Privacy statement

YOUR PRIVACY
The Gift Basket of Topsail Island Inc (owners of tideandweather.com and Topsail Island Trading Co.) knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. This notice describes our privacy policy.

What Personal Information About Customers Does TideandWeather.com, TopsailGiftBasket.com and TopsailTrading.com Gather?

The information we learn from customers helps us personalize and continually improve your shopping experience. Here are the types of information we gather:

  • Information You Give Us:
    We receive and store any information you enter on our Web site or give us in any other way. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features. We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, customizing future shopping for you, improving our stores, and communicating with you.
  • Automatic Information:
    We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many Web sites, we use "cookies," and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses our site. A number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit Web sites anonymously. Although we will not be able to provide you with a personalized experience at our site if we cannot recognize you, we want you to be aware that these tools exist.

What About "Cookies"
Like other online stores, we sometimes create and place small text files on your hard drive known as cookies. These files contain no personal information. They do, however, help identify you when you visit our store. Such features as remembering your name and address, shipping information, etc, help make the ordering process faster and easier for you. While this information is stored within our database, it is not transmitted over the Internet nor is it stored on your computer. The cookie simply refrences this information automatically.

Financial Information
To complete a transaction, you must supply us with financial information to complete payment for the items you order. This is commonly a credit card account number. This information is only exchanged through a secure, encrypted area of our Web site. This encrypted information cannot be read or stolen in a manner that is usable by others.

While you may receive certain warnings about security from your Web browser, let us assure you that the connection is indeed secure and encrypted using state-of-the-art technology.

The financial information you give is only used to complete the transaction. Your financial information is not shared or given away to anyone outside our company. Of course, your account number is submitted to our merchant provider in order to complete the transaction.

Children
TideandWeather.com, TopsailGiftBasket.com and TopsailTrading.com does not sell to children under the age of 18 years. In order to purchase items from our Web site, you must be at least 18 years old.

Automatic Information
Examples of the information we collect and analyze include the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet; login; e-mail address; password; computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, and platform; purchase history; the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through, and from our Web site, including date and time; cookie number; products you viewed or searched for.

This information is used primarily to obtain customer patterns and the use of our site. We use this information to provide you with products and features in the future, and to improve our site and customer satisfaction.

IN ALL INSTANCES OF THE INFORMATION YOU GIVE US AND THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT, WE DO NOT SHARE, SELL, MAKE AVAILABLE, RENDER, OR OTHERWISE GIVE TO ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY, OTHER THAN THE INFORMATION VITAL TO COMPLETING A FINANCIAL TRANSACTION.