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Privacy Policy


AJR Media Group Privacy and Cookie Policy


Revised May 21, 2018.
This Privacy and Cookie Policy (the "Policy") becomes effective on May 25, 2018 for all users, provided that enhanced data protection rights in this Policy required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (including, without limitation, the "EEA Resident Rights" described in the "Other Important Privacy Information" section) become effective on May 25, 2018 for all EU-resident users who are natural persons. 


We, AJR Media Group, a Texas corporation with offices at 25132 Oakhurst Drive, #201, Texas, USA as the data controller ("AJR Media Group, " "AJRMG, " "we," or "us"), explain in this Policy how we collect, process and/or use information that we receive via our websites, emails we send, and mobile applications (collectively, the "Platform") that link to this Policy, as amended from time to time. This Policy describes how AJRMG collects, processes, uses, shares and secures the personal information you provide. It also describes your choices regarding use, access, and correction of your personal information. For purposes of this Policy, personal information shall mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.


This Policy applies only to information we collect, process and use through the Platform. This Policy does not apply to information that we collect through other channels, such as information that we collect offline, from other websites or from emails you send us.


Information We Collect


We collect information about you to provide our services. In order for us to best provide our services to you (and to help make it feasible for us to do so), it is essential that we are able to collect and use the information as described in this Policy. This means that the data collection is largely necessary for fulfilling the relationship we have with you, and where that is not the case, we have a legitimate interest in collecting the information described below.


Information You Give Us


When you fill out registration forms, contest entry forms, request information to be sent to you by us or one of our content providers, or provide us with other personal information actively, we collect that information for processing and use in accordance with this Policy. Because we change our offerings and features from time to time, the options you have to provide us with personal information also may change, but here are some examples of situations in which you will have the opportunity to provide personal information to us:

  • Creating an account;
  • Signing up for email alerts;
  • Completing a form related to one of our products or services;
  • Contacting us for technical support or customer service;


Depending on how you interact with our Platform, the personal information we collect from you may vary. For example, to create an account we may ask only for an email address and password. In other circumstances, such as when you complete a form related to a particular service offering, we may ask you to provide other information, which may include your name, phone number, and/or postal address. We also collect and store certain information associated with actions you take. For example, when you search for particular destinations or activities, we may store that information. We also store information about the requests your make for certain brochures/visitor guides, newsletter sign-ups, the time and duration of your activity on our Platform, and other information about your behavior on our Platform.

On certain AJRMG-owned domains, when you set up an individual user account on the Platform, you may create a profile (a "Profile") that will include personal information you provide.  Data about racial/ethnic origin and disabilities are considered special categories of personal data under Article 9 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") and we will not request that information from any of our users.

AJRMG-owned domains are not ecommerce sites and will not ask for any credit card information.  The only exception is for our participating partners who may choose to pay their invoices online. Where any information provided is sent directly to our third-party service provider we use that data to manage credit card processing and we do not store it on our servers. The service provider is not permitted to use the information you provide except for the sole purpose of credit card processing on our behalf.


Information We Collect Automatically


When you use the Platform, your device is automatically providing information to us so we can respond and customize our response to you. The type of information we collect by automated means generally includes technical information about your computer, such as your IP address or other device identifier, the type of device you use, and operating system version. The information we collect also may include usage information and statistics about your interaction with the Platform. That information may include the URLs of our web pages that you visited, URLs of referring and exiting pages, page views, time spent on a page, number of clicks, platform type, location data (if you have enabled access to your location on your mobile device), and other information about how you used the Platform.

Automated means of data collection include the following:

Cookies and Tracking Technologies. Technologies such as: cookies, web beacons, locally shared objects (sometimes called "flash cookies"), mobile identifiers and similar technologies ("Cookies") are used by AJRMG and our partners (such as advertising, marketing and analytics providers) ("Ad Partners"). We use Cookies to remember users’ settings as well as for authentication and analytics. These technologies may be used in analyzing trends, administering the Platform, tracking users’ movements around the Platform and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. Our Ad Partners may also use such technologies to deliver advertisements to you. You can control the use of Cookies at the individual browser level, but if you choose to disable Cookies, it may limit your use of certain features or functions on our website or service. For more information on Cookies, how we use them, the third parties we work with who use them, and how you can control them, please see the section entitled Cookie Policy and Ad Choices.


Log File Information. Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile application each time you access a website on our Platform. For example, when you access an AJRMG website, our servers automatically record certain information that your web browser sends when you visit any website. These server logs include information such as your web request, Internet Protocol ("IP") address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks, domain names, landing pages, and pages viewed.


Device Information. We collect information about the device you use to access the Platform, including type of device, operating system, settings, and unique device identifiers, and IP address. Whether we collect some or all of this information often depends on what type of device you’re using and its settings. For example, different types of information are available depending on whether you’re using a Mac or a PC, or an iPhone or Android phone. We collect the device type and any other information you choose to provide, such as username, geolocation, or email address. We also use analytics software to allow us to better understand the functionality of our Platform. This software records information such as how often you use the site / application, the events that occur, aggregated usage, performance data, and where the application was downloaded from (where applicable). We do not link the information we store within the analytics software to any personally identifiable information you submit within the site or application.


How We Use Information


We use the information we collect to provide our services. In order for us to best provide our services (and to help make it feasible for us to do so), it is essential that we are able to collect and use the information as described in this Policy. So it is largely necessary for fulfilling the relationship we have with you, and, where that is not the case, we have a legitimate interest in using the information we collect, including personal information, for these purposes:

  • to provide you with personalized content, services offered by AJRMG as well as promotional content and services, to determine relevant search results and provide you with recommended travel information or reach out to you about destinations, attractions, events, etc. you may be interested in; we also use your IP address and mobile device for these purposes;
  • to customize and improve the features, performance, and support of the site;
  • to provide relevant advertising, including interest-based advertising from us and/or our partner parties, which may mean that we share non-personally identifiable information, for advertising purposes;
  • to transmit your requests for information;
  • to share your relevant requests to the associated partners;
  • for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, and service improvement (this includes use of your IP address and mobile device information to help diagnose problems with our service and to administer the Platform);
  • to communicate with you or initiate communication with you on behalf of our partners through means such as email, telephone (including mobile phone), or postal mail, including through the use of contact information that you provide to us or (where it is lawful for us to do so) that we otherwise obtain from third-party resources;
  • to analyze use of the Platform and improve the Platform;
  • to create aggregate and statistical data that does not identify you individually and that we can commercialize (for example, we use mobile device data and IP addresses to gather demographic information);
  • for other purposes that you separately authorize as you interact with AJRMG.

When we collect any information that does not identify you as a specific natural person ("Non-Personal Information"), we are permitted to use and disclose this information for any purpose, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Policy, except where we are required to do otherwise by applicable law. Examples of Non-Personal Information include: physical location information; demographic information, including gender, dates of birth, ZIP codes, etc.; or any personal information that has been anonymized, aggregated or de-identified. If we combine any Non-Personal Information with your personal information (such as combining your ZIP code with your name), we will use and disclose such combined information as personal information in accordance with this policy. Similarly, if applicable law requires that we treat certain Non-Personal Information as personal information, we will use and disclose this information as personal information in accordance with this policy.


How We Share Information


We only disclose your personal information to third parties as follows:

  • We use affiliated and unaffiliated service providers all over the world (including web servers, cloud storage systems, CRM providers, email services, content support teams, marketing partners, advertising partners, and others) to help us deliver our service and run our business subject to strict confidentiality agreements. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us;
  • We will disclose data if we believe in good faith such disclosure is necessary (1) to comply with relevant laws or to respond to subpoenas or warrants or legal process served on us (though we reserve the right to take action on behalf of our users to defend their right to anonymity when we believe there is a legitimate basis to do so); (2) to enforce our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy; (3) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity; (4) as we otherwise deem necessary and is permitted by applicable laws to protect and defend the rights or property of us, the users of our services, or third parties; or (5) as permitted under applicable laws to meet national security and similar requirements;
  • In reorganization or sale of our company or assets, your data may be transferred, subject to the acquirer and its affiliates accepting the commitments made in this Policy and compliance with applicable law;
  • If you request information to be sent to you by us or our partners, we will disclose your personal information to the entity from whom you have requested information and any vendors they are working with to process your request;
  • We share certain information that does not identify you personally, but which is unique to your use of the Platform. When we share such information, we do not link it with your name when we provide this information to others, such as advertisers or partners;
  • We will otherwise share personal information with your consent.

Cookie Policy and Ad Choices


This Cookie Policy describes how AJRMG ("we", "our", "us") uses Cookies and similar technologies. For more information on our general data privacy practices, please see the full Privacy Policy.


Cookies
Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer, mobile phone, or other device when you first visit a page. We use cookies, web beacons, locally shared objects (sometimes called "flash cookies"), mobile identifiers and similar technologies ("Cookies") to help us recognize you on the Platform, enhance your user experience, understand usage of the Platform, and show you relevant advertising and information. Cookies may also be set by other websites or services that run content on the page you're visiting. After you submit a form or request on the Platform, we may connect information we collect from the Cookies set by us and our partners with other information received from you. The provision of your data via Cookies is voluntary except for those Cookies that we place on your device because we need them for the performance of our Platform and our services.


What types of Cookies do we use?
We use two types of Cookies on the Platform: "session cookies" and "persistent cookies." Session Cookies are temporary Cookies that remain on your device until you leave the Platform. A persistent Cookie remains on your device for much longer until you manually delete it (how long the Cookie remains will depend on the duration or "lifetime" of the specific Cookie and your browser settings).


What are Cookies used for?
Cookies transmit information about you and your use of the Platform, such as your browser type, search preferences, data relating to advertisements that have been displayed to you or that you have clicked on, and the date and time of your use. Cookies link to certain unique information about your use of the Platform, but this is not linked to your name.


We use Cookies for things like:


Purpose Explanation
Authentication We use Cookies to help us determine whether or not you've signed in to the Platform and to keep you signed in during visits as you access different pages.
Security We use Cookies to enable and support security features, prevent fraud, and protect your data from unauthorized access.
Preferences and Features We use Cookies to enable features, help us provide you with personalized content such as showing you your recent search activity.
Advertising We use Cookies to deliver, evaluate and improve advertising, such as by using information about you to provide relevant advertising both on and off the Platform. Our Ad Partners may use a cookie to determine whether you've already been shown an advert or how it performed, or provide us with information about how you interacted with an ad.
Analytics and Performance We use Cookies to analyze how our visitors use the Platform and to monitor site performance. These Cookies help us to identify and fix errors, understand and improve services, research and test out different features, and monitor how our visitors reach our sites.

 

Ad Choices and Managing Cookies


AJRMG works with several third parties to provide you with personalized, interest-based advertising. We may target ads to you, and measure their performance, on and off the Platform using:

  • Your use of the Platform (e.g., search history, clicks, content viewed);
  • Information inferred from data described above 
  • IP address or mobile device location information (to the extent you have enabled location tracking on your device);
  • Cookies (both on and off the Platform) which may include information from the Ad Partners we use to help deliver relevant ads to you.

How We Work with Third-Party Ad Partners


When we work with our Ad Partners to serve you interest-based advertising, we do not share information with them that they can use to identify you or associate with you as a specific individual. Similarly, if one of these Ad Partners have information about you saved in one of their own Cookies on your browser, they use that information to help send you a relevant ad, but they do not share with us information that we can associate with you as an individual.

We work with third parties, such as Google Analytics, to provide analytics services that use the Cookies set on your device to measure the performance of advertising and track traffic to AJRMG-owned sites. 


Opting Out of Cookies


AJRMG Cookies. We use Cookies that are necessary for us to provide the services you use and you cannot opt out of these Cookies on the Platform. You are able to disable placement of some (but not all) Cookies by setting your browser to decline cookies, though this may worsen your user experience. Additionally, you can also control, manage and/or delete cookies via your browser settings. A useful resource for information about deleting and controlling cookies can be found at AboutCookies.org.


If you enable location data for the mobile version of the Platform (including any version installed as a native application), we may use your location data to serve you geo-targeted ads. In such instances, we do not share your location with the advertiser or advertising network; rather, we provide the advertiser or advertising network with a means to push ads through to users located in certain areas. You may disable location services at any time in your device privacy settings or the native app settings.


Ad Partner Cookies


Here are some options for managing the third-party Cookies used by our Ad Partners:
You are also able to opt out of other third-party advertiser and ad network placement of Cookies or targeted advertising generally by visiting the following links: Network Advertising Initiative; Digital Advertising Alliance; European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (for users in the EU); or The Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada (for users in Canada). You will continue to receive generic ads by companies not listed with these opt-out tools.


You can opt out of tracking by Google Analytics and Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting services by visiting Google Ads Settings or by downloading the Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-on.


Please note: If ads or other features on the Platform are provided by third parties, those parties set and use their own Cookies that are subject to those third parties' privacy notices and policies. AJRMG does not have access to, or control over, these Cookies. Also, if you respond to ads posted by third parties or submit information to third parties via the Platform, such third parties receive information about you subject to their privacy policies.



Do Not Track Signals


We do not currently respond to 'do not track' signals and similar settings or mechanisms. When you use the Platform, we try to provide a customized experience.


Other Important Privacy Information


EEA Resident Rights


If you are a resident of the European Economic Area, you have the following data protection rights:

  • If you wish to access, correct, update or request deletion of your personal information, you can do so at any time by contacting us using the contact details provided under the "Contact Us" link.
  • In addition, you can object to processing of your personal information, ask us to restrict processing of your personal information or request portability of your personal information. Again, you can exercise these rights by contacting us using the contact details provided under the "Contact Us" link.
  • You have the right to opt-out of marketing communications we send you at any time. You can exercise this right by clicking on the "unsubscribe", “update profile” or "opt-out" link in the marketing emails we send you. 
  • Similarly, if we have collected and processed your personal information with your consent, then you can withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.
  • You have the right to complain to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority.

We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws. Notwithstanding the foregoing, we reserve the right to keep any information in our archives that we deem necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements.


Choices Regarding Your Personal Information


We will send you notifications and if, and to the extent, you have opted-in to promotional communications, or other messages using the contact information (e.g., your email address, your mobile device identifier) you provided to us when you registered or when you requested information from us. You may opt-out of continuing to receive optional messages by following the instructions included in each message. Also, you can control most of the emails you receive from us by editing your email preferences using the “Update Profile” link on communications or by using the "Contact Us" link on the site.


How Long We Keep Your Personal Information


We keep your personal information only so long as we need it to provide the Platform to you and fulfill the purposes described in this Policy. This is also the case for anyone that we share your personal information with and who carries out services on our behalf. Retention periods can vary significantly based on the type of information and how it is used. Our retention periods are based on criteria that include legally mandated retention periods, pending or potential litigation, our intellectual property or ownership rights, contract requirements, operational directives or needs, and historical archiving. When we no longer need to use your personal information and there is no need for us to keep it to comply with our legal or regulatory obligations, resolve disputes and enforce our agreements, we’ll either remove it from our systems or depersonalize it so that we can't identify you.


Security Safeguards


Security. We employ physical, electronic, and managerial measures to safeguard the information we collect online. However, no company can fully eliminate security risks, so we cannot make guarantees about any part of our services. You are responsible for keeping your username and password secret. 


Privacy of Minors


To access or use the Platform you must be 13 years of age or older and, if under 18 or the age of majority in your jurisdiction, your use of Platform must be under the supervision of a parent or guardian or other responsible adult. If you become aware that a child has provided us with personal information without parental consent, please contact us by using the "Contact Us" link on the site. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information without parental consent, we remove such information.


Data Controller


The information about you that we collect, process and/or use through the Platform is controlled by AJR Media Group, Spring, Texas, USA. AJRMG and the services it provides are hosted and provided outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), including in the United States, for the purposes described in this policy. The privacy protections and the rights of authorities to access your information in these countries may not be the same as in your home country. 


Unresolved Privacy or Data Use


If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact us by using the "Contact Us" link on the site.


Updates to Our Privacy Policy


We may revise this Policy from time to time by posting an updated version on the Platform. This version of the Policy will be effective for you as described at the beginning of the Policy. Further revisions of this Policy will become effective as follows: The revised Policy will be effective immediately for all users. For other users who registered accounts before the revision date, it will also become effective immediately. However they can object to the new Policy within thirty (30) days after the revision date. If we make a change that we believe materially reduces your rights or increases your responsibilities, we will notify you by email (sent to the email address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this website prior to the change becoming effective. We may provide notice of changes in other circumstances as well. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices. Your continued use of the Platform is subject to the most current effective version of this Policy.


Contact Us


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this Policy, please contact us by using the "Contact Us" link on the site.


AJR Media Group
25132 Oakhurst Drive, #201
Spring, Texas
USA