The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. As such, WinningCause.org presents this statement to give our users a clear understanding of how we operate our Web site and how we handle your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns relating to privacy or security, please send an email to admin@WinningCause.org. WinningCause.org may modify this statement at any time, and, if we do, we will notify our users that we have done so.
What Information We Collect
When you visit and navigate our Web site, we will not collect personal information about you unless you provide us that information voluntarily. By "personal information," we mean data that is unique to an individual, such as a name, address, email address, or telephone number.
When you register for any service or feature on our site, we require the following personal information: email address and first and last name. We also ask you to select a password. We request that you provide additional information, such as gender, telephone number, street address, city, state, and zip code.
How We Use Information
Because we consider any personal information you give us as confidential, except in the limited circumstances described below, WinningCause.org uses information collected from you in aggregate form only. In other words, we combine the information with data collected from other individuals to produce anonymous, aggregated statistical information. We collect and use demographic information in order to improve the products and services we offer, to conduct market research, to generate profiles and reports, and to improve the overall experience of our site. We also may share this anonymous, aggregated information -- which does not identify individuals -- with partners, advertisers or other third parties.
That said, except as described below, WinningCause.org will not disclose to third parties any identifying personal information gathered from you (including your email address) unless (1) we tell you how your information will be used and you give WinningCause.org specific permission to share this information or (2) WinningCause.org is required to disclose such information by any applicable law or legal process (like a subpoena or court order). Specifically, when users provide email addresses during an auction, those email addresses remain entirely under the control of the organization holding the auction, except as described below.
An exception to this general rule concerns our role as a facilitator of online fundraising events. In order to fulfill this role effectively, WinningCause.org must be able to provide personal information of users to the organization holding the event. Specifically, WinningCause.org discloses the following information: (1) name, email and mailing address (and/or other contact information) of all donors, (2) name and email of all "interested parties" - e.g., individuals who access the WinningCause.org site via refer your friends, email-this-page and/or email update functionalities, as well as individuals who place bids on items, and (3) name, email, and mailing address (and/or other contact information) of all high bidders and second-highest bidders (in case the high bidder is ineligible).
Two other exceptions to this general rule: (1) when a user arrives at, registers and bids in a WinningCause.org auction via a third party media source, WinningCause.org may share that contact information (email address) with that third party media source, as well as non-personalized bidder information; and (2) when a user registers for the WinningCause.org email updates or participates in an auction that has elected to access the WinningCause.org email updates, the user agrees to receive communications and other information regarding WinningCause.org.
Finally, as a general matter, WinningCause.org may contact registered users to an auction with promotions or special offers related to products or services bid on by those users. Users may unsubscribe from receiving such information at any time.
Please note that we do share non-personally-identifiable information (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, number of clicks, etc.) with interested third-parties so that they can understand usage patterns on our Site and assist us both in enhancing the WinningCause.org Service and improving your experience.
WinningCause.org utilizes generally-accepted security measures (such as encryption) to protect against the misuse or unauthorized disclosure of any personal information you submit to us. However, like other Internet sites, we cannot guarantee that it is completely secure from people who might attempt to evade security measures or intercept transmissions over the Internet.
Updating Information and Opting-Out
We provide you with the ability to correct or update any information you have provided us. Simply click on the "My Account " link located at the top of each WinningCause.org auction page, navigate to the bottom of your account page and edit your information there.
If you no longer wish to receive communications from WinningCause.org, you may email us at admin@WinningCause.org or click on the email link at the bottom of any email sent to you by WinningCause.org.
You should know that opting-out or unsubscribing from our site does not delete the personal information from our system that may exist in backup or disaster-recovery files.
Cookies are pieces of data stored on your computer's hard drive by a Web site. Cookies are an industry standard and used by most major Web sites to improve their services.
Cookies also may be used by WinningCause.org on an aggregate basis to track site navigation. This information is not traceable to an individual user.
The cookie feature can be turned off on your browser. For more information on turning off the cookie feature, consult your browser "Help" section. If you choose to turn off cookies, you can still access all areas of our site. However, you might have to "refuse" a cookie each time you encounter one searching our site.
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider whenever you access the Internet. This number may be the same each time you access the Internet or it may change. Like other Internet sites, WinningCause.org uses IP addresses to collect aggregate information about numbers of visitors and site usage. The address is logged on our server when your computer requests information from WinningCause.org. However, to allow users to access our site anonymously, your IP address is not linked with personal information about you. However, WinningCause.org reserves the right, in rare instances, to use IP addresses to identify individuals who threaten our site, service or users.
Surveys and Polls
If you respond to any surveys or polls on our site, we may ask you for demographic information such as your gender or age. This information is collected only as anonymous, aggregated information and is used for statistical purposes. Otherwise, we do not collect or store your personal responses.
We ask that only individuals who are over the age of 18 register on our site. If we learn that we inadvertently have collected identifying personal information from an individual under the age of 18, we will promptly delete that information from our system.
Other Web Sites
This privacy statement applies only as long as you remain on the WinningCause.org Web site. Once you leave WinningCause.org to visit another site, we have no control over your privacy or security issues even if you reached the other site by clicking on a link within WinningCause.org.