Personal information is data that can be used to uniquely identify or contact a single person.
Here are some examples of the types of personal information Boatsurfers.com may collect and how we may use it.
When you create a Boatsurfers.com ID, purchase a product or service, download a software update, or participate in an online survey, we may collect a variety of information, including your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, contact preferences, and credit card information.
When you share your content with family and friends using Boatsurfers.com products, send gift certificates and products, or invite others to join you on Boatsurfers.com forums, Boatsurfers.com may collect the information you provide about those people such as name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
The personal information we collect allows us to keep you posted on Boatsurfers.com’s latest product announcements, software updates, and upcoming events. It also helps us to improve our services, content, and advertising. If you don’t want to be on our mailing list, you can opt out anytime by updating your preferences.
We also use personal information to help us develop, deliver, and improve our products, services, content, and advertising.
From time to time, we may use your personal information to send important notices, such as communication about purchases and changes to our terms, conditions, and policies. Because this information is important to your interaction with Boatsurfers.com, you may not opt out of receiving these communications.
We may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve Boatsurfers.com products, services, and customer communications.
If you enter into a sweepstake, contest, or similar promotion we may use the information you provide to administer those programs.
We also collect non-personal information − data in a form that does not permit direct association with any specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. The following are some examples of non-personal information that we collect and how we may use it:
We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, post code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone where a Boatsurfers.com product is used so that we can better understand customer behaviour and improve our products, services, and advertising.
We also may collect information regarding customer activities on our website, and from our other products and services. This information is aggregated and used to help us provide more useful information to our customers and to understand which parts of our website, products, and services are of most interest. Aggregated data is considered non-personal information, as there is no way to identify a specific individual based on the data alone.
If we do combine non-personal information with personal information the combined information will be treated as personal information for as long as it remains combined.
As is true of most websites, we gather some information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type and language, Internet service provider (ISP), referring and exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data.
We use this information to understand and analyse trends, to administer the site, to learn about user behaviour on the site, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. Boatsurfers.com may use this information in our marketing and advertising services.
In some of our email messages, we use a “click-through URL” linked to content on the Boatsurfers.com website. When customers click one of these URLs, they pass through a separate web server before arriving at the destination page on our website. We track this click-through data to help us determine interest in particular topics and measure the effectiveness of our customer communications. If you prefer not to be tracked in this way, you should not click text or graphic links in the email messages.
Pixel tags enable us to send email messages in a format customers can read, and they tell us whether mail has been opened. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to customers.
At times Boatsurfers.com may make certain personal information available to strategic partners that work with Boatsurfers.com to provide products and services, or that help Boatsurfers.com market to customers. Personal information will only be shared by Boatsurfers.com to provide or improve our products, services and advertising; it will not be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes.
Boatsurfers.com shares personal information with companies who provide services such as information processing, fulfilling customer orders, delivering products to you, managing and enhancing customer data, providing customer service, assessing your interest in our products and services, and conducting customer research or satisfaction surveys. These companies are obligated to protect your information and may be located wherever Boatsurfers.com operates.
It may be necessary − by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence − for Boatsurfers.com to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate. If we think you’re a terrorist with a boat, we’ll probably tell someone about it. Or if we receive information that your safety might be compromised, we will begin discussions with relevant law enforcement, emergency services or diplomatic organisations as we see fit.
We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or users. Additionally, in the event of a reorganisation, merger, or sale we may transfer any and all personal information we collect to the relevant third party.
Boatsurfers.com takes precautions — including administrative, technical, and physical measures — to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as against unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
Boatsurfers.com uses Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages. To purchase our services, you must use an SSL-enabled browser such as Safari, Firefox, or Internet Explorer – or don’t forget Chrome because Ty and Ryan love it and are impatient. Doing so protects the confidentiality of your personal information while it’s transmitted over the Internet.
When you use some Boatsurfers.com products, services, or applications or post on a Boatsurfers.com forum, chat room, or social networking service, the personal information you share is visible to other users and can be read, collected, or used by them. You are responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these instances. For example, if you list your name and email address in a forum posting, that information is public. Please take care when using these features.
In the event of unauthorised access to our systems, we will endeavor to inform you if your information has been accessed, to what extent it has been accessed, and any actions you may need to take to preserve your continued privacy.
You can help ensure that your contact information and preferences are accurate, complete, and up to date by logging in to your account. For other personal information, we make good faith efforts to provide you with access so you can request that we correct the data if it is inaccurate or delete the data if Boatsurfers.com is not required to retain it by law or for legitimate business purposes. We may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardise the privacy of others, are extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required by local law. If you really need to know what information we hold on you (are desperate) you can contact us on the ‘contact us’ page.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from persons under 18. If we learn that we have collected the personal information of a person under 18 years of age we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible. If an under 18 has a boat, whilst we are impressed at the size of their trust fund, we decline to allow them on our site.
The Boatsurfers.com website, products, applications, and services may contain links to third-party websites, products, and services. Our products and services may also use or offer products or services from third parties. Information collected by third parties, which may include such things as location data or contact details, is governed by their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy practices of those third parties.
We like you, and we hope you like us. We’ll have a local site for you soon, we hope. And if we don’t, get more of your friends to join. This will probably make us work harder.
As of time of writing, our data centres are located in the United States of America. We have a contract with our providers that means they don't look at our stuff - they just keep it safe and working.
What it does mean is that for our Australian users, we do need to inform you by using our site you opt out of protection within Australian Privacy Law to the extent that we can't necessarily protect you from the exceptionally long-named Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (Patriot Act). We can tell you we've never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order served on us. We would probably move our information out of the USA while we were challenging it as well, just to be sure.
So until the canary above disappears, you can otherwise breathe easy that your covered by similar Privacy laws to that in Australia, and that we will actively work to ensure your private information is kept secure to Australian standards.
To make sure your personal information is secure, we communicate our privacy and security guidelines to Boatsurfers.com employees and strictly enforce privacy safeguards within the company.
Last updated: 19 September, 2013, whilst drinking beer – and Canadian Club cus Rowan’s lame although I shouldn’t say this as he’s giving me beer.