Privacy Policy

VectorVest Privacy Policy

This privacy policy applies to personal information and data collected at of any kind or nature whatsoever provided by you or in connection with or in relation to www.vectorvest.com, www.vectorvest.ca, www.vectorvest.be, www.vectorvest.de , www.vectorvest.com.au, www.vectorvest.co.uk, www.vectorvest.nl and also to personal information and data of any kind or nature whatsoever provided by you or collected by VectorVest, Inc. (“VectorVest”) or others for or in connection with or in relation to any of its courses, training, software, applications, licenses, research, subscription services, free trials, marketing, and any and all other products and services it offers on its own or may offer on behalf of or through or integrated with third parties (all such products, services and activities collectively the “Services”) in relation to all formats and mediums including at additional websites or applications that may not be listed here. This privacy policy also applies to all personal information and data you provide to VectorVest of any kind or nature, for any reason. VectorVest is committed to protecting the privacy of users of the Services. VectorVest does however gather certain types of information about the users of the Services and provides third parties with your personal information and data for business purposes and wants users to fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the use of the information we collect and provide to third parties. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the Services.

  1. Information VectorVest collects

Users can visit the public or “free” sections of our websites without identifying themselves or volunteering personal information. But to otherwise utilize the Services and associated features, a user must first register with VectorVest. When a user registers, we may request certain personal information, including, but not limited to, contact information, such as the users name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, credit/debit card information, transactional payment information, and demographic information such as age and gender. VectorVest collects personal information when a user voluntarily provides VectorVest with this information or where such information is required or permitted to be collected by law or professional standards. Please use your discretion when providing sensitive information to VectorVest, and under any circumstances. This site is being monitored by one or more third-party monitoring software(s) and may capture information about your visit that will help us improve the quality of our service. You may control the data being collected from your visit by visiting https://sitespyiq.com through a universal consumer options page located at: https://sitespyiq.com/Unsub/unsub.html.

BY REGISTERING AND/OR SUBMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION TO VECTORVEST, YOU CONSENT TO VECTORVEST’S USE OF THIS INFORMATION FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES AND AS DESCRIBED HEREIN AND CONSENT TO THE TRANSFER AND STORAGE OF SUCH INFORMATION TO AND IN VECTORVEST’S DATABASES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT. BY REGISTERING AND/OR SUBMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION TO VECTORVEST, YOU CONSENT TO VECTORVEST’S PROVIDING AND DISSEMINATING THIS INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES AND CONSENT TO THE TRANSFER AND STORAGE OF SUCH INFORMATION TO AND BY SUCH THIRD PARTIES. Your personal information is not used by us or provided to third parties for other purposes, unless we obtain your permission, or unless otherwise required or permitted by law or professional standards.

  1. Purposes of Data Collection

VectorVest gathers, collects, stores, organizes, and retrieves information and data about users of the Services both collectively and individually. For example, we gather what areas of our websites users visit most frequently, what Services users access most often, and trends or patterns in responses to educational course questions. VectorVest processes personal information both as a Processor and as a Controller as defined by the GDPR. VectorVest will be the Controller for user data. All data collected by VectorVest will be stored in SalesForce.com. All hosting is performed in accordance with security regulations. VectorVest automatically logs IP addresses, session sources, and other data which tracks users’ access to the Services. We analyze these logs for sales and marketing purposes, as well as for system performance monitoring. These logs are analyzed for the aggregate trends and patterns they reveal about users of the Services, not for the behaviors of individual users. This information provides us with aggregate data that VectorVest may use to improve the Services. VectorVest also gathers personal information about users of the Services individually, for example for provision of customer service and support, billing, security, compliance with the VectorVest Subscriber Agreement, network management, user surveys, sales management, sales support, newsletters, marketing, user group memberships, event registrations, sponsorships, offers of related products and services, and other exchanges of information. We may also use the information you send to us to communicate with you via email, and possibly other means, regarding products, services, offers, promotions, or events we think may be of interest to you or to send you our newsletter, if this is in accordance with your marketing preferences. You will always be able to opt-out of such communications at any time through the processes outlined in section 7 below.

  1. What VectorVest does with the information it collects

In addition to the foregoing, VectorVest may use aggregated personal information to determine the demographic composition of our user base and to distribute statistics and general marketplace information about VectorVest. This aggregate information does not identify specific users. Certain non-personal information regarding users is recorded by the standard operation of the Internet servers hosting the Services. This information is primarily used to provide users of the Services with an enhanced online experience. VectorVest may disclose aggregated user statistics in order to describe the Services to prospective partners, advertisers, purchasers, and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.

Some features of the Services may be offered in conjunction with an unaffiliated third party, such as another entity, service provider or brokerage offering or integrating with the Services and contracting with VectorVest as a vendor or with VectorVest as a client to provide the Services or integration to users. In order to provide the Services or the integration, it may be and sometimes is necessary for users and/or VectorVest to share personal information and data of users with unaffiliated third parties.

  1. The Services, including ProfitLocker Pro ™ -- relation to Third Party Yodlee

VectorVest has a contract with Yodlee. As a client of Yodlee, VectorVest uses and integrates with Yodlee to link VectorVest user brokerage accounts with third party brokerages to VectorVest’s Services including, but not limited to, in connection with a VectorVest software product named ProfitLocker Pro™ that is for stop guidance, and to help investors analyze the holdings in their brokerage accounts, to know what to buy, when to buy and when to sell. The Yodlee software may be or is silently integrated into VectorVest’s existing platforms and Services, such that it may appear to the user or consumer of the Services, including of ProfitLocker Pro™ that he or she is interacting with VectorVest and has no idea he or she is logging into or using a Yodlee product. You understand that when you enter your brokerage account credentials and login information (i.e., username and password), account access information and/or registration information, in connection with the Services, including ProfitLocker Pro™, Yodlee has access to it and stores a copy of such information and data on its own system after the connection is made between your brokerage account and any VectorVest product or service. You understand that once Yodlee has access to your brokerage account and login information, Yodlee may and does routinely extract data from your account. Although we hope it never happens, you understand and agree that there is always a risk that Yodlee or any third party to whom we or you disclose your information and data, might continue to use a stored copy it has made of your information and data or might otherwise violate laws related to your information and data and the use and storage thereof even after you have severed the connection between your brokerage account and the VectorVest product or service or even after you no longer provide consent to the Yodlee or third-party use of the same. Such might be the case despite any representations and assurance made by Yodlee or third parties to VectorVest that such events and use after severance will not occur. You understand and are provided notice that Yodlee has in the past been accused of aggregating individual consumer data and information, including bank account balances and transaction histories, and selling it to third parties for a fee, and that you have been given notice of Yodlee’s alleged business practices and conduct as alleged in a court Complaint concerning consumer data and information and account log-in credentials and the storage and use thereof, which have been appropriately disclosed to you. You agree that you have been informed of the risk of Yodlee or any third party in possession of your information and data continuously accessing and extracting information from your account and selling it to third parties without your knowledge or consent, and that Yodlee’s or any third party’s involvement with your data and information might unfortunately go well beyond the limited consent provided by you to facilitate a connection between your brokerage account and VectorVest, and you willingly and knowingly assume and accept and agree to that risk. In the spirit of providing full disclosure and the facts to allow you to provide an informed consent before using and subscribing the Services, including, ProfitLocker Pro™, VectorVest wishes to advise its users and consumers of the Services and ProfitLocker Pro™ and hereby informs them that Yodlee is currently or once was a defendant party in a class action lawsuit, Case No. No. 3:20-cv-05991 filed in federal court in Northern California in August, 2020, in which the plaintiff, Deborah Wesch, alleges in the Complaint that Yodlee’s business practice of collecting, extracting, and selling personal data violates several privacy laws, such as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), California’s Financial Information Privacy Act (CalFIPA), the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA), and the Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) Privacy Rule. The plaintiff has alleged that once Yodlee has access to the individual’s account, Yodlee routinely extracts data from the user’s account, even after an individual has severed the connection between its bank account and the third-party service. The plaintiff has alleged that after access is revoked, Yodlee accesses the account by relying on their own stored copy of the individual’s credentials. The plaintiff has alleged that Yodlee then aggregates the data, including bank account balances and transaction histories, and sells it to third parties for a fee. The Plaintiff alleges that Yodlee continuously accessed and extracted information from her account and sold her personal data to third parties without her knowledge or consent. A copy of the class action Complaint is here.

  1. Additional Information About Disclosures to and interactions with third parties

IF A USER DOES NOT WANT HIS OR HER INFORMATION TO BE SHARED, THE USER CAN CHOOSE NOT TO ALLOW THE TRANSFER BY NOT USING THE SERVICES, OR BY FOLLOWING THE OPT-OUT PROCEDURES IDENTIFIED IN SECTION 7 BELOW. Also, please be aware that advertisers or websites or third parties that are linked to or integrated with the Services may and do collect personally identifiable information and data about users. The separate information and data use practices of those websites or third parties linked to or integrated with the Services, including for example Yodlee, are not covered by this privacy policy. VectorVest is not liable or responsible for the business practices, privacy practices, conduct or the content of such websites or third parties including Yodlee, or for any violations of any laws whatsoever by such websites or third parties, including Yodlee, and VectorVest will provide no indemnity to any party for the conduct of any third parties in connection with your information or data. This lack of liability, responsibility and/or indemnity on the part of VectorVest shall be the case even if VectorVest might be negligent in part in contracting with or using any third party including Yodlee or in disclosing or sharing information or data with any third party. VectorVest utilizes other companies to provide limited services on its behalf, including but not limited to customer support, web analytics, data aggregation, integrations, coordination of mailings and event management. These companies are permitted by us, in our contracts with them, to access only the information they require to perform those services. VectorVest requires these companies to maintain the confidentiality of any personal information and data and prohibits them from using the information for any other purpose than the purpose for which it was collected or that is unlawful. You always assume the full and total risk however that all third parties with whom we share your information and data may not abide by the contractual terms and may violate laws with respect to your information and data and the use, sharing and storing thereof, and VectorVest does not represent or warrant that such third parties are reliable or lawful in their business practices or concerning privacy. The personal information and data users of the Services supply to VectorVest may also be given, sold, rented, loaned, disseminated, or disclosed to third parties outside of VectorVest for sales and marketing purposes and solicitations. If a user does not want his or her information to be shared, the user can choose not to allow the transfer by not using the Services, or by following the opt-out procedures identified in section 7 below. A user also can view their information, have errors corrected, or have their information transferred. The personal information and data users of the Services supply to VectorVest may also be given, transferred, disseminated, or disclosed to third parties under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (i) comply with legal process, (ii) enforce any terms of use of the Services, (iii) respond to claims that any content provided by using the Services violates the rights of third parties, (iv) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of VectorVest, its users, or the public, (v) enter into or comply with a contract, or (vi) complete an audit of any kind. Please know that VectorVest may be required to release an individual’s personal information in response to a lawful request by public authorities especially to accommodate national security or law enforcement requirements. Before any user’s personal information or data will be transferred by us to third parties for commercial purposes, including for sales and marketing, we will use best efforts to first obtain from the third party a contract assuring that it too abides by the Privacy Shield Frameworks as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union or Switzerland, or in the alternative we will obtain a written agreement from the third party that it will adhere to the Privacy Shield Frameworks. In cases of onward transfer to third parties of data of EU or Swiss individuals received pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, VectorVest is potentially liable. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view VectorVest’s certification, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/ VectorVest uses technical, organizational, and administrative security measures to protect information we hold in our records from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access. Unfortunately, no company can guarantee full security. User accounts are protected by a password for privacy and security. Users must prevent unauthorized access to their account by selecting and protecting their password and limiting access to their computer or device and browser. Personal Information a user submits to VectorVest may be sent, stored, and processed in the United States, Europe, or any other country in which VectorVest or its subsidiaries, affiliates, or service providers maintain facilities. VectorVest may transfer information collected about users, including personal information, to affiliated entities or other parties across national borders. If you are located in the European Union or United Kingdom, or other regions with laws governing data collection and use differing substantially from U.S. law, please note that we will not transfer information without the same or substantially similar data protections in place. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to those in your country of residence. However, VectorVest will protect your information in accordance with this Privacy Policy wherever it is processed. VectorVest retains personal information from users for as long as the user’s account is active, or otherwise for a limited period of time after that needed to fulfill the purposes for which the information was initial collected or as otherwise required by law. VectorVest will retain and use this information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. Billing information will be retained for a period of twenty years as of their provision to VectorVest based on tax and accounting laws. Information regarding legal transactions between VectorVest and a user will be retained for a period of twenty years as of their provision to VectorVest based on the limitation periods set for civil claims.

  1. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small data file that certain websites write to your hard drive when you visit them. A cookie file can contain information that allows a website to track the pages you’ve visited. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can’t read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. VectorVest uses cookies to tell when a user is a repeat visitor and to let us know how the user found the site. They also allow us to automatically link users to their personalized accounts. When you create an account, VectorVest may use a cookie to store a unique, random code. VectorVest only uses this code to identify you anonymously in our database and to track the pages you visit on our site. This helps us better understand and improve areas of the site that our users find valuable. VectorVest also uses this code to enable you to enter various Services areas without having to log in each time. Some of the services will not work if you have cookies disabled.

  1. User Options — Opt-Out

Users of the Services should contact us at the address below with any questions about the information that we collect from users. Users may opt out of receiving any future direct marketing or promotional electronic mailings from VectorVest by following the unsubscribe procedures indicated in the mailing. Additionally, if a user does not want his or her information to be shared, or does not wish to receive telephone solicitations, users may opt out of the sharing or solicitations by calling us at (888) 658-7638, writing to us at the address below, or emailing us at support@vectorvest.com, indicating that he or she wishes to opt out. Users will still receive non-promotional communications such as service-related emails.

  1. User Access to Information

VectorVest acknowledges the individual’s right to access their personal data. VectorVest offers users the ability to edit, correct, change, delete, or transfer the information and data collected during registration or exercise any other subject right available to users under the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Users may access this information at any time and as often as necessary by choosing the “Update your customer profile” option or other similar functionality offered in the Services. To access or change your personal information, log in to your account through the Services. For editing data not available through such an account, please call us at (888) 658-7638, write to us at the address below, or email us at support@vectorvest.com.

  1. Security

All user personal information stored by VectorVest is stored on servers at a location designed specifically to ensure that no unauthorized individuals have access to the server or its data. We also have appropriate managerial procedures in place to safeguard the information we collect.

  1. European Data Protection for Residents of the EU or Switzerland

VectorVest complies with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland to the United States. VectorVest has certified to the Department of Commerce that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles. If there is any conflict between the terms in this privacy policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification page, please visit https://www.privacyshield.gov/

  1. Complaints and Dispute Resolution for Residents of the EU or Switzerland

In compliance with the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Principles, VectorVest commits to resolve complaints about your privacy and our collection or use of your personal information. The Federal Trade Commission has jurisdiction over VectorVest’s compliance with the Privacy Shield. European Union or Swiss individuals with inquiries or complaints regarding this privacy policy should first contact VectorVest via: Call us at +1 (888) 658-7638, write to us at the address below, or email us at support@vectorvest.com. VectorVest has further committed to refer unresolved privacy complaints under the EU-US and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Principles to an independent dispute resolution mechanism, the BBB EU PRIVACY SHIELD, operated by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. If you do not receive timely acknowledgment of your complaint, or if your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, please visit www.bbb.org/EU-privacy-shield/for-eu-consumers/ for more information and go to http://www.bbb.org/EU-privacy-shield/file-a-complaint/ to file a complaint. Finally, and under limited circumstances, complaints not resolved through these channels may seek redress before the Privacy Shield Panel, a binding arbitration independent recourse mechanism.

  1. Complaints and Dispute Resolution for Residents outside of the EU and Switzerland

If you reside outside of the EU or Switzerland and have any complaints about this privacy policy, or related to your personal information and data, please contact us at the address and contact information in Section 15 below.

  1. User Consent, Waiver and Release

By using the Services, users signify their assent and agreement to this privacy policy and to the collection, use and dissemination of their personal information and data, including to or by third parties, as described herein, and for the purposes and scope described and set forth herein, and you assent and agree to the risks set forth herein and associated with the use and dissemination of your personal information and data, including to third parties. VectorVest may transfer personal data outside the user’s region for certain situations, such as when necessary to perform services provided by VectorVest, for pre-contractual steps or in a user’s interest, or for other business interests that are not overridden by the user’s interests. By registering for VectorVest Services, a user authorizes VectorVest to transfer their personal data outside the user’s region. If a user does not agree to this policy, or to the collection, use and dissemination of their personal information and data, including to third parties, as described herein, and for the purposes described herein, and/or to the risks set forth herein, he or she should not use the Services, or follow the opt-out procedures identified in section 7 above. BY REGISTERING FOR VECTORVEST SERVICES, AND/OR BY USING THE SERVICES, YOU AND YOUR SUCCESSORS, HEIRS AND ASSIGNS DO HEREBY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY WAIVE, RELEASE ACQUIT AND FOREVER DISCHARGE VECTORVEST, INCLUDING ANY AND ALL OF ITS PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS, HEIRS, INSURERS, PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES, DIVISIONS, RELATED COMPANIES, AFFILIATES, ASSIGNS, EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS (HEREINAFTER COLLECTIVELY THE “VECTORVEST RELEASEES”), FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, LIABILITIES, DEMANDS, THREATS, AWARDS, DAMAGES, COSTS, LIABILITIES, ATTORNEY’S FEES, JUDGMENTS, ORDERS AND CAUSES OF ACTION OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, WHICH YOU NOW HAVE OR HOLD, OR HAVE AT ANY TIME HERETOFORE HAD OR HELD, OR MAY OTHERWISE IN THE FUTURE WOULD HAVE HELD, AGAINST VECTORVEST AND THE VECTORVEST RELEASEES ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH OR RELATED OR ANCILLARY TO THE COLLECTION, USE AND DISSEMINATION OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION AND DATA TO OR BY THIRD PARTIES (INCLUDING YODLEE) AS DESCRIBED HEREIN AND WITHIN THE PURPOSES AND SCOPE DESCRIBED AND SET FORTH HEREIN, EVEN IF VECTORVEST IS NEGLIGENT IN PART OR IN FULL IN ANY MANNER IN CONNECTION THEREWITH OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE THIRD PARTY (INCLUDING YODLEE). IN THE EVENT THE FOREGOING WAIVER AND RELEASE IS DEEMED INAPPLICABLE FOR ANY REASON, THEN YOU AGREE AND UNDERSTAND THAT IN NO EVENT SHALL VECTORVEST’S LIABILITY UNDER THIS PRIVACY POLICY, IF ANY, EXCEED THE FEE PAID BY YOU FOR THE SPECIFIC SUBSCRIPTION TERM IN WHICH THE ALLEGED EVENT CREATING LIABILITY AROSE.

  1. Changes to Privacy Policy

If VectorVest changes this privacy policy, we will post those changes at www.vectorvest.com/privacy-policy, www.vectorvest.ca/privacy-policy, www.vectorvest.be/privacy-policy, www.vectorvest.de/privacy-policy, www.vectorvest.com.au/privacy-policy, www.vectorvest.co.uk/privacy-policy, so that users will always know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone. Continued use of the Services by a user following the posting of changes to these terms will likewise mean the user accepts those changes.

  1. Contact Us

The information provided is intended to be transparent, concise, and understandable. If you have any questions or complaints regarding this policy, please contact: Ms. Linda Royer Chief Operating Officer VectorVest, Inc. 2650 W. Market Street Ste 1A Akron, OH 44333 e. lindar@vectorvest.com p. (330) 867-2814, ext. 502 f. (216) 803-0880

  1. “Do Not Track” Disclosure

California and Delaware law require VectorVest to indicate whether it honors “Do Not Track” settings in your browser concerning targeted advertising. “Do Not Track” is not yet a finalized standard, so VectorVest follows the standards set out in this Privacy Policy and does not monitor or respond to Do Not Track browser requests.

  1. Children

VectorVest does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of thirteen. No one under thirteen years old should attempt to register for VectorVest services or send any information to VectorVest. VectorVest will delete any information collected from a child under the age of thirteen from our services expediently once it is identified. Should you believe a child under the age of thirteen has provided us with personal information, call us at (888) 658-7638, write to us at the address above, or email us at: support@vectorvest.com.

Revision Date: July 17, 2021

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