Affordable Art Atelier worldwide operates under similar privacy practices and, subject to the requirements of applicable local law, we strive to provide a consistent set of privacy practices throughout the Affordable Art Atelier community.
Collection and Storage
You can browse the Site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. However, once you give us your personal information, you are no longer anonymous to us.
If you choose to provide us with personal information, you expressly consent to us transferring that information to, and storing it on, servers located in the UK. As part of this process we may transfer your personal information to Affordable Art Atelier. The laws on holding personal data in the UK are stringent therefore only the barest minimum of information will be held and that will be stored in what we believe is a safe, confidential and secure environment.
We may collect and store the following personal information about you:
email address, physical address, telephone number and other contact information, and (depending on the service used)
transactional information based on your activities on the Site (such as information on your buying and selling activities, item descriptions and other content you generate or information that relates to your account);
postage, billing and other information you provide to purchase or post an item
community discussions, chats, dispute resolution, correspondence through the Site, correspondence sent to us and feedback;
computer sign-on data, statistics on page views, information and statistics on traffic to and from the Site (including the URL you just came from and the URL you go to next, whether they are URLs on the Site or not), advertising data, IP address, browser information and standard web log information; and
supplemental information from third parties (for example: (a) if you incur a debt to us, we will generally conduct a credit check by obtaining additional information about you from a credit reference agency, as permitted by law; (b) if the information you provide cannot be verified, we may ask you to send us additional information (such as a certified copy of your driver's licence, credit card statement, and/or a recent utility bill or other information confirming your address), or to answer additional questions to help verify your information.).
Marketing by Third Parties
We don't sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes.
Our primary purpose in collecting information is to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customised experience.
We may use your information to:
provide the services and customer support you request;
resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems;
prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, and enforce the User Agreement;
customise, measure, and improve our services and the Site's content and layout;
tell you about our existing products and services, changes to our existing products and services, new products and services and promotional offers based on your notification preferences;
If you do not wish to receive marketing communications from us, we encourage you to amend your notification preferences via the "Preferences" page in My eBay
. You may make changes to your notification preferences at any time. Please note that you cannot opt out of receiving administrative information that you need to know in order for us to provide you with our services.
Our Disclosure of Your Information
We may disclose your personal information to:
other Affordable Art Atelier users, whether located within the United Kingdom or abroad. For example, where you are involved in a transaction with another user, the other user may need to view your email address and obtain your contact information and postal address to help complete the transaction;
to help detect and prevent potentially illegal acts;
service providers under contract who provide elements of our services, provide separate services that are complimentary to your use of the Site or otherwise help with our business operations (such as fraud investigations, bill collection, affiliate and rewards programmes and marketing activities);
law enforcement agencies, other governmental agencies or third parties in response to a request for information (such as a Section 29 (3) Data Protection Act 1998 form) relating to a criminal investigation, alleged illegal activity or any other activity that may expose us, you or any other eBay user to legal liability. The personal information we disclose may include your User ID and User ID history, name, city, county, telephone number, email address, fraud complaints and bidding and listing history or anything else that we deem relevant;
The personal information we disclose may include your User ID, name, street address, city, county, post code, country, telephone number, email address and company name; and
Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our ability to keep the community free from Affordable Art Atelier users who attempt to carry out fraudulent or illegal activities on the Site, we will not otherwise disclose your personal information to other eBay users or third parties without a court order (or in circumstances where we are under a substantially similar legal obligation), except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of such information is necessary to prevent imminent physical harm, property damage or financial loss or to report or put a stop to suspected illegal activity.
User IDs and Affordable Art Atelier Activities
Your User ID is displayed throughout the Site and is therefore available to the public. All of your activities on the Site will be traceable to your User ID. Other people may see your items for sale, feedback ratings and associated comments. Notices are sent to other community members regarding suspicious activity and policy breaches on the Site and refer to User IDs and specific items. Therefore, if you associate your name with your User ID, the people to whom you have revealed your name will be able to personally identify your activities.
When you re-visit the Site from a computer that you have used to access the Site previously, certain information about you may be visible before you log in, such as your User ID or information relating to your Affordable Art Atelier activities (for example, details of items that you are selling). In addition, reminders from Affordable Art Atelier may also be visible. Therefore, if you access the Site from a shared computer or a computer in an internet café, such information and reminders may also be visible to other individuals who use the computer after you.
We use "cookies" (small files placed on your computer’s hard drive) on certain pages of the Site to help analyse our web page flow, customise our services, measure promotional effectiveness, and promote trust and safety. A few important things you should know about cookies are that:
most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session;
you are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although doing so may interfere with your use of the Site; and
you may encounter cookies from third parties on certain pages of the Site that we do not control, for example, if you view a web page created by another user, there may be a "cookie" placed by that web page.
Your Affordable Art Atelier password is the key to your Affordable Art Atelier account. Use unique numbers, letters, and special characters and do not disclose your password to anyone. If you do share your password or your personal information with others, remember that you are responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account, including actions that result in fees being charged to your account. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over your personal information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately notify us and change your password.
Accessing, Reviewing and Changing Your Personal Information
You can see, review and change most of your personal information by logging into the Site . You must promptly update your personal information if it changes or is inaccurate. Upon your request, we will close your account and remove your personal information from public view as soon as reasonably possible, based on your account activity and in accordance with applicable law. We do retain personal information from closed accounts in order to comply with legal obligations, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce the User Agreement and take other actions as permitted by law.
We use standard industry practices, including encryption, passwords and physical security, to protect your personal information against unauthorised access and disclosure. However, as you probably know, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, and other users may abuse or misuse your personal information that they collect from the Site. Therefore, although we work very hard to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.