Privacy and Security Policy
The Participating Companies are committed to protecting privacy and, therefore, have checks and balances in place to ensure the confidentiality and security of the Participating Companies. The Participating Companies make a distinction between security and privacy. These definitions and guidelines will help members understand the privacy and security policies. If you do not find your concern addressed here, or would like to contact the Participating Companies directly, feel free to contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Privacy refers to information gathered about your organization, and the use made of it by the Participating Companies.
Security involves making sure that any sensitive information an organization may provide to the Participating Companies is done in a safe and secure manner. The Web Site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under the control of the Participating Companies.
The Participating Companies are sensitive to protecting the private information that users of the website provide to us. The trust and loyalty of our members is very important to us and this policy demonstrates our commitment to making sure your experience with the Participating Companies is positive. This policy statement describes how the Participating Companies treat information received about you when you are a visitor to the Web Site.
The Participating Companies will not collect personally identifying information about you when you visit our Web Site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. You also may decide to send us personally identifying information, for example your mailing address or e-mail address, in an electronic mail message requesting that we send you information. In all cases information collected is used solely so that each of the Participating Companies can operate its business and to respond to requests for information. The Participating Companies will not sell, share or release personally identifying information to third parties.
If you visit our Web Site to read press releases, news and events, or access specifications, the Participating Companies collect in a completely anonymous fashion, broad statistical information that aids in identifying the issues important to our visitors. These may include:
A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your browser along with a Web pag when you access a Web site. There are two kinds of cookies. A session cookie is a line of text that is stored temporarily in your computer's memory. Because a session cookie is never written to a drive, it is destroyed as soon as you close your browser.
A persistent cookie is a more permanent line of text that gets saved by your browser to a file on your hard drive. If you have your browser set to notify you before accepting cookies the notice will tell you if the cookie expires some time in the future or not. Persistent cookies have an expiration date in the future. Session cookies have no date associated with them.
The Web Site only uses session cookies to simplify interaction with the service. These cookies do not enable third parties to access any of your customer information.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all, this Web site employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on our Web Site is strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the law.
Please remember that no computer system should be considered safe from intrusion. For example, e-mail may pass through many computer systems, and should not be considered a secure means of communication unless encrypted. Even then, information is only as secure as the encryption method. Therefore, although we take many precautions to protect our system and our servers, we cannot guarantee the security of any data on any server, including secure servers.
Modification or Suspension of the Web Site
You agree that the Participating Companies may, at their sole discretion, and at any time, discontinue, suspend or modify operation of this Web Site, or any part thereof, temporarily or permanently, without notice to you, and you agree that the Participating Companies shall not be liable therefore.
You agree to comply with all applicable local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content, including without limitation, laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside.
No Reselling of Web Site
You agree not to sell, resell, reproduce, duplicate, copy or use for any commercial purposes any portion of the Web Site, or to provide use of or access to the Web Site.
Copyright, Trademark and Proprietary Rights
All material presented at this Site, unless specifically indicated otherwise, is under copyright to the Participating Companies. The material is freely downloadable for browsing purposes only. None of the material, nor its content, nor its code, nor any copy of it, may be altered in any way, transmitted to, or distributed to any other party, without the express written permission of the Participating Companies.
Disclaimer of Warranties
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE WEB SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE WEB SITE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW, THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES DO NOT MAKE ANY WARRANTY THAT THE WEB SITE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, OR THAT THE WEB SITE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS, IF ANY, WILL BE CORRECTED.
YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT ANY MATERIAL AND/OR DATA DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE WEB SITE IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED THEREBY INCLUDING DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF SUCH MATERIAL AND/OR DATA.
NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES OR THROUGH THE WEB SITE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY MADE HEREIN.
Limitations of Liability
YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, NEGLIGENCE, SHALL THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES OR THEIR AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, USE, DATA, GOODWILL OR OTHER INTANGIBLES, EVEN IF THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES OR THEIR SUPPLIERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING DAMAGES RESULTING FROM: (1) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE, (2) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, (3) THE STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE WEB SITE, OR, (4) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATIVE TO THE WEB SITE.
NOTE THAT IN THE JURISDICTIONS THAT DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES AS SET FORTH ABOVE, SUCH MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Use of Links
You acknowledge that the Web Site contains links that are protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary rights of third-party content providers. The Participating Companies are an independent provider of links to news articles and are not responsible for the availability of any link (external site). You may not publish transmit, transfer or sell, reproduce, distribute, display, or in any way exploit any of the links, in whole or in part; nor are you authorized to copy the text from any article without the express permission of the publisher. The Participating Companies are not responsible for the privacy practices, security, or the content of external web sites.
The Participating Companies make no representations whatsoever about any other web site that you may access through this one. When you access a non-VoLGA-Forum.com web site, even if it contains content from the Web Site, please understand that it is independent from the Web Site, and that the Participating Companies have no control over the content on that web site. In addition, a link to a non-VoLGA-Forum.com web site does not mean that the Participating Companies endorse or accept any responsibility for the content or the use of such web site. It is up to you to take precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your use is free of such items as viruses, worms, trojan horses and other items of a destructive nature. IN NO EVENT WILL THE PARTICIPATING COMPANIES BE LIABLE TO ANY PARTY FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL OR OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR ANY USE OF ANY HYPER LINKED WEB SITE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR OTHER DATA ON YOUR INFORMATION HANDLING SYSTEM OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF WE ARE EXPRESSLY ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
Changes to this Agreement
The Participating Companies may make changes to this policy from time to time. We will post changes to our policies here, so be sure to check back periodically. Your continued use of the Web Site constitutes your acceptance of any such changes.