Your Privacy at iGolder
"We treasure your privacy like gold"
All your transactions at iGolder are private and confidential. We do not disclose any particulars or details unless compelled to do so by
a court order of competent jurisdiction regarding a
criminal activity, or if we
believe in good faith that the disclosure of personal information is necessary
to prevent a criminal activity, or to investigate violations of our
Account Agreement. In the case of a
criminal investigation, the law enforcement agency must strictly abide by our
criminal procedure rules. We
do not comply with fishing expeditions, where a government agency may ask for
account information without a court order of proper jurisdiction.
iGolder respects your privacy.
We keep your name and address private and confidential - we will use your name and address
only to send you a
6-digit PIN when you decide to upgrade your account to become a
Member. We will never share or query a third party database for validating your name and/or address.
We will never sell, rent, or share any of your personal
information to or with anyone. For instance, we use our in-house
mailing software to send our newsletter to make sure your email
address is never compromised. Also, there is absolutely no outsourcing of any member information to a third
party “help desk” vendor or an offshore facility. Our privacy goes beyond
protecting your personal information; we do not disclose aggregate
statistics, such as visitor demographics, transaction volumes and
how many members joined iGolder. We believe such statistics
are fun and entertaining; however, they represent a privacy and
Your Privacy as a Visitor
We consider ourselves to be privacy fanatics and we believe that distrusting
politicians and bureaucrats is a healthy habit. Since the
government and the ISPs collude to spy on us, we encrypt
all our pages using the strongest encryption available.
ISPs receives billions of taxpayer's money for spying on us,
sharing our private information with bureaucrats, all acting in
their self-interests and craving for more taxpayer's money.
It is very likely your ISP records every website your visit, every
web page URL you read, every email you send and receive, and how
much time you spend on each activity. By encrypting
all pages at iGolder.com, your ISP will not be able to know which URL
you visited on our website. For instance, you may have spent
your time watching an educational video in our multimedia section,
or listened to an MP3 interview in our audio section, downloaded
an eBook about gold, visited our online directory, made a
transaction with someone else, or just verified your balance.
Because all our network packets are encrypted, your ISP can
only record the IP address with the date & time
the network packet was transmitted. This information is
almost useless because many websites may share the same IP address,
thus making the recording of the IP address an unreliable method
for spying Internet activity. Also, a brief visit to iGolder can
easily generate thousands of network packets, making it very
expensive for the ISP to log the IP address of every network
packet. As an extra precaution, we will make sure our IP
address changes often, rendering the ISP logs almost meaningless
and extremely difficult to analyze. In the end, spying is all about economics: the
spying agents are trying to maximize their return on investment,
and the more expensive it is to spy on citizens, the lower the
incentive to continue spying. Spying stops when it becomes
more expensive than the benefits it provides.
Of course, encrypting every bit of information requires more
processing, however the benefits are worth the extra cost of a more
powerful server and a minuscule additional bandwidth.
Encryption also protects your privacy from third party
organizations compiling visitor statistics. Websites such as
Quantcast.com purchase logs
from ISPs to determine top keywords driving traffic and compute visitor
demographics by gender, age, education and income. Many
websites love to brag about their visitors, especially regarding
education and income, however we prefer to keep a low profile and
to fly under the radar.
Privacy of Your Email Address
iGolder offers you the option to keep your email address private. Each
sub-account has a field to enter an
alias or nickname for doing business. Also, our
messaging allows our members to communicate among each other without revealing their
Privacy of Your Feedback Reputation
iGolder maintains a feedback reputation for each member.
Most of the feedback reputation, such as the number of ratings and feedback
comments, is kept private with the option of disclosure to another member or
on your public profile. However, your
Karma value is always displayed
next to your alias.
Cookies are necessary for maintaining a session when you login to iGolder.
Without cookies, all pages would be static and you would not be able to view
to optionally remember your login name so you do not have to re-enter it
each time you visit iGolder. However, for security reasons, we never store
your password in a cookie.
In order to combat fraud, we have to record everything from your
IP address to
your transaction history. We retain such information for five years in case of a
No Third Party Statistics
Because of privacy concerns, we do not use any third party tools to compile
visitor statistics. Instead, we use our own in-house software to
analyze our logs and compile statistics about the popularity of our web
pages so that we can improve our website according to the preferences of our members.
We take great care to keep your private information safe and
secure. We use encryption before writing sensitive
information to disk and we archive our encrypted logs to a secret
remote server. We keep at minimum the amount of data we
retain on the main server iGolder.com, thus reducing the incentive
to steal private data, and reducing potential damages in case the
database is stolen. Also, keeping a lean database gives a
great performance boon.
iGolder goes the extra mile and implements numerous
to protect your account from unauthorized access. We
encourage you to read our Security Features
to realize how much we care about keeping your account secure.