Privacy Policy (2008)

These terms are effective until December 31st, 2008.

This privacy policy describes how we handle your personal information. We collect, use, and share personal information to help the Gumtree website ("Gumtree") work and to keep it safe (details below).

Collection

Information posted on Gumtree is obviously publicly available. Our computers are currently located in the United Kingdom but we will soon be holding personal data on computers in the United States. The laws on holding personal data in the United States may be less stringent than the laws applicable to the UK but Gumtree will hold and transmit your information in a safe, confidential and secure environment. Therefore, if you choose to provide us with personal information, you are consenting to the transfer and storage of that information on our computers in either the United Kingdom or the United States.

We collect and store the following personal information:

  • email address, computer sign-on data, physical contact information, and (depending on the service used) sometimes financial information;
  • other information, including users IP address and standard web log information.

Use

We use users' personal information to:

  • provide our services;
  • resolve disputes and troubleshoot problems;
  • encourage safe trading and enforce our policies;
  • customize users' experience, measure interest in our services, and inform users about services and updates;
  • communicate marketing and promotional offers to you;
  • do other things for users as described when we collect the information.

Disclosure

We don't sell or rent users' personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes. We may disclose personal information to respond to legal requirements, enforce our policies, respond to claims that a posting or other content violates other's rights, or protect anyone's rights, property, or safety. We may also share personal information with:

  • corporate affiliates who help detect and prevent potentially illegal acts and provide joint services.
  • service providers who help with our business operations.

Cookies

We or our service providers may place "cookies" (a "cookie" is a small files placed on the hard drive of your computer) and "web beacons" (a "web beacon" is an electronic image, called a single-pixel or clear GIF placed in the web page code) on your computer when you visit portions of Gumtree. Most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session, for example, when you close your browser. We may use permanent or session cookies to help analyse our web page flow; customise our services, content and advertising; measure promotional effectiveness, and promote trust and safety. You can block our cookies by changing the settings on your browser. Find out more about accepting and deleting cookies, but doing so may prevent us from delivering certain services to you.

You may encounter cookies from third parties on certain pages of the site that we do not control. We use third-party ad-serving technologies, to serve ads, and they may place cookies on your computer. We do not allow these third parties to collect any personal information through the use of cookies in ads.

Using Information from Gumtree

You may use personal information gathered from Gumtree only to follow up with another user about a specific posting, not to send spam or collect personal information from someone who hasn't agreed to that.

Marketing

If you do not wish to receive marketing communications from us, you can simply email us at any time.

Security

We use many tools to protect your personal information against unauthorized access and disclosure, but as you probably know, nothing's perfect, so we make no guarantees.

General

We may update this policy at any time, with updates taking effect when you next post or after 30 days, whichever is sooner. If we or our corporate affiliates are involved in a merger or acquisition, we may share personal information with another company, and this other company shall be entitled to share your personal information with other companies but at all times otherwise respecting your personal information in accordance with this policy.

Privacy Policy updated 14 August 2008