What information is AutomotiveIndex gathering about its visitors and how is it being used?
Every computer connected to the Internet is provided with a domain name (e.g. yahoo.com) and an IP Address (e.g. 188.8.131.52). When a visitor requests a page from within the AutomotiveIndex website, our Web Servers automatically identify and log the HTTP request that is made to our Web Server. This information reveals nothing personal about you. In fact, very little information is automatically gathered and logged. This information may include:
- The IP address of the site that may have referred you to WWW. AutomotiveIndex
- Your IP address
- Operating system that you may be using (e.g. Windows Vista)
- Version and Make of Browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 7.0)
There is nothing special about the information described, and the practice of collecting this data has been generally standardized by virtually every Web Server on the Internet today. There are two major purposes for this information. AutomotiveIndex has found it advantageous to observe visitor traffic in its aggregate, so that we can ensure maximum compatibility for the various Browsers and Operating Systems that visit our site. Also, generating greater amounts of visitor traffic, as any business should attest, is very desirable. By analyzing visitation patterns, and referring URLs, we can strategically increase our exposure on the Internet.
What about Cookies?
Cookies are files holding small pieces of data that are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser from our Web Server. A cookie cannot read data from your hard disk or read cookie files that may have been created from other sites. The AutomotiveIndex website may utilize cookies as a means of providing personalization features to our visitors. For example, we may utilize cookies to remember settings that you may have made at our website. Advertisers or links to other services thru our website may also utilize cookies. We do not control or have access to these cookies or any information they may contain. You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. Typically, by accessing the browser's help feature you can obtain information on how to prevent your browser from accepting all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept cookies, your experience at AutomotiveIndex and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended. What other information does AutomotiveIndex request? In order to perform a search, visitors need to provide specific information about their preferences (e.g. zip code, make, model, pre-owned certified, etc.). This data is used to find the cars that fit your specific request. When you find a vehicle of interest, you may contact the seller by direct link. In order to create your listing(s), we will request information such as your name, address, car specifications, VIN, how you may be contacted, etc... In addition, we will request your credit/debit card number and specific information on the card to process your membership payment. Any credit card information provided is secured during internet transmission using (SSL) encryption and is stored in our secure servers. Credit card information will not be shared with anyone, except as necessary to process your payment or to comply with law enforcement officials. Email addresses are required for listing members so reminders of inventory/listing maintenance can be sent or for providing general information about our services or inquiries about your experience with our website. We may also request your e-mail address, name, company, position, location, services you may be interested in and your comments for the purposes of conducting a survey, or by your request to have someone contact you for additional information. We maintain a strict "No Spam" policy that means we do not intend to sell, rent, or otherwise give your e-mail address to a third-party, without your consent.
In addition, AutomotiveIndex will not send you e-mail that you have not agreed to receive. If you wish to have specific communications with a member of the AutomotiveIndex staff, you will be required to provide specific information that will be routed to the appropriate contact within AutomotiveIndex.
Will AutomotiveIndex disclose the information collected to Third Parties?
AutomotiveIndex will disclose your personal information or any of its log file information when required by law or in the good-faith belief that such actions are necessary to: 1.) Conform to the edicts of the law or comply with a legal process served on AutomotiveIndex 2.) Protect and defend the rights or property of AutomotiveIndex, or visitors of AutomotiveIndex. 3.) Identify persons who may be violating the law, the legal notice, or the rights of third parties. 4.) Cooperate with the investigations of purported unlawful activities.
No part of the AutomotiveIndex website is targeted towards children, we are committed to comply with any applicable laws and/or requirements, such as the United States' Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. No information from anyone, including children is transferred to third parties. While no child should be making a submission to AutomotiveIndex, if any are discovered the information will be deleted immediately.