Effective September 30, 2010
As used in this policy, the terms "using" and "processing" information include using cookies on a computer, subjecting the information to statistical or other analysis and using or handling information in any way, including, but not limited to collecting, storing, evaluating, modifying, deleting, using, combining, disclosing and transferring information within our organization or among our affiliates within the United States or internationally.
Information Collection and Use
Our primary goals in collecting information are to provide and improve our Site, services, features and content, to administer your Membership (together, the "Service") and to enable users to enjoy and easily navigate the Site.
Personally Identifiable Information
When you register with us through the Site and become a VacationRentalPartner.com Member, when you choose to post or reserve a listing, or when you wish to contact a VacationRentalPartner.com Member, we will ask you for personally identifiable information. This refers to information about you that can be used to contact or identify you ("Identity Information"). Identity Information includes, but is not limited to, your name, phone number, email address and home postal address, but does not include your credit card number or billing information. In order to process some of your transactions through the Site, we may also ask for your credit card number and billing information ("Billing Information") (Identity Information and Billing Information together, "Personal Information"). However, if the address of a listing you post matches that of your credit card billing address, that address would be considered Identity Information. We use your Personal Information mainly to provide the Service and administer your inquiries.
We also collect the other information that you provide as part of registration and the administration and personalization of your profile webpage (e.g., without limitation, zip code (on its own) and individual preferences or demographic information) ("Non-Identifying Information").
We use your Personal Information (in some cases, in conjunction with your Non-Identifying Information) mainly to provide the Service, complete your transactions, and administer your inquiries.
Certain Non-Identifying Information would be considered a part of your Personal Information if it were combined with other identifiers (for example, combining your zip code with your street address) in a way that enables you to be identified. But the same pieces of information are considered Non-Identifying Information when they are taken alone or combined only with other non-identifying information (for example, your demographic information). We may combine your Personal Information with Non-Identifying Information and aggregate it with information collected from other VacationRentalPartner.com Users (defined below) to attempt to provide you with a better experience, to improve the quality and value of the Service and to analyze and understand how our Site and Service are used. We may also use the combined information without aggregating it to serve you specifically, for instance to deliver a product to you according to your preferences or restrictions.
We also use your Personal Information to contact you with VacationRentalPartner.com newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. If you decide at any time that you no longer wish to receive such communications from us, please follow the unsubscribe instructions provided in any of the communications or update your "user preferences" information. (See "Changing or Deleting Information," below.) Please note that we may also use your Personal Information to contact you with information related to your use of the Service; you may not opt out of these notifications.
When you visit the Site, whether as an VacationRentalPartner.com Member or a non-registered user just browsing (any of these, a "VacationRentalPartner.com User"), our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website ("Log Data"). This Log Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type or the webpage you were visiting before you came to our Site, pages of our Site that you visit, the time spent on those pages, information you search for on our Site, access times and dates, and other statistics. We use this information to monitor and analyze use of the Site and the Service and for the Site's technical administration, to increase our Site's functionality and user-friendliness, and to better tailor it to our visitors' needs. We also use this information to verify that visitors to the Site meet the criteria required to process their requests. We do not treat Log Data as Personal Information or use it in association with other Personal Information, though we may aggregate, analyze and evaluate such information for the same purposes as stated above regarding other Non-Identifying Information.
Emailing Via a VacationRentalPartner.com Account
As part of the Service, VacationRentalPartner.com Users may communicate with VacationRentalPartner.com Members through use of the "Email Owner" feature on the site. Where VacationRentalPartner.com Users have selected the option of adding one or more email addresses to an online form, the message they create in the corresponding template will be sent from VacationRentalPartner.com to those email addresses on their behalf. These email addresses will be used only for the purpose of sending the email communication to the addressee.
Identity theft and the practice currently known as "phishing" are of great concern to VacationRentalPartner.com. Safeguarding information to help protect you from identity theft is a top priority. We do not and will not, at any time, request your credit card information, your account ID, login password, or national identification numbers in a non-secure or unsolicited e-mail or telephone communication. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission's website at http://www.ftc.gov.
Information Sharing and Disclosure Overview
VacationRentalPartner.com is designed to facilitate an efficient and secure reservation process between Members who have lodging space to rent ("Owners") and persons who wish to find lodging ("Travelers"). A Traveler submits an inquiry through the Site or through any other website where the Owner is advertising and has input the unique VacationRentalPartner.com email address into that website. VacationRentalPartner.com transmits all contact information submitted by the Traveler in an inquiry directly to the Owner, including name, phone number and email address if provided. When an Owner responds to a guest inquiry using the VacationRentalPartner.com system, his/her contact information is shared with the Traveler. If the Owner offers a reservation to the Traveler and the Traveler accepts the Owner's offer and submits payment information, the Owner and Traveler enter into a confirmed transaction with one another. In no event is a Traveler's Billing Information shared with their Owner.
VacationRentalPartner.com Members and Users
When you register through the Site and submit your Personal Information to create a profile webpage, VacationRentalPartner.com Users will see your first name and and last name ("Required Member Identifiers"). You can choose what other Personal Information you provide as part of your profile ("Other Member Information") (together, your "Profile Information"). We will display your Profile Information in your profile page and elsewhere on the Site, and, with your prior permission, on third party sites. Any information you choose to provide as part of your profile should reflect how much you want other VacationRentalPartner.com Users to know about you. We recommend that you guard your anonymity and sensitive information and we encourage members to think carefully about what information about themselves they disclose in their profile pages. You can review and revise your profile information at any time.
If you post a listing, we may publish that listing anywhere on the Site and may enable third parties to publish your listing on their site through the use of an HTML "widget" or XML links. We may also display the geographical location of your listing in the form of a map so that potential Travelers can see the general area and neighborhood of your listing, but your actual street address will not be disclosed until you enter into a confirmed transaction with a Traveler. If you enter into a confirmed transaction with another VacationRentalPartner.com User (that is, you offer a reservation to a Traveler which is subsequently accepted by that Traveler, who submits payment to confirm the transaction) then the street address of your listing will be provided to the Traveler. Note that Travelers will never have access to their Owner's Billing Information and vise versa.
VacationRentalPartner.com also facilitates communication between Owners and the individuals or companies who provide property maintenance services to the Owner ("Service Providers"). VacationRentalPartner.com may use Service Provider contact information that has been provided by Owners to invite Service Providers to take part in the VacationRentalPartner.com Service Provider Marketplace, which enables Owners to find Service Providers in the area where their property is located. If Owners do not wish to provide contact information for their Service Providers, they are not required to provide such information and Service Providers can opt out of the Service Provider Marketplace at any time.
Aggregate Information and Non-Identifying Information
We may share aggregated information that does not include Personal Information and we may otherwise disclose Non-Identifying Information and Log Data with third parties for industry analysis, demographic profiling and other purposes. Any aggregated information shared in these contexts will not contain your Personal Information.
Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement
VacationRentalPartner.com cooperates with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We will disclose any information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we, in our sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate to respond to claims and legal process (including but not limited to subpoenas), to protect the property and rights of VacationRentalPartner.com or a third party, to protect the safety of the public or any person, or to prevent or stop activity we may consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, any illegal, unethical or legally actionable activity.
VacationRentalPartner.com may sell, transfer or otherwise share some or all of its assets, including your Personal Information, in connection with a merger, acquisition, reorganization or sale of assets or in the event of bankruptcy.
Changing or Deleting Your Information
All Members may review, update, correct or delete the Personal Information in their registration profile by contacting us at info@VacationRentalPartner.com or editing the relevant part of their profile. If you would like us to delete your record in our system, please contact us and we will attempt to accommodate your request if we do not have any legal obligation to retain the record. See below for privacy contact information.
VacationRentalPartner.com is very concerned with safeguarding your information. We employ administrative, physical and electronic measures designed to protect your information from unauthorized access.
We will make any legally required disclosures of any breach of the security, confidentiality, or integrity of your unencrypted electronically stored "personal data" (as defined in applicable state statutes on security breach notification) to you via email or conspicuous posting on this Site in the most expedient time possible and without unreasonable delay, insofar as consistent with (i) the legitimate needs of law enforcement or (ii) any measures necessary to determine the scope of the breach and restore the reasonable integrity of the data system.
Links to Other Sites
Our Site contains links to other websites. If you choose to visit an advertiser by "clicking on" a banner ad or other type of advertisement, or click on another third party link, you will be directed to that third party's website. The fact that we link to a website or present a banner ad or other type of advertisement is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. Other sites follow different rules regarding the use or disclosure of the personal information you submit to them. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.
Our Policy Toward Children
This Site is not directed to children under 18. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with Personal Information without their consent, he or she should contact us at info@VacationRentalPartner.com. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with Personal Information, we will delete such information from our files.