Your privacy on the Internet is important to us. As part of the operation of GALVESTON.COM, (henceforth, referred to as "OUR WEBSITE") we gather certain types of information about OUR WEBSITE users, and we would like to explain the types of information we gather, what we do with it and how to correct or change the information.
OUR WEBSITE collects two types of personally identifying information from users: personal data (such as names and e-mail addresses); and aggregated data (such as information about traffic patterns on OUR WEBSITE on a daily basis).
Personal data is collected when users provide personal data to OUR WEBSITE, for example in registering for electronic newsletters or other membership services, in answering surveys, in requesting information, and purchasing items from OUR WEBSITE. Also, we collect the e-mail addresses of users who post messages to our message boards.
Aggregated information, such as which pages users access or visit and information volunteered by users, such as survey information and/or site registrations, is collected through various methods. For example, OUR WEBSITE collects IP addresses. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you're surfing the Web. Web servers, the computers that "serve up" Web pages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address, and when you request a page from OUR WEBSITE, it does not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, so although your session will be logged, you will remain anonymous to us. OUR WEBSITE collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration and to provide aggregate data to advertisers about the volume of use on OUR WEBSITE.
OUR WEBSITE also uses "cookies" to collect information. A cookie is a small data file that most major Web sites write to your computer or mobile device for record keeping purposes when you visit them. When you visit our WEBSITE again, the web server retrieves the cookie and reconfigures itself based on your profile and preferences, such as previous pages you visited and any information you provide via a form. Cookies allow OUR WEBSITE to measure activity on the Site and to improve your user experience, for example, by remembering your passwords and viewing preferences, thus allowing you to visit various member-only parts of the Site without reregistering. Cookies are used by OUR WEBSITE to measure activity on the Site and make improvements and updates based on which areas are popular and which are not. By assigning and storing a unique user name cookie on your computer or mobile device, we are able to offer you personalized collection, filtering, and delivery of information, including serving advertisements to you while you are visiting Galveston that we feel will be of the greatest interest and value to you. We also utilize cookies that record your general location based on your IP address and your interactions with our media in to monitor how effective our media is at inspiring you to visit Galveston. Cookies, by themselves, cannot be used to reveal or discover the identity of the individual user. Your acceptance of our cookie will not compromise your anonymity while using our WEBSITE. You may occasionally get cookies from our advertisers, which is standard in the Internet industry. OUR WEBSITE does not control these cookies, and these cookies are not subject to OUR WEBSITE privacy policies.
Use of Information Collected by GALVESTON.COM
OUR WEBSITE uses both the personal and aggregated information we collect for multiple purposes. The information is used to improve the content of the Site, to customize the content and/or layout of the Site for each individual user and to notify users about updates to the Site or promotional offers or opportunities that we believe will be of interest to you. OUR WEBSITE shares aggregated information with third parties for both advertising and promotional purposes.
OUR WEBSITE does not share your personal information with third parties without your permission.
How to Unsubscribe from Newsletters
If you'd rather not receive news and updates via e-mail, simply: Send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org and write "unsubscribe" in the subject line, or Send a letter to Customer Service, Galveston.com & Company, Inc, 523 24th Street, Galveston, TX 77550.
Children and Privacy
OUR WEBSITE encourages parents and guardians to spend time with their children online, and to be fully familiar with the sites visited by their children. No information should be submitted to or posted on the Site by users under the age of 13 without the consent of their parent or guardian. Personal information from anyone registering on the site and reporting they are under the age of 13 is not kept in our database.
Links to Other Sites
It is important to note that OUR WEBSITE contains links to sites other than OUR WEBSITE, and that those sites may not follow the same privacy policies as OUR WEBSITE. For instance, if you click on an advertisement on OUR WEBSITE and to an entirely different site. This can include links from advertisers, content providers and partners who may use OUR WEBSITE's logo and or style as a result of a co-branding agreement. These sites may send their own cookies to you, and may collect data and make uses of it that OUR WEBSITE would not.
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