privacy statement explains the procedures followed by VSA in collecting
and using information regarding visitors to this Web site and advises you
what information might be shared with third parties. The type of
information collected will vary depending upon the portions of the site
which you visit and, in certain instances, which you voluntarily disclose.
COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
If you read or download any pages on a VSA site, we automatically collect and store:
Any usage of any on-line chat or newsgroup sessions is considered a public usage and you assume responsibility for any information or content which you submit.
Users Who Register
Users who desire to access more than a demo or other public portions of The Virtual Assistant must register and supply certain information. Even if you do not register, unless you have opted-out, we may contact you for marketing purposes.
If you send us an e-mail or respond to the Contact Us section, in addition to the general visitor information, we also will record your e-mail address and any other personal information included with your message. We will use this information to respond to your message and may add your address to an e-mail distribution list used to announce new products or to update the status of other products or otherwise contact you for marketing purposes.
If you subscribe or access product demo or trial subscription, in addition to the general visitor information, we will collect and store your name and e-mail address and other information on the registration form. This information will be incorporated into one or more VSA database(s). We may use this information to send you solicitations for VSA products and make other marketing contacts.
If you order a subscription, in addition to the general visitor information, we will require certain personal information, including (i) financial information necessary to process the order (such as a credit card number or account information), (ii) location information (including address and business affiliation) necessary to process the order (which may include mailing and delivery addresses and telephone numbers) and to otherwise support our customer database and (iii) unique identifiers (such as a user password). We use this information to authorize and process your subscription and also to track usage and billing. Payment information may be disclosed to credit reporting bureaus or used for collection purposes. The customer specific information will be incorporated into one or more of our subscriber database(s). Information other than your financial information will be shared with certain third parties providing content to the The Virtual Assistant. That information is subject to the privacy policies of such third party providers. We periodically send our subscribers, either by regular mail or e-mail, information and solicitations for VSA products and make other marketing contacts. We also use composite demographic or profile data for our own internal research.
Certain tools available through the The Virtual Assistant allow users to enter personal financial information of their prospects, clients and customers for planning and financial product evaluation purposes. Such customer data is not stored by VSA.
Continuing Education Participants
Individuals taking continuing education exams online will have been given a unique password. This password will be connected to personal information required for identification of the test taker as required by the course administrator and the continuing education authorities of the specific jurisdiction. In addition to the general visitor information (which, for the visit to the site when you either order or take the test, may be linked to your personal identifying test information), such order data will be recorded as provided above and will be linked to the test administration data. We may use composite demographic or profile data for our own internal research, including test development, and when dealing with continuing education providers and certification authorities.
USE OF INFORMATION
Except for subscribers who access continuing education functions, no individual identifying data is shared outside of VSA or its providers. We may disclose collective demographic and user profile data with third parties.
Continuing Education Participants
Data gathered as a general visitor to a VSA site or as a subscriber may be shared as previously described above under those headings. In addition, if you enroll in any continuing education course, you can expect that personal identifying information, including test results, as required by the continuing education authority or course provider, will be sent to those parties. Users who have questions as to the specific data to be provided in any given case, should contact VSA at before registering for a continuing education program or test.
If you set your browser to not accept cookies, you will not be able to view product samples or demos or to use various other subscriber functions.
The Virtual Assistant is committed to taking commercially reasonable steps to protect any individual identifying information that you provide to us. We use industry standard security tools. However, we are not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any permitted third parties who receive information.
you have any questions about this statement, the practices of this site
or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact us at:
The Virtual Assistant reserves the right to revise these terms at any time by
updating this posting. Even though you may have visited this site
before, any access is subject to the then current terms and you are responsible
for checking for any updates. However, the prior terms will continue
to apply to any information submitted under such policy.
Last Updated: September 1, 2002