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Privacy Statement

What you should know

We recognize our obligation to keep information about you secure and confidential. vFinance Inc. has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for this website: vFinance.com.

Summary: Clients of vFinance Investments, Inc.

We have created our Privacy Policy to communicate our privacy commitment to you, and to serve your privacy needs.

Privacy Policy

The policy presented below covers how vFinance Investments, Inc. (“vFinance") uses and protects Customer Information. Customer Information means information personally identifiable with a specific Customer or about a Customer’s current or former relationship with vFinance. This policy is provided to you in accordance with the Federal Financial Privacy Law, 15 U.S.C. 6801-6810.

Maintaining the security and confidentiality of our Customer Information is a top priority for us at vFinance. We carefully manage Customer Information in order to give you better service, greater convenience and additional benefits consistent with the nature of your overall business with vFinance.

Protecting Your Information

vFinance does not sell Customer Information to anyone. We will only share Customer Information with others as stated in this policy, unless we provide you with additional notice or ask for your permission.

Information Security Is A Priority

One of our most important activities is maintaining the security of Customer Information. We value your trust and carefully handle information we possess about you. All vFinance employees who have access to your information are bound by policies that require the confidential treatment of Customer Information, and they are subject to disciplinary action if they violate these policies. In addition, vFinance maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect Customer Information. We continually assess new technology for protecting information and, when appropriate, we upgrade our information security systems.

Information That is Gathered By the Firm

vFinance gathers and uses various types of information to properly service you, and better understand your needs. We also strive to assist you in learning more about financial products and services that may be of interest to you. The Customer Information we gather generally consists of the following:

Sharing Information Within vFinance

The information we share within the vFinance corporate family helps us to provide you with greater service. vFinance may share Customer Information within the vFinance corporate family, except as limited below. By sharing information about your accounts and relationships, we can save you time and money and make it easier for you to do business with us.

You Can Limit The Information We Share About You Within The vFinance Corporate Family

Sharing Customer Information for certain purposes is also subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). Under FCRA, vFinance may share with its corporate family any information about its transactions or experiences with you. We may also share information about you other than transactions and experience information with our affiliates unless you advise us that you do not want such other information shared. This includes information you provide to us or that we obtain from third parties (example, reports from credit bureaus).

Sharing Information With Companies That Work For Us

We may share Customer Information with unaffiliated third parties who perform services for vFinance, or in connection with servicing or processing of the products and services we provide that support our relationship with our clients. These third parties may include our clearing company, National Financial, a Fidelity Investments Company and other financial service providers such as insurances companies. We may also share your information with companies we have hired to provide marketing and other services on our behalf. All of these companies are contractually obligated to keep the information that we provide to them confidential, and use this information only for the purpose of providing the services we’ve asked them to perform for us or for you.

Disclosing Information In Other Situations

We may also disclose Customer Information we maintain about you to credit bureaus, regulatory authorities, and similar organizations, when permitted by law. Such shared information may include a disclosure in connection with a subpoena or similar legal process, a fraud investigation, an audit inquiry or examination. In addition, we will exchange Customer Information with reputable reference sources and clearinghouse services for purpose of credit reporting and verification. We may also share information with entities outside vFinance for services you have requested.

Making Sure Information Is Accurate

Keeping your account information accurate and up to date is very important. We provide you with access to your account information in a number of ways, such as account statements, by telephone with an Investment Executive and online from your personal computer. If your account information is ever inaccurate, incomplete or in need of updating, please contact us at the telephone number on your account statement or trade confirmation. If you have any questions or feel that we have not handled information about you properly, you may always contact the Branch Manager of the office where your account is maintained or the Compliance Department, and he/she will investigate your concerns.

Our Former Customers

Even if you are no longer a vFinance Customer, our privacy policy will continue to apply to you.

Keeping Up-To-Date With Our Privacy Policy

vFinance will provide notice of our privacy policy annually, as long as you maintain an account with us. vFinance reserves the right to make changes to this policy. You can always review our current policy online at www.vfinance.com, or contact us for a copy at (800) 266-8023 Ext 1039.

If you wish for us to not share information with our affiliates other than about our transactions or experiences with you (such as credit bureau reports), please contact us at the number above.



Online Forms and Registrations

Our site's Membership Registration Form requires users to give us contact information (i.e. name and email address). Only when an electronic purchase is initiated do we request financial information (credit card data). The customer's contact information is used to contact the visitor when necessary. Financial information that is collected is used ONLY to bill the user for products and services.

Opt-in Lists

This site provides the option of subscribing to opt-in (permission based) email lists. We provide daily news related to venture capital and private equity. If you signed up for our daily news list and would like to unsubscribe (opt-out), you can easily do so by forwarding any email you receive to unsubscribe@vfinance.com. If you have problems, contact us immediately at (561) 981-1017.

This site also provides the option of subscribing to opt-in (permission based) email lists, managed by PostMasterDirect.com. These lists provide offers for new products and services related to your areas of interest. If you signed up for any of these lists and would like to unsubscribe (opt-out), you can easily do so by forwarding any email you receive to deleteall@postmasterdirect.com. If you have problems, contact us immediately at (561) 981-1017.

Linked Sites

This site contains links to other sites. vFinance.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

Advertising

We may use an outside ad company to display ads on our site. Ads may contain cookies, and appear to be coming from our site, but in reality they are coming from our partners who are serving ads on our site. Our site does not use cookies. We do not have access to any information about you from cookies you might receive while visiting our site.

Security

This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Some of our security measures include an IDS (intrusion detection system) provides network monitoring and alerts security personnel to any attacks on the servers. Security personnel monitor the system 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and access to servers requires multiple levels of authentication.

VeriSign Encryption

We use secure socket layer (SSL) encryption provided by VeriSign, an industry leader in Internet safety. All account and profile information located on vFinance.com is password-protected to provide additional security. Despite all these precautions, no data transmission across the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed 100% secure. vFinance.com strives to protect your personal information but we can not guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

Choice/Opt-Out

Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving communications from us at the point where we request information about the visitor.

This site gives users the following options for removing their information from our database to not receive future communications or to no longer receive our service.

  1. You can send email to unsubscribe@vfinance.com
  2. You can visit the following URL: www.vfinance.com
  3. You can call the following telephone number: (561) 981-1017

Correct/Update

This site gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided.

  1. Visit www.vfinance.com (select client log-in/change my user profile)
  2. Call the following telephone number: (561) 981-1017

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:

Webmaster
National Holdings Corporation
webmaster@vfinance.com

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