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      Effective 08/11/2011
      Van Eck Global ("Van Eck") is strongly committed to protecting your privacy online. This Online Privacy Policy applies to information collected through the Van Eck website located at www.vaneck.com (the "Site") from or about Site users and/or customers who provide registration information on the Site and/or receive financial or other products, services, or information from Van Eck, and does not apply to any other products or services or to information collected in any other way (whether offline or online).


      Information We Collect

      Van Eck or our service providers may collect information through this Site, including but not limited to information you provide when you:

      • request or register for a product, service, newsletter, or online account;
      • contact Van Eck with questions; or
      • enter a sweepstakes, contest, or other promotion, or complete a survey or poll.

      This information may include personal information such as your name, company, title, address, e-mail address, phone number, payment information, investor type, assets under management, transaction history, social security number, and issues or areas of interest.

      Van Eck or our service providers may use "cookies," web server logs, web beacons, or other electronic tools to collect non-personal information about you, such as:

      • IP address;
      • browser type;
      • operating system;
      • computer platform;
      • information about your mobile device;
      • geo-location data; and
      • the state or country from which you accessed this Site.

      Van Eck or our service providers may also use cookies, web server logs, web beacons, or other electronic tools to collect and compile statistical and other non-personal information about your use of this Site and the services provided on this Site, such as:

      • the web pages you visit on this Site;
      • the date and time of your visit;
      • the number of links you click within this Site;
      • the functions you use on this Site;
      • the databases you view and the searches you request on this Site;
      • the data you save on, or download from, this Site, etc.; and
      • the websites you visited immediately before and after visiting this Site.

      A cookie is a small text file placed on your computer. Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually set your browser to disable cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. Likewise, most mobile devices allow you to disable the ability for geo-location information to be collected from your mobile device. The help function on most browsers and mobile devices contains instructions on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting cookies, disable cookies entirely, or disable the collection of geo-location data. You need to set each browser, on each device you use to surf the Web. Thus, if you use multiple browsers (e.g., AOL, Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.), you should repeat this procedure with each one. Similarly, if you connect to the Web from multiple devices (e.g., work and home), you need to set each browser on each device. However, if you disable cookies or refuse to accept a request to place a cookie, it is possible that some parts of this Site, such as certain areas of the Site for which you need to log in, will not function properly, and the advertising you receive when you visit this Site may not be advertisements tailored to your interests.

      Van Eck reserves the right to place advertising on the Site. When such advertising is placed on the Site, Van Eck, our service providers, or third-party advertisers or their advertising servers may also place or recognize unique cookies on your computer or use other electronic tools in order to help display advertisements that you may see on this Site or on other websites. Information about your visits to, and activity on, this Site and other websites, an IP address, the number of times you have viewed an advertisement, and other such usage information may be used, alone or in combination with other information, to display on your device screen advertisements that may be of particular interest to you. We may use Web beacons, provided by third-party advertising companies, to help manage and optimize our online advertising and product performance. Web beacons enable us to recognize a browser’s cookie when a browser visits this Site, and to learn which banner ads bring users to this Site. The use and collection of your information by these third-party service providers, and by third-party advertisers and their advertising servers, is not covered by this Online Privacy Policy. For information about online behavioral advertising networks and how to "opt out" of advertising cookies placed by the Network Advertising Initiative’s ("NAI") member networks, and thereby limit the tracking of your online activity and the targeted advertising you may receive, please click here. Note that even if you opt out of cookies placed by the NAI member networks, you may still receive online advertising.

      How We Use Your Information

      Van Eck uses the information collected through this Site, including your personal information, non-personal information, and information about your use of this Site, in the following ways:

      • to enhance your experience with this Site;
      • to save your preferences and account information;
      • to provide you with the services, products, or information that you request;
      • to communicate with you (e.g. about updates to your accounts, products, or services, or to provide information about products or services in which you have indicated an interest);
      • to conduct research and analysis (e.g., analyze and compile statistics about your use of this Site and other websites, and produce data analytics and reports containing only anonymous and aggregate information that we may share with third parties for their own use); and/or
      • to provide information, special offers, and promotions to you regarding products and services offered by us, our affiliates, or nonaffiliated third parties.

      You may instruct Van Eck at any time not to use your personal information covered by this Online Privacy Policy to provide you with special offers and promotions by e-mailing us at privacy@vaneck.com. All e-mail requests must include the following information: first name, last name, and e-mail address. Please note that it may take some time to process your request, consistent with applicable law.

      We may also use information collected on this Site as otherwise required or permitted by law or with your consent.

      To assist us with the uses described in this Online Privacy Policy, information we or our service providers have collected from or about you through this Site, including your use of this Site, may be combined with or enhanced by other information about you that we have from other online or offline sources, including from our service providers.

      How We Share Your Information

      Van Eck may share your personal or other information with our affiliates for their own marketing and other purposes as permitted or required by law. We may share your personal or other information with nonaffiliated third parties as permitted or required by law, including:

      • with our service providers that help us to operate our business (e.g., to deliver the information, products, or services requested by you, to perform other activities related to such information, services, and products, including billing and collection, and to provide you with special offers or promotions from Van Eck);
      • with a purchaser of Van Eck (or any of its assets), so it may continue to serve you;
      • to comply with legal orders (e.g., a subpoena or court order), government requests, or other legal process;
      • to produce relevant documents or information in connection with litigation, arbitration, mediation, adjudication, government or internal investigations, or other legal or administrative proceedings;
      • to protect the interests, rights, safety, or property of Van Eck or others;
      • to enforce any legal notices, terms of service, or agreements on or related to this Site;
      • to operate Van Eck systems properly; and/or
      • any other sharing to which you consent.

      We may also share your personal or other information with nonaffiliated third parties for their use to produce data analytics and reports containing only anonymous and aggregate information that does not personally identify you, and which they, in turn, may share with other third parties for their own use.

      You may instruct Van Eck at any time not to share your personal information covered by this Online Privacy Policy with such third parties for their use to produce such data analytics and reports containing only anonymous and aggregate information by e-mailing us at privacy@vaneck.com [or using your username and password to access the web page on this Site designated for this purpose]. All e-mail requests must include the following information: first name, last name, and e-mail address. Please note that (i) this opt-out process may take some time to complete, consistent with applicable law; and (ii) even after such opt-out process is completed, your personal and other information may continue to be shared with our affiliates (including affiliated websites under common ownership or control) and service providers and as otherwise described in this Online Privacy Policy.

      Accuracy and Security of Personal Information

      To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use reasonable administrative, technical, personnel, and physical measures. These measures include computer safeguards and secured files and buildings. To help us protect your privacy, you should maintain the secrecy of any username and password you set up in connection with your use of this Site.

      Accessing and Updating Your Personal Information

      To access, review, rectify, or delete personal information collected about you through this Site, please contact us at privacy@vaneck.com or use your username and password to access the web page on this Site designated for this purpose. All e-mail requests must include the following information: first name, last name, and e-mail address. While we will make reasonable efforts to accommodate your request, we also reserve the right to impose certain restrictions and requirements on such access requests, if permitted or required by applicable laws.

      Transfer of Personal Information To Other Countries

      Some of the uses and disclosures described in this Online Privacy Policy may involve the transfer of your personal information to various countries around the world that may have different levels of privacy protection than your country. By submitting your personal information through this Site and checking the box stating that you have read and agree with this Online Privacy Policy, you consent to such transfers and to the processing of your personal information in such countries.

      Links To Third-Party Websites

      This Site may include links to third-party websites. Since we do not control third-party websites and are not responsible for any information you may provide while on such sites, we encourage you to read the privacy policies on those websites before providing any of your information on such sites.

      Questions Regarding This Online Privacy Policy

      If you have questions regarding this Online Privacy Policy, please contact us at privacy@vaneck.com. Notwithstanding the above, nothing on this Site should be construed as a solicitation or offer or recommendation to buy or sell any security or to make any transaction.

      Modifications To This Online Privacy Policy

      Van Eck reserves the right to change this Online Privacy Policy at any time by posting revisions on this web page. Such changes will be effective upon posting.

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