|Last Revised Aug 15th, 2012
Your privacy is our top concern. We work hard to earn and keep
your trust, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:
Notice of all changes that materially affect ways in which your personally identifiable data may be used or shared will be posted in updates to this Privacy Statement. If you continue to use the vfxConnection service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on our site, you hereby provide your consent to the changed practices.
In order to become a vfxConnection user, you must first create an account on this web site. To create an account you are required to provide the following contact information: name, email address, city, state, country, years of experience, profile type, your availability for work and choose a password.
Once a user, you may provide additional information in the Profile section describing your skills, professional experience. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration is entirely optional, but enables you to better identify yourself and find new opportunities on vfxConnection.
Information about your Contact
To invite others to connect with you directly in vfxConnection, you are required to enter their names and email addresses. This information will be used by vfxConnection to send your invitation including a message that you write. The names and email addresses of people that you invite will be used only to
send your invitation and reminders.
You may also choose to manually enter or upload data about your contacts into the private 'My Colleagues' section of our web site. All information entered there will only be viewable by you and will not be searchable by others in the vfxConnection network without your permission. All information that you enter or upload about your contacts will be covered by the same terms of this Privacy Statement as covered in your own personally identifiable information.
Cookies & Log Files
One type of cookie, known as a 'persistent' cookie, is set once you have logged in to your vfxConnection account. The next time you visit the vfxConnection web site, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognize you as an existing user so you will not need to log in before using the service. In order to access or change any of your private information, however, you must log in securely again with your password even if your computer contains your persistent cookie. Additionally, if you log out of the vfxConnection site you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit in order to log in to your account. Another type of cookie, called a 'session' cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to the vfxConnection site. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser.
Due to the communications standards on the Internet, when you visit the vfxConnection web site we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave vfxConnection. We also receive the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, as well as the name of your ISP. This information is used to analyze overall trends to help us improve the vfxConnection service. The linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is never shared with third-parties without your permission or except when required by law.
We allow other companies, called ad networks, to serve advertisements to vfxConnection users. Ad networks include third party ad servers, ad agencies, ad technology vendors and research firms. vfxConnection may 'target' some ads to users that fit a certain general profile - for example, 'Animators in Florida.' vfxConnection does NOT use personally identifiable information to target ads. Because your web browser must request these advertisements and web beacons from the ad network's servers, these companies can view, edit or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site.
These general targets may also be used by ad networks to display targeted ads on other web sites as a substitute for random, irrelevant ads. You will never see additional ads as a result of being a vfxConnection user and vfxConnection never provides personally identifiable information to any advertiser nor any third party.
You may not at this time opt-out of use of Web beacons in vfxConnection pages that you view or of placement of a cookie by ad networks in your browser.
Children are not eligible to use our service and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us
or use the service.
vfxConnection is an online service dedicated to helping all types of post-production and animation professionals more effectively connect with one another. The personally identifiable information you choose to provide on this site is used to help you describe yourself to other users. Other information that does not personally identify you as an individual is collected by vfxConnection from the site (such as by way of example and patterns of utilization) and is exclusively owned by vfxConnection. This information can be utilized by vfxConnection in such manner as vfxConnection, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.
vfxConnection will communicate with you through email and notices posted on this web site. These include a welcome email which helps inform new users about various features of the service. Please be aware that you will always receive certain emails from vfxConnection related to the proper functioning of your account, such as email notices when another user in your network sends you a message. vfxConnection may send you promotional information but this will be very limited and rare.
Information you provide at registration or in your Profile section is also used to customize your experience on the web site. For example, when you login to your account we will display the screen names of new users who have recently joined.
Sharing Information With Third Parties
vfxConnection takes the privacy of our users very seriously. We will never sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to any third parties for marketing purposes. We will only share your personally identifiable with third parties to carry out your instructions and to provide specific services. For instance, we use a credit card processing company to bill users for subscription fees. These third parties do not retain, share, or store any personally identifiable information except to provide these services and are bound by strict confidentiality agreements which limit their use of such information.
vfxConnection offers a 'web profile' feature which allows users to publish portions of their vfxConnection profile, including your 'name', but not your 'email address' to the public Internet.
We may provide aggregated data about the usage of our services to third-parties for such purposes as we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate. We may segment our users by role (i.e. Animators, Supervisors), software skill, geographic location, company.
Partnering with Other Organizations to Offer Combined Services
vfxConnection partners with other online services to give you the combined results of both services. Whenever we offer such combined services it will be your choice to make use of the combined services or not. In these cases, your personally identifiable information will only be passed from vfxConnection to the partner if you choose to use the combined service.
Communications Between Users
Many emails you initiate through vfxConnection (an invitation sent to a non-user, for instance) will list your email address and name in the header of the message. Emails you initiate may also provide aggregate information about your network (for instance how many people are in your network), but will never list the people to whom you're connected. Other communications that you initiate through the vfxConnection web site, like a request for colleague connection, will list your name as the initiator but will not include your personal contact information.
It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information when required by law. We will disclose such information wherein we have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with a court order, ongoing judicial proceeding, or other legal process served on our company or to exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
ACCESSING AND CHANGING YOUR ACCOUNT INFORMATION
In order to secure your personal information, access to your data on vfxConnection is password-protected, and sensitive data is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and our web site. To protect any data you store on our servers we also regularly audit our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks and we use a tier-one secured-access data center.
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