Privacy Policy

Information we gather about you:
If you have any questions, you know where to find us – the contact info of our owners and managers is right here on the web site, and you can stop by and see us in person, too.

The full version:
Vermont Community Media, LLC has adopted a set of information management guidelines which serve as the basis for our customer and advertiser relationships. These guidelines have been developed with the recognition that Internet technologies are rapidly evolving, and that underlying business models are still not established. Accordingly, guidelines are subject to change. Any such changes will be posted on this page. If the changes represent a material departure from our current practices with respect to the use of personal information, the changes will be posted on this page thirty days prior to taking effect and we will attempt to notify all registered users via email. This policy applies to our Web site and to the e-Editions of our publications.

Business Vermont is not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of Web sites to which it may link.

What information does Business Vermont gather/track about me?
Information You Give Us: We receive and may store any information you enter on our Web site or give us in any other way. You provide most such information when you search, buy, subscribe, post, participate in a contest or questionnaire, or communicate with customer service. For example, you provide information when you search for a story; subscribe to BusinessVermont.com or one of our other online or print publications; provide information in your Account (and you might have more than one if you have used more than one e-mail address when registering with us) or your Profile; communicate with us by phone, e-mail, or otherwise; complete a questionnaire or a contest entry form; provide employer information when opening a corporate account; participate in Forums or other community features; provide and rate Reviews; or connect using social media services. As a result of those actions, you might supply us with such information as your name, address, and phone numbers; credit card information; e-mail addresses of other people; computer IP Address; content of reviews and e-mails to us; personal description and photograph in your Profile.

Automatic Information: We receive and store certain types of information whenever you interact with us. For example, like many Web sites, we use “cookies,” and we obtain certain types of information when your Web browser accesses BusinessVermont.com or advertisements and other content served by or on behalf of BusinessVermont.com on other Web sites or social media.

IP Addresses: Vermont Community Media, LLC logs IP addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration, authentication and troubleshooting purposes.

User Generated Content and Public Activities (Including Comments and Reader Reviews)
We offer you opportunities to engage in public activities on BusinessVermont.com and other Business Vermont Services. “Public activities” are any actions you take on Business Vermont.com that are designed to be visible to other users, including comments, recommendations, reader reviews, ratings or any other items that you submit. Any information you disclose in your public activities, along with your screen name or ID, or any image or photo, becomes public and may be used by Business Vermont and its affiliated companies for online and offline promotional or commercial uses in any and all media. If you choose to engage in public activities, you should be aware that any personal information you submit can be read, collected and used by other users of these areas. We are not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in the course of your public activities and we have no responsibility to publish, take down, remove or edit any of your public activities or submissions.

Public activities may be included in our RSS feeds, APIs and other distribution formats. As a result, your public activities may appear on other websites, blogs, or feeds. Keep in mind that we are not responsible for any personal information you choose to make public via your public activities, and you agree that such sharing will be deemed to have been done by you, not Business Vermont.

What About Cookies?
Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser.

The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will 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 cookies altogether. Additionally, you can disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on’s settings or visiting the Web site of its manufacturer. However, because cookies allow you to visit our e-Editions and web sites without logging in each time, we recommend that you leave them turned on. For instance, if you block or otherwise reject our cookies, you will have to enter your username and password every time you want to access our web sites.

Does Business Vermont share the information it receives?
Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and we are not in the business of selling it to others. We share customer information only as described below and with subsidiaries Business Vermont controls that either are subject to this Privacy Notice or follow practices at least as protective as those described in this Privacy Notice. We will not release personal information about you as an individual to third parties, except under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Process below.

What does Business Vermont do with the information it gathers/tracks?

Statistical Analysis and Banner Advertising:
Business Vermont uses demographic and preference information to allow advertising on our site to be targeted in aggregate to groups of users. Personal information about you as an individual subscriber will not be provided to any third party without your consent, except under the circumstances described in Compliance with Legal Process below.

Business Vermont also may perform statistical analyses of user behavior to measure interest in the various areas of our web site.

In this statistical analyses and banner advertisement targeting, we will disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form.

Within Vermont Community Media, LLC
If you have registered to use Business Vermont, we will not sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your email address without your permission. Business Vermont is part of the Vermont Community Media, LLC, which includes the Rutland Herald, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and several other print and online publications. We may share your information within Vermont Community Media, LLC.  In the future we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions we will include your information among the transferred assets.

E-Mail:

If you so elect at registration or at any time thereafter, Business Vermont will periodically send you promotional email about services offered by Business Vermont and its advertisers. Business Vermont may contact you regarding account status, changes to the subscriber agreement, and to confirm registration. We will also send you other e-mails only if you have opted to subscribe to them.

The E-Mail This Article feature is an easy way for Business Vermont to send articles through email. The e-mail addresses that you supply to use this service will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. Business Vermont does not send unsolicited e-mail.

Business Vermont complies with the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. We will not send you marketing messages if you have opted out. You can choose not to receive messages in the future by  following the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each email. We will not share, sell, rent, swap or authorize any third party to use your email address for commercial purposes without your permission. If you feel you have received an email from us in error, please contact editorial@businessvermont.com.

Email Newsletters: Vermont Community Media, LLC offers several email newsletters, including one offered by Business Vermont. If you no longer wish to receive a specific newsletter, follow the “unsubscribe” instructions located near the bottom of each newsletter.

Survey Email: We may invite you to participate in user surveys asking for feedback on BusinessVermont.com and existing or prospective products and services, as well as information to better understand our users. User surveys greatly help us to improve the Business Vermont services, and any information we obtain in such surveys will not be shared with third parties, except in aggregate form.

Emails From You: If you send us an email, we will use your email address to respond directly to your questions or comments.

How Secure Is Information About Me?
We work to protect the security of your financial information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input.

We reveal only the last four digits of your credit card numbers when confirming an order. Our employees do not have access to your entire credit card number, or to your account password. Of course, we transmit the entire credit card number to the appropriate credit card company during order processing. And, you have the ability to re-set your password at any time.

It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer.

We use e-mail links located in the information area to allow you to contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have. We will use your email address to respond directly to these questions or comments. Any information you submit using email may NOT be encrypted, so you should avoid putting passwords credit card numbers or other private information in emails.

Compliance with Legal Process
We may disclose personal information if we are required to do so by law or we in good faith believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of BusinessVermont.com; or (4) protect the personal safety or property of our users or the public (among other things, this means that if you provide false information or attempt to pose as someone else, information about you may be disclosed as part of any investigation into your actions).

Opting-Out, Corrections and Cancellations
Upon request, Business Vermont will a) Remove you and your personal information, from our database, thereby canceling your registration; b) Correct personal information that you state is erroneous; or c) Permit you to “opt out” of further e-mail contact (excepting notification of major changes to the service) while still allowing access to the site.

Governing Law
This policy and the use of this Web site are governed by the laws of the State of Vermont. Any claim related to the Web site or this policy shall be brought in a federal or state court in Rutland County, Vermont, within one (1) year after the claim arises. You agree that no such claim may be brought as a class action. Users of BusinessVermont.com consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such court.