We operate an online service that provides users with recommendations for travel and travel planning, including cruises, vacations, travel packages, travel guides and lots more. In this Statement, we refer to these as our “Services”.
The information that you and others entrust us with enhances our ability to provide more relevant, personalized and helpful Services. We know that sharing your information with us is based on trust. We take your trust in us seriously and are committed to providing you helpful information, products and services, curated based on the information you have shared with us. Equally, and perhaps more importantly, we are committed to respecting your privacy when you visit our website or use our Services and being transparent about how we use the information you have entrusted to us.
This Privacy & Cookies Statement (“Statement”) describes how we obtain, use, and process your information – hopefully, in an easily understandable and transparent manner. It informs you of the rights you have, how you can exercise them and how you can contact us. Please review this Statement carefully to learn about our practices with respect to information and privacy.
Our Services are owned and operated by The Independent Traveler, Inc. (hereinafter “Cruise Critic”), which is owned and operated by Tripadvisor LLC. By visiting our websites and related mobile applications, as well as other online platforms such as our affiliated partners’ websites, apps and social media, whether on a computer, phone, tablet, or similar device (each of these is referred to as a “Device”), you acknowledge and confirm that you have read this Statement.
We offer our Services to users in a number of countries and territories where the laws and customs differ. This Statement provides a general overview of our privacy practices. In addition, Sections 12 and 13 of this Statement provide specific information relevant to users residing in certain regions or countries.
When you access or use our Services, we collect and process information from and about you to provide the Services in a more personalized and relevant way. Some information we collect passively, for example, with our servers or with cookies or other similar tracking technologies. Some information we collect from different sources, including from you, affiliated entities, business partners, and other independent third-party sources. When you use our Services by “clicking-through” from a third-party website or when you visit third-party websites via our Services, those third-party websites may share information with us about your use of their service. Any information that we receive from third-party websites may be combined with the information provided by you.
Information collected may include the following:
We may also collect – in instances where you have provided it – information about other travellers or guests, including their email address and other travel-based information. If you are sharing information with us about other individuals, you must obtain their consent and ensure that they have understood and accepted how we will use their personal information (as described in this Statement).
In addition to the categories noted above, we may also collect certain location information if you have instructed your Device to send such information via the privacy settings on that Device, or, for example, if you have uploaded photos tagged with location information.
To the extent possible, we want to provide you with relevant content and a tailored experience when you use our Services, and we may use information about you to do that, including in the following ways:
Registration, membership, and other contracts
Improve our Services
Individualization and customization
In order to provide some of our Services and processing activities, we use service providers and may need to share information with these service providers and certain other third parties, including our group of companies, in the following circumstances:
Certain Device operating system versions permit you to opt out of certain types of information sharing, including to certain advertising networks. You can change the privacy settings of your Device at any time in order to turn off the functionality that collects and shares location information. Please check your Device settings if you want to limit such tracking. However, turning off location-sharing may affect certain features that we offer. If you have any questions about the privacy settings of your Device, we suggest you contact the manufacturer of your Device or your mobile service provider for help.
We also may share your information if we believe, in our sole discretion, that such disclosure is necessary:
You have options with respect to the collection and use of your information.
To exercise any of the options, please email, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our Services are not intended for children, which we consider to be: (i) individuals that are 13 years of age or under, or the age of privacy consent in your jurisdiction; or (ii) when processing data on the basis of a contract, the age of legal capacity to enter into the agreement.
We will only collect or process information belonging to children under very limited circumstances. We might need to collect personal information belonging to children as part of our Service if, for example, the personal information is required as part of a travel-related reservation. We will only collect personal information belonging to children if it is provided by and with consent of a parent or guardian. If we become aware that we have processed the personal information of a child without the valid consent of a parent or guardian, we will delete the personal information.
We offer our Services to users located in many different jurisdictions. If we transfer your information to other countries, we will use and protect that information as described in this Statement and in accordance with applicable law.
We have implemented appropriate administrative, technical, and physical security procedures to help protect your information. We only authorize specific personnel to access personal information and they may do so only for permitted business functions. We use encryption when transmitting your information between your system and ours, and between our system and those of the parties with whom we share information. We also employ firewalls and intrusion detection systems to help prevent unauthorized access to your information. However, we cannot guarantee the security of information from unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, or other circumstances outside of our control.
We will retain copies of your information for as long as you maintain your account or as necessary in connection with the purposes set out in this Statement, unless applicable law requires a longer retention period. In addition, we may retain your information for the duration of any period necessary to establish, exercise, or defend any legal rights.
To give you control, we provide you with a Cookie Consent Tool which allows you to adjust and customize your cookie settings. You can access the Cookie Consent Tool by clicking the “Cookie Consent” link at the bottom of every page and modify your preferences in our cookie banner. In addition, you can manage cookies through the settings of your internet browser. You have the right to withdraw your consent to cookies at any time by clicking on the “Cookie Consent” link and modifying and saving your preferences. In the settings of your internet browser, you can choose which cookies to accept and reject.
If you decline certain cookies, your access to some functionality and areas of our Services might be degraded or restricted.
Our use of any information we collect through cookies is subject to this Statement, which is linked on every page of our website.
We may update this Statement in the future. If we believe any changes are material, we will let you know by doing one or more of the following: sending you a communication about the changes, placing a notice on the website and/or posting an updated Statement on the website. We will note at the top of this Statement when it was most recently updated. We encourage you to check back from time to time to review the most current version and to periodically review this Statement for the latest information on our privacy practices.
If you have a data privacy request, such as a request to delete or access your data, please reach out to our dedicated privacy team by emailing email@example.com with the email reference “Cruise Critic.”
This GDPR Statement applies to persons in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), including those based in the United Kingdom. This GDPR Statement supplements our Statement; however, where the Statement conflicts with the GDPR Statement, the GDPR Statement will prevail as to persons located in the EEA and UK.
Tripadvisor LLC is the controller of personal information we collect; however, in accordance with applicable data privacy law, we have appointed representatives within the European Union and United Kingdom.
The contact details of our European Union representative are:
Tripadvisor Ireland Limited
70 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
The contact details of our United Kingdom representative are:
7 Soho Square
Attn: Privacy Officer
Tripadvisor Ireland Limited and Tripadvisor Limited’s roles in this respect are limited solely to being a contact point for questions on data protection from European (including UK) residents and data protection supervisory authorities. For the avoidance of doubt, neither Tripadvisor Ireland Limited nor Tripadvisor Limited can field other communications or legal process on behalf of The Independent Traveler, Inc or Tripadvisor LLC.
You have certain rights regarding your personal information.
Your rights with respect to your own personal information include the following:
You will not usually have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights described in this Statement). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive, or excessive.
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal information (or to exercise any of your other rights). To the extent you use a third party to submit a data request on your behalf, we may need to take reasonable steps to verify the authenticity of the request. These are security measures to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. In an effort to speed up our response, we may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request. To exercise your rights you can file a request by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We will only use your personal information under the circumstances permitted by the law or you.
Pursuant to GDPR, we will use your personal information in one or more of the following circumstances:
|Information Uses||Information Processing Legal Basis|
|Registration, membership and other contracts||Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.|
|Improve our Services and customization||Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) to provide or improve Services, including our interest to provide you improved and personalized Services, and where your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.|
Where you are a registered member, the information uses might be required to perform the contract with you.
Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) to communicate with you and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
Where we need your consent for the information use, we will seek your prior consent.
|Legal Compliance||Where it is necessary to meet our legal obligations.|
Your personal information may be stored or transferred to countries outside the EEA and the UK for the purposes described in this Statement. When we store or transfer your personal information outside the EEA and the UK, we take the following precautions to ensure that your personal information is properly protected.
Whenever we store or transfer your personal information outside the EEA and the UK, we will do so in accordance with applicable law, and we will ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by implementing appropriate safeguards. Transfers of personal information are made:
By using our Services, you understand that your personal information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it, as described in this Statement.
In addition to the further details as described in the Statement, we make the following disclosures:
This California Privacy Statement is provided pursuant to California laws. It applies to California residents and supplements our overall Statement with additional disclosures and rights.
California residents are permitted one time each year to request certain details about how their personal information is shared with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make a request, please submit a request, or write to us at the address listed below. Indicate in your letter that you are a California resident making a “Shine the Light” inquiry.
California residents may also take advantage of the following rights:
To take advantage of any of these rights, please contact us by emailing us at email@example.com or writing to us at Cruise Critic LLC: 400 First Avenue, Needham, Massachusetts, 02494, USA. California residents may designate an authorized agent to make a request on their behalf. When submitting the request, please ensure the authorized agent is identified as an authorized agent. We may need to verify your identity or elements of the request to enable us to process your request. We will take reasonable steps to verify your identity; these verification steps will vary depending on the sensitivity of the personal information and whether you have an account with us. We may deny certain requests, or fulfil a request only in part, based on our legal rights and obligations. For example, we may retain personal information as permitted by law, such as for tax or other record keeping purposes, to maintain an active account, and to process transactions and facilitate customer requests. We value your privacy and will not discriminate against California residents in response to your exercise of privacy rights.
This Multi-State Privacy Statement is provided pursuant to applicable state laws and applies to Virginia, Connecticut, and Colorado residents, and supplements our overall Statement with additional disclosures and rights.
If you are a resident of Virginia, Connecticut, or Colorado you may take advantage of the following rights in accordance with applicable law:
To take advantage of any of these rights, please contact us by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing at Cruise Critic LLC: 400 First Avenue, Needham, Massachusetts, 02494, USA. Note that Connecticut and Colorado residents may designate an authorized agent to request on their behalf. We will take reasonable steps to authenticate your identity prior to responding to your requests. The authentication process will vary depending on the sensitivity of the personal information and whether you have an account with us. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to authenticate the identity of authorized agents and their authority to submit requests on your behalf.
Additionally, you can opt out of certain uses of cookies for advertising purposes by visiting www.aboutads.info/choices For more information, please see Section 9 above. Your opt-out of cookie-based tracking for advertising purposes is specific to the device, website, and browser you are using; it is deleted whenever you clear your cookies or your browser’s cache.
We may deny certain requests, or fulfil a request only in part, based on our legal rights and obligations. You have the right to submit an appeal if you are not satisfied with the outcome of your request by emailing us at email@example.com .
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