Privacy Policy

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This privacy policy contains the following sections:

Privacy Best Practices
Respecting the privacy of the visitors and members who use buzVRô is a major priority for Knowledge Institute. We have implemented the industry best-practices, as developed by the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C.org), for allowing web users more control over their online privacy. This standard is called P3P or "Platform for Privacy Preferences". Below we set forth those practices we follow to respect and safeguard the privacy of all visitors to this website.

Please note that buzVR links to other websites, including sites maintained by Knowledge Institute, which are not governed by this privacy policy. We maintain privacy policies and information practices that are suitable for each website under our control. Sites not under our control (third-party websites) are governed by their own privacy policies. We make no representations about the practices and policies of third-party websites. If you have questions or you do not feel that your privacy concerns have been addressed in our privacy statement, please contact us.

Privacy Statements
Different web pages in the buzVR web site have different privacy policy statements. This page describes all our privacy policies, and where they apply.

Public: buzVR Privacy Statement for Non-Members
We make no effort to identify public users of our site. No identifying data is disclosed to any third party for any purpose. Data that we collect is used only for server administration and to gain insight about how active our website is.

This statement applies to non-member interactions with the buzVR Web servers. It does not apply to email sent to buzVR staff or lists. Any questions regarding the web site and the privacy policy can be directed to Knowledge Institute via contact form. Contact form and email interactions are guided by general net-etiquette conventions.

As is typical, we log http requests to our server. This means that we know the originating IP (e.g. 18.29.0.1) address of a user agent requesting a URL. We also know the Referrer and User-Agent information accompanied with an HTTP request. We do not log the specific identity of visitors. We occasionally analyze the log files to determine which files are most requested and the previous site or user agent which prompted the request. Our logging is passive; we do not use technologies such as cookies to maintain any information on users. PHP sessions are used to store on the Web server User responses to interactive forms. These responses are lost once the User exits the browser session.

We also log requests to our search, cgi, and list maintenance services. This data is only used for administration and researching the efficacy of our tools.

Logged information is kept indefinitely as administrative and research material; it is not disclosed outside of buzVR host site personnel. Aggregate (completely non-identifying) statistics generated from these logs may be reported as part of research results.

Members: buzVR Privacy Statement for Members
We use member related information for the purposes of administering various buzVR programs, and communicating and collaborating with our members.

This statement (and the Public Statement above) applies to member interactions with the buzVR Web site. It does not apply to non-member interactions nor email sent to buzVR staff or lists. Any questions regarding the web site and the privacy policy can be directed Knowledge Institute via contact form. Contact form and email interactions are guided by general net-etiquette conventions.

Members' interactions with the site may be authenticated (where access is restricted based on username and password). In that case, we have the capability to identify users and their activities. By registering as a member, you are added to our newsletter mailing list and your identity is relayed to our Membership representative.

Detailed Discussion of Privacy Policy
The following information is a detailed description of our privacy policies, following the guidelines for TRUSTe certification, including:

What Information Do We Collect?
The following information is collected and stored automatically from all users accessing the buzVR Web site:

This information is used for purposes such as assessing what information is of most interest to users and system enhancements.

BuzVR explicitly asks when it needs information that personally identifies you ("Personal Information") pertinent to the specific feature or service you are choosing to use or subscribe to on the buzVR web site. This information can include your e-mail address, name, address and telephone number, as applicable. BuzVR may also ask for non-personal information or demographic information.

Unless you choose to do so (i.e. sending an email, participating in a survey, or responding to a feedback or "contact us" form), buzVR does not obtain personally identifying information.

We consider any information that could reasonably be used to identify you as "personally identifying information." This may include, but is not limited to:

How Is The Information Used?
The information you provide to buzVR is used to operate the buzVR website and to provide the services you have requested. For example: your email address is used to communicate periodic newsletters that are considered essential to the operation of the website. The non-personal information is used to compile general demographic statistics which are shared in the aggregate with buzVR sponsors. For example, we can share with sponsors how many visitors come to the website each month, without revealing who those visitors are.

Do We Share Information With Others?
BuzVR will share your personal information with other companies only with your consent. For example, any 'broadcast your needs' service allows you to receive information or quotes from multiple vendors at once. BuzVR provides your contact information to affiliate service providers only with your consent so they can respond to your specific requests. Without this relationship, buzVR could not provide its service to you. These uses of personal information are primary to the operation of the site.

Controlling Your Privacy
Members of buzVR may participate in various programs and services. When participating in any program, there are two types of information sent to buzVR members: 1) account-specific information; and, 2) program or promotional information.

Account-specific communications include information that is essential for the buzVR program to operate properly. This includes the initial welcome mail describing features and guides to a particular service. It also includes any communications describing any changes or updates to a particular service (such as new program options, site features, etc.) Because account-specific communications are essential to providing the services in question, these types of communications will be sent to all buzVR Members. You can unsubscribe from such mailings by discontinuing your buzVR membership or program at any time.

Other program or promotional information may be sent to members according to your preferences. You can opt-in or opt-out from receiving this information, and can change your preferences at any time, either by changing your personal information as described in the section below, or by following the unsubscribe instructions in each mailing.

Changing Your Personal Information
You may remove yourself from our mailing list by clicking the "SafeUnsubscribe" link at the bottom of any of our bulletins.

If you are not currently receiving buzVR information but would like to, you can do so by using the Subscribe option.

If you have difficulty modifying any of your information, please use our contact form to receive further assistance.

Security of Your Personal Information
BuzVR has instituted security measures to protect the information and systems that we maintain. These measures are designed to ensure that this service remains available to all users by blocking unauthorized access to our systems and preventing corruption of data, thus providing reasonable protection of personal information in our possession.

Cookies
BuzVR applications and Web pages may use cookies (or programs called "applets") to store information. Cookies are text files stored on your computer to enhance the usability of a particular Web site. They can tell a web site if you have visited before and can pass short bits of information from the Web site back to itself the next time you visit. Any information, including personal information, which you choose to provide at a site, may be stored in a cookie. Your Web browser can be configured to refuse cookies or to notify you when a Web site attempts to send you a cookie. Cookie files can also be found and deleted from your computer's hard drive.

Your Consent
By using the buzVR website, you consent to the collection and use of information by buzVR as outlined in this Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to change this policy at any time. If we decide to change our privacy policies and procedures, we will post those changes on this page so that you always have the opportunity to be aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and how you can control your privacy on our website. Since we use P3P technologies, your web browser can automatically alert you to any changes in our policies.

Your Success
Serving the business assistance information and networking needs of our visitors and members is our primary goal at buzVR and the Knowledge Institute. We hope that you find your visit to our virtual network valuable in terms of supporting the success of your business endeavors. Thank you.

Children and Privacy
Consistent with the Federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we do not knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.

Contact information
Additional questions or concerns about this Privacy Notice should be directed to Knowledge Institute Webmaster via contact form.