(Updated June 12, 2016)
BidScientific vows never to share your private personal information with other users without your explicit permission nor to sell your information to any third parties. BidScientific will, however, keep a copy of your information on its servers (using industry standard security practices) to better enhance the experience of all of BidScientific users.
Security of Your Personal Data. BidScientific is committed to protecting the security of your Personal Data. BidScientific uses a variety of industry-standard security technologies and procedures to help protect your Personal Data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. BidScientific also requires you to enter a password to access your Account information. Please do not disclose your Account password to unauthorized people. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while BidScientific uses reasonable efforts to protect your Personal Data, BidScientific cannot guarantee its absolute security.
General Use of Your Personal Data. In general, Personal Data you submit to us is used either to respond to requests that you make, or to aid us in serving you better. BidScientific uses your Personal Data in the following ways: to facilitate the creation of and secure your Account on BidScientific network; to identify you as a user in BidScientific system; to provide improved administration of BidScientific Site and Services; to provide the Services you request; to improve the quality of experience when you interact with BidScientific Site and Services; to send you a welcome e-mail to verify ownership of the e-mail address provided when your Account was created; to send you administrative e-mail notifications, such as security, or support and maintenance advisories; to respond to your inquiries related to employment opportunities or other requests; to make telephone calls to you, from time to time, as a part of secondary fraud protection or to solicit your feedback; and to send newsletters, surveys, offers, and other promotional materials related to BidScientific Services and for other marketing purposes of BidScientific.
Creation of Anonymous Data. BidScientific may create Anonymous Data records from Personal Data by excluding information (such as your name) that makes the data personally identifiable to you. BidScientific use this Anonymous Data to analyze request and usage patterns so that BidScientific may enhance the content of BidScientific Services and improve Site navigation. BidScientific reserves the right to use Anonymous Data for any purpose and disclose Anonymous Data to third parties in BidScientific’s sole discretion.
Types of Data BidScientific Collect. “Personal Data” means data that allows someone to identify or contact you, including, for example, your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, as well as any other non-public information about you that is associated with or linked to any of the foregoing data. “Anonymous Data” means data that is not associated with or linked to your Personal Data; Anonymous Data does not, by itself, permit the identification of individual persons. BidScientific collect Personal Data and Anonymous Data. BidScientific may collect Personal Data from you, such as your first and last name, gender, e-mail and mailing addresses, professional title, BidScientific name, and password when you create an account to log in to BidScientific network (“Account”). If you use BidScientific Services on your mobile device, including through BidScientific Application(s), BidScientific may collect your phone number and the unique device id number. If you tell us where you are (e.g., by allowing your mobile device to send us your location), BidScientific may store and use that information to provide you with location-based information and advertising. If you want to deactivate this feature, you can either reinstall the Application(s) or deactivate GPS on your mobile device. BidScientific mobile homepage lets you store preferences like your location, safe search settings, and favorite widgets. BidScientific may associate these choices with your ID or the mobile device, and you can edit these preferences at any time on BidScientific mobile homepage. When connecting to BidScientific Services via a service provider that uniquely identifies your mobile device, BidScientific may receive this identification and use it to offer extended services and/or functionality. Certain Services may require BidScientific collection of your phone number. BidScientific may associate that phone number to your mobile device identification information. When you order products or services on BidScientific website, BidScientific will collect all information necessary to complete the transaction, including your name, credit card information, billing information and shipping information. This information may be shared with third parties who help process and fulfill your purchases. When you submit credit card numbers, BidScientific encrypts that information using industry standard technology. BidScientific retains information on your behalf, such as files and messages that you store using your Account. If you provide us feedback or contact us via e-mail, BidScientific will collect your name and e-mail address, as well as any other content included in the e-mail, in order to send you a reply. When you post content (text, images, photographs, messages, comments or any other kind of content that is not your e-mail address) on the BidScientific Site, the information contained in your posting will be stored in BidScientific servers and other users will be able to see it, along with your profile photo and any other information that you choose to make public on your public profile page (“Profile”). The information that you provide in your Profile will be visible to others, including anonymous visitors to the Site. When you post messages on the message boards of the BidScientific Site, the information contained in your posting will be stored on the BidScientific servers and other users will be able to see it. When you participate in one of BidScientific’s surveys, BidScientific may collect additional profile information. BidScientific also collects other types of Personal Data that you provide to us voluntarily, such as your operating system and version, product registration number, and other requested information if you contact us via e-mail regarding support for the Services. If you participate in a promotion, contest or giveaway on the BidScientific Site, BidScientific may ask you for your e-mail address and/or home number (to notify you if you win or not). BidScientific may also ask for first and last names, and sometimes post office addresses to verify your identity. In some situations BidScientific may need additional information as a part of the entry process, such as a prize selection choice. These promotion and contests are voluntary. BidScientific recommends that you read the rules for each promotion and contest that you enter. BidScientific may also collect Personal Data, such as at other points in the BidScientific Site that state that Personal Data is being collected.
Information Collected by BidScientific Servers. BidScientific servers (which may be hosted by a third party service provider) collect information from you, including your browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet, which may vary from session to session), domain name, and/or a date/time stamp for your visit.
Pixel Tags. In addition, BidScientific uses “Pixel Tags”(also referred to as clear Gifs, web beacons, or web bugs). Pixel Tags are tiny graphic images with a unique identifier, similar in function to Cookies, that are used to track online movements of web users. In contrast to Cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, Pixel Tags are embedded invisibly in web pages. Pixel Tags also allow us to send e-mail messages in a format users can read, and they tell us whether e-mails have been opened to ensure that BidScientific is sending only messages that are of interest to BidScientific users. BidScientific may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to a user. BidScientific does not tie the information gathered by Pixel Tags to BidScientific users’ Personal Data.
How BidScientific Respond to Do Not Track Signals. BidScientific does not currently respond to “do not track” signals or other mechanisms that might enable consumers to opt out of tracking on BidScientific Site.
User Reviews. BidScientific often receives reviews and comments from users who have had positive experiences with BidScientific Services or products sold on the BidScientific website. BidScientific occasionally publishes such content. When BidScientific publishes this content, BidScientific may identify BidScientific users by their first and last name and may also indicate their home city. BidScientific obtains the user’s consent prior to posting his or her name along with the testimonial. BidScientific may post user feedback on the Site from time to time. BidScientific will share your feedback with your first name and last initial only. If BidScientific chooses to post your first and last name along with your feedback, BidScientific will obtain your consent prior to posting you name with your feedback. If you make any comments on a blog or forum associated with BidScientific Site, you should be aware that any Personal Data you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. BidScientific is not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these blogs and forums.
(a) Third Parties Designated by You. When you use the Services, the Personal Data you provide will be shared with the third parties that you designate to receive such information, including other websites, your friends, relatives and business associates. Depending on the type of access you grant to such third parties, they may also be permitted to edit the information you have provided to us and to designate others to access and edit such information. You may change your settings at any time as to who has access to your information by going to your account settings and changing your publishing options.
(b) Third Party Service Providers. BidScientific may share your Personal Data with third party service providers to: fulfill orders you place through the Services; provide you with the Services that BidScientific offers you through BidScientific Site; to conduct quality assurance testing; to facilitate creation of accounts; to provide technical support; and/or to provide other services to the BidScientific. These third party service providers are required not to use your Personal Data other than to provide the services requested by BidScientific.
(e) Disclosure to Third Party Companies. BidScientific may enter into agreements with companies that provide BidScientific Services by way of a co-branded or private-labeled website or companies that offer their products and/or services on the BidScientific website (“Third Party Companies”). A Third Party BidScientific may want access to Personal Data that BidScientific collects from its customers. As a result, BidScientific may disclose your Personal Data to a Third Party entity; however, BidScientific will not disclose your Personal Data to any Third Party entity for the Third Party entity’s own direct marketing purposes, unless you have “opted-in” by following the instructions BidScientific provides to allow such disclosure. If you have opted-in to receive e-mail communications from a Third Party entity and later wish to discontinue receipt of these e-mails, please contact the Third Party entity directly to update your preferences. The privacy policies of these Third Party Companies may apply to the use and disclosure of your Personal Data that BidScientific collects and discloses to such Third Party Companies. Because BidScientific does not control the privacy practices of BidScientific Third Party entities, you should read and understand their privacy policies.
(f) Public Profile. Certain portions of the information you provide to us may also be displayed in your Profile. As an essential element of the Services, most of the Personal Data you explicitly provide to us when you register or update your Profile is displayed on your Profile. In order for your Profile to be made public, you must go to your profile settings and then to profile visibility. By default, your Profile is not for public viewing. Your photos, posts, and other content you post to the Site are also meant for public consumption. BidScientific may display this content on the Site, and further distribute it to a wider audience through third party sites and services. Once displayed on publicly viewable web pages, that information can be collected and used by others. BidScientific cannot control who reads your posting or what other users may do with the information that you voluntarily post, so it is very important that you do not put Personal Data in your posts. Once you have posted information publicly, while you will still be able to edit and delete it on the Site, you will not be able to edit or delete such information cached, collected, and stored elsewhere by others (e.g., search engines).
Your Choices Regarding Your Information.
(b) Cookies. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to accept cookies from BidScientific Service for any of the purposes described above, then you can instruct your browser, by changing its settings, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. Consult your browser’s technical information. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use all portions of the Service or all functionality of the Service. If you have any questions about how to disable or modify cookies, please let us know at the contact information provided above.
(c) Changing or Deleting Your Personal Data. All Users may review, update, correct or delete the Personal Information in their User account (including any imported contacts) by contacting us or by editing their profile via the Service. If you completely delete all of your Personal Information, then your User account may become deactivated. BidScientific will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request. BidScientific may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes. (For more information on how to control your User Content on the Service, including information regarding the use and storage of your User Content, please see the “Sharing Your Content” section in BidScientific Terms of Service.)