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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This is the Privacy Policy provided by IppSys, LLC for the Plantbid.com site (“Plantbid”, “we”, or “us”). Your privacy is important to us, and we provide this Privacy Policy regarding our online collection, use, and disclosure practices to help you make informed decisions regarding the use of this Site and our Services.

Our Privacy Policy is incorporated by reference into and is subject to the Plantbid.com Terms of Use Agreement.

1. About Plantbid.com.

Plantbid is an online, marketplace for plant wholesalers to list their inventory of plants and other items for commercial landscapers, professional wholesale product consumers, and other plant wholesalers to use in fulfilling contract requirements and otherwise facilitating business transactions.

2. The Information We Collect.

Plantbid collects information relating to our customers (i.e., suppliers and buyers). We collect individual and business identifiable information at registration. If you register as an individual, we may collect: your name, password, address, phone number, and e-mail address, as well as credit or debit card information to process payments. If you register as an organization, we may collect: your organization name and password, e-mail address, and phone number, as well as credit or debit card information to process payments. We also collect certain non-personally identifiable information about website visitors regardless of whether the visitor becomes a customer, such as the type of browser the visitor is using, ISP from which the visitor received Internet access, IP addresses, website from which the visitor came, aggregate information regarding what pages users of the Site access and visit.

3. Disclosure of Personally-Identifiable Information.

Plantbid uses identifiable information that we collect to operate our Site and Services, to fulfill your requests for products or services, to respond to your postings, to personalize or localize your experience on our Site, to allow us to make personalized recommendations, or to suggest products or services related to your use of the site or services, or to contact you about your registration with us.

Plantbid will not sell, license, or disclose registered customer information to unaffiliated third parties for marketing purposes without your consent. Plantbid may send third party promotional e-mail messages to you on behalf of third party businesses without disclosing identifiable information to the third party businesses on whose behalf the commercial e-mails are sent. Registered customers may opt out of receiving such third-party communications at any time.

We try to limit our disclosures of personally-identifiable information to those that are important to carrying on our business or the mission of our Site.

We may disclose personally-identifiable information in response to legal process--for example, in response to a court order, a subpoena, legal proceeding, regulatory inquiry, or when otherwise legally required. We may also disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency's request or when we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of our terms of use, or as otherwise required by law. In addition, we may transfer information about you if we are acquired by or merged with another company, or if our assets are acquired by another company.

Agents and contractors of Plantbid who have access to personally-identifiable information provided through this Site are required to protect this information in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy by, for example, not using the information for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for Plantbid.

From time to time, Plantbid compiles online and offline transaction and registration information for internal analyses, such as market research, quality assurance, customer experience, and operational benchmark initiations. Although we take measures we believe to be reasonably appropriate to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information, we cannot assure you that personally-identifiable information that we collect will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.

4. You Have Choices.

Plantbid respects your privacy preferences and offers the following ways through which you may control how we contact you and disclose your information. We will honor your requests accordingly.

4.1 Plantbid's E-mail Marketing.

We provide individuals with the opportunity to opt out of receiving Plantbid's promotional e-mails, newsletters, and updates about new Plantbid features, products, and services. You may opt out of receiving such promotional communications at registration and you can manage your e-mail communication preferences in Plantbid's Customer Center. You may change your customer profile preferences at any time. We may continue to send you transactional or service-related e-mails, such as communications regarding your account or subscription service, despite your desire to not receive promotional or marketing e-mail messages.

4.2 Third Party Marketing.

Plantbid will not sell, license, or disclose registered user business contact information to unaffiliated third parties for marketing purposes without the registered user's consent. Plantbid may send third party promotional e-mail messages to registered users on behalf of third party businesses without disclosing registered user information to the third party business on whose behalf the commercial e-mails are sent. Registered users may opt out of receiving such third party commercial e-mail communications at any time.

4.3 Website Use Information.

You have additional choices regarding website user information that our third party advertisers and partners may collect or receive through the employment of cookies, Web beacons, pixel tags, clear GIF's and other similar media. Please see the “Third Party Advertisers” section below for more information.

5. Access and Correction.

To help ensure data quality and accuracy, Plantbid provides customers with access to their information within the Plantbid's databases and with an opportunity to correct verified inaccuracies. Registered users may view and update their registration and contact information, as well as correct inaccuracies, by accessing Plantbid's Support. Registered users may also request access to all of their personally-identifiable information that we collect and maintain in our database by contacting Customer Service. When a business owner, principal, or registered user contacts Plantbid about a potential data error, we will promptly investigate the issue, confirm the information in question, correct verified inaccuracies, and respond to the original inquiry. If you have a question regarding Plantbid's products, services, or information management practices, if you would like to contact us, or if you would like to provide us with your valued feedback, please visit Plantbid's Customer Service for additional information.

6. Cookies, Web Beacons, Pixel Tags, and GIF's.

We design the layout and features of our website so that new visitors may anonymously learn about our products and services without revealing their identities. For new visitors, we use cookies or Web beacons to collect limited data, such as the date, time, and areas of our website that are visited, as well as the website from which the new visitor came. When you select one of our products or services, we may try to identify your browser and we may combine information from cookies, Web beacons, and other information collected online with other data that we maintain about you. By improving the features, marketing, and content of our website, and by making your online experience more convenient and meaningful, we are able to better serve our customers' needs.

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer's hard drive and that often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that website's computer asks your computer for permission to store this text file in a section of your hard drive that is specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it. Your browser will only permit a website to access the cookies that it has previously sent to you and not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Some of our business partners, such as third party advertisers, use cookies that originate from their websites. We have no access to, or control over, these cookies. For more information, please see the “Third Party Advertisers” section below. We use cookies to store login or other information on your computer, which serves to improve our website functionality and tailor our services to your preferences and interests. For certain services, we offer users the ability to store a user ID or password within a cookie so that they do not need to re-enter it when they subsequently return to our website. Cookies, in conjunction with our Web server's log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our website and to assess which parts of the Site are most popular. This information helps us to constantly improve our website and better serve our customers. We do not store credit/debit card numbers in cookies. Most Internet browsers allow users to decide whether to accept cookies and how long to keep them on their hard drive. You may reset your browser to refuse cookies and still use our website, although website access and functionality may be slower and less convenient.

A Web beacon is a graphic image, such as a pixel tag or clear GIF, which is placed on a Web page or in an e-mail message to monitor user activity, such as whether the Web page or e-mail message is accessed or clicked. They are often invisible because they are very small in size. They are also used on many Web pages for alignment purposes. We sometimes use Web beacons to provide an independent accounting of how many people visit our website or to gather statistics about browser usage on our website. Some of our Web pages and HTML-formatted e-mail newsletters use Web beacons in conjunction with cookies. It is difficult for you to limit the use of Web beacons because there is no easy way to distinguish their use from alignment and other purposes. Web beacons may also be loaded from a different Web server than the rest of the page.

We use third party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. In the course of serving advertisements, our third party advertisers and partners may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. These companies may use information about your visits to Plantbid and other websites in order to provide advertisements on this Site and other sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. These third party partners monitor how guests use our website and determine which of our features they prefer. We may report information to our partners about our customers and the products and services they order, as well as aggregated, non-identifiable information about our guests' use of our website. For more information, please see the “Third Party Advertisers” section below.

7. Third Party Advertisers.

We use third party advertising companies to serve our Internet ad banners on our website and other websites on which we advertise. If you view a Web page where our ads appear, the advertising company may place a cookie on your computer or use a Web beacon to access a cookie that they previously placed on your computer. These companies do not collect information that can personally identify you, but they may use information about your visits to our website and other websites to measure the effectiveness of ads. We do not disclose any personally-identifiable information to these companies. We share aggregate website usage information with third party advertisers and partners for the purpose of effectively targeting our online advertisements. Unless you are previously notified, these advertising companies do not link any online behavior or cookies with other information that can be used to personally identify you, such as your name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address, when working with Plantbid.

These third party advertising networks also track visitors' online usage and behavior patterns. These companies may use information about your visits to Plantbid and other websites in order to provide advertisements on this Site and other sites about goods and services that may be of interest to you. The result of these efforts is the creation of an online profile that attempts to predict individual user interests, preferences, and purchasing habits. The third party advertising networks then accordingly customize the advertising content served to users when visiting other websites.

8. Our Commitment to Security.

We have implemented physical and electronic procedures designed to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access and maintain the security of personally-identifiable information collected through this Site and our Services.

9. Notice Regarding Changes to this Policy.

From time to time, we may use customer and visitor information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our Privacy Policy. If our information practices change at some time in the future, we will post the Policy changes to our Web site to notify you of these changes, together with a new date at the top of this Privacy Policy.

We encourage you to check this Privacy Policy periodically and review the effective date at the top of the Privacy Policy to see if the Policy has changed, so that you will always know what information we collect, how we use it, and to whom we disclose it.

10. Your Use of Our Site is Consent.

By using our Site or any of our services, you hereby consent to our collection, use, management, retention, and disclosure of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

11. How to Contact Us.

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or its implementation, you may write us at privacy [at] Plantbid.com.