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Privacy Policy (Effective Date: July 22, 2014)

Your privacy is extremely important to StarsCharityAuciton.   In order for you to have a clear understanding of how we operate our Web site and handle your personal information, StarsCharityAuction has developed the a comprehensive Privacy Policy  for your review.  If you have any questions or concerns relating to privacy or security of the information we collect, use, disclose, transfer and/or store, please send an email to privacy@StarsCharityAuction.com

What  Personal Information We Collect

When you visit and navigate our Web site as a guest user, we will not collect any personal information about you.
When you decide to Join our Web site, we require your email address and first name only.  We also ask you to select a personal username and password.
When you are ready to bid, donate without bidding or buy an auction, you are required to provide your  credit card related information, middle name, last name, credit card billing address, and phone number.
If you become an auction winner, we require you to provide us your ship to address if it’s different than your credit card billing address so that your auction can be shipped to you.
If you decide be an auctioneer and hold auctions to benefit your favorite charity, we will require your Paypal email address to receive funds for possible sales tax, shipping and handling costs.
All other information are not mandatory and can be provide to us at your discretion and on voluntary basis.
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.

How We Use Your Personal Information

The personal information we collect allows us to keep you posted via our newsletter on StarsCharityAuction’s latest auction announcements, promotions, Web site feature updates, and upcoming events.  You may elect to opt out anytime from receiving our newslettes or by contacting us at unsubscribe@StarsCharityAuction.com
In the event, a user is an auction winner or donates without bidding, StarsCharityAuction may share the user’s personal information with our partnering companies and non profits consistent with this Privacy Policy.  In all the other cases, including holding charity auctions, and simply bidding, StarsCharityAuction will not disclose to any third parties any identifying personal information gathered from you unless StarsCharityAuction is required to disclose such information by any applicable law or legal process (like a subpoena or court order).  Specifally, when users provide

Collection and Use of Non-Personally Identifying Information (NPPI)

Aggregated data is considered non-personal information for the purposes of the Privacy Policy unless  its combined with personally identifying information, in which case it will be treated as personal information as long as it remains combined.
StarsCharityAuction may also collect non-personally identifying information – date in a form that does not permit direct association with any specific individual.    We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information, such as customer activities on our Web site, like time you spent on the site as well as list of previously purchased products, service and auction watch lists you are interested in.  This information is aggregated and used to help us provide better customer service to our clients and understand which parts of our Web site, products, services are of most interest.

Cookies

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.  StarsCharityAuction uses Cookies for user convenience and to understand user behavior, such as which parts of our Web site people have visited, and measure the effectiveness of advertisements and web searches.   However, StarsCharityAuction does not store this information.  Our Web site can only read the cookies placed on your computer by us.  We cannot access any information on your hard drive placed there by your or any other source.
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.

IP Addresses

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.   StarsCharityAuction uses IP addresses to collect aggregate information about numbers of visitors and site usage.  However, your IP address is not linked with your personal information about you except when you are requesting to become an auctioneer to hold charity auctions.  StarsChraityAuction in rare instances, uses IP addresses to identify and block individuals who threaten or attack our site, service or users.

Your Postings

Please be aware that on the About Me section under Settings and posting Comments on auction view page, is publically accessible to all guest and registered users.   StarsCharityAuction reserves the right to remove any posts we feel are inappropriate, contain abusive language or threaten or violate the privacy of our company, sponsors  or visitors.

 Security

StarsCharityAuction uses 256-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption.   Customer data is securely transmitted by StarsCharityAuction to non-affiliated third-parties as permitted by this privacy policy or by law and to service providers through a combination of encryption techniques and other privacy protection measures.
All donation payment information stored for future donations is secured using the highest level of encryption and tokenization available through our partner, FrontStream Payment, parent company of FirstGiving. For your piece of mind, FrontStream Payments, maintain PCI DSS Level 1 compliance and focus on providing a secure environment to process donations.  StarsCharityAuctoin does store any selected NPPI payment information submitted through our web site such as your debit or credit card numbers, expiration dates for security reasons.  In fact, for your peace of mind, CharityDateAuction.org does not have any access to credit card donation payment information, at all.

Third-Party Sites and Services

StarsCharityAuction websites, products, applications, and services may contain links to third-party websites, products, and services.  Information collected by third parties, which may include contact details, is governed by their privacy practices.  We encourage you to learn about the privacy practices of those third parties.
We will only use your payment details for the purpose of processing your donation via our payment partner.  If you are donating or paying for an auction you have won, we will automatically pass on your name and email and home addresses to the nonprofit that will benefit from you donation.  In all other instances, we will not pass on this information to any third party unless you give us your express consent.

Share This Page Services

When you provide a friends email address for StarsCharityAuction to forward a web address, we guarantee that we will only use your friends address for this purpose.

 Acceptance of our Privacy Policy

Use of the StarsCharityAuction website and associated services implies acceptance of this Privacy Policy. If you are not satisfied with any aspect of it please do not continue to use the website and services. This policy may change from time to time and you are deemed to have accepted the current version each time you use StarsCharityAuction.com or any site powered by us.