Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Terms of Use:

Welcome to Independent We Stand.  These Terms of Use relate to the use of our website, http://www.IndpendentWeStand.org (the “Site”), our mobile applications, including but not limited to applications for iPhone and mobile devices that access the Android Market (the “Applications”) and any other services offered by Independent We Stand now or in the future for any media now existing or hereafter created (collectively, the “Independent We Stand Media”).  The term “Independent We Stand Media” includes any software code, scripts, interfaces, graphics, displays, text, documentation and other components and any updates or enhancements to the above.  Please take a moment to review these Terms of Use, which represent an agreement between Independent We Stand LLC (“Independent We Stand,” also referred to as “we”), owner of the Independent We Stand Media, and you, the end user (referred to herein as “you,” “your” or the “user”).

By using, visiting or accessing the Independent We Stand Media, you signify your acceptance of, and agree to be bound by, these Terms of Use and the Independent We Stand Privacy Policy, which explains our use of your information and which is incorporated herein by reference (these Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy are sometimes referred to collectively as the “Policies”). If you do not agree to be bound by the Policies, please immediately discontinue your use of the Site and uninstall and erase each Application from the hardware memories and storage devices of any medium on which such Application has been stored.

Please know that we may amend these Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy at any time and from time to time.  Each time you use or visit any of the Independent We Stand Media, you will be deemed to have accepted any such changes.  Independent We Stand shall have no obligation to notify you of any such changes other then posting such modifications on the Site. Therefore, you should review these Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy on the Site each time you use any of the Independent We Stand Media.  You can determine when these Terms of Use were last revised by referring to the “Last Updated” legend at the bottom of this page. We also encourage you to print out a copy of the Policies from the Site for review and reference.

These Terms of Use apply to all users, visitors and contributors to the Independent We Stand Media.  These Terms of Use do not extend to any third party websites that may be accessed via the Independent We Stand Media, and you are cautioned to consult the terms and conditions governing the use of any such third party websites.

1. Business Membership Accounts:

When you apply a business membership account, you will be required answer series of five (5) questions that will help us determine you eligibility to have your business included in our business database. You will be notified via email in a timely manner, usually within 24-48 hours, if your application has been approved or not. If your application is not approved you can appeal by emailing us at info@independentwestand.org. When you create a business membership account you will need to provide the following information: your name, business name, business address, business phone number and e-mail address. If your application for business membership is approved you will receive a user and password via email. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and you will be responsible for all usage of your account and/or user name, whether or not authorized by you. You must notify Independent We Stand immediately of any breach of security or unauthorized use of your account. Although Independent We Stand will not be liable for your losses caused by any unauthorized use of your account, you may be liable for the losses of Independent We Stand or others due to such unauthorized use. We reserve the right to (i) discontinue any aspect of the Independent We Stand Media at any time, (ii) terminate your business membership account and access to any specific content, services, products or events, and/or (iii) remove your business membership profile if Independent We Stand learns that you have provided false or misleading information.

If you own a business and find that your business is listed within Independent We Stand’s search results and you do not wish to have your business listed, please email us at info@independentwestand.org and it will be removed.

3. Consumer Pledge Accounts:

When you take the Independent We Stand Consumer Pledge to buy local, we require that provide your full name, email and zip code. You will also be given the opportunity to opt-in to consumer oriented e-newsletter that is published on a periodic basis.

4. Acknowledgement of Proprietary Rights:

The materials published on Independent We Stand Media, including without limitation, the text, software, scripts, graphics, photos, sounds, music, videos, interactive features and the like (which we call the “Content”), are protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, and/or other proprietary rights and laws of the United States or other countries.  You acquire no rights or licenses to the Content other than the limited rights to use it in accordance with these terms, and you agree to abide by all posted copyright notices or restrictions relating to the Content. The Content may not be downloaded, copied or modified except for such personal, noncommercial use as may be authorized by license or by fair use or other provisions of copyright law.

Trademarks:  Independent We Stand’s trademarks — its name and design — (the Trademarks) are used to identify Independent We Stand and its activities.  You cannot use the Independent We Stand logo or artwork without written permission, and only Independent We Stand can grant authorization for use of the logo and artwork.  For written permission please contact info@independentwestand.org.

Unauthorized Use; Misuse: Your misuse or unauthorized use of any of the Content or the Trademarks is strictly prohibited. You are hereby advised that Independent We Stand is prepared to aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights to the fullest extent of the law, including the seeking of criminal prosecution where appropriate. Independent We Stand will take such steps as are required by law or otherwise reasonable and necessary to resolve any complaint from a third party alleging that such party’s intellectual property rights have been infringed by material in the Independent We Stand Media. If you believe that any material in the Independent We Stand Media violates your copyright or that of a party for whom you are authorized to speak, please see Copyright Infringement Notification.

5. General Use of the Site – Permissions and Restrictions:

When using Independent We Stand Media, you are responsible for your use of Independent We Stand Media. You agree not to access, copy or otherwise use Independent We Stand, including our intellectual property trademarks, except as authorized by these Terms of Service or as otherwise authorized in writing by Independent We Stand LLC. You agree not us Independent We Stand:

  • You will not copy, distribute or disclose any part of the Site or the App in any medium, including without limitation by any automated or non-automated “scraping”;
  • You will not use any automated system, including without limitation “robots,” “spiders,” “offline readers,” etc., to access the Site or the App in a manner that sends more request messages to Independent We Stand servers than a human can reasonably produce in the same period of time by using a conventional on-line web browser (except that Independent We Stand grants the operators of public search engines revocable permission to use spiders to copy materials from the publicly available searchable indices of the materials, not caches or archives of such materials);
  • You will not attempt to interfere with, compromise the system integrity or security, or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers running the Site and App;
  • You will not take any action that imposes, or may impose at our sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on our infrastructure;
  • You will not upload invalid data, viruses, worms or other software agents through the Service or App;
  • You will not collect or harvest any personally identifiable information, including account names, from the Site or App;
  • You will not use the Site or App for any commercial solicitation purposes;
  • You will not access the Site or App through any technology or means other than those provided or authorized by the Site or App;
  • You agree to act within the bounds of common decency when using our Site and App;
  • You agree not to stalk, harass, bully or harm another individual;
  • You agree not to impersonate any person or entity or misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;
  • You agree to use our App only in a safe manner and in compliance with all traffic laws
  • You agree that you will not hold Independent We Stand, its affiliates nor their members, officers, directors, employees or agents for your use of our Site or App;
  • You agree not to violate any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to Independent We Stand;
  • You agree not to interfere with or disrupt the Site or App;
  • You agree not to hack, spam or phish us or other users;
  • You agree to provide truthful and accurate Content;
  • You agree to not violate any law or regulation and you are responsible for such violations;
  • You will not use our Site or App to post any false, misleading, unlawful, defamatory, obscene, invasive, threatening, harassing, inflammatory, fraudulent Content;
  • You agree not to cause, or aid in, the destruction, manipulation, removal, disabling, or impairment of any portion of our Site, including the de-indexing or de-caching of any portion of our Site from a thirty party’s website, such as by requesting its removal from a search engine;
  • You will not upload any Content to our Site or App that includes any third party intellectual property unless you have permission from the owner to use it in the specific manner that you used it;

If you are discovered to be undertaking any of the aforementioned actions your privileges to use our Site and App may at our discretion be terminated or suspended. Generally, we will provide an explanation for any suspension or termination of your use of any of our services, but Independent We Stand reserves the right to suspend or terminate any account at any time without notice or explanation.

6. Communications and Submissions:

Any communication or material you transmit to the Independent We Stand Media by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions, or the like, is and will be treated as, non-confidential and non-proprietary, including any emails sent when you use the Site’s Contact Us features. As an Independent We Stand business membership account holder or any other type of user, you may also submit video, graphic and textual content in the manner provided in the Independent We Stand Media. Any such communication or submission (each a “User Submission”) may be used by us or our affiliates for purposes of delivering the services and features of Independent We Stand and promoting the same, including, but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure, further transmission, publication, broadcast and posting.  Furthermore, we are free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in any User Submission for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products, without any compensation to you. See our Privacy Policy for a discussion of how to opt out of emails.

By making User Submissions, you affirm, represent and warrant that you own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents and permissions (including without limitation, the permission of each and every individual person identifiable in any User Submission), to use and authorize Independent We Stand to use all copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights (including the name, voice and/or likeness rights of each identifiable person), in and to your User Submissions, to enable inclusion and the use thereof in the Independent We Stand Media in accordance with these Terms of Use.

YOU FURTHER AGREE THAT YOU WILL NOT SUBMIT CONTENT THAT (I) IS DEFAMATORY, LIBELOUS, MISLEADING, OFFENSIVE, INDECENT OR OBJECTIONABLE, OR (II) OTHERWISE INFRINGES UPON ANOTHER’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OR OTHER PROPRIETARY RIGHTS, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY RIGHTS UNDER THE LAWS PERTAINING TO COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARK, PATENT, TRADE SECRET, PRIVACY AND/OR PUBLICITY.

You retain all ownership rights in and to your User Submission.  However, by making the submission, you grant Independent We Stand a non-exclusive, universe-wide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicenseable, and transferrable license to use, distribute, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform all User Submissions in any media formats and through any media channels now existing or hereafter created without compensation to you for purposes of delivering the services and features of Independent We Stand and promoting the same. You also hereby grant each user of the Independent We Stand Media a non-exclusive license to access your User Submissions through the Independent We Stand Media, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Submissions as permitted through the functionality of the Independent We Stand Media and under these Terms of Use.  Independent We Stand will not use your User Submission for any other commercial purposes without obtaining your prior approval.

You may remove your User Submission at any time by notifying us at info@independentwestand.org that you would like you like your business membership account deleted.

7. Independent We Stand Disclaimer of Liability for User Submissions and Content:

When using the Independent We Stand Media, you will be exposed to User Submissions from a variety of sources.  Independent We Stand is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of or relating to such User Submissions. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to User Submissions that are inaccurate, offensive, indecent, or objectionable, and you agree to waive, and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or may have against Independent We Stand with respect thereto, and agree to indemnify and hold Independent We Stand and its affiliates, and/ their officers, directors, members, employees and agents, or licensors, harmless to the fullest extent allowed by law regarding all matters related to your use of the Site.

Independent We Stand does not endorse any User Submission or any comments or other content contained therein or associated therewith, and Independent We Stand expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with User Submissions.

Independent We Stand reserves the right to remove User Submissions without prior notice. Independent We Stand will take such steps as are required by law or otherwise reasonable and necessary to resolve any complaint from a third party alleging that such party’s intellectual property rights have been infringed by a User Submission or other Content.

Independent We Stand does not represent or warrant that the Independent We Stand Media are appropriate for use in any particular jurisdiction. Users access the Independent We Stand Media on their own initiative and are responsible for complying with all laws, rules and regulations applicable in their jurisdiction.

8. Account Termination Policy:

Independent We Stand retains the right, at its sole discretion, at any time and for any reason (with or without cause and with or without notice) to terminate or suspend your business membership account or pledge profile or your ability to access any part of the Independent We Stand Media.

9. Disputes

You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or the appropriate Virginia District Court located in Virginia Beach, VA for resolution of any dispute, action or proceeding arising in connection with these Terms of Use or your use or non-use of the Independent We Stand Media. You agree that the Independent We Stand Media are passive services that do not give rise to personal jurisdiction over Independent We Stand LLC or its affiliates or their members, directors, officers, agents or employees, either specific or general, in jurisdictions other than Virginia Beach, VA. You hereby irrevocably waive any right you may have to trial by jury in any such dispute, action or proceeding. Any cause of action between Independent We Stand and the user must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action accrues; otherwise the cause of action is permanently barred.

10. No Warranty; Limitation on Liability

YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT THE USE OF THE INDEPENDENT WE STAND MEDIA IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. INDEPENDENT WE STAND MEDIA ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS-IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, NON-INFRINGEMENT OR ANY WARRANTY IMPLIED THROUGH COURSE OF PERFORMANCE OR DEALING, OR USAGE OF TRADE. WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT INDEPENDENT WE STAND DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE INDEPENDENT WE STAND MEDIA WILL OPERATE ERROR-FREE OR WITHOUT INTERRUPTION OR THAT USE OF AN APPLICATION WILL NOT ADVERSELY AFFECT YOUR OR ANY OTHER PERSON’S USE OF THE MOBILE DEVICE(S) ON WHICH THE APPLICATION IS DOWNLOADED OR INSTALLED OR THE NETWORK OF WHICH SUCH MOBILE DEVICE(S) ARE A PART.

SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES, SO SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your computer or mobile device meets all necessary technical specifications to enable you to access and use the Independent We Stand Media.

You understand and agree that Independent We Stand does not warrant or represent and expressly disclaims any warranties or representations (a) that the Content, including the User Submissions, are accurate, complete, free from viruses or free from infringement, (b) that the Independent We Stand Media will operate correctly or without interruption, error or defect, or (c) that your use of the Independent We Stand Media or your participation in Independent We Stand Media activities will not infringe on the rights of third parties.

You further understand and agree that neither Independent We Stand LLC nor its affiliates, nor their members, officers directors, employees or agents will be liable to you or any third party for any liabilities, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind and under any theory of law, equity, contract, tort or otherwise which you or such third party may incur as a result of your use of the Independent We Stand Media, including, without limitation, your violation of a third party intellectual property right based on your use of the Independent We Stand Media.

Without limiting the foregoing, you understand and agree that neither Independent We Stand nor its affiliates nor their members, officers, directors, employees or agents are responsible for any damage, loss, or injury resulting from hacking, tampering, or other unauthorized access or use of the Independent We Stand Media or your account.

11. Software Licenses:

You shall have no rights to the proprietary software and related documentation, or any enhancements or modifications thereto, provided to you in order to access the Independent We Stand Media (“Software”). You may not sublicense, assign or transfer any licenses granted by Independent We Stand, and any attempt at such sublicense, assignment or transfer shall be null and void. You may not copy, distribute, modify, reverse engineer, or create derivative works from the Software.

12. Indemnity:

You hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless, Independent We Stand LLC and its affiliates and their members, officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, obligations, losses, liabilities, costs or debt, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees) due to or arising out of your use of the Independent We Stand Media.  This obligation will survive these Terms of Use and your use of the Independent We Stand Media.

13. Additional Terms:

These Terms of Use are subject to any additional or alternative terms required for Independent We Stand to comply with the terms of any license agreements relating to the Applications, including, but not limited to, the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement, and the Google Maps/Google Earth API Terms of Service and Google’s Privacy Policy, as any of such agreements may be amended from time to time, all of which are incorporated herein by reference.  Specifically, you agree that your use of the iPhone Application is subject to Apple’s standard End User License Agreement, which is part of the App Store Terms of Service and which can be found at http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/us/terms.html#GIFTS.  In the event of any conflict between these Terms of Use and the App Store Terms of the Service, the Apps Store Terms of Service shall control.

14. Miscellaneous Provisions:

These Terms of Use, together with the Privacy Policy, constitute the entire agreement between Independent We Stand and its users.  If any portion of these Terms of Use is found to be invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining terms and conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect.  In the event that Independent We Stand fails to enforce any of these terms and conditions, such failure does not constitute a waiver.  Moreover, any explicit waiver made by Independent We Stand as to any term or condition does not constitute a waiver of any other term or condition.  The user may not transfer any of his or her rights or obligations to anyone else without Independent We Stand’s written consent.  Independent We Stand retains the right to freely assign its own rights and obligations.

Questions:  If you have any questions concerning our Terms of Use please contact Independent We Stand at info@independentwestand.org.

Effective March 7, 2014. Last Updated March 8, 2014

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy relates to the use of our website, http://IndependentWeStand.org (the “Site”), our mobile applications, including but not limited to applications for iPhone and mobile devices that access the Android Market (the “Applications”) and any other services offered by Independent We Stand now or in the future for any media now existing or hereafter created (collectively, the “Independent We Stand Media”).  The term “Independent We Stand Media” includes any software code, scripts, interfaces, graphics, displays, text, documentation and other components and any updates or enhancements to the above.  Please take a moment to review this Privacy Policy, which represents an agreement between Independent We Stand LLC (“Independent We Stand,” also referred to as “we”), owner of the Independent We Stand Media, and you, the end user (referred to herein as “you,” “your” or the “user”).  By using, visiting or accessing the Independent We Stand Media, you signify your acceptance of, and agree to be bound by, this Privacy Policy and Independent We Stand’s Terms of Use, which explains the conditions under which you may access and use the Independent We Stand Media and which is incorporated herein by reference (this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use are sometimes referred to collectively as the “Policies”). If you do not agree to be bound by the Policies, please immediately discontinue your use of the Site and uninstall and erase each Application from the hardware memories and storage devices of any medium on which such Application has been stored.

Please know that we may amend this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use at any time and from time to time. Each time you use or visit the Site, you will be deemed to have accepted any such changes. Independent We Stand shall have no obligation to notify you of any such changes other then posting such modifications on the Site. Therefore, you should review this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use each time you use any of the Independent We Stand Media.  You can determine when this Privacy Policy was last revised by referring to the “Last Updated” legend at the bottom of this page. We also encourage you to print out a copy of the Policies from the Site for review and reference.

This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected through the Independent We Stand Media and not to information collected or obtained from other sources. See “Links to Other Sites” below.

We are committed to protecting the privacy of our users. In order to operate the Independent We Stand Media, we collect certain information. This Privacy Policy describes the types of information we collect, what we do with it, with whom we share it, and how you can correct or change such information.

A portion of the Site is restricted to participants in the Independent We Stand Educational Program.  Additional and alternative terms and conditions and privacy terms apply to that portion of the Site under agreements relating specifically to the Independent We Stand Educational Program.

1. The Types of Information We Collect:

“Business Profile Information” is any information that can be used to identify a specific business. Independent We Stand collects and stores any Business Profile Information you enter into the Independent We Stand Media or provide to us in some other manner. Such Business Profile Information may include, without limitation, your name, business name, email address, business address, business phone number and, if you transact business with us, financial information such as your payment method (valid credit card number, type, expiration date or other financial information).

“Personally Information” is any information that can be used to identify a specific “individual. Independent We Stand collects and stores any Personal Information you enter into the Independent We Stand Media or provide to us in some other manner. Such Personal Information may include, without limitation, your name, email address, home address, and, if you transact business with us, financial information such as your payment method (valid credit card number, type, expiration date or other financial information).

Aggregate and Anonymous Data:

Aggregate and anonymous data is information collected automatically through the operation of the Independent We Stand Media, as well as certain Personal Information which we aggregate and use in a manner that does not identify you personally (“AA Data”).  We may collect usage data (such as which pages of the Site you visit and in what sequence) through the use of various technologies.  For example, we collect IP addresses from individuals who access the Independent We Stand Media. We do not link IP addresses to any Personal Information, so although your session will be logged, you will remain anonymous to us.  We may also collect password information from you when you log in, as well as computer and connection information such as browser type or version.  During some visits, we may use software tools, such as Javascript and/or Google Analytics, to measure and collect session information, including page response times, download errors, time spent on certain pages, page interaction information, and methods used to browse away from the page.

2. Use of Cookies and Similar Technologies:

Like many providers of Internet services, we use “cookies” or other similar technologies to collect AA Data.  Cookies allow us to measure traffic activity throughout the Independent We Stand Media and to improve your user experience. For example, cookies enable us to remember your passwords and viewing preferences, in order to track activities that require registration or entry, such as contests and sweepstakes. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies.  If you prefer, you can set your web browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent, but it is possible that some parts of the Site will not function properly if you do so.

In addition, we may use a service that collects data remotely by using so-called “pixel tags,” “web beacons,” “clear GIFs” or similar means (collectively, “Pixel Tags”) embedded in website content.  A Pixel Tag is an electronic image, often a single pixel (1×1), that is ordinarily not visible to site visitors and may be associated with cookies on the visitors’ hard drives.  This information is AA Data.

3. Our Use of The Information We Collect From You:

Business Profile Information:

We will use your Business Profile Information, to enable you to use the features of the Independent We Stand Media.  We may also use your Business Profile Information to provide you with information about features, services and other offerings that may be of interest to you, and to verify your eligibility in connection with contests and sweepstakes. We may use financial information or payment methods to process payment for any purchases or sales made through the Independent We Stand Media, or to protect against or identify possible fraudulent transactions, and otherwise as needed to manage our business.

Personal Information:

We will use your Personal Information, to enable you to use the features of the Independent We Stand Media.  We may also use your Personal Information to provide you with information about features, services and other offerings that may be of interest to you, and to verify your eligibility in connection with contests and sweepstakes. We may use financial information or payment methods to process payment for any purchases or sales made through the Independent We Stand Media, or to protect against or identify possible fraudulent transactions, and otherwise as needed to manage our business

Publicly Viewable Business Profile Information:  When you upload Business Profile content on to the Independent We Stand Media, that content except for the business owner’s name and the business owner’s contact email will be publically visible. This information is displayed publically to help consumers find and support your business.

Note: Please review the section below on “Submitting Content to Independent We Stand” as well as our Terms of Use.

AA Data:

We may also use Business Profile Information and Personal Information in aggregate form for purposes of research or analysis. Although this aggregated data may be based in part on Business Profile Information and Personal Information, it does not identify you personally.  We may share this type of AA Data with a variety of third parties, including Independent We Stand affiliates, agents, research partners and current and prospective business partners.  We may use AA Data collected from the Service for administration, advertising and promotional purposes, and we may share such information with various affiliated and unaffiliated entities for such purposes.

4. Sharing Your Personal Information:

We want you to understand when and with whom we may share your Business Profile Information and/or Personal Information.

Sharing Your Business Profile Information and/or Personal Information with Others:

Except as stated in this Privacy Policy, we do not disclose your Business Profile Information and/or Personal Information to third parties without first informing you and giving you the opportunity to opt out of having your Personal Information shared.

We may disclose your Business Profile Information and/or Personal Information to third parties without informing you in connection with the following:

-Business-related Functions: Independent We Stand, like many businesses, may hire other companies to perform certain business-related functions or services on our behalf such as hosting specific portions of the Independent We Stand Media, maintaining databases, administering contests, mailing information or processing payments.  When we employ a third party to perform these functions, that third party will be provided with the particular Business Profile Information and/or Personal Information it needs to perform its function.  We require such third party service providers to keep the Business Profile and Personal Information confidential.

-Promotional Offers:  We may also share Business Profile Information and/or Personal Information with pre-screened third parties for their marketing or promotional purposes.  We will provide you with an opportunity to elect or decline these services or opportunities (see “Your Choices” below).  In the event you have elected to opt-out from any of our services, we will share your Business Profile Information and/or Personal Information with third parties with whom we jointly offer such services solely to the extent necessary to ensure that your request not to receive such communications is honored.  In addition, for third-party sponsored sweepstakes, contests or promotions, we may request Personal Information from you that, if provided, may be shared with the sponsor upon request.

Other Disclosures:

In addition, we may disclose Business Profile Information and/or Personal Information without providing you with the ability to opt out under the following limited circumstances; to (1) protect the legal rights, privacy or safety of Independent We Stand LLC or its affiliates and their members, officers, directors, employees and agents; (2) protect the safety and security of other users of the Independent We Stand Media; (3) protect against fraud or other illegal activity or for risk management purposes; (4) respond to inquiries or requests from public authorities; (5) permit us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; (6) enforce our Policies; or (7) comply with the law or legal process.

If Independent We Stand sells all or part of the Independent We Stand Media or makes a sale or transfer of assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or business transfer, we may, in our sole discretion, transfer, sell or assign your Personal Information to a third party as part of or in connection with that transaction.  Upon such transfer, the Privacy Policy of the acquiring entity will govern the further use of your Personal Information.

5. Third-Party Advertising and Links to Other Sites:

Third Party Advertising: The Independent We Stand Media may include third-party advertising, and the advertisers may use cookies, Pixel Tags and other technologies to collect information about the effectiveness of their advertisements, and to collect anonymous information about your visits to the Independent We Stand Media.  These activities are not covered by this Privacy Policy. For more information about these specialized cookies and other technologies, and how to “opt out” of information collection by these companies, we suggest you visit http://networkadvertising.org/optout_nonppii.asp  or http://doubleclick.net/privacy_policy.

Links to Other Sites: The Service also contains links to other sites that will not follow the same privacy policy as Independent We Stand.  For instance, clicking on a Facebook or Twitter link or other elements on the Service will take you to such different sites.  Links to other sites may use our Service logo or style as a result of a co-branding agreement.  These sites may send their own cookies to you and may collect data and make use of that data in ways that this Service would not.  Once you’ve left this Service, this Privacy Policy will no longer apply to Personal Information or any other data collected from or provided by you on another site.  You should check the applicable privacy policy to determine how that site will handle such data.

6. Your Choices:

If you have previously provided Contact Information and/or Business Profile information to Independent We Stand Media and are receiving emails or other communications from us and you do not want to continue receiving such emails, please notify us by selecting the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email message or contacting us at info@independnentwestand.org.  If you ask that we stop using your Contact Information, we will take reasonable steps to honor that request on a prospective basis.  However, as a result, you may not be able to continue to utilize some or all of the features of the Independent We Stand Media.

If you have a business account membership account with Independent We Stand Media, you have the ability to review, change or update your Business Profile Information and preferences at any time by accessing your “Edit Business Profile” page, or contacting us at: info@independentwestand.org.

If you choose to cancel your business membership account, we may retain records of your Business Profile information for analytical purposes, record-keeping integrity, to prevent fraud, enforce our Terms of Use, or as needed in order to comply with applicable federal, state, or local law. In addition, if certain Business Profile Information has already been provided to third parties as described in this Privacy Policy, retention of such information will be subject to the respective third parties’ privacy policies.

7. Submitting Content to Independent We Stand:

Independent We Stand Media accepts and posts content (e.g. blog posts, graphics, pictures, videos audio files, etc.) from you and other sources for public viewing. The formal and legal guidelines concerning all such postings are set forth in, and governed by, our Terms of Use and applicable laws. In addition, such postings may appear on other websites when searches are executed on the subject of your posting. It is important to understand that, whenever you voluntarily disclose your Personal Information on publicly-viewable web pages, that information will be publicly available and can be collected and used by others. Except with respect to certain non-public portions of the Site (Business Profile Dashboards), we cannot control who views your posting or what other users may do with publicly viewable Personal Information (as described above) and any other information you voluntarily post.  As such, we encourage you to exercise discretion and caution with respect to your Personal Information. Once you have posted information on publicly-viewable web pages, you might not be able to edit or delete such information.

8. Our Commitment to Data Security:

We take reasonable security precautions to secure the Business and Personal Information that you choose to provide against the loss, misuse, alteration or unauthorized access of such information.  Unfortunately, no transmission of data over the Internet is guaranteed to be completely secure.  It may be possible for third parties, not under the control of Independent We Stand, to intercept or access transmissions or private communications unlawfully.  While we strive to protect your Business and Personal Information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any Personal Information you transmit to us.  Any such transmission is done at your own risk.  If you believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure, please notify us of the problem by contacting us at info@independentwestand.org.  If we learn of a security systems breach, then we may attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps. We may post a notice on the Site if a security breach occurs. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive notice of a security breach in writing. To receive a free written notice of a security breach you should notify us at the above email address.

9. Contacting Independent We Stand Regarding Your Privacy:

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, Personal Information gathered by this Service or Other Services, or about the operation of this Service or Other Services, or if you wish to unsubscribe from the Service or Other Services, please contact us at info@independentwestand.org, or at Independent We Stand, 575 Lynnhaven Pkwy., Third Floor, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Effective March 7, 2014. Last Updated March 7, 2014