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Cookies and Web Beacons

Your privacy is very important to us. For more information on our privacy practices we encourage you to review the entire eBay Privacy Policy.

What are cookies?
"Cookies" are small files placed on the hard drive of your computer. eBay uses cookies to assist us in providing our services. Most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive once you end your session (that is, log out or close your browser). eBay uses cookies on certain pages of the Web site to: What are Web beacons?
A Web beacon is an electronic image, called a single-pixel (1 x1) or clear GIF placed in the web page code. eBay uses Web beacons for many of the same purposes as we use cookies. We also use Web beacons to track the traffic patterns of users from one page to another in order to increase our site traffic patterns. How eBay works with third parties about your information
eBay may use third parties to facilitate or outsource one or more aspects of the business, product and service operations that we provide to you. These third parties are subject to confidentiality agreements with eBay and other legal restrictions that prohibit their use of the information we provide them for any other purpose except to facilitate the specific outsourced eBay related operation. eBay does not permit any third parties we work with to collect personal information through the use of cookies or Web beacons. We regularly check our software to review that third parties we work with do not collect any personal information in ads via cookies or Web beacons. If you detect a cookie or Web beacon served by a third party that collects personal information, please report it to spam@ebay.com Special Notes: Cookies on eBay's discussion boards
Our third party service providers for eBay's discussion boards use session cookies to facilitate conversation threads and overall service functions. Cookies and Search
If you enter a search term like "red fire truck" on the eBay Search page, you will see a line in the source code that reads "kw=red fire truck". The search term becomes the keyword, which allows the code to search eBay for the search term. eBay's policy is that we do not serve up banner ads from non-eBay sellers that compete directly with the search term you enter unless it is a service not provided by other eBay sellers such as "car insurance." How eBay keeps your information secure
Your information is stored and processed on computers located in the United States. eBay uses procedural and technical safeguards, including firewalls, encryption, and Secure Socket Layers to protect your personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access and disclosure. We employ many different security techniques to safeguard such data from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the company. Your choices about cookies
We offer certain features that are only available through the use of a "cookie". You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, although in that case you may not be able to use certain features on the Web site and you may be required to reenter your password more frequently during a session. Learn how to set your browser to accept cookies.
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