This privacy statement contains the privacy practices for the VPF website.
The VPF is committed to internet privacy and would like visitors to be well informed about the gathering and use of their information through these websites.
1. Data collection
- Monitoring of general trends in the use of the website but no tracking of individual visitors
- No collection of information concerning visitors unless that information is voluntarily disclosed, for example by signing up as a member, subscriber, participant or similar, or subscribing to updates from the website
- No selling or renting of information voluntarily disclosed to the VPF nor sharing of it with any third parties
- Individuals and partners will only be contacted by the VPF for purposes related to the work of their institution or the VPF
- At any time, visitors signed up for specific services can cancel or modify their information
The website collects one category of information:
2. Use of Information
The VPF analyses browsing patterns and usage trends of the websites’ visitors with the general information collected. The VPF periodically summarises and analyses these log files to learn how visitors use content on the website. This information is used to allocate resources effectively and improve the content, organisation and performance of VPF website. This process does not collect, store or use personally-identifying information such as name, address, telephone number or email address.
A cookie is a small piece of information that a web server asks a visitor’s browser to store on the visitor’s local computer; later their browser presents this information to the web server. In its simplest form, a cookie is an identifying number.
The VPF does not know the identity of a person based on the numerical ID. The cookies used on the website do not contain any personal information about visitors nor are they used to look up personal information about visitors.
Additional cookies may be used from time to time to, inter alia, monitor new visitors to the websites, promote specific content and create call to action campaigns.
Any information provided to the VPF by visitors of the website is handled with due care and security, and will not be used in ways other than as set forth in this policy, or in any site/area-specific policies, or in ways to which visitors have not explicitly consented.
The VPF employs a range of technologies and security measures to protect the information maintained on VPF systems from loss, misuse, unauthorised access or disclosure, alteration or destruction. When visitors submit sensitive information via the websites, such information is encrypted and protected with SSL encryption.
All VPF employees who have access to and are associated with the processing of personal data are obliged to respect the confidentiality of official business matters, including personal data.
5. Retention of personal information
6. Electronic mail
When a visitor sends the Institute for Security Studies staff (who oversee the website and convene the VPF) identifying information via email (that is, in a message containing a question or a comment, or by filling out a form that emails the ISS this information), the ISS uses it to respond to visitors’ requests. The personal information will be deleted once the request has been addressed.
The VPF may forward visitors email to other employees of the VPF (including affiliates or consultants) who are better able to answer visitors’ questions. The VPF does not retain or distribute lists of email addresses to any parties outside of the VPF (including partner organisations). The VPF does not distribute lists of e-mail addresses to any outside parties. Information collected via email will be retained at the VPF’s sole discretion in a directly readable form as long as necessary to complete the VPF’s response.
7. External links
8. Agreement and notification of amendments
9. Applicable law and venue of jurisdiction