Changes to this policy
We collect personal information from or about children aged under 16 for the purposes of providing travel services. We rely on representations from customers that they have appropriate individual or parental consent for any children included in a booking with us.
What personal information do we collect
Directly from you
We collect the following information directly from you:
- When you register for, or login to, an account on our websites or related services, we collect your name, email address, user name, password, phone number, demographic information, date of birth, address, location and any other information we require or ask for to set you up with an account.
- When you set up a profile, we may collect your name, passport details, email address, address, location, phone number, gender, biography, date of birth and any other information we require or ask for to set you up a profile.
- When you fill in a contact or enquiry form on our websites, call us, meet us in person or otherwise contact us, we collect your name, email address, phone number and any other information you choose to provide to us.
- When you sign up to our newsletter and other electronic alerts, we collect your name, email address, phone number, user preferences and any other information you provide to us when you ask to receive our newsletter or other alerts.
- When you respond to our feedback surveys, we collect your name, email address, date of birth, demographic information and any other information you choose to include in your response.
- When you refer another person to use our websites or related services, we collect your name and email address, that other person’s name and email address and any other information you choose to include in the referral.
- When you purchase services from us, we may collect your name, date of birth, passport details, email address, phone number, credit card information, purchase history and any other information you submit to us for billing and order fulfilment purposes.
We also collect sensitive or special categories of personal information if it is relevant to the provision of travel or travel related services. This could include, but is not limited to, health information, religious practices and meal preferences (“Sensitive Information”).
Some of the personal information that we collect directly from you may be mandatory and some may be optional. We will let you know which of these applies at the time we collect the relevant personal information. While you do not have to provide us with some of the information that we may request, this might mean that our services may not perform as well as they should, or that we may not be able to provide some parts of the websites or all of our services to you. If you require further information about the consequences of not providing us with any information, please contact us at email@example.com.
Automatically when you use our websites
When you access and use our websites or related services we may automatically collect information about your device and usage of our websites, products and services, including your IP address, operating system, browser type, time spent on certain pages of the website, pages visited, links clicked and language preferences.
From third party sources
Where possible, we collect personal information from you directly. However, sometimes we may collect:
- personal information from third parties where you have authorised this
- personal information about you from our trusted advertising partners which may include demographic information, browsing history, location and online behavioural or profile information
- personal information included in User Data.
We may combine the personal information about you that we receive from third parties with the personal information we collect from you directly or with device and usage data we collect automatically when you visit our websites.
How we use your personal information
We may use your personal information to:
- verify your identity
- provide our websites, third party products and other services to you
- provide with travel documentation
- market our third party products and our own services to you, including contacting you electronically (e.g. by text or email for this purpose)
- improve our websites, products and services
- publish things on our websites (e.g. comments on pages)
- run promotions (e.g. referral and loyalty programmes, surveys and contests)
- bill you and collect money that you owe us, including authorising and processing credit card transactions
- respond to communications from you, including enquiries and complaints
- conduct research and statistical analysis
- tailor content or advertisements on our websites
- protect and/or enforce our legal rights and interests, including defending any claim
- respond to lawful requests by public authorities, including to comply with law enforcement requirements, or
- for any other purpose authorised by you or applicable law.
We may transfer your information in the case of a sale, merger, consolidation, liquidation, reorganisation or acquisition.
We may use Sensitive Information to deliver our services and meet third party obligations.
You can stop receiving our marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in those emails or contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclosing your personal information
We may disclose your personal information to:
- another company within our group in connection with any of the potential uses of your personal information identified above
- any business that supports (or delivers services you have requested in connection with) our websites, products and services, including any person that hosts or maintains any underlying IT system or data centre that we use to provide our websites, products or services or that we use to process payments
- a credit reference agency for the purpose of credit checking you
- third parties (for anonymised statistical information)
- professional advisers e.g. accountants, lawyers or auditors
- a person who can require us to supply your personal information (e.g. a law enforcement agency or regulatory authority)
- any other person with your consent
- any other company in the case of a sale, merger, consolidation, liquidation, reorganisation or acquisition
- any other person authorised by applicable law.
International transfers of personal information
A business that supports our websites, products and services or delivers services that we sell as agent may be located outside of Australia and also outside of the country where you are located. This means that the personal information we collect may be transferred to, and stored in, a country outside of Australia and the country where you are located. House of Travel acts as a travel agent on behalf of travel services suppliers (“Principals”). Relevant personal information that we collect at the time of booking/quote will need to be provided to the Principals (for example, Airlines) and other supporting entities (for example, Amadeus IT Group, S.A.) in order to facilitate and process your booking/quote. Where Principals or other supporting entities that process your booking/quote are located outside of Australia, we cannot guarantee that your Personal Information will be protected to the same standards as apply in Australia. By proceeding with your booking/quote, you acknowledge and consent to this arrangement on behalf of all travellers.
For further information, please contact at email@example.com.
Our parent company is located in New Zealand. Personal information that we collect may be stored on our servers in New Zealand and may be accessed by employees of our parent company.
Protecting your personal information
As required by applicable law, we will take steps to keep your personal information safe from loss, unauthorised activity, or other misuse. We implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risks inherent in processing personal information.
You play an important role in keeping your personal information secure by maintaining the confidentiality of any password and accounts used in relation to our products and services. You should not disclose your password to third parties. Please notify us immediately if there is any unauthorised use of your account or any other breach of security.
Accessing and correcting your personal information
Subject to certain grounds for refusal under applicable law, you have the right to access your personal information that we hold and to request a correction to your personal information. Before you exercise this right, we will need evidence to confirm that you are the individual to whom the personal information relates.
Where you request a correction, if we think the correction is reasonable and we are reasonably able to change your personal information, we will make the correction. In all other cases, we will take reasonable steps to make a note of the personal information that was the subject of your correction request.
If you want to exercise either of the above rights, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email should provide evidence of who you are and set out the details of your request (e.g. the personal information to be corrected and the correction that you are requesting).
Subject to applicable law, we may charge you our reasonable costs of providing to you copies of your personal information or correcting that information.
While we take reasonable steps to maintain secure internet connections, if you provide us with personal information over the internet, the provision of that information is at your own risk.
Data retention policy
The personal information that we collect and use will not be kept longer than necessary for the purposes for which it is collected, or for the duration required for compliance with applicable law, whichever is longer.
The name and contact details of our Data Protection Officer is:
Name: Mark Leadbetter
Email address: email@example.com
Phone number: 03 357 3010
Lawful basis for processing personal information
Our lawful basis for processing your personal information that we collect, use and disclose depends on the personal information collected and the context in which we collect it.
Generally, we collect personal information from you where we have your consent, where processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract, or where processing is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests (except where such interests are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms).
Where we process personal information based on your consent, you may withdraw your consent at any time.
Our lawful basis for processing Sensitive Information is your consent.
Despite the above, we may process your personal information where such processing is necessary for compliance with applicable laws.
If you have any question about the legal basis on which we process personal information or need further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your rights in relation to your personal information include:
- right of access - if you ask us, we will confirm whether we are processing your personal information and provide you with a copy of that personal information
- right to rectification - if the personal information we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete, you have the right to have it rectified or completed. We will take reasonable steps to ensure inaccurate personal information is rectified. If we have shared your personal information with any third party, we will tell them about the rectification where possible
- right to erasure – when your personal information is no longer needed for the purposes for which you provided it, we will delete it. You may request that we delete your personal information and we will do so if deletion does not contravene any applicable law. If we have shared your personal data with any third party, we will take reasonable steps to inform those third parties that they must delete your personal information
- right to withdraw consent - if the basis of our processing of your personal information is consent, you can withdraw that consent at any time
- right to restrict processing - you may request that we restrict or block the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances. If we have shared your personal information with any third party, we will tell them about this request where possible
- right to object to processing - you may request that we stop processing your personal information at any time and we will do so to the extent required by applicable law
- rights related to automated decision-making, including profiling - you have the right to not be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you, except where such automated decision-making is necessary for entering into, or the performance of, a contract with you, is authorised by applicable laws or is based on your explicit consent. We do not undertake automated individual decision-making
- right to data portability - you may obtain your personal information from us that you have consented to give us or that is necessary to perform a contract with you. We will provide this personal information in a commonly used, machine-readable and interoperable format to enable data portability to another data controller. Where technically feasible, and at your request, we will transmit your personal information directly to another data controller
- the right to complain to a supervisory authority - you can report any concern you have about our privacy practices to your local data protection authority
Where personal information is processed for the purposes of direct marketing, you have the right to object to such processing, including profiling related to direct marketing.
If you would like to exercise any of your above rights, please contact us at email@example.com. If you are not satisfied by the way we deal with your query, you may refer your query to your local data protection authority.
By continuing to use our websites and related services, you indicate your agreement for us to use the cookies described below.
What are cookies
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your browsing device, e.g. a computer or smartphone, when you visit a website. Cookies can be recognised by the website that downloaded them, or by other websites that use the same cookies. This helps a website know if the browsing device has visited that or other websites before.
Cookies can be used to collect information relating to your use of a website or your device, let you navigate between pages effectively, help to remember your preferences and generally improve your browsing experience. Cookies can also help ensure advertising you see online is more relevant to you and your interests.
Cookies can be session or persistent cookies. Session cookies are temporary and only stay on your browser until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your device until they expire or are deleted.
The cookies used on our website may be first party cookies (i.e. set by us) or third party cookies (i.e. cookies set on our website by a person other than us). The third party companies that place cookies on our website will have their own privacy policies.
What types of cookies do we use
The types of cookies used by us, and most websites, can generally be categorised as follows.
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential for the full functionality of our websites and related services. They enable you to navigate around our websites and services and use their features e.g. accessing secure areas and enabling services that you have asked to receive. If you opt out of these cookies, you may not be able to access all the functions of our websites and some services that you have asked to receive.
These cookies do not track where else you have been on the internet and do not remember your preferences beyond your current visit. These cookies are generally first party session cookies which will expire when you close your browsing session. These cookies do not collect information that could be used for marketing purposes.
These cookies allow a website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced, more personal features. e.g. these cookies allow us to remember the settings you have applied to the websites (such as font size, preferences or colours), identify whether you are a returning website visitor and present you with a personalised version of the websites, or eliminate the need for you to re-enter your login details. The information these cookies collect is generally anonymous and they do not track your browsing activity on other websites. These cookies may be first or third party, session or persistent cookies.
These cookies collect information about how you use a website, e.g. which pages are the most visited and if you receive any error message from any page. This information helps us improve the way our websites and related services work and helps us manage the performance and design of the websites and services. These cookies do not gather information that identifies you. All of the information these cookies collect is aggregated and anonymous. These cookies may be first or third party, session or persistent cookies.
Targeting cookies are used to present advertising that is relevant to you and your interests. These cookies collect information about your browsing habits e.g. the pages you have visited and the links you have followed across the internet. They may also be used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement and help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. These cookies will usually be persistent but time-limited and may be placed on our websites by third party service providers or advertising partners with our permission.
We use targeting cookies to present interest-based advertising on our websites and for retargeting. This is a form of interest-based advertising that enables our advertising partners to build a profile of your interests and show you advertising based on your browsing activity across the internet (which may your activity on our websites), including to allow us to advertise to people who previously visited our websites.
We use Google Analytics to collect information about visitors to our websites. Google Analytics collects information related to your device, browser, IP address, network location, and website activities to measure and report statistics about your interactions on our websites. We use this information to help us manage the performance and design of our websites and to improve our websites.
We use Google Analytics Advertising Features, including Remarketing with Analytics, Demographic and Interests reporting in Analytics, Google Display Network (GDN) Impression Reporting and Segments. We also use Google Ads.
How to control or opt out of cookies and targeted advertising
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. However, if you do this, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit our websites and attempt use our services, you may not be able to access certain parts of our websites or services, and some functionalities may not work.
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You may opt out of targeted advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/. You can learn more about interest-based advertising and opt out of interest-based advertising from participating online advertising companies at the following links.
- Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) – http://optout.networkadvertising.org/
- Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) – http://optout.aboutads.info/
- Digital Advertising Alliance EU (EDAA) – http://www.youronlinechoices.com/
- DAA AppChoices page – http://www.aboutads.info/appchoices
Please note that opting out of interest-based advertising does not mean you will no longer be served advertising. You will continue to receive generic ads.
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