As used in this policy, the terms “using” and “processing” information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis, and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization or among our affiliates internationally.
Information Collection and Use
Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our Site, services, features, and content, to administer your use of the Site (together, the “Service”), and to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the Site.
Personally Identifiable Information
When you (i) contact us via the online form on the Site, (ii) choose to opt-in to receive Whisper Auctions newsletters, (iii) choose to submit information about your property for a complimentary evaluation by Whisper Auctions, or (iv) choose to be added to our database of real estate agents, we will ask you for personally identifiable information. This refers to information about you that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Information”).
We will also collect Personal Information from you if you choose to register with us through the Site to become a Member in order to access our bidding platform and related documentation or if, after becoming a Member, you choose to place a bid on a property featured on the Site.
Personal Information includes, but is not limited to, your name, phone number, credit card or other billing information, email address, website URL, and home and business postal addresses. We use your Personal Information mainly to provide the Service and administer your inquiries.
We also collect the other information that you provide as part of the registration or otherwise as part of your use of the Site (e.g., without limitation, zip code (on its own), estimated property value, and individual preferences) (“Non-Identifying Information”).
We use your Personal Information (in some cases, in conjunction with your Non-Identifying Information) mainly to provide the Service, complete your transactions, if applicable, and administer your inquiries.
Certain Non-Identifying Information would be considered a part of your Personal Information if it were combined with other identifiers (for example, combining your zip code with your street address) in a way that enables you to be identified. But the same pieces of information are considered Non-Identifying Information when taken alone or combined only with other non-identifying information (for example, your viewing preferences). We may combine your Personal Information with Non-Identifying Information and aggregate it with information collected from other Whisper Auctions Users (defined below) to attempt to provide you with a better experience, to improve the quality and value of the Service, and to analyze and understand how our Site and Service are used. We may also use the combined information without aggregating it to serve you specifically, for instance, to deliver a product to you according to your preferences or restrictions.
If you opt-in to receive Whisper Auctions newsletters, we will use your Personal Information to contact you with such Whisper Auctions newsletters, marketing or promotional materials, and other information that may be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the unsubscribe instructions provided in any of the communications or opt-out via the “Account Settings” section of the Site. (See “Changing or Deleting Information” below.)
When you visit the Site, whether as a Whisper Auctions Member or a non-registered user just browsing (any of these, a“Whisper Auctions User”), our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website (“Log Data”). This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Site, pages of our Site that you visited, the time spent on those pages, the information you search for on our Site, access times and dates, and other statistics. We use this information to monitor and analyze the use of the Site and the Service and for the Site’s technical administration, to increase our Site’s functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor our Site to our visitors’ needs. We also use this information to verify that visitors to the Site meet the criteria required to process their requests.
General Data Protection Regulation
The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) began enforcement of the regulation on May 25, 2018. Whispere Auctions continues to update its policies and practices to ensure compliance with the GDPR standards and regulations. We strive to keep your personal data private and secure.
Identity theft and the practice currently known as “phishing” are of great concern to Whisper Auctions. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is a top priority. We do not and will not, at any time, request your credit card information, login information, or national identification numbers in a non-secure or unsolicited e-mail or telephone communication. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website
Emails and Other Communications
By becoming a member, you are requesting that we inform you agree to receive communications from us, including promotional emails. If you would like to alter the frequency and type of communications you receive from us, you may do so at any time by updating the communication preferences specified in your email settings, or by going to our website and opening your account page. If you no longer wish to receive promotional communications from us, you may do so by changing your preferences as noted above. Please note that this may affect your ability to access certain products and services, and we may continue to send non-promotional communications such as information you request about a property or bidding registration information. If you refer others to us using our email functionality, please note that they may choose not to receive any promotional emails from us in the future by following the opt-out instructions in the email invitation. If you want to receive our emails, but do not wish for us to track the emails we send you, some email services allow you to adjust your display to turn off HTML or disable the download of images that should effectively disable our email tracking.
Resubscribe to Emails
To manage your email subscription settings, click the manage subscription link at the bottom of any email you have received from Whisper Auctions. If you believe you have opted out of communication and would like to resubscribe, please fill in your email in the form below and click the link that appears to re-subscribe.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
If you choose to bid on a property featured on the Site as part of an auction, we will share your username with the owner of the property and any other Whisper Auctions Users who are watchers of the applicable auction. If you win an auction for a property featured on the Site, we will share your Personal Information, including, but not limited to your, name, phone number, email address, and home and business postal addresses with the owner of the property in order to facilitate the transaction.
Aggregate Information and Non-Identifying Information
We may share aggregated information that does not include Personal Information and we may otherwise disclose Non-Identifying Information and Log Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling, and other purposes. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.
We may employ third-party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service, to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Site-related services (e.g., without limitation, maintenance services, database management, web analytics, and improvement of the Site’s features), or to assist us in analyzing how our Site and Service are used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement
Whisper Auctions cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to the government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal processes (including, but not limited to, subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of Whisper Auctions or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be or to pose a risk of being, illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.
Whisper Auctions may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization, or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy.
Changing or Deleting Your Information
All Members may review, update, correct, or delete the Personal Information in their registration accounts by contacting us or via the “Account Settings” section of the Site. If you completely delete all such information, then your account may become deactivated. If you would like us to delete your account from our system, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a request that we delete your Personal Information from our database. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to honor your request. We may retain an archived copy of your records as required by law or for legitimate business purposes.
Whisper Auctions is very concerned with safeguarding your information. We employ certain physical, technological, and administrative security measures and attempt to ensure they are applicable under the circumstances. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
We will make any legally required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored “personal data” (as defined in applicable state statutes on security breach notification) to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, insofar as consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.
Links to Other Websites
Our Site contains links to other websites. If you choose to click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website. The fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement, authorization, or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third-party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Other websites follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.
Our Policy Toward Children
The Site is not directed to persons under 18. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that their child has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, they should contact us at email@example.com. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files.
Last modified on February 2023