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Privacy Policy


As part of the normal operation of our services we collect and, in some cases, disclose information about you. This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect about you and what may happen to that information. The privacy practices of this notice apply to the http://www.metalbuilding.com/ website.

As described below, some of your information is given to third parties and used by us and third parties. By using our website and thus accepting the User Agreement, you expressly give consent to our use and disclosure of your information. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to the terms of the MetalBuilding.com User Agreement.

Table of Contents
Use by Minors
Information Collected
Use of Information
Disclosure of Information
Advertisers
MetalBuilding.com Marketplace
Service Providers
Suppliers and Other Service Providers
MetalBuilding.com Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures
Your Use of Other Users' Information
How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information
Other Information Collectors
Security


Use By Minors is Prohibited.
No one under the age of 18 is to use our website without the informed consent and participation of a parent or legal guardian.

Information Collected.
Our primary goal in collecting personal information from you is to provide you with a smooth, efficient, and customized experience while using our services. This allows us to provide services and features that most likely meet your needs, and to customize our service to make your experience easier and quicker. When subscribing to certain services such as The Metworker Pro, Classifieds Upgrades or Sponsorships, we require some additional information, including billing address, credit card number and credit card expiration date. We use this credit card information to verify your name, address, and other information and for quarterly billing purposes. We automatically track certain information about you based upon your behavior on our site. We use this information to do internal research on our users' demographics, interests, and behavior to better understand and serve our users. This information is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. This information may include the URL that you just came from (whether this URL is on our site or not), which URL you next go to (whether this URL is on our site or not), what browser you are using, and your IP address. In addition, we use cookies on certain pages of our site. We may also offer certain features that are only available through the use of a cookie. Among other reasons why we use cookies, cookies allow you to enter your user information less frequently during a session. Cookies are stored on your hard drive, not on our site. Most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted at the end of a session. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on our site and you may be required to reenter your user information more frequently during a session. If you choose to post or leave feedback for other users, we will collect such information about you as you choose to disclose. If you send us personal correspondence, such as e-mails or letters, or if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Site, we may collect such information into a file specific to you.

Use of Information.
We use personally identifiable information about you to better communicate with you.
We use your e-mail address, your mailing address, and phone number to contact you regarding Newsletter Subscriptions, Classified Responses, The Metworker Pro, Bid Board, and communications relevant to your use of the Site. We use information in the file we maintain about you, and other information we obtain from your current and past activities on the Site, to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems and enforce our User Agreement. At times, we may look across multiple users to identify problems or resolve disputes, and in particular on rare occasions we may evaluate your information to look for users using multiple User IDs or aliases.

Disclosure of Information.
Unfortunately, due to the existing regulatory environment, we cannot ensure that all of your private communications and other personally identifiable information will never be disclosed in ways not otherwise described in this Privacy Policy. By way of example (without limiting the foregoing), we may be forced to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, or third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. We can (and you authorize us to) disclose any information about you to law enforcement or other government officials as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate, in connection with an investigation of fraud, intellectual property infringements, or other activity that is illegal or may expose us to legal liability. MetalBuilding.com cooperates with law enforcement inquires and other third parties to enforce laws, intellectual property and other rights. As a general proposition, we do not sell or rent any personally identifiable information about you to any third party. The following describes some of the ways that your personally identifiable information may be disclosed.

Advertisers.
We do aggregate personally identifiable information and disclose such information in aggregate to advertisers and for other marketing and promotional purposes. However, in these situations, we do not disclose to these entities any information that could be used to personally identify you. Certain information, such as your e-mail address, fax number, password, credit card number, and bank account number, are not disclosed to marketing advertisers in aggregate at all.

MetalBuilding.com Marketplace.
We Throughout the Site, you are identified by your User ID. Unless you select a unique User ID, our system automatically sets your User ID as your e-mail address. In this situation, where you are identified on the Site by your User ID, you disclose your e-mail address to other users and third parties. As a result, other users and third parties might send you unsolicited e-mail and be able to personally identify all of your activities on the Site. Others may attempt to automatically collect your e-mail address from our site. Even if your User ID is not your e-mail address, your User ID can be used to identify you and your activities throughout the Site. We also provide others a number of ways to allow other users to find more out about you and your site activities, such as our feature that allows users to quickly see comments you may have posted to articles.

Service Providers.
MetalBuilding.com offers a number of third party services from our site. If you choose to use these optional services, we will, by necessity, provide some of your personally identifiable information to the Service Provider offering such services. You can, of course, avoid having us make such disclosures by choosing not to use these services. Because we do not control the privacy practices of these third parties, you should evaluate their practices before deciding to use their services.

Suppliers and Other Service Providers.
We may use third party Suppliers and Service Providers to facilitate our services. For example, we may outsource the operations of one or more aspects of our site to a Supplier or Service Provider who performs services according to our requirements. In some instances, the Service Provider may collect information directly from you (such as the situation where we ask a Service Provider to conduct a survey for us). In these cases, you will be notified of the involvement of the Supplier or Service Provider, and all information disclosures you make will be strictly optional. In all cases, we restrict how these Suppliers and Other Service Providers may access, use and disclose your information. In general, we do not permit these Suppliers and Other Service Providers to sell your information to third parties.

MetalBuilding.com Subsidiaries and Joint Ventures.
We will share much of our data, including personally identifiable information about you, with our subsidiaries and Joint Ventures that are committed to serving your construction needs throughout the world. To the extent that these entities are getting access to your information, they will treat it at least as protectively as they treat information they obtain from their other users. We usually require our subsidiaries and joint ventures to follow privacy practices no less protective of all users than our practices described in this document.

Your Use of Other Users' Information.
In order to facilitate interaction among all MetalBuilding.com community members, our service may allow you to access other users' contact information. By entering into our User Agreement, you agree that, with respect to other user's personally identifiable information that you obtain through the Site or through an MetalBuilding.COM-related communication or MetalBuilding.com-facilitated transaction, MetalBuilding.com hereby grants to you a license to use such information only for: (a) MetalBuilding.com-related communications that are not unsolicited commercial messages, (b) using services offered through MetalBuilding.com, and (c) any other purpose that such user expressly opts into after adequate disclosure of the purpose(s). In all cases, you must give users an opportunity to remove themselves from your database and a chance to review what information you have collected about them. In addition, under no circumstances, except as defined in this Section, can you disclose personally identifiable information about another user to any third party without our consent and the consent of such other user after adequate disclosure. Note that law enforcement personnel and other rights holders are given different rights with respect to information they access.

How You Can Correct Your Information
You can correct factual errors in your personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

SPAM Policy
MetalBuilding.com and our users abhor SPAM. Therefore, without limiting the foregoing, you are not licensed to add a MetalBuilding.com user - even a user with whom you have interacted with via The Metworker, Classifieds, Ask the Expert or any other service offered in connection with MetalBuilding.com - to your mail list (e-mail or physical mail) without their express consent and after adequate disclosure. Our Classifieds, The Metworker, The Metworker Pro, the Bid Board, Ask the Expert or any any other service offered our website are not to be used for communications unrelated to the metal building industry. Please see http://www.metalbuilding.com/spam.html for additional information.

Other Information Collectors.
Except as otherwise expressly discussed in this Privacy Policy, this document only addresses the use and disclosure of information we collect from you. To the extent that you disclose your information to other parties, whether they are bidders, buyers or sellers on our system or other sites throughout the Internet, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the personal information you disclose to them. To the extent that we use third party advertisers, they adhere to their own privacy customs and policies. Since MetalBuilding.COM does not control the privacy policies of third parties, you are subject to the privacy customs and policies of that third party. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.

Security.
MetalBuilding.com uses industry standard efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of your personal identifiable information. However, "perfect security" does not exist on the Internet.



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