Information We Collect
We may collect “personally identifiable information” from you such as your name, postal address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address. We will collect personally identifiable information from you when you actively give us the information such as when you enroll to become a Member, when you want to access the Site for the first time or otherwise communicate with the Site.
When you join the Buyer’s Edge Membership, or use other features on the Site, we request you to provide financial information such as account or credit card numbers. We will use your financial information to bill you for products and services or otherwise process your transactions. By enrolling as a Member or making a purchase on the Site, you consent to our providing your financial information to our service providers and to such third parties as we determine is necessary to process your transactions. These third parties may include the credit card companies and banking institutions used to process the transaction.
We may also provide survey questionnaires and track your traffic patterns, benefit usage and preferences in a personally identifiable manner, in order to better service your Membership, personalize your service and develop additional benefits that may be of interest to you.
We may also collect demographic information that you provide to us, such as your zip code or income level. We use your demographic information to tailor the Site to you and for internal purposes.
Where appropriate, including but not limited to pages where we collect e-mail addresses, we place small files called “cookies” on your computer. In order to use this Site, you need to have cookies enabled on your browser. Many Internet services deliver cookies to people who visit their Web sites in order to make their services more convenient and personalized. When delivered, a cookie helps relate information we have in our database to your browser. Some of this information is that which you have specifically and knowingly provided to us. Other information relates to previous interactions you’ve had with our offers or activity you’ve had on our Site, on the sites of our third party benefit providers, on the sites of the retailers linked through our Site or on the sites you visit before and after visiting our Site. For example, if you make a purchase on a retailer’s site linked through this Site, a cookie helps us identify which transactions you’ve engaged in with that retailer helping us provide you offers which may be of interest to you. Or another example, if you click to view an offer, a cookie may help us suppress an offer that you’ve already seen. In other cases, you may have selected a cookie to allow automatic login from a particular machine, simplifying your use of the service. When visiting this Site, we may use a third party service to place a session cookie on your machine to track the effectiveness of our marketing. In addition, we may use third-party advertising technology to serve advertisements on search engines and/or when you visit our Site and sites upon which we advertise. This technology uses information about your visits to this Site and the sites upon which we advertise to serve advertisements to you. In the course of serving our advertisements, a unique third-party cookie may be placed or recognized on your browser. We may also use Web beacons, provided by our ad serving partner, to help manage our online advertising. These Web beacons enable our ad server to recognize a browser’s cookie when a browser visits this Site and to learn which advertisements or listings bring users to our Site.
This Site’s Web server, and the Web servers of some third party benefit providers, may automatically write files with, at minimum, the following information: your IP address, request type, file accessed, browser type, referring URL and access time. In some cases, log files may also be used to track other site usage and information about your Site session, including benefits used and purchases made. The information collected by our log files may be linked to your Personal Information.
We may collect “non-personally identifiable information” such as your Web site browsing patterns, IP address or demographic information. We collect non-personally identifiable information from you by passive means, often through the use of such cookies.
Not for Children
This Site is not intended for use by children. We will not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information submitted by visitors to the Site who are under the age of 18.
How We Use Your Information
We will use your personally identifiable information for customer service, to provide you with information that you may request, to identify you as a Member, to pay out any Cash Back awards, to bill you for continued Membership, to contact you via postal mail about information we think would be of interest to you, to evaluate and improve our service, and to customize your experience on the Site. Your personal information is used by us to respond to your requests, process your transactions on the Site, tailor offerings to you and send you information about Membership benefits and/or your transactions on the Site.
We may also use your personally identifiable information to e-mail you with information we think you would be interested in, unless you notify us that you no longer want to receive these communications. E-mail messages will provide you with an opportunity to opt-out of receiving this information. Please note that changes to your preferences may not be effective immediately.
We use third party contractors to help us operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as authorization of credit card transactions and provision of Membership benefits, and may share your information with these contractors for those purposes.
We share your information with third party benefit providers and third party retailers so that you can use the services and benefits when you choose to do so. We share your information with third party benefit providers and third party retailers so that they can provide you Membership benefits, Membership discounts and/or communicate with us so that we can provide you with appropriate Cash Back awards. We may share your information, along with the transactions you’ve conducted using your Membership, with third party retailers and benefit providers for their tracking and internal purposes. These third party retailers and benefit providers may use your personally identifiable information to market offers directly to you. If you are a resident of California and you do not want us to share your information with these third parties for marketing purposes, please post a ticket on our support site.
We may share, sell or trade your personally identifiable information with third parties who may use such information to directly market offers to you. If you are a resident of California, and do not want your personally identifiable information shared with these third parties for marketing purposes, please post a ticket on our support site.
We use non-personally identifiable information for internal purposes and to help us interact with visitors to the Site. We may also share non-personally identifiable information in the aggregate form with third parties to illustrate trends and patterns.
If SC is sold to, or merges with, another company, or declares bankruptcy, some or all of the information collected from you may be transferred to a third party as a result of the transfer of assets. We may also disclose your information when we determine it is necessary to comply with applicable laws or protect the interests or safety of SC, its Members or other visitors to the Site.
Links and Third Parties
The Site may make available to its users chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or other community functions. Remember that any information you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal, financial or other information. You should use such community functions at your own risk.
Protecting your information is important to us. We use the industry standard technology to protect the security of your information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we are committed to protecting your information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.
If you would like to view or update information we have collected from you, you can change your profile information by logging in and selecting “My Membership”.
Effective Date: March 1, 2012