Verus collects personally identifiable information from you through the Site when you contact us through the Site’s contact form, submit an application for employment, or create an account for our correspondence portal, including information such as your name, address, email address, phone number, information about your employment or income history, or other information you choose to provide to us. This information is collected and stored electronically when you submit it to us through the Site.
Information Collected Automatically
In addition, information about your computer hardware and software is automatically collected by Verus when you use the Site. This information may include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times, geographic location, referring website addresses and other technical information such as protocol status and substatus, bytes sent and received, and server information. We may also collect information about how you interact with the Site. This information is used by Verus for its business purposes, including for the operation and improvement of the Site, for technical troubleshooting, to maintain quality of the Site and to provide general statistics regarding use of the Site.
Cookies and Other Information Collection Tools
What are cookies? A cookie is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website or use an online service. When you visit the website use the service again, the cookie allows that website or online service to recognize your browser or device. Cookies may store unique identifiers, user preferences and other information.
How do I control cookies? Web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to manage and delete cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. Some web browsers provide settings that allow a user to reject cookies or to alert a user when a cookie is placed on the user’s computer, tablet or mobile device. Most mobile devices also offer settings to reject mobile device identifiers. Although users are not required to accept cookies or mobile device identifiers, blocking or rejecting them may prevent access to some features available through the Site.
How Information is Used
We may use the information we collect for any of the following purposes:
- to provide the Site to you and to optimize and improve the Site;
- for customer service, security, to detect fraud or illegal activities, and for archival and backup purposes in connection with the provision of the Site;
- for research and analysis purposes;
- to fulfil your requests; and
- to communicate with you.
Sharing of Information
- With Third Party Service Providers Performing Services on Our Behalf. We share your personal information with our service providers to perform the functions for which we engage them. For example, we may use third parties to host the Site or assist us in providing functionality on the Site, provide data analysis and research Site, to send out email updates about the Site or remove repetitive information from our user lists.
- For Legal Purposes. We also may share information that we collect from users as needed to enforce our rights, protect our property or protect the rights, property or safety of others, or as needed to support external auditing, compliance and corporate governance functions. We will disclose personal information as we deem necessary to respond to a subpoena, regulation, binding order of a data protection agency, legal process, governmental request or other legal or regulatory process. We may also share personal information as required to pursue available remedies or limit damages we may sustain.
- Changes of Control. We may transfer information, including your personal information, in connection with a change of ownership or control by or of us or any affiliated entity (in each case whether in whole or in part).
Verus does not share your personal information with third parties for those third parties’ marketing purposes.
Security Used & Retention of Personal Information
Verus uses reasonable security measures designed to prevent unauthorized intrusion to the Site and the alteration, acquisition or misuse of personal information, however, we will not be responsible for loss, corruption or unauthorized acquisition or misuse of personal information that you provide through the Site that is stored by us, or for any damages resulting from such loss, corruption or unauthorized acquisition or misuse. Verus will retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purpose for which it was collected, or as required by applicable laws or regulation.
Links to External Websites
Do Not Track
Our Site does not currently take any action when it receives a Do Not Track request. Do Not Track is a privacy preference that you can set in your web browser to indicate that you do not want certain information about your webpage visits collected across websites when you have not interacted with that service on the page. For details, including how to turn on Do Not Track, visit www.donottrack.us.
We do not knowingly collect or maintain personal information from any person under the age of thirteen. No parts of our Site are directed to or designed to attract anyone under the age of thirteen.
How to Submit a Request under the California Consumer Privacy Act (the “CCPA”)
You may submit a “request to know,” as described under the CCPA, by calling 1-800-390-3252 or emailing Mike Papadopoulos (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may submit a “request to delete”, as described under the CCPA, by calling 1-800-390-3252 or emailing Mike Papadopoulos (email@example.com).
We are required to provide certain information or to delete personal information only in response to verifiable requests made by you or your authorized agent. Any information gathered as part of the verification process will be used for verification purposes only.
If an authorized agent seeks to submit a request on behalf of a California resident, the authorized agent may do so by the aforementioned methods, however, they must provide: (i) signed authorization from the California resident authorizing them to act on the California resident’s behalf, unless they can provide proof that the California resident has granted them power of attorney pursuant to California Probate Code sections 4000 to 4465; and (ii) proof of their registration with the California Secretary of State to conduct business in California. We also require that the California resident directly verify their own identity with us and directly confirm with us that they provided the authorized agent permission to submit the request.
Contact Information; Questions and Changes in Information
Notification of Changes