1. Your Privacy - Our Commitment
At eHotBid.com, 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 many offerings.
2. eHotBid.com Privacy Guarantee
eHotBid.com 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 Web site 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. Information we collect
When you use our services, we collect and store your personal
information from you. Our primary goal in doing so is to provide a safe,
efficient, smooth and customized experience. This allows us to provide
services and features that most likely meet your needs, and to customize
our service to make your experience safer and easier. Importantly, we
only collect personal information about you that we consider necessary
for achieving this purpose.
In general, you can browse the Site 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
services, 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 Site.
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. You may provide us
with a eHotBid ID.
We may automatically track certain information about you based upon your
behavior on our site. 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 site or not), which URL you
next go to (whether this URL is on our site or not), your computer
browser information, and your IP address.
We use data collection devices such as "cookies" on certain pages of the
Site to help analyze our web page flow, measure promotional
effectiveness, and promote trust and safety. "Cookies" are small files
placed on your hard drive that assist us in providing our services. We
offer certain features that are only available through the use of a
frequently during a session. Cookies can also help us provide
information that is targeted to your interests. Most cookies are
"session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your
hard drive at the end of a session. You are always free to decline our
cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be
able to use certain features on the Site and you may be required to
reenter your password more frequently during a session.
Additionally, you may encounter "cookies" or other similar devices on
certain pages of the Site that are placed by third parties. For example,
if you view a web page created by a user, there may be a "cookie" placed
If you choose to bid, buy or sell on the Site, we collect information
about your bidding, buying and selling behavior. We also collect other
users' comments about you in our feedback area.
If you establish a credit account with us to pay the fees we charge, we
collect some additional information, such as a billing address, a credit
card number and a credit card expiration date and tracking information
from checks or money orders.
If you choose to post messages in 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.
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 Site, we may collect such information into
a file specific to you.
4. 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 Site to: resolve disputes; troubleshoot problems; help
promote safe trading; collect fees owed; measure consumer interest in
our products and services, inform you about online and offline offers,
products, services, and updates; customize your experience; detect and
protect us against error, fraud and other criminal activity; enforce our
User Agreement; 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.
If you choose to list an item for sale on the Site 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
You agree that we may use personal information about you to improve our
marketing and promotional efforts, to analyze site usage, improve our
content and product offerings, and customize the Site's content, layout,
and services. These uses improve the Site and better tailor it to meet
your needs, so as to provide you with a smooth, efficient, safe and
customized experience while using the Site.
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
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.
5. 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.
a. Where a user enters information on any form of an advertiser,
the information is simultaneously collected by eHotBid and the
advertiser. The information is used by eHotBid in accordance with
as per the advertisers prevalent privacy policies. Because we do
not control the privacy practices of these advertisers, you
should evaluate their practices before deciding to provide the
b. eHotBid 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
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 Site along with third
There are certain items and services provided on the Site for which
third parties request for information before the item/service is
listed (example: application for homeloan auctions). The information
provided by the user for such purposes is simultaneously collected
by eHotBid and the respective third party. This information is
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
(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. If you provide additional
information to an internal service provider directly, then their use
of your personal information is governed by their applicable privacy
5. Other Corporate Entities.
We share much of our data, including personal information about you,
with our 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. Should such a combination occur, we will require
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
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
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 Site. 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 will always remain private.
7. Your use of other users' information
In order to facilitate interaction among all eHotBid.com community
members, our service allows you to access other users' contact
information. Further, as a seller you will be sent via email the
eHotBid ID, email address and other information of the winning
bidder(s), and as a winning bidder you will be sent via email the
eHotBid ID, email address and other information of the seller. By
entering into our User Agreement, you agree that, with respect to
other user's personally identifiable information that you obtain
through the Site or through a eHotBid.com-related communication or
eHotBid.com-facilitated transaction, eHotBid.com hereby grants to you
a license to use such information only for:
(a) eHotBid.com-related communications that are not unsolicited
(b) using co-branded services offered through eHotBid.com (e.g.
insurance, shipping and fraud complaints), and
(c) any other purpose that such user expressly opts into after
adequate disclosure of the purpose(s).In all cases, you must give
users an opportunity to remove themselves from your database and a
chance to review what information you have collected about them.
In addition, under no circumstances, except as defined in this
Section, can you disclose personally identifiable information about
another user to any third party without our consent and the consent
of such other user after adequate disclosure.
eHotBid.com and our users do not tolerate spam. Therefore, without
limiting the foregoing, you are not licensed to add a eHotBid.com
user-even a user who has purchased an item from you-to your mail
list (email or physical mail) without their express consent after
6. What about children's privacy?
Children are not eligible to use our services unsupervised 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 can use this service only in
conjunction with and under the supervision of your parents or guardians.
7. Access or change your personally identifiable
To protect your privacy and security, we will verify your identity
before granting access or making changes to your personally-identifying
information. If you have registered your profile on eHotBid.com, your
eHotBid ID and Password are required in order to access your profile
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 input 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.
By using our Web site, you consent to the collection and use of this
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
through our Web site at least 10 days in advance of implementation.
10. Tell us what you think
At eHotBid.com, we welcome your questions and comments regarding our