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Privacy Policy

Taste World Travel, Inc. is committed to building customer relationships based on trust. As a Taste World Travel, Inc. user, we know that you want to remain in control of your personal information. We realize that earning and retaining your trust is of paramount importance and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.

That’s why we have provided this Privacy Policy, which sets forth our policies regarding the collection, use and protection of the personal information of those using the Taste World Travel, Inc. websites. Personal information means information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and credit card number.

We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy, and become familiar with it, but you should know that we do not sell or rent our customers’ personal information to third parties.
Please note that we review our Privacy Policy from time to time, and we may make periodic changes to the policy in connection with that review. Therefore, you may wish to bookmark this page and/or periodically review this page to make sure that you have the current version.

This Privacy Policy explains the following:

  • What personal information we collect from you and how we use it.
  • With whom (if anyone) your personal information is shared.
  • How you can opt-out of receiving our promotional e-mails.
  • How you can update or correct your personal information.
  • What safeguards we have in place to protect your personal information.
  • Other information you should know about your privacy.

What personal information does Taste World Travel, Inc. gather from me and how is information used?

When browsing our websites, you are not required to provide any personal information unless and until you choose to make a purchase or sign up for one of our e-mail newsletters or other services as described below. We do not knowingly permit our websites to be used by any person under the age of eighteen and we do not knowingly collect any personal information from children (meaning those younger than thirteen years of age). A valid credit card is required to make a purchase on our websites.

Making a Purchase:

In order to purchase travel and related services through our websites, you must provide us with certain personal information such as your name, your credit card number and expiration date, your credit card billing address, your telephone number, your e-mail address and the name or names of the person(s) traveling (if not you). All purchases are processed through PayPal. We may also ask you for other personal information, such as your frequent traveler numbers. We require this information so that we can process, fulfill and confirm your reservations and transactions and keep you informed of each transaction’s status. If you are making a reservation for one or more travelers other than yourself, you will need to make sure that each of these other travelers agrees, in advance, that you may disclose their personal information to us. For your convenience, we make certain information about your reservation available to you or other persons authorized by you to receive such information. For example, if you forgot your flight number, you or another person authorized by you may retrieve that information from us after providing information sufficient in our eyes to confirm your identity or that such other person is authorized by you to receive that information.

Member Registration:

If you choose to become a registered travel club member of Taste World Travel, Inc., you must provide your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, a unique login name, password, and password validation, and a password hint to help you remember your password. This information is collected on the registration form for several reasons including: (i) personal identification; (ii) to complete air, hotel, car, and other reservations; (iii) to allow us to contact you for customer service purposes, if necessary; (iv) to customize the content of our websites to meet your specific needs; and (v) to make product improvements to our websites. In addition, we need your e-mail address to confirm your new member registration and each reservation you transact on our websites. As a Taste World Travel, Inc. travel club member you will also occasionally receive updates from us about sales in your area, special offers, new Taste World Travel, Inc. services, and other noteworthy items. However, you may choose at any time to no longer receive these types of e-mail messages. Please see our Opt-Out policy described below for details.

Member Profile:

As a Taste World Travel, Inc. travel club member, you will complete a TasteWorldTravel.com travel profile through our Vacation Planner service by providing us with your travel preferences. This information is primarily used to assist us with researching your travel plans and making reservations. We will not sell your information to any company or organization.

Newsletters:

Taste World Travel, Inc.’s travel club newsletter will update you with food and wine travel deals and events from our international travel network partners.

Online Surveys:

Taste World Travel, Inc. values the opinions and comments from our travel club members, so we occasionally conduct online surveys. Participation in these surveys is entirely optional. Typically, the information is aggregated and used to develop appealing content, features and promotions for travel club members. Survey participants are anonymous unless otherwise stated in the survey.

Promotions & Sweepstakes:

Taste World Travel, Inc. occasionally sponsors promotions and sweepstakes to give our travel club members the opportunity to win great travel and travel-related prizes. Information collected by us for such activities can include contact information and survey questions. We use contact information to notify contest winners and survey information for travel product improvements.

Third Parties Offering Promotions, Products or Services:

Taste World Travel, Inc. may share your personal information with third parties when you engage in certain activities on our website that are sponsored by third parties, such as, tourism boards for a particular destination or electing to participate in contests, sweepstakes, games or other programs sponsored in whole or in part by a travel industry partner. Taste World Travel, Inc. may also share your personal information when you respond to promotional materials from Taste World Travel, Inc. and authorize a third party to use your personal information for purposes, such as, sending you additional promotional materials, providing you a product or service, or entering you in a contest, sweepstakes or game. We refer to all of these activities and requests as ‘Sponsored Activities.’ When you participate in Sponsored Activities, you will either be required or requested to agree that Taste World Travel, Inc. may send your personal information (such as, in some cases, your mailing address, e-mail address or telephone number) to the sponsor and the sponsor may use your personal information in accordance with the sponsor’s privacy practices. In each case, described in this section, Taste World Travel, Inc. will only share your personal information after receiving your consent. You should know that when Taste World Travel, Inc. shares your personal information with a third party under any circumstance described in this section, your personal information will become permanently subject to the information use and sharing practices of the third party and the third party will not be restricted by Taste World Travel, Inc.’s Privacy Policy with respect to its use and further sharing of your personal information.

Automatic Logging of Session Data:

We automatically log generic information about your computer’s connection to the Internet, which we call ‘session data.’ Session data consists of things such as IP address, operating system and type of browser software being used and the activities conducted by the user while on our websites. An IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet, such as our web servers, know where to send data back to the user, such as the pages of our websites the user wishes to view. We collect session data because it helps us analyze such things as what items visitors are likely to click on most, the way visitors are clicking through our websites, how many visitors are surfing to various pages on our websites, how long visitors to our websites are staying and how often they are visiting. It also helps us diagnose problems with our servers and lets us better administer our systems. It is possible to determine from an IP address a visitor’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the approximate geographic location of his or her point of connectivity. We may also use some session data, such as the pages you visited on our websites, to send you e-mail messages (such as ‘Good Day to Buy’) focused on destinations that you may be interested in, unless you had previously opted out of receiving such messages.

Cookies:

‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive. There are many myths circulating about cookies, but you should know that cookies are only read by the server that placed them, and are unable to do such things as run programs on your computer, plant viruses or harvest your personal information. The use of cookies is very common on the Internet and Taste World Travel, Inc.’s use of cookies is similar to that of such websites as Expedia, Travelocity and Orbitz, as well as Yahoo!, CNN.com and other reputable online companies.

First and foremost, you can rest assured that no personal information about you is gathered or stored in the cookies placed by our websites and, as a result, none can be passed on to any third parties.

Cookies allow us to serve you better and more efficiently, and to personalize your experience at our websites. Taste World Travel, Inc. uses cookies to personalize your experience on our website and with respect to advertisements. As to the former, these types of cookies allow you to log in without having to type your log-in name each time (only your password is needed), your preferred language and departure city, and so forth. We may also use such cookies to display an advertisement to you while you are on our websites focusing on destinations in which we think you might be interested. None of this information is passed to any third party and is used solely by us to provide you with a better user experience on our websites. No personal information about you is gathered through the use of these types of cookies.

A cookie may also be placed by our advertising server. Such cookies are used only for purposes of tracking the effectiveness of advertising served by us on our websites and no personal information about you is gathered from you by the use of these cookies, nor is this information shared with any third parties. Similarly, a cookie may be placed by our third-party advertising companies. These companies may use aggregated statistics about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about travel-related goods and services that you may be interested in. The information they collect does not include your personal information.

The third-party advertising companies may also employ technology that is used to measure the effectiveness of ads. Any such information is anonymous. They may use this anonymous information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of potential interest to you. No personal information about you is collected during this process. The information is anonymous and does not link online actions to an identifiable person.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies. Of course, by changing the options on your web browser or using certain software programs, you can control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your browser. Taste World Travel, Inc. supports your right to block any unwanted Internet activity, especially that of unscrupulous websites. However, blocking Taste World Travel, Inc.’s cookies may disable certain features on our website and may make it impossible to purchase or use certain services available on our websites. Please note that it is possible to block cookie activity from certain websites while permitting cookies from sites you trust.

Other:

From time to time we may add or enhance services available on the website. To the extent these services are provided and used by you, we will use the information you provide to facilitate the service requested. For example, if you email us with a question, we will use your email address, name, nature of the question, etc. to respond to your question. We may also store such information to assist us in making our websites better and easier to use.

With whom (if anyone) will my personal information be shared?

When you purchase products through Taste World Travel, Inc.’s websites, we provide to involved third parties only that portion of your personal information that is needed for the successful fulfillment of your product purchase and/or travel arrangements.

We use non-personally identifiable information in aggregate form to build higher quality, more useful online services by performing statistical analyses of the collective characteristics and behavior of our customers and visitors, and by measuring demographics and interests regarding specific areas of our websites. We may provide anonymous statistical information based on this data to suppliers, advertisers, affiliates and other current and potential business partners. We may also use such aggregate data to inform these third parties as to the number of people who have seen and clicked on links to their websites. Occasionally, Taste World Travel, Inc. will hire a third party to act on our behalf for projects such as market-research surveys and contest-entry processing, or will contract with a third party to provide co-branded products, such as a Taste World Travel, Inc. credit card. In such cases, Taste World Travel, Inc. will provide information to these third parties specifically for use in connection with these projects. The information we provide to such third parties is protected by a confidentiality agreement and is to be used solely for completing the specific project. See “What other information should I know about my privacy?” below.

How can I opt-out of receiving your promotional emails?

Our Opt-out Policy

At any time, you can unsubscribe from our newsletter or similar services. As a member or promotion/sweepstakes entrant, you will occasionally receive e-mail updates from us about sales in your area, special offers, new Taste World Travel, Inc. services, and other noteworthy items. We hope you will find these updates interesting and informative. Of course, if you would rather not receive them, please click on the ‘unsubscribe’ link in our e-mail. Taste World Travel, Inc. reserves the right to limit travel club membership to those who will accept e-mails. Travel club members will be notified via e-mail prior to any actions taken.

How can I update or correct my personal information?

At any time, you can view and/or update your personal profile. Email us for assistance: info@tasteworldtravel.com.

What safeguards are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?

When credit card information is obtained through Taste World Travel, Inc., it is gathered and transmitted using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. SSL is a proven coding system that lets your browser automatically encrypt, or scramble, data before you send it to us. All credit card orders are processed through PayPal.

What other information should I know about my privacy?

Taste World Travel, Inc. contains links to other websites. Please note that when you click on one of these links, you are entering another website for which Taste World Travel, Inc. has no responsibility. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of all such websites as their policies may be materially different from Taste World Travel, Inc.’s Privacy Policy. Of course, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and your Taste World Travel, Inc. travel club membership account information. Please be very careful, responsible and alert with this information; especially whenever you are online.

In addition to the circumstances described above, Taste World Travel, Inc. may disclose member information if required to do so by law, court order, as requested by other government or law enforcement authority, or in the good faith belief that disclosure is otherwise necessary or advisable including, without limitation, to protect the rights or properties of Taste World Travel, Inc. or its affiliated companies or when we have reason to believe that disclosing the information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing interference with our rights or properties, whether intentionally or otherwise, or when anyone else could be harmed by such activities. In addition, if Taste World Travel, Inc. or substantially all of its assets are acquired, our customer information will most likely also be transferred in connection with such acquisition.

What we do NOT do: a warning about ‘phishing.’

We do not and will not, at any time, request your credit card information, login name, or password, in an unsecured or unsolicited e-mail or telephone communication.

Identity theft and the practice currently known as phishing are of great concern to us. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is our priority. For more information about phishing, you may want to visit the Federal Trade Commission at http://www.ftc.gov/.

This Privacy Policy is effective as of September 1, 2007. We may change or supplement this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any material changes in the way Taste World Travel, Inc. uses personal information will be described in future versions of this Privacy Policy. All Privacy Policy changes will apply to the information collected from the date we post the revised Privacy Policy, as well as to existing information held by us. If we decide to change this Privacy Policy in a material way, we will obtain the necessary consents required under applicable privacy laws if we seek to collect, use or disclose personal information for purposes other than those for which consent has been obtained, unless otherwise required or permitted by law. If any proposed change is unacceptable to you, you may request that we remove your personal information (and/or that of other individuals for whom you made travel reservations) from our records. Of course, you may always submit concerns regarding our Privacy Policy or our privacy practices via email to info@tasteworldtravel.com. Please reference the privacy policy in your subject line. Taste World Travel, Inc. will attempt to respond to all reasonable concerns or inquiries within five business days of receipt. You can also write to us in care of Taste World Travel, Inc., 369-B Third Street, # 531, San Rafael, CA 94901, and Attn: Privacy Team.

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