Each time a visitor comes to a VU site, our servers collect some basic technical information, including the visitor’s ISP (e.g. AOL, Comcast, or AT&T), referring site (e.g. Google, Facebook, or Yahoo) and browser and platform type (e.g., a Safari browser on a Macintosh platform).
We also track visitors’ activity on our sites (i.e. how traffic flows within the VU sites) We may merge information about visitors and visits into group data, which may be shared on an aggregate basis with our advertisers.
However, we will not disclose your individual identity or personal data to any party.
When we do present information to outside companies it will be in an aggregate fashion, that will prevent the company from identifying you or contacting you.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as long as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
VU and cookies
We, or a data provider we have engaged, may place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser to enable you to receive customized ads, content or services. No personally identifiable information is placed into these cookies. The cookies may reflect de-identified demographic or other data linked to data you voluntarily have submitted to us, e.g., your email address, in hashed, non-human readable form. To opt-out of these cookies or learn more please go to http://aboutads.info/choices or http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
Additionally, emails we send may contain a bit of codeknown as a “web beacon.” This code allows us to understand the time and date of when a user has opened an email and when he/she has utilized a link within the email to visit a website. Our web beacons do not collect personally identifiable information. Users wishing to disable our web beacons should do so by turning images “off” in their email client (e.g., Outlook, Outlook Express). Please see your email client for more information.”
Other sites that place advertisements on our site, or which we may provide a link referencing an article that is available to view on VU, also have the ability to assign their cookies to you. VU does not have access or control over these third party cookies.
Cookies cannot be used to identify individuals, only machines. So these advertisers will not know who a visitor is, nor will they have any personally identifiable information about a visitor.
Clear Gifs (Web Beacons)
VU employs a software technology called clear gifs (a.k.a. Web Beacons), that help us better manage content on our site by informing us what content is effective. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We do not tie information gathered by clear gifs to our customers’ personally identifiable information.
We use clear gifs in our HTML-based emails to let us know which emails have been opened by recipients. This allows us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns. If you would like to opt-out of these emails, please see “Choice and Opt-out.”
Third Parties, with whom we partner to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity, use Flash cookies to collect and store information.
Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and manner in which data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash cookies.
VU News Alert feature
After signing up to receive a VU News Alert by e-mail, users will begin to receive a brief synopsis of current news events available on the VU site, delivered on a daily or weekly basis. Additionally users may receive other announcements from VU. We collect subscriber’s e-mail addresses in order to distribute the News Alerts and announcements and do not otherwise share them with other companies or partners. VU respects your right to the privacy of the personal information you provide us on our site. Unless you designate otherwise or we state otherwise in this policy or at the time information is collected, any personal information you provide will not be known to any other party except you and VU. This policy is intended to explain how your personal information is collected and how it will be treated.
Users can choose to unsubscribe from VU News Alerts at any time by following the unsubscribe procedures found in each e-mail.
Changing User Information
To update an e-mail address on the VU News Alerts list, follow the unsubscribe procedures found on the bottom of any VU e-mail.
From time to time, VU may sponsor polls or other events that require the collection, processing and storage of individual contact and demographic information (e.g., email address, state of residence) to be used for the event. VU may also co-sponsor these events along with other companies, in which case the user’s individual contact and demographic information is likely to be shared with these other participating sponsors. A registrant’s personal contact and demographic information will not be disclosed to third-party or non-participating organizations without the user’s prior consent, and VU will request that co-sponsors of such events uphold the privacy of the registrant’s information.
VU may from time to time conduct voluntary surveys of visitors to the site to obtain aggregate demographic information about them. Such information may be compiled and shared in the aggregate with advertisers and other third parties, but no personal details will be traceable or associated with specific individuals.
E-mail a Friend
If a user elects to use our “E-mail a Friend” service available on some news story and column, we ask him or her for the friend’s name and e-mail address. VU will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. VU does not store this information after the e-mail has been sent.
Other disclosure of personal information
Our Web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, contact us at email@example.com.
Unsubscribe and data removal policies
To unsubscribe from any of our email lists, please follow the procedures at the bottom of any VU email. To request the deletion of your personally identifiable information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VU contains many links to other sites on the Web. We cannot control and are not responsible for the privacy practices or content of such other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of these linked sites, because their privacy practices may differ from ours. This privacy statement applies only to information collected by this Web site.
Who can I ask if I have any additional questions?
If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first
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