Privacy and Cookie Policy

This Privacy Policy sets forth the privacy practices carried out with respect to information accessible to Distinctive Designs International, Inc. ("Distinctive Designs") by your use of the www.distinctivedesigns.com website or the www.distdesigns.com website.   If you do not agree to all the terms, conditions, and practices set forth below, do not access this site or any of its pages.   Use of this website or any of its functions is an acceptance of the terms, conditions, and practices described in this Website Privacy Policy and in the Terms and Conditions. Users of this website should understand that this is a business-to-business site, and that because of the potential presence of sensitive information and the concomitant need for confirmation of identity, data obtainable by this site will be used to verify identities to the fullest extent possible. Anonymous access to this site is prohibited.

1. Information Collection and Use 
The www.distinctivedesigns.com website is intended to be a valuable business-to-business tool. In order to fulfill this mission, the website is designed to be capable of collecting certain information about persons who access the site or attempt to use its account functions, just as "caller ID" is used in call tracking.   Types of information that are or may be collected by the site are non-exhaustively set forth below.   Distinctive Designs is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. To the extent that Distinctive Designs provides access to this information to others, the parameters for disclosure are disclosed in this statement. Distinctive Designs collects information from our users at several different points on our website. This Section 1 sets forth the types and sources of data collected, along with some specific uses of each type of data. Additional uses of data are described in Section 2. 

a. Registration and Applications 
In order to use this website, a user must first complete the registration form and agree to the Terms and Conditions and this Website Privacy Policy. During registration a user is required to give verifiable business contact and identity information, just as we require potential business customers to provide verifiable information prior to engaging in or moving toward opening accounts or allowing transactions by fax, market order, sales representation interaction or other non-digital means. This information is used to establish the identity of account holders and will be retained.   The information will, where possible, be confirmed by such methods as may be available to Distinctive Designs from time to time, including those listed in the remainder of this Section 1. If you submit an application for a product or service to us through our site, Distinctive Designs will collect and retain the content of the application that Distinctive Designs receives, the email address from which it is sent, and our response. 

b. Electronic Mail and Forms 
Transmission of email sent to us through our site using our customer service web forms is secure; email otherwise sent by the Internet (to customerservice@distdesigns.com or to another distdesigns.com or distinctivedesigns.com email address) may not be secure.   Please be aware that when you receive a receipt acknowledging your email, it means that the message has been routed into the Internet, and not that the message has been received by us.   Distinctive Designs will retain the content of any customer service web form or email that Distinctive Designs receives, the email address from which it is sent, and our response. 

c. Search Engine 
When a user performs a search on a search engine within the distinctivedesigns.com domain, Distinctive Designs may collect information regarding the search query, topic, and identity of the user. As necessary to provide service, Distinctive Designs also may record information for every search request and use that information to solve technical problems with the service and to calculate overall usage statistics. 

d. Orders and Purchases 
Distinctive Designs requests information from the user on order forms and financial applications. Here a user must provide identity information, contact data, shipping addresses, and financial information (like credit card number, expiration date). This information is used for billing purposes and to fill customer's orders. If Distinctive Designs has trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with the user. 

e. Cookies 
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. This site employs cookies, but will not use cookies to obtain data from your hard drive or knowingly to obtain confidential or sensitive information. Users can set their browsers or third party software to reject cookies. If a user rejects the cookie, they may be unable to use portions of our site. Cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our users, to enhance the experience on our site, and to retain items in your shopping cart from visit to visit within such time limits as may be set by Distinctive Designs from time to time. Some of our business partners and advertisers may use cookies on our site.   We have no access to or control over these cookies. 

f. Log Files 
We use IP addresses and web server log files to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. Because this is a business-to-business site containing sensitive information, one of the most important functions of this type of information is to enable us to verify identities and information provided during registration or elsewhere.   Additionally, due to the sensitive nature of some of the business information that may be available on the site, we may use this information from time to time to police the site for unregistered users (but Distinctive Designs undertakes no obligation to do so). Information of this type may be combined with cookies or other sources of information for these purposes. Through the use of web server log files, any or all of the following information may be accessed, collected, analyzed, and stored during or after your visits to our site: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, Aol.com if you are connecting from an America Online account); the date and time you access our website; the pages that you visit on our site and the sequence in which you visit them; the amount of time that you spend on any given page of our site; the Internet address of the website that you visited immediately before visiting our website; the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site, if any; the Internet address of the site that you visit immediately after leaving our site; the type of operating system on your computer; the type of browser that you are using to view the site. 

g. Newsletter 
If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletter, we ask for contact information such as name and email address. 

h. Surveys & Contests 
If you submit information in response to surveys or for entry into contests, your submission is completely voluntary and any information submitted may be used for any of the purposes in Section 2. 

2. Internal Use 
Distinctive Designs will use the information obtainable from the website for editorial and feedback purposes and for the following purposes. 

a.   Marketing 
Distinctive Designs will provide information from the sources listed in Section 1 to its in-house and independent sales representatives. Distinctive Designs will also use the information for marketing and promotional purposes, for a statistical analysis of visitors' behavior, for product development, to inform advertisers as to how many visitors have seen or clicked on their advertisements, to target markets and to formulate its own proprietary business strategies and plans. Any information that you actively supply to us, such as names, postal and email addresses, and phone numbers may be added to our databases and used by us to contact you regarding site updates, and new products and services. 

b. Sales 
Where completion of a sale or shipment requires the use of information, such as credit card information, shipping addresses, and contact persons, Distinctive Designs will use the information to the extent necessary. 

c. Web Development and Enhancement 
Distinctive Designs uses the data collected to analyze trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use, to monitor or to improve the use and satisfaction of this site, and to customize, upgrade, or configure the layout and content of the site. 

d.   Site Security 
Because this is primarily a business-to-business website, one of the most important functions of the type of information we collect is to enable us to verify identities and information provided during registration, on order and inquires, or elsewhere.   Distinctive Designs will use the information obtainable, and will combine information from different sources as necessary, to verify and confirm such identities and information.   Additionally, due to the sensitive nature of some business information that may be available on the site, we will use this information from time to time to police the site for unregistered users.   Distinctive Designs' use of information for these purposes is within Distinctive Designs' sole discretion for its own benefit only, and no commitment is undertaken by Distinctive Designs hereby to regularly or effectively employ any information for these purposes. 

3.   Sharing 
a. General 
We will share aggregated demographic information with our partners and advertisers. This is not linked to any personal information that can identify any individual person. 

b. Transaction Requirements 
We use outside shipping companies to ship orders, outside credit reporting agencies to assess requests for credit, and outside credit card processing companies to bill users for goods and services. These companies do not to our knowledge retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any secondary purposes. 

c. Partnering 
We may from time to time partner with another party to provide specific services. When the user signs up for these services, we will share only the names and other information that is necessary for the third party to provide these services.   These parties are not allowed to use personally identifiable information except for the purpose of providing these services. 

4. Links 
This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that Distinctive Designs is not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites.   We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information.   This Website Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by this Website on the distinctivedesigns.com domain. 

5. Security 
This website takes precautions to protect our users' information. When a user submits sensitive information via the website, the information is protected both online and off-line, as set forth in this section.   All requests for financial and business sensitive information (to the extent such sensitivity is known), and all online responses in the normal course thereto are encrypted and protected with the SSL encryption software. You can confirm that pages are encrypted by viewing the lock icon on the bottom of most browsers.   We also take the same measures off-line to protect you financial and known business sensitive information as we use to protect our own such information.   Questions about the security at our website should be addressed by email tocustomerservice@distdesigns.com

6. Site and Service Updates 
We may from time to time send the user site and service announcement updates regarding such information as Privacy Policy and Terms of Use updates. 

7. Notification of Changes 
We will notify you of changes to the Website Privacy Policy by posting an updated policy on this page with a notification link to this page from the homepage, What's New Page, or Customer Service page. You agree that continued use of the Service is an acknowledgment and acceptance of any terms contained in this Website Privacy Policy, as it may be amended from time to time.

 

 

List of cookies we collect

The table below lists the cookies we collect and what information they store.

COOKIE nameCOOKIE Description
CART The association with your shopping cart.
CATEGORY_INFO Stores the category info on the page, that allows to display pages more quickly.
COMPARE The items that you have in the Compare Products list.
CUSTOMER An encrypted version of your customer id with the store.
CUSTOMER_AUTH An indicator if you are currently logged into the store.
CUSTOMER_INFO An encrypted version of the customer group you belong to.
CUSTOMER_SEGMENT_IDS Stores the Customer Segment ID
EXTERNAL_NO_CACHE A flag, which indicates whether caching is disabled or not.
FORM_KEY Stores form key used by page cache functionality.
FRONTEND Your session ID on the server.
GUEST-VIEW Allows guests to edit their orders.
LAST_CATEGORY The last category you visited.
LAST_PRODUCT The most recent product you have viewed.
NEWMESSAGE Indicates whether a new message has been received.
NO_CACHE Indicates whether it is allowed to use cache.
PERSISTENT_SHOPPING_CART A link to information about your cart and viewing history if you have asked the site.
RECENTLYCOMPARED The items that you have recently compared.
STF Information on products you have emailed to friends.
STORE The store view or language you have selected.
USER_ALLOWED_SAVE_COOKIE Indicates whether a customer allowed to use cookies.
VIEWED_PRODUCT_IDS The products that you have recently viewed.
WISHLIST An encrypted list of products added to your Wish List.
WISHLIST_CNT The number of items in your Wish List.
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