Vindale Research collects user-submitted information including name, email address, and age to verify new accounts and send notifications regarding Vindale Research's services. Vindale Research collects additional optional data that is included in member profiles. This data includes but is not limited to: occupation, interests, school affiliations, gender, and address.
We also collect non-personally identifiable information including IP address and browser type to help run the site more efficiently.Use of information members submit to Vindale Research
Email addresses are used to send notifications related to the service(s) the user has signed up for, as a confirmation when a Vindale Research member has requested to add another member as a friend, and to invite new friends to join Vindale Research. A user may choose to stop receiving email notifications from Vindale Research at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email. When the user sends email or other communication to Vindale Research, Vindale Research may retain those communications in order to process the user's inquiries, respond to the user's requests and improve Vindale Research's services.
Vindale Research provides members with the opportunity to upload a self-portrait and/or a testimonial of our service. We will not sell, share or publish your personally identifiable information, but reserve the right to use your first name, last initial, city and state for our testimonials. If you would like to your self-portrait and/or testimonial to remain confidential, please express your intention clearly when you submit your self-portrait and/or testimonial. The specific use of your personal information will be defined at the point of collection. Should Vindale Research wish to change anything regarding the use of your personal information, a prominent notice will be displayed on this website. If you want your testimonial removed please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vindale Research offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that these are public forums and any information you provide may be read, collected, and used by anyone, including non-members and third-party hosting services. Commenters may register anonymously. However, be aware that if a commenter posts something in violation of our terms, we may remove the comment, and if the comment violates US law, we may be required to disclose the commenter's contact information. 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. 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.Social Media (Features) and Widgets
Vindale Research uses your IP address and browser type for the general administration of the website. Demographic information you provide such as age, postal code, gender and country of residence may be used to target surveys, advertisements and special offers. In cases where advertisements are being displayed by a third-party, non-personally identifiable information may be passed to the third-party to allow for targeting.Sharing of collected information with third parties
Except in cases where members are expressly informed otherwise, Vindale Research does not sell, rent, share, trade or give away any of your personal information unless required by law to do so. In certain circumstances, Vindale Research may share profile information and aggregate usage information in a non-personally identifiable fashion to advertisers or other third parties for the purpose of delivering more targeted advertising, products and services to members. In these instances Vindale Research will only disclose information that will be used to personally identify you if you grant permission through an opt-in process. Vindale Research reserves the right to transfer personal information to a successor in interest that acquires rights to that information as a result of the sale of Vindale Research or substantially all of its assets to that successor in interest.Communications to Non-members
Members can update their information at any time by logging in to Vindale Research and editing their information. The user may also request a copy of the personal information Vindale Research has on record for their account by sending a self-addressed., stamped envelope to the following address:
Attn: User Privacy
243 Fifth Avenue, Suite 541
New York, NY 10016
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you services 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.Legal Disclosure
We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.Security
All Vindale Research member accounts are password-protected. Vindale Research goes to great lengths to protect the information our members have provided us. Our entire site is protected using information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). Access to this information is limited to only the employees who need it in order to perform their job function (e.g. Customer Service Representatives). Please note that while Vindale Research employs the best commercially reasonable measures of security, we do not guarantee account security. Hardware/software failure, unauthorized access, and other factors may lead to a breach in Vindale Research security. Should you have any questions regarding this, please contact us.
We follow generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information 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.Email choice/opt-out
Should a member of Vindale Research wish to stop receiving notification emails from the site, or cancel their membership to the site altogether, they can log on and make the required changes to their account profile, under "email preferences". There are also instructions on how to opt out of receiving future emails included at the bottom of every email sent from Vindale Research. Vindale Research will honor all requests for cancellation, and you will not receive any more emails within 10 business days of your request.
Requests for opting out of receiving emails or account cancellation may also be sent by mail or over the phone. Vindale Research will honor these requests within 10 business days. All such requests are considered final and the user will not receive any further emails from Vindale Research unless explicit permission is granted at a later date.Third party advertising
We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page prior to the changes taking effect.California Online Privacy Protection Act
Under California law, individual customers who reside in California and have provided personal information to Vindale Research may request information about our disclosing of certain categories of personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes. These requests must be submitted to email@example.com. Within 45 days of receiving such a request, Vindale Research will provide a list of the types of information disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes during the immediately preceding calendar year and the names and addresses of those parties.
Individual customers who reside in California may also choose to opt out of providing information to third parties for direct marketing purposes by canceling their account at any time.
Attn: User Privacy
243 Fifth Avenue, Suite 541
New York, NY 10016
LAST UPDATED 09/06/2012