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GFI ( is committed to safeguarding your privacy online.


Please read the following policy to understand how your personal information will be treated as you make full use of our many offerings. This policy may change from time to time so please check back periodically. This policy will let you know:


What personally identifiable information does GFI ( collect from me?


GFI ( collects information in several ways from different parts of our network of web sites.


Some personal information is gathered when you register. During registration, GFI ( asks for your name, email address, birth date, gender, zip code, occupation, industry and personal interests. The more information you volunteer (and the more accurate it is), the better we are able to customize your experience. Once you register you are no longer anonymous to GFI (! - you are given a GFI ("s Member ID and are able to take full advantage of GFI ("s many offerings.


In addition to registration we may ask you for personal information at other times, including (but not limited to) when you enter a sweepstakes, contest or promotion sponsored by GFI ( and/or our many partners; when you make a purchase using GFI ( Online Shopping; Classified ad; when you submit a listing for a web site; and when you report a problem with one of our sites or services. If you contact GFI (! we may keep a record of that correspondence. GFI ( also occasionally asks users to complete surveys that we use for research purposes. Wherever GFI ( collects personal information we make an effort to include a link to this Privacy Policy on that page.


How does GFI ( use my information?


GFI ("s primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you, the user, with a customized experience on our shopping mall. This includes personalization services, interactive communications, online shopping and many other types of services, most of which are completely free to you. In order to provide services free of charge, we display advertisements. By knowing a little about you, GFI ( is able to deliver more relevant advertisements and content, and hence better service, to you.



In our role of delivering targeted advertisements, GFI ( plays the middleman. Advertisers give us an advertisement and tell us the type of audience they want to reach (for example, females over 25 years old). GFI ( takes the advertisement and displays it to users meeting that criteria. In this process, the advertiser never has access to individual account information. Only GFI ( has access to individuals" accounts. This kind of advertisement targeting is done with banner ads as well as promotional email through GFI ( Delivers. You will only receive special offers via email from GFI ( if you have indicated in your member ID preferences that you would like to receive them. You can change your account preferences at any time by email.



GFI ( does research on our users" demographics, interests, and behavior based on the information provided to us upon registration, during a promotion, from our server log files or from surveys. We do this to better understand and serve our users. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. GFI ( may share this aggregated data with advertisers or business partners.


Who is collecting information?


When you are on GFI ("s site and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with GFI ( alone, unless it is specifically stated otherwise. For example, some GFI ("s services, like GFI ( Free Gift, are offered in conjunction with a partner company. In order to provide this co-branded service to you, it is necessary for us to share your personal information with our partner company. If data is being collected and/or maintained by any company other than GFI (, you will be notified prior to the time of the data collection or transfer. If you do not want your data to be shared, you can choose not to allow the transfer by not using that particular service.


Promotions that run on GFI ( may be sponsored by companies other than GFI ( or may be co-sponsored by GFI ( and another company. Some or all data collected during a promotion may be shared with the sponsor. If data will be shared, you will be notified prior to the time of data collection or transfer. You can decide not to participate in the promotion if you don"t want your data to be shared.


Please be aware that GFI ( advertisers or web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. The information practices of those web sites linked to GFI ( are not covered by this privacy statement.


With whom does GFI (piggytiggy) share my information?


As a general rule, GFI ( will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information except when we have your permission or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it or under the circumstances described below. Please see the Terms of Service or Use Agreements for each of our products and services for more detailed information about how your personal information may be shared. The following describes some of the ways that your information may be disclosed.


Business Partners & Sponsors: GFI ( may disclose your personal information to business partners or sponsors, but this is specifically described to you prior to data collection or prior to transferring the data. Details of shared use can be found in specific Terms of Service or Use Agreements, and sweepstakes and promotions rules. Some or all data collected during a GFI ( promotion may be shared with a sponsor. If personally identifying data about you will be shared, we will tell you before we collect or transfer the data.


Many promotions offer opportunities to request additional information from sponsors. By requesting more information, you give GFI ( permission to transfer your personal information to the sponsor so they can fulfill your request. In many instances, only your email address will be shared. If more information will be shared with the sponsor, you will be notified prior to the transfer.


GFI ("s Stores & Shopping: If you make a purchase from a store hosted by GFI ("s Department, or a Store in GFI ( Shopping, the information obtained during your visit to those stores, and the information you give such as your credit card number and contact information, is only provided to the GFI ( This is to enable transactions to take place.


Store listed in GFI ( Shopping or site or in GFI ( Web Site have separate privacy and data collection practices. GFI ( has no responsibility or liability for these independent policies. For more information regarding the merchant, their store, and their privacy policies, return to that store"s home page and click on their Information link.


GFI ( & eBay Auctions: On the GFI ( & eBay Auction sites, we currently provide the information necessary to facilitate the auction transaction between the buyer and the seller.


From time to time, you may be offered the opportunity to receive materials or special offers from third parties. If you opt-in to receive information from these third parties, GFI ( will (with your permission) share your name and email address with them.


Third Party Data & Data in the Aggregate: Under confidentiality agreements, GFI ( may match user information with third party data. Also, GFI ( discloses aggregated user statistics (for example, 45% of our users are female) in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.


Other: GFI ( may also disclose account information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be violating GFI ("s Terms of Service or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) GFI ("s rights or property, other GFI ( users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities. GFI ( may disclose or access account information when we believe in good faith that the law requires it and for administrative and other purposes that we deem necessary to maintain, service, and improve our products and services.


What are my choices regarding collection, use, and distribution of my information?


GFI ( may, from time to time, send you email regarding our products and services. In addition, if you indicated upon registration that you are interested in receiving offers or information from GFI ( and our partners, we may occasionally send you direct mail about products and services that we feel may be of interest to you. Only GFI ( (or agents working on behalf of GFI ( and under confidentiality agreements) will send you these direct mailings and only if you indicated that you do not object to these offers. If you do not want to receive such mailings, simply tell us when you give us your personal information. Or, at any time you can easily cancel your GFI ( Member Information by email to us to no longer receive such offers and mailings.



On some types of GFI ( promotions, we will ask for your email address in order to update you on your score, entries, and status in prize drawings. When you participate in these types of promotions, you automatically receive promotion-related email, unless you choose the no-email option that some promotions offer. Occasionally these promotion-related email messages may include targeted advertisements.


You also have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. If you choose to reject all cookies you will be unable to use those GFI ( services that require registration in order to participate. These services include (but are not limited to): Auction, Free Email, Guest Book and Message Boards. You can still use GFI ( Shopping and GFI ( Auctions and many other GFI ( link to web sites even if you do not accept cookies.


GFI ( does not sell or rent user information to anyone. We will notify you at the time of data collection or transfer if your data will be shared with a third party and you will always have the option of not permitting the transfer. If you do not wish to allow your data to be shared, you can choose not to use a particular service or not to participate in certain promotions or contests.


What is GFI ("s policy on allowing me to update, correct, or delete my personally identifiable information?


You may cancel your GFI ( membership Information by email to us.


Your GFI ( account can be deleted or deactivated, but doing so will result in not being able to access any members-only area of the GFI ( Shopping Mall, including your GFI ("s member ID (if you have one). If you saved the confirmation email you received when your first registration member ID, you can use the URL provided in that message to delete your account at any time. Please contact for further instructions about deleting or deactivating your GFI ("s member account. Residual information will remain within our archive records.


If you are participating in a GFI ( promotion and you wish to update your email address on the promotions mailing list or to quit a promotion and cease receiving promotion-related email, please contact


How does GFI ( protect my personal information?


Keeping your personal information private is vitally important to us. As with all information, GFI ( will never rent or sell your personal financial or health-related information. This includes information kept in GFI ( Portfolio.


Knowing that you use certain services or features may help us to offer you better and more relevant content and advertisements. But as with all personally identifiable information, we do not make this available to any third parties without your permission. Any user statistics that we may provide to prospective advertisers or partners regarding financial product or service usage on GFI ( are provided in the aggregate only and do not include any personally identifiable information about any individual user.


Please note that there are several places on the GFI ("s shopping mall where you can transmit credit card information in order to complete a purchase transaction or for verification purposes. Any time we ask for a credit card number we transmit that credit card number in an encrypted format. We use industry-standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.


What security precautions are in place to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?


Your GFI ( member Information are password-protected so that you and only you have access to this personal information. You may edit your GFI ( Member Information by email or refill the membership application form again.


We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. GFI ( will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or in an unsolicited email. Also remember to sign out of your GFI ( Member ID and close your browser window when you have finished your work. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe.


As a global company GFI ( has international sites and users all over the world. When you give GFI ( personal information, that information may be sent electronically to servers outside of the country where you originally entered the information, such as to the USA or other countries. In addition, that information may be used, stored and processed outside of the country where you entered that information. Whenever GFI ( handles personal information as described above, regardless of where this occurs, GFI ( takes steps to ensure that your information is treated securely and in accordance with the relevant Terms of Service and this Privacy Policy.


Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, GFI ( cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.


What else should I know about my privacy?


Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example on message boards, through email, or in chat areas - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.


Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online.


Additional Information


Questions regarding this statement should be directed to If you do not receive acknowledgement or if your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should contact us.