We at Vermont Guardian respect and protect the privacy of our users.
What information do we collect from our users and how do we collect it?
Our site does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals, for instance, when purchasing a subscription or classified.
In particular, when purchasing a subscription, you must provide contact information (like name, e-mail and shipping address) and may provide financial information (like credit card number, expiration date) to be used for billing purposes and to fill customers' orders. If the site has trouble processing an order, this contact information is used to get in touch with you.
We do collect anonymous, aggregated data and provide it to our advertisers and other companies that we do business with for market research and statistical purposes. Vermont Guardian may use such information to help determine ways to improve our site.
We do not provide, sell or lease personally identifiable information to any third parties. As an exception, to protect site visitors and the general welfare, the site will release personal information when necessary in order to comply with the law or regulatory authorities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding what is done with your information on any part of our web site, or would like such information deleted from our records, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are cookies? How do you use them?
"Cookies" are text files that are used to collect information about visits that helps us create an overall profile of how visitors use our site, and how often they come. Cookies cannot be used to collect data from any user's computer - cookies can only be used in conjunction with the site being visited.
For further information on cookies and their use, see the help instructions delivered with your browser or contact the browser's manufacturer.
You also may occasionally get cookies from our advertisers. Vermont Guardian does not control those cookies and those cookies are not subject to this policy. Please note that the use of advertising cookies sent by third-party servers is common in the Internet industry.
Is the information you collect about me secure?
We take every precaution to protect users' information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline from unauthorized access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorized modification, and unlawful destruction or accidental loss.
When the site asks you to enter sensitive information (such as your credit card number), that information is encrypted and is protected with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption software. All of the site's employees and data processors, who have access to and are associated with the processing of personal information, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of your personal information.
What about children using your site — is their privacy protected?
Yes. In accordance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Vermont Guardian does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 without parental consent. If it is learned that such information has been collected without parental consent, that information will be deleted from the site's database as quickly as practical or the child's parent(s) will be contacted to obtain consent for the collection of the information.
We encourage parents to get involved with their children's online usage and to be aware of activities in which they are participating.
Finally, parents should be aware that if a child voluntarily discloses his or her name, e-mail address, etc. on various forums, or chat areas, such disclosure may result in unsolicited messages from other parties. Accordingly, you should discourage your child from doing so.
What about my privacy on linked sites?
By using this website, you consent to the collection of information as described in this policy.
You may also send a letter to:
The Vermont Guardian
PO Box 335
Winooski, VT 05404
Last Updated: September 21, 2004