Last Updated on November 17, 2017.
We receive and store any information you enter on our Site or give us in any other way. This may include information that can identify you (“personal information”), including your first and last name, telephone number, postal and email addresses, user name, and password. Additionally, if you connect to our Site through LinkedIn, we will receive information from your LinkedIn account as further described below. We may also request information about your usage of technology products and services and your preferences in choosing technology products and services. You can choose not to provide information to us, but, in general, some information about you is required in order for you to enjoy the benefits of being a registered member of our Site. For example, only registered members are able to post technology reviews, participate in discussion forums, email content to themselves and others, access members-only newsletters and technology research content, and enter surveys or promotions. In addition, some information is also required in order for you to ask us a question or initiate other transactions on our site.
Information about Others.
You may have the opportunity to provide contact information for other people through our Site. You should obtain the consent of other individuals prior to providing RateMyVAR with their personal information.
Information from LinkedIn.
If you connect to our Site through your LinkedIn account, we will receive:
You can add an email address in your account for our Site that differs from the email address(es) in your LinkedIn account. You also can turn off or adjust the frequency of notifications you receive from us through your LinkedIn account.
We will never post anything to your LinkedIn account on your behalf without your permission.
Information from Other Sources.
We also may periodically obtain both personal and non-personal information about you from affiliated entities, business partners, and other independent third-party sources and add it to other information about you. For example, if you visit our Site by “clicking-through” from a site operated by one of our business partners, and you have registered with that partner, then information about you that you have provided to that partner may be shared with us, such as contact information and demographic information. As another example, if you access third-party services, such as social media services, through our Site or before coming to our Site, we may collect information such as your user name, password, and other information made available to us through those services in order to improve and personalize your use of our Site.
We automatically collect some information about your computer when you visit the Site. For example, we will collect session data, including the time at which you visited our Site, your IP address, web browser software, referring website, information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies. We also will collect information about your online activity, such as content viewed, pages visited, and keywords searched or used. One of our goals in collecting this automatic information is to help us understand the interests of our users and customize your user experience, including through behavioral advertising, on the Site and/or other sites you may visit.
Cookies and Other Web Technologies.
The technologies we use for this automatic information collection may include:
We do not collect personal information automatically, but we may tie this information to personal information about you that we collect from other sources or you provide to us.
RateMyVAR and its affiliated websites use these technologies for the following general purposes:
You can opt out of some or all of the foregoing uses, including interest-based advertising, through the Do Not Track functionality in your web browser. The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers should tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable most types of cookies. Please note that if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to access some of the tools offered on our Site.
We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly. For information about how you can opt out of receiving targeted advertising from many third-party providers, please visit the DAA’s aboutads.info website: http//www/aboutads.info/choices/. For information about how you can opt out of RateMyVAR’s collection and use of your information, please review “Your choices with respect to the collection and use of your information” below.
Please review “Your choices with respect to the collection and use of your information” below.
RateMyVAR may share your information with the following entities:
RateMyVAR also may share your information as follows:
We take reasonable steps to ensure that your information is relevant to its intended use, accurate, and complete. You will be able to access and update your contact information by visiting the Member Profile page on the Site. You can close your RateMyVAR account by contacting us at the email address listed below. We will send you an email to confirm your request. Please note that after you close an account, you will not be able to sign in or access any of your personal information. However, you can open a new account at any time. Please also note that we may retain certain information associated with your account in our archives, including for analytical purposes as well as for recordkeeping integrity.
As discussed above, you can choose not to provide us with any information, although it may be needed to take advantage of certain features offered on the Site.
You also can add or update information and close your account as described above.
As a registered RateMyVAR member, you will be able to modify your choices at any time on the Member Profile page. Whether registered as a RateMyVAR member or not, you also will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from promotional messages in any such email we send as further detailed below. Please note that we reserve the right to send you other communications, including service announcements, administrative messages, and surveys relating to your RateMyVAR account, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them.
Email Communications and Promotional Offers from RateMyVAR. If you do not wish to have your email address or other contact information used by us to promote our own or third parties’ products or services, you can opt-out as described in any such email we send or at any other time on the Member Profile page. You can also always opt-out by sending us an email stating your request to email@example.com.
We want you to feel confident about using our Site and services, and we are committed to protecting the information we collect. While no website can guarantee security, we are implementing appropriate administrative, technical, and physical security procedures to help protect the personal information you provide to us. For example, only authorized employees are permitted to access personal information, and they only may do so for permitted business functions. In addition, we use encryption when transmitting your personal information between your system and ours, and we, together with our partners, employ firewalls and intrusion detection systems to help prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to your information.
The Site is a general audience site and does not offer services directed to children under 13 years of age. No one under age 13 may provide any information to or on the Site. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not use or provide any information on this Site or on or through any of its features, do not register on this Site, use any of the interactive or comment features of this Site, or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, email address, or any screen name or user name you may use. Should an individual whom we know to be a child under age 13 send personal information to us or should we learn that we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete or destroy such information as soon as reasonably possible. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us as directed below under “How you can contact us”.
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.