PRIVACY POLICY

Visual Communications Group, Inc. ("VCG") has adopted this Privacy Policy for its signsmissoula.com and www.signsearch.com website (collectively the "Site"). We maintain a separate Privacy Policy relating to information collected and used on our pro.signsearch.com site because of the differences between activities on the two sites. The Policy describes situations in which information about users of the Site is collected, the purposes and use of that information, and choices you can make about information that pertains to you. In this Policy, VCG is referred to as "we" or "our." Users of the Site, including companies who list information about themselves on the Site, are referred to as "you."

What We Do We are an online publisher of information about sign companies and sign-related products and services. Much of the information we publish is compiled from data we obtain about, or are provided by, third parties. We try to make it easy to use the Site and to deliver relevant information to you and other users. In order to accomplish these goals, we need to collect information from or about users of the Site.

Collection, Use, and Sharing of Information

We have organized descriptions of collection, use, and sharing of information by how and where information is obtained.

A. Site Visit Data Collected and Used By Us.

When you visit our Site or use our Services, we may gather and store information about your visit. That information can include the IP address of the device used to generate your visit, the browser you used to access our Site, the time and date of the visit, the pages you visited, the length of time you spent on each page, the operating system employed by the device you used to access our Site, and where you went after using our Site. We use this information to measure online market activity, to gather analytics to help us improve Site experience, to evaluate the content on the Site about which users are interested, to measure the number of visitors who are exposed to advertising on our Site, and to otherwise enhance the overall position of the Site. Site visit information is also used to try to make your Site visit more productive, relevant, and enjoyable. The following information may help you better understand how information about Site visits is gathered:

  • We may gather information with "Cookies" or "Web Beacons" and use the information to track your visit.
  • "Cookies" are stored on the hard drive of your computer. They can be used to store information that makes future visits to the Site more convenient. If you so decide, cookies can also be used by you to store information like user name and password or to store other preference indicators and identifiers.
  • "Web Beacons" or “Tags” are used to determine whether pages on our site have been accessed by a user and occasionally to provide information about that access.
  • Cookies cannot be opened or run by us on your computer and they cannot infect your computer with viruses. You can disable Cookies or otherwise manage them through tools provided with your browser software and with commercially available software packages. Please be aware, though, that if you turn Cookies off you will experience less than optimal web engagement. Many features on our Site will not work as well or at all. Also, Cookies are automatically downloaded to users who don't have one so you'd have to re-disable Cookies after every visit.
  • We may from time to time permit a third party data analytics service provider to include Web Beacons or Cookies within the pages of our Site. The findings of our data analytics service provider, including logs and IP addresses, may be used as part of the effort to gain a deeper understanding of behavior, effectiveness and use of our Site. Our data analytics service providers do not collect or report names, e-mail addresses, or other PII that could enable direct personal contact with an individual.
  • There is no "opt out" possibility regarding information about Site visits we collect through devices like Cookies and Web Beacons. If you have any questions about collection or use of this type of data, please contact us by using the contact information found on the Site or write us at Visual Communications Group, Inc., PO Box 22161, Eagan, MN 55122.

B. Credit Card Information. When you purchase Services from us through use of a credit card, we collect information and use it solely to place your order with us. We utilize secure server software (SSL) to encrypt all account and personal information you input in connection with processing an order. We also segregate customer credit card data to protect it from unauthorized access. As part of the process of enrolling for Services, though, we may collect personally identifiable information (“PII”) that could be used to communicate with you for other purposes. In that regard, your contact information would be covered by the "PII You Provide to Us on the Site" subsection of this Policy.

C. PII You Provide To Us on the Site. There are Services offered on the Site that involve our obtaining PII from you and storing and using that PII.

  • When you register with us in order to list or advertise your company, we collect information about your company in order to enable us to communicate directly with you to further the purposes of those Services.
  • We also collect information that could be considered to be PII when you purchase services from us and when you utilize services on the Site. In those cases, our primary purpose for collecting the information is to enable prompt and accurate processing of your order or fulfillment of your requests. Other potential uses of the PII we collect are described below.
  • Finally, PII could be collected in connection with your participation in contests or other promotions organized by us and our affiliates or marketing partners. In that case, the information is used in connection with administration of the contest or promotion. It may thereafter also be used in the manner described below.
  • In addition to the specific purposes for which your PII is obtained, we, or our marketing partners, may use that information to (a) include you in e-mail, website, direct mail announcements, or telephone contact relating to information perceived to be relevant to you, or (b) to conduct surveys, research, or other analysis about either operation of the Site or products or services offered on the Site. We may use e-mail service providers or other third parties to implement those purposes. You can opt out of those uses in the manner described in the " Privacy Choices" section of this Policy.

D. Social Media Accounts. We may collect information about you through social media accounts we maintain or with which we are affiliated. The primary reason for doing so is to be able to contact you through the same social media channel where the original connection was made. Sign-in services made possible by social media outlets including Facebook, Google Plus or Open ID may enable you to sign on to our website. In doing so your identity will be authenticated and provide you with the option to share certain PII with us including your name and e-mail. That information would be treated under this Policy as PII You Provide to us on the Site. You may also have the option of posting information about us from this sign-on option to your social media pages and share our company information with your personal network.

E. Links to Third Party Sites. Advertisements and promotional offers from advertisers, listing companies, and service providers appear on the Site. If you click on a link contained on one of those listings or advertisements, you are accessing a website that is not owned, operated, or controlled by us. The operator of that site should have its own privacy policy which will govern the collection and use of information on that site. We are not responsible for any PII or other information collected or provided on the site of an advertiser, sponsor, affiliate, or other entity to whose website you can link to from our Site. We may customize some ads to cause them to offer items in which we believe you may be interested but we do not provide any PII to an advertiser when you view or interact with its sponsored link or advertisement.

F. Sale of VCG. If we or our assets were to be sold, the information we have collected would likely be among the assets acquired by the buyer. That buyer, though, would acquire the information subject to the terms of our then-current Privacy Policy, including the opt-out choices described in the "Privacy Choices" section.

G. Information about Children. Our Site, products, and services are neither developed for, nor directed at children. We do not employ or offer targeting toward children under the age of 18. If you believe that your child has provided us with personal information and would like to have that information deleted, you can contact us in the manner described in the "Contacts" Section of this Privacy Policy.

H. Subpoenas, Orders, or Protection of Rights or Safety. We may be required by judicial or governmental subpoena, search warrant, or order to provide access to information we have collected. If that were to occur, we will utilize good faith efforts to protect, limit access to, and restrict future use of PII. We also reserve the right to disclose PII of individuals if we reasonably believe that doing so is necessary to protect our rights or to protect the safety of the individual or others.

I. Compliance with Applicable Regulations and Laws. Finally, we reserve the right to modify our privacy practices before a new version of our Privacy Policy is published (see the "Changes to Policy" section) if doing so is necessary to comply with any applicable law or regulation that relates to information collected, stored, or used by us.

Data Security and Retention

We develop, implement and periodically review procedures that are intended to protect personally identifiable information, data stored by us. The Services we offer may continue to be relevant to you or may again be relevant in the future. Consequently, we may maintain information for an extended period of time. Our information retention policies are also affected by contractual and regulatory compliance needs.

Privacy Choices

If your company is listed on our Site, you must agree to receiving e-mail, website, direct mail announcements, or telephone contact relating to information perceived to be relevant to the services or operation of the Site or products or services offered on the Site.

If you wish to know whether we have collected personally identifiable information about you, you can contact us by using the contact information found on the Site or write us at Visual Communications Group, Inc., PO Box 22161, Eagan, MN 55122. We will use good faith efforts to respond within a reasonable time to your inquiry. Similarly, we will use good faith efforts to respond within a reasonable time to any requests to update or change any PII which has been collected by us about you.

We may send you a welcome email and sometimes other information relating to our services. We may also send service-related email announcements to you from time to time. For example, we may send you an email announcement about a change in operating policies, a planned service interruption, or new features of one or more of services you receive from us. You may not opt-out of these service-related communications. If you fail to check your primary e-mail address for service-related announcements, you may miss important information about our services, including legal notices, for example.

We reserve the right to send you promotional email as permitted by applicable law.  If you do not want us to include you in promotional email, you can opt out of that use. That opting out can be accomplished by clicking "unsubscribe" on an email if that choice is provided or by contacting us using the contact information found on the Site or by writing us at Visual Communications Group, Inc., PO Box 22161, Eagan, MN 55122.

If there are legally-required opt in or opt out choices that apply to us and are different from what is in this Policy, we intend to comply with those legal requirements. Please let us know if you believe that information about you needs to be handled differently from what happens under our current practice.

Contacts

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by using the contact information found on the Site or write us at Visual Communications Group, Inc., PO Box 22161, Eagan, MN 55122.

Disputes Relating to Use of Information

By using the Site, you consent to the collection and use of information in the manner described in this Privacy Policy. If you feel that we aren't following our Privacy Policy with respect to information about you, please contact us by using the contact information found on the Site or write us at Visual Communications Group, Inc., PO Box 22161, Eagan, MN 55122. Any unresolved disputes about our collection or use of information collected about you shall be subject to our Terms of Use of Site and shall be exclusively resolved by the method described in that Terms of Use.

Changes to Policy

The effective date of this version of our Privacy Policy is January 9, 2017. We may change this Policy at any time. When we make changes to the policy, we will update the date in this section. Please check the Privacy Policy from time to time to see whether there have been any changes that would affect your decision to use the Site or to opt in or opt out of uses of your information. Your continued use of the Site signifies your acceptance of modifications to our Privacy Policy.

Last modified June 26, 2017