The Veterans of
Foreign Wars of the United States (“VFW”) is committed to maintaining the
personal information you provide to us. This Privacy Statement sets out
the governing principles for our use of personal information we may obtain
about you. We are located in the United
States of America. By using VFW’s sites, you agree to the transfer of your
personal information to or within the United States.
By using our website,
www.VFW.org (the “Site”), or by registering as a user of the services or
purchaser of the goods that we provide, or by requesting information, you agree
to the collection and use of information as set forth in this Privacy
Statement. If you do not agree with our Privacy Statement or our practices with
respect to your personal information, please do not use the Site.
Collection of Personal
VFW collects personal
information from our members, as part of the registration process and to maintain
our membership information. This
personal information may include names, postal addresses, email addresses,
telephone numbers, and other information, such as survey responses. We may also collect other demographic
information. This information, alone or
in combination with other information, may constitute personally identifiable
If you make a purchase
on our Site, we may collect your credit card information as well as other
information related to your purchase.
If you visit our
Facebook or other social media pages, or participate in one of our promotions,
we may collect information you submit or make publicly available.
Use and Sharing of Personal Information
We will not share your
personal information with others, except as described below or after we inform
you and give you an opportunity to opt out of having your personal information
may use such voluntarily provided information to improve our understanding of
your interests, to improve our services, or to contact you.
We may use your
personal information to send emails to you with VFW-related news, products,
offers, surveys, promotions and information. You can choose not to receive such
communications by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link located on the message or emailing us at OMS@vfw.org.
We may share your
personal information with third parties that perform certain services on our
behalf—such as fulfilling orders, providing customer service and marketing
assistance, performing business and sales analysis, and supporting our website
functionality. We do not give these service providers permission to share or
use your personal information for any other purposes.
We may disclose your
personal information in response to a subpoena or similar investigative demand,
a court order, or a request for cooperation from a law enforcement or other
government agency; to establish or exercise our legal rights; to defend against
legal claims; or as otherwise required by law. In such cases, we may raise or
waive any legal objection or right available to us.
We may also disclose
your personal information to assist in efforts to investigate, prevent, or take
other action regarding illegal activity, suspected fraud or other wrongdoing;
to protect and defend the rights, property or safety of our company, our users,
our employees, or others, or to enforce our website terms and conditions or
other agreements or policies.
We may share your
personal information in connection with a substantial corporate transaction,
such as a merger, consolidation, or asset sale of certain operational units, or
in the unlikely event of insolvency or bankruptcy.
Finally, the VFW
maintains an Online Membership System (OMS) for its members. You can access, update, or delete information
and preferences in the OMS at any time by logging in to the Site. More information about OMS is located
Tracking Visits to Our Site
Like many websites,
our Site monitors visitor traffic patterns by logging tracking data, which is
collected automatically from each Site visitor. Tracking data may include
information such as the IP address of the visitor's computer, its browser type
and operating system, the referring site, which pages of the Site were visited,
the order in which they were visited, and which links were clicked.
The VFW website may
contain links to other, third-party websites. Also, other parties may collect
personally identifiable information about your online activities over time and
across different websites when you use our Site. This Privacy Statement does
not apply to those sites or parties. You should contact those parties or linked
sites directly for information on their privacy, data collection and
distribution policies. Chartered VFW
Departments and Posts are separate corporate entities or associations, so you
should obtain information about their collection and use of personal
information from them.
Cookies, Web Beacons and Similar Tracking
Users visit our Site
via a browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Apple Safari
or Firefox. Our Site uses
"cookies" (i.e., small text files placed on a visitor computer's hard
drive) and other technologies that allow us to recognize your browser when you
visit our Site. They help us determine information such as the type of content
that a visitor accesses on our Site and the length of time that the visitor
spends on any particular area of the Site.
You can set your
browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies or notify you when a cookie
is set. Each browser is different, so check its "Help" menu to learn
how to change your cookie preferences.
You can visit our Site without accepting cookies. If you do not accept
cookies, you may not be able to enjoy all the benefits of being a registered
user of our Site.
The Site may also use analytics
script codes. These codes are small
pieces of computer code which allow us to count how many people visit our site
or certain pages on the site or open an e-mail.
They allow us to better customize the Web site in order to personalize
it and improve your experience while visiting.
There are “do not
track” or similar browser choices available to consumers with respect to online
web activity, but given the present lack of consensus of what constitutes an
informed election, appropriate trigger or breadth of scope of such choice, our
Site will continue to operate as described in this Statement, whether or not a
“do not track” signal is received.
Under 13 Years Old
This website is not
intended or designed to attract children under the age of 13. We do not
knowingly collect personally identifiable data from or about any person under
the age of 13. If you are under 13 years old and wish to ask a question or use
this website in any way that requires you to submit your personal information,
please get your parent or guardian to do so on your behalf.
Security of Personal
We take measures
designed to prevent unauthorized intrusion of the Site and the alteration,
acquisition or misuse of personal information. No system can be completely
secure, so even as we take steps to secure your information, we do not promise,
and you should not expect, that your personal information, searches, or other
communications will always remain secure.
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
VFW collects various types of personal information about you both online and
offline during the course of our relationship. Under California law, if you are
a resident of California, you may make a written request to VFW about how we
have shared your information with third parties for their direct marketing
purposes. In response to your written request, VFW is allowed to provide you
with a notice describing the cost-free means to opt-out of our sharing your
information with third parties, if the third party will use your information
for its direct marketing purposes.
If you would like to exercise your rights under California law, please send
your written request to the e-mail address or postal address below. YOUR
WRITTEN REQUEST MUST INCLUDE YOUR POSTAL ADDRESS SO THAT WE MAY PROVIDE YOU
WITH OUR NOTICE AND THIRD PARTY DIRECT MARKETING OPT-OUT FORM. RSC will provide
you with this form within 30 days of receiving your written request.
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention: Communications Department
Veterans of Foreign
Wars of the United States
406 West 34th
Kansas City, MO 64111
Our Site is hosted in the United States. If you access the Site or Services
from the European Union, Asia, or any other region with laws or regulations
governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure that differ from United
States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of our Site, you
are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent
Additionally, you understand that your personal information may be
processed in countries (including the United States) where laws regarding
processing personal information may be less stringent than in your country.
Changes to this Privacy Statement
We may update this
Privacy Statement from time to time. We will notify you of material changes to
this Statement by posting the updated Statement on this page. We ask that you
bookmark and periodically review this page to ensure your familiarity with the
current version of our Statement. You can determine when this Statement was
last changed by checking the "Effective Date" line at the top of this
How to Update Your
If you are a registered user of our Site, you may update your contact
information and any name changes by logging into your VFW account on the Online
Membership System portal.
If you have any questions about VFW's Privacy Statement, please contact us via email
at email@example.com or by mail at VFW, 406 West 34th Street,
Kansas City, MO 64111.