Traveler provides online travel servicesthrough its own websites and mobile apps and through other online platformssuch as partners’ websites and social media. The information that followsapplies to all of these platforms.
What kind of personal information do we use?
When you make a reservation, you’ll beasked for your name, address, telephone number, email address, payment details,the names of guests traveling with you and your preferences for your stay.
To make it easier to manage yourreservations, you can open a user account. This allows you to save yourpersonal settings, review previous bookings and manage future reservations.
When you visit our website, even if youdon’t make a reservation, we may collect certain information, like your IPaddress, or browser, and information about your computer’s operating system,application version, language settings and pages that have been shown to you.If you’re using a mobile device, we might also collect data that identifiesyour mobile device, device-specific settings and characteristics andlatitude/longitude details.
We may also receive information about youwhen you use certain social media services.
Why do we collect, use and share your personal data?
- Reservations: First and foremost, we use your personal data to complete and administer your online reservation and forward your reservation details to the accommodation you have booked.
- Customer service: Sharing your details with our global customer service allows for a quick response when you need us – including helping you find an appropriate services and any questions you might have about your reservation.
- Account administration: We offer a user account facility on our website. We use the information you give us to administer this, allowing you to manage your bookings, take advantage of special offers, make future reservations more easily and manage your personal settings. Managing personal settings allows you to keep and share lists, share photos, see properties that you’ve searched for before, and see other information you’ve provided about accommodations and destinations. It also allows you to see any reviews you submitted about program you participated. If you want, you can share certain information in your user account by creating a public profile that’s associated with either your own first name or a screen name of your choice. The type of information you can share on this platform includes your photo, the names of program you’ve participated, your lists, your plans for future trips, your reviews and other information about services and destinations.
- Marketing activities: We also use your information for marketing activities, as permitted by law. For example:
- When you make a reservation with us or set up a user account, we may use your contact information to send you news about similar programs and services. We also send our customers regular newsletters by email. You can opt out, or unsubscribe, from marketing communication at any time.
- Based on the information you share with us, individualized offers may be shown to you on the website, in mobile apps or on third-party websites, including social media sites.
- When we believe that a particular offer may be of interest to you, we may decide to make contact with you by phone.
- Other communications: There may be other times when we get in touch by email, by post, by phone or by texting you, depending on the contact information you share with us. There could be a number of reasons for this:
- We may need to respond to and handle requests you have made.
- If you haven’t finalized a reservation online, we may email you a reminder to continue with your reservation. We believe that this additional service is useful to you because it allows you to carry on with a reservation without having to search for the service items again or fill in all the reservation details from scratch.
- When you use our services, we may send you a questionnaire or invite you to provide a review about your experience.
- Market research: We sometimes ask our customers to take part in market research. Any additional personal details that you give us as part of the market research will only be used with your consent.
- Fraud detection and prevention: We may use personal data for the detection and prevention of fraud and other illegal or unwanted activities.
- Improving our services: Finally, we use personal information for analytical purposes, to improve our services, enhance the user experience, and improve the functionality and quality of our services.
How do we use social media?
We use social media to promote our servicespartners’ properties and to promote, improve and facilitate our own serviceswebsite. For example, we integrated social media plugins into our website. Sowhen you click on one of the buttons and register with your social mediaaccount, information is shared with your social media provider, and possiblypresented on your social media profile to be shared with others in yournetwork.
In addition to implementing these buttons,Traveler uses social media by maintaining accounts on several social mediasites and by offering social apps. These social media services may allow you toshare information with us. When you register with a social media app, you’ll betold which information will be shared with us. The information you choose toshare with us may include the basic information that’s already available inyour social media profile, email address, status updates and your friends list.This information is necessary to create a unique user experience either in theapp itself or on our website. It facilitates things like personalizing ourwebsite to suit your needs, connecting you with your friends on traveldestinations and analyzing and enhancing our travel-related services.
We may also enable you to sign in to ourservices with your social media accounts. Your social media provider will beable to tell you more about how they use and process your data in such cases.
How do we share your data with third parties?
In certain circumstances, we may share yourpersonal data with third parties.
- The accommodation you booked: In order to complete your reservation, we need to transfer relevant reservation details to the services (hotels/rentals/cars/cruises/tours/activities) you booked with. This may include information like your name, contact, payment details and any preferences you specified when making a booking.
- Third-party service providers: We may use third-party service providers to process your personal information on our behalf for the purposes specified above. For example, we may use service providers to send the reservation information on our behalf to the service item you just booked, or we may instruct third parties to contact you. When a reservation requires it, we may also work with third-party payment service providers to facilitate payment or payment guarantees. We also work with third-party advertisement networks to market our accommodation and services on other platforms, or involve third-party providers for analytical purposes. These third parties involved in any of these services will be bound by confidentiality agreements and will not be allowed to use your personal information for any purposes other than those specified above.
- Competent authorities: We work with partner websites around the world to distribute the service items listed on our website and mobile apps (Hotels/Rentals/Cars/Cruises/Tour/Activities). When you make a reservation on one of these business partners’ websites, certain personal information that you give them may be shared with us. Similarly, we may share information with this business partner, for example, as part of the administration of your account, in order to manage your reservation, so that they can address queries related to your reservation and for marketing purposes. In this context, your information is governed by the privacy policies of these business partners.
- Business partners: We work with business partners around the world to distribute or advertise services and to help our business partners distribute and advertise their services. This may mean that their services are integrated into our website or they have been enabled to show a customized advertisement on our website – or we are advertising on theirs. When you make a reservation on one of our business partners’ websites, certain personal data that you give them will be forwarded to us. Certain business partners may receive your personal data from us if requested by you. When you make a reservation on a business partners’ website, please read the privacy policies on these business partners’ websites for more information.
How do we use mobile devices?
We have free apps for a variety of mobiledevices and use versions of our regular website that have been optimized formobile. These apps and mobile websites process your personal details in asimilar way as our website does – and they also allow you to use locationservices to find services nearby.
How do we use guest reviews and other destination-relatedinformation you share with us?
After your use any service booked through us, you’ll beinvited to submit a guest review, which may ask for information about theservice item, the surrounding areas, and the destination. If you don’t wantyour name to show with your review, you can use your screen name (which you canchoose in your user account) or it can be displayed anonymously. By completinga guest review, you’re agreeing that it can be displayed (as further describedin our Terms and Conditions) on, for example, the relevant serviceinformation page on our websites, in our mobile apps, in our social mediaaccounts and in social apps, or on the website of the relevant property or onour business partner’s website, to inform other travelers about the quality ofthe service item you used.
If you indicate that a guest review washelpful – or not helpful – we will aggregate this with feedback from othercustomers in order to sort and prioritize guest reviews. We may use theinformation in your lists or in other destination-related information you sharewith us in an anonymous format to help other travelers find the rightdestination.