TripAdvisor LLC and/or its affiliates ("TravelPod") owns and operates the Web site and is committed to protecting the privacy of its users. TravelPod does not collect personal information about individual users except when such personal information is provided to TravelPod on a voluntary basis and when monitoring traffic to the Web site. TravelPod uses your personal information to help it create and deliver content most relevant to you and to provide you with information about TravelPod and its products and services.
Some services on this Web site allow individuals to publish and publicly display personal information, including publishing personal information in travel blogs posted to the Web site and notification emails you may send to your list of contacts, as well as through the participation in message boards, discussion groups and other forums. Participation in such services is always optional. If you choose to disclose personal information when participating in such services, you do so at your own risk. TravelPod shall have no liability to you whatsoever regarding the use of such personal information by persons other than TravelPod.
TravelPod may conduct statistical analyses through the use of data collected through the Web site on an anonymous and aggregated basis in order to measure interest in and use of the Web site. TravelPod may also provide its analyses based on such anonymous and aggregated data to third parties.
Personal information collected on this Web site may be stored and processed in Canada or any other country in which TravelPod or its agents or service providers maintain facilities, and by using the Web site, you consent to any such transfer of personal information outside of your country.
TravelPod will not monitor, edit, or deliberately disclose private communications unless: (i) required to do so by law; (ii) you grant us permission; or (iii) in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) comply with the law; (b) comply with any legal process that is served on TravelPod; (c) protect and defend the rights or property of TravelPod; (d) or act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of TravelPod, its Web sites, or the public. However, you acknowledge that: (i) there are security and privacy limitations of the Internet which are beyond the control of TravelPod; (ii) the security, integrity and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and TravelPod through the Web site cannot be guaranteed; and (iii) any such information and data may be viewed or tampered with in transit by a third party.
There are two sets of e-mail addresses that TravelPod collects and stores: (i) TravelPod member e-mail addresses, and (ii) e-mail addresses stored in TravelPod member notification lists (address books). The e-mail address of TravelPod members is used to send members warnings, alerts, information about their travel blog and its usage. Examples of e-mail communications which TravelPod sends to its members include confirmation of subscribing or unsubscribing to a travel blog and sending members their password, if forgotten. Most features which involve a TravelPod's e-mail address can be disabled or opted out of. TravelPod members e-mail addresses are considered personal information pertaining to the applicable member and will treated in the same manner as other personal information as described above (see "Use of Personal Information").
E-mail addresses stored in TravelPod members' notification lists are used to e-mail notifications of updates to the applicable TravelPod member's travel blog. These e-mail addresses are not used for any other purpose.
Our site recognizes information about your computer, such as the browser, operating system, IP address, and the home server from which you access the Internet. We keep track of the domains from which people visit our site. Your IP address is used to help identify you, gather broad demographic data, identify trends and statistics, help diagnose problems with our server, and administer our web site. We may use your IP address information when compiling and reporting aggregate information about our Web site and to provide geo-location services.
Cookies are small data files containing information to specify unique preferences and to provide personalized content. Cookies collect information such as your browser type, time and length of your visit and any personal information you agree to provide.
When you visit our Web site, we assign a unique visitor ID to a cookie file stored on your computer. This code is generated at random to enable us to "remember" you the next time you visit. This technique enables us to better serve you by providing content that is tailored to your specific interests and needs. Cookie information is neither connected to external data sources nor passed on to any outside party that is not connected with this Web site.
As this site contains links to other Web sites, we cannot be held responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these other sites. You should check the privacy policies of these other Web sites when providing personally identifiable information. Similarly, the Web site may contain co-branded Web pages which feature services provided by our third party service providers. For example, you may see a Web page which features a "Power by _____" or similar designation. When providing personal information on a co-branded Web page you should carefully read the privacy policies provided by or in association with such co-branded Web pages.
We use third party advertising companies to place ads on our Web site. These companies may use information (not including your name, address or email address) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to measure advertising effectiveness and to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. We DO NOT share any information (such as your name, e-mail address, etc.), which may be used to personally identify you with these companies.
This is a general audience Web site and does not offer services directed to children. Should a child whom we know to be under 13 send personal information to us, we will use that information only to respond directly to that child to inform him or her that we must have parental consent before receiving his or her personal information.
The security of your personal information is important to TravelPod. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. For example, we store personal information you provide on computer servers with limited access that are located in controlled facilities. Additionally, when we transmit sensitive personal information over the Internet, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
You may, at any time, review, edit, and/or remove any information we have stored on you by contacting us via our contact form. We will comply promptly with any request to review, edit, or remove information.
At any time, you may choose to opt out of further e-mail communication with TravelPod by requesting so via our contact form.
All requests for removal will be handled expeditiously and without question.
Last updated May 2009