Gluten Free Abroad is a Website service that offers information, reviews and comments relating to travel, gluten-free cooking and recipes, gluten-free food services, such as restaurants, hotels, festivals, and events, and much more.
We receive and archive any information you enter on our Website or submit to us in any other manner. This includes information that can identify you (“personal information”), including your first and last name, e-mail and mailing addresses, telephone number, user name and password. We may also request information about your travel, culinary, and dining preferences. You can opt not to supply information to us, but in general some information about you is required to enable you to enjoy the benefits of being a registered member of the Website. For instance, only registered members are able to post dining, event, and travel reviews, take part in comments and forums, add new listings to the dining, accommodations and event directories, subscribe to the Website newsletter, or email Gluten Free Abroad. Furthermore, some information is also necessary in order for you to ask us a question or initiate other transactions on our Website.
You will have the opportunity to submit contact information for other people or parties through our Website. You should obtain the consent of other individuals or parties prior to submitting their personal information to Gluten Free Abroad.
Information from Other Parties
We also may every so often obtain both personal and non-personal information about you from affiliated entities, business partners and other independent third-party sources and add it to other information about you. For instance, if you arrive to the Gluten Free Abroad Website by “clicking-through” from a website operated by one of our affiliates or partners, and you have registered with that affiliate or partner, then information about you that you have provided to that party, such as demographic or contact information, may be shared with us. Another example would be if you access third party services, such as social media services, through our Website or before coming to our Website, we may collect information such as your user name, password, and other information made available to us through those services in order to enhance and personally tailor your experience and use of our Website.
We automatically collect some information about your computer when you visit the Gluten Free Abroad 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 aims in collecting this automatic information is to help us assertain the interests of our users and tailor user experience.
Cookies and Web Technologies
First, to aid us to detect your browser as a previous visitor and store and remember any preferences that may have been set while your browser was visiting our site. For instance, if you register as a member of our Website, we may implement cookies to store your registration information, to avoid you having to log into our Website each time you visit. We also may record your password in a cookie, if you have chosen the option to save your password information.
To aid us in tailoring the content, website experience,and advertisements offered to you on our Website and on other websites across the Internet.
To help gauge and study traffic patterns, using software such as Google Analytics, as well as the effectiveness of website features and offerings, advertisements, and tracking the opened or unopened status of e-mail communications.
You can usually find instructions regarding cookies, including how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to set the browser to notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable most types of cookies, under the Help section of your browser toolbar. Keep in mind that if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to access certain content and tools offered on the Website.
Our Website also may use Web beacons (also known as clear gifs, pixel tags or Web bugs), or tiny graphics with a unique identifier, which function in a similar manner to cookies, and that are placed in the code of a Web page. We use Web beacons to monitor the traffic patterns of users within the pages and sections of our Website, to deliver or interact with cookies, to recognize whether or not you have arrived at our Website from an online advertisement contained on a third-party website, and to improve Website performance and experience. We also may authorize our service providers to use Web beacons to aid us in determining which emails have been opened by recipients and to track the visitor traffic and actions on our Website. This facilitates our measuring of the effectiveness of our content and other offerings.
Gluten Free Abroad has a strict “no-spam” policy. We do not share your personal information (such as email addresses) to third parties so they can serve you with advertisements.
Information Regarding Your Location
When you visit the Gluten Free Abroad Website on a mobile Device, such as a smartphone or tablet, we will collect and use information about you in broadly the same way as when you view our Website on a computer. Additionally, we may collect information about your location, if you have instructed your Device to send such information via the privacy settings on that Device, or if you have uploaded photos tagged with location information. We will use the location information collected from your Device or photos to enhance your use of the the Website. You can change the privacy settings of your Device at any time in order to turn off the option to share location information with the Website and/or the ability to tag your photos with location information. For information about the privacy settings of your Device, contact the manufacturer of your Device or your mobile service provider directly.
Use of Your Information
At Gluten Free Abroad, we use the information we collect regarding you for the following general purposes: for the registration and management of your account, including facilitating your access to and use of our Website; to send you general communications, including information about Gluten Free Abroad; to be able to publish your comments, reviews, directory listings, forum posts, and other content to the Gluten Free Abroad community; to reply to your questions and comments; to gauge interest in and enhance our Website, services, and products; to inform you about special offers and services or products available from us or our partners that may be of interest to you; to tailor your experience of Gluten Free Abroad; 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 of Use; and as otherwise described to you at the point of collection of the information.
If you have been listed as the owner or manager of a dining or accommodation listing, or as the host of an event listing, we will send you e-mail notifications at the email address provided to us.
Please take a close look at the section below, “Your Choices Regarding Collection and Use of Your Information.”
Third Parties with Whom Your Information is Shared
Gluten Free Abroad may share your information with the following third parties:
Third-party vendors who provide services or function on behalf of Gluten Free Abroad, including business analytics, fraud prevention, customer service, marketing, and distribution of surveys. Additionally, we may authorize third-party vendors to collect information on behalf of Gluten Free Abroad, including in order to operate aspects of our Website. Third-party vendors have access to and may collect information only as needed to perform their designated functions and are not authorized to share or use the information for any other means.
Social Media Services, when you opt to access certain third party social media websites and services (such as Facebook) through our Wesite. When you do so, you are sharing information with those websites, and the information you share will be governed by their privacy policies. Sometimes these third party social media websites offer you the ability modify your privacy settings for their websites.
Gluten Free Abroad also may share your information:
To comply with 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.
Or when we deem it necessary to prevent, investigate, or take action in relation to illegal or suspected illegal activities or fraud; to protect and defend the rights, property, or safety of Gluten Free Abroad, our Users, the Public, or others; and in relation to our Terms and Conditions of Service and other agreements.
If you decide to become a member of Gluten Free Abroad, certain information in your member profile will be publicly visible and identifiable via your Website username. However, Gluten Free Abroad will not share your email address with any other Website members nor display it any public manner.
Other than as specified above, you will be notified when personal information about you will be shared with third parties, and you will have an opportunity to opt not to have us share such information.
Gluten Free Abroad also may share aggregate or anonymous information with third parties, including advertisers and investors, whether actual or potential, or for Website promotional purposes. For example, we may tell our potential advertisers the number of visitors our Website receives or the most popular articles or listings. This information does not contain any personal information and is used to develop content and services and to help tailor the Website experience of our users.
Your Access to Your Information
We take measures to ensure within reason that your information is accurate, complete, and relevant to its intended use. You can access and update your contact information by visiting the Edit Profile page on the Gluten Free Abroad Website. You can terminate your Gluten Free Abroad account by contacting us at the email address listed below. We will send you an e-mail to confirm your request. Keep in mind 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 relating to your account in our archives, including for analytical purposes as well as for the integrity of our records.
Your Choices Regarding Collection and Use of Your Information
As described above, you can opt not to provide us with any information, although it may be necessary to use certain features offered on Gluten Free Abroad.
You also can add or modify information and terminate your Website membership account as detailed above.
As a registered Gluten Free Abroad member, you can modify your e-mail subscription choices by contacting us directly at the email address below. Whether you are registered as a Gluten Free Abroad member or not, you also will have 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 Gluten Free Abroad account, or use of the Website, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them.
As we already mentioned above, you can usually find instructions regarding cookies, including how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to set the browser to notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable most types of cookies, under the Help section of your browser toolbar. Keep in mind that if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to access certain content and tools offered on the Website.
Protection of Your Information
At Gluten Free Abroad, we take as a serious responsibility the protection of the information we collect. While no Website can guarantee security, we have taken appropriate administrative, technical, and physical security measures to help safeguard the personal information you provide to us. Additionally, only authorized staff members are allowed to access personal information, and they only may do so for permitted business functions.
Privacy of Children Under 13 Years of Age
Gluten Free Abroad is a general audience Website and does not provide content or services aimed toward children. If any person whom we know, or come to know, to be a child under the age of 13 years sends personal information to us, we will destroy or delete such information as soon as reasonably possible.
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