This policy was last updated on January 24th, 2016.
Welcome to Varascend!
4bid.me Inc (“we”, “us” or “our”) developed this service to make it easy for you to accept payments online for available time on your calendar so you can focus on service delivery and spend less time on business overhead. We understand that privacy is important to both our online visitors and service providers. We respect your privacy and will take reasonable steps to protect your information.
- Information collection and use
- Sharing and disclosure of information
- Choice and opt-out
- Protection of information
- Changes and notifications
- Safe Harbor Framework
- Contact us
4bid.me, Inc. is a California Corporation which owns and develops the Varascend website. This Policy applies to the Varascend website, including all subpages and successor pages (collectively referred to as the “Website”), and also applies to all software and services that we offer, or other services that we offer through our Website when you register for a Varascend account (collectively referred to as the “Services”).
This Policy does not apply to any website, product or service of any third-party company even if the website links to (or is linked from) our Website. 4bid.me Inc. does not operate or control those websites, products or services. Please always review the privacy practices of a company before deciding whether to provide any information.
By using our Website or Services, you are accepting the practices described in this Policy. If you do not agree with this Policy, delete all cookies from your browser cache after visiting our Website and do not visit or use our Website or Services. Your continued use of our Website or Services signifies your acceptance of this Policy.
2. Information collection and use
Broadly speaking, we collect information in three ways: (1) when you provide it directly to us, (2) when we obtain verification information about you or your company through trusted third parties (e.g. banks, credit bureaus, Google Calendar, etc.), and (3) passively through technology such as “cookies”. The types of information that we collect and our use of that information will depend on whether you are an unauthenticated Website Visitor, authenticated Checkout User, or Service Provider, as described below.
The term “Personal Information”, as used in this Policy, refers to any information that can be used to identify a specific person, or any anonymous information (e.g., IP Address) that is linked to a specific person. Personal information does not include information that has been aggregated or made anonymous such that it can no longer be reasonably associated with a specific person.
Cookies and Web Server Logs
Similar to many commercial websites, we utilize “cookies” and other technologies to collect non-personally-identifiable information from our Website. “Cookies” are a feature of web browser software that allows web servers to recognize the computer used to access a website. Cookies store information accessed through your browser to streamline activities on related web sites, and make the online experience easier and more personalized. Information gathered through cookies and web-server log files may include information such as the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, IP addresses, links to/from any page, and time spent at a site. We use cookie data to measure web traffic and usage activity on our Website for purposes of improving and enhancing the functionality of our Website, to look for possible fraudulent activity, and to better understand the sources of traffic and transactions on our website. Cookies also allow our servers to remember your account information for future visits and to provide personalized and streamlined information across related pages on our Website. Log files are used to monitor, measure, analyze, improve, and troubleshoot our Services. You can choose to disable cookies for our Website but this may limit your ability to use our Website and Services; see below in Section 4 (“Choice and opt-out”).
To simply browse our Website, you are not required to provide any Personal Information. However, we may gather non-personally-identifiable information, as described directly above, just for the purposes of monitoring and improving our Website and Services. We will not share this information with third parties except as a necessary part of providing our Website and Services, nor will we use it to target any advertisements to you.
When you authenticate and purchase or bid via Varascend, we will gather and store your payment card information, your email address, your mobile phone number, and billing and service address. We will use this information to complete purchases that you choose to make on the Varascend web site or other applications, but only with your permission. We may also share your contact information, but not your card information, with service providers as part of your purchases. We will not share this information with other third parties except as a necessary part of providing our Website and Services.
To gain full access to our Website and Services, you must register for a Varascend account. When you register for an account, we collect Personal Information when you voluntarily provide it to us, such as the following:
- Your name, company name, location, to set up your account: this information becomes public on your profile page. We support the use of location / address during profile setup that is close to your real location but not specific. For example, if you are at 1212 Main St, you can use 1400 Main St. without any issues. We only use the location information for travel time estimates and those do not require exact addresses in order to work properly.
- Your redacted (no details) Google Calendar availability, once your profile page has been created: this information becomes public to authenticated users on your calendar page. Calendar event details are never included.
- Your email address, when you authenticate: this information becomes public to authenticated users that successfully purchase time on your calendar. It is made available when calendar invites are sent out for booked events.
- Your personal or business Biography / Description, Services Provided, and Skills; which may or may not contain Personal Information
- Your IP addresses, devices, and locations used to access Varascend, which will be linked to your account for fraud detection/prevention purposes
We may retrieve additional Personal Information about you from third parties and other identification/verification services such as credit bureaus and Google. With your consent, we may also collect additional Personal Information in other ways including emails, surveys, and other forms of communication. Once you begin using the Service through your Varascend account, we will keep records of your transactions and collect information of your other activities related to our Services. The foregoing Personal Information will be shared and disclosed as described below in Section 3 (“Sharing and disclosure of information”).
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
Our Website and Services are directed to the general public. We do not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years of age or have any reasonable grounds for believing that children under the age of 13 are accessing our Website or using our Services. If we learn that we have inadvertently collected Personal Information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from a child under age 13, please contact us.
3. Sharing and disclosure of information
4bid.me Inc does not sell or rent your Personal Information to marketers or third parties.
We may share your Personal Information with trusted third parties who are integral to the operation of our Website and Services, including but not limited to financial institutions, payment processors, verification services and credit bureaus, as well as any third parties that you have directly authorized to receive your Personal Information. We may store your Personal Information in locations outside the direct control of 4bid.me Inc, for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers.
We may disclose your Personal Information to law enforcement, government officials, or other third parties if: (i) we are compelled to do so by subpoena, court order or other legal process, (ii) we must do so to comply with laws, statutes, rules or regulations, including credit card rules, (iii) we believe in good faith that the disclosure is necessary to prevent physical harm or financial loss, to report suspected illegal activity, or to investigate violations of our Terms of Service.
We will only disclose your Personal Information in response to such a request if we believe in good faith that doing so is necessary to comply with applicable law or a legal obligation to which we are bound. If we receive such a request, we will use reasonable efforts to give you prompt notice, so that you may contest it if you choose. We won’t provide you such notice if we determine in good faith that either (a) we are not permitted to provide it under applicable law, or (b) that doing so would result in an imminent risk of death, serious physical injury or significant property loss or damage to 4bid.me Inc or a third party.
In addition, in the event of a merger, acquisition, reorganization, bankruptcy, or other similar events, any information in our possession may be transferred to our successor or assign.
4. Choice and data retention
We are required to collect certain Personal Information to confirm your identity and comply with our obligations. If you elect to not provide Personal Information in optional fields it may limit your ability to use our Services. You can update your account information by signing on to our Website with your Varascend account.
We may occasionally email you with information about offers or new services. You can opt out of these email communications via an unsubscribe link included in such communications. However, you will continue to receive certain email communications related to your account including information regarding transactions and your relationship with Varascend.
If you wish to opt out of having cookies set on your browser (as described above in Section 2), the only way to ensure that this happens is to manage the settings on your web browser to delete all cookies and disallow further acceptance of cookies. For more information, refer to your browser’s technical information. You may also consider visiting aboutcookies.org, which provides helpful information about cookies. Note that disabling cookies on your browser prevents Varascend from tracking your activities in relation to our Website and Services. However, it may also disable many of the features available through our Websites and Services. We therefore recommend that you leave cookies enabled.
Varascend has a variety of obligations to retain the data that you provide us, both to ensure that transactions can be appropriately processed, settled, refunded or chargedback, to identify fraud, and also to comply with laws applicable to us and to our banking providers and credit card processors. Accordingly, even if you close your Varascend account we will retain certain information as necessary to meet our obligations.
5. Protection of information
Although no data transmission can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, we take reasonable steps to protect all Personal Information. Varascend maintains strict administrative, technical, and physical procedures to protect information stored in our servers, which are located in the United States. Access to information is limited (through user/password credentials and software systems) to those employees who require it to perform their job functions. We use industry-standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology to safeguard the account registration process and sign-up information. Other security safeguards include but are not limited to data encryption, firewalls, and physical access controls to building and files.
6. Changes and notifications
We reserve the right, in our sole and absolute discretion, to make changes to this Policy from time to time. Please review this Policy periodically to check for updates. If any changes are material and/or retroactive, we may provide additional notice and/or an opportunity to “opt-in,” as appropriate under the circumstances.
Varascend will provide you with disclosures and alerts regarding this Policy by posting them on our Website, and / or by emailing the email address listed in your Varascend account. You agree that electronic disclosures and notices have the same meaning and effect as if we had provided you with a paper copy. Such disclosures and notices in relation to this Policy shall be considered to be received by you within 24 hours of the time it is posted to our Website or emailed to you (unless we receive notice that the email was not delivered).
7. Safe Harbor Framework
Varascend complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland. You can learn more about the Safe Harbor program by visiting export.gov.
8. Contact us