To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data integrity, and ensure the correct use of information, BBS has put in place physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect. For instance, credit card payment information is processed and protected by PayPal, Inc., our online payment services partner through use of a secure billing system. Both BBS and PayPal use various security measures to protect against unauthorized access to your credit card information including firewalls, encryption, and secure servers. Neither BBS nor PayPal use or voluntarily share credit card information for any purpose other than described herein.
Please be aware, however, that no Internet-based computer system can be considered 100% safe from intrusion. By accessing and using the Web Site, you understand and agree that BBS shall not be liable for any losses you may incur in the event your information is obtained by “hacking” or other nefarious means.
Cookies and IP Addresses
An Internet protocol (“IP”) address is a set of numbers that is automatically assigned to your computer when you access the Internet. Web servers identify your computer by the IP address assigned to it during your online session. BBS may use the IP addresses of our users to help diagnose problems with our servers and to administer the web site.
Please note that the e-mail sent via our Web Site is not encrypted and does not provide for completely secure and private communications. It is possible that any e-mail messages sent via our Web Site may be accessed and viewed by others without your knowledge and permission.
The Information We Collect
If you register to become a Blue Book Member, we will endeavor to collect information from you about your business, such as trade name, addresses, contact information, personnel names and background. All such information becomes a part of the BBS database which may be accessed by entities and individuals that utilize our services. Additionally, you may submit financial statements, accounts receivable information, and other information about other businesses and individuals, such as names, addresses, classifications, and your trading experience with these businesses or individuals. Similar information may be provided by others, members and non-members. BBS may use this business information to create or improve Products and Services (e.g., Business Reports) for sale to the public or to license the use of such information to a third-party business partners. BBS will not voluntarily disclose financial statements or the source of any accounts receivable or trade experience information you may provide without your permission except in those special instances described in the section titled Necessary Disclosures below. Similarly, BBS will not disclose any notes you may enter via the “Notes” functionality of BBS’s Products and Services without your permission, unless the disclosure is deemed necessary as explained below.
Members and non-Members may order certain BBS Products and Services online. When you place an order via our Web Site you will be required to provide personally identifiable information in connection with completing the Order Form. The requested information may include such data as your credit card information, your name, trade name, addresses, and telephone and fax numbers. Such information will be used by BBS and our third-party online payment services partner, PayPal, Inc., to complete your order, deliver the requested product or service, manage your account, provide customer service, and comply with legal and regulatory requirements. Neither BBS nor our third-party online payment services partner, PayPal, Inc., sells or voluntarily transfers this order information. (See sections on Necessary Disclosures and Data Security below.) BBS may, however, use order information to update and verify the information contained in our Databases (e.g., addresses), including information used to create Products and Services, and to conduct market research and analysis.
Access Codes & Non-Transferability of User Content and Configurations
BBS will not disclose, use, or voluntarily transfer access codes or credentials used to access the Web Site except as deemed necessary for testing and auditing purposes, and except in those special instances described below (see Section on Necessary Disclosures immediately below). Please be advised that access codes and any user content or configurations (e.g. user-entered notes or classifications, saved searches, or saved lists) will not be transferred to, or made accessible by, any other account, following a change in the employment status of an individual.
BBS may access and disclose any information we have collected in special instances when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who might be violating their legal obligations to BBS, or may be causing injury to or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) BBS’s rights or property, or other users of BBS’s Products or Services. BBS may also access and/or disclose any information when we believe in good faith that such access and disclosure is required by law or necessary to avoid liability.
Links To Other Web Sites
You may find links to other web sites on our Web Site. BBS provides such links for your convenience, however, we cannot guarantee that these web sites adhere to similar privacy standards.
Disclaimer of Liability
Under no circumstances shall BBS be liable for any damages, including, but not limited to, special, incidental, consequential or exemplary damages, that result from the use of our Products and Services, including this Web Site, even if BBS has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
Date of last modification: February 15, 2023