Trace Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains how we collect your personal data on the website: http://trace.tracechecker.com (the "Website").. This Privacy Policy and the User Agreement (and, if you register as a Member of the Website, the Terms of Membership which you enter into as part of the registration process) together, govern your use of this website. By using the Website, you signify your acceptance to this Privacy Policy and to us processing your personal data in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, you should not use the Website. If you have further questions or comments about our privacy policies or practices, please contact us at info@tracechecker.com

Scope
We take your privacy very seriously. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, "we", "us", and "our" means Trace ("Trace"). This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected by the Trace Website. Please assist us in protecting your privacy by contacting us or by using the contact information on the Website if you become aware of any abuse of your privacy by any person.

This Privacy Policy is effective upon acceptance for new users and is otherwise effective on May 1, 2009. We may from time to time review and revise our privacy practices and will post any changes to this Privacy Policy here. Please refer back to this Privacy Policy on a regular basis. Your continued use of the Website following changes posted to this Privacy Policy will mean that you accept those changes.

Collection of Personal Data
Personal data is information that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you, e.g. your name, e-mail address, address, or phone number ("Personal Data"). The only Personal Data that Trace requires from you when you register on the Website as a reporter is your e-mail address; however, when you register as a searcher, we require your email address, postal address and phone number. Trace will never sell, license, trade or rent your Personal Data. Trace may for legitimate law enforcement reasons share Searchers data with law enforcement as explained below.

Information that you provide to the Website is accessible to any visitor of the Website who knows your username and password. For this reason, please safeguard your username and password carefully and do not disclose it to any other person.

Protection of children's online privacy
Trace understands the importance of protecting children's privacy, especially in an online environment. The Website is not intentionally designed for or directed at children less than 14 years of age.

Use and Disclosure of Data Collected
Trace’s database consists of stolen, seized and found property, much of which is obtained through police records and citizen submission. Although there is no personal data attached to these records, agreements with the FBI and Police Departments require that searchers of the database be identified to meet legal requirements and for a law enforcement investigative response to potential stolen property.

Your personal details required during registration may be shared with the police anytime Trace believes the sharing of information is appropriate for the recovery of an item or to aid in an investigation of a theft. The searcher has no expectation of privacy of their data in relation to the police, when searching Trace Databases.

Except as specifically set forth above, Trace does not sell or rent your Personal Data to third parties for marketing or other purposes, ever.

Trace does not collect any sensitive personal data (for example, information relating to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, or religious or similar beliefs) from users. The description of an item that does not identify personal information is considered public data.

Any personal data that you inappropriately included in an item's description may be viewed by anyone who accesses the Website and cannot be subject to any expectations of privacy. Trace strongly discourages including personal data in an item's description and such information can be deleted from the Website/database at our discretion.

Users located in the European Economic Area
By using the Website, you acknowledge and consent to the fact that Personal Data provided by you or collected by us through your use of the Website is stored and processed by us in a country where data protection laws may not afford the same level of protection as those of the country in which you are located.

BY USING THE WEBSITE, YOU SIGNIFY YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND OF US PROCESSING YOUR PERSONAL DATA IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS OF THIS PRIVACY POLICY. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY, YOU SHOULD NOT USE THE WEBSITE. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THE WEBSITE FOLLOWING THE POSTING OF CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY WILL MEAN THAT YOU ACCEPT THOSE CHANGES.

SPECIAL NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS

As a California resident, you have certain rights under state law that relate to the sharing of your Personal Data with third parties for their own direct marketing purposes. Trace has chosen to comply with California law SB-27 in the following way:

First, individual customers who reside in California and who have provided their Personal Data to Trace may request (no more than once per calendar year) information about our disclosures of certain categories of Personal Data to any third parties. To make such a request, please send an email to info@tracechecker.com and provide us with your name, address, and e-mail address. Within thirty days of receiving such a request, Trace will provide a list of the categories of Personal Data disclosed to third parties during the immediately preceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of such third parties.

All inquiries relating to California SB 27 should be directed to us at info@tracechecker.com.

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