We provide users access to travel and other types of guides, brochures, planners, maps, and related materials published by third parties. In some cases, these third parties contract with us to promote and advertise their materials and to generate leads from users requesting their guides and materials. We may be compensated by these third parties for generating such leads. When a user requests a travel guide or other similar materials from us, we provide that user’s information to the tourism board or organization that publishes the material so that they may fulfill the request. We may also provide them with information about users who request their guides. We do not provide personally identifiable information to a third party other than the partner that is publishing materials that the user has requested
Personal Information that You Provide to Us
Personal information is information that can be used to identify, locate, or contact an individual, and includes other information that may be associated with personal information. When you interact with our sites and services, depending on the site or service, we may collect the following personal information directly from you:
a. Account or Registration Information where needed to use our sites and services, and may include your name, address, email address, telephone number, birthday, user account name, and password;
b. Contact Information, which generally includes your name, addresses, email addresses, social media website user account names, and/or telephone numbers;
c. Payment Information where needed to process payments and generally includes your credit or debit card number, expiration date, and card verification number;
d. Personal Profile or Service Information, which may include areas of interest, information from social media interactions (such as Facebook, Twitter, or Google+), preferences, physical characteristics (such as height, weight), photographs and, biographical, health information and/or demographic information (such as gender);
e. Transaction Information, which may include information about how you interact with and use our sites and services, email, other communications, and applications, and how you interact with merchants, business partners, and service providers;
f. Geographic Location Information, but only if your device transmits location data and/or your IP address and a location-enabled site or service is activated;
g. Job-Search-Related Information where needed for recruitment purposes and may include educational and employment background, driver’s license number, and social security number;
h. Survey Data where needed for the functionality of certain services and generally includes survey questions and responses, and may allow you to import email addresses and names in order to send surveys or to allow us to send surveys on your behalf;
i. Appointment Information, where needed to schedule an appointment or consultation through our online appointment or consultation services and may include the requested appointment information, which may be linked with health or legal information that you choose to provide to us;
j. Access to Your Data, but only if you use certain services, interactive tools, or authorize us to retrieve information from another database, user, or other third party on your behalf, such as integrating a practice management system with your services; and
k. Your Submissions, which generally includes information you voluntarily provide through free form text boxes, forums, document upload, or data retrieval or import.
In each of the above instances, you will know what personal information we collect through our sites and services because you voluntarily and directly provide it to us.
Other Information We Automatically Collect through Cookies and Other Technologies
We or our third-party service providers may collect and store certain technical information when you use our sites and services. For example, our servers receive and automatically collect information about your computer and browser, including, for instance, your IP address, browser type, domain name from which you accessed the site or service, device size and other software or hardware information. If you access our sites and services from a mobile or other device, we may collect a unique device identifier assigned to that device (UDID), type of device, general GPS location, or other transactional information for that device in order to serve content to it and to improve your experience in using the sites or services. In addition, we or our third-party service providers may collect information about how you use of our sites, including but not limited to, the date and time you visit the sites, the areas or pages of the sites that you visit, the amount of time you spend viewing the sites, the number of times you return to the sites, visits to sites outside our network, preferred language, and other click-stream data.
A cookie is a small file that is placed onto your device and that is managed by your browser. Cookies were designed for websites to remember information (such as items in a shopping cart) and enable our sites or services to function. For example, cookies enable us to identify your device and enable you to easily share content on our sites and services and help us serve relevant ads to you.
We use two types: persistent cookies and session cookies. A persistent cookie helps us recognize you as a user. After you sign in, a persistent cookie stays in your browser and will be read by our site when you return to the site. Session cookies only last for as long as the session (usually the current visit to a site or a browser session).
We may also implement and use Google Analytics (and similar tools) to advertise online, sell advertising, and develop content. You may be able to opt-out of these tools.
We also may use Adobe Flash, which is another technology that can provide cookie-equivalent functionality. Adobe Flash is capable of storing information on your device (in a file outside of your browser).
Cookies combined with ad technology such as web beacons, pixels, and anonymous ad network tags help us serve relevant ads to you more effectively. They also help us collect aggregated auditing, research, and reporting for advertisers. Pixels, which are invisible tags placed on our websites, help us understand and improve our service, show you ads, and know when content has been shown to you. Please note that because our pages include advertisements, your web browser may request advertisements and web beacons directly from ad network servers, and these networks can view, edit, or set their own cookies, just as if you had requested a web page from their site.
Please note that not all browsers provide the ability to remove Adobe Flash “cookies” (also called “locally stored objects,” or “LSOs”). You can restrict or block Adobe Flash cookies/LSOs through the Adobe website.
You can opt out of being targeted by certain third-party advertising companies online by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative, Adobe, and/or Digital Advertising Alliance.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org, or www.aboutcookies.org.
Do Not Track
We currently do not respond to “Do Not Track” browser signals. Accordingly, your navigation on our sites and services may be tracked as part of our efforts to gather user information described above. If you arrive at our sites and services by way of a link from a third-party site that does respond to “Do Not Track” browser signals, such “Do Not Track” browser signal recognition will end as soon as you reach our sites and services.
Our Legal Bases for Processing
How We Use Personal Information
We may use the personal information that you provide in one or more of the following ways:
1. to carry out our obligations arising from your purchase of, or subscription to, our services or any other contract entered into between you and us;
2. to enable site features such as geographically specific pricing or logging, and retrieving and providing analysis of data;
3. to send you important notices, such as communications about changes to your account, and our sites’ and services’ terms, conditions, or policies;
4. to process payments and to send you emails, invoices, receipts, notices of delinquency, alerting you if we need different or updated payment card information or other communications in connection with processing and collecting payments;
5. to verify the information you provide through our sites and services;
6. to solicit input and feedback to improve our sites and services and customize your user experience;
7. to enable you to communicate with other site or service users via private messaging or other service specific communication channels;
8. to contact you via email, telephone, text or chat in a manner required by law;
9. to meet contractual obligations;
10. to send you reminders, technical notices, updates, security alerts, support and administrative messages, and service bulletins;
11. to inform you about new products or promotional offers, or other opportunities which we feel will be of interest to you, and to provide advertisements to you through our sites, email messages, text messages, applications, or other methods of communication;
12. to manage our sites’ and services’ administration, forum management, or fulfillment;
13. to provide customer service and technical support;
14. to administer surveys, sweepstakes, giveaways, contests, or similar promotions or events sponsored by us or our partners;
16. for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis, and research to improve our products, services, and communications;
17. to allow you to sign up for offers from third parties through our sites and services;
18. to perform services in conjunction with interactive tools; and
19. to run (or authorize third parties to run) statistical research on individual or aggregate trends.
We may use information collected from you through cookies and other tracking technologies in one or more of the following ways:
1. to remember you when you return to our sites;
2. to understand and analyze trends, to monitor usage, and learn about user behavior;
3. to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole;
4. to customize ads, content, or offers on our sites and services; and
5. to conduct market research and measurement in order to improve our sites, content, and services and to make our sites, content, and services more useful for users.
In addition to the uses described above, we may use personal information that we collect for other purposes that are disclosed to you at the time we collect the information, or with your consent.
Sharing Personal and Non-Personal Information
We may share your personal information with third parties in the following circumstances:
1. when we engage third parties to perform services on our behalf, such services include maintenance, hosting, data storage, security, analytics and data analysis, payment processing, marketing, email and text message distribution, customer service, and surveys and sweepstakes;
2. when you communicate with us by email, submit an online form through our sites and services, request a quote or information, purchase a product or service, or otherwise submit a request through our sites and services, the personal information you provide may be shared with third parties to process or respond to your request, provide you with the products or services you requested, or complete a transaction, including a third party broker, aggregator, or other referral service to share and/or sell your information.
3. where necessary to operate our sites and services, your personal information and the contents of all of your online communications on or through our sites and services may be accessed and monitored:
i. to satisfy any applicable laws or regulations,
ii. to defend ourselves in litigation or a regulatory action,
iv. when we have a good faith belief that we are required to disclose the information in response to legal process (for example, a subpoena, court order, or search warrant),
v. where we believe our sites and services are being used in the commission of a crime, including to report such criminal activity or to exchange information with other companies and organizations for the purposes of fraud protection and risk management, and
vi. when we have a good faith belief that there is an emergency that poses a threat to the health and/or safety of you, another person, or the public generally;
4. in the event of a merger, acquisition, debt financing, restructure, sale of our assets by or with another company, or a similar corporate transaction, we may need to disclose and transfer all information about you, including personal information, to the successor company;
5. we may share information about you with our subsidiaries and affiliates and companies acquired by or merged with us and our affiliates, including without limitation, to enable such acquired or merged companies to advertise to you products and services in which you may be interested.
We may share personal information about you for any other purpose(s) disclosed to you at the time we collect your information or with your consent.
Non-personal information may be shared with our partners who referred you to our site(s) and who may use the data for their market research and measurement purpose. User information may also be shared with our partners who help us deliver ads to you on websites not controlled by us; for instance, when we put a pixel on a conversion page on our site and a marketing partner uses that pixel to optimize the traffic that they send to us.
User Generated Content, Online Communities and Forums, Profiles, Surveys, Reviews and Ratings
Accessing and Updating Personal Information
We encourage you to keep your personal information up-to-date and accurate. The methods for accessing, viewing, correcting, and deleting your personal information will depend on which sites or services you use and their features. You have several choices; for instance:
1. to view and change the personal information that you directly provided to us, you can return to the web page on our site where you originally submitted the data and follow the instructions on that web page;
2. to correct or update your account information, you can log into the site or service where you are registered and navigate to your account;
3. to close your account, you can log into the site or service where you are registered and navigate to your account; or
4. to change your email preferences, you can visit the email preferences page for the relevant site or follow the opt-out or unsubscribe instructions included in each email (for more information about email preferences, please see “Email and Other Communications” below).
You can also manage certain aspects of information collection and use, including disabling geo-location, by going to the settings of your mobile device and reviewing the permissions of each application.
If you have questions about your options, please contact [email protected]. Protecting your privacy and security is important and we also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access to your data.
Storing Personal Information
We may make available text messaging services in which you can receive messages from us and send messages to us on your mobile phone.
Requested communications include, for instance, email newsletters and software updates that may be expressly requested by you or which you consented to receive. After you request such communications, you may “opt-out” of receiving them by using one of the following methods:
1.selecting the email “opt-out” or “unsubscribe” link, or following the opt-out instructions included in each email communication;
2.returning to the web page(s) where you originally registered your preferences and following the opt-out instructions; or
3.contacting [email protected].
Communications that are sent by or on behalf of a user are indicated as being from that user. Communications that are sent by us are indicated as being from us or one of our account or support specialists. Either type of communication may be “real time” communications or communications triggered automatically upon the occurrence of certain events or dates, such as appointment reminders. Email communications received from users and our administrative announcements are often transactional or relationship messages. You may not be able to opt-out of receiving certain email messages, although our services may provide a means to modify the frequency of receiving them.
General communications provide information about products, services, and/or support and may include special offers, new product information, or invitations to participate in market research. You may opt-out of receiving these general communications by using one of the following methods:
1.selecting the email “opt-out” or “unsubscribe” link, or following the opt-out instructions included in each email communication; or
2.contacting [email protected].
We use third-party service providers to manage credit card and payment processing. These service providers are not permitted to store, retain, or use billing Information except for the sole purpose of credit card and payment processing on our behalf. When you enter payment information to be processed by our third-party service providers, we encrypt the transmission of that information using transport layer security (TLS) technology and do not store it on our systems. It is important to remember, however, that no system can guarantee 100% security at all times. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee the security of information stored on or transmitted to or from our services. We cannot assume responsibility or liability for unauthorized access to our servers and systems. When disclosing any personal information, you should remain mindful of the fact that it is potentially accessible to the public and, consequently, can be collected and used by others without your consent. Accordingly, you should carefully consider if you want to submit sensitive information that you would not want disclosed to the public and should recognize that your use of the Internet and our sites and services is solely at your risk. You are ultimately responsible for maintaining the secrecy for all your personal information.
Linked Websites and Services
We may also provide social media features on our sites and services that enable you to share personal information with your social network(s) and to interact with our sites and services. Depending on the features, your use of these features may result in the collection or sharing of personal information about you. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and settings on the social media site(s) with which you interact.
Children’s and Minor’s Privacy
Our sites and services require users to be at least 18 years of age.
Moreover, children under the age of 13 are not permitted to use our sites and services. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 or utilize plug-ins or ad networks that collect personal information through child-directed third-party websites or online services. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under 13, we will take steps to promptly delete such information.
We are headquartered in the United States. Our sites and services are intended for users in the United States and hosted and administrated in the United States or hosted with cloud service providers who are headquartered in the United States and in other countries. If you are located outside the United States, be aware that information you provide to us or that we obtain as a result of your use of our sites and services may be processed in, transferred to, and stored in the United States and in any other countries from where our cloud service providers operate. Please be aware that the privacy laws and standards in certain countries may differ from those that apply in the country in which you reside. By using our sites and services or providing us with your information, you consent to the transfer of your information for processing and storage to the United States and any other country from where our cloud service providers operate.
California Privacy Rights
This section is provided pursuant to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”) and other applicable California privacy laws. This section applies solely to our users who are California residents as defined under applicable California privacy laws.
Information We Collect. Within the last twelve (12) months, we have or may have collected the following categories of information from our users and/or consumers:
1. identifiers, such as a name, alias, postal address, unique personal identifier, online identifier, IP address, email address, account name, Social Security number, driver’s license number, or other similar identifiers;
2. personal information listed under Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.80(e);
3. characteristics of protected classifications under California or federal law;
4. commercial information, such as records of personal property, products or services purchased, obtained, or considered, or other purchasing or consuming histories or tendencies;
5. biometric information;
6. internet or other similar network activity, such as browsing history, search history, information regarding your interaction with a website, application, or advertisement;
7. geolocation data;
8. professional or employment-related information; and
9. inferences drawn from any of the information identified in this section to create a profile about users reflecting user preferences, characteristics, psychological trends, predispositions, behavior, attitudes, intelligence, abilities, and aptitudes.
Categories of Sources from Which Information is Collected. We obtain the categories of personal information listed above from the following categories of sources:
1. directly from users, such as you, as described above under “Personal Information that You Provide to Us”;
2. indirectly from other users of our sites and services;
3. indirectly from third parties that interact with us in connection with the services that we perform; and
4. directly and indirectly through cookies and other technologies, as described above under “Other Information We Automatically Collect through Cookies and Other Technologies.”
Using and Sharing of Personal Information. The personal information described in the categories above may be used for the business purposes listed above under “How We Use Personal Information.”
We disclose your personal information for a business purpose to the following categories of third parties: (a) service providers and (b) third parties to whom you authorize or direct us to disclose your personal information in connection with our sites and services. In the preceding twelve (12) months, we may have disclosed the personal information described in the categories above for the business purposes listed above under “Sharing Personal and Non-Personal Information.” We also may share personal information about you for any other purpose(s) disclosed to you at the time we collect your information or with your consent.
Personal Information “Sold” to Third Parties. We may share information that we have about you, such as a cookie ID or IP address, with third-party marketing partners who may use this information, on our behalf, to help us deliver advertising on our sites as well as on third-party websites.
We do not sell the personal information of consumers that we know are minors under 16 years of age without affirmative authorization as required under the CCPA.
Your Access and Deletion Rights under the CCPA. As of January 1, 2020, California residents, as defined under applicable California privacy laws, may take advantage of the following rights:
1. You may request, up to two (2) times each year, that we disclose to you, once we receive and confirm your verifiable consumer request, the: (i) categories and specific pieces of personal information that we have collected about you; (ii) categories of sources from which your personal information is collected; (iii) business or commercial purpose for collecting your personal information; (iv) categories of personal information that we disclosed for a business purpose; (v) categories of personal information that we sold about you; (vi) categories of third-parties with whom we have shared your personal information; and (vii) business or commercial purpose for selling your personal information.
2. Subject to certain exceptions and up to two (2) times each year, you may request that we delete any of your personal information that we collected from you. Once we receive and confirmed your verifiable consumer request for deletion, we will delete (and direct our service providers to delete) such personal information from our records, unless an exception applies.
Exercising Your Access and Deletion Rights under the CCPA. To exercise the access and deletion rights described above, please submit a request to us by contacting info@TravelGuidesFreecom.
You will be asked to provide certain identifying information, such as your name, email, and residency. You will also be asked to validate your request by clicking a validation link in an email that will be sent to the email address you provided. While processing your request, we may ask you to provide further verifying documentation, such as proof of residency and identity. We will only use personal information provided in a request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.
Your request must: (i) provide sufficient information that allows us to reasonably verify you are the person about whom we collected personal information or that you have authority to make the request; and (ii) describe your request with sufficient detail that allows us to properly understand, evaluate, and respond to it.
Only you or a person registered with the California Secretary of State that you authorize to act on your behalf, may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information. If you are making a request through an authorized agent acting on your behalf, such authorized agent must provide proof of written authorization to do so, and you must verify your identity directly with us, unless such authorized agent provides proof of a power of attorney pursuant to Probate Code sections 4000 to 4465.
We cannot respond to your request or provide you with personal information if we cannot verify your identity or authority to make the request and confirm the personal information relates to you. We will only use personal information provided in a verifiable consumer request to verify the requestor’s identity or authority to make the request.
Opting out of the Sales of your Personal Information. Subject to certain exclusions under the CCPA, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information. Once we receive your request, we will not sell your personal information, unless an exclusion applies.
To opt-out of the sale of your personal information that we collected directly from you or other third parties, please submit a request to [email protected].
We may deny your request to opt-out if we have a good-faith, reasonable, and documented belief that the request is fraudulent.
Non-Discrimination. We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights under the CCPA. Accordingly, and unless permitted by the CCPA, we will not:
1. deny you goods or services;
2. charge you different prices or rates for goods or services, including through the use of discounts or by imposing penalties;
3. provide you a different level or quality of goods or services; or
4. suggest that you may receive a different price or rate for goods or services or a different level or quality of goods or services.
We may charge a different price or rate or provide a different level of service if the difference is reasonably related to the value provided by your personal information.
Other Applicable California Privacy Laws. Section 1798.83 of the California Civil Code requires select businesses to disclose policies relating to the sharing of certain categories of your personal information with third parties. If you reside in California and you have provided us with your personal information, you may request information about our disclosures of certain categories of your personal information to third parties for direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact [email protected] with “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line and allow 30 days for a response. We will not accept requests via the telephone, mail, or by facsimile, and we are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, or that do not have complete information.
In accordance with Section 22581 of the California Business and Professions Code if you are a California resident under the age of 18, you may request and obtain the removal of content or information you have publicly posted. To make such a request, please contact [email protected] with “California Privacy Rights” in the subject line. Please specify the site(s) or service(s) to which your removal request relates, including any URLs where the content or information is posted, and the specific content or information you posted for which you are requesting removal. Please be aware that such a request does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you have posted and that there may be circumstances in which the law does not require or allow removal even if requested.
Nevada Privacy Rights
FOR RESIDENTS OF NEVADA ONLY. In accordance with SB 220, Nevada consumers may opt-out of the sale of their personal information to third parties. If you reside in Nevada and you have provided us with your personal information, you may choose to opt-out of the sale of such personal information please contact [email protected] with “Nevada Privacy Right” in the subject line. We may request for additional information from you in order to verify your identity and/or the authenticity of your request.
EU Privacy Rights
FOR RESIDENTS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ONLY. Under European data protection law, in certain circumstances, you have the right to:
1. request access to your personal information;
2. request correction of your personal information;
3. request erasure of your personal information;
4. object to processing of your personal information;
5. request restriction of processing your personal information;
6. request transfer of your personal information; and
7. withdraw your consent.
In addition, you have the right to ask us not to process your personal information for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your personal information) if we intend to use your personal information for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes.
For the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the “GDPR”), the Data Controller is Travel Guide Group LLC registered in the State of Delaware, United States of America with a registered address at PO Box 1101, Southampton, NY 11969-1101. You can contact our Data Protection Officer by sending an email to [email protected]
Please be sure to identify the specific website, software, or service about which you have a question or concern and how we can contact you.
Last Updated: June 8, 2020