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Privacy Policy

Valpont, INC (“Valpont” or “we”) operates Valpont.com. This Privacy Policy describes Valpont’s use and sharing of private identifiable information (“PII”– your full name or business name, email address, and address) that Members voluntarily provide to Valpont when they register (also known as “Registration PII”). The Term “User” refers to a Visitor or a Member. This Privacy Policy applies to the services offered by Valpont, including any Valpont-branded URL (the “Valpont Website”) and other features, Valpont mobile services, and any other features, content, or applications offered from time to time by Valpont in connection with the Valpont Website (collectively, the “Valpont Services”). The Valpont Services are hosted in the United States.

The Valpont Website is a site targeting technology professionals and businesses and does not knowingly collect PII from anybody under 18 years of age.  If you are under 18, please do not attempt to register for Valpont or send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, or email address. No one under age 18 may provide any personal information to or on Valpont. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from anybody under age 18, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about anybody under 18, please contact us at privacy@Valpont.com

From time to time Valpont may modify this Privacy Policy to reflect industry initiatives or changes in the law, our PII collection and use practices, the features of the Valpont Services, or technology, and such modifications shall be effective upon posting by Valpont on the Valpont Website. Your continued use of the Valpont Services after Valpont posts a revised Privacy Policy signifies your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy. It is therefore important that you review this Privacy Policy regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes. If Valpont 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 of, and have not objected to, the change.

COLLECTION AND SUBMISSION OF PII AND NON-PII ON VALPONS

General.  When Valpont collects PII from you about yourself or your business it is because you are voluntarily submitting Registration PII to us when register as a Member of Valpont. Valpont may also collect PII from you if you choose to participate in certain Valpont Services activities and you want us to furnish you with products, services, newsletters, or information, or in connection with content or suggestions you submit to Valpont for review.

In addition, Valpont collects other non-PII including IP address, aggregate user data, and browser type. This data is used to manage and improve the Valpont Services, track usage, and for security purposes.

Valpont Members may also choose to provide or store non-PII information in their profiles, including but not limited to interests, skills, professional experiences, groups with whom they are affiliated (schools, companies), videos and/or pictures, private messages, bulletins, personal statements, resumes, or user-generated code (collectively “Profile Information”). The Profile Information in a Member’s profile is provided at his or her sole discretion.  Members must exercise caution about any personal information provided on the Member’s profile.

Valpont Members can change their Registration PII and Profile Information at any time and can control how Visitors, other Members and Valpont communicate with them by controlling their account settings.

Cookies.  Cookies are small bits of information that Valpont places on your computer. Valpont uses cookies to identify your Internet browser, store Users’ preferences, and determine whether you have installed the enabling software needed to access certain material on the Valpont Services. Data in cookies may be read to authenticate user sessions or provide services.

Third party advertisements displayed on Valpont Services may also contain cookies set by Internet advertising companies or advertisers (known as “third party cookies”). Valpont does not control these third party cookies and Users of the Valpont Services should check the privacy policy of the Internet advertising company or advertiser to see whether and how it uses cookies. See the “Notice” section below for more information on customized advertising on Valpont. A pixel tag is a tiny image inserted in a webpage and used to record the number and types of views for that page. Valpont may allow third party pixel tags to be present on Valpont Services for purposes of advertising, providing services or data and statistics collection.

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 Valpont Services.

NOTICE: VALPONS WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH NOTICE ABOUT ITS PII COLLECTION PRACTICES

When you voluntarily provide PII to Valpont, 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 Valpont 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 Policy.

At the time you provide your PII, Valpont will notify you of your options regarding our use of your PII (See “Choice” below). Except as described in this Privacy Policy, Valpont will not share your PII with third parties unless you have given Valpont permission to do so (See “Use” below).

Valpont Services may be linked to Internet sites operated by other companies. Valpont Services may also carry advertisements from other companies. Valpont is not responsible for the privacy practices of websites or other services operated by third parties that are linked to or integrated with the Valpont Services or for the privacy practices of third party Internet advertising companies. Once you leave Valpont Services via such a link, access a third party application (such as widgets) or click on an advertisement, you should check the applicable privacy policy of the third party or advertiser site to determine, among other things, how they will handle any PII they collect from you.

Valpont Services may also be linked to sites operated by companies affiliated with Valpont (“Affiliated Companies”). Although all Affiliated Companies adhere to the Valpont corporate Privacy Principles, Users who visit those Affiliated Company sites should still refer to their separate privacy policies and practices, which may differ in some respects from this Privacy Policy.

Valpont may use cookies and similar tools to customize the content and advertising you receive based on the Profile Information you have provided. Profile Information you provide in structured profile fields or questions (Input or multiple choice questions like “Degree,” “Career Starting Time”,“Consider for customization”, etc.) (“Structured Profile Information”), information you add to open-ended profile fields and questions (essay questions like “User-description,”) (“Non-Structured Profile Information”) and other non-PII about you may also be used to customize the online ads you encounter to those we believe are aligned with your interests. The information used for this feature does not provide your PII or identify you as an individual to third parties.

Some of the advertisements that appear on Valpont 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 to or use of Valpont Services, including information about the ads they display, via a cookie placed on your computer that reads your IP address.

Valpont may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. Valpont does not reveal information until we have a good faith belief that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards. Additionally, Valpont may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Valpont service or using the Valpont name, or to prevent imminent bodily harm. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, agents or government agencies.

Third party applications (such as widgets) created by third party developers may also be available on the Valpont 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, Valpont 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 Valpont. Valpont encourages Members not to provide PII to the third party’s application unless the Member knows the party with whom it is interacting.

CHOICE: VALPONS WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH CHOICES ABOUT THE USE OF YOUR PII

WHAT EXAMPLE YOU HAVE?

Except as described in this Privacy Policy, Valpont 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 Valpont.

USE: VALPONS’S USE OF PII

Valpont will only use the PII you provide under this Privacy Policy in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy. If Valpont obtains PII from a third party, such as a business partner, our use of that information is also governed by this Privacy Policy.

Valpont allows Users to search for certain Profile Information in order to help connect with Members (i.e., years of experience, location). Valpont also asks Members to publicly display some Registration PII as an element of their Profile Information Search engines 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 Valpont, Valpont may periodically use your email address to send you such materials related to the Valpont Services, as applicable. If you want to stop receiving such materials from Valpont, you can change your profile settings under “Account Settings,” or follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

Valpont employees, agents and contractors must have a business reason to obtain access to your PII. Valpont may share your PII with those who help us manage or provide Valpont 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.

These outside contractors, agents or sponsors may temporarily store some information on their servers, but they may only use your PII to provide Valpont with a specific service and not for any other purpose. Valpont 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. Valpont also may share your PII with Affiliated Companies if it has a business reason to do so.

As described in “Notice” above, Valpont may customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive on the Valpont 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. Valpont 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 Valpont’s advertisers and business partners.

There may be instances when Valpont 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 Valpont, our Affiliated Companies or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of Users of the Valpont 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 Valpont 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, Valpont 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. Valpont is not responsible under the EU local data protection laws for Member-posted information.

SECURITY: VALPONS PROTECTS THE SECURITY OF PII

Valpont uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard PII and  paypal information in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification. In addition, Valpont 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 VALPONS ABOUT PRIVACY CONCERNS

Whenever possible, Valpont 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 Valpont to stop using your PII, Valpont 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 Policy or Valpont’s collection and use of your PII please contact Valpont at support@Valpont.info

 

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