Last modified: 07/22/2014
Pools.com (“Company,” “our,” “we,” or “us”) owns and operates the web site located at www.pools.com (the “Website”). Your privacy is important to us. This Website privacy statement (“Privacy Statement”), which is incorporated in the Website’s Terms of Service, applies only to the operation of the Website and it explains how we collect, use, disclose and protect the personal and non-personal information that we collect from you when you visit or use the Website. Please note that this Privacy Statement does not apply to any other data collected by us online or offline or data collected by various third parties, except as may be specified herein.
By using the Website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement. By providing us with your personal information, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your information as described in this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree with this statement, you should not provide us with any information and must not use the Website.
We are based in the United States and the Website is intended solely for U.S. residents. So, any personal information we collect through this site will be transferred to and maintained in the United States. By using this Website and/or providing us with your personal information, you understand and agree that your personal information will be transferred to the United States and subject to disclosures and uses in accordance with U.S. law as described in this Privacy Statement.
SECTION 1 - WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION?
When you purchase something from our Website, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, telephone number, address, and email address. We may also collect such information and other personal information when you subscribe to Website communications, participate in promotions, sweepstakes, or contests, send us feedback or comments, or otherwise communicate with the Website. In certain rare situations, we may also require you to provide us your social security or tax identification number for promotional prizes or awards. Any billing information, credit card or other financial account information that you submit in connection with a purchase on the Website is handled and stored by Shopify, Inc. (“Shopify”), as further explained in Section 4 below. We do not maintain this payment information.
Our Website may also collect non-identifiable information that becomes available to us as a result of your visit to our Website or from third-parties. Such information does not uniquely identify any individual. For example, when you browse our Website, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address and certain other non-personal information in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browsing device, browser and operating system, as well as your approximate geographic location.
If our Website is acquired or merged with another company or website, your information may be transferred to the new owners so that we may continue to sell products to you and contact you in connection with your past visits or purchases.
Your personal and non-personal information helps us personalize and improve the Website and products that we offer for sale on the Website. In addition to what is set forth in this Privacy Statement, we may also use your information for the following purposes:
To create and maintain a relationship with you;
With your permission, to send you emails about our Website, new products and other updates;
To respond to your requests and inquiries;
To process, fulfill and follow-up on your product orders;
To conduct analysis and research regarding our products and Website;
To meet legal, regulatory, insurance, security and processing requirements; and
For other purposes with your consent.
We do not sell or lease your personal information to third parties without your permission, except that we may share your personal information with our affiliates and other third party business partners (and their service providers), in certain circumstances, such as:
For research and analysis purposes;
To inform such parties to cease the transmission of communications on our behalf to Website visitors who have opted out of such communications; and
If you have opted-in to receive promotional communications from us, to send customized communications to you jointly offering a product or service.
Please note that we do not give permission to these third parties to use your personal information for any direct marketing, in accordance with the California “Shine the Light” law, California Civil Code §§ 1798.83, unless we provide you with the option to opt-in or opt out of such communications. We require these parties to maintain the confidentiality of any of your personal information obtained through our Website.
We may, as necessary, provide your personal information to certain third party service providers to conduct certain actions on our behalf, such as customer service, technical assistance, order processing, sweepstakes and promotions management, loyalty and rebate program management, product delivery, payment processing, and the like. These third parties are not permitted to use your data for any unauthorized purpose.
SECTION 2 - CONSENT
How do you get my consent?
When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting such personal information and using it for the purpose specified.
If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, such as marketing or a promotion, we will either ask you directly for your express consent, or provide you with an opportunity to say no.
How do I withdraw my consent?
If after you provide us with your personal information or opt-in to certain e-mail communications from the Website, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information, by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to:
Title of Contact | Company Name
1725 N Brown Rd, Lawrenceville, Georgia US 30043
Further, California residents may have the right to request and receive certain information about a company’s disclosure of such residents’ personal information to third parties for their own direct marketing use, and such residents’ choices with respect to such disclosures. We do not share your personal information with third parties for their own direct marketing use unless you are first given the opportunity to opt in or out. As such, we are exempt from this requirement. For further information or questions, please contact us at the address or e-mail address listed above.
SECTION 3 - DISCLOSURE
We may disclose your personally identifying information to a third-party, without your consent or approval and without notice to you, (i) as permitted or required by law, (ii) pursuant to a corporate sale, merger, reorganization, dissolution, bankruptcy or similar event, (iii) under circumstances we believe reasonably necessary to protect the personal safety of our employees, users of the Website, or the public, (iv) to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our published policies or the Website Terms of Service, or (v) as is otherwise described in this Privacy Statement.
SECTION 4 - SHOPIFY
Our Website is hosted by Shopify. It provides us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products to you. It is our understanding that the data that you provide to us through the Website is stored through Shopify’s data storage, databases, and the general Shopify e-commerce platform, and that Shopify stores your data on a secure server behind a firewall. To better understand how Shopify stores and maintains your personal information, please visit their Support Page here: http://docs.shopify.com/support.
If you choose Shopify’s direct payment gateway to complete your purchase on our Website, Shopify handles and stores your credit card data. Shopify represents that this data is encrypted through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). It is our understanding that Shopify stores your purchase transaction data only as long as is necessary to complete your purchase transaction. After that is complete, Shopify has informed us that it deletes your purchase transaction information.
Shopify represents that all direct payment gateways adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS, as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements are in place for the proper handling of credit card information by our Website and its service providers.
SECTION 5 - THIRD-PARTY SERVICES
In general, the third-party providers used by us will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us.
However, certain third-party service providers, such as payment gateways and other payment transaction processors like Shopify, have their own privacy policies in respect to the information we are required to provide to them for your purchase-related transactions. For these providers, we recommend that you read their privacy policies so you can understand the manner in which your personal information will be handled by these providers. In particular, remember that certain providers may be located in or have facilities that are located a different jurisdiction than either you or us. So, if you elect to proceed with a transaction that involves the services of a third-party service provider, then your information may become subject to the laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which that service provider or its facilities are located.
As an example, if you are located in Canada and your transaction is processed by a payment gateway located in the United States, then your personal information used in completing that transaction may be subject to disclosure under United States legislation, including the Patriot Act. Once you leave our Website or are redirected to a third-party website or application, you are no longer governed by this Privacy Statement or our Website’s Terms of Service.
When you click on links on our Website, they may direct you away from our Website. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites and encourage you to read their privacy statements.
SECTION 6 - SECURITY
To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed. While we try to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that third-parties will not intercept or otherwise improperly obtain your information. You should not assume or expect that any communication that you transmit to us (such as personally identifiable or other data, questions or answers, comments, or suggestions) is confidential. As set forth in the Terms of Service, in connection with your use of the Website, we shall not be liable or responsible if any information about you is intercepted and used by an unintended recipient. If you have reason to believe that your confidential information on the Website is no longer secure, please contact us at the address or e-mail address above as soon as possible.
If you provide your credit card information to Shopify, we understand from Shopify that this information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and stored with a AES-256 encryption. Although no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, Shopify states that it follows all PCI-DSS requirements and implements additional generally accepted industry standards.
SECTION 7 - COOKIES
Here is a list of cookies that we use. We’ve listed them here so you that you can determine if you want to disable such cookies. Please consult your browser’s help function for information about cookies and how to disable them. Note that if you disable cookies, certain features of our Website may not function properly. Session cookies are automatically deleted once you close your web browser.
_session_id: unique token, sessional, allows Shopify to store information about your session (referrer, landing page, etc).
_shopify_visit: no data held, persistent for 30 minutes from the last visit, used by Shopify’s internal stats tracker to record the number of visits.
_shopify_uniq: no data held, expires midnight (relative to the visitor) of the next day, counts the number of visits to a store by a single customer.
Cart: unique token, persistent for 2 weeks, stores information about the contents of your cart.
_secure_session_id: unique token, sessional
storefront_digest: unique token, indefinite, if the shop has a password, this is used to determine if the current visitor has access.
SECTION 8 - AGE OF CONSENT
Our Website is offered and available to users who are 18 years of age or older. By using this Website, you represent and warrant that you are of legal age to form a binding contract with us and have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this Website. If you do not meet all of these requirements, you must not access or use the Website.
We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to purchase products from the Website. If you are under 13, please do not attempt to make purchases on the Website or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 may provide any personal information to Company. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at email@example.com
SECTION 9 - CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT
We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Statement at any time, so please review it frequently. Changes and clarifications will take effect immediately upon their posting on the Website.
QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
If you would like to access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information, contact our Privacy Compliance Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at
[Re: Privacy Compliance Officer]
1725 N Brown Rd, Lawrenceville, Georgia US 30043