Watco Companies, LLC (“Watco Companies”) operates watco.com and may operate other websites. It is Watco Companies policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.
Like most website operators, Watco Companies collects non-personally identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Watco Companies’ purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Watco Companies visitors use its website. From time to time, Watco Companies may release non-personally identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Watco Companies also collects potentially personally identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged-in users and for users leaving comments on watco.com blogs/sites. Watco Companies only discloses logged-in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.
Gathering of Personally Identifying Information
Certain visitors to Watco Companies websites choose to interact with Watco Companies in ways that require Watco Companies to gather personally identifying information. The amount and type of information that Watco Companies gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at watco.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with Watco Companies are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Watco Companies collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Watco Companies. Watco Companies does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Watco Companies may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. Watco Companies may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Watco Companies does not disclose personally identifying information other than as described below
Protection of Certain Personally Identifying Information
Watco Companies discloses potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Watco Companies’ behalf or to provide services available at Watco Companies websites, and that (ii) have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Watco Companies websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Watco Companies will not rent or sell potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Watco Companies discloses potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Watco Companies believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Watco Companies, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Watco Companies website and have supplied your email address, Watco Companies may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Watco Companies and our products. If you send us a request (for example, via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Watco Companies takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction of potentially personally identifying and personally identifying information.
If Watco Companies, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Watco Companies goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Watco Companies may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.