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Privacy Policy

At Chawtime, we value our community. You trust us with your information, and we’re serious about that responsibility. We believe in transparency, and we’re committed to being upfront about our privacy practices, including how we treat personal information we collect or receive. We know you care about your privacy, too, so we provide settings that allow you to control how certain information is used on Chawtime. This policy explains our privacy practices for Chawtime.com (the “Site”), Chawtime’s mobile applications (the “Apps”) and services provided by Chawtime, Inc. (collectively, “Chawtime”). By visiting the Site or using the Apps, you are accepting the terms of this Privacy Policy. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such, and we are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of these other websites.

Current Policy Published

January 19, 2021

Verified Best Practices

Information Collected or Received Chawtime will not disclose your name, email address or other personal information to third parties without your explicit consent, except as specified in this policy.

As a Chawtime member you are required to provide a valid email address at registration and choose a username or alias that may represent your identity on Chawtime.

Depending on which services you choose to use, Chawtime may require additional information, such as a shop name, billing and payment information (including billing address, telephone number, credit card information), a telephone number, and/or a physical postal address. As a shop owner if you choose to enable the direct checkout service (“Direct Checkout”), Chawtime may require information such as your social security number, identification ID or tax ID, date of birth, bank account information, credit card information and/or other proof of identification in order to verify your identity and provide this service to you. Credit card information on an account may be stored and used for both billing and payment purposes. Chawtime may contact individual shop owners to confidentially request more information about their shops or items listed on the Site, to ensure compliance with our rules. Certain products or services on Chawtime may require you to complete an application; any information you submit through the application processes will not be displayed publicly and will only be used internally by Chawtime, unless otherwise specified.

You may optionally choose to provide your full name and other personal information (such as birthday, gender, location) to be publicly displayed in connection with your account and activity.

Your username, Chawtime ID or alias is publicly displayed and connected to your Chawtime activity. Other people may see your date joined, reviews, ratings, profile information, items listed for sale, shop pages, sold item listings, and comments in community spaces.

Chawtime automatically receives and records some information from your browser or your mobile device when you visit the Site or use the Apps, such as your IP address or unique device identifier, cookies and data about which pages you visit on the Site or on the Apps. This information helps us analyze and understand how the Site and the Apps work for members and visitors, and provide a more personalized experience for members and visitors. For more information about online tracking tools (including flash cookies) and how we use them, see our Cookies & Tracking Technologies page or the section below in this policy on “Information Sharing & Disclosure.”

When you use the Apps, you may optionally choose to share your geo-location details with Chawtime in order to use our location-based services. If you have provided your location details but would no longer like to share that information, you may opt out of those services through the settings on the Apps. You may also enable the Apps to access your mobile device’s camera to upload photographs to Chawtime.

Some members or visitors may connect to or register an Chawtime account using an external third-party application, such as Facebook, or an app developed using the Chawtime API. Chawtime may receive some data from those connected third-party applications. Connecting your Chawtime account to third-party applications or services is optional, and when you connect your account to an external app, you will be given the opportunity to grant permission. You can revoke your permission under your Chawtime account settings.

Chawtime may receive or collect information (for example: an email address) about a person who is not yet a registered Chawtime member (a “non-member”) in connection with certain Chawtime features, including but not limited to: a non-member subscribing to an Chawtime newsletter, a member inviting a non-member to visit the Site, a non-member engaging in a transaction, or a member sending a gift card code to a non-member. Non-member information is used only for the purpose it was originally submitted to Chawtime. A non-member can contact Chawtime Support if they do not want Chawtime to retain their information.

Chawtime uses the information described in this policy to provide and improve our services and products, for billing and payments, for identification and authentication, for targeted online marketing, to contact members or interested parties, and for general research and aggregate reporting.

Chawtime’s Terms of Use require all account owners to be at least 18 years of age (or have the permission and supervision of a responsible parent or legal guardian), therefore, this policy does not discuss use of our Site, our Apps, or services by minors.

Choice & Control

We know members of our community value having control over their own information, and therefore Chawtime gives you the choice of providing, editing or removing certain information, as well as choice over how we contact you.

You may change or correct your Chawtime account information (except your username) on the Site. You may also remove certain optional information on the Site that you no longer wish to be publicly visible, such as your full name.

For various reasons, Chawtime may contact you about our services or your activity. Some of these messages are required, service-related messages for members. Other messages are not required, and you can control which optional messages you choose to receive by changing your settings in your account. Learn more in the Messages from Chawtime section of this policy.

If you have optionally connected your account to an external, third-party application, such as Facebook, or an app developed using the Chawtime API, you can remove permission for the app by changing your account settings.

If you no longer wish to use Chawtime’s services or receive service-related messages, then you may close your account. Learn how to close your account.

Findability

You may connect directly with your email service provider, your mobile device’s address book, or a social network account to import your contacts to Chawtime; we do not retain the login information for your email service, mobile device, or social network site. You may be able to search for people you know by email address or phone number on the Site or by connecting to your mobile device’s contact list through the Apps. Finding your friends on Chawtime helps you connect with them in community features. You can follow another member’s public activity, such as public Favorites or Treasury lists. When you begin following another member’s activity, they may receive an email notification (unless a member has opted-out of receiving this type of email).

If you do not want your contacts to be able to find you on Chawtime through your email address, phone number, or social networking connections, then you may opt-out through your account settings on the Site. If you do not wish to be located on Chawtime via your full name, you may remove your name from your public account information on the Site. It is not possible to opt-out of being found via your username.

Messages From Chawtime

On occasion, Chawtime will contact you. Primarily, messages are delivered by email or by push notifications, and every account is required to keep a valid email address on file to receive messages. In some situations, Chawtime may contact you by telephone, SMS message or physical mail in order to provide you with customer support or to provide you with information about products and features you my find of interest. You may update your contact preferences in your account settings.

Some messages from Chawtime are service-related and required for members. Examples of service-related messages include, but are not limited to: a welcome/confirmation email when you register your account, notification of an order, or correspondence with Chawtime’s support team. These messages are not promotional in nature. You may not opt-out of receiving service-related messages from Chawtime, unless you close your account.

As a member, Chawtime may also send you messages related to certain features or your activity on the Site or Apps. Chawtime may also send you news or updates about changes to our Site, Apps, or services. By default, members will receive these messages via email or push notifications through the Apps, but you may choose to opt-out of getting certain messages through the settings on your Chawtime account or mobile device.

Chawtime offers optional email newsletters. When you register for an account, or choose to subscribe, you will receive newsletters from us. Newsletters are available to both members and non-members. Members may subscribe or unsubscribe from optional newsletters under your account settings or by following the instructions contained in the newsletter emails. Non-members may subscribe by providing an email address, which will only be used by Chawtime for these newsletters. Non-members may unsubscribe from newsletters by following the instructions contained in the newsletter emails.

A contact-importer feature is available to help you locate and connect with your friends and contacts who may be members of Chawtime (see Findability). If someone in your contact list is not already a member, you may invite them to join Chawtime. Recipients of email invitations may opt out of receiving future invitations by following instructions in the email invitation message.

Information Sharing & Disclosure

We want to respect your privacy. Chawtime will not disclose your name, email address or other personal information to third parties without your explicit consent, except as specified in this policy.

Chawtime limits access to your personal information to employees who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs.

Chawtime may release your personal information to a third-party in order to protect, establish, or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims; comply with a subpoena, court order, legal process, or other legal requirement; or when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss, or investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, threats to our property, or violations of Chawtime’s Terms of Use. We may disclose personally identifiable information to parties in compliance with our Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy, as we in our sole discretion believe necessary or appropriate in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringement, piracy, or other unlawful activity. In such events, Chawtime may disclose a name, address, country, phone number, email address and company name.

Chawtime is affiliated with a variety of businesses and works closely with them. These businesses may offer promotions or sell items or services to you through Chawtime’s services. Chawtime may also provide services or sell products jointly with affiliated businesses. Due to the nature of our business model, when an affiliated business is associated with your transaction, we may share information that is related to such transaction with that affiliated business. Chawtime may share aggregated demographic information with business partners.

In some cases, Chawtime may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions (such as a sale, merger, liquidation, receivership or transfer of all or substantially all of Chawtime’s assets), member information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. In the event that Chawtime transfers information about you, Chawtime will notify you by email or by putting a prominent notice on the Site and the App, and you will be afforded an opportunity to opt-out before information about you becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Third-party plug-ins also may collect information about your use of the Site. For example, when you a load a page on Chawtime that has a social plug-in from a third-party site or service, such as a Like or Send button, you are also loading content from that third-party site. That site may request cookies directly from your browser. These interactions are subject to the privacy policy of the third-party site. In addition, certain cookies and other tracking mechanisms on our site are used by third parties for targeted online marketing and other purposes. These technologies allow a partner to recognize your computer or mobile device each time you visit Chawtime, but do not allow access to personally identifiable information from Chawtime. Chawtime does not have access or control over these third-party technologies, and they are not covered by our privacy policy. For more information, see our Cookies & Tracking Technologies page. If you prefer to prevent third parties from setting and accessing cookies on your computer, you may set your browser to block cookies. And you may opt out of the use of cookies by Google Analytics here. Additionally, you may remove yourself from the targeted advertising of companies participating in the Digital Advertising Alliance program by opting out here. Although our website currently does not respond to “do not track” browser headers, you can limit tracking by taking these steps.

We can only speak for ourselves; this policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that Chawtime does not own or control, or individuals that Chawtime does not employ or manage. If you provide your information to others on Chawtime or throughout the Internet, different rules may apply to the use or disclosure of the information you provide to them. Chawtime does not control the privacy policies of third parties, and you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties where applicable. Chawtime is not responsible for the privacy or security practices of other websites on the Internet, even those linked to or from the Chawtime Site or Apps. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. Your Chawtime account information is protected by a password. It is important that you protect against unauthorized access of your account and information by choosing your password carefully, and keeping your password and computer secure by signing out after using our services.

Chawtime encrypts sensitive information (such as credit card number) using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Chawtime follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once Chawtime receives it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Chawtime offers optional advanced security settings for members, such as two-factor authentication for signing in, full-site SSL, and login history; you can enable these options under your account settings.

Data Retention

Chawtime will retain your information only for as long as is necessary or your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you no longer want Chawtime to use your information to provide you services, you may close your account. Chawtime will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

You may inform us of any changes or requests in regards to your personal data, and in accordance with our obligations under local data protection law, we may update or delete your personal data accordingly.

Social Login

We collect your public profile data only from your consent that you grant before initiating Social Login, from the social network used to login at our website. This data includes your first name, last name, email address, link to your social media profile, unique identifier, link to social profile avatar. This data is used to create your user profile at our website. You can revoke this consent at any time by sending us an email.

Facebook Comments

We embed Facebook Comments plugin to allow you to leave comment at our website using your Facebook account. This plugin may collect your IP address, your web browser User Agent, store and retrieve cookies on your browser, embed additional tracking, and monitor your interaction with the commenting interface, including correlating your Facebook account with whatever action you take within the interface (such as “liking” someone’s comment, replying to other comments), if you are logged into Facebook. For more information about how this data may be used, please see Facebook’s data privacy policy: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update

Privacy Policy Changes

Chawtime reserves the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it periodically. We’ll communicate changes by posting a notice on the Site or the Apps. If we make material changes to this policy, prior to the change becoming effective, you will be notified here, by email, in the version notes on the Apps’ platform, or other places Chawtime deems appropriate.

Contacting Chawtime

If you have questions about personal information or suggestions you can contact Chawtime’s Support team on our Contact page or email us.