Privacy Policy

A Girl Who Travels is fully committed to maintaining and protecting the trust, confidence and privacy of our website visitors. In this Privacy Policy, we’ve provided detailed information on when, how and why we collect your personal information, and the measures taken to protect your privacy and security.

Types of data we collect

Google Analytics

When someone visits www.a-girlwhotravels.com, we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to help understand how the site and its services are being used thereby allowing us to identify possible improvements in our website. The information includes, but isn’t limited to, things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site, user demographics and so on. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

For more information on how Google collects and processes your data, visit https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

Mailing Lists and Site Communications

As part of the registration process to our mailing list, we collect personal information. We use that information to keep you posted on the content you subscribed to (email updates and alerts); to contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information; to check our records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied. We never sell email lists information with other organisations and businesses.

Any such communications will always follow an `opt-in` policy whereby they will not be sent to you unless you have given us explicit written permission in advance to email you.

We use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to deliver our newsletter. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice. You can unsubscribe to general mailings at any time of the day or night by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails or by emailing [email protected] .

Website Cookies

We use a system of classifying the different types of cookies which we use on the Website, or which may be used by third parties through our websites. The classification was developed by the International Chamber of Commerce UK and explains more about which cookies we use, why we use them, and the functionality you will lose if you decide you don’t want to have them on your device.

What is a cookie?         

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

How long are cookies stored for?

Persistent cookies – these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies – these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.

You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.

Cookies used on the website

A list of all the cookies used on the website by category is set out below.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for. For those types of cookies that are strictly necessary, no consent is required. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited. By using the website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. These cookies collect information about how visitors use the website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the website works.

Functionality cookies

These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. By using the website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Using browser settings to manage cookies

The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. You can also disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on’s settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer. However, because cookies allow you to take advantage of some of the website’s essential features, we recommend you leave them turned on. If you leave cookies turned on, remember to sign off when you finish using a shared computer.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Your Rights

You have the right to opt-out of any further contact from us or our affiliates by following the instructions at the bottom of each email, or by emailing [email protected]

Disclosing your information and third parties

We do not sell, trade, distribute, disclose or otherwise transfer your Personal Information to other individuals or business entity except where we have your consent and where we are required or permitted to do so by the court of law.

Other websites

The website may contain links to other sites which are outside our control and not covered by this policy. The operators of these sites may collect information from you that will be used by them in accordance with their policy, which may differ from ours. This Privacy Policy applies to information collected by us through A Girl Who Travels.

Access to your personal information

Under GDPR, the data subject has the right to access and amend any of their personal data that you hold. Make it easy for them by including a name and contact email.

You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. Simply email your request to us at [email protected]

Use of information

In addition to the above uses, the website also uses the information acquired via the website to help understand how the site and its services are being used thereby allowing us to identify possible improvements in our website.

Various statistics and information relating to the site are collected on a regular basis and these may occasionally be shared to selected EU based business partners, for example the traffic our website receives for a specific search terms from a specific search engine. Google Analytics, used to track this information, does not allow us to identify individual website users. In such a scenario, the information is presented in an `aggregate` format i.e. no personal customer information is presented allowing individual customer identification.

We do not collect any personal data that is deemed sensitive such as medical conditions, religious beliefs, racial or ethnic origin etc.

Data security

To prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures designed to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Unfortunately, these measures do not guarantee that your personal information will not be accessed and misused over the internet.

Privacy policy updates

If A Girl Who Travels makes any changes to its Privacy Policy, we will update this section of our Privacy Policy accordingly to ensure that all site users are aware of the current Privacy Policy at the time of accessing the website.

A Girl Who Travels Privacy Policy was last updated on 24 May 2018.

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