The privacy practices of this statement apply to our services available under the domain and subdomains of www.uShip.com (the "Site") owned and operated by uShip, Inc (“uShip”, “we”, “our”, “us”).
If you are a California resident, please see our CCPA Notice for California Residents regarding your rights under the California Consumer Protection Act of 2018 (“CCPA”), as amended by the California Privacy Rights Act of 2020 ("CPRA"), and other California privacy laws (collectively, “California Privacy Laws”).
Personal Data we collect
In general, you can browse the Site without providing us any personal information about yourself. You don’t have to create an account to use some of the uShip services, such as viewing public uShip profiles or public listings. However even when browsing, uShip may receive some personal information from you, like the device you’re using and your IP address.
In order to use most services or features on the Site, you must first complete the registration form and create a username and password. During the registration process, you are required to give contact information such as name, address, phone number, and email address. Note, once you agree to provide us with personal information, you are no longer anonymous to us.
If you choose to use our services, we may require you to provide contact and identity information, billing information, and other personal information as indicated on the forms throughout the Site. Under some circumstances we may require some additional financial information. Where possible, we indicate which fields are required and which are optional. You always have the option to not provide information by choosing not to use a particular service or feature.
If you choose to list, quote, or match on the Site, we collect information about your activity and behavior. We also collect other users’ comments about you in our feedback area.
Additionally, as part of the registration process, uShip allows members registering as a service provider the option to submit certain commercial information such as a commercial service provider’s license number, DOT number, Motor Carrier (MC) number, and/or any other authority a service provider chooses to include. It is up to each member individually to provide this information. uShip will not validate this information but will allow uShip’s 3rd party partners, SaferWatch and SaferWatch CertData, provided by Assure Assist, to access this information in order to obtain relevant information such as authority, insurance coverages and other business information as provided in FMCSA records and other information sources.
Only service providers that submit such commercial, identifying information on the uShip site will be eligible to be officially SaferWatch Monitored, which is signified by a seal on the member profile. This seal and all other public information that a service provider submits can be viewed by other members on the member’s profile page under the About Me section. At any point in time a service provider can choose to opt out of the 3rd party SaferWatch verification program from their uShip account within the edit profile section.
If you choose to post messages on our community discussion forums, Shipment Listing Q&A boards, or leave feedback for other members, we will collect that information you provide to us. We retain this information as necessary to resolve disputes, provide customer support and troubleshoot problems as permitted by law. See “Community Discussion Forums” section below.
If you send us personal correspondence, such as emails or letters, or if other users or third parties send us correspondence about your activities or postings on the Site, we may collect such information into a file specific to you.
From time-to-time we may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on the Site. If you choose to participate, we will request certain personal information, including your email address, from you. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information and demographic information. We will not share the personal information you provide through a contest or survey with other third parties unless we give you prior notice and choice.
If you choose to opt-in, uShip may contact you and deliver via text (SMS) messages or push notifications, transactional information, administrative notices, operational, promotional, or marketing notifications and offers, and other communications relevant to your use of the uShip platform as necessary for our legitimate interests in proper communication and engagement with our Users, and in promoting the uShip platform. Your agreement to receive recurring operational, marketing, or promotional text messages is not a condition of any purchase or use of the platform.
Receiving operational, promotional, or marketing text (SMS) messages from uShip is completely voluntary and you may opt out at any time. To opt out of receiving text messages from uShip, you can reply STOP to any text message you receive or contact uShip Member Support. If you would like more information about our text message policy, or how to opt out, please review uShip’s SMS Policy. You may continue to receive text messages for a short period while we process your request, and you may also receive text messages confirming the receipt of your opt-out request. Message and data rates may apply.
As is true of most Web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.
We track trends in users’ usage and volume statistics to create a more efficient and usable site, and to determine areas of the site that could be improved to enhance the user experience.
Log files are used on the website, and in any link to the website from an email.
Technologies such as: cookies and similar technologies are used by uShip and our marketing partners, affiliates, and customer support and fraud prevention service providers. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis.
We partner with third parties to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partners may use technologies such as cookies and similar technologies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here (or if located in the European Union click here). Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.
How we use your personal data
We collect and use your data principally for the following purposes:
- Provide services and features that are most likely to meet your needs and facilitate the services you request
- Customize your experience and the content, products, and services offered to you
- Verify the accuracy of your name, address, and other information
- Bill you for your use of our services and collect fees owed
- Provide support for your transactions, products, and services you use
- Assist you to resolve disputes
- Comply with legal requirements
- Inform you about online and offline offers, products, services, and updates
- Provide targeted advertising, including the use of re-targeting technology
- Measure consumer interest in our products and services
- Detect and protect us against error, fraud, and other criminal activity and enforce our User Agreement
- Look across multiple users to identify problems or resolve disputes and identify users using multiple usernames or aliases
- Compare and review your personal information for errors, omissions, and accuracy
- Conduct internal research on our users’ demographics, interest, and behavior to better understand, protect, and serve you and our community
- Improve our marketing and promotional efforts, analyze site usage, improve our content and product offerings, and customize the Site's content, layout, and services
- Collect personal information on behalf of our payment processors in order to meet compliance obligations, such as Know Your Customer.
Information Sharing and Disclosure
As a matter of policy, we do not sell, rent or share any of your personal information, including your email address, to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent. The profile you create on the Site will be publicly accessible unless otherwise indicated. You may change the privacy settings of your profile through your account portal. However, the following describes some of the ways that your personal information may be disclosed in the normal scope of business to provide our services.
uShip Community: Your uShip username is displayed throughout the Site and is therefore available to the public. All of your activities on the Site will be identifiable to your username. Other people can see your quotes, shipments you have listed, your feedback rating and associated comments, your postings on the site, and so on. Therefore, if you associate your name with your username, the people you have revealed your name to will be able to personally identify your uShip activities. If you are involved in a transaction, we have features that allow parties to the transaction to view your email address and obtain your contact information to help complete the transaction. Further, we may send out notices to you or other community members regarding suspicious activity or policy violations on the site. Additionally, we may share your written correspondence, including emails to the other party to your transaction as part of the dispute resolutions process. To request removal of your personal information from the uShip community, contact us at our contact information found below. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
Frames: Some of our pages utilize framing techniques to serve content to you from our partners while preserving the look and feel of our site. Please be aware that you are providing your personal information to these third parties and not to http://www.uship.com.
Legal Requests: uShip cooperates with law enforcement inquiries, as well as other third parties to enforce laws, such as: intellectual property rights, fraud and other rights, to help protect you and the uShip community from bad actors. Therefore, in response to a verified request by law enforcement or other government officials relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity, we can (and you authorize us to) disclose your name, city, state, telephone number, email address, user history, fraud complaints, and quoting and listing history without a subpoena. Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our ability to keep the community free from bad actors, we will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement or other government officials without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to: prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss; or report suspected illegal activity.
We collect your location-based information for the purpose of locating a place that you may be searching for in your area. We will only share this information with our mapping provider for the sole purpose of providing you this service. You may opt-out of location based services at any time by editing the setting at the device level or by emailing us at privacy@uShip.com.
Communications from the Site
We will occasionally send you information on products, services, special deals, and promotions, as well as a newsletter. You are signed up for these emails at registration and you may unsubscribe at any time by going to your account tab and opting out of the emails, or by following the directions to unsubscribe in the email.
Out of respect for your privacy, we provide you a way to unsubscribe from each of these communications when we ask for it. If you no longer wish to receive our newsletter and promotional communications, you may opt-out of receiving them by following the instructions included in each newsletter or communication or by emailing us at privacy@uShip.com.
You will be notified when your personal information is collected by any third party that is not our agent/service provider, so you can make an informed choice as to whether or not to share your information with that party.
We will send you strictly service-related announcements on rare occasions when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email. Generally, you may not opt-out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account.
Based upon the personal information you provide us, we will send you a welcoming email to verify your email address, username and password. We will also communicate with you in response to your inquiries, to provide the services you request, and to manage your account. Email is the primary means of communication between members doing transactions on the site and you must be able to receive this information to use uShip properly.
uShip may use your mobile phone number to send recurring text (SMS) messages to you in order to provide you notifications about our Services, for operational, promotional, or marketing purposes (with your consent where required by applicable law), and to administer the uShip platform. If you would like more information about our text message policy, or how to opt out, please review uShip’s SMS Policy. Standard message rates may apply for all text messages sent by or to uShip. Please contact your mobile phone service provider for details. uShip may also message you via push notifications (with your consent where required by applicable law), which you can opt-out of on your mobile device. Standard data rates may apply.
Links to Other Sites
Community Discussion Forums
If you use a bulletin board on the Site, you should be aware that any personal information, including your email address, you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums. All other information pertaining to the collection and use of information can be found in the Discussion Forum rules. To request removal of your personal information from the uShip community, contact us at privacy@uShip.com. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.
We display personal testimonials of satisfied customers on our site in addition to other endorsements. We may post your testimonial along with your first name and last initial. If you wish to update or delete your testimonial, you can contact us at privacy@uShip.com.
Social Media Connections & Features
Access to Personal Information
Upon request we will provide you with information about whether we hold, or process on behalf of a third party, any of your personal information. You may request this information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your request within 30 days.
If you are a registered user, you may correct or rectify your data at any time. We provide you with tools to access, correct, delete or modify the personal data you provided to us through your member Account page or by contacting our Customer Operations team at uShip Member Support.
If you no longer desire to use our service you can deactivate your account at any time by making the change on your member Account page or by contacting by contacting our Customer Operations team at uShip Member Support. You can also manage your privacy settings by accessing your Communication Preferences through your Member Account page.
If you deactivate your account, or request that your account be deactivated please keep in mind that search engines may still retain copies of your public information in line with their retention policies. You will need to contact those 3rd parties directly to remove your information.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements until any and all compliance obligations are met.
The security of your personal information is important to us. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number) on our registration or order forms, we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL).
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information, including your email address, submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
International Privacy Laws
Data Privacy Framework (DPF): EU-US. DPF and the UK Extension to the EU-US. DPF
uShip is responsible for the processing of personal data it receives and subsequently transfers to third parties acting as an agent on our behalf. We ensure an adequate level of protection for all onward transfers of personal data from the EU and the United Kingdom, including the onward transfer liability provisions, by way of the Standard Contractual Clauses, contract, or other legal act.
With respect to the EU-U.S. DPF Principles and the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. DPF, we are subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (the “DOT”). In certain situations, we may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third party dispute resolution provider (free of charge) at the TRUSTe Feedback and Resolution System, located at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.
Under certain conditions, more fully described on the Data Privacy Framework (DPF) program website, https://www.dataprivacyframework.gov/, you may have the option to invoke binding arbitration when other dispute resolution procedures have been exhausted.
In the event uShip goes through a business transition, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, your personal information, including your email address, will likely be among the assets transferred. You will be notified via email of any such change in ownership or control of your personal information.
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If you are located in the EEA, and you believe that we have not been able to assist you with your complaint or concern about our use of your information, you have the right to contact your local supervisory authority with your concerns.
Last Revised Date: August 16, 2023