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Privacy Policy

Last updated February 3, 2016

FIRST-GIG.COM, LLC (“us” or “we”) respects the privacy of our users originating from within and outside the United States and has developed our Privacy Policy to demonstrate our commitment to protecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy describes the information we collect, how that information may be used, with whom it may be shared, and your choices about such uses and disclosures. We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy carefully when using www.VetsBridge.com (“Website”) or our employment matching and related services (“Services”) or transacting business with us. By using our Website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. VetsBridge and its sister site 1stGig are both owned by FIRST-GIG.com LLC.

If you have any questions about our privacy practices, please refer to the end of this Privacy Policy for information on how to contact us.

General Principles

Your privacy is our top concern. We work hard to earn and keep your trust, so we adhere to the following principles to protect your privacy:

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page. By continuing to use the Service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on the Website, you are consenting to the changes.

When you provide personal information through our Website, the information may be sent to servers located in the United States and other countries around the world.

Please read this privacy policy to learn more about:

  1. Personal Information Collected

    You willingly provide us certain personal information, which we collect in order to allow you to benefit from the Service. If you have any hesitation about providing such information to us and/or having such information within the Website or otherwise used in any manner permitted in this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use Agreement, you should not become a Member or User of our Website. We collect your personal information in the following ways:

    Registration: In order to become a User, you must first create an account on our Website. To create an account you are required to provide the following contact information, which you recognize and expressly acknowledge is personal information allowing others, including us, to identify you: name, email address, country, ZIP/ postal code, a brief summary of your professional background and a password chosen by you.

    Profile Information: Once you become a User, you may provide additional information in the Profile section of your account describing your education, skills, professional experience and career interests/requirements. Providing additional information beyond what is required at registration to become a User is entirely optional, but enables you to better identify yourself and find new career opportunities within our Services to build and leverage your professional network. Any information you provide at registration or in the Profile section that is not personally identifiable may be used in the same manner and extent to which other information that is not personally identifiable is permitted to be used hereunder, including for the purpose of serving advertisements through the service. If you opt-out you may lose the potential benefit of being a User, including receiving ads that are more targeted to your interests.

    Customer Service: We may collect information through the Website or through the Customer Service page of the Website in order to, among other things, accurately categorize and respond to a customer's inquiry and deliver appropriate service levels.

    Cookies: Like most websites, we use cookies and web log files to track site usage. A cookie is a tiny data file which resides on your computer which allows us to recognize you as a User when you return to the Website using the same computer and web browser. If your browser settings do not allow cookies, you will not be able to use the Website. Like the information you enter at registration or in your Profile, cookie and log file data is used to customize your experience on our Website.

    One type of cookie, known as a "persistent" cookie, is set once you've logged into your account. The next time you visit the Website, the persistent cookie will allow us to recognize you as an existing User so you will not need to login before using the service. In order to access or change any of your private information (like a credit card number) or to send a message to another User, however, you must log in securely again with your password even if your computer contains your persistent cookie. Additionally, if you log out of the Website you will need to re-enter your password the next time you visit in order to log in to your account. Another type of cookie, called a "session" cookie, is used to identify a particular visit to the Website. Session cookies expire after a short time or when you close your web browser.

    We use cookies to improve the quality of our service by storing User preferences and tracking User trends. In the course of serving advertisements or optimizing services to our Users, we may allow authorized third parties to place or recognize a unique cookie on your browser. Any information provided to third parties through such cookies will not be personally identifiable but may provide general segment information, e.g. your industry or geographic location, your occupation, or information about your professional or educational background, for greater customization of your user experience. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Unfortunately, if your browser settings do not allow cookies or you opt to refuse all cookies, you may not be able to use the Website or services. We do not store personally identifiable information in the cookies.

    Log files, IP addresses and information about your computer: Due to the communications standards on the Internet, when you visit the Website we automatically receive the URL of the site from which you came and the site to which you are going when you leave the Website. We also receive the Internet protocol (IP) address of your computer (or the proxy server you use to access the World Wide Web), your computer operating system and type of web browser you are using, email patterns, as well as the name of your ISP. This information is used to analyze overall trends to help us improve our service. The linkage between your IP address and your personally identifiable information is not shared with third-parties without your permission or except when required by law.

    Consent to Our Processing Information About You: Certain information you provide to us may reveal or allow others to identify your nationality, ethnic origin, religion or other aspects of your private life, and more generally about you. Please be aware that in providing information to us for the purposes of opening your user account, you are expressly and voluntarily accepting the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use Agreement. The supplying of all such information by you to us, including all information deemed "sensitive" by applicable law, is entirely voluntary on your part. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use Agreement, but please note that your withdrawal of consent will not be retroactive.

    Rights to Access, Correct and Eliminate Information About You: You have a right to access, modify, correct and eliminate the data about you that has been collected pursuant to your decision to become a User. If you update any of your information, we may keep a copy of the information which you originally provided to us in our archives for uses documented herein.

    We take your rights seriously and encourage you to use them if you deem this to be appropriate. You may exercise these rights by emailing us at support@1stgig.com or by contacting us at:

    FIRST-GIG.COM, LLC
    Attn: Privacy Policy Issues
    48 Union Ave, Suite 1A,
    Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866
    United States of America

  2. Uses of personal information

    Our Website and Services are an online service dedicated to helping all types of professionals more effectively connect with one another. The personally identifiable information you choose to provide on our Website is used to help you describe yourself to other Users. Other information that does not personally identify you as an individual is collected by us from Users (such as, for example, patterns of utilization) and is exclusively owned by us. This information can be utilized by us in such manner as we, in our sole discretion, deems appropriate.

    Communications: We will communicate with you through email and notices posted on the Website or through other means available through the service, including text and other forms of messaging. If we send any communications to you via the carrier service with which you have a mobile communications subscription or otherwise have access, you understand you will pay any service fees associated with any such access (including text messaging charges for messages to your mobile device). These include a series of up to five welcome emails which help inform new Users about various features of the service. Please be aware that you will always receive certain emails from us related to the proper functioning of your account, such as email notices when another User in your network sends you an opportunity. We may send you promotional information unless you have opted out of receiving such information. You can change your e-mail and contact preferences at any time by logging into your 'Account & Settings' and amending your notification choices. If you wish, you can also opt-out of receiving promotional emails, by sending a request to support@1stgig.com.

    Customized Content: Information provided to us (or to third parties with whom it offers combined services) is also used to customize your experience on our Website. For example, when you login to your account we will display the screen names of new Users who have recently matched your Career Profile requirements.

    Sharing Information with Third Parties: We take the privacy of Users very seriously. We do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personally identifiable information to third parties for marketing purposes. We will only share your personally identifiable information with third parties to carry out your instructions or to provide specific Services, including making a potential career opportunity match with another User.

    We may provide aggregated anonymous data about the usage of our services to third parties for such purposes as we deem, in our sole discretion, to be appropriate, including to prospective advertisers on our Website. We may segment our Users by career category, industry, geographic location, or company. If you would like to be excluded from the aggregated research or products based upon aggregated data about our Users' activities on the site, please contact us.

    Teaming with Other Organizations to Offer Combined and Other Services: We may offer our services in connection with other websites (including updates about our Services) or may team with other online services (“Partners”) to give you the combined results of both services or additional services and benefits.

    We only work with trusted Partners. Because of our trust in these Partners, services designed by a Partner may be automatically granted permission to access account information to provide the combined services.

    If you access our Website from a third party social platform, such as Facebook™ or LinkedIn™ , we may share non-personal information with that platform to the extent permitted by your agreement with it and its privacy settings.

    Surveys and Polls: As a User, you will receive requests to participate in market research including polls and surveys submitted by us, our members and/or Partners. If you participate in surveys and polls offered through our Website, the information you provide may be visible to others using the Website. You may opt-out of participating by logging into your Account & Settings and amending your preferences to stop receiving these inquiries and requests.

    Testimonials: If you provide any testimonials about our Services, we may reproduce those testimonials in connection with our promotion of our Service to the Website or third parties, which may include your name and other personal information that you have provided.

    Communications to other Users: Many emails you initiate through our Website, e.g., an invitation sent to a User, will list your email address and name in the header of the message. Your contact information will only be shared with another User if both of you have indicated that you would like to establish contact with each other.

    Legal Disclaimer: It is possible that we may need to disclose personal information when required by law, such as responses to civil or criminal subpoenas, or other requests by law enforcement personnel. We will disclose such information wherein we have a good-faith belief that it is necessary to comply with a court order, ongoing judicial proceeding, subpoena, or other legal process or request to us brought in any country throughout the world, to exercise our legal rights, to defend against legal claims, if we believe disclosure is appropriate in connection with 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, to comply with applicable law or cooperate with law enforcement, or to enforce our Website terms and condition or other agreements or policies.

    Disclosures to others: We may also disclose your personal and other information you provide, to another third party as part of a reorganization or a sale of our assets. Any third party to which we transfer or sell our assets will have the right to continue to use the personal and other information that you provide to us in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

  3. Your Information Choices

    Accessing and Changing Your Account Information: You can review the personal information you provided us and make any desired changes to the information you publish, or to the settings for your Account including your email, and contact preferences, at any time by logging in to your account on the Website. Please be aware that even after your request for a change is processed, we may, for a time, retain residual information about you in our backup and/or archival copies of our database.

    Closing Your Account: You can also close your account through the Website. If you close your Account, we will remove your name and other personally identifiable information from our private database. We may retain certain data contributed by you if we believe it may be necessary to prevent fraud or future abuse, or for legitimate business purposes, such as analysis of aggregated, non-personally identifiable data, account recovery, or if required by law. To request that we close your account and remove your information from the Website, please send your request to support@1stgig.com. Please send your request using an email account that you have registered with us under your name. You will receive a response to requests sent to support@1stgig.com within ten (10) business days of its receipt.

  4. Your Obligations

    As a User, you have certain obligations toward the other Users with whom you will be communicating. Certain of these obligations are imposed by applicable law and regulations, and others have become commonplace in user-friendly communities of like-minded members, such as our Website:

    • You must, at all times, respect the terms and conditions of the then-current Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use Agreement. This includes respecting all intellectual property rights which may belong to third parties (such as photographs).
    • You must not download or otherwise disseminate any information which may be deemed to be injurious, defamatory, violent, offensive, racist or xenophobic or which may otherwise violate the purpose and spirit of our Website and its community of Users.
    • You must not provide information to us and /or other Users which you believe might be injurious or detrimental to your person, professional or social status. Any violation of these guidelines may lead to the restriction, suspension or termination of your account by us, as we take these principles seriously and consider them to be the basis on which our Users adhere to the Website and the services which it offers.

  5. Important Information

    Children: Children are not eligible to use our service and we ask that minors (under the age of 18) do not submit any personal information to us or use the service.

    Changes to this Privacy Policy: We may update this privacy policy at any time, with or without advance notice. In the event there are significant changes in the way we treat your personally identifiable information, we will display a notice on the Website or send you an email, as provided for above. Unless stated otherwise, our current Privacy Policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account. If you use the our Service after notice of changes have been sent to you or published on our site, you hereby provide your consent to the changed practices. We recommend that you periodically review this Privacy Policy for any updates or changes.

  6. Security

    We take appropriate security measures (including physical, electronic, and procedural measures) to help safeguard your personal information from unauthorized access and disclosure. However, no system can be completely secure. Therefore, although we take steps to secure your information, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information, searches, o other communications will always remain secure. Users should also take care with how they handle and disclose their personal information. Please refer to the Federal Trace Commissions’ website at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/protecting-your-identity for information about how to protect yourself against indentify theft.

    In order to secure your personal information, access to your data on our Website is password-protected, and sensitive data (such as credit card information) is protected by SSL encryption when it is exchanged between your web browser and our Website. To protect any data you store on our servers we also regularly audit our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we use a tier-one secured-access data center. It is your responsibility to protect the security of your login information. Please note that emails and similar means of communication with other users of our Website or Services are not encrypted, and we strongly request you not communicate any confidential information through these means.

    Third Party Websites: There are a number of places on our Website where you may click on a link to access other websites that do not operate under this Privacy Policy. For example, if you click on an advertisement on our Website, you may be taken to a website that we do not control. These third-party websites may independently solicit and collect information, including personal information, from you and, in some instances, provide us with information about your activities on those websites. We recommend that you consult the privacy statements of al third-party websites you visit by clicking on the “privacy” link typically located at the bottom of the webpage you are visiting.

    Visiting our Website from Outside the United States: If you are visiting our Website from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our severs are located and our central database is operated. By using our Services, you understand that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this Privacy Policy.

    No Rights of Third Parties: This Privacy Policy does not create rights enforceable by third parties or require disclosure of any personal information related to Users of this Website.

  7. How to contact us

    If you have questions or comments about this privacy policy, please email us at support@1stgig.com or contact us at:

    FIRST-GIG.COM, LLC
    Attn: Privacy Policy Issues
    48 Union Ave, Suite 1A
    Saratoga Springs, New York 12866
    United States of America