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Privacy Policy

MechanicHunter is committed to protecting the privacy of our users, and strives to provide a safe, secure user experience. This Privacy Statement sets forth the online data collection and usage policies and practices that apply to this web site. It does not apply to information we collect in any other fashion.

By using this site or by clicking the “Accept” button during registration, you explicitly accept, without limitation or qualification, and agree to the collection, use and transfer of the personal information provided by you in the manner described in this Statement. Please read this Statement carefully as it affects your rights and liabilities under law. If you disagree with the way we collect and process personal information collected on the Web site, we recommend that you do not use it.

Scope of this Policy

This policy applies to MechanicHunter.com and its associated sites (the “Site” or Sites”), which are owned by MechanicHunter LLC or its affiliated companies (“MechanicHunter”). It is MechanicHunter’s policy to comply with data protection legislation. This regulates the processing of information relating to you and grants you various rights in respect of your personal data.

The Sites contain links to other web sites over which we have no control. MechanicHunter is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of other web sites to which you choose to link to from this site. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of those other web sites so you can understand how they collect, use and share your information.

Information We Collect and Retain

You do not have to give us any personal information in order to perform searches or to read the content portions of our Site. We collect the following general types of information about you when you visit our Sites: personal information, demographic information, behavioral information, and indirect information. Sometimes we collect combinations of all these types of information. In each case, it is indicated on the web site whether any personal or demographic data must be provided to use the requested service or not.

Personal information is information that can be used to identify you, or any other individual to whom the information may relate, personally. We do not collect personal information unless you choose to provide it to us. Some examples of personal information that we collect in some areas of our Site, depending on the services you use and local law, are:
Your name
Address
Email address
Telephone number
Credit card number
Contact information
Billing information

Demographic information is information that is not unique to you in the sense that it refers to selected population characteristics, such as your ZIP code or postal code, age, preferences, gender, race or ethnicity, occupation, interests and favorites.

We also collect behavioral information regarding how you use our sites, the areas of our site that you visit, what services you access, and information about your computer hardware and software including your IP address, geolocation, browser and operating system type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is necessary for analyzing the use of resources, troubleshooting problems, preventing fraud, and improving our services.

In addition, MechanicHunter may collect indirect information about you when you use certain third party services on our web site. For example if you provide a title of ‘Mrs.’ we will assume you are female.

How Information is Used

We use the information we gather on the web site for the purposes of providing our services, responding to any queries you may have, operating and improving the web site, fostering a positive user experience and delivering the products and services that we offer to consumers, service providers, employers and jobseekers. Our services include the display of personalized products, content, and advertising relating to your specific repair needs and interests. The information we gather on any MechanicHunter web site may be shared with MechanicHunter affiliated companies on a worldwide basis, including countries that might not have legislation that guarantees adequate protection with respect to your country of residence, in order to deliver these products and services.

By registering with MechanicHunter, by managing your profile, or opting in when presented with choices, you have consented for us to use your information, subject to local law, in the following ways:
1) to allow you to create an account;
2) to create a profile for you based on information that you have provided to us;
3) to contact you about MechanicHunter Site updates, informational and service-related communications, including important security updates;
4) to provide you additional communications, information, and promotions;
5) to inform you of other products or services available from MechanicHunter or its affiliates (“Affiliates” means entities that control, are controlled by or are under common control with MechanicHunter, Inc.);
6) to enable you to provide feedback, to contact us and for us to respond to you;
7) to conduct surveys, questionnaires, promotions and contests, and to provide the results thereof such as success stories and contest winners;
8) to provide information about you and your service needs to repair facilities; and
9) to generate internal reports about the use of our site.

Some of our products and services, such as our searchable database, enable third parties to see your information and to contact you. In addition, complete review submissions or portions thereof (but not your contact information) may be made public in our searchable database as part of a service provider's GO! Page.

Information you post in public areas of the site or place in the searchable database will be accessed, used, and stored by others around the world, including countries that might not have legislation that guarantees adequate protection with respect to your country of residence. By providing your personal information for inclusion in our database, you acknowledge that you consent to your information being used as described here. While MechanicHunter takes measures to safeguard your information from unauthorized access or inappropriate use by third parties, MechanicHunter does not control these third parties and we are not responsible for their use of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of the MechanicHunter Sites. Accordingly, you should ensure that you do not post sensitive information to any MechanicHunter Site.

Disclosure of Information to Others

We disclose to third parties within your country and abroad your personal information, combined personal, demographic, behavioral or indirect information, as set forth below.

1. We may share your information with third parties who help us in the delivery of our own products and services to you. We disclose information to companies and individuals we employ to perform functions on our behalf. Examples include hosting our web servers, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. These companies and individuals may be located in a country whose data protection legislation is different from your country, and they will have access to your personal information as necessary to perform their functions, but they may not share that information with any other third party or use that data for any other purpose. We will remain the data controller and be responsible for any information shared in this way.

We also share aggregated anonymous information about visitors to the Sites with MechanicHunter’s clients, partners, other Site visitors, and other third parties so that they can understand the kinds of visitors to the Sites and how those visitors use the Sites.

2. If you apply for a position located on the MechanicHunter job board, you may be asked to provide information on your age, gender or race where permitted by law. You should understand that, if provided, this information should only be used by employers in accordance with applicable law. However, MechanicHunter is not responsible for the actions of such employers.

If you apply for a position located on the MechanicHunter job board, you may be asked to provide information on your gender, race, other protected status, or for a government identity number (such as a Social Security Number in the U.S.) where permitted by applicable law. Some employers are required by law to gather this information from job applicants for reporting and record-keeping requirements. You should understand that if provided, this information may only be used by employers only in accordance with applicable law and they should not use it in making any negative employment decisions. Providing this information is subject to local law.

3. We disclose information if legally required to do so, or at our discretion pursuant to a request from a governmental entity or if we believe in good faith – after considering your privacy interests and other factors – that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to legal requirements or comply with legal process; (b) protect our rights or property or our affiliated companies; (c) prevent a crime or protect national security; or (d) protect the personal safety of users or the public. Because MechanicHunter, Inc. is a US company and information collected on our Sites is stored in whole or in part in the United States, your information may become subject to U.S. law.

4. We may disclose and transfer such information to a third party who acquires any or all of MechanicHunter’s business units, whether such acquisition is by way of merger, consolidation or purchase of all or a substantial portion of our assets. In addition, in the event MechanicHunter becomes the subject of an insolvency proceeding, whether voluntary or involuntary, MechanicHunter or its liquidator, administrator, receiver or administrative receiver may sell, license or otherwise dispose of such information in a transaction approved by the court. You will be notified of the sale of all or a substantial portion of our business to a third party by email or through a prominent notice posted on the Sites.

Again, in each of these situations, the recipients of your data may potentially be located in any country in the world. If you are a resident in any EU member state, for example, you must be aware that the EU authorities do not generally consider that the regulations of non-EU countries ensure an adequate or equivalent level of protection as compared to the EU data protection regulations.

Posting Your Information to Public Areas of MechanicHunter

Please remember that if you post any of your personal information in public areas of MechanicHunter, such as in a facility review, such information may be collected and used by others over whom MechanicHunter has no control. We cannot control the use made by third parties of information you post or otherwise make available in public areas of MechanicHunter.

Important Information

Security

You are responsible for ensuring that your log-in credentials (your username and password) are kept confidential.

MechanicHunter has implemented technical and organizational measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure. Notwithstanding such measures, the Internet is an open system and we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will never be able to defeat those measures or use your personal information for improper purposes. Moreover, one of our primary purposes is to provide you with a platform to broadcast the information about your facility widely and to maximize your customer interactions. Accordingly, such an environment does present a risk that unauthorized third parties will view this data. Further, your listing should not contain any sensitive data that you would not want made public.

When you register your facility with MechanicHunter, your credit card information is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer ("SSL") protocol. SSL makes it difficult for your credit card information to be intercepted or stolen while being transmitted. MechanicHunter uses a service company to process its credit card transactions. For further information on this company’s privacy and security practices, please visit http://www.Authorize.net.

We also use cookies, web beacons, and Java Script to administer our site and deliver a personalized experience. For additional detailed information on each of these, please see below.

Changes to Privacy Statement

If we decide to change the substance of our Privacy Statement for MechanicHunter, we will, where required, contact you via the email address that you maintain in your profile. We will also post those changes through a prominent notice on the web site so that you will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and to whom we will disclose it.

Legal and Contact Information

Your data is submitted to MechanicHunter LLC and is hosted and stored in a database on servers situated in the United States.

If, at any time, you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Statement or believe that we have not adhered to this Privacy Statement, please feel free to email us at administrator@MechanicHunter.com.

Your California Rights

A California resident who has provided personal information to a business with whom he/she has established a business relationship for personal, family, or household purposes (“California customer”) is entitled to request information about whether the business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. In general, if the business has made such a disclosure of personal information, upon receipt of a request by a California customer, the business is required to provide a list of all third parties to whom personal information was disclosed in the preceding calendar year, as well as a list of the categories of personal information that were disclosed.

However, under the law, a business is not required to provide the above-described lists if the business adopts and discloses to the public (in its privacy policy) a policy of not disclosing customer’s personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes unless the customer first affirmatively agrees to the disclosure, as long as the business maintains and discloses this policy. Rather, the business may comply with the law by notifying the customer of his or her right to prevent disclosure of personal information and providing a cost free means to exercise that right.

As stated in our Privacy Policy, we do not share information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes unless you affirmatively agree to such disclosure. If you do ask us to share your information with a third party for its marketing purposes, we will only share information in connection with that specific promotion, as we do not share information with any third party on a continual basis. To prevent disclosure of your personal information for use in direct marketing by a third party, do not opt in to such use when you provide personally identifiable information on one of our sites. Please note that whenever you opt in to receive future communications from a third party, your information will be subject to the third party's privacy policy. If you later decide that you do not want that third party to use your information, you will need to contact the third party directly, as we have no control over how third parties use information. You should always review the privacy policy of any party that collects your information to determine how that entity will handle your information.

California customers may request further information about our compliance with this law by e-mailing administrator@MechanicHunter.com. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through this e-mail address.

Use of Cookies, Web Beacons, and Java Script

*Cookies: MechanicHunter uses "cookies" to help personalize and maximize your online experience and time online. A cookie is a text file that is either stored in your computer’s memory temporarily (a “session” cookie) or placed on your hard drive (a “persistent” cookie) by a Web page server. Cookies are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to your computer and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

When you return to the MechanicHunter site, cookies enable us to retrieve the information you previously provided, so you can easily use the features that you customized. Because of our use of cookies, we can deliver faster and more accurate results and a more personalized site experience. For example, if you personalize MechanicHunter pages, or register for services, a cookie helps us to recall your specific information (such as user name, password and preferences).

We predominately use “session” cookies, which are not permanently stored on your hard drive. Session cookies expire after two hours of inactivity or when you close your browser. We also use cookies to identify users who have been banned from using our forums for behavior that contradicts our terms of use and to track click streams, for load balancing and to enable you to navigate through the site using redirection pages.

We use “persistent” cookies primarily to ensure that we do not show you pages that you have already seen and to personalize your site experience and save you time. “Persistent” Cookies enable us to recognize whether you have responded to any poll or seen an advertisement or information notice placed on the site so that we do not show you the poll, advertisement or notice again the next time you visit our site.  The “persistent” cookies we use will remain on your computer after you have left our site and will expire when you log out of the Site or 60 days after your last visit for security cookies, 90 days after your last visit for poll response and alliance cookies, or two years after your last visit for advertisement and information notice cookies.

We also allow other companies to display advertisements to you while you are visiting our Sites. Because your web browser must request these advertisements from the other companies’ servers, these companies can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site. MechanicHunter has no control over, and is not responsible for, the practices of those third party advertisers. MechanicHunter encourages you to review the policies of such advertisers. (You will find additional information about the following third party ad servers at www.doubleclick.com and www.atlassolutions.com/privacy. We use other third party ad servers as well; a way to opt out of third party cookies is to modify your browser settings to decline cookies as described at the end of this statement.)

We allow persistent third party cookies as part of online advertising campaigns to determine and track site traffic landing from MechanicHunter’s advertising banners that have been placed on the websites of third parties. The data collected via these cookies is anonymous and the information is not linked to your personally identifiable information without your permission. The “persistent” cookies placed by our third party ad servers will remain on your computer after you have left our site for up to 20 years unless you choose to delete them.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies at any time by modifying your browser settings. See below for instructions. If you choose to decline cookies, however, that may hinder performance and negatively impact your experience on the web site.

*Web Beacons: MechanicHunter Web pages may also contain electronic images known as Web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) that allow us to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. Web beacons are not used to access your personally identifiable information on MechanicHunter; they are a technique we use to compile aggregated statistics about our web site usage. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides.

Because Web beacons are the same as any other content request included in the recipe page, you cannot opt out or refuse them. However, they can be rendered ineffective by either opting out of cookies or changing the cookie setup in your browser.

JavaScript: MechanicHunter also uses JavaScript, for example, within certain advertisements. JavaScript is a script language that enhances the functionality of websites, particularly in respect to pictures. We are not collecting any personal data via JavaScript but use it to inform employers about how many applicants have clicked on email addresses embedded in their job ads, for example. You may deactivate JavaScript via your browser settings or activate it the same way. If you disable JavaScript you will not be able to use some of the functions of the website.

Thank you for using MechanicHunter.

The main browser types are listed below. If you have a different browser type, please refer to the ‘Help’ file or your handbook.

Windows PC

Internet Explorer 8.0 and 7.0
Choose Tools and then Internet Options
Click the Privacy tab
Move the slider to choose your preferred settings.
For more specialized cookie settings, click on “Advanced”

Internet Explorer 6.0

Choose Tools and then Internet Options
Click the Privacy tab
Move the slider to choose your preferred settings
The default setting is medium and the menu allows you to select the level of "filtering" on the basis of (a) the source of the cookie and (b) whether the source has a privacy policy
For more specialized cookie settings click on “Advanced”

Mozilla Firefox 3.0

Click on the Tools Menu
Select Options
Select Preferences
Select the Privacy panel and choose your preferred settings

Mozilla Firefox 2.0

Click on Tools, then Options (or Edit | Preferences on Linux)
Select the Privacy icon in the left-hand panel
Click on Cookies.
Choose your preferred settings.

Note that the option to block third-party cookies has been removed from Firefox 2's user interface. Firefox 2 users who wish to limit allowed cookies to those set by the originating website can use about:config to modify the preference network.cookie.cookieBehavior to "1". To modify this property simply type "about:config" (without quotes) in the Location Bar, press Enter and modify the value in the resulting page.
Other options for the network.cookie.cookieBehavior preference are set out below:
"0" All cookies are allowed. (Default)
"1" Only cookies from the originating server are allowed.
"2" No cookies are allowed.

Netscape Navigator 7

Choose Preferences from the Edit menu.
Select Privacy & Security, then select Cookies.
Choose your preferred settings.

Netscape Navigator 6

Choose Preferences from the Edit menu.
Select Privacy & Security, then select Cookies.
Choose your preferred settings.

Opera

Click on the File menu on the Opera tool bar
Go to Preferences at the bottom of the File menu
Click Privacy and select one of the available options

Safari 1.0 (MacOS X)

Choose Preferences from Safari menu
Select Security icon
Cookie settings are shown in window
Choose your preferred settings