Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://usvao.org/

Data Collected from your Use of this Site

We automatically receive certain data about the computer or device you are using when you visit this Site, including: your Internet Protocol (IP) address; information about the browser or type of device you are using; data collected through cookies, pixel tags, and other similar technologies (as described below in the “Cookies and Other Internet Technologies” section); the date and time of your visit; and the web page you visited immediately prior to visiting this Site. We also collect data about videos or other content you view on this Site, like the type and name of the content and the time viewed.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

COOKIES AND OTHER INTERNET TECHNOLOGIES 

This Site uses cookies (i.e., small text files placed on your device) and similar technologies (e.g., pixels and pixel tags, ad tags, clear GIFs, and Javascript) – including cookies and technologies from third-party providers – to enable certain features and functionality and to collect additional information that helps us to improve this Site and our services.

This Site may use session cookies (which expire when you close your browser) and persistent cookies (which remain on your device after you close your browser until you delete them or they expire). We use these technologies for security purposes, to help you navigate this Site, to display information more effectively, to better serve you with tailored information on this Site, and to gather statistical information about how visitors use this Site in order to continually improve its design and functions. 

If you do not want data to be collected from your device via cookies, most browsers have a setting that allows you to decline the use of cookies. Some features of this Site may not work properly if you decline the use of cookies. To learn more about cookies, please visit https://www.allaboutcookies.org/

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, a web analytics tool that may set cookies in your browser, in order to help us understand how visitors engage with this Site. To learn more about Google Analytics’ data practices, please visit https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en. For opt-out options specific to Google Analytics, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Other third party cookies and technologies

We also enable third-party cookies and other similar technologies to collect or receive data from this Site and elsewhere for use in advertising, including for the purposes of serving advertisements targeted to users’ interests, retargeting visitors to this Site, conversion tracking (i.e., tracking the actions users take after viewing or engaging with our advertisements), measuring ad effectiveness, and ensuring that you do not see the same ad repeatedly. These cookies and similar technologies collect data about your browsing habits and online behavior, including across different browsers and devices used by you, in order to serve advertisements that may be of interest to you. For example, Nielsen’s third-party providers may use the fact that you visited this Site to place online ads for Nielsen on non-Nielsen websites. 

Third parties may also use data about your use of this Site to help target non-Nielsen advertisements based on your online behavior and/or interests in general. Data collected generally includes actions you take on this Site (e.g., URL, previous website visited), device and browser data (e.g., IP address, operating system, browser type), timestamp, and events (e.g., page views). In some cases, this data is connected to your social network ID. Please note that Nielsen is not responsible for practices by such third parties, and those practices are subject to those companies’ own policies.  

You may use industry platforms to opt out of interest-based advertising. To learn more about opting out of receiving interest-based advertisements and how to exercise your options, please visit: https://optout.aboutads.info and www.networkadvertising.org/choices. These tools use cookies to record and implement your preferences. If you disable or delete cookies on your device after using these tools, you will need to complete the opt-out process again. 

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.