We take privacy seriously. For realsies. At TheUsic, that means:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
  • In any public-facing view/page/thingy that has anything to do with you, we strive to give you as much control over what you want to share and what you don’t want to share.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals:

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

TheUsic LLC. (“TheUsic”) operates this website, but if we ever make others that are part of or affiliated with www.theusic.com, this privacy policy will serve as the umbrella policy for the others.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, TheUsic collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. TheUsic’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how TheUsic’s visitors use its website. From time to time, TheUsic may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

TheUsic also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments or ratings on transactions that took place. TheUsic only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the transaction where the comment was left.

Gathering

Certain visitors to TheUsic’s websites choose to interact with TheUsic in ways that require TheUsic to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that TheUsic gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who create offers or purchase offers to provide a username and email address, or by signing in with a social network. Those who engage in transactions with TheUsic are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, TheUsic collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with TheUsic. TheUsic does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

TheUsic may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, TheUsic may monitor the most popular selling users on the TheUsic.com site. TheUsic may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, TheUsic does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection

TheUsic discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, seller-users and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on TheUsic’s behalf or to provide services available at TheUsic’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. TheUsic will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, TheUsic discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when TheUsic believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of TheUsic, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an TheUsic website and have supplied your email address, TheUsic may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with TheUsic and our products. We primarily use our blog and social networks to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. TheUsic takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. TheUsic may use cookies to help TheUsic identify and track visitors, their usage of TheUsic website, and their website access preferences. TheUsic visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using TheUsic’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of TheUsic’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If TheUsic, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that TheUsic goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of TheUsic may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by TheUsic and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, TheUsic may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in TheUsic’s sole discretion. TheUsic encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a TheUsic.com account, you should also check your dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Last updated: February 11, 2012