VBA does not collect personally identifying information about individuals, except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals.
Web servers serving VBA automatically collect information about which pages each user visits and the domain name of visitors. This is used for internal review, to tailor information to individual visitors and for traffic audits. We do not provide this information to anyone outside the Association. Any personally identifiable information provided by members or non-members online as part of a promotion online (i.e. online coupons) may be provided directly to third-parties if third-parties are involved. In that case, we will notify you at the time you provide that information.
VBA may place a “cookie” on the browser of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain any personally identifying information. A cookie can be used to tell when your computer has contacted a Web site; we use the information for editorial purposes and for other purposes such as delivery of content, so we can customize delivery of information without compromising privacy. For example, cookies are used to ensure that you don’t see the same content too many times in a single session.
A user’s personally identifiable information (e.g., name, e-mail address) may be used by VBA for editorial purposes. For example, we may use information provided by you to us as part of an editorial online survey. If we run competitions or contests on the site, you may be required to provide information such as your telephone number and address in order to participate. The exact rules may vary in each case but the specific rules for any contest will state how that information may be used. We also may use personally identifiable information for marketing and promotional purposes. We may send you e-mails about VBA products, promotions, or services however we will not provide that information to third-parties.
We do not control the privacy policies of any other sites to which we provide hyperlinks. VBA users should also be aware that, when you voluntarily disclose personal information in chat areas or bulletin boards, that information may be collected by others and may result in unsolicited messages from others.
Technology on the Internet is developing at a rapid pace, and we need to maintain our flexibility in the online arena. If we need to change our policy in the future, we will post these changes as soon as they go into effect.