VC-A’s Data Privacy Policy

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in force since May 25, 2018. At VC-A, we know that both your data privacy and your time are important and have therefore updated our VC-A M&A Suite to comply with the new GDPR.

This policy describes what information we collect to operate VC-A. It also provides information about how we store, transfer, use and delete that information, and what choices you have concerning the information.

This policy applies to the VC-A M&A Suite, including the website as well as other interactions you may have with VC-A.

Value Creation - Alternative Ltd. is registered at the Information Commissioner's Office under the reference number ZA808655 since the 17th day of November 2020. The certificate is in force until the 16th day of November 2021.

Data collection, processing and storage

VC-A is a corporate advisory firm. We provide M&A, fundraising and strategy consulting services. We are a business to business (B2B) organisation and will use your personal data only to provide professional services.

  • We merely collect contact data to enable us to reach out to the organisation you work with, or the ones that you could eventually introduce us to.
  • We need personal data to do our job, which consists of matching buyers with sellers, fundraisers with investors and job seekers with job openings.
  • We will never share personal data nor sell them to third-parties.
  • We will not use personal data to sell consumer products.

All data are stored in our VC-A M&A Suite, which is only accessible to VC-A Partners under a confidentiality agreement.

We process personal data differently depending on the type of Contact.

For VC-A Members
VC-A Members must opt-in to receive VC-A Communications. VC-A Members who choose to opt-out from all VC-A Communications will be removed from VC-A Network but will remain in our database as former VC-A Members for compliance purposes.

For Non-VC-A members
From the 25th of May 2018 on,  Contacts have been asked to check the Opt-In option by e-mail or through other communication channels once their record is created into the VC-A M&A Suite.

Contacts prior to the 25th of May 2018 have automatically been opted-in, but can opt-out at any time following their personal link (see information below).

Information collected from the website

Cookies and Automatically Collected Information.  We automatically collect information regarding your interaction with the Site through the use of cookies and other automatic collection methods, such as web beacons, which may include clear gifs, pixel tags, or web bugs.

Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser. Some cookies are necessary and allow you to navigate or utilize certain features of the Site. Other cookies allow us to provide the Services to you more efficiently or allow us to track your interactions with our Services. You can control the acceptance of cookies by adjusting your browser’s settings. If you disable cookies, certain features or functions on the Site may not work properly.

Web beacons are images, which may be transparent, that are added to web pages or emails and often used in combination with cookies. Web beacons allow us to better understand how you interact with and use our Services and also allow us to serve you with better and more relevant content.

Information that we collect through automated methods includes: IP address, browser and device identifying information (including the type of device and browser, settings, internet service provider information, and unique device identifiers), location information, log files, the dates and times you access our Services and perform certain activities, operating system details, information regarding your interaction with the Site, the websites you visit immediately before and after accessing the Site, and links you click on the Site.

The Site [does not] currently recognize browser “Do Not Track” requests. If you wish to disable certain tracking associated with cookies, you can do so by disabling cookies in your browser settings.

We are only using information collected automatically from the website to measure the traffic through Google Analytics tools.

Sign-Up form. New VC-A Member’s data can be collected automatically through our website using the Sign-Up form or introduced manually by one of our VC-A Partners.

Data introduced through our website are encrypted and secured by a Thawte SSL123 Certificate.

Contact form. The data introduced in the contact form are sent to an email address and not stored automatically onto our VC-A M&A Suite database unless you ask us to do so in the body of the message or the nature of your request requires a follow-up action. We keep a history of emails for compliance purposes. By ticking the "opt-in" box, you are agreeing to this policy.

For other electronic contacts

Data can be collected from public sources such as Linkedin, websites or third parties’ databases. Contacts are asked to check the Opt-In option by e-mail or through other communication channels once their record is created into the VC-A M&A Suite.

For none electronic contacts

We will collect information from you when you contact us, whether by email, phone, through the Site (see above), or otherwise. The information collected depends on the nature and purpose of the contact, but will generally include your name, contact information, and nature of the interaction. You can also choose to receive promotional emails from us. When you do, we will collect information regarding your interaction with those emails. You can unsubscribe from promotional emails at any time by customising your VC-A communications.

Customisation of VC-A communications

In each automated email communication, Contacts receive a personal link to their record and have the right to:

  • View and modify their personal data online.
  • Define their mailing preferences (See Communication Streams below)
  • Opt-Out from all VC-A Communication
  • Be forgotten, which means that their data will be deleted if they are EU citizens.

Contacts registered in VC-A M&A Suite have the possibility to change the following parameters to customise VC-A’s communications:

Communication Streams
To align VC-A communications with Contacts’ interests, we have created several communication streams. Communications can be segmented according to the following centres of interest:

  1. Mergers and Acquisitions, buy-side and sell-side
  2. Fundraising
  3. Job opportunities, consulting
  4. Trading, commodities, real estate
  5. Locations (geographies)
  6. Newsletters, notifications

Interested in
VC-A interface allows Contacts to chose amongst the Communication Streams described above, those that they are most interested in. Contacts receive privileged information on the Communication Streams that they have selected before others.

Do not send
The “Do not send” option allows Contacts to opt-out from one or several Communication Streams.

Opt-In
The Opt-In option is overarching. Untick the Opt-In toggle-box to stop receiving ALL communications from VC-A.

Right to be forgotten
By exercising the right to be forgotten, Contacts will favour larger companies that have the financial strength to do off-line what we are doing online for a fraction of the cost. Ultimately, the off-line cost will be passed on to end customers and prices will go up.

Should Contacts wish their data to be deleted from our database anyway, they just have to check the “Right to be forgotten” toggle-box and their data will be scheduled for deletion.

Your personal link (including personal information) is unique for your privacy and security. You are responsible for preventing unauthorized access to your account and personal information by avoiding sharing that link to third-parties by, for example, forwarding emails containing that link.

Your access to and use of the link or your submission of any personal information to us will constitute your consent to the transfer of your personal information outside of your home country or jurisdiction.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you wish to receive more information about VC-A data privacy policy or check if we hold data on you, please submit an email request to compliance@vc-alternative.com

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