This privacy statement covers the site www.itbriefcase.com and www.virtualstarmedia.com which is operated and owned by Virtual Star Media LLC. Because our Web site wants to demonstrate its commitment to our users' privacy, we have agreed to disclose our information practices. If users have questions or concerns regarding this statement, they should should contact:
PO Box 138
Montauk, NY 11954
Collection of Information
Virtual Star Media LLC is the sole owner of the information collected on ITBriefcase.com. ITBriefcase.com collects information from our users at several different points on our Web site.
In order to use premium areas of the Web site, a user must first complete the registration form. During registration a user is required to provide contact information (such as name and email address). We use this information to contact the user about services on our site for which the user has expressed interest.
VSM uses user information to deliver role specific content and allow access to all channels of the network. We provide aggregate information to third parties to enable them to evaluate the use of our network.
A profile is stored information that we keep on individual users that details their viewing preferences. Consequently, collected information is tied to the users personally identifiable information to provide offers and improve the content of the site for the user. This profile is used to tailor a user's visit to our Web site and to direct pertinent marketing promotions to them. Your profile is shared in aggregate form only.
Special Offers and Updates
When new members enroll, we send them a welcoming email to verify password and username. Established members will occasionally receive information on products, services, special deals, webast invitations, and a possible newsletter. Out of respect for the privacy of our users, we present the option to not receive these types of communications. Please see the Choice and Opt-out sections.
If a user wishes to subscribe to our newsletters, we ask for contact information such as name and email address. Out of respect for our user's privacy we provide a way to opt-out of these communications. Please see the Choice and Opt-out sections.
On rare occasions it is necessary to send out a strictly service related announcement. For instance, if our service is temporarily suspended for maintenance we might send users an email. Generally, users may not opt-out of these communications, though they can deactivate their account. However, these communications are not promotional in nature.
We communicate with users on a regular basis to provide requested services and in regards to issues relating to their account we reply via email or, in accordance with the user's wishes.
Sharing: Legal Disclaimer
Though we make every effort to preserve user's privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law when we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on the company or its website.
VSM reserves the right to share your contact information with the content providers and sponsors. We will only share your contact details with the provider or sponsor of the content you access. By accessing specific content, you are expressly authorizing VSM to share your contact details with the provider of that content, when VSM deems it appropriate. When this information is shared, it may be used solely by the provider or sponsor for marketing its own products and services, and such information will not be sold or disclosed to any third party at any time or in any form whatsoever.
In the event Virtual Star Media LLC goes through a business transition, such as a merger, being acquired by another company, or selling a portion of its assets, users' personal information will, in most instances, be part of the assets transferred.
Our users are given the opportunity to 'opt-out' of having their information used for purposes not directly related to our site at the point where we ask for information. For example, our subscription form has an 'opt-out' mechanism so users who receive a product from us, but don't want any marketing material, can opt out from those communications.
Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter and promotional communications may opt-out of receiving these communications by using the opt-out mechanism within each offer or the user may contact us at by mail at PO BOX 138 Montauk NY 11954 to opt out as well.
Users of our site are always notified when their information is being collected by any outside parties. We do this so our users can make an informed choice as to whether or not they should proceed with services that require an outside party.
This Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we, VSM LLC, are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this Web site.
If a user elects to use our referral service for informing a friend about our site, and or sharing an article with a friend, we ask them for the friend's name and email address. When this information is shared, it may be used solely by the provider or sponsor for marketing its own products and services (via telephone, email, and postal mail), and such information will not be sold or disclosed to any third party at any time or in any form whatsoever. VSM LLC will automatically send the friend a one-time email inviting them to visit the site. VSM LLC does not store this information. This information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email. We do track the success of our referral program.
Chat Rooms & Message Boards
Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example on message boards, through e-mail, or in chat areas - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, by posting personal information online that is publicly accessible, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Supplementation of Information
In order for this Web site to properly fulfill its obligation to users it is necessary for us to supplement the information we receive with information from 3rd party sources.
Enhancement of Profile for Marketing Purposes
At any point in time, we purchase third party marketing data and add it to our existing user database to better target our advertising and provide pertinent offers we think our users would be interested in. We use this information to enhance or overlay the 'profile' of individual users. This aggregate marketing data is therefore tied to the users' personally identifiable information. See also the "User Profile."
Adjusting Personal Information
If a user's personally identifiable information changes (such as zip code, phone, email or postal address), or if a user no longer desires our service, we provide a way to correct, update or delete/deactivate users' personally identifiable information.
Notification of Changes
If, however, we are going to use users' personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time of collection we will notify users by posting a notice on our Web site for 30 days.
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