Last Updated: January, 2008
"Site") are owned and operated by World-Tools LLC.
that trust is an important component of the service we provide to our
customers. To ensure that we earn and keep that trust, World-tools.com makes
every effort to protect your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal
you choose to share with us through the Site.
considered to be a part of World-tools.com's User
Agreement. By using the Site you agree to the terms and conditions of the User
consenting to World-tools.com's privacy practices,
including the use and disclosure of any personally identifiable information
The Site are not targeted
towards, or intended for use by anyone under the age of 18. By using the Sites
you represent and warrant that you are 18 years of age or older. We reserve the
right to terminate your membership in the event that World-tools.com becomes
aware you are under 18. Persons under 18 may not submit any personally
identifiable information to us, and if we discover that we have inadvertently
gathered such information, we will take the appropriate steps to delete it.
What Information We Collect
Information You Give Us.
The use of certain features
and services on the Site may require that you register and supply personally
identifiable information such as your name, email address, telephone number and
other information, which is stored by World-tools.com. We may also collect
additional information from you in order to provide you with specific services
and to personalize your experience on the Site. For example, World-tools.com
users may provide more information using features such as Wish Lists, and that
information will be stored with your user profile.
Information Gathered Automatically.
use "cookies" to automatically recognize returning users. Cookies used by the Site may
contain your user name, email address, IP address and/or postal code. A cookie
is a small file on your hard drive that allows us to display your previously
defined search criteria and notification preferences whenever you visit our
Site. "Clear gifs" are tiny graphics with a unique identifier,
similar in function to cookies, and may be used to track the online movements
of Web users or to let us know if you have opened an email that we sent you. Your
access provider assigns an internet protocol address to your computer when you
use the Internet. We collect each IP address that accesses the Site; computer
and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system,
and platform; your behaviour on the Site and related
services, including the products and merchants you view or searched for, as
well as the URL you come from and go to next; cookie number; participating
merchants you visit and the items that you purchase. We use this data, as well
as other data in our databases, to analyze site and user behaviour,
troubleshoot technical problems, resolve disputes, address complaints, prepare
aggregated reports that we share with others and customize your experience on
the Site. You can block cookies by changing the settings on your browser
(contact your ISP for help), but doing so may prevent us from delivering
certain services to you (e.g., saved searches). Your browser must also be set
to accept cookies in order to access the Site as a registered member.
Other Data Collection.
We may get data from or
about you in other ways not specifically described in this statement. For
example, you might contact Community Care or customer support, or we may get a
third party complaint about you. Any personal information that we collect will
Use of Information by World-tools.com
Information you provide to
us through the Site is used by World-tools.com to operate the Site, provide you
with information and services you request, and to communicate with you. We may,
for example, use information you provide to target ads that we think you may be
interested in, or send emails to you including newsletters and alerts. Your
information may also be used to contact you when necessary (such as to assist
you in your use of the Site). You may always choose not to provide us with this
information; however, this may limit our ability to provide you with a specific
service. You may opt-out of receiving future mailings at any time; however, you
may not opt-out of some administrative emails (such as emails about User
Agreement changes) while you are a member of the Site.
As our business evolves,
World-tools.com may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its
assets, including personal information, in connection with a merger,
reorganization, or sale of assets, or in the event of bankruptcy. In such an
event, personal and anonymous information may be one of the assets transferred
in order to continue to provide the Site to you. You will receive notice of
such event (to the extent it occurs) as provided in the "Notification of
Changes" section below. We will require that the new entity holding your
Sharing and Disclosure of Information
Aggregated Research Data.
World-tools.com produces research reports and other information and data about online shopping for
participating merchants, and other customers, as well as media and other
interested parties. Such information and data are based on aggregated,
anonymous information about millions of online shoppers and do not include any
personal information about individuals.
On the Site, you may also have opportunities to express interest in or register for third party products
and services. If you do, we will provide personal information about you to the
third party to implement your request.
We use third-party
advertising companies to serve ads when you visit the Site. These companies may
use information about your visits to the Site in order to provide
advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. When we do this, we
do not provide your name, address, email address or telephone number.
Third party ad servers may
place or recognize a cookie and, using the cookie or otherwise, collect and use
data from your visits to the Site and other websites to serve ads to you.
We may share your personal
information with our affiliates, consultants, vendors and service providers,
who assist us in maintaining the Sites and providing related services such as
online registration for events.
lawfully disclose your personal information for law enforcement or regulatory
purposes. World-tools.com cooperates with law enforcement inquires and other
third parties to enforce laws, intellectual property and other rights. We can
(and you authorise us to) disclose any information
about you to law enforcement or other governmental officials as we, in our sole
discretion, believe necessary or appropriate or in connection with an investigation
of fraud, intellectual property infringements, piracy or other activity that is
illegal or may expose us to legal liability.
Other Use and Disclosure of Information for the Site
Content and Ratings.
You can publish reviews,
comments and other content. Members can choose to rate products or reviews, and
to create a web of trust. As an unregistered visitor, we may allow you to rate
products and/or reviews.
Your review ratings and
trust statements are displayed publicly unless you change the default
configuration. Your member name is automatically displayed with reviews and
comments you publish, and if other members choose to, they can receive email
notifications of your publications or publish their own comments to your
We, and our licensees, can
republish your content as described in our User Agreement. We publish product
ratings and use them to develop aggregate ratings, personalize site views and
merchandise products. We use your review ratings and web of trust to
personalize site views and identify/feature popular members. For example, we
may promote most popular or highest-earning reviews and members.
If you send emails through
our Site, your email will include your email address and any personal message
you include. Although we do not retain, in any easily-retrievable way, the
addresses that you are emailing, these emails are not private communications. Also,
you may not use these tools to send spam or content that violates the User
Agreement or applicable laws.
We may ask for your
feedback through a survey, and we may use the results for our internal
development and marketing research. We may also share the results with our
affiliates, consultants, vendors and service providers.
Links to Other Sites
The Sites contains links to
other web sites. World-tools.com is not responsible for the privacy practices
or the content of these sites. If you have concerns about how other web sites
collect and use information about you, make sure to read that site's own
Changing or Deleting Information About You
Registered members may
access, modify or remove their personal information or delete their membership
account by accessing their Member Profile or Account information. We try to
implement changes to our databases as quickly as possible. However, not all
databases may be updated immediately, and some old data may remain in our
archives and records for a short period until updated. Also, we may be unable
to send changes you make to partners, vendors or third party service providers
who have already received your data or content. If your account or membership
is being terminated or suspended, we may maintain some data to prevent
We will retain in our files
information you have requested to delete in some circumstances, such as to
resolve disputes, analyze programs, enforce our User
Agreement. Furthermore, such prior information is never completely removed from
our databases due to technical and legal constraints, including stored
"back up" systems.
Choice/Opt-Out of World-tools.com Email Communications
At any time (and except for
administrative emails discussed above), you have the ability to opt-out of
receiving communications from World-tools.com. To unsubscribe from the
World-tools.com email newsletter, contact Customer
Support and let us know that
you would like to discontinue this service. In addition, each of our email
messages contains a link at the bottom of the email for purposes of adjusting
your email subscription preferences or to be removed from our mailing list.
physical, electronic and administrative safeguards, including advanced firewall
and password protection for our databases, designed to protect the security of
data. We restrict access to your personal information to employees that need to
know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our services.
Notification of Changes
revised over time as our business grows and evolves. We will post any new
you will always know what information we gather, how we use that information,
and whether we will disclose it to anyone. Please check the Site regularly for
email notification of any such changes, please contact Customer
World-tools.com is opposed
to unsolicited commercial email or spam. If you believe that you have received
an unsolicited email from us, please contact our Privacy Department and we will
If you have any questions
contact: Customer Support