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Gaerne USA has adopted a set of Privacy Principles http://www.gaerneusa.com applicable to all its U.S.-based companies. Gaerne USA has implemented those Principles in this Privacy Policy, which describes how we collect, use, and share personally identifiable information (information that can be used to identify you, such as your full name, email address, mailing address, or telephone number) (“PII”) we obtain from and about individuals located in the U.S. both online and off-line.

This Policy applies to all web sites and services owned or provided by Gaerne USA, including its subsidiaries (collectively “Gaerne USA Sites”). Gaerne USA Sites include, but are not limited to, GaerneUSA.com, as well as other Gaerne USA-branded services. New sites, domain names, or services that we add to the Gaerne USA Sites will be subject to this Policy.

The Gaerne USA Sites are general audience web sites, and Gaerne USA does not knowingly collect PII from children under 13 years of age.

From time to time we may revise this Policy to reflect industry initiatives or changes in the law, our information collection and use practices, the features of the Gaerne USA Sites, or technology. If we make revisions that change the way we collect or use your PII, those changes will be posted in this Policy and the effective date will be noted at the beginning of this Policy. Therefore, you should review it periodically so that you are up to date on our most current policies and practices. If we materially change our practices regarding use of your PII, your PII will continue to be governed by the Policy under which it was collected unless you have been provided notice of, and have not objected to, the change.

COLLECTION: Collection of PII by Gaerne USA

General. Gaerne USA collects PII in order to create or enhance our relationship with you. When we collect PII from you it is because you are voluntarily submitting the information to us in order to participate in certain activities including (i) registration for certain online services and tools such as downloads, message boards, chat rooms or other community services; (ii) registration for special communications, such as email updates and newsletters; (iii) subscription registration; (iv) purchase products or services from or through the Gaerne USA Sites; (v) user surveys; (vi) events, sweepstakes, contests or promotions; and (vii) registration for online multi- or single-player gaming. We may obtain PII from third parties that we consider to be reputable. We also may receive on the Gaerne USA Sites user-generated content or information of any type or medium, which may include PII, including but not limited to: audio conversations; text chat and video images from chat rooms; user reviews; and game guide submissions.

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information in public areas of an Gaerne USA Site, such as the member home pages and message boards, your information can be viewed and possibly used by others. We advise users to be especially careful in such public areas about disclosing PII, such as full name, home address, or phone number.

Cookies. Cookies are small bits of information that are placed on the hard drive of your computer when you visit the Gaerne USA Sites. We may use cookies to recognize users who have already registered for an Gaerne USA Site, allowing those users to speed up their future activities on the Gaerne USA Sites. Information about your activities on Gaerne USA sites and other non-personally identifiable information about you may also be used to tailor the online ads you encounter to those we believe are consistent with your interests.
Third party advertisements displayed on the Gaerne USA Sites may also contain cookies set by Internet advertising companies or advertisers. Gaerne USA does not control these cookies. You should check the privacy policy of the Internet advertising company or advertiser to see whether and how it uses cookies. See the “Notice” section below for more information on third party advertisements.

Gaerne USA may use cookies and similar tools to relate your use of the Gaerne USA Sites to PII obtained from you or a third party. For example, if you’ve asked us to provide you with information about our products or promotions, cookie and/or click stream data about your activities on the Gaerne USA Sites may allow us to limit the materials we provide you to items we think you will find interesting, based on your prior online activities and preferences. We will not coordinate your PII and web site activity information in this manner without first obtaining your express affirmative consent.

You can set your computer to alert you each time a cookie is being sent or to refuse cookies completely. However, without cookies, you may not have access to certain features on the Gaerne USA Sites.

Web beacons. The Gaerne USA Sites may contain electronic images known as Web beacons – sometimes called single-pixel gifs – that may be used to assist in delivering or accessing cookies on our sites and allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. We may include Web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon.

We may also employ Web beacons from third parties in order to help us compile aggregated statistics and determine the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns. We prohibit Web beacons on our sites from being used by third parties to collect or access your personal information.

Finally, we may work with other companies that advertise on the Gaerne USA Sites to place Web beacons on their sites in order to allow us to develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on an Gaerne USA site results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser’s site.

NOTICE: Gaerne USA Will Provide You with Notice About its PII Collection Practices
When you voluntarily provide PII in response to our request or we authorize a third party to collect PII from you on the Gaerne USA Sites, we will inform you about who is collecting the information, how and why the information is being collected, and the types of uses Gaerne USA will make of the information At the time you provide your PII, Gaerne USA will notify you of your options regarding our use of your PII (See “Choice” below). This Policy describes the types of other companies that may want to send you information about their products and services and with whom we may want to share your personal information, as provided in this Policy (See “Use” below).

Sometimes we collect PII from consumers in manual format or off-line, such as a post card or subscription form. Providing detailed notice in those situations often proves impractical, so consumers will instead be provided with a short notice that describes how to obtain the full text of this Policy and other relevant information from us.

When you sign up with our partners for services such as game hosting, userpages, and other services, you are providing information to the partner offering the service as well as to Gaerne USA. Use of your PII by the partner is subject to that partner’s privacy policy, and you should carefully read the privacy policy of the partner providing the service before deciding to take advantage of the service.

The Gaerne USA Sites may be linked to Internet sites operated by other companies. Some of these third party sites may be co-branded with an Gaerne USA or affiliated entity’s logo, even though they are not operated or maintained by Gaerne USA. The Gaerne USA Sites also carry advertisements from other companies. Gaerne USA is not responsible for the privacy practices of web sites operated by third parties that are linked to the Gaerne USA Sites or for the privacy practices of third party or national Internet advertising companies. Once you’ve left an Gaerne USA Site via such a link or by clicking on an advertisement, you should check the applicable privacy policy of the third party or advertiser site to determine how they will handle any PII they collect from you.

The Gaerne USA Sites may also be linked to sites operated by companies affiliated with Gaerne USA (i.e., that are part of the Gaerne USA Group). Although all Gaerne USA entities adhere to the group’s Privacy Principles http://www.gaerneusa.com, visitors to those affiliated sites should still refer to their separate privacy policies and practices, which may differ in some respects from this Policy.

CHOICE: Gaerne USA Will Provide You with Choices About the Use of Your PII
Gaerne USA will not use your PII for purposes different from those about which you have been notified, or share your PII with third parties that are not affiliated with Gaerne USA, unless you have asked to receive certain information and/or services from third parties or participate in certain third-party programs (such as beta or demos) and have been notified that the fulfillment of such a request requires the sharing of your PII or you have consented to such sharing.

For example, Gaerne USA provides powersports companies with certain hosted technology and software that enables various racing related functionalities, such as online stats, news, reports, on our Sites. If you are not already a registered user of the Gaerne USA Sites you may be asked to provide PII in connection with your use of such services. In addition, we may share your PII with powersports companies so that they can provide you with the services you have elected to receive.

USE: Gaerne USA’s Use of PII

Gaerne USA will use your PII in a manner that is consistent with this Policy. If Gaerne USA obtains PII from a third party, such as a business partner, our use of that information is governed by this Policy. Gaerne USA may use PII in aggregate, anonymous form for research purposes.

We may contact you regarding account status, changes to this Policy, our User Agreement or other terms of use, to confirm your registration, for customer service purposes or for any other business reason related to your use of Gaerne USA Sites.

Gaerne USA may share your PII with companies that are affiliated with us, that is, are part of the Gaerne USA Group of companies. Provided you have given us consent, Gaerne USA may also share your PII with advertisers and business partners that are not affiliated with Gaerne USA, but would like to send you information about their products and services, such as sponsors of promotions or sweepstakes that appear on the Gaerne USA sites. We will never share your credit card information with third parties except those Gaerne USA uses to perform tasks (such as order fulfillment and payment processing) required to complete purchases you make through web sites.

Gaerne USA employees, agents, and contractors are required to have a legitimate business reason to obtain access to your PII. Gaerne USA may share your PII with outside contractors or agents who help us manage our information activities (i.e., sweepstakes administration, order fulfillment, statistical analyses), but they must have agreed only to use your PII to provide Gaerne USA with a specific service and not for any other purpose.

Gaerne USA may also enter into agreements with outside companies that possess the technology that allows Gaerne USA to customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive on the Gaerne USA Sites. Your non-PII and click stream data about your activities on our sites may be shared with these companies so this customization can be accomplished. These companies have agreed not to share your information with any third party or use it for any other purpose. Anonymous click stream and demographic information may also be shared with Gaerne USA’s advertisers and business partners.

Gaerne USA may record audio conversations or copy text chat or video images from chat rooms on the Gaerne USA Sites and may use and therefore disclose such material for use in connection with promoting the Gaerne USA Sites. In addition, Gaerne USA may collect other user-generated content such as user reviews and game guide submissions to post on our community hub site. Further information regarding user-generated content is available in the Gaerne USA User Agreement located at http://www.gaerneusa.com.

There may be instances when Gaerne USA may disclose PII without providing you with a choice in order to protect the legal rights of Gaerne USA, other companies within the Gaerne USA Group or their employees, agents, and contractors; to protect the safety and security of visitors to our web sites; to investigate, prevent or protect against suspected fraud, illegal activity, violations of our user agreement or for risk management purposes; or to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims. In addition, if Gaerne USA sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or business transfer, Gaerne USA may transfer your PII to a third party as part of that transaction.

SECURITY: Gaerne USA Protects the Security of PII

Gaerne USA uses reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures to safeguard PII in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification. Passwords and other sensitive information stored by Gaerne USA are encrypted in transit.

Notwithstanding these security measures, please be aware that when you submit PII to the Gaerne USA Sites over the Internet, the information may travel over many systems that are not under the Gaerne USA’s control and may not be secure.

If a password is used to help protect your accounts and personal information, it is your responsibility to keep your password confidential. Do not share this information with anyone. Anyone who has access to your password will have access to your PII, as well as to any credit card information that you have submitted. If you are sharing a computer with anyone you should always log out before leaving a site or service to protect access to your information from subsequent users.

ACCESS: How to Access, Correct, or Delete Your Preferences Regarding Your PII
To access, correct or update your account or other Personal Information such as your city or interests, please use the “My Account” link on the Gaerne USA Site on which you are registered.

If you want to update your email address or stop receiving these types of promotional emails, please follow the procedures to unsubscribe at the bottom of any email we send you. You may unsubscribe from any Premium service for which you have previously elected by following the instructions included in the Gaerne USA User Agreement http://www.gaerneusa.com

If you have any other questions, comments or complaints about this Policy, please contact us via our online form, available at http://www.gaerneusa.com or write to us at:

Gaerne USA
27833 AVE. HOPKINS, Suite 2
Valencia, United States, 91355

*Be sure to include the specific Gaerne USA Site to which you are a member and about which you have a question.