Privacy Policy

...last updated August 2006...

Voyageurs Area Council is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the family of Web sites and governs data collection and usage at all Voyageurs Area Council sites and services. Please read the Voyageurs Area Council Statement of Privacy below and also any supplementary information at the end of this statement for additional details about particular Voyageurs Area Council sites and services that you may use.

Voyageurs Area Council is a general audience web site, intended for users of all ages. Personal information of all users is collected, used and disclosed as described in this Statement of Privacy.

Collection of your Personal Information

At some sites, Voyageurs Area Council collects personal information, such as your email address and name. At other sites, Voyageurs Area Council collects anonymous demographic information, that is not unique to you,such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites. Some sites collect a combination of the two types of information. In some cases,information collected by Voyageurs Area Council may be combined with information obtained from other Voyageurs Area Council services and other companies.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by Voyageurs Area Council and may be shared with other Web sites within the Voyageurs Area Council family of web sites. This information may include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by Voyageurs Area Council for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of Voyageurs Area Council.

Voyageurs Area Council uses encryption technology to provide registration and sign-in services. All of the registration information you provide will be stored by Voyageurs Area Council on our servers.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personal information through Voyageurs Area Council Discussion forums, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: Voyageurs Area Council may read all email sent through our web site such as your Voyageurs Area Council Tell a friend or Contact the author emails.

Voyageurs Area Council encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from Voyageurs Area Council so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. Voyageurs Area Council is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the Voyageurs Area Council family of Web sites.

Use of your Personal Information

Voyageurs Area Council and its operational service partners collect and use your personal information to operate Voyageurs Area Council and deliver the services you have requested. Voyageurs Area Council also uses your personal information to inform you of other products or services available from Voyageurs Area Council and its affiliates. Voyageurs Area Council may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

Voyageurs Area Council does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.

We occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on our behalf, such as handling the processing and delivery of mailings, providing customer support, processing transactions, or performing statistical analysis of our services. We will only provide those companies the personal information they need to deliver the service. They are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information and are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.

Voyageurs Area Council keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within Voyageurs Area Council, in order to determine what Voyageurs Area Council sites and services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within Voyageurs Area Council to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Voyageurs Area Council may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Voyageurs Area Council or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Voyageurs Area Council, including its Voyageurs Area Council family of Web sites; or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Voyageurs Area Council, its web sites, or the public.

Personal information collected on this site may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Voyageurs Area Council or its affiliates, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities, and by using this site, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country. Voyageurs Area Council abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.

Control your Personal Information

Voyageurs Area Council allows you to modify the information we hold about you by visiting your membership profile page. Please contact us if you wish to delete your membership account.

You may stop the delivery of future email from Voyageurs Area Council by following the specific instructions in the email you receive. The instructions explain how to stop receiving such emails.

There are occasions when you will receive emails informing you of technical service issues, product surveys, new feature announcements and news about Voyageurs Area Council products and services. You may not be able to unsubscribe to these mailings.

Security of your Personal Information

Voyageurs Area Council strictly protects the security of the personal information you provide. Voyageurs Area Council secures the personal information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When highly confidential information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted over the Internet, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Use of Cookies

Voyageurs Area Council uses "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. For example, if you personalize Voyageurs Area Council's pages, or register with Voyageurs Area Council sites or services, a cookie helps Voyageurs Area Council to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as member ID, email address, and so on. When you return to Voyageurs Area Council, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the Voyageurs Area Council features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Voyageurs Area Council services or Web sites you visit. Read "What's a cookie?" for more information.

Use of Third Party Ad Networks

By BSA policy Voyageurs Area Council does not use any third-party Advertising Networks.

Enforcement of this Statement of Privacy

If you have questions regarding this statement, you should contact Voyageurs Area Council.

Voyageurs Area Council Discussion Forums

While participating in chats, communities or other public forums, Voyageurs Area Council cautions you against giving out personal information (such as names and addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and driver's license numbers) to strangers online, which they may use for illegal or harmful purposes.

Voyageurs Area Council Newsletters and Watches

When you subscribe to an Voyageurs Area Council Newsletter or Watch a page, Voyageurs Area Council requests your email address. Voyageurs Area Council uses your email address to send you the newsletter(s) or watch(es) you have requested. Voyageurs Area Council does not share your email address with third parties except as required to deliver the service. Each Voyageurs Area Council newsletter or Watch you receive will have instructions on how to unsubscribe prominently mentioned in it.

Changes to this Statement

Voyageurs Area Council will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. When Voyageurs Area Council posts changes to this Statement, you will see the word "updated" next to the Privacy Statement link on the front page of Voyageurs Area Council. If there are material changes to this Statement or in how Voyageurs Area Council will use your personal information, Voyageurs Area Council will prominently post such changes prior to implementing the change. Voyageurs Area Council encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Voyageurs Area Council is protecting your information.

Contact Information

Voyageurs Area Council welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that Voyageurs Area Council has not adhered to this Statement, please contact Voyageurs Area Council by email.