Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice

 

Your privacy and the privacy of all users of www.virtualheroes.com are of the highest priority. This privacy statement explains what information we gather from you, how it may be used by us and how it is protected.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

Information We Collect

 

If you request information from www.virtualheroes.com through our on-line contact forms, we ask for and store the business-related information you provide (such as name, email, corporate profile, etc.) to assist us in responding to your request. This information is used for business contacts only. We will not knowingly collect or use personal identifying information from children younger than 13 without parental consent.

If you apply for a job at our parent company, Applied Research Associates Inc., we request information about you. This information is used for employment consideration only. Unless you request otherwise, we will keep the information for future consideration.

 

Use of Cookies

 

We also collect information through the use of cookies. Cookies are small pieces of data, or data files, which are sent by a web site to your web browser and are stored on your computer. They are used to understand general traffic patterns on www.virtualheroes.com. The information stored in the cookie is only used for statistical tracking purposes and not for individual identification. In no way does ARA or Virtual Heroes relate personal information to these traffic pattern statistics.

 

Cookies are also used to prefill forms so that you do not need to re-enter the data, for example when you apply for a job online. Accepting a cookie does not give us access to your computer or any personal information about you. We may use the aggregate data to provide feedback to our web designers, content providers or business managers to assist them in improving our web site and services offered.

 

Your Privacy Preferences and Opting Out

 

At www.virtualheroes.com, you can sign up to receive Virtual Heroes email alerts for information that interests you, such as the latest Virtual Heroes news and publications. To unsubscribe, simply reply to the email address on the bottom of every email we send you.

 

Links to Other Web Sites

 

This privacy policy applies only to www.virtualheroes.com. You should be aware that through links you may be directed to other sites that we do not control. Virtual Heroes has no control over the privacy policies or practices of these other sites, and is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of web sites to which we link, list, rank or identify by means of a search. Virtual Heroes takes no responsibility for the products, services, policies or actions of third parties or the content of third-party web sites. We encourage you to be aware when you are leaving our site and to read the privacy policies of each web site you visit.

Our Terms of Use

Terms of Use

 

Internet Site Terms and Conditions of Use

 

 

The internet site of Virtual Heroes® is comprised of various internet pages owned and operated by Applied Research Associates Inc. (“ARA”) and located at www.virtualheroes.com.

 

The Virtual Heroes internet site is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein. Your use of the Virtual Heroes internet site constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, and notices.

 

 

Modification of These Terms of Use

 

 

ARA reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices under which the Virtual Heroes internet site is offered, including but not limited to the charges, if any, associated with the use of the Virtual Heroes internet site.

 

 

Links to Third Party Sites

 

 

The Virtual Heroes internet site may contain links to other internet sites (the “Linked Sites”). The Linked Sites are not under the control of ARA and we are therefore not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. ARA is not responsible for webcasting or any other form of transmission received from any Linked Site. ARA is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by ARA of the site or any association with its operators.

 

 

No Unlawful or Prohibited Use

 

 

As a condition of your use of the Virtual Heroes internet site, you warrant to ARA that you will not use the Virtual Heroes internet site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. ARA reserves the right to report any activity that may violate any law or regulation to appropriate law enforcement officials, regulators or other third parties, and ARA may do so without prior notice to you. You are prohibited from violating, or attempting to violate, the security of the Virtual Heroes internet site. Any such violations may result in criminal and civil liabilities to you. Examples of prohibited security violations include, but are not limited to: (a) logging into a server or account that you are not authorized to access; (b) accessing data or taking any action to obtain services not intended for you or your use; (c) attempting to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of any system, subsystem or network related to the Virtual Heroes internet site or to any Virtual Heroes computer or computer system; (d) tampering, hacking, modifying or otherwise corrupting or breaching security or authentication measures; (e) transmitting material that contains viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots or other computer programming routines or engines with the intent or effect of damaging, destroying, disrupting or otherwise impairing a computer’s functionality or the operation of the Virtual Heroes internet site; (f) interfering with, intercepting or expropriating any system, data or information; and (g) interfering with service to any user, host, or network including, but not limited to, by means of overloading, “flooding,” “mail-bombing,” or “crashing” any system, subsystem or network related to the website or otherwise.

 

 

Content

 

 

All content included on the Virtual Heroes internet site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, photographs, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations, and software, is the property of Virtual Heroes or its content suppliers and is protected by United States and international copyright laws. Any people using the Virtual Heroes internet site is authorized to copy, print, or distribute such contents only as follows:

 

Users may print out individual pages but cannot copy or download a large portion of the website (e.g., no bots, webcrawlers, spiders, etc. that “harvest” the website);

 

Users may download, print, distribute and use pages from the Virtual Heroes internet site only for informational, non-commercial purposes;

 

Any copies of such documents or pages must not alter the original website content and must include the Virtual Heroes copyright notice: “Copyright 20XX Applied Research Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.”;
ARA reserves the right to terminate the above authorization at any time in its sole discretion; 

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No one may frame the Virtual Heroes internet site or any portion thereof. Linking to the Virtual Heroes internet site that does not otherwise infringe upon ARA’s trademark interests is permitted, provided that the link does not falsely imply or suggest that ARA has endorsed or is affiliated with the linked website.
Except as expressly provided above, you may not otherwise copy, display, download, distribute, modify, reproduce, republish or retransmit or create derivative works based upon any information, content or materials contained in the Virtual Heroes internet site or any medium (including electronic or hard copy), without the express prior written consent of ARA. Nothing contained on this website shall be construed as conferring by implication, estoppel or otherwise any license or right under any intellectual property right of Virtual Heroes or any third party, except as expressly provided above.

 

Use of Communication Services

 

 

The Virtual Heroes internet site may contain bulletin board services, chat areas, news groups, forums, communities, personal web pages, calendars, and/or other message or communication facilities designed to enable you to communicate with the public at large or with a group (collectively, the “Communication Services”), and you agree to use the Communication Services only to post, send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to the particular Communication Service. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using a Communication Service, you will not: 

 

 

  • Defame abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;
  • Publish post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information;
  • Upload files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy of publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents;
  • Upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer;
  • Advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose, unless such Communication Service specifically allows such messages;
  • Conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters;
  • Download any file posted by another user of a Communication Service that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner;
  • Falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;
  • Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Communication Services;
  • Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any particular Communication Service;
  • Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent; or Violate any applicable laws or regulations.

ARA reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in ARA’s sole discretion.

 

Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself or your children in any Communication Service. ARA does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any Communication Service and, therefore, ARA specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the Communication Services and any actions resulting from your participation in any Communication Service. Managers and hosts are not authorized ARA spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect those of ARA.

 

Materials uploaded to a Communication Service may be subject to posted limitations on usage, reproduction and/or dissemination. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations if you download the materials.

 

Materials provided to Virtual Heroes or posted on the Virtual Heroes internet site


All submissions, documents, materials, postings, comments, remarks, suggestions, ideas, graphics, or other information communicated from users to the Virtual Heroes internet site will forever be the property and intellectual property of ARA, and ARA will not be required to treat any such submission as confidential, unless otherwise expressly provided. Further, ARA will be entitled to use any such submission for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation to you or anyone else. By posting, uploading, inputting, providing or submitting your submission you warrant and represent that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to your submission as described in this section including, without limitation, all the rights necessary for you to provide, post, upload, input or submit the submissions.

 

Liability Disclaimer

 

THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. ARA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION.

 

ARA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE Virtual Heroes INTERNET SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. ARA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.

 

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN NO EVENT SHALL ARA AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE OR RELATED SERVICES, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF VIRTUAL HEROES OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. AS SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE, OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE VIRTUAL HEROES INTERNET SITE.

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