Your privacy on the internet is of the utmost importance to us. At Gemstone Auctions, we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.
Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand our policy and the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.
Gemstone Auctions gathers two types of information about users:
1. Registration Details
In order to register on Gemstone Auctions, you are required to provide personal information including your name, phone number, email address and postal address. This information is essential because our auction site is dependant on your details to post any won items to you in the mail. Your personal information is used exclusively for the above stated purpose, and is not shared with any 3rd parties unless required by law.
2. Electronic newsletters policy
We offer a free electronic newsletter to members. Gemstone Auctions gathers the email addresses of users by retrieving them from our member database. Members may remove themselves from this mailing list at any time by following the link provided in every newsletter that points members to the unsubscription page. Alternatively, click here to unsubscribe from the Gemstone Auctions newsletter. Members will be automatically subscribed upon registration.
3. Forum policy
Members of the Gemstone Auctions Forum must register separately for this service (free of charge) in order to post messages, although they needn’t register to browse through the site. During registration the user is required to supply a username, password, and email address. These details are subject to the same policy as Gemstone Auctions members, in that they will NOT be shared with 3rd parties.
4. “E-mail this to a friend” policy
Our site users can choose to electronically forward details of a selected auction to someone else by clicking “e-mail this to a friend”. The user must provide their email address, as well as that of the recipient. No record is made of this transmission, and the email addresses provided will not be used for any other purpose.
We may offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions with other users and see what our audience thinks about important issues. Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to any particular user.Gemstone Auctions may use a system to “tag” users after they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag is not correlated with information about individual users.
Gemstone Auctions may occasionally conduct user surveys to better understand our visitors. Gemstone Auctions may use a system to “tag” users after they have complete a survey, so they can submit the same survey only once. We never share any information about specific individuals with any third party.
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 requesting parental consent.
Gemstone Auctions uses any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or personalised elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users. Your personal information is required to post items to you in the mail, and is not used for any other purpose. Your postal address and actual name is made available to sellers on Gemstone Auctions so that they may deliver items to you. Your information is not made available to sellers unless you have bidded and won an item that they have listed.
We send out newsletters to subscribers on a regular schedule, and occasionally send out special editions when we think subscribers might be particularly interested in something we are doing. Gemstone Auctions never shares or sells newsletter mailing lists with any third parties, including advertisers, sponsors or partners.
We use tracking information to determine ways to better enrich the user experience. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in the search function as one of many measures to ascertain what interests our users. We do not have any mechanism that matches a submitted search term to the user who entered it.
Gemstone Auctions creates aggregate reports on user demographics and traffic patterns for advertisers, sponsors and partners. While summaries of this information may be shared when necessary to further promote our site, NO PERSONAL INFORMATION WILL BE SHARED WITH 3RD PARTY ADVERTISERS, SPONSORS OR PARTNERS.
Gemstone Auctions uses the above-described information to tailor our content to suit your needs and help our advertisers better understand our audience’s demographics. This is essential to keeping our service free. We will not share information about individual users with any third party, except to comply with applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.
Gemstone Auctions operates secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our customers.
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:
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