Last Updated: May 1st, 2012
Commitment to your privacy
The Couture Circle website and service is owned and operated by Couture Circle, Inc. (“Couture Circle”). At Couture Circle, we understand that you value your privacy, and we want to help make your experience with our website (the “services”) satisfying and safe. This policy describes our collection of personal information in connection with our services, and explains how we use and disclose that information.
Personal information we collect and how we use it
“Personal information,” as used in this policy, is information that may be used to identify an individual, such as name or email address. We collect personal information in the course of providing our services to you. Below are some examples of the types of personal information we collect and the ways in which we use it:
Information you provide - We collect personal information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions, such as the use of email or posting a listing on the service. We use personal information we collect to respond to your inquiry or request, to provide, improve, and develop our services, to tailor your user experience, to prevent fraudulent usage of our services, to enable you to purchase, lend, borrow, and sell goods through the service, and for the other purposes described in this policy. In addition, we may use your email address to deliver targeted marketing messages from us. You may opt-out from receiving these marketing messages by following the instructions provided in the messages. You may also provide personal information to us in other ways, such as by requesting user support.
Information from third parties - We may receive personal information from third parties about their users, and may combine this information with other personal information we maintain about you. If we do so, this policy governs the combined information.
We may also collect information that is not personally identifiable, and may aggregate personal information or otherwise render it anonymous (that is, non-personally identifiable). We may use this anonymous information for various purposes and may share it with third parties. Below are some examples of the types of non-personal information we collect and the ways in which we use it:
Usage tracking - We may collect non-personal information from your use of our services. For example, we may collect information about user traffic and usage patterns throughout our site, and similar information regarding the use of our services. We may also track click-through information, such as IP addresses, from the messages we send to our users. We use the information we collect in these manners to, for example, improve our services, to develop new products and services, to gauge the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns, to discourage and address abusive and fraudulent use of our services, and to help our users with troubleshooting issues.
If we directly combine any non-personal information gathered through passive means with personal information, we treat the combined information as personal information under this policy. Otherwise, we use information collected by passive means in aggregated or other non-personally identifiable forms.
Consistent with the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requiring parental consent. Any person who provides his or her personal information to us through our services represents that he or she is 13 years of age or older.
Disclosure of personal information
We may provide personal information to our subsidiaries, affiliated companies and other trusted businesses or persons for the purpose of providing our services and for our other purposes described in this policy. We limit the personal information shared with these third parties to that which is necessary to carry out those functions. We may share personal information with third parties in order to carry out a user's request, for example if you purchase a product we must send your address to the seller, or if we believe that doing so is legally required or is in our interest to protect our property or other legal rights (including, but not limited to, enforcement of our agreements), or the rights or property of others.
Profile data and other personal information available to other users of the service
Some features on the service may allow you to post personal information that is available to other users of the service. For example, if you provide a description of a product, or post a rating or review regarding a third party or any products, that information will be made available to service users who view that listing. Additionally, any information that you make available in your profile will be available to other users. You include personal information in any postings to the service, and make personal information available in your profile, at your sole risk. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you may choose to share personal information, whether you share it on the service or by other means (such as email or telephone). Additionally, even after information posted on the service is removed, caching and archiving services may have saved that information, and other users or third parties may have copied or stored the information available on the service. We cannot, and do not, warrant or guarantee that any personal information that you provide on and in connection with the service will not be accessed, viewed, or used by unauthorized persons.
Third-party sites and services
Our services may contain links to third-party sites and services. Any links to third-party sites or services are provided for your convenience only, and we do not have control over the content or privacy and security practices and policies of such third parties or other sites. Any personal information that you provide to our data destination partners or to other third parties is subject to that third party’s privacy practices and policies, not this policy. We encourage you to learn about their privacy and security practices and policies before providing them with personal information.
Information about our users, including personal information, may be disclosed as part of any merger, acquisition, or sale of company assets, as well as in the unlikely event of an insolvency, bankruptcy or receivership in which personal information would be transferred as one of our business assets.
International visitors and customers
This site is hosted in the United States, and we provide our other services from the United States. If you use our services from the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that you are transferring your personal data to the United States. The United States does not have the same data protection laws as the EU and some other regions. By providing your personal information, you consent to the transfer of your personal data to the United States and the use of your personal information, in accordance with this policy.
No data transmissions over the Internet or other networks can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security or integrity of any information you transmit to us. You transmit information to us at your own risk. Once we receive personal information, we make reasonable efforts to protect it from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Please be aware, however, that no security safeguards are completely secure. We cannot represent or guarantee that personal information will not be accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.
Information retention and disposal
We retain personal information for as long as we have a business need for it or as applicable laws or regulations or government orders require us to retain it.
Changes and updates
We may occasionally update this policy. When we do, we will also revise the "last updated" date at the top of this policy. If we make changes to this policy that are materially less restrictive on our use or disclosure of personal information we have collected, we will attempt to obtain your consent before implementing the change. We encourage you to review this policy periodically to stay informed about our collection, use and disclosure of personal information.
We welcome any privacy-related concerns you may have and want to help resolve them. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this policy, please email us at info@couturecirclecom