Dogears Etc., or substantially all of its assets are acquired, customer information will of course be one of the transferred assets.

    13. Protection of Dogears Etc. and Others
      We release account and other personal information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law; enforce or apply our Terms and Conditions of use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Dogears Etc. our Users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction. Obviously, however, this does not include selling, renting, sharing, or otherwise disclosing personally identifiable information from customers for commercial purposes in violation of the commitments set forth in this Privacy Notice.

    14. Automatic Information
      Examples of the information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect Your computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; purchase history, which we sometimes aggregate with similar information from other customers to create features such as Purchase Circles and Top Sellers.

    15. Information from Other Sources
      Examples of information we receive from other sources include updated delivery and address information from our carriers or other third parties, which we use to correct our records and deliver Your next purchase or communication more easily; and account information, purchase or redemption information.

    16. Third-Party Advertisers and Links to Other Websites
      You can link to Third-party advertisers and advertising companies from the Dogears Etc. website or that serve advertising content directly to your browser on certain Dogears Etc. pages. You can find out more about their information collection and use practices, including how to opt out of cookies and other collection techniques that they use, by going to their websites.

    17. Information You Can Access
      Examples of information You can access easily at Dogears Etc. include up-to-date information regarding recent orders; personally identifiable information (including name, e-mail, password, communications preferences, and address); e-mail notification settings (including Alerts and newsletters); recommendations (including recent product view history, prior order history, and Favorites); and Marketplace seller accounts; and your Profile (including your product Reviews, Requests, and Recommendations, and personal profile.


Publishing Contact Information

Dogears Etc. Policy:
All contact information acquired during the course of an Dogears Etc. transaction is considered private and may not be published on any online public area including the following:

  • Web pages
  • Online forums
  • Newsgroups
  • About Me pages
  • Board Posts
  • Feedback Comments

Dogears Etc. considers the following information personal and private:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Important:
User IDs are not considered personal contact information.

How to report a violation of this policy:
Contact the team at Dogears Etc. at contact@ dogearsetc.com and please provide:

  • URL of the site in question.
  • URL linking to the post, the subject line of the post in question, and an actual copy of the post.

YOUR CONSENT
By using the Website, you consent to the collection and use of the information you disclose on the Website by Dogears Etc.. With Your Consent, Other than as set out above, you will receive notice when information about you might go to third parties, and you will have an opportunity to choose not to share the information.

Our business changes constantly, and our Privacy Notice and the Conditions of Use will change also. We may e-mail periodic reminders of our notices and conditions, unless you have instructed us not to, but you should check our Web site frequently to see recent changes. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Notice applies to all information that we have about you and your account. We stand behind the promises we make, however, and will never materially change our policies and practices to make them less protective of customer information collected in the past without the consent of affected customers.

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it. Any changes to our privacy policy will be communicated through our Website at least 10 days in advance of implementation.

At Dogears Etc., we welcome your questions and comments regarding our privacy policy. If you have any queries or clarifications about Dogears Etc.'s Privacy Policy please contact us at contact@dogearsetc.com.

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