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Privacy Policy

Last updated January 2015

Please read carefully


Protecting your personal details

We understand that all users of our site are quite rightly concerned to know that their data will not be used for any purpose unintended by them, and will not fall into the hands of a third party.  For this reason, the protection of your privacy is of paramount importance to us.  Our policy is both specific and strict. If you think our policy falls short of your expectations or that we are failing to abide by our policy, do please tell us. We are constantly vigilant for credit card or other fraud.  We report all charge backs to a credit reference agency.  If you have any reason to seek the return of money paid, please contact us rather than your credit card issuer.
 
Information may be unlawfully available to hackers and snoopers. We take no responsibility for this. The risk is no different from a similar risk in a bricks and mortar establishment. We may occasionally share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any personally identifiable information collected at this site. In such rare instances we shall provide notification in advance, and the opportunity for all users to indicate whether or not they would prefer that we do not provide the information to third parties as proposed. We do not market specifically to children.

There has been a change to European Law on 26 May 2011. This is aimed at giving users more control over the data stored about them. You can read more at: www.ico.gov.uk.
 
This privacy notice sets out how the Visit USA Association uses and protects any information you give when using this website.  Here is a list of the information we may collect, and why it is necessary to collect it:
 
Basic identification and contact information, such as your name and contact details, including your email address.
This information is used:
  • to provide you with the services which you request;
  • to maintain our accounts;
  • for billing;
  • to enable us to answer your enquiries;
  • for verifying your identity for security purposes;
  • for marketing our services and products;
  • to help make our web site as useful to you as possible;
  • information which does not identify any individual may be used in a general way by us or third parties, to provide class information, for example relating to demographics or usage of a particular page or service.

Your domain name is recognised by our servers and the pages that you visit are recorded. This information is used:
  • in a collective way not referable to any particular individual, for the purpose of quality control and improvement of our site;
  • to send you news about the services to which you have signed up;
  • to tell you about other of our services. 

 

How we use cookies

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded onto your device. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Cookie / Service
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Google Analytics
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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Share This
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These cookies are used by the third party social media widget used on our site, Share This. This service allows visitors to share any pages / articles on our site via your favourite social network.
Share This (Analytics)
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These cookies are set by the Share This widget.  This cookie is set by scorecardresearch.com and is associated with comScore who are used to get 3rd party measurement of audience size.
You Tube
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These cookies are used when youtube is used to embed a video on a site a number of cookies are set.  These cookies do not collect information that identifies a user.
Session (our sever)
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A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. It is essential to ensure that any information you enter or routes you take are remembered by the website. Without this cookie, every page you visited would treat you as a completely new visitor. This cookie does not identify you personally and is not linked to any other information we store about you.  These cookies are considered strictly necessary so no consent is required.

We use traffic log performance cookies to identify which pages are being used. They collect information about website usage to enhance the user’s experience and its performance.  This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs.  We use this information only for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but can usually be modified to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. All browser settings are different and we would recommend you use the help option in your browser menu to check your settings.
For more information about cookies, please see: http://www.allaboutcookies.org

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout


Third party cookies

Our members upload their own content on a continuous basis and some of this content may contain tracking cookies which will change from time to time.


Links to other websites

Our website also contains links to other websites of interest, including our members own websites, however once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website.  Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.  You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
 

Financial information, including credit card details

This information is used to obtain payment for goods and services you have ordered from us. This information is never actually received by us. The page where this information is given by you is controlled by Google Analytics. Such information is automatically encrypted, and later decrypted for use. It never touches our system.

 

Your company / personal profile

Is available to be seen by members and visitors throughout the world. This information may be used for marketing purposes unless you request otherwise. Information which does not identify any individual may be used in a general way by us or third parties, to provide class information, for example relating to demographics or usage of a particular page or service. Some of this information is classified as sensitive information by the UK Data Protection Act 1998.
 

Information volunteered by you

Information volunteered by you for a particular purpose, for example a personal profile, survey, job application form, or contest. This information will be used exclusively for the purpose for which you have provided it. Information is disclosed to third parties only where the third party concerned qualifies in whatever way the web site page requires. We will make absolutely clear on the face of the page, any intention to publicise the name of a winner.
 

Business information

This is information given to us in the course of your business and ours,  such as in relation to your application to partner with us or advertise with us. Such information is retained for business use only. We undertake to preserve the confidentiality of the information and of the terms of our relationship. It is not used for any other purpose. We expect you and any partner to reciprocate this policy.
 

Disclosure to Government and their agencies

We are subject to the law like everyone else. We may be required to give information to legal authorities if they so request or if they have the proper authorisation such as a search warrant or court order.
 

Information request

At any time you may review or update the personally identifiable information that we hold about you, by contacting us at the address below. To better safeguard your information, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections to your information.  
 
This confidentiality policy has been compiled so as to comply with current UK, US and EU legislation, so far as we are aware.
 
If you have any question regarding the confidentiality policy, please contact us at:
 
The Visit USA Association (UK) Limited
58 Southwark Bridge Road
London SE1 0AS