WakeScout Privacy Policy

Effective: January 1, 2010

At WakeScout.com ("WakeScout") we appreciate your readership and value your personal privacy. We respect the personal nature of the information you provide us on our web site and acknowledge the importance of protecting this information. In adopting this privacy policy, our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using your personal information with your reasonable expectations of privacy. The policy may be revised or updated at any time and we encourage you to check back often to ensure that you are familiar with the most recent version and the terms of our policy. If you are a registered user on WakeScout, we will provide updates to this privacy policy by sending a notice to the e-mail address provided.


When does WakeScout collect my personal information? What personal information is collected?

You may provide personal information to WakeScout in the following ways: (1) by sharing your e-mail address and subscribing to e-mail newsletters or special offers, (2) by sharing personal information (such as name, street, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers) for “Connect on the Water” while seeking and/or offering pulls (rides), (3) by sharing personal images through the posting of photo(s) and/or video(s), or (4) by sharing personal information (such as name, street, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers, boat ownership, watersport disciplines you participate in) by registering, creating or updating an account. We may also ask for other information at other times but at no time will you be required to share any personal information to gain complete access to our site.

In addition to personal information, we may also collect information that is in no way personally identifiable. This may include the operating system you are working on, the internet browser you are using, the domain name of your internet service provider, and the web sites you visit directly before and after your visit to WakeScout. We also collect information in the form of the content that you submit in the course of your use of WakeScout (your "Content"), such as photos, reviews, and ratings of local businesses and service providers.

In the course of advertisements being served on WakeScout, third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your browser or use web beacons to collect information.


How does WakeScout use my personal information?

The more we know about you, the better we are able to customize our web site to suit your personal preferences and interests. The e-mail address you provide may be used by WakeScout for any reason, such as contacting you for editorial purposes or to advise you of any changes to our site. We may also from time to time send you messages about our marketing partners’ products. Registered users will have the opportunity to opt-in to receive the WakeScout newsletter, allow WakeScout to share your personal information with our affiliate and affinity marketing partners and receive special offers directly from our affiliate and affinity marketing partners.

To maintain a site that is free of charge and does not require registration, we display advertisements on our web site. We also use the information you give us to help our advertisers target the audience they want to reach. WakeScout will use its reasonable efforts to ensure no party other than WakeScout will have access to your personally identifiable information, and that you will not be contacted by any party other than WakeScout, without your prior approval. The only exceptions to the foregoing are that we may disclose personally identifiable information (i) in response to legal process, for example, in response to a court order or subpoena, (ii) in response to a law enforcement agency’s request, or where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take actions regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of another person, violations of our terms of use, or as otherwise required by law, or (iii) in the event we are acquired by or merge with another company.


How can I change my preferences to opt-in and opt-out of receiving the WakeScout newsletter, allowing WakeScout to share my personal information with WakeScout’s marketing partners or receiving special offers from WakeScout’s marketing partners?

You may opt-in and opt-out to receive e-mail messages and newsletters from WakeScout; allow WakeScout to share your personal information with WakeScout’s marketing partners ; receive special offers from WakeScout’s marketing partners, when you create a WakeScout account or by accessing the “Edit Your Account Details” link on your Account page. You may change your preferences at any time. WakeScout will use its reasonable efforts to ensure you are contacted only in a manner consistent with your stated preferences.

Non-personally identifiable information (such as stated above) may be shared in aggregate form with our advertisers or marketing partners but your personally identifiable information will never intentionally be disclosed to them.


Is there anything else I should know about my privacy and WakeScout?

Any information you disclose voluntarily on our comments pages or in any forums we may develop in the future becomes public information. We cannot control the actions of our site users and advise you to use your discretion in sharing information about yourself on the internet. All information sharing is optional and done so at your own risk. Privacy is a very personal matter and we encourage you to be careful and responsible when disclosing personal information online.

We also may disclose information about you and your use of this website if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to avoid liability, to comply with legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order, or to protect our rights and property, or that of our affiliates or the public. We are not required to question or contest the validity of any search warrant, subpoena or other similar governmental request that we receive.

Further, we may share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities or suspected fraud, or to enforce or apply the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

We also reserve the right to transfer information about you and your use of this website in the event of a transfer of ownership of WakeScout, such as an acquisition by or merger with another company. In such an event, WakeScout will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.


Information on businesses and organizations presented on WakeScout:

Information presented on WakeScout has been posted with the intention to provide as accurate information on businesses and organizations as possible. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to notify WakeScout of any inaccuracies, changes or additions required, as well as any desire to have any or all of their information removed from the site.


Terms and Modifications to this Privacy Policy

By using this website, you signify your agreement to the terms of our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with these terms, you should not use the site. WakeScout may modify this Privacy Policy at any time. If a material change is made to this Privacy Policy and/or the way we use our users' personally identifiable information, then we will post a prominent notice of the nature of such change on the first page of this Privacy Policy and also on our home page for a reasonable period of time after the change. You are responsible for reviewing this Privacy Policy periodically to ensure that you are aware of any changes to it. Your continued use of the site indicates your assent to any changes to this Privacy Policy.