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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy outlines the type of information that VIP Limited Partnership (“VIP” or “we”) may collect from you through our websites (collectively, the “Website”), how such information will be used and when such information may be disclosed to third parties. Your use of the website constitutes your consent to our collection, use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.

What We Collect:  When you use and access the Website, we may receive information regarding your use of the Website. We may also receive your IP address or any unique device identifiers, and we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.  Except as otherwise stated herein, we do not collect personal information, namely information that identifies you. For example, there is no registration to use the Website, and we do not know your name or contact information.

In connection with any purchased auction items, we may collect, maintain and use your name and the e-mail address, physical shipping address and telephone number to fulfill your order, and information about your bidding and buying history.  If you subscribe our newsletter, we may collect, maintain and use your name and email address.   If you contact us for customer service, we may collect, maintain and use your name and the e-mail address provided by you.  Registration for any of our auctions is through eBay and subject to eBay’s privacy policy.

How We Collect Information.  We may automatically collect and store information as you use the Website. When you subscribe to our newsletter or to receive updates, we collect the subscription information you provide on the Website.  When you purchase an auction item, we collect the information stated above in connection with your purchase.

If you are using the Website outside of United States, please be aware that you are sending information to the United States where our servers are located. That information may then be transferred within the United States or back out of the United States to other countries outside of your country of residence, depending on the type of information and how it is stored by us. These countries may not necessarily have data protection laws as comprehensive or protective as those in your country of residence; however, our collection, storage and use of your information will at all times continue to be governed by this Privacy Policy.

Use of Information:  Information may be used by us for administrative, analytical, research, optimization, security and other purposes.  When you purchase an item from us, we use the information provided by you to process and ship the purchased item to you.  When you subscribe to our newsletter or updates, we use the information to transmit the newsletters and updates that you have subscribed to.  When you contact us, we may use the information to respond to your inquiry.

Compliance with Data Protection Principles:  We shall ensure that your information is:
(a) Processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.
(b) Collected only for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes.
(c) Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which it is processed.
(d) Accurate and where necessary kept up to date.
(e) Not kept in a form which permits identification of individuals for longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the information is processed.
(f) Processed in a manner that ensures its security using appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect against unauthorized or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage.
(g) Not transferred to another person or country without appropriate safeguards being in place.

VIP uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard information in its possession against theft, loss and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification.  However, no method of transmission over the Internet or via mobile device, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect information about you, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Your Rights. At any time, you may:
(a) withdraw your consent to our processing your information;
(b) request certain information about our processing activities;
(c) request access to your information that we hold;
(d) prevent our use of your information for direct marketing purposes;
(e) ask us to erase your information if it is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which it was collected or processed or to rectify inaccurate information or to complete incomplete information;
(f) restrict our processing in specific circumstances;
(g) challenge processing which has been justified on the basis of our legitimate interests or in the public interest;
(h) object to decisions based solely on automated processing of your information;
(i) prevent processing that is likely to cause damage or distress to you or anyone else;
(j) be notified of any act or omission that compromises the security, confidentiality, integrity or availability of your information which is likely to result in high risk to your rights and freedoms;
(k) make a complaint to data protection authorities; or
(l) in limited circumstances, receive or ask for your information to be transferred to a third party in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format.

We do not sell or rent any information collected through the Website.

Location of Data. If you are using the Website outside of United States, please be aware that you are sending information to the United States where our servers are located. That information may then be transferred within the United States or back out of the United States to other countries outside of your country of residence, depending on the type of information and how it is stored by us. These countries may not necessarily have data protection laws as comprehensive or protective as those in your country of residence; however, our collection, storage and use of your information will at all times continue to be governed by this Privacy Policy.

Disclosure of Information. We may disclose information to third parties if you consent to us doing so, as well as in the following circumstances:
(a) If another company acquires VIP, or all or substantially all of our assets, that company will possess the same information, and will assume the rights and obligations with respect to that information as described in this Privacy Policy.
(b) Information in anonymous form may be shared with third parties who assist us with operations such as application development, hosting, maintenance, administration, analytics, research, optimization, and advertising.
(c) We may disclose any information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with applicable laws, regulation or legal process.
(d) We also reserve the right to disclose information that we believe, in good faith, is appropriate or necessary to (i) take precautions against liability, (ii) protect ourselves or others from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful uses or activity, (iii) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, (iv) protect the security or integrity of the Website, or (v) protect our property or other legal rights, enforce our contracts, or protect the rights, property, or safety of others.

Partnerships and External Sources.  The Website may link to external sites beyond our control. The Privacy Policy covers only the way we treat information we collect in the Website. By accessing any external sites, you agree to the privacy policies of those sites. The external sites may have different policies with respect to the collection, use and disclosure of Personal Information and information. We have no control over and are not responsible for the privacy practices of such third parties. Therefore, you are encouraged to review the privacy policies of all third-party websites. Without limiting anything in the following section, we are not liable in any way for the actions, inactions or policies of any external services.

Collection of Personal Financial Information by a Payment Service. Auction item payments are processed through PayPal, an unaffiliated payment service (“PayPal”). Any information that you provide to a PayPal is subject to PayPal’s applicable privacy policy, rather than this Privacy Policy.  VIP has no control over, and is not responsible for, PayPal’s use of their customer’s information.  As payments are transacted through PayPal, VIP does not request, collect, receive or maintain user’s payment information in connection with any auction purchases or otherwise.

Other Terms and Governing Law.  Use of the Website may be subject to other terms, conditions and disclosures prescribed by us, device manufacturers, online service providers, or other intermediaries, including: (i) other terms and disclosures which are made available to you by us; and (ii) the terms, conditions, and disclosures made available to you by third parties in connection with the use of their devices and/or online services. All such terms, conditions and disclosures are incorporated by reference into this Privacy Policy.

VIP will retain your information for a period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is allowed or required by applicable law.   Remember that even after you cancel or unsubscribe, we may retain backup information for some time for fraud detection or to comply with applicable law or our internal security policies.   It is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your information due to technical constraints, financial or legal requirements.   This Privacy Policy is governed by Illinois law.

You can contact us at any time to request access to information that we have about you, correct any information that we have about you, or to delete information that we have about you. If you have any additional questions about this Privacy Policy or our collection and storage of information, please contact us at privacy@vipfanauctions.com.

Modification to Privacy Policy. We may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The most current version of the Privacy Policy will govern our collection, use, and disclosure of information about you and will be available online. If we make material changes to this Privacy Policy, we will notify you by email or by posting a notice on the Website prior to the effective date of the changes. By continuing to access or use the Website after those changes become effective, you acknowledge the revised Privacy Policy.