Privacy policy

Last updated: 02.01.2012

 

This privacy policy covers all of www.countrytip.com Website. It does not, however, apply to entities that EG does not own or control, such as applications and websites using Platform. By using or accessing www.countrytip.com, you agree to our privacy practices outlined here. Countrytip is an online platform that provides recommendations for countries, resorts, vacations, travel packages, travel guides and lots more. Our Website is owned and operated by Experience Group SIA („EG”).

We understand that providing information online involves a great deal of trust on your part. We take this trust seriously, and make it a high priority to ensure the security and confidentiality of the personal information you provide to us. Before submitting your personal information to our Website, please read this Policy carefully to learn about our privacy practices. By visiting www.countrytip.com Website, you are accepting the practices described herein.

We may change this Privacy Policy with no prior notififaction. Unless stated otherwise, our current privacy policy applies to all information that we have about you and your account.

We receive and store any information you enter on our Website or give us in any other way. This includes information that can identify you (“personal information”), including your first and last name, postal and e-mail addresses, user name and password. We may also request information about your travel plans, style, and preferences, including hotel/car rental program and other information. You can choose not to provide information to us, but in general some information about you is required in order for you to enjoy the benefits of being a registered member. For example, only registered members are able to post travel reviews, participate in discussion forums and other. In addition, some information is also required in order for you to ask us a question or initiate other transactions on our site.

We strongly recommend that minors ask their parents for permission before sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet and we encourage parents to teach their children about safe internet use practices.

Information

We also may periodically obtain both personal and non-personal information about you from business partners and other independent third-party sources and add it to other information about you.

www.countrytip.com is designed to make it easy for you to find and add stories.  For this reason, your name, surname and profile picture do not have privacy settings.  If you are uncomfortable with sharing your profile picture, you should delete it (or not add one).

We automatically collect some information about your computer when you visit www.countrytip.com Website. For example, we will collect session data, including your IP address, Web browser software, and referring Website. We also may collect information about your online activity, such as content viewed and pages visited. One of our goals in collecting this automatic information is to help us understand the interests of our users and customize your user experience.

Cookies and Other Web Technologies

Cookies are small data text files and can be stored on your computer’s hard drive (if your Web browser permits). EG websites may use cookies for the following general purposes:

  • To help us recognize your browser as a previous visitor and save and remember any preferences that may have been set while your browser was visiting our site.
  • To help us customize the content, website experience,and advertisements provided to you on our websites and on other websites across the Internet.
  • To help measure and research the effectiveness of website features and offerings, advertisements, and e-mail communications (by determining which e-mails you open and act upon).

The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers should tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable most types of cookies. Please note that if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to access some of the travel tools offered on our sites.

Our sites also may use Web beacons (also known as clear gifs, pixel tags or Web bugs), which are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, that are placed in the code of a Web page. We use Web beacons to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within our sites to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our site from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party Website, and to improve site performance. We also may allow our service providers to use Web beacons to help us understand which e-mails have been opened by recipients and to track the visitor traffic and actions on our site. This helps us measure the effectiveness of our content and other offerings.

Advertising

EG websites are committed to providing you with relevant content and information across our sites. To do this, we may collect information about your travel-related searches and use this information to serve you with ads on our sites or elsewhere online that match your apparent interests.

We do not share your personal information (such as email addresses) with unaffiliated third parties so they can serve you with advertisements.

Please note that we do not have access to or control over cookies or other technologies what third parties may use to collect information about your interests, and the information practices of these third parties are not covered by this Privacy Policy.

Your information

When you sign up for www.countrytip.com you provide us with your name, surname, email, gender, and birth date. You will also be able to add a picture of yourself. In some cases we may ask for additional information for security reasons or to provide specific services to you. Once you register you can provide other information about yourself.

One of the primary reasons people use www.countrytip.com is to share content with others. Examples include when you upload a story or photo, upload or record a video, share a link, make a comment.

EG may use the information we collect about you for the following general purposes: for registration and to manage your account, including to facilitate your access to and use of our site; to communicate with you in general, including to provide information about www.countrytip.com; to enable us to publish your reviews, forum posts, and other content to www.countrytip.com community; to respond to your questions and comments; to measure interest in and improve our products, services, and Website; to notify you about special offers and products or services available from us or our partners that may be of interest to you; to otherwise customize your experience with EG; to solicit information from you, including through surveys; to resolve disputes or troubleshoot problems; to prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities; to enforce our Terms and Conditions; and as otherwise described to you at the point of collection.

We keep track of some of the actions you take on www.countrytip.com. In some cases you are also taking an action when you provide information or content to us. For example, if you share a photo, in addition to storing the actual content you uploaded, we might log the fact that you shared it.

When you access www.countrytip.com from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit. You (and those you make your information available to) may use tools like RSS feeds, mobile phone address book applications, or copy and paste functions, to capture, export (and in some cases, import) information from www.countrytip.com, including your information and information about you.

EG may share your information with the following entities:

  • Third-party vendors who provide services or functions on our behalf, including business analytics, IT solutions, customer service, marketing, distribution of surveys or sweepstakes programs, and fraud prevention. We may also authorize third-party vendors to collect information on our behalf, including as necessary to operate features of our website or to facilitate the delivery of online advertising tailored to your interests. Third-party vendors have access to and may collect information only as needed to perform their functions and are not permitted to share or use the information for any other purpose.
  • Referring Websites. If you were referred to www.countrytip.com from another Website, we may share your registration information. We have not placed limitations on the referring Websites’ use of personal information and we encourage you to review the privacy policies of any Website that referred you to www.countrytip.com.
  • Social Media Services. You can choose to access certain third party social media Websites and services through our site (such as Twitter). When you do so, you are sharing information with those sites, and the information you share will be governed by their privacy policies. You may also be able to modify your privacy settings with these third party social media Websites.

We also may share your information:

  • In response to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; to establish or exercise our legal rights; to defend against legal claims; or as otherwise required by law. In such cases we reserve the right to raise or waive any legal objection or right available to us.
  • When we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal or suspected illegal activities; to protect and defend the rights, property, or safety of EG, our customers, or others; and in connection with our Terms and Conditions and other agreements.
  • In connection with a corporate transaction, such as a divestiture, merger, consolidation, or asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.

If you choose to create a profile on www.countrytip.com, certain information in your profile will be publicly viewable and identifiable via your screen name. Additionally, if you choose to participate in our member-to-member communications programs, other www.countrytip.com members may contact you by using www.countrytip.com as an intermediary; however, EG will not share your email address with any other members nor display it in any public manner.

Upon becoming a registered user of the portal www.countrytip.com a person agrees to the processing of data specified in the profile.

Each registered user of the portal www.countrytip.com realises and agrees that the data specified in his/her user profile are publicly available to all other registered users of the portal www.countrytip.com, and that the use of those data is not dependant on www.countrytip.com.

We also may share aggregate or anonymous information with third parties, including advertisers and investors. For example, we may tell our advertisers the number of visitors our Website receives or the most popular destinations. This information does not contain any personal information and is used to develop content and services we hope you will find of interest.

You can close your www.countrytip.com account by contacting us at the email address listed below. We will send you an e-mail to confirm your request. Please note that after you close an account, you will not be able to sign in or access any of your personal information. However, you can open a new account at any time. Please also note that we may retain certain information associated with your account in our archives, including for analytical purposes as well as for recordkeeping integrity.

  • As discussed above, you can choose not to provide us with any information, although it may be needed to take advantage of certain features offered on www.countrytip.com.
  • You also can add or update information and close your account as described above.
  • Whether registered as a www.countrytip.com member or not, you also will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from promotional messages in any such e-mail we send. Please note that we reserve the right to send you other communications, including service announcements, administrative messages, and surveys relating either to your www.countrytip.com account, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them.
  • Email Communications. www.countrytip.com wants to make it easy for you to take advantage of travel-related opportunities on our Website. One way we do this is by sending you e-mail messages that contain information about your apparent travel-related interests. We believe these email messages will provide you with useful information about travel-related special offers available through our sites. Please note that you will have the opportunity to choose not to receive these email messages in any such email we send.

External links

If any part of the www.countrytip.com Website links you to other Websites, those external Websites do not operate under this Privacy Policy. We recommend that you examine the privacy statements posted on those other Websites to understand their procedures for collecting, using, and disclosing personal information.

Other

By using www.countrytip.com, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the Republic of Latvia.

Here are some other things to remember:

  • Even after you remove information from your profile or delete your account, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users.
  • You understand that information might be reshared or copied by other users.
  • If you use an external source to publish information to www.countrytip.com (such as a mobile application or a Connect site), you should check the privacy setting for that post, as it is set by that external source.

 

 

 

 

 

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