Privacy Policy

We know that safeguarding your privacy is serious business. Please take a minute to read the following policy so that you understand how we treat your personal information. As we update and expand our services, this policy might change, so please check it periodically. If you have questions about our privacy policy, please e-mail us at webmaster@ec-t.com. If you sign up to be an ec-Circle member or use any of e-Commerce Technology, Inc's (eC-T) services, you agree to these terms.

What personally identifying information about me is collected and who collects it?

Personally identifying information, or personal information, includes your name, home, e-mail address, telephone number, or any other information that tells another person who you are. When you register as an ec-Circle Member, make purchase(s), and/or use our services, we ask for some personal information such as your e-mail address and birthday. In addition, we collect information about your use of eC-T's services as well as your interests and preferences from your survey responses and usage information. Our policy regarding this information is simple: eC-T will not sell nor rent any of the registration information you provide without giving you notice and an opportunity to refuse disclosure. We make an effort to include a link to this Privacy Policy wherever we ask you for personal information. Some of eC-T's services are offered in conjunction with partner companies. eC-T's partners are all upstanding companies that will treat your personal information responsibly. But, since eC-T does not own these companies, eC-T cannot speak for them on privacy issues. Promotions, coupons and specials running on www.ec-t.com including all associated online stores and city e-malls such as ec-Cupertino also may be sponsored by other companies. These companies may choose to collect personal information from you. If you don't want your information collected by these sponsors, you can decide not to participate in the promotion, coupons and specials. You should be aware that our advertisers or websites that have links on our sites may collect personally identifiable information about you. This privacy statement does not address the information practices of those websites or advertisers. Whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information on message boards, through e-mail, or in chat rooms, that information can be collected and used by others. If you post personal information in public places, others may send you unsolicited e-mail messages. Always be conscience of the information you provide online.

What's the deal with cookies, and how does eC-T use them?

In our effort to provide you services customized to your interests, we use cookies to keep and sometimes track information about you. A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. We use cookies to: access your account information (stored on our computers) in order to deliver better and more personalized services; estimate our audience size for our advertisers to assist in processing items in your shopping basket; track the number of entries in our promotions, coupons and specials; and identify which areas of our sites you have visited. You should also be aware that companies that advertise on our site may use their own cookies. This privacy policy does not cover how these companies use their cookies.

How is my personal information used?

Our number one goal in using your personal information is to provide you the best experience possible by targeting the advertisements and content you see to your specific interests. How do we do this? For example, when you sign up for the ec-Circle membership, unless you checked off the boxes indicating that you would not like to receive e-mail notices about products, companies and events that we think might interest you, you may receive email messages from us telling you about sales and specials. If you do not want to receive these messages, please check off the boxes when you sign up for the membership. If you do not want to continue to receive promotion emails after you sign up your ec-Circle membership, you can do so by modifying your ec-Circle membership profile on our websites. We may also match information obtained from cookies with data provided by you or collected by third parties. We analyze this data both in the aggregate (for example, half of our users are female) and in connection with individual users (for example, John Doe visits the Rewards page the most). This information lets us tailor our services to your interests. We also provide the analysis of our users (as a group of course) to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties. We do this so that your local merchants understand your needs better, helping us to keep bringing you first-rate services. Finally, we may disclose user information when we are required to by law, or when have reason to believe that someone is causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, other ec-Circle members, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.

Can I update or correct my personal information?

Your account information is contained within your ec-Circle Membership Profile. You may edit your profile at any time online, all you need is your Member ID and Password.

How does eC-T protect my information?

Your ec-Circle Membership Profile is password-protected so that you and only you have access to this information. In order to maintain this protection, do not give your password to anyone. Also, we recommend that, if you share your computer with other people, you sign out of your ec-Circle account and close your browser window when you are done. Signing off will protect your information if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library. We make every effort to ensure that your information is secure on our system. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

What about privacy for users under 13?

If you are under 13 you should always ask your parents for permission before sending any personal information to us or to anyone else. We will not use information about users under 13 in any individual profiles. As with all of our users, we do not rent nor sell personal information about users under 13 with third parties. In addition, we will not send any e-mail notices about products or promotions to users under 13 without first obtaining their parents' permission.

What recourse do I have if I feel my privacy has been violated?

eC-T is dedicated to protecting your privacy and the integrity of the personal information with which you have entrusted us. As such, if you feel that your privacy has been violated, please feel free to direct any questions or concerns regarding this Policy or eC-T's treatment of personal information by contacting us through webmaster@ec-t.com or by writing to us at 1001 N. De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014, USA. When we receive formal written complaints eC-T's policy is to contact the complaining user regarding his or her concerns. We will cooperate with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that cannot be resolved between eC-T and the individual.


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