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Vera French Online Privacy Policy

 

Your Privacy is Important to Us

As a not-for-profit organization, our goal is to collect only the information about our users and their use of our website that will help us provide the best online experience possible. Our Online Privacy Policy describes how we use, share, and protect information that we collect from you online through our website and any other non-commercial websites or online services that we operate and that link to this Privacy Policy (collectively, the “Website”). Please read it carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

 

 

Collection of Information

You may be prompted to provide some or all of the following types of information in order to register, access various content or features, submit photos and other content, directly contact us with questions or feedback, or access other features of the Website:

  • Contact information, such as name or e-mail address;
  • User name and password;
  • Geo-location information;
  • Other demographic information, such as city, state, and zip code;
  • Communications preferences;
  • Search queries;
  • Comments and other information posted through interactive online features;
  • and Correspondence you send to us.

We also may collect certain information automatically when you use the Website, including:

  • Your browser type and operating system;
  • Your Internet Protocol (IP) address, which is the number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet and that can sometimes be used to derive your general geographic area (e.g., your zip code);
  • Sites you visited before and after visiting the Website;
  • Pages you view and links you click on within the Website;
  • Unique identifiers, including mobile device identification numbers that can identify the physical location of such devices in accordance with applicable law;
  • Information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies; Information about your interactions with video content, such as the type of content viewed, and information about your interactions with e-mail messages, such as the links clicked on and whether the messages were opened or forwarded;
  • and Standard server log information.

We may collect information about you from third-party sources. For example, we may receive information about you from third-party social media services when you choose to interact or connect with them through the Website.

Additionally, if you access third-party services, such as Facebook, Google, or Twitter, through the Website to login to the Website or to share information about your experience on the Website with others, these third-party services may be able to collect information about you, including information about your activity on the Website, and they may notify your connections on the third-party services about your use of the Website, in accordance with their own privacy policies.

 

 

Public Areas

Portions of the Website may allow you to enter text and information in open fields, such as comment sections and message boards. If you choose to participate in these public areas of the Website, please be aware that any information submitted through these areas can be read, collected, or used by other users. Please use caution in disclosing personal information in these areas. Although we may, in some instances, moderate public forums to keep their content appropriate for the forum’s intended audience, we are not responsible for the information you submit in these open forums and public areas or for other users’ actions with respect to that information.

 

 

Use of Information

We generally use the information that we collect about you to:

  • Fulfill your requests for services and information;
  • Enable you to participate in interactive features, such as comment boxes and forums;
  • Display content, sponsor information, and information about other services that you may be interested in;
  • Customize the content displayed when you use the Website;
  • Analyze use of the Website to understand and improve our service offerings, such as determining which pages are most popular, which browsers are most used, how long users spend on the Website, and which websites they come from;
  • Otherwise support the internal operations of the Website;
  • Prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities and enforce the Terms of Use;
  • and For any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect the information or pursuant to your consent.

We may aggregate your information with information about other users so that it no longer identifies and cannot reasonably be used to identify an individual person.

 

 

Disclosure of Information

We may share information that is collected from you in the following circumstances:

Authorized third-party service providers. We may share information with our third-party service providers to help us fulfill requests and perform various functions necessary to fully provide and improve the Website, including usage analytics, data processing, e-mail marketing, and account management.

Legal purposes. We may disclose information to respond to subpoenas, court orders, legal process, law enforcement requests, legal claims or government inquiries, and to protect and defend the rights, interests, property, safety, and security of Vera French, our website visitors/users, and/or the public.

With your consent. We otherwise may share your information with your consent.

We may share aggregated or anonymized information with third parties, including to help us develop content and services that we hope you will find of interest or to help these third parties develop their own products and service offerings.

 

 

Use of Cookies, Web Beacons, and Other Technologies

We may use cookies, web beacons, local shared objects, and other similar technologies to collect information about your use of the Website. Cookies are small bits of information that are stored by a computer’s web browser. Web beacons are very small images or small pieces of data embedded in images, also known as "pixel tags," “GIFs,” or "clear GIFs,” that can recognize cookies, the time and date a page is viewed, a description of the page where the pixel tag is placed, and similar information from a computer or device. Local shared objects (sometimes referred to as “Flash Cookies”) are similar to standard cookies except that they can be larger and are downloaded to a computer or mobile device by the Adobe Flash media player.

We use these technologies, for example, to help us recognize your browser as a previous user and save and remember any preferences that may have been set; to help us customize the content shown while you use the Website; to provide you with content customized to your interests and to understand whether users read e-mail messages and click on links contained within those messages so that we can deliver relevant content and offers; and to help measure and research the effectiveness of our Website, interactive online content, features, and other communications.

We may allow third parties to place and read their own cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect information through the Website. These third parties may collect information about a user’s online activities over time and across sites and services to, for example, help us with traffic measurement, research, and analytics and serve you more relevant advertising.

You may be able to refuse or disable cookies by adjusting your web browser settings. Because each web browser is different, please consult the instructions provided by your web browser (typically in the “help” section). Please note that you may need to take additional steps to refuse or disable some technologies including local shared objects. For example, local shared objects may be controlled through the instructions on Adobe’s Setting Manager page. If you choose to refuse, disable, or delete these technologies, some of the functionality of our Website may no longer be available to you.

Some web browsers may transmit "do-not-track" signals to websites the user visits, although web browsers incorporate and activate this functionality in different ways, and it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted. Consequently, we currently do not take action in response to these signals.

By using the Website, you consent to our use of cookies and similar technologies.

 

 

Protection of Information

We have adopted reasonable technical, administrative, and physical procedures to help protect your information from loss, misuse, and alteration. Please note that no data transmission or storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We want you to feel confident using the Website but we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us. We cannot guarantee that your Personal Information will never be disclosed in a manner inconsistent with this Privacy Policy (for example, as a result of unauthorized acts by third parties that violate applicable laws).

 

 

Third-Party Services, Content, and External Links

You may access third-party content through the Website and navigate to third-party sites and services from links on the Website. Whether the third-party content appears within our Website, or you leave our Website to view the content on another website, the third party is in control of and independently produces, maintains, and monitors the content and third-party sites. When you view third-party content that is made available through the Website or navigate to such third-party sites, you become subject to the third party’s terms of use and privacy policies. You should review the privacy policies of these third-party sites for their policies and practices regarding the collection and use of your information as their policies may differ from ours. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of third parties. We provide these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors.

 

 

International Users

Information collected through the Website may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which we or our service providers maintain facilities. We may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information, across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions. If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction. By using the Website and providing us with information directly or indirectly, you consent to the transfer of information to the U.S. or to any other country in which our service providers maintain facilities for processing by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

 

 

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Vera French reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make modifications to this Privacy Policy, we will post such changes here and/or on the Site. When such modifications occur they will be binding on you when placed online and are retroactively enforced.

 

 

Effective Date

The effective date of this Privacy Policy is June 2017.

 

 

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about our Online Privacy Policy or Website Terms of Use.