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Gauge Privacy Policy

Protecting your privacy and security is a top priority at
Certain personal information is required such as accurate contact information (so everyone knows who they are dealing with) and financial information (to process financial transactions, such as credit card numbers).  Financial and contact information is used to bill the user for services and to facilitate the payment and collection of accounts due.  Contact information will be used to contact users when required.  Other than to facilitate and complete business initiated on, contact and financial information is not shared with any third party.


We don't share or sell your information.

The only contact information shared with any other Buyer or Seller on this site is what you choose to show on your barrel purchasing information page.  We do not sell, rent or share any of your personal information with any other party.

We use a 128-bit SSL secure server.
All Seller registration takes place through's Registration Module.   All of your personal information is entered through SSL connections using 128-bit encryption. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and it encrypts all data between the browser you are using on your computer and our secure server.  When you login, you do so through our secure server, (always look for the little locked padlock, bottom right corner of your browser to confirm your connection is secure).  Everything you do while you are logged in is through our 128-bit encrypted SSL secure server.  What does this mean?  128-bit encryption is the current standard for secure internet transactions including credit card and financial transactions.  It means that it would be EXTREMELY DIFFICULT for anyone outside our system to view anything you are doing while you are logged in to our secure server.  This is the same top-level security technology used by financial institutions to safeguard your bank account and credit card information.

Check to make sure your browser supports 128-bit encryption. (click help on your browsers menu bar, then about browser)
The following browsers are supporting 128-bit encryption:

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There are three types of information about you that we use.

The first is personal information, which we just covered.  The second is the transactional data we store including your correspondence with Buyers or Sellers and price negotiation data. This information is stored for the use of the parties involved in the transaction for 60 days after a sale becomes final and then, for your privacy, is deleted.

The third type of information we use is called aggregated data. The term "aggregated data" refers to general information regarding visitors and users of the Site that relates to use of the Site, e.g., traffic patterns, number of visits to certain pages, visits from other web sites or to third-party web sites linked to the Site, use of particular services and interest in services, information or features of the Site or other parties made available through or found at the Site. is interested in improving the Site and may develop and offer new features and services. We monitor aggregated data regarding use of the Site for marketing purposes and to study, improve and promote use of the Site. In connection with such purposes, may share aggregated data with third parties collectively and in an anonymous way. Disclosure of aggregated data does not reveal personal information about individual Site users in any way that identifies who they are or how to contact them. has two exceptions to these limits on use of personal information:
(1) may monitor and, when we believe in good faith that disclosure is required, disclose information to protect the security, property, assets and/or rights of from unauthorized use, or misuse, of the Site or anything found at the Site.
(2) may disclose information when required by law; however, only to the extent necessary and in a manner that seeks to maintain the privacy of the individual. uses cookies. To enable features at the Site, may assign one or more "cookies" to your Internet browser. Cookies, among other things, speed navigation through our Site, keep track of information so that you may not have to re-enter it each time you visit our Site, and may provide you with customized content. A cookie is an Internet mechanism composed of a small text file containing a unique identification number that permits a web server to send small pieces of information or text by means of your browser and place them on your computer's hard drive for storage. This text lets the web server know if you have previously visited the web page. Cookies by themselves cannot be used to find out the identity of any user.

We use cookies to collect and maintain aggregated data (such as the number of visitors) to help us see which areas are most popular with our users and improve and update the content on our site. We do not connect aggregated data to any name, address, or other identifying information. may provide links to a number of other web sites that we believe might offer you useful information and services. However, those sites may not follow the same privacy policies as Therefore, we are not responsible for the privacy policies or the actions of any third parties, including without limitation, any web site owners whose sites may be reached through this Site, nor can we control the activities of those web sites. We urge you to contact the relevant parties controlling these sites or accessing their on-line policies for the relevant information about their data collection practices before submitting any personal information or other sensitive data.

What information is not secure?
E-mail communication to and from our site is not secure unless clearly noted otherwise. This is a risk inherent in the use of e-mail. Please be aware of this when requesting information or sending information to us by e-mail.

Use of the Site signifies your consent, as well as the consent of the company for whom you use the Site and whose information you submit (if any), to this on-line Privacy & Security Policy, including the collection and use of information by, as described in this statement, and also signifies agreement to the terms of use for the Site. Continued access and use of the Site without acceptance of the terms of this Privacy & Security Policy relieves from responsibility to the user. reserves the right to change this Privacy & Security Policy at any time; notice of changes will be published on this page. Changes will always be prospective, not retroactive.


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