1 Collecting information on the Website
1.2 IP addresses and browser settings
When visiting the Website, the IP address and the browser settings of your computer are registered. The IP address is the numerical address of the computer used when visiting the Website. Browser settings are e.g. the type of browser you use, browser language, timezone etc. The IP address and browser settings are registered to enable Advocate Abroad to improve the effectiveness of the information contained on our website and our overall business.
If you sign up for Advocate Abroad's newsletters, Advocate Abroad registers the information supplied by you (e.g. your name, email address etc.). If you no longer wish to receive newsletters from Advocate Abroad, you can unsubscribe by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.4 Information from other services, including Social Network(s)
As part of our services, we provide you with the possibility of connecting a review that you leave on the Website with your profile on social networks such as Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter (-Social Network(s)’). Some information about you will automatically be collected from Social Networks when connecting your Advocate Abroad profile with your profile on Social Networks.
The information collected from Social Networks depends on what information you have made available on the network and your privacy settings for sharing such information on the network. Depending on the settings, we may e.g. collect the following information about you:
- Name and/or username
- E-mail address
- Date of birth
- Profile photo
When you request to have your Advocate Abroad review connected to a profile on a Social Network, you will be informed on which information we will collect from the network in question before your request is executed.
The purpose of collecting information from Social Networks is to connect members of your network, which are both users of Advocate Abroad and of one or more of the Social Networks, and thereby both increase the confidence in the reviews made by the members of the network as well as create a better user experience on the Website.
Advocate Abroad does not collect other personal identifiable information from visitors of the Website, unless the visitor provides the information to us.
2 Disclosure of personal data
2.1 Disclosure of data on the Website
Please note that your consent to these guidelines implies that any personal information you agree to disclose publicly on the Website may not be anonymous.
2.2 Master data
When you leave a review on the Website, your name and location provided in the review will be available for other users of the Website.
2.3 Disclosure to other services
A main purpose of Advocate Abroad is to increase the exposure and the availability of the reviews made on the Website. Hence, we permit other services to show the reviews created on the Website thus increasing other consumer’s knowledge of your reviews.
The categories of third parties to which the information is disclosed are:
- Search engines, including e.g. Google and Bing,
- Companies or services that have been reviewed on the Website or which have a relationship with Advocate Abroad
- Operators of other similar websites or services where, in Advocate Abroad’s assessment, it will be relevant for the consumer to search for reviews.
2.4 Other disclosure
Advocate Abroad may be required to disclose information by a court order from a competent court of law or public authority in accordance with the existing legislation.
3 Security measures
Advocate Abroad will use commercially reasonable efforts to see that the recorded data, including the personal information, under its control is handled using appropriate security measures.
Advocate Abroad regularly audits its system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. However, since the internet is not a 100% secure environment, Advocate Abroad cannot ensure or warrant the security of information you transmit to Advocate Abroad.
4.1 What is a cookie are similar technologies?
Cookies are small information units which the Website places on your computer’s hard disk, on your tablet or on your smartphone. Cookies contain information that the Website uses to make the communication between you and your web browser more efficient. The cookie does not identify you as an individual user but identifies your computer. There are two types of cookies – session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are temporary bits of information which are deleted when you exit your web browser. Persistent cookies are more permanent bits of information that are stored and remain on your computer until they are deleted. Persistent cookies delete themselves after a certain period of time but are renewed each time you visit the website.
The Website uses session cookies and persistent cookies.
We use similar technologies for storing and accessing information in the browser or device which utilizes local units and local storage, such as HTML 5 cookies, Flash and other methods. These technologies can operate across all your browsers. In some cases, the use of these technologies cannot be controlled by the browser, but requires special tools. We use these technologies to store information to ensure the quality of reviews and to spot irregularities in the use of the Website.
4.2 What type of cookies do we use and for what purposes?
Statistics: Measuring Website traffic i.e. number of visits on the Website, which domains the visitors come from, which pages the visitors visit on the Website and in which overall geographical area the visitors are located.
Improvement of the functionalities of the Website: Optimizing your experience with the Website, which includes remembering your user ID and password when you return to the Website so you do not have to log in again.
Connect with Social Media: We give you the possibility of connecting with Social Media, such as Facebook.
Targeted advertisement: While not currently using information in this way, in the future you may see specific advertisements while browsing the internet which we believe you will find interesting.
4.3 Third party cookies
Google Analytics: for statistical purposes. You can decline cookies from Google Analytics by clicking on this link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Facebook: Set by Facebook only if you interact with the Facebook plugin or is already logged into Facebook from other source for the purpose of connecting and integrating with them.
Twitter: Set by Twitter only if you interact with the Twitter plugin or is already logged into Twitter from other source for the purpose of connecting and integrating with them.
Google ads: for the purpose of displaying advertisements of our services when you are browsing the internet
4.4 Deletion of cookies
If you want to delete the cookies already on your equipment, you can, if you use a PC or a more recent browser, press CTRL + SHIFT + DELETE simultaneously. If the shortcuts do not work on your browser, please visit the support page for the browser in question. Please note that our Website will not work to its full extent if you delete the cookies.
5 Access, correction and deletion
Upon written request to Advocate Abroad via the contact information stated in section 7, Advocate Abroad shall inform you of the purpose of the processing; who receives the information and from where the information originates.
Requests regarding the above shall only be processed if more than 6 months have lapsed since your previous request, unless you can substantiate a special interest in obtaining the information earlier.
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