1. How And When Does the VDBP Collect Non-Public Personal Information?
In the course of you using the Site, or any of the Services offered through it, we may collect and maintain certain nonpublic personal information that will help us to efficiently perform various tasks or transactions.
We do not collect personal information (such as names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses or credit card numbers) about you except when you specifically provide your information on a voluntary basis. Your personal information may be collected as you:
- Become a registered user of our services;
- Subscribe for products or Services that we may periodically make available;
- Participate in a special promotion or contest.
The information provided at the time of registration may be used for marketing and promotional purposes by VDBP, our affiliates, partners or other companies that have been prescreened by us. You may opt-out of the following services at any time: (1) receiving communications from VDBP about new features or services, and (2) receiving communications about offers from third-party companies that offer a product or service that we think would be of value to you. If you object to such use for any reason, you may stop that use by modifying your member information online. Information provided when purchasing other services or products offered by or through the Site may be used for marketing and promotional purposes and is subject to the opt-out process described on, or linked to, each order form provided to you in connection with your purchase of any such products or services.
2. How and When Does the VDBP Use Non-Public Personal Information?
VDBP will not disclose your personal information to third parties without your prior written consent. Your consent may take the form of an email, or by clicking on an “opt-in” button that we send to you, or in some other fashion that creates a written record of your consent.
VDBP may disclose information about any or all of its users in special cases, such as when we have a reasonable basis to believe that disclosing such information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to, or interference with (either intentionally or unintentionally) VDBP’s rights or property, other users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
In addition, VDBP may disclose user information to law enforcement agencies, judicial or governmental authorities, or to individuals or entities in response to subpoenas, court orders or other, legal processes issued by courts or governmental agencies having competent jurisdiction.
If you are a registered user of our Service, we may retain your information as long as you maintain your registered status. We occasionally purge our computer system of information relating to users and their past activities and transactions. In addition, we may purge your account information upon our determination that you have willfully violated any provision of our Terms of Service or if you otherwise have had extended periods of inactivity, at our sole discretion.
3. What Is “Aggregate Information” and What Does the VDBP Do With It?
Typically, as a user browses our website, or uses services offered through it, our computers automatically collect information related to how certain features of our services are used, what general region our users are contacting us from and how many people visit the Site and/or use our Services at any given time. We only use this information in the aggregate, which means that we only derive meaning from the sum of all such information gathered for a specified period of time. Accordingly, we refer to this information as “Aggregate Information”. Aggregate Information includes, but is not limited to, your computer’s (i) Internet browser type (ii) IP address, (iii) resolution settings, (iv) platform type, and (v) originating URLs of referring web pages. We use Aggregate Information to (a) help diagnose problems with our computers, (b) administer our website, (c) share certain generalized demographic information with our advertising partners, business partners, sponsors and other third parties, (d) provide our partners with information regarding which visitors saw and clicked on certain advertisements, all with the intent of delivering a better experience for you. Aggregate Information does not contain any personal information of any of our users.
4. Use of IP Addresses.
VDBP collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration, to report Aggregate Information to our advertising partners, business partners, sponsors and other third parties and to audit the use of our website. When users request pages from VDBP sites, our servers log the users’ IP addresses. We do not normally link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, which means that a user’s session will be logged, but the user remains anonymous to us. We can and will use IP addresses to identify a user when we feel it is necessary to enforce compliance with our Terms of Service or to protect our Service, our Site, advertising partners, business partners, sponsors and other third parties or other users.
Some services provided by or through VDBP, such as certain message boards, may display IP addresses along with the message poster’s name and message. Please review each service prior to use and only use those that disclose information you are comfortable with sharing.
5. What Are “Cookies” and How Does the VDBP Use Them?
You may occasionally get cookies from our advertisers. VDBP does not control these cookies. The use of advertising cookies sent by third-party servers is standard in the Internet industry.
6. Security Control
The importance of security for all personally identifiable information associated with our users is of utmost concern to us. We exercise great care in providing secure transmission of your information from your PC to our servers. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, VDBP can’t ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, or from our online products or services. Accordingly, you acknowledge that you are transmitting such information at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
Your Entrepreneur account is password protected, so that only you can access it and view the member information relevant to that account. We recommend that you do not divulge your password to anyone. VDBP will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or email. Ultimately, you are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password(s) and any account information.
Remember to log off and close your browser window when you have finished your session. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if your computer is accessible to others, or if you share a computer with someone else, or if you are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet café.