Privacy Policy

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Effective Date:  5-25-2018
Notice Version: 1.0

Data Controller Contact Information

Cindy Carlsson
St Paul, Minnesota
[email protected]

This document governs the privacy for the website www.ExplorationVacation.net

Our privacy notice tells you what personal data (PD) and non-personal data (NPD) we may collect from you, how we collect it, how we protect it, how we may share it, how you can access and change it, and how you can limit our sharing of it. Our privacy notice also explains certain legal rights that you have with respect to your personal data. This privacy notice should be read along with our Cookie Policy, Terms and Conditions, and Disclaimer.

This privacy policy was developed to comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposed by the European Union. It covers the collection, use, and security of data on EU residents. These requirements go beyond those of the United States, however, since EU residents may access this website, it is being managed in conformity with the more stringent regulations of the EU.

Topics covered in this privacy notice

Your Rights
Definitions
Information We Collect
How Your Information Is Used
Managing your Personal Data
Protecting the Privacy Rights of Third Parties
Do Not Track Settings
Links to Other Websites
Protecting Children’s Privacy
Our Security Policy
Transferring PD from the European Union
Changes to Our Privacy Notice

Your Rights

When using our website and submitting personal data to us, you may have certain rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other laws. Depending on the legal basis for processing your personal data, you may have some or all of the following rights:

The right to be informed: You have the right to be informed about the personal data we collect from you, and how we process it.

The right of access: You have the right to get confirmation that your personal data is being processed and have the ability to access your personal data.

The right to rectification: You have the right to have your personal data corrected if it is inaccurate or incomplete.

The right to erasure (right to be forgotten): You have the right to request the removal or deletion of your personal data if there is no compelling reason for us to continue processing it.

The right to restrict processing: You have a right to ‘block’ or restrict the processing of your personal data. When your personal data is restricted, we are permitted to store your data, but not to process it further.

The right to data portability: You have the right to request and get your personal data that you provided to us and use it for your own purposes. We will provide your data to you within 30 days of your request. To request your personal data, please contact us using the information at the top of this privacy notice.

The right to object: You have the right to object to us processing your personal data for the following reasons:

  • Processing was based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority (including profiling);
  • Direct marketing (including profiling); and
  • Processing for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics.
  • Rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling.

Automated individual decision-making and profiling: You will have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you.

Filing a complaint with authorities: You have the right to file a complaint with supervisory authorities if your information has not been processed in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. If the supervisory authorities fail to address your complaint properly, you may have the right to a judicial remedy.

For details about your rights under the law, visit https://goo.gl/F41vAV

Definitions

Non-personal data’ (NPD) is information that is in no way personally identifiable.

Personal data’ (PD) means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person. PD is in many ways the same as Personally Identifiable Information (PII). However, PD is broader in scope and covers more data.

A “visitor” is someone who browses our website. A “member” is someone who has registered with us to use or buy our services and products. The term “user” is a collective identifier that refers to either a visitor or a member.

Information we collect and why we collect it

Generally, you control the amount and type of information that you provide to us when using our website.

I don’t have any interest in collecting your data except to understand in aggregate who is visiting my website and what they are looking at or to respond to individual comments and requests for information. Unless you contact me directly via a comment or email, do not know who you are or where you are located.

Our legal basis for collecting and processing personal data

Our legal basis for collecting and processing your PD is based on and the necessity for the performance of a contract or to take steps to enter into a contract.

How we collect your personal data

Automatic Information

We automatically receive information from your web browser or mobile device. This information includes the IP address of your computer/the proxy server you use to access the Internet and the country in which your address originates. It may also include your Internet service provider’s name, your web browser type, type of mobile device, your computer operating system, and data about your browsing activity when using our website. We use this information to secure our website and analyze trends to help improve our website.

When entering and using our website

When you enter and use our website and agree to accept cookies, some of these cookies may contain your PD.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Email and contact forms

Our website contains links that enable visitors to communicate with us offline by email and through contact forms. When you contact us, we may collect some or all the following information: your email address, first name, last name, location, and any other information you willingly choose to provide to us. You should limit the information you provide to us that is only necessary to answer your questions.

Advertising

We don’t host outside advertising on this website, nor do we track visitors for advertising purposes. No PD is collected, stored, or used for this purpose.

We do use affiliate links through the CJ Marketing program. This process requires users to accept data collection for tracking purposes in order to follow the affiliate link. Once the user has accepted, tracking data will be collected to link any purchase to our account. The acceptance is good for 13 months.

Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics to collect information about the use of our website. Google Analytics collects information from users such as age, gender, interests, demographics, how often they visit our website, what pages they visit, and what other websites they have used before coming to our website. We use the information we get from Google Analytics to analyze traffic and to improve our website.

Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit our website, not your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected using Google Analytics with PD. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit our website, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google also uses specific identifiers to help collect information about the use of our website.

For more information on how Google collects and processes your data, visit https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/

You can prevent Google Analytics from using your information by opting out at this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

What happens if you don’t give us your personal data

If you do not provide us with enough PD, we may not be able to provide you with all our products and services. However, you can access and use some parts of our website without giving us your PD.

How your information is used

We use the information we receive from you to:

  • Provide our products and services you have requested or purchased from us
  • Personalize and customize our content
  • Make improvements to our website
  • Contact you with updates to our website, products, and services
  • Resolve problems and disputes
  • Provide marketing and advertising we believe may be of interest to you

Communications and Emails

When we communicate with you about our website, we will use the email address you provided in the communication or when you registered as a member or user. We may also send you emails with promotional information about our website or offers from us or our affiliates if you opt-in to receiving such information. You can change your contact preferences at any time through your account or by sending us an email with your request to: [email protected]

We will not sell, rent, or trade your email address to any third party without your permission, except in the sale or transfer of our business or if we file for bankruptcy. Nor is your address shared with anyone beyond our third-party service provider, MailChimp.

You leave comments on the website at your own risk. While there is only a limited amount of personal information visible on the website itself, it is a public forum. In addition, we have the email address for anyone commenting and it is stored somewhere in WordPress. We do not save or compile these email addresses in any other place, but if you get a private response to a comment posted on the website, this is how we knew how to reach you.

Sharing information with affiliates and other third parties

We do not sell or rent your PD to third parties for marketing purposes.  We may provide your PD to third-party service providers we hire to provide services to us. These third-party service providers may include but are not limited to: payment processors, web analytics companies, advertising networks, call centers, data management services, help desk providers, accountants, law firms, auditors, shopping cart and email service providers, and shipping companies.

Community Discussion Boards

Our website may offer the ability for users to communicate with each other through online community discussion boards or other mechanisms. We do not filter or monitor what is posted on such discussion boards. If you choose to post on these discussion boards, you should use care when exposing any PD, as such information is not protected by our privacy notice nor are we liable if you choose to disclose your PD through such postings. Also, PD you post on our website for publication may be available worldwide by means of the Internet. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.

Legally required releases of information

We may be legally required to disclose your PD if disclosure is (a) required by subpoena, law, or other legal process; (b) necessary to assist law enforcement officials or government enforcement agencies; (c) necessary to investigate violations of or otherwise enforce our Legal Terms; (d) necessary to protect us from legal action or claims from third parties, including you and/or other visitors; or (e) necessary to protect the legal rights, personal/real property, or personal safety of our company, visitors, employees, and affiliates.

Disclosures to successors

If our business is sold or merges in whole or in part with another business that would become responsible for providing the website to you, we retain the right to transfer your PD to the new business. The new business would retain the right to use your PD according to the terms of this privacy notice as well as to any changes to this privacy notice as instituted by the new business.

We also retain the right to transfer your PD if our company files for bankruptcy and some or all of our assets are sold to another individual or business.

Managing your personal data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Retaining and destroying your personal data

We retain information that we collect from you (including your PD) only for as long as we need it for website security, legal, business, or tax purposes. Your information may be retained in electronic form, paper form, or a combination of both. When your information is no longer needed, we will destroy, delete, or erase it.

If you leave a comment on this website, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Updating your personal data

You can update your PD using services found on our website. If no such services exist, you can contact us using the contact information found at the top of this privacy notice and we will help you. However, we may keep your PD as needed to enforce our agreements and to comply with any legal obligations.

Revoking your consent for using your personal data

You have the right to revoke your consent for us to use your PD at any time. Such an optout will not affect disclosures otherwise permitted by law including but not limited to: (i) disclosures to affiliates and business partners, (ii) disclosures to third-party service providers that provide certain services for our business, such as computer system and data management services, (iii) disclosures to third parties as necessary to fulfill your requests, (iv) disclosures to governmental agencies or law enforcement departments, or as otherwise required to be made under applicable law, (v) previously completed disclosures to third parties, or (vi) disclosures to third parties in connection with subsequent contests or promotions you may choose to enter, or third-party offers you may choose to accept.

If you want to revoke your consent for us to use your PD, send us an email with your request to: [email protected]

Protecting the privacy rights of third parties

If any postings you make on our website contain information about third parties, you must make sure you have permission to include that information in your posting. While we are not legally liable for the actions of our visitors, we will remove any postings about which we are notified, if such postings violate the privacy rights of others.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. These websites are not under our control and are not subject to our privacy notice. These websites will likely have their own privacy notices. We have no responsibility for these websites and we provide links to these websites solely for your convenience. You acknowledge that your use of and access to these websites are solely at your risk. It is your responsibility to check the privacy notices of these websites to see how they treat your PD.

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Protecting children’s privacy

Even though our website is not designed for use by anyone under the age of 16, we realize that a child under the age of 16 may attempt to access our website. We do not knowingly collect PD from children under the age of 16. If you are a parent or guardian and believe that your child is using our website, please contact us. Before we remove any information, we may ask for proof of identification to prevent malicious removal of account information. If we discover that a child is accessing our website, we will delete his/her information within a reasonable period of time. You acknowledge that we do not verify the age of our users nor do we have any liability to do so.

Security policy

We have built our website using industry-standard security measures and authentication tools to protect the security of your PD, including SSL security. We and the third parties who provide services for us, also maintain technical and physical safeguards to protect your PD. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee against the loss or misuse of your PD or secure data transmission over the Internet because of its nature.

Transferring personal data from the European Union

PD that we collect from you may be stored, processed, and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate, specifically the United States. The European Union has not found the United States and some other countries to have an adequate level of protection of PD under Article 45 of the GDPR. Our company relies on derogations for specific situations as defined in Article 49 of the GDPR.

For European Union customers and visitors, with your consent, your PD may be transferred outside the European Union to the United States and/or other countries. We will use your PD to provide the goods, services, and/or information you request from us to perform a contract with you or to satisfy a legitimate interest of our company in a manner that does not outweigh your freedoms and rights. Wherever we transfer, process or store your PD, we will take reasonable steps to protect it. We will use the information we collect from you in accordance with our privacy notice.

By using our website, services, or products, you agree to the transfers of your PD described within this section.

Changes to our privacy notice

We reserve the right to change this privacy notice at any time.

If we decide to change this privacy notice, we will post those changes on our website so our visitors are always aware of what information we collect, use, and disclose. If at any time we decide to disclose or use your PD in a method different from that specified at the time it was collected, we will provide notice on the website. In the case of a change in the disclosure or use of the email address of a registered user or member, we will provide notice by email. Otherwise we will use and disclose our visitors’ and customers’ PD in agreement with the privacy notice in effect when the information was collected.

Your continued use of our website, services, and products after any change to this privacy notice will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Questions about our privacy notice

If you have any questions about our privacy notice, please contact us at [email protected]

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