Last updated, 18th, February 2016

Privacy and Cookie Policy

Your privacy is significant to us. We appreciate the confidence you have put in us, and are dedicated to protecting any personal data and information you offer us online. This Privacy Policy describes how we use and protect your personal data.  It applies to Tripmatchmaker.com and Tripmatchmakers.com, as well as any subdomains thereof and any other websites where this policy is linked to in the footer of the page and any mobile application of such websites (which we have collectively called the “Site” in this policy).

Herein describes how you must act before submitting personal data and information. Herein describes how we use and process your personal data and how we use cookies.  Please read our privacy policy before you act on this website as it also allows you to contact us if you have questions about your personal data, information or about cookies.

TripMatchMaker.com or TripMatchMakers.com offers online travel-related services through its own websites and mobile apps and through other online platforms such as affiliate websites and social media. TripMatchMaker.com or TripMatchMakers.com (hereinafter referred to as “TMM”, “we”, “us” or “our”) operates a platform and community marketplace that helps people form offline experiences and relationships directly with one another, where they can create, list, Review and book extraordinary travel experiences and accommodations through local Specialists around the world, whether through our website or our mobile applications (“Platform”). TMM refers to TripMatchMaker/TripMatchMakers Inc. if you reside in the USA, and to TripMatchMaker/TripMatchMakers Ireland if you reside outside of the USA.

The information that follows applies to all of these platforms. TripMatchMaker.com or TripMatchMakers.com may alter/modify the Privacy and Cookies Policy as often as it requires to do so and if more frequently, so we appreciate you visit this page as often as you can to keep yourself well-informed of the updates. If you disagree with our Privacy and Cookies Policy, you should stop using our services and we cannot provide the Platform or Services to you, and you should stop accessing the Platform and deactivate your TripMatchMaker.com or TripMatchMakers.com account.

What Personal DATA and Information Does TripMatchMaker Collect?

Personal Information You Provide to Us: We receive and store any information you enter on our Services or provide to us in any other way. The types of Personal Information collected may include your name, email address, phone number, birthday, Twitter and/or Facebook usernames, location, use information regarding your use of our Services, and browser information. We automatically receive your location when you use the Services. We use various technologies to determine location, such as location services of the applicable operating system or browser and sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi- access points and cell towers. The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as allowing you to set up a user account and profile that can be used to interact with other users through the Services, improving the content of the Services, customising the advertising and content you and your friends see (including TripMatchMaker or third-party advertising or content), and communicating with you about specials and new features. Your Services account will be associated with your email (and optionally a phone number) and this account will be used for all our Services that you use. Information you provide to one of our Services may be used with other Services you or your friends use. For example, location information we receive in connection with your use of one of our apps may be used to customize the content you and your friends see in another of our apps. We may also draw upon this Personal Information in order to adapt the Services of our community to your needs, to research the effectiveness of our network and Services, and to develop new tools for the community.

Information Collected Automatically: When you use the Services, TripMatchMaker automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser or mobile platform, including your location, IP address, browser type, operating information, mobile carrier, device and application IDs, cookie information, and the page you requested. We treat this data as non-Personal Information, except where we are required to do otherwise under applicable law. Unless otherwise stated in this Privacy Policy, TripMatchMaker only uses this data in aggregate form. We may provide aggregate information to our partners about how our users, collectively, use our Services, so that our partners may also understand how often people use their services and our Services.

Information We Receive from Third Parties: We receive and store information from third parties that interact in some way with the Services or that provide services to us in connection with the Services. In addition, you may choose to use apps that share your Personal Information, activities and/or content with TripMatchMaker. Please read the privacy policy of any such app so that you understand its sharing practices.

How is My Information Shared?

Personal Information about our users is an essential part of our business. We neither rent nor sell your Personal Information to anyone, though, as described more fully in this section below (under “Publicly Available Information, the TripMatchMaker API, and Apps”), your publicly-available information is available to third parties, and we may provide it to third parties, by license or otherwise. The default user settings for all data about you that is visible to others is summarized in our Privacy FAQs below, together with information on how to change the default user settings or how to generally remove information, where applicable. TripMatchMaker may share your Personal Information only as described in this Privacy Policy and related documents.

Privacy FAQs

What information is public?

When you create an account on TripMatchMaker the following is viewable to the public.

Your name: You can edit your name by going to your account settings. To use TripMatchMaker you only need to provide a first name.

Profile photo: Your profile photo and the link to your profile page are viewable by the public. You may choose not to upload a profile photo to your account (or you may upload an avatar in place of a photo of yourself), but note:  profile photos are required for certain uses.  In your account settings, you can change your profile photo.

Home city: Your home city is viewable by the public.  You are not required to include your home city upon signup and you can edit your home city in your account settings.

Your bio: Your bio is viewable by the public.  Including a bio is completely OPTIONAL.  To add, change, or remove your bio, go to your account settings.

Links to Twitter and Facebook (if they are connected)

If you connect your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts to your TripMatchMaker profile, clickable links to your Twitter and/or Facebook profiles will appear on your TripMatchMaker profile page by default, which means that they are seen publicly.

Your TripMatchMaker followers and who you follow: Your list of followers is visible to the public.

Reviews: All reviews that you write (and the photos you attach to them) will be viewable by the public. Please keep this in mind whenever you choose to leave a review! Lists you create are viewable to the public. Keep this in mind before you decide to create a list and add reviews and photos to it!

Likes/Dislikes: Likes and Dislikes are public.  When you like a check-in, tip, etc., other people on TripMatchMaker who can see that particular piece of content can also see that you’ve liked it.

Images/pictures: When you add a, or to a place on TripMatchMaker, that Images/pictures is public.

How does TripMatchMaker share your data with third parties?

Our Partners: In addition to the data sharing described above, we enter into relationships with a variety of businesses and work closely with them. In certain situations, these businesses, provide services to you, sell items or provide promotions to you through the Services. In other situations, TripMatchMaker provides services, or sells items jointly with these businesses. You can easily recognise when one of these businesses is associated with your transaction and we will share your Personal Information that is related to such transactions with that business.

Business Transfers: If TripMatchMaker or substantially all of its assets are acquired, or in the unlikely event that TripMatchMaker goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party.

Protection of TripMatchMaker and Others: We may release Personal Information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the law, including laws outside your country of residence; enforce or apply our conditions of use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of TMM, our employees, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations (including outside of your country of residence) for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Email Communications: By providing your email address to us, you expressly consent to receive emails from us. We may use email to communicate with you, to send information that you have requested or to send information about other products or services developed or provided by us or our partners. If you have a Services account and do not want to receive commercial email or other mail from us, please indicate your preference by making a modification on your account settings page or through the ‘settings’ tab on our website once you’re logged into the Services. Please note that if you do not want to receive legal notices from us, such as notices regarding this Privacy Policy, those legal notices will still govern your use of the Services, and you are responsible for reviewing such legal notices for changes. We may receive a confirmation when you open an email from TMM if your computer supports this type of program. TMM uses this confirmation to help us make emails more interesting and helpful and improve our service.

How does TripMatchMakers make use of mobile devices?

We have free apps for a variety of mobile devices and use versions of our regular website that have been optimised for mobile. These apps and mobile websites process the personal details you give us in much the same way as our website does – and they also allow you to use location services to find services nearby. With your consent, we may send you push notifications with information about your search.

What about Cookies and Similar Technologies?

We and our agents use technologies like cookies, pixels, and local storage (like on your browser or device, which is similar to a cookie but holds more information) and identifiers (including identifiers supplied by your browser or device or by app platform companies) on our website, in our emails, and within our apps to provide you with a range of products and services. You can control cookies through your browser settings and other tools. For more information, including the types of cookies and similar technologies found on TMM, please read TMM’s ‘Cookie Policy’. By continuing to use our Services through your computer or mobile device, you consent to our use of cookies, pixels and local storage in accordance with this Privacy Policy and TMMs Cookie Policy below.

We may work with advertisers or other partners and advertising service providers to serve ads or services that may be relevant to you based on your inferred interests or location (or both) to computers, mobile phones or other devices, which may use a device ID, cookie, pixel or other similar technology placed by TMM or the third party (although we would not share any other information that identifies you with an advertiser) on our Services, or on a third party website or app. This Privacy Policy and TMM’s Cookie Policy covers the use of cookies by TMM and its service providers and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers. Also, certain versions of the iOS operating system permit you to “Limit Ad Tracking” in the system settings and certain versions of the Android operating system allow you to “Opt out of Interest-Based Ads” in the system settings.

TMMs Cookie Policy

Cookies and Similar Technologies on TMM

Does TMM Use Cookies?

we and our agents use technologies like cookies, pixels, and local storage (like on your browser or device, which is similar to a cookie but holds more information) on our website, in our emails, and identifiers supplied by app platform companies within our apps to provide you with a range of products and services.

Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device. Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages and in emails that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies. Local storage is an industry-standard technology that allows a website or app to store and retrieve data on a person’s computer, mobile phone or other device.

What are cookies and similar technologies used for?

We and our agents use these technologies to do things like, make TMM ‘s Services easier or faster to use, enable features and store information about you (including on your device or in your browser cache) and your use of the Services; monitor and understand the use of our products and services; and to protect you, others and TMM. We and our agents use these technologies to deliver, understand and improve advertising to users of TMM ‘s Services on behalf of TMM and others (such as for entities that have TMM ‘s sponsored or promoted products) on the TMM ‘s apps and websites and on other websites that you visit, based on your activity on the Services.

TMM uses cookies and similar technologies for a number of purposes, including:

Authentication – TMM uses cookies, local storage and similar technologies to recognise you if you are logged in to our Services, so that we can show you the right information, understand how you use the Services and personalise your experience.

Security – TMM uses cookies, local storage and similar technologies to support or enable security features we have deployed, and to help us detect malicious activity and violations of our Terms of Service.

Preferences, features and services – TMM uses cookies, local storage and similar technologies to know which language you prefer, what your communications preferences are, and in order to help you fill out forms on the Services.

Advertising – We may work with advertisers or other partners and advertising service providers like Turn, Adelphic, Drawbridge, LiveRamp, AppNexus and DoubleClick to serve ads or services that may be relevant to you based on your inferred interests or location (or both) to computers, mobile phones or other devices, which may use a device ID, cookie, pixel or other similar technology placed by TMM or the third party (although we would not share any other information that identifies you with an advertiser) on our Services, or on a third party website or app. The placing of these cookies, pixels or other technologies on your device may enable you to be identified across multiple websites and you should consult the privacy policies of our advertisers, partners and advertising service providers to understand how they collect and use your data.

Performance, Analytics and Research – We sometimes use other service providers to help us provide certain products and services and to provide us information about use of the Services to improve the Services and make it appealing to as many users as possible. For example, TMM uses third party analytics providers, like Google Analytics and Chartbeat, to better understand who is using the service and how people are using it. As part of providing these services, these service providers may collect and store anonymous information such as time of visit, pages visited, time spent on each page of the website, IP address, and type of operating system used. Please read their privacy policies to ensure that you are comfortable with the manner in which they use cookies.

Can cookies be turned off?

Most web browsers have an option for turning off the cookie feature, which will prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, as well as – depending on the sophistication of your browser software – allowing you to decide on acceptance of each new cookie in a variety of ways. Also, Google has developed a web browser plugin to allow you to opt-out of Google Analytics’ tracking software. Also, certain versions of the iOS operating system permit you to “Limit Ad Tracking” in the system settings and certain versions of the Android operating system allow you to “Opt out of Interest-Based Ads” in the system settings. Additionally, you can opt-out of TMM serving behaviorally targeted ads outside of TMM ‘s apps and websites in your account settings.

Does TMM use web beacons?

As well as using cookies, TMM may sometimes use web beacons. A web beacon is a tiny graphic image of just one pixel that’s delivered to your computer either as part of a web page request or in an HTML email message. Either directly or through service providers, we use these pixels as part of our online advertisements either on our website or on third-party websites to learn whether a user who is being shown an online advertisement also makes a reservation; to track conversion with partner websites and to analyse the traffic patterns of users to optimise the travel-related services we bring to you.

Is Personal Information about Me Secure?

Your TMM account Personal Information is protected by a password for your privacy and security. You need to prevent unauthorized access to your account and Personal Information by selecting and protecting your password appropriately, and limiting access to your computer and browser by signing off after you have finished accessing your account.

TMM endeavors to safeguard user information to ensure that user account information is kept private. However, TMM cannot guarantee the security of user account information. Unauthorized entry or use, hardware or software failure, and other factors, may compromise the security of user information at any time.

The Services may contain links to other sites. TMM is not responsible for the privacy policies and/or practices on other sites. When linking to another site, you should read the privacy policy stated on that site. This Privacy Policy only governs information collected on the Services.

World-wide Users

If you are located outside of the United States, please note that this site is hosted on our computer servers in the United States. Therefore, your information may be processed and stored in the United States. As a result, United States federal and state governments, courts, or law enforcement or regulatory agencies may be able to obtain disclosure of your information through laws applicable in the United States. Your use of the Sites or the Services or your submission of any Personal Information to us will constitute your consent to the transfer of your Personal Information outside of your home country, including the United States, which may provide for different data protection rules than in your country.

TMM complies with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from European Union member countries and Switzerland. TMM has certified that it adheres to the Safe Harbor Privacy Principles of notice, choice, onward transfer, security, data integrity, access, and enforcement. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view TMM’s certification, please visit:  http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/

Security

What security procedures does TMM put in place to safeguard your personal data?

In accordance with European data protection laws, we observe reasonable procedures to prevent unauthorised access and the misuse of personal data.

We use appropriate business systems and procedures to protect and safeguard the personal data you give us. We also use security procedures and technical and physical restrictions for accessing and using the personal data on our servers. Only authorised personnel are permitted to access personal data in the course of their work.

Your credit card details – when they are needed as part of the reservation process – are stored by us for a maximum of 10 days. After that, your credit card data will be either permanently deleted from our systems or will remain hashed in our system for fraud detection purposes. However, you may have opted to store your credit card details in your user account; in such case, your credit card details will be stored in hashed form, but without the last four digits of your credit card number.

Phishing or False emails

If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from us or one of our members that requests personal information (such as your credit card, login, or password), or that asks you to verify or confirm your account or other personal information by clicking on a link, that email was likely to have been sent by someone trying to unlawfully obtain your information, sometimes referred to as a “phisher” or “spoofer.” We do not ask for this type of information in an email. Do not provide the information or click on the link.  Please contact us at Customer Support if you get an email like this.

What Personal Information can I access?

TMM allows you to access the following information about you for the purpose of viewing, and in certain situations, updating that information and ensuring that it is accurate and complete. You can access this information on the Services by visiting the user settings page (except usage information, which can be accessed in the “History” tab). This list will change as our Service changes.

Password

Phone number

Email address

Other User profile information (for example, office, home, city, photo)

Usage information (for example, check-in history)

If you have questions about the Personal Information we have collected from you, you can email [email protected]

Children

The services offered by TMM are not directed at children under 18 years old. The use of any of our services is only allowed with the valid consent of a parent or a guardian. If we receive information from a child under 18 years old, we reserve the right to delete it.

Direct communications:

We offer direct communication facilities to Suppliers and Travellers. In cases of reservation related disputes, we may provide the Advertiser/Supplier/ provider, upon request, information about the Enquiry/reservation process. For example, a copy of your communication if you the traveller used a TripMatchMaker communication platform to communicate for a reservation or a booking or if you did not use then other valid proof of a reservation confirmation that a reservation was made.

How do I delete My Account?

Should you ever decide to delete your Services account, you may do so by clicking on the “delete account” link on your account settings page. If you terminate your account, your profile, including your check-in history, badges/stickers you received, your User Submissions and any promotional offers you received, will be removed from the site and deleted from TMM’s servers. Because of the way we maintain TMM, such deletion maybe immediate and in the event it is not immediate, and residual copies of your profile information or posts may remain on backup media for up to ninety (60) days.

How Is Information removed from My Account?

You can remove/change content or information that you have posted on the Services on your account and profile through the Services or you can ask us to remove it by writing to [email protected] Even after you remove information from your account or profile, copies of that information may remain viewable elsewhere, to the extent it has been shared with others, it was otherwise distributed pursuant to your privacy settings, or it was copied or stored by other users. Removed and deleted information may remain on backup media for up to ninety (60) days prior to being deleted from our servers.

Will there be changes to this Privacy Policy?

TMM may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time. Use of information we collect now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time such information is used. If we make material changes in the way we use Personal Information, we will notify you by posting an announcement on our Services or sending you an email. Users are bound by any changes to the Privacy Policy when they use the Services after such changes have been first posted.

What If I Have Questions Or Concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy using the Service, please send a detailed message to: [email protected] We will make every effort to resolve your concerns.