We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting the personal data and information collected from individuals that visit our Website.
This statement only applies to this Website.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW IS IT USED?
Information You Voluntarily Submit to the Website
We may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address. For example, you may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form.
On this website, you are unable to create a user profile, where a name and password is created. Therefore, no username and passwords are stored or visible in our records. Leaving a comment however, is a form of profile where information is voluntarily submitted without a particular login. We love your comments as long as they are nice – of course! Keep in mind that our parents read along ;)
Information We Collect from Others
We may receive information about you from other sources. Don’t worry, this sounds scarier than it is: You may link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts when you voluntarily submit information to the Website. If you choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and/or Google accounts, we will receive your name, email address and profile picture associated with that account. If you leave your TikTok account, we will check it out, then get distracted and lose at least four productive hours of our day. That will be on you!
The Website utilizes the CommentLUV commenting system, so if you choose to comment on a Website post while being logged into CommentLUV, your name, profile picture and website address (if entered) will appear. Come and say hi to us or post a questions you might have on one of our articles, we will do our best to get back to you with a witty answer!
We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. For example, when you use the Website, we will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website.
We may also collect information about actions you take when using the Website, such as links clicked. If the number of clicks to our website go down, we will eat more cookies, so please – keep clicking!
Speaking of Cookies:
We may log information on the Website using cookies.
A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.
The cookie may collect information relating to your use of the Website, information about your device such as the device’s IP address and browser type, demographic data and, if you arrived at the Website via a link from a third-party site, the URL of the linking page.
We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.
First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising.
After all this, we will go back to our favourite: Chocolate Chip Cookies! What’s your guilty pleasure?
HOW YOUR INFORMATION MAY BE USED
We may use the information collected in the following ways:
- To operate and maintain the Website;
- To create your account, identify you as a user of the Website, and customize the Website for your account;
- To send you promotional information, such as newsletters. Each email promotion will provide information on how to opt-out of future mailings;
- To send you administrative communications, such as administrative emails, confirmation emails, technical notices, updates on policies, or security alerts;
- To respond to your comments or inquiries;
- To provide you with user support;
- To track and measure advertising on the Website;
- To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
- To make ourselves feel better in general.
THIRD-PARTY USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information.
Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
The Website currently uses the following third-party service providers:
- Google Analytics – For audience usage and insights
- Google Analytics is one of the most trusted sources on the internet for identifying user behavior, interests, demographics and frequency of visits to the Website (both the time spent on the Website and total number of page views). This service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website, which helps us to determine what is working and what is not, what information we highlight or what products we sell are useful and interesting. Google Analytics may capture your IP address. However, Google Analytics captures no other personal information. Further information on Google Analytics and their cookie usage on websites can be found here.
- Mail Chimp – For newsletter and e-mail subscriptions
- We have decided long newsletters are boring and instead write you the occasional postcard! SIGN UP HERE >
From time to time, we may use anonymous data, which does not identify you alone, or when combined with data from other parties. This type of anonymous data may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. Examples of this anonymous data may include analytics or information collected from cookies.
PUBLICLY VISIBLE INFORMATION
If you leave a comment on the Website, certain information may be publicly visible. Your email address (should you wish to fill this out) is therefore visible, although you have the option not to submit it when filling out the information options. It is also your choice and at your discretion, to add an avatar, a profile description, and a link to your website.
You may also choose to link your Facebook, Instagram, and Google Account. Therefore, users may see your username, avatar, profile description and website information. And we will too! Always happy to like your account if you ask nicely :)
MORE COOKIES – YUM!
Cookies are also often used to remember if you are already registered to the Website and to remember your user details for future correspondence or form of login.
Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache.
The “help” feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.
Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site.
Mediavine Programmatic Advertising
The Website uses Mediavine to manage all third-party advertising on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies.
The Website may collect IP addresses and location information to serve personalized ads and pass it to Mediavine. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.
You may download the AppChoices app at http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.
Mediavine partners with the following data processors:
From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website.
Affiliate Program Participation
The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking links into the Website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.
The Travel Tester is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and links to Amazon.com.
Aside from Amazon, this Website uses the Affilinet, AWIN, Shareasale, Tapfiliate, Performance Horizon, Conversant, Get Your Guide, VisitBritain Shop and Zazzle websites to obtain and share these trackable links, as well as other third party direct affiliate programs.
As part of these affiliate programmes, the Website will post customized links, provided by the individual companies, to track the referrals to their website. Each program utilises cookies to track visits for the purposes of assigning commission on these sales.
Please refer to the links on each program above to see the individual privacy policies of the affiliate networks.
On the Website, you may subscribe to our newsletter, which may also be used for advertising purposes.
All newsletters sent may contain tracking pixels. The pixel is embedded in emails and allows an analysis of the success of online marketing campaigns. Because of these tracking pixels, we may see if and when you open an email and which links within the email you click.
Also, this allows the Website to adapt the content of future newsletters to the interests of the user. This behavior will not be passed on to third parties.
RIGHTS RELATED TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
Opt-out – You may opt-out of future email communications by following the unsubscribe links in our emails. You may also notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be removed from our mailing list.
Access – You may access the personal information we have about you by submitting a request to email@example.com.
Amend – You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to amend or update your personal information.
Forget – In certain situations, you may request that we erase or forget your personal data. To do so, please submit a request to email@example.com.
Please note that we may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes or to complete transactions, or when required by law.
SENSITIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
We hope this clarifies any questions you have regarding the use of data and the current changes in the law. I’m sure you’ve read every single word on this page, right? RIGHT?!
Last updated: 26 June 2020