BIDHOUND and Bidhound.com (hereby referred to as Bidhound and/or Bidhound.comin this and other site related documentation) are committed to providing its users with an Internet experience that respects and protects their personal privacy choices and concerns. By registering and/or using/browsing the site Bidhound.com (and any of it's subsidiary sites), you agree that you are aware of the relationship and ownership of Bidhound and Bidhound.com by Holix, Inc.
This policy applies to sites whose URL terminates in Bidhound. Bidhound is found online only at: Bidhound.com
Personally identifiable information is information such as your name, birth date, e-mail address or mailing address that can be used to uniquely identify you.
Anonymous Information is not personally identifiable information. Anonymous information is information about how you use our site (such as places visited and search queries performed). Anonymous information also includes the domain names and/or I.P. addresses (as explained in greater detail below) of browsers that visit our site, time of day the site was visited, and other non-personally identifiable information. Anonymous information is information that is not tied to any individual, but helps to characterize Bidhound.com users.
The next sections tell how and when Bidhound.com collects anonymous information and personally identifiable information.
Collection and Use of Personally Identifiable Information
Only during the registration process to become a registered user will you be asked to provide us with personally identifiable information.
Although the majority of our services do not require any form of customer registration, we do require registration for the use of the auctions. During this registration process we require you to complete certain fields, offer optional fields for you to complete, and ask you to select a user name and password. Bidhound.com uses this contact information in several ways: to welcome you to Bidhound.com , to send communications from us about new features and services available through and to allow you to complete an auction transaction as buyer/seller by sending your contact details to the seller/winning bidder.
From time to time, we may run contests on our site in which we ask participants for contact information, such as their email address(es). If you participate in contests, your contact information will be used primarily to reach you in connection with the contests.
We may also use the collected contact information to send you information about Bidhound.com, our services, as well as offers tailored to your interests by our advertisers and sponsors. You may choose to opt-out of receiving such mailings at the time of registration for the contest, or afterwards.
Sharing Personally Identifiable Information with Third Parties
At Bidhound.com we take your privacy seriously. In order to deliver advertising to you that most closely matches your interests: we may share your personal information with carefully selected companies with whom we have relationships and trust. However, we will not share your personally identifiable information unless we have first given you notice that we might share your data, and you have authorized us to do so. If you have not opted-in to receive these offers, and would like to do so now, you will be able to change your preferences. If you have previously opted-in, but now wish to remove yourself from these mailing lists, you will be able to change your preferences, or you may send email directly to us, and we will modify your preferences accordingly. Our partners who receive information from us have the right to use the data we provide them (sometimes, in connection with other information they may have gathered about you), but are generally prohibited from sharing this information with other companies or people. In addition, if we add new features or services that might require the sharing of your personal information with an additional advertiser or sponsor, we will provide you with notice and the opportunity to opt-in to receive these offers.
PLEASE NOTE: In certain special cases, we may disclose your personally identifiable information when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to you, or otherwise injuring or interfering with Bidhound.com rights, property or operations, other Bidhound.com users, or anyone else who could be harmed by such activities. We may also disclose your personally identifiable information when we believe the law requires it, or in response to any demand by law enforcement authorities in connection with a criminal investigation, or civil or administrative authorities in connection with a pending civil case or administrative investigation.
When you use our site, we collect anonymous information, even if you have not registered with Bidhound.com. We use this information to personalize your experience at our site, show you more relevant advertising messages, and generally to improve our services. We share this anonymous information with selected advertisers and partners, in order to deliver to you more relevant advertising messages.
Bidhound.com will not share any anonymous information about your use on our site if that information is or will be linked to your personally identifiable information unless we have given you notice as described above and you have given us authorization to do so.
You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at our site and other Web sites may be diminished and some features will not work as intended.
You can opt-out during Bidhound.com Member registration process or at any time from our site. You can also ask to have all information related to your registration removed from our site.
Special Categories of Information
We will not share any personally identifiable information about our users that is of medical, financial or sexual nature.
Use of IP Addresses An Internet protocol (I.P.) address is a set of numbers that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you log on to your internet service provider or through your company's local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN). Web servers - the powerful computers that provide web pages for viewing - automatically identify your computer by the IP address assigned to it during your session online.
PLEASE NOTE: Under certain circumstances, I.P. addresses and/or domain names may be linked to personally identifiable information, when said information is stored in databases managed by Internet registrars or registries.
In order to provide you with news and features that match your interests, Bidhound.com has relationships with many of the best media and services companies throughout the world. You can recognize these sites by the joint branding of Bidhound.com and such companies. For example, if you see a logo in the upper-right corner of the page that says 'Powered by ______', you will know you are on a co-branded Web page. If you ever have any questions about whether certain information, content or services pertain to us, or are "powered by" one of our partners, please contact us.
Whenever you provide registration information on certain co-branded Web pages or for certain services provided in conjunction with third party partners, we want to be clear that some data you provide is shared with partners. You should make every effort to read the privacy policies provided by or in association with such third parties, and make an informed decision on your own whether or not to continue utilizing the services based upon the privacy policies posted on these co-branded Web pages, at your own discretion. However, we will make every effort to ensure that you have the ability to opt-out of the sharing of such data with partners. You may email us directly and we will forward your request to the appropriate company, and help you follow up to ensure that your concerns are adequately handled.
Bidhound.com operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection. Bidhound.com has security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of your user data under our control.
Only authorized employees have access to the information you provide us. For example, we impose strict rules on Bidhound.com employees who have access either to the databases that store user information or to the servers that host our services. While we cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration to data will not occur, we make every effort (such as the use of employee passwords and non-disclosure agreements) to prevent such unfortunate occurrences.