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Privacy Policy

Privacy is extremely important to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The following Privacy Policy covers how we collect, use, disclose, transfer, and store your information. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our privacy practices and contact us if you have any questions.

Collection and Use of Personal Information

Personal information is data that can be used to identify or contact a single person.

You may be asked to provide your personal information anytime you are in contact with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. You are not required to provide the personal information that we have requested, but, if you chose not to do so, in many cases we will not be able to provide you with our products or services or respond to any queries you may have.

Here are some examples of the types of personal information the Virginia Economic Development Partnership may collect on this website and how we may use it:

What personal information we collect

  • When you create an account on this website, we may collect a variety of information, including your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, contact preferences, affiliations, and business preferences.

How we use your personal information

  • The personal information we collect allows us to personalize your experience while visiting this website.
  • We also use personal information to help us develop, operate, deliver, and improve our services on this Virginia Economic Development Partnership website.
  • From time to time, we may use your personal information to send important notices, such as communications about changes to our terms, conditions, and policies. Because this information is important to your interaction with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, you may not opt out of receiving these communications.
  • We may also use personal information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s services, and customer communications.

Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information

We also collect data in a form that does not, on its own, permit direct association with any specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. The following are some examples of non-personal information that we collect and how we may use it:

  • We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, location, and the time zone so that we can better understand the businesses and organizations which have memberships on our website to improve our services.
  • We may collect information regarding member activities on our website. This information is used to help us provide more useful information to our staff and to understand which parts of our website, and services are of most interest. Aggregated data is considered non‑personal information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.
  • We may collect and store details of how you use our services, including search queries. This information may be used to improve the relevancy of results provided by our services. Except in limited instances to ensure quality of our services over the Internet, such information will not be associated with your IP address.

If we do combine non-personal information with personal information the combined information will be treated as personal information for as long as it remains combined.

Cookies and Other Technologies

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s websites, online services may use cookies and other technologies such as pixel tags. These technologies help us better understand user behavior, tell us which parts of our websites people have visited, and facilitate and measure the effectiveness of web searches. We treat information collected by cookies and other technologies as non‑personal information. However, to the extent that Internet Protocol (IP) addresses or similar identifiers are considered personal information by local law, we also treat these identifiers as personal information. Similarly, to the extent that non-personal information is combined with personal information, we treat the combined information as personal information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership website may use cookies and other technologies to remember personal information when you use our online services. Our goal in these cases is to make your experience with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership more convenient and personal. For example, knowing your first name lets us welcome you the next time you visit this website.

If you want to disable cookies check with your browser provider to find out how to do so. Please note that certain features of the the Virginia Economic Development Partnership website will not be available once cookies are disabled.

As is true of most internet services, we gather some information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type and language, Internet service provider (ISP), referring and exit websites and applications, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data.

We use this information to understand and analyze trends, to administer the site, to learn about user behavior on the site, to improve our services, and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership may use this information in our marketing and advertising services.

Disclosure to Third Parties

At times the Virginia Economic Development Partnership may make certain personal information available to strategic partners that work with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to provide products and services, or that help us reach customers. Personal information will only be shared by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to provide or improve our services; it will not be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes.

Others

It may be necessary – by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence − for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or members. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger we may transfer any and all personal information we collect to the relevant third party.

Protection of Personal Information

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership takes the security of your personal information very seriously. When your personal data is stored by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, we use computer systems with limited access housed in facilities using physical security measures.

When you use some of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership services, the personal information and content you share is visible to other users and can be read, collected, or used by them. You are responsible for the personal information you choose to share or submit in these instances. Please take care when using these features.

Integrity and Retention of Personal Information

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership makes it easy for you to keep your personal information accurate, complete, and up to date. We will retain your personal information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.

Access to Personal Information

You can help ensure that your contact information and preferences are accurate, complete, and up to date by logging in to your account. For other personal information we hold, we will provide you with access for any purpose including to request that we correct the data if it is inaccurate or delete the data if the Virginia Economic Development Partnership is not required to retain it by law or for legitimate business purposes. We may decline to process requests that are frivolous/vexatious, jeopardize the privacy of others, are extremely impractical, or for which access is not otherwise required by local law.

Third‑Party Sites and Services

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership website and services may contain links to third-party websites and services. Our products and services may also use services from third parties. Information collected by third parties, which may include such things as location data or contact details, is governed by their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy practices of those third parties.

International Users

All the information you provide may be transferred or accessed by entities around the world as described in this Privacy Policy.

Our Organizational Commitment to Your Privacy

To make sure your personal information is secure, we communicate our privacy and security guidelines to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership employees and strictly enforce privacy safeguards within the company.

Privacy Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s Privacy Policy or data processing or if you would like to make a complaint about a possible breach of local privacy laws, please contact us. You can always contact us by phone at 804-545-5750.

All such communications are examined and replies issued where appropriate as soon as possible.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership may update its Privacy Policy from time to time. When we change the policy in a material way, a notice will be posted on our website along with the updated Privacy Policy.

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