Privacy

Boats.com Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used on this Web Site. Please see our Terms of Use for additional information applicable to use of our Web Site.

Information Collected

Boats is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. Boats collects information at several different points on this Web site as discussed below:

Registration: To view certain areas (e.g. myboats.com) of the Boats.com site and to use certain services (e.g. Personal Boat Shopper) provided by Boats.com, a user must first register by completing the registration form. During registration a user is required to provide their email address. It is used to inform the user of the services on the Boats.com site for which the user expressed an interest. Location information (ZIP and Country) is required by the registration form so we can present region specific advertising and currency. The provision of the personal information (such as name and address) requested by the registration form is optional. The registration form contains a request for non-personal information such as users' boating interests. This information is also optional but users are encouraged to provide this type of information to facilitate a more personalized experience on Boats.com.

Newsletters: Site Visitors can sign up for newsletters from Boats.com. In order to receive a newsletter, an email address must be submitted to Boats.com. Site visitors can unsubscribe by using the unsubscribe link supplied in the newsletter, or select the unsubscribe button on the site's Newsletter page or in My Account. You can also email us at customersupport@boats.com.

Special Offers: We send all new registered Site Vistors a welcoming email to verify that the account has been set up. Established members will occasionally receive information on products, services, special deals, and a newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our users we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please see our choice and opt-out above.

Personal Boat Shopper: To keep Site Visitors informed with respect to new listings of boats on the Web site we offer the Personal Boat Shopper feature, which is an e-mailing list service. In order to provide this e-mailing list service we collect e-mail addresses from Site Visitors who want to participate in the Personal Boat Shopper. The provision of information in the form of e-mail is not optional if a Site Visitor chooses to participate in the e-mailing list service. To remove your name from any e-mail offer list, click the unsubscribe link in any of our marketing emails you receive or contact our Customer Service Center.

Surveys and Contests: To improve services and the quality of the Web site as well as our Site Visitors' experience on the Web site, we conduct surveys and contests among Site Visitors that request the provision of personal information such as name and e-mail address as well as non-personal information regarding the Site Visitor's experience on the Web site. Participation in the surveys and contests and the corresponding submission of personal information is optional.

Job Applications: To apply for a job with us, Site Visitors may send a resume for our consideration. We collect information provided in the resume.

Emails to a Member: Site Visitors may communicate directly with a Member via a Boats.com contact form. The Site Visitor who chooses to provide information to the Member does so at their option. We may keep a copy of these communications. We have no control over what is done with the information collected by the Member.

Marine Directory: Site Visitors may desire information from companies who have listings in the Boats.com Marine Directory. We may keep a copy of these communications. We have no control over what is done with the information collected by the company with a listing in the Marine Directory, as volunteered by the Site Visitor.

Web logs: We collect non-personal information such as an IP address, the web address of the page viewed, the referring page address, and the browser information of Site Visitors in order to count page views on our site for traffic information purposes.

Cookies: We use cookies, which are small text files that are stored on the Site Visitors computer, to gather and keep track of information related to Site Visitors, to recognize Site Visitors when they visit our Web site, to personalize their experience and generally to serve Site Visitors better. For example a Site Visitors address or ZIP/Post code information entered through one of our forms, can tell us what region-specific advertising the Site Visitor should see on our site. Cookies also help us review site traffic patterns and improve the site.

Web Beacons: We set a web beacon (a single-pixel invisible image) on web pages and some of our HTML-formatted emails. We may use web beacons for a number of purposes, such as to count visitors to our web pages, to monitor how our Site Visitors navigate our site, or to count how many newsletters or emails we sent were actually opened. Additionally, third parties that serve ads or content on this Web site or within our emails may use web beacons. We do not have control over web beacons used by these third parties.

Email to Boats.com Staff: When Site Visitors send an email to a department or staff person, the email may or may not be saved for future reference, and may or may not be forwarded to third parties.

Disclosure of Personal Information Collected

In order to use this site you do not need to provide any personal information, but where you do volunteer to provide personal information, we may disclose the following information to affiliated third parties such as other web sites owned and operated by Boats.com and to nonaffiliated third parties such as marketing companies, vessel brokers, vessel dealers and builders. The disclosed information may include data entered through one of our forms, through cookies, web beacons and web logs such as a Site Visitors name, address, email address, other contact information, boat information, boat category, engine information, boat accessories and options and information about the Site Visitors transactions and experiences with companies related to Boats.

Additionally, we may share personally identifiable information with unaffiliated third parties to whom you explicitly ask us to send your information. If you prefer not to be contacted by any such Business Provider or other third party with whom we share your personally identifiable information, you may follow the "unsubscribe" instructions provided in any email you receive from any such third party. In addition, you may opt out of our sharing your personally identifiable information with Business Providers and other third parties by following the instructions on our Email Opt Out Form.

We use non-personal information such as aggregate demographic data and information about our boats to analyze and develop our marketing strategy and to determine how Site Visitors found out about us, our Site Visitors' interests regarding our services and how to further improve the Web site based upon these data.

Third Party Promotions

We may employ third parties to perform functions on our behalf. Examples of these functions include, without limitation, sending emails or other communications on our behalf or providing promotional or marketing assistance. These third parties may have access to our Site Visitors' personal information in order to provide these services to us or on our behalf. Additionally, we may share personally identifiable information with unaffiliated third parties to whom you explicitly ask us to send your information. If you prefer not to be contacted by any such Business Provider or other third party with whom we share your personally identifiable information, you may follow the "unsubscribe" instructions provided in any email you receive from any such third party. In addition, you may opt out of our sharing your personally identifiable information with Business Providers and other third parties by following the instructions on our Email Opt Out Form.

We may send offers to selected groups of customers on behalf of unaffiliated businesses that want to market their products or services to you, and as part of these promotional offers we may sell or disclose certain of your personally identifiable information to such unaffiliated businesses. If you prefer not to be contacted by any such business with whom we share your personally identifiable information, you may follow the "unsubscribe" instructions provided in any email you receive from any such third party. In addition, you may opt out of our sharing your personally identifiable information with such businesses by following the instructions on our Email Opt Out Form.

We may sell, transfer or otherwise disclose Site Visitors' information in connection with a corporate merger, consolidation, the sale of substantially all assets, or other fundamental corporate change.

Third Party Online Advertising

We use third-party advertising companies to provide advertisements to you when you visit our Website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to show you advertisements tailored to your interests on this and other websites and other interactive media and/or to keep track of your response to each ad. For more information on this practice, or to opt out of having this information used by these companies, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative here: http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Partners

Some of our partners offer services on the Web site. To provide services, our partners collect personal information from Site Visitors. We exercise great care in choosing our partners but we neither control nor are we responsible for our partners' information collection practices. Site Visitors should view our partner's privacy policy to make an informed decision whether to provide personal information.

Correcting/Updating Personal Information

If a Site Visitor's personal information changes, or if a user no longer desires our service, we have provided a way to correct, update or remove that user's personal data provided to us. If the Site Visitor has registered to view certain areas or use certain services, Site Visitor can edit or update their information at the "My Account" page on the site. In order to remove personal data from our site (i.e. cancel your account), you must contact a Customer Service representative at customersupport@boats.com. Any request to update your personal information may take up to 3 business days to effectuate.

Links to Other Web Sites

The Web site contains links to other sites that are not affiliated with us. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites that we link to. These other web sites operate independently from Boats.com and will have their own privacy and security policies. We strongly encourage Site Visitors to be alert when they leave the Web site and to review the privacy statements of each and every Web site that they visit before disclosing personal information.

Security

Please note that we do not guarantee the security of any personal information you transmit to us and you do so at your own risk. If you have any questions about the security at the Web site, you can send an e-mail message to customersupport@boats.com.

When Site Visitors choose to use services requiring sensitive information (such as a credit card number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything reasonable in our power to protect user-information offline. All of our user-information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted to authorized users. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific task (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment.

Children's Use of Web site

Our web site is not directed or targeted to children under the age 13 and we do not knowingly acknowledge or accept orders, registrations or requests for any goods or services from persons under the age of 13. We do not permit anyone under the age of 13 to register with us. If it comes to our attention that a request has come from a person under the age of 13, we will not respond to such a request. Instead we will use reasonable efforts to delete any information provided by that child.

Notification of Changes

It is the Site Visitors responsibility to follow our privacy link, so Site Visitors are always aware of our current practices. There will always be a link to our privacy statement on our home page so that Site Visitors are always aware of our current information collection, maintenance and disclosure practices. Each update is noted with the last updated date. If our privacy practices change in way that would allow us to use non-public personal information in a manner not previously allowed by the terms of our privacy statement, Site Visitors will have an opportunity to choose whether to let us use their non-public personal information in the newly proposed manner.

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Revised April 2012