We and our third party service providers ("Contractors") may collect certain information from or about you in connection with your use of, or your submissions to or via, the Site (together, "Collected Information"), including, but not limited to, your name, title, email address, postal address, company, telephone numbers, travel preferences, gender, age/date of birth, your connections and affiliations with other Site users, personal information for Additional Travelers (including, but not limited to, name, title, company, telephone numbers, travel preferences, gender, age/date of birth, postal address, email address, professional or educational affiliations), professional or educational affiliations and other background information you provide. In addition, we and our Contractors may retain the content of, and metadata regarding, any correspondence you may have with us or our representatives, regardless of the mode of communication by which such correspondence was made. This information helps us to improve the Site and the online content, materials, and services that we make available on the Site, and to more effectively and efficiently respond to both current and future inquiries.
In addition, the Collected Information may reveal such things as the Internet protocol ("IP") address assigned to your computer, specific pages that you access on the Site or prior to or after visiting the Site, and the length of time you spend at the Site. We and our Contractors may use this information to help administer the Site and the servers that provide the Site, generate statistical information, monitor and analyze Site traffic and usage patterns, deliver targeted advertisements, and improve the Site's content and content delivery, including any online content, materials, and services that we describe or make available on the Site.
In addition, our Site may send one or more "cookies" to your computer to save your preferences for future visits, to improve the utility of the Site, and to track user trends (such preferences and trend information also deemed "Collected Information" hereunder). We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use Collected Information except to help us conduct and improve our business. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Please note that you may not be able to access the full functionality of our Site if cookies are disabled on your browser.
We may request and use your information so you can share the Site, trip or group information, or other content with family members and friends. These features typically require the collection and use of personal contact information (such as names and email addresses) so that the selected one-time message or content can be delivered to the proper recipients. We do not use or retain the information provided for any other purpose. [For tell-a-friend or other viral features which we may make available to you on the Site, and which are administered by third party social networks (such as Facebook's "Share" and "Like" features), please refer to the website of the relevant social network for additional information.]
In addition to the uses described above, we and our Contractors may use Collected Information to process transactions with you and fulfill your requests for services or information on the Site, to administer a promotion or other Site feature, to analyze and improve the content, materials, and services that we make available on the Site, to notify you of changes made to the Site, to evaluate user needs and improve the Site content, to send you promotional materials, and to support our continuing efforts to offer users the information and services we think they want most. If you contact us for support or assistance, we may use Collected Information to provide service and support to you. We may also use Collected Information and the associated statistical data we and our Contractors generate to deliver targeted advertisements to you and other visitors of our Site while you are on our Site and while you are visiting other third-party websites. Visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect our or others' rights, property, or safety.
We may disclose Collected Information to the proper authorities if we become subject to a subpoena or court order or if we believe that we are otherwise legally required to disclose such information. We may also use and disclose information about you to establish or exercise our legal rights, to assert and defend against legal claims, or if we believe such disclosure is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take other action regarding actual or suspected illegal or fraudulent activities or potential threats to the physical safety or well-being of any person.
If all or part of TravelBlender is sold, merged, or otherwise transferred to another entity, we may transfer Collected Information to such entity as part of that transaction.
When corresponding with TravelBlender or our representatives, or when making a request for information or otherwise interacting with us or others through the Site, you choose what information to supply, what questions or comments to submit, whether you wish to receive further information, and by what method of communication such information should be delivered. Please take care to share only such information as is needed or that you believe is appropriate. You are under no obligation to provide us with personally identifiable information, but without it we may not be able to provide you the products or services you request. You may contact us as indicated below if at any time you would like to ask us about our data collection and information security practices.
We may provide areas within the Site that allow users to post commentary and other content and materials. TravelBlender provides these interactive areas, such as discussion forums, to enhance the user experience and build a healthy community around the products and services available through the Site. TravelBlender is not liable for information posted in interactive areas of the Site. You acknowledge that, should you participate in such interactive areas, the information you voluntarily post about yourself and third parties in such areas might be accessed, collected and used by third parties other than TravelBlender or our Contractors.
Our Site may include or offer third party products or services. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites. Please carefully review the privacy policies of any third-party sites you visit or to which you submit your information.
This Site is hosted and operated in the United States. However, we and our Contractors may, in our effort to provide the Site, store Collected Information in the United States, or we may transfer it to, and store it within, other countries.
Those who access or use the Site from jurisdictions outside the United States do so at their own choice and risk and are solely responsible for compliance with local law. If you are not a resident of the United States, you acknowledge and agree that we may collect and use your personally identifiable information outside your home jurisdiction, and that we may store your personally identifiable information in the United States or elsewhere. Please note that the level of legal protection provided in the United States or other non-European countries from which you may access our Site may not be as stringent as that under European Union privacy standards or the privacy laws of some other countries, possibly including your home jurisdiction.
As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their account and going to the 'Profile' page under the 'Account' menu.
Our Site, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 18 years old or older. No person under 13 should disclose information on this Site. We don't knowingly collect or use personally identifiable information from children under 13. If a child under 13 has provided us with personally identifiable information without parental or guardian consent, the parent or guardian should contact us at the email address provided below to remove the information and opt out of promotional opportunities. You may learn more about protecting children's privacy online by visiting www.ftc.gov/kidzprivacy.