Privacy & Cookies Policy
Our commitment to privacy
What this policy covers
What information is collected?
You can browse our sites 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. If you choose to provide us with personal information, you consent to the transfer and storage of that information on our servers.
WowThankYou collects personal information when you register to use WowThankYou services or to post content on WowThankYou. At registration you are asked for your email address and certain other optional information. WowThankYou automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, cookies, and the pages you request. WowThankYou uses information for the following general purposes: products and services provisioning, billing, identification and authentication, services improvement, contact, research, and anonymous reporting. Internet Protocol (IP) addresses are automatically reported by your browser each time you view a web page. Your IP address is stored in WowThankYou’s user registration databases when you register with WowThankYou. IP addresses may be used for various research purposes.
With your permission, we may collect and store the following personal information:
- Email address, physical contact information
- Transactional information based on your activities on the sites such as buying & selling or content you generate that relates to your account
- Shipping, billing and other information you provide to purchase or ship an item;
- Community discussions, chats, dispute resolution, correspondence through our sites, and correspondence sent to us;
- Other information from your interaction with our sites, services, content and advertising, including computer and connection information, statistics on page views, traffic to and from the sites, IP address and standard web log information
Our third party payment processors use the latest secure server technology to ensure this information is protected to the highest standards. They use encryption to safeguard your credit card information and only accept orders from web browsers that permit communication through Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology - this means you cannot inadvertently place an order through an unsecured connection. Most web browsers above version three support this security. This encryption makes it virtually impossible for unauthorised parties to read any information that you send us. The encryption technique we use is the highest standard available for e-commerce.
How is your private information used?
Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customised experience. You agree that we may use your personal information to:
- Provide the services and customer support you request
- Resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems
- Prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, and enforce our User Agreement
- ustomise, measure and improve our services and content
- Compare information for accuracy, and verify it with third parties.
Customised experience - We gather your personally identifiable information to provide you with a customised experience on our website. Your personally identifiable information helps us tailor the content, services, goods and advertising to your current and future needs.
E-mail Communications - Sellers are automatically subscribed to our 'Seller Newsletter'. This newsletter will keep you up-to-date with everything you need to know as a WowThankYou seller, including new features, information about how to make more sales etc. At the bottom of these emails is an 'unsubscribe' link. If you click this, you will automatically be unsubscribed from receiving these emails. You may subscribe to a number of email services providing information about new features, announcements, special promotions and discounts in your member account section. We will not send you these subscribed emails unless you explicitly consent to receive the mailings by checking the subscriptions boxes. You may unsubscribe from these subscribed emails by clicking the unsubscribe link in the email messages, or by updating your preferences in your user account. Our subscribed emails may contain code that enables our database to track your usage of the newsletters, including whether the e-mail was opened and/or what links (if any) were clicked. We will combine such information with other information we have about you and may use this information to improve your experience with our site and/or provide more customized e-mail communications to you according to your subscriber preferences. You may also receive from time to time automated or administrative messages relating to your account and use of your account even if you unsubscribe from all subscribed email options.
Information sharing and disclosure
We may disclose personal information to respond to legal requirements, enforce our policies, respond to claims that a listing or other content violates the rights of others, or protect anyone's rights, property, or safety.
We may also share your personal information with:
- Service providers under contract, who help with our business operations such as fraud investigations, bill collection, affiliate and rewards programs and co-branded credit cards.
- Law enforcement or other governmental officials, in response to a verified request relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity. In such events, we will disclose information relevant to the investigation, such as name, city, postcode, telephone number, email address, User ID history, IP address, fraud complaints, and transaction history.
- Trusted third parties that are affiliated with WowThankYou, but never without asking for your consent and authorisation.
Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our ability to keep the community free from undesirable conduct, we will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement, other government officials, or other third parties without a 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 to report suspected illegal activity.
When purchasing any item from WowThankYou, payment can be made by all major debit and credit cards as well as through a Paypal account. You are not required to create an account with us to make a purchase, however we offer this as an option. WowThankYou does not see or have access to any of your sensitive financial details, like your credit card or bank account numbers.
Cookies are very small text files that are stored on your computer when you visit our website.
We comply to the 1998 UK Data Protection Act and keep your information safe using the latest technology.
We have security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. These security measures include a firewall to prevent unauthorized access to our systems and maintenance of registration information in a separate database. Although we will exercise reasonable care in providing secure transmission of information between your computer and our servers, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to us over the Internet and we accept no liability for any unintentional disclosure. We will protect the transmission of credit card information through industry standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.
An Internet Protocol (IP) address is a unique string of numbers that is assigned to your computer by your Internet Service Provider. Web servers automatically identify your computer by its IP address. We will use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Site. Your IP address also may be used to gather broad demographic information.
Links to other sites
Your password is the key to your account. Use unique numbers, letters and special characters, and do not disclose your WowThankYou password to anyone. If you do share your password or your personal information with others, remember that you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately notify WowThankYou and change your password.