Our Commitment to Privacy
The Information We Collect and How We Use It
Because of our commitment to privacy and our understanding of the necessity for confidentiality in buying and selling businesses, Advent of Time strives to collect as little personally identifiable information as possible from its users. However, for some of our services, such as listing a business for sale or creating a buyer account in order to access confidential business information for sale, we may need to collect some personally identifiable information from you in order to deliver these services to you. The types of personal information collected at these pages are described in the sections below.
We do not collect any personally identifiable information from you while you use services such as our business-for-sale search. Any information entered in these search forms is not retained by Advent of Time.
The information we collect will not be used to create customer profiles based on browsing or purchasing history. We do not supplement information collected at our website with data from other sources, such as credit history to authorize purchases or marketing data from third parties.
We require your name, address, contact information and a valid email address to create a Buyer’s Account. For added security, we also request that you submit a password to be used in conjunction with your email address to sign on to your account. If you ever wish to change your email address or password, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To obtain confidential information on businesses listed for sale, we also require you to electronically sign a confidentiality agreement, co-broker agreement, and a buyer disclosure form. In some circumstances a personal financial statement will also be required.
The information you provide will remain confidential and will not be distributed to any outside parties, except as necessary to qualify your account to the owners of businesses you have requested information on.
If you wish to subscribe to our email notification service, we ask for the email address to which you want the new listings delivered and for brief information regarding the types of listings you are interested in receiving. You will be asked to provide a password to access this account in order to ensure the confidentiality of the information. Your email address always remains private and is not sold or supplied to any third parties.
To unsubscribe from our email notification system, simply return to the notifications preferences in your account and de-select all categories. After entering your account and deselecting your account notification preferences, you will not be notified by email for any new listings. (Note that Advent of Time may also delete your notification preferences if your email address no longer functions.)
If you are an outside broker, you will be required to electronically sign our co-broker agreement and be bound by its terms.
If you send an email to Advent of Time, we may use your return email address to answer your inquiry or comment. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties. On rare occasions, if ever, Advent of Time may send registered users an email announcement regarding a change in our service that affects their use of it.
Visitor Traffic Logs
Advent of Time automatically collects IP addresses and traffic information from visitors to our site. None of this is linked to personally identifiable information. This information is aggregated into statistics to help us evaluate how visitors prefer to use and navigate our website, including the number and frequency of visits to our web pages and the length of visits.
We may use aggregate traffic information to tell a partner or advertiser that X number of individuals visited their ad or a certain area on our website, but we do not disclose anything that could be used to identify any individual visitor.
We may disclose and use personally identifiable information in special circumstances when we believe, in good faith, that such release is reasonably necessary to (i) comply with law or court order, (ii) enforce or apply the terms of any of our user agreements, or (iii) protect the rights, property, or safety of Advent of Time, our users, or others.
All users of this website that receive information on businesses offered for sale on this website agree to all of the terms and conditions detailed in our confidentiality agreement.
Our Commitment to Data Security
To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
When our account creation and profile forms asks users to enter sensitive information, that information is encrypted and is protected with the most accepted web encryption protocol in the industry – SSL. Your personal information cannot be read as it travels to our database system.
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information in-house. Access to our users’ information is restricted to only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our brokers or a customer service representative). Furthermore, all employees and brokers are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices.
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Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy
Advent of Time believes that protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. No part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13, and Advent of Time never collects or maintains information at our website from those we know are under 13.
How to Access or Correct Your Information
You can access any information in your posting by going to the area of the site where you submitted the information, and follow the instructions to view, change or delete the information. To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps through means such as passwords to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
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