PRIVACY AND COOKIES POLICY
WE USE OUR OWN COOKIES AS WELL AS THIRD-PARTY COOKIES ON OUR WEBSITES TO ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE, ANALYZE OUR TRAFFIC, AND FOR SECURITY, MARKETING AND TO ENHANCE YOUR USER EXPERIENCE. BY CLICKING ANY LINK ON THIS WEBSITE YOU ARE GIVING YOUR CONSENT FOR US TO SET COOKIES.
We respect your concerns about privacy.
California law considers some of this activity to be a “sale” of personal data. To learn more and make choices about: "Do Not Sell My Personal Information," see this Privacy and Cookies Policy in its entirety.
This Private and Cookies Policy (“Private and Cookies Policy”) explain how information about you is collected, used, and disclosed by VC Network, LLC ("we" or "us"). This Privacy and Cookies Policy applies to information we collect when you use our website at https://VCNetwork.co and other online products and services that link to this Privacy and Cookies Policy, including our bounty program and other subscription services (collectively, the "VCNetwork Services"). Please read this Privacy and Cookies Policy carefully. By accessing or browsing our website, or using any of our Services, you confirm that you have read and understood this Privacy and Cookies Policy in its entirety.
VC Network, LLC operates VCNetwork.co. This Privacy and Cookies Policy describes VCNetwork’s use and sharing of Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”, which is defined as -your full name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, or credit card number) that “Members” or “Users” voluntarily provide to VCNetwork when they register (also known as “Registration PII”). The Term “User” refers to a Visitor or a Member. This Privacy and Cookies Policy applies to the services offered by VCNetwork, including any VCNetwork-branded URL (the “VCNetwork Website”), the VCNetwork instant messaging service, the VCNetwork application services and other features (for example, marketplace, music and video embedded players), VCNetwork mobile services, and any other features, content, or applications offered from time to time by VCNetwork in connection with the VCNetwork Website (collectively, the “VCNetwork Services”). The VCNetwork Services are hosted in the United States.
The VCNetwork Website is a general audience site and does not knowingly collect PII from children under 13 years of age.
From time to time VCNetwork may modify this Privacy and Cookies Policy to reflect industry initiatives or changes in the law, our PII collection and use practices, the features of the VCNetwork Services, or technology, and such modifications shall be effective upon posting by VCNetwork on the VCNetwork Website. Your continued use of the VCNetwork Services after VCNetwork posts a revised Privacy and Cookies Policy signifies your acceptance of the revised Privacy and Cookies Policy. It is therefore important that you review this Privacy and Cookies Policy regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes. If VCNetwork materially changes its practices regarding collection or use of your PII, your PII will continue to be governed by the Policy under which it was collected unless you have been provided notice, and have not objected to the change.
COLLECTION AND SUBMISSION OF PII AND NON-PII ON VCNETWORK
General: When VCNetwork collects PII from you because you are voluntarily submitting Registration PII to us in order to register as a Member of VCNetwork. VCNetwork may also collect PII from you if you choose to participate in VCNetwork Services activities like sweepstakes, contests, surveys, because you want us to furnish you with products, services, newsletters, or information, or in connection with content or suggestions you submit to VCNetwork for review.
In addition, VCNetwork collects other non-PII including IP address, aggregate user data, and browser type. This data is used to manage and improve the VCNetwork Services, track usage, and for security purposes.
VCNetwork Members may also choose to provide or store non-PII information in their profiles, including but not limited to date of birth, interests, hobbies, lifestyle choices, groups with whom they are affiliated (schools, companies), videos and/or pictures, private messages, bulletins or personal statements (collectively “Profile Information”). The Profile Information in a Member’s profile is provided at his or her sole discretion.
VCNetwork Members can change their Registration PII and Profile Information at any time and can control how Visitors, other Members and VCNetwork communicate with them by controlling their account settings, available within the “Edit Profile” portion of their VCNetwork profile.
ABOUT COOKIES ON THIS SITE
You can program your computer to warn you each time a cookie is being sent, block third party cookies or block all cookies. However, by blocking all cookies you may not have access to certain features on the VCNetwork Services.
CALIFORNIA PRIVACY NOTICE
California laws consider some of this activity to be a “sale” of personal data. To learn more and make choices, please thoroughly read this section.
If you are a California resident, you may make your Do Not Sell My Personal Information (DNS) request(s), please contact VCNetwork below. Before you do, we hope you will read this for additional context.
The advertising you see is critical to our ability to fund the high-quality content you expect. We strive to make this content and the advertisements you see, relevant, timely and inspiring. To help us do so, we use data to supplement the great work generated by our content creators.
This data does not typically identify you by name or other directly identifiable means. Rather, data about the content and advertising you view on this and our commonly branded sites, how you arrived at the sites, and your general location is added to unique online profiles about your browser and device maintained by us and third party advertising, social media and analytics businesses. This data is used by each of us to help understand how our sites are used, to personalize our content, and to tailor advertising on our sites and across the Internet to your perceived interests. You can read more in our Privacy and Cookies Policy.
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) considers the sharing of some of this data, particularly when used for the third-party’s commercial advertising purposes, to be a “SALE” of personal data even if no money is exchanged. If you want us to stop “selling” your data, please contact VCNetwork below. You can also read more about our “ABOUT COOKIES ON THIS SITE” to make specific choices about the data “sold” on the site by controlling which cookies load on your visit.
This California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) Privacy Notice (the “Privacy Notice”) describes VC Network, LLC’s privacy practices with respect to personal information we collect or obtain about California residents who are covered by the CCPA.
We maintain administrative, technical and physical safeguards designed to protect personal information against accidental, unlawful or unauthorized destruction, loss, alteration, access, disclosure or use.
This California Privacy Notice (“Notice”) is for California residents and this Privacy and Cookies Policy applies to you if you are a California resident who has not obtained or sought to obtain a product or service from VCNetwork.
When you visit VCNetwork’s websites, our Privacy and Cookies Policy also applies.
When we say “Personal Information” in this Notice, we mean information that identifies, relates to, describes, is reasonably capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked, directly or indirectly, with you. Personal Information does not include information that is aggregated or information that cannot be reasonably linked to you.
Contact VCNetwork: info@VCNetwork.co
NOTICE: VCNETWORK WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH NOTICE ABOUT ITS PII COLLECTION PRACTICES
When you voluntarily provide PII to VCNetwork, we will make sure you are informed about who is collecting the information, how and why the information is being collected and the types of uses VCNetwork will make of the information to the extent it is being used in a manner that differs from what is allowed pursuant to this Privacy and Cookies Policy.
At the time you provide your PII, VCNetwork will notify you of your options regarding our use of your PII. Except as described in this Privacy and Cookies Policy, VCNetwork will not share your PII with third parties unless you have given VCNetwork permission to do so.
VCNetwork Services may be linked to Internet sites operated by other companies. VCNetwork Services may also carry advertisements from other companies. VCNetwork is not responsible for the privacy practices of websites or other services operated by third parties that are linked to or integrated with the VCNetwork Services or for the privacy practices of third party Internet advertising companies. Once you leave VCNetwork Services via such a link, access a third party application (such as widgets) or click on an advertisement, you should check the applicable Privacy and Cookies Policy of the third party or advertiser site to determine, among other things, how they will handle any PII they collect from you.
Some of the advertisements that appear on VCNetwork Services may also be delivered to you by third party Internet advertising companies. These companies utilize certain technologies to deliver advertisements and marketing messages and to collect non-PII about your visit or use of VCNetwork Services, including information about the ads they display, via a cookie placed on your computer that reads your IP address.
Third party applications (such as widgets) created by third party developers may also be available on the VCNetwork Services. Third party applications are small bits of software, often with interactivity, that can be installed into Members’ profiles or shared with other Users. However, VCNetwork does not control the third party developers, and cannot dictate their actions. When a Member engages with a third party application, that Member is interacting with the third party developer, not with VCNetwork. VCNetwork encourages Members not to provide PII to the third party’s application unless the Member knows the party with whom it is interacting.
CHOICE: VCNETWORK WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH CHOICES ABOUT THE USE OF YOUR PII
Except as described in this Privacy and Cookies Policy, VCNetwork will get your permission before we use the PII you provide to us in a way that is inconsistent with the purpose for which it was submitted or share your PII with third parties that are not affiliated with VCNetwork.
USE: VCNETWORK'S USE OF PII
VCNetwork will only use the PII you provide under this Privacy and Cookies Policy in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy and Cookies Policy. If VCNetwork obtains PII from a third party, such as a business partner, our use of that information is also governed by this Privacy and Cookies Policy.
In order to locate other VCNetwork Members that you may already know in the physical world, VCNetwork allows Users to search for Members using Registration PII (i.e., full name or email address). VCNetwork also allows Users to browse for certain Profile Information in order to help connect with Members (i.e., schools and/or companies where Users may have attended or worked). VCNetwork may also enable Members to publicly display some Registration PII as an element of their Profile Information if they choose to do so via a profile setting under “Edit Profile.” The VCNetwork Search Engine or search engines in general may index the portion of a Member’s profile (including the Profile Information it contains) that is publicly displayed.
If you have consented to receive promotional materials (e.g., newsletters) or notifications from VCNetwork, VCNetwork may periodically use your email address to send you such materials related to the VCNetwork Services, as applicable. If you want to stop receiving such materials from VCNetwork, you can change your profile settings under “Account Settings,” or follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.
VCNetwork employees, agents and contractors must have a business reason to obtain access to your PII. VCNetwork may share your PII with those who help us manage or provide VCNetwork Services’ information activities (for example, message board administration, order fulfillment, statistical analyses, data processing), or with outside contractors, agents or sponsors who help us with the administration, judging and prize fulfillment aspects of contests, promotions and sweepstakes.
Outside contractors, agents or sponsors may temporarily store some information on their servers, but they may only use your PII to provide VCNetwork with a specific service and not for any other purpose. VCNetwork may also provide your PII to a third party in those instances where you have chosen to receive certain information and have been notified that the fulfillment of such a request requires the sharing of your PII. VCNetwork also may share your PII with Affiliated Companies if it has a business reason to do so.
As described in “Notice” above, VCNetwork may customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive on the VCNetwork Website, or may work with outside companies to do so. Your non-PII and/or Profile Information may be shared with these companies so this customization can be accomplished. VCNetwork prohibits these companies from sharing your non-PII and/or Profile Information with any third party or from using it for any other purpose. Anonymous click stream, number of page views calculated by pixel tags, and aggregated demographic information may also be shared with VCNetwork’s advertisers and business partners.
There may be instances when VCNetwork may access or disclose PII, Profile Information or non-PII without providing you a choice in order to: (i) protect or defend the legal rights or property of VCNetwork, our Affiliated Companies or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of Users of the VCNetwork Services or members of the public including acting in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with the law or legal process. In addition, if VCNetwork sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of all or a material part of its assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of its business, VCNetwork may transfer your PII to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.
When a Member who is located in the European Union chooses to post Profile Information that will be publicly disclosed, that Member is responsible for ensuring that such information conforms to all local data protection laws. VCNetwork is not responsible under the EU local data protection laws for Member-posted information.
SECURITY: VCNETWORK PROTECTS THE SECURITY OF PII
VCNetwork uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard PII and credit card information in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification. In addition, VCNetwork uses reasonable methods to make sure that PII is accurate, up-to-date and appropriately complete.
ACCESS, REMEDIES AND COMPLIANCE: HOW TO ACCESS, CORRECT OR CHANGE YOUR PREFERENCES REGARDING YOUR PII AND HOW TO CONTACT VCNETWORK ABOUT PRIVACY CONCERNS
Whenever possible, VCNetwork Members may review the Registration PII we maintain about them in our records. We will take reasonable steps to correct any PII a Member informs us is incorrect. If you are a Member, you can view and change your Registration PII, Member preferences and Profile Information by logging into your account and accessing features such as “Edit Profile” and “Account Settings.”
If you ask VCNetwork to stop using your PII, VCNetwork will honor that request while retaining any record of your PII that is necessary to comply with applicable federal, state or local law.
If you would like to communicate with us about this Privacy and Cookies Policy or VCNetwork’s collection and use of your PII, please use the Contact VCNetwork form on our Help site.