Privacy Policy | Mechanic Advisor



ThisPrivacy Policy was last updated on October 17th, 2013.



Our Policy:


Welcome to the web site (the “Site”) of Mechanic Advisor, Inc.(“Mechanic Advisor”, “we”, “us” and/or“our”). This Site is operated by Mechanic Advisor and has been created toprovide information about our Mechanic Advisor and to provide an onlineinformation service (the “MechanicAdvisor Services”) to our Site visitors (“you”, “your”). This PrivacyPolicy sets forth Mechanic Advisor’s policy with respect to informationincluding personally identifiable data (“Personal Data”) and otherinformation that is collected from Site visitors.


Information We Collect:


Whenyou interact with us through the Site, we may collect Personal Data and otherinformation from you, as further described below:


            PersonalData That You Provide Through the Site: We collect Personal Data from you when youvoluntarily provide such information, such as when you contact us withinquiries, respond to one of our surveys, register for access to the MechanicAdvisor Services or use certain Mechanic Advisor Services. Wherever MechanicAdvisor collects Personal Data we make an effort to provide a link to thisPrivacy Policy.


By voluntarily providing us withPersonal Data, you are consenting to our use of it in accordance with thisPrivacy Policy. If you provide Personal Data to this Site, you acknowledge andagree that such Personal Data may be transferred from your current location tothe offices and servers of Mechanic Advisor and the authorized third partiesreferred to herein located in the United States.




                        Non-Identifiable Data: Whenyou interact with Mechanic Advisor through the Site, we receive and storecertain personally non-identifiable information. Such information, which iscollected passively using various technologies, cannot presently be used tospecifically identify you. Mechanic Advisor may store such information itselfor such information may be included in databases owned and maintained by MechanicAdvisor affiliates, agents or service providers. This Site may use suchinformation and pool it with other information to track, for example, the totalnumber of visitors to our Site, the number of visitors to each page of ourSite, and the domain names of our visitors' Internet service providers. It isimportant to note that no Personal Data is available or used in thisprocess. 


            Inoperating this Site, we may use a technology called "cookies." Acookie is a piece of information that the computer that hosts our Site gives toyour browser when you access the Site. Our cookies help provide additionalfunctionality to the Site and help us analyze Site usage more accurately. Forinstance, our Site may set a cookie on your browser that allows you to accessthe Site without needing to remember and then enter a password more than onceduring a visit to the Site. In all cases in which we use cookies, we will notcollect Personal Data except with your permission. On most web browsers, youwill find a “help” section on the toolbar. Please refer to this section forinformation on how to receive notification when you are receiving a new cookieand how to turn cookies off. We recommend that you leave cookies turned onbecause they allow you to take advantage of some of the Site’s features.


            In addition, thisSite enables the use of the Adobe Flash Player. Adobe’s Flash Player is used bythe vast majority of websites that offer video and other interactive content.By default, your use of the Adobe Flash Player generates “flash cookies” (alsoknown as “persistent identification elements” or “local shared objects”). TheAdobe Flash Player (and similar applications) use flash cookies to rememberuser settings, preferences and usage similar to the browser cookies referencedabove. You can disable, delete and control the degree to which you accept flashcookies by accessing your Adobe Flash Player management tools directly throughthe settings manager for Adobe Flash. If you do not allow flash cookies to takeany disc space on your computer, you may not be able to take advantage of orparticipate in certain features on this Site. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies, flash cookies, andsimilar files by Mechanic Advisor only and does not cover the use of cookies,flash cookies, and similar files by any third-party advertisers or websiteslinked to this Site.


                        AggregatedPersonal Data: In an ongoing effort to better understand and serve theusers of the Mechanic Advisor Services, Mechanic Advisor often conductsresearch on its customer demographics, interests and behavior based on thePersonal Data and other information provided to us. This research may becompiled and analyzed on an aggregate basis, and Mechanic Advisor may sharethis aggregate data with its affiliates, agents and business partners. Thisaggregate information does not identify you personally. Mechanic Advisor mayalso disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe our services tocurrent and prospective business partners, and to other third parties for otherlawful purposes.


Our Use of Your Personal Data and Other Information:


MechanicAdvisor uses the Personal Data you provide in a manner that is consistent withthis Privacy Policy. If you provide Personal Data for a certain reason, we mayuse the Personal Data in connection with the reason for which it was provided.For instance, if you contact us by e-mail, we will use the Personal Data youprovide to answer your question or resolve your problem. Also, if you providePersonal Data in order to obtain access to the Mechanic Advisor Services, wewill use your Personal Data to provide you with access to such services and tomonitor your use of such services. Mechanic Advisor and its subsidiaries andaffiliates (the “Mechanic Advisor Related Companies”) may also use yourPersonal Data and other personally non-identifiable information collected throughthe Site to help us improve the content and functionality of the Site, tobetter understand our users and to improve the Mechanic Advisor Services. MechanicAdvisor and its affiliates may use this information to contact you in thefuture to tell you about services we believe will be of interest to you. If wedo so, each communication we send you will contain instructions permitting youto "opt-out" of receiving future communications. In addition, if atany time you wish not to receive any future communications or you wish to haveyour name deleted from our mailing lists, please contact us as indicated below.


If Mechanic Advisor intends on usingany Personal Data in any manner that is not consistent with this PrivacyPolicy, you will be informed of such anticipated use prior to or at the time atwhich the Personal Data is collected.


Our Disclosure of Your Personal Data and Other Information:


MechanicAdvisor is not in the business of selling your information. We consider thisinformation to be a vital part of our relationship with you. There are,however, certain circumstances in which we may share your Personal Data withcertain third parties without further notice to you, as set forth below:


            BusinessTransfers: As we develop our business, we might sell or buy businessesor assets. In the event of a corporate sale, merger, reorganization,dissolution or similar event, Personal Data may be part of the transferredassets. 


            RelatedCompanies: We may also share your PersonalData with our Related Companies for purposes consistent with this PrivacyPolicy.


            Agents, Consultants and Related ThirdParties: Mechanic Advisor, like many businesses, sometimes hiresother companies to perform certain business-related functions. Examples of suchfunctions include mailing information, maintaining databases and processingpayments. When we employ another company to perform a function of this nature,we only provide them with the information that they need to perform theirspecific function.         


            LegalRequirements: Mechanic Advisor may disclose yourPersonal Data if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that suchaction is necessary to (i) comply with a legal obligation, (ii) protect anddefend the rights or property of Mechanic Advisor, (iii) act in urgentcircumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Site or thepublic, or (iv) protect against legal liability.


Your Choices:


You can use the Site without providingany Personal Data. If you choose not to provide any Personal Data, you may notbe able to use certain Mechanic Advisor Services.




This Privacy Policy does not apply toany Personal Data collected by Mechanic Advisor other than Personal Datacollected through the Site. This Privacy Policy shall not apply to anyunsolicited information you provide to Mechanic Advisor through this Site orthrough any other means. This includes, but is not limited to, informationposted to any public areas of the Site, such as bulletin boards (collectively,“Public Areas”), any ideas for new products or modifications to existingproducts, and other unsolicited submissions (collectively, “UnsolicitedInformation”). All Unsolicited Information shall be deemed to benon-confidential and Mechanic Advisor shall be free to reproduce, use,disclose, and distribute such Unsolicited Information to others withoutlimitation or attribution.




Mechanic Advisor does not knowinglycollect Personal Data from children under the age of 13. If you are under theage of 13, please do not submit any Personal Data through the Site. Weencourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internetusage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their childrennever to provide Personal Data on this Site without their permission. If youhave reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided PersonalData to Mechanic Advisor through this Site, please contact us, and we willendeavor to delete that information from our databases.


Links toOther Web Sites: 


This Privacy Policy applies only to theSite. This Site may contain links to other web sites not operated or controlledby Mechanic Advisor (the “Third Party Sites”). The policies and procedures wedescribed here do not apply to the Third Party Sites. The links from this Sitedo not imply that Mechanic Advisor endorses or has reviewed the Third PartySites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on theirprivacy policies.




Mechanic Advisor takes reasonable stepsto protect the Personal Data provided via the Site from loss, misuse, andunauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. However, noInternet or e-mail transmission is ever fully secure or error free. Inparticular, e-mail sent to or from this Site may not be secure. Therefore, youshould take special care in deciding what information you send to us viae-mail. Please keep this in mind when disclosing any Personal Data to MechanicAdvisor via the Internet.


OtherTerms and Conditions:


Your access to and use of this Site issubject to the Terms of Use.


Changesto Mechanic Advisor’s Privacy Policy:


The Site and our business may changefrom time to time. As a result, at times it may be necessary for MechanicAdvisor to make changes to this Privacy Policy. Mechanic Advisor reserves theright to update or modify this Privacy Policy at any time and from time to timewithout prior notice. Please review this policy periodically, and especiallybefore you provide any Personal Data. This Privacy Policy was last updated onthe date indicated above. Your continued use of the Site after any changes orrevisions to this Privacy Policy shall indicate your agreement with the termsof such revised Privacy Policy.


Accessto Information; Contacting Mechanic Advisor:


Tokeep your Personal Data accurate, current, and complete, please contact us asspecified below. We will take reasonable steps to update or correct PersonalData in our possession that you have previously submitted via this Site.


Please also feel free to contact us ifyou have any questions about Mechanic Advisor’s Privacy Policy or theinformation practices of this Site.


You may contact us as follows: 11Elkins Street, Suite # 420, Boston, MA 02127


Your California Privacy Rights:


ApplicableCalifornia privacy legislation permits visitors who are California residents torequest certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information tothird parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request toaccess such information, please contact us as follows: 11Elkins Street, Suite # 420, Boston, MA 02127. Within thirty (30) days of receiving such a request, wewill provide a list of the categories of personal information disclosed tothird parties for third-party direct marketing purposes during the immediatelypreceding calendar year, along with the names and addresses of these thirdparties. This request may be made no more than once per calendar year. We reserveour right not to respond to requests submitted other than to the addressspecified in this paragraph.

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