Privacy Policy

Last Revised: January 1, 2019

Our Privacy Policy

This privacy policy describes how Uncle Ed’s Oil Shoppes (“Uncle Ed’s,” “we” or “us”) collects, uses, shares and protects the personal information that we collect through the www.UncleEdsOil.com website (“site”). We value the privacy of our website visitors and do not sell or share your individually identifiable information with any organization outside of Uncle Ed’s and its affiliates, except under the conditions noted below.

How We Collect Information

Information provided by your web browser

This website provides information about our stores and the products we sell. You do not need to provide us with any personal information if you simply want to browse through our website and learn more about our stores, our products and our services. Like many other websites, we may record information that your web browser routinely shares, such as your browser type, browser language, software and hardware attributes, the date and time of your visit, the website from which you came, the geographical location of the Internet Protocol address and the pages on this site that you visit. This will generally be anonymous data that we collect on an aggregate basis. We will not try to associate anonymous data with your personally identifiable data.

Personal information that you provide

We may collect individually identifiable information that you choose to provide to us on a voluntary basis. When we ask for your personal information, it is so that we can provide a product or service to you and communicate with you about those products and services. For example, you can purchase products or services on our website, register to participate in the Uncle Ed’s Rewards Program, apply for a job, or participate in surveys or contests that we may run from time to time. You can also send us messages through the “contact us” feature of this website. It will always be your choice whether to provide your personal information in order to take advantage of these features. The information that we collect may include your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and payment information.

We may also offer certain social networking features on this website, such as the opportunity to post comments or opinions about our products and services. If you choose to submit your comments or opinions, keep in mind that these will be available to the general public and are not subject to any privacy.

Use of Cookies and Similar Technology

As is commonly done on websites, we may use cookies and similar technology to keep track of our users and the services they have elected. A “cookie” is a small text file containing alphanumeric characters that is stored on your computer and uniquely identifies your browser. If you are simply browsing on our website, the cookies that we use last only about as long as your session on our website; but if you have created a user name and account, we will also use cookies that remain on your computer between visits so that when you return to our site we can remember who you are and your preferences. For example, we may use cookies to keep track of items that you might wish to store in your on-line shopping cart between visits. We may allow business partners who provide services to our site to place cookies on your computer that assist us in analyzing usage data. We do not allow these business partners to collect your personal information from our website except as may be necessary for the services that they provide. We do not partner with or have any special relationships with any ad server companies and do not allow third-party advertisements on our website.

You can manage cookies. For example, you can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is set. If you disable cookies, however, it may interfere with the functionality of our site and you may not be able to use all of the site’s features.

What We Do With the information We Collect

We will generally use the information that we collect to provide requested services, to monitor and analyze visitor activity on our website, and to communicate with our customers. The following provides a more specific discussion of our uses and disclosures of the information that we collect.

Your contact and other personal information

When you provide us with your contact information, we will use that information to provide services related to this website. For example, if you make a purchase on our site, we will use your e-mail address to confirm the purchase or report on the status of your order. If you apply for a job, we will submit your application to our Human Resources department, which may contact your references, perform a background check and arrange for an interview. If you submit a question, someone in our customer relations department will respond.

We maintain a database about our customers and website users that allows us to (i) analyze and monitor consumer and customer activity, (ii) promote and support our products and services, and (iii) develop a knowledge base regarding our web site users and customers. For example, we may use your e-mail address to send you messages about our services and the promotions that we run from time to time. We may combine the individually identifiable information that we collect from this website with information collected through the Uncle Ed’s Rewards Program.

Payment for services

If you purchase any products or services through this website, we use a payment contractor such as PayPal to securely collect and process your credit card information. We do not collect or retain any of your credit card information. For information about our payment contractor’s privacy practices, please visit the payment contractor’s privacy policy.

Information shared with our business partners

To improve the products and services offered, we may use business partners to help us design and operate our website or provide other services to support the site. For example, we may hire a company to run certain website applications, help us fulfill orders, process credit card payments, or help us analyze our data. When we use business partners, it will generally be on terms that prohibit them from making any independent commercial use of individually identifiable information, from sharing such data with third parties or from making the data publicly available.

Statistical analyses of data

We use Google Analytics to help us gather statistical information about the visitors to our site and how they use the site on an anonymous, aggregate basis but will not associate this data with personally identifiable data. We use this information to gain a better understanding of the visitors to our site and to improve our website and product offerings. We reserve the right to license or sell aggregate information about the visitors to our website, but this information will not be individually identifiable. If you would like to learn more about Google Analytics, please click here.

Business operations, law enforcement and legal actions

We may release your information without prior notice when we believe it is appropriate to prevent fraud; to comply with law or to cooperate with law enforcement activity or other governmental request; to respond to subpoenas, court orders or administrative agency requests for information; to enforce our policies; to protect the rights, property and safety of our business and of others; or when required or otherwise permitted by law. For example, we may share information with law enforcement if we suspect that someone is using or attempting to use site for illegal reasons. If there is a sale or merger of the company, division or business unit that operates this site, we may also transfer the information we have collected in connection with such sale or merger.

We will use the information we collect to continuously improve our business and our website development. Your comments and suggestions about our website development are always appreciated. Please send us a message at CustomerServ@Uncle-Eds.com if you have any comments or questions.

Third Party Websites

This site may contain links to other websites operated by companies that are not affiliated with us. Also, you may have come to this website from a website that is not operated by us. We are not responsible for the operation of these other sites or the information that they collect from their visitors. If you would like to know how another site collects and uses your information, please review its privacy policy.

Accessing or Correcting Your Information

Upon request, we provide visitors with access to the information that we maintain about them. You can request access to your information by sending a request to CustomerServ@Uncle-Eds.com. You can also use this e-mail address to report to us any changes to your information. You may also contact us by telephone or U.S. Mail using the contact information at the end of this policy.

Opting Out of Future Communications

When we send you a marketing or promotional email about our services, the message will always include a link that you can click on to unsubscribe from future messages. You can also let us know that you do not wish to receive marketing and promotional messages by sending your request to CustomerServ@UncleEds.com, or by calling or mailing your request using the contact information at the end of this policy. If you unsubscribe from our marketing and promotional messages, you will still receive messages relating to any transactions that you enter into on our site or in response to any inquiries that you send to our Customer Service department.

If you have provided us with your telephone number, we may contact you by telephone with information about new products and services. If you do not wish to receive such calls, then please also contact us at CustomerServ@Uncle-Eds.com, or by calling or mailing your request using the contact information at the end of this policy. Please include your name and telephone number in your request.

How We Protect Your Data

We use commercially reasonable means to protect the integrity of our website and limit access to your personally identifiable information. For example, if you purchase any products or services on our site, our payment processor will use a secure connection to obtain your payment information and will follow Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards in the handling of your credit card information. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a legitimate need to use the information. You must also do your part. If you have set up a user name and profile, you should be sure to protect your user ID and password to prevent others from being able to access the site in your name.

Data Integrity and Retention

We use the information that we collect about you only for the purposes for which it is collected and consistent with this policy. We keep information provided to us for as long as we believe necessary for our business purposes and as permitted by applicable law.

Changes to This Policy

Our business and the laws that regulate us change from time to time, and we reserve the right to change this policy. If we do change this policy, we will post the revised version on this site. If we propose to change our policy in a way that would permit us to make additional uses of information that we had previously collected about you, we will provide you with a meaningful way to opt out of those additional uses.

Children

This site is not directed to individuals under the age of 13 and we do not knowingly collect information about children under the age of 13. If you are under the age of thirteen, please do not register and do not submit your personal information. If you are a parent who believes that we have collected information about a child under age 13, please contact us at CustomerServ@Uncle-Eds.com with your child's name and address, and we will be happy to delete the information we have about your child from our records and provide information in accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

This Policy is an Agreement

When you visit this site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. The laws of Michigan and the United States will govern any disputes arising out of your visit to our website, including any issues relating to our privacy practices.

Contacting Us

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about our policies or practices. You may reach us by e-mail at CustomerServ@Uncle-Eds.com, by telephone at (269) 968-9307, or by U.S. postal service at 2515 Capital Avenue S.W., Battle Creek, MI 49015.

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