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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective October 1, 2006 for all users.

ProudArtists.com is committed to protecting the privacy of our users’ personal information. ProudArtists provides a Site where online art buying and selling can be made easy, and personal information can be stored safely.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT: WHY IT IS COLLECTED AND HOW IT IS USED
In order to purchase art or to sell art on ProudArtists.com, you must register with the Site and become a member. During registration, we collect your email address, gender, and date of birth. A screen name and password, created by you, are also necessary for registration. Your gender and date of birth are collected for identification purposes, and also, we require users’ date of birth because minors, persons under the age of eighteen (18), are not allowed to use the Site. Your email address and password are necessary for future access to your ProudArtists account, and your screen name is the name associated with all content posted by you on the Site.

After registration, you can add additional information in your ProudArtists account; such as, first and last name, home address including country, and PayPal ID address. This information is necessary in order to buy or sell art. If you are selling art, you can add other personal information about yourself regarding your education, bio, specialties and influences. Sellers’ city, town, country, education, bio, specialties and influences will be public information, and can be easily viewed in an art gallery. An art gallery can be accessed by clicking on a screen name.

During a shipping cost quote, a buyer’s name, and home address including country, will be emailed to the seller so that an accurate shipping cost quote can be calculated. This information is essential so that once art is purchased, the seller can ship the art to its proper destination. Also, after art has been purchased, the seller’s email address will be given to the buyer, so that the buyer can contact the seller after the sale, if necessary.

COLLECTION OF FINANCIAL INFORMATION:
ProudArtists does not collect any financial information. All financial information is collected and stored with PayPal, Inc. In order to view how your personally identifiable information is used and stored with PayPal, Inc., please view their privacy policy by using the following link: http://www.paypal.com

HOW YOU CAN EDIT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION:
At any time you may edit your personal information in your ProudArtists account. You may update and/or delete this information by logging in and clicking on the Go To Account button. However, for security purposes, if you wish to have your email address or screen name changed, you must contact ProudArtists and we will change it for you. In addition, you have access to view all completed and current sales or purchases of art in your account.

SECURITY MEASURES:
Our site has industry standard security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. While there is no such thing as "perfect security" on the Internet, we will take all reasonable steps to insure the safety of your personal information. The information we collect is used to customize the content and/or layout of our Web pages for each individual user. This information is also used to maintain the safety of our users for identification purposes. All personally identifiable information, including users’ selected password, is stored in a secure environment locked down in 128-bit encryption.

COOKIES AND OTHER COMPUTER INFORMATION:
For each visitor to our Web page, our Web server automatically recognizes users’ domain type, IP addresses and browser type and language. Our server does not recognize users’ email addresses. ProudArtists does contain server logs that track data on what is the most popular pages on the Site. This information is tracked so that we can evaluate our traffic on the Site. We do not set any cookies on the Site.

WHEN WE MAY SHARE YOUR INFORMATION:
We will not rent, sell, share or otherwise disclose personal information to any third parties, unless we are legally required to do so. Personal information may be released to comply with law, the terms and conditions in our Terms of Services, and/or to safeguard the rights, property or safety of ProudArtists.com, its users, or others. Also, personal information may be shared to reduce the risk of fraud, and high credit risk users.

ADS ON OUR WEB PAGES:
To try and bring you offers that are of interest to you, we have relationships with other companies that we allow to place ads on our Web pages. As a result of your visit to our Site, ad server companies may collect information such as your domain type, your IP address, and clickstream information. For further information, please consult the companies' privacy policies.

AUTOMATIC EMAILS FROM PROUDARTISTS:
After registering and joining ProudArtists, you may receive automatic emails from the Site. These emails are only promotional in nature, and are sent to enhance your experience with ProudArtists by keeping you informed of new artists, creative works and/or new additions to the Site itself. At any time you may opt-out of these emails by clicking on the unsubscribe option at the bottom of the email.

All other emails that you receive from the Site will be notifications to inform or remind you of, comments made by other users, shipping cost quote requests and declines, purchases, shipments, cancellation of a sale, refund information, and upgrading account information. You will also receive emails responding to your inquiries that you had previously sent to our Support.

CHANGES TO PRIVACY POLICY:
From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. If our information practices change at some time in the future, we will post the policy changes to our Web-Site to notify you of these changes, and we will use for these new purposes only data collected from the time of the policy change forward. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check back at our Web-Site periodically. If you feel that the Site is not following its stated information policy, feel free to contact Us.



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