Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

This document informs Users about the technologies that help travelfreak.com to achieve the purposes described below. Such technologies allow the Owner to access and store information (for example by using a Cookie) or use resources (for example by running a script) on a User’s device as they interact with travelfreak.com.

For simplicity, all such technologies are defined as “Trackers” within this document – unless there is a reason to differentiate.

For example, while Cookies can be used on both web and mobile browsers, it would be inaccurate to talk about Cookies in the context of mobile apps as they are a browser-based Tracker. For this reason, within this document, the term Cookies is only used where it is specifically meant to indicate that particular type of Tracker.

Some of the purposes for which Trackers are used may also require the User’s consent, depending on the applicable law. Whenever consent is given, it can be freely withdrawn at any time following the instructions provided in this document.

Travelfreak.com uses Trackers managed directly by the Owner (so-called “first-party” Trackers) and Trackers that enable services provided by a third-party (so-called “third-party” Trackers). Unless otherwise specified within this document, third-party providers may access the Trackers managed by them.

The validity and expiration periods of Cookies and other similar Trackers may vary depending on the lifetime set by the Owner or the relevant provider. Some of them expire upon termination of the User’s browsing session.

addition to what’s specified in the descriptions within each of the categories below, Users may find more precise and updated information regarding lifetime specification as well as any other relevant information — such as the presence of other Trackers — in the linked privacy policies of the respective third-party providers or by contacting the Owner.

Activities strictly necessary for the operation of travelfreak.com and delivery of the Service

Travelfreak.com uses so-called “technical” Cookies and other similar Trackers to carry out activities that are strictly necessary for the operation or delivery of the Service.

First-party Trackers

Registration and authentication provided directly by travelfreak.com

By registering or authenticating, Users allow travelfreak.com to identify them and give them access to dedicated services. The Personal Data is collected and stored for registration or identification purposes only. The Data collected are only those necessary for the provision of the service requested by the Users.

Direct registration (travelfreak.com)

The User registers by filling out the registration form and providing the Personal Data directly to travelfreak.com.

Personal Data processed: Trackers.

Third-party Trackers

Traffic optimization and distribution

This type of service allows travelfreak.com to distribute their content using servers located across different countries and to optimize their performance.

Which Personal Data are processed depends on the characteristics and the way these services are implemented. Their function is to filter communications between travelfreak.com and the User’s browser.

Considering the widespread distribution of this system, it is difficult to determine the locations to which the contents that may contain Personal Information of the User are transferred.

Cloudflare (Cloudflare, Inc.)

Cloudflare is a traffic optimization and distribution service provided by Cloudflare Inc.

The way Cloudflare is integrated means that it filters all the traffic through travelfreak.com, i.e., communication between travelfreak.com and the User’s browser, while also allowing analytical data from travelfreak.com to be collected.

Personal Data processed: Trackers.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy.

Tag Management

This type of service helps the Owner to manage the tags or scripts needed on travelfreak.com in a centralized fashion. This results in the Users’ Data flowing through these services, potentially resulting in the retention of this Data.

Google Tag Manager (Google LLC)

Google Tag Manager is a tag management service provided by Google LLC.

Personal Data processed: Trackers.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy.

Other activities involving the use of Trackers

Experience

Travelfreak.com uses Trackers to improve the quality of the user experience and enable interactions with external content, networks and platforms.

Displaying content from external platforms

This type of service allows you to view content hosted on external platforms directly from the pages of travelfreak.com and interact with them. Such services are often referred to as widgets, which are small elements placed on a website or app. They provide specific information or perform a particular function and often allow for user interaction.

This type of service might still collect web traffic data for the pages where the service is installed, even when Users do not use it.

Google Fonts (Google LLC)

Google Fonts is a typeface visualization service provided by Google LLC that allows travelfreak.com to incorporate content of this kind on its pages.

Personal Data processed: Trackers and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy.

Measurement

Travelfreak.com uses Trackers to measure traffic and analyze User behavior to improve the Service.

Analytics

The services contained in this section enable the Owner to monitor and analyze web traffic and can be used to keep track of User behavior.

Google Analytics 4 (Google LLC)

Google Analytics 4 is a web analysis service provided by Google LLC (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of travelfreak.com, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.
Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
In Google Analytics 4, IP addresses are used at collection time and then discarded before Data is logged in any data center or server. Users can learn more by consulting Google’s official documentation.

Personal Data processed: number of Users, session statistics, Trackers and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy – Opt Out.

Storage duration:

  • _ga: 2 years
  • _ga_*: 2 years

Heat mapping and session recording

Heat mapping services are used to display the areas of travelfreak.com that Users interact with most frequently. This shows where the points of interest are. These services make it possible to monitor and analyze web traffic and keep track of User behavior.

Some of these services may record sessions and make them available for later visual playback.

Hotjar Heat Maps & Recordings (Hotjar Ltd.)

Hotjar is a session recording and heat mapping service provided by Hotjar Ltd.

Hotjar honors generic „Do Not Track” headers. This means the browser can tell its script not to collect any of the User’s data. This is a setting that is available in all major browsers. Find Hotjar’s opt-out information here.

Personal Data processed: Trackers, Usage Data and various types of Data as specified in the privacy policy of the service.

Place of processing: Malta – Privacy Policy – Opt Out.

Storage duration:

  • _hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress: 30 minutes
  • _hjCachedUserAttributes: duration of the session
  • _hjClosedSurveyInvites: 1 year
  • _hjDonePolls: 1 year
  • _hjFirstSeen: duration of the session
  • _hjIncludedInSessionSample: 30 minutes
  • _hjLocalStorageTest: duration of the session
  • _hjLocalStorageTest: duration of the session
  • _hjMinimizedPolls: 1 year
  • _hjSession*: 30 minutes
  • _hjSessionRejected: duration of the session
  • _hjSessionResumed: duration of the session
  • _hjSessionTooLarge: 1 hour
  • _hjSessionUser*: 1 year
  • _hjSessionUser_*: 2 years
  • _hjShownFeedbackMessage: 1 year
  • _hjTLDTest: duration of the session
  • _hjUserAttributesHash: duration of the session
  • _hjViewportId: duration of the session
  • _hjid: 1 year

Marketing

Travelfreak.com uses Trackers to deliver personalized marketing content based on User behavior and to operate, serve and track ads.

Advertising

This type of service allows User Data to be utilized for advertising communication purposes. These communications are displayed in the form of banners and other advertisements on travelfreak.com, possibly based on User interests.
This does not mean that all Personal Data are used for this purpose. Information and conditions of use are shown below.

Some of the services listed below may use Trackers to identify Users or they may use the behavioral retargeting technique, i.e. displaying ads tailored to the User’s interests and behavior, including those detected outside travelfreak.com. For more information, please check the privacy policies of the relevant services.

Services of this kind usually offer the possibility to opt out of such tracking. In addition to any opt-out feature offered by any of the services below, Users may learn more on how to generally opt out of interest-based advertising within the dedicated section “How to opt-out of interest-based advertising” in this document.

Mediavine (Mediavine, Inc.)

Mediavine is an advertising service provided by Mediavine, Inc.

Personal Data processed: Trackers and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy – Opt out.

Storage duration:

  • _pbjs_userid_consent_data: 1 month
  • addtlConsent: indefinite
  • centro: 14 days
  • criteo: 14 days
  • euconsent-v2: 1 year
  • mediavine_session: 30 minutes
  • mv_cmp_version: 1 year
  • mv_tokens: indefinite
  • mv_tokens_invalidate-verizon-pushes: indefinite
  • usprivacy: duration of the session

Commercial affiliation

This type of service allows travelfreak.com to display advertisements for third-party products or services. Ads can be displayed either as advertising links or as banners using various kinds of graphics.

Clicks on the icon or banner posted on the Application are tracked by the third-party services listed below, and are shared with travelfreak.com.

For details of which data are collected, please refer to the privacy policy of each service.

Amazon Affiliation

Amazon Affiliation is a commercial affiliation service provided by Amazon.com Inc.

Personal Data processed: Trackers and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy; Luxembourg – Privacy Policy.

Managing contacts and sending messages

This type of service makes it possible to manage a database of email contacts, phone contacts or any other contact information to communicate with the User.

These services may also collect data concerning the date and time when the message was viewed by the User, as well as when the User interacted with it, such as by clicking on links included in the message.

Mailgun (Mailgun Technologies, Inc.)

Mailgun is an email address management and message sending service provided by Mailgun Technologies, Inc.

Personal Data processed: Trackers.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy.

MailerLite (UAB “Mailerlite”)

MailerLite is an email address management and message sending service provided by UAB “Mailerlite”.

Personal Data processed: email address, first name and Trackers.

Place of processing: Lithuania – Privacy Policy.

How to manage preferences and provide or withdraw consent

There are various ways to manage Tracker related preferences and to provide and withdraw consent, where relevant:

Users can manage preferences related to Trackers from directly within their own device settings, for example, by preventing the use or storage of Trackers.

Additionally, whenever the use of Trackers is based on consent, Users can provide or withdraw such consent by setting their preferences within the cookie notice or by updating such preferences accordingly via the relevant consent-preferences privacy widget, if available.

It is also possible, via relevant browser or device features, to delete previously stored Trackers, including those used to remember the User’s initial consent preferences.

Other Trackers in the browser’s local memory may be cleared by deleting the browsing history.

With regard to any third-party Trackers, Users can manage their preferences via the related opt-out link (where provided), by using the means indicated in the third party’s privacy policy, or by contacting the third party.

Locating Tracker Settings

Users can, for example, find information about how to manage Cookies in the most commonly used browsers at the following addresses:

Users may also manage certain categories of Trackers used on mobile apps by opting out through relevant device settings such as the device advertising settings for mobile devices, or tracking settings in general (Users may open the device settings and look for the relevant setting).

How to opt out of interest-based advertising

Notwithstanding the above, Users may follow the instructions provided by YourOnlineChoices (EU and UK), the Network Advertising Initiative (US) and the Digital Advertising Alliance (US), DAAC (Canada), DDAI (Japan) or other similar services. Such initiatives allow Users to select their tracking preferences for most of the advertising tools. The Owner thus recommends that Users make use of these resources in addition to the information provided in this document.

The Digital Advertising Alliance offers an application called AppChoices that helps Users to control interest-based advertising on mobile apps.

Consequences of denying the use of Trackers

Users are free to decide whether or not to allow the use of Trackers. However, please note that Trackers help travelfreak.com to provide a better experience and advanced functionalities to Users (in line with the purposes outlined in this document). Therefore, if the User chooses to block the use of Trackers, the Owner may be unable to provide related features.

Owner and Data Controller

TravelFreak, LLC
4030 Wake Forest Road, STE 349
Raleigh, NC, 27609, USA

Owner contact email: [email protected]

Since the use of third-party Trackers through travelfreak.com cannot be fully controlled by the Owner, any specific references to third-party Trackers are to be considered indicative. In order to obtain complete information, Users are kindly requested to consult the privacy policies of the respective third-party services listed in this document.

Given the objective complexity surrounding tracking technologies, Users are encouraged to contact the Owner should they wish to receive any further information on the use of such technologies by travelfreak.com.

Definitions and legal references

Personal Data (or Data)

Any information that directly, indirectly, or in connection with other information — including a personal identification number — allows for the identification or identifiability of a natural person.

Usage Data

Information collected automatically through travelfreak.com (or third-party services employed in travelfreak.com), which can include: the IP addresses or domain names of the computers utilized by the Users who use travelfreak.com, the URI addresses (Uniform Resource Identifier), the time of the request, the method utilized to submit the request to the server, the size of the file received in response, the numerical code indicating the status of the server’s answer (successful outcome, error, etc.), the country of origin, the features of the browser and the operating system utilized by the User, the various time details per visit (e.g., the time spent on each page within the Application) and the details about the path followed within the Application with special reference to the sequence of pages visited, and other parameters about the device operating system and/or the User’s IT environment.

User

The individual using travelfreak.com who, unless otherwise specified, coincides with the Data Subject.

Data Subject

The natural person to whom the Personal Data refers.

Data Processor (or Processor)

The natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes Personal Data on behalf of the Controller, as described in this privacy policy.

Data Controller (or Owner)

The natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of Personal Data, including the security measures concerning the operation and use of travelfreak.com. The Data Controller, unless otherwise specified, is the Owner of travelfreak.com.

travelfreak.com (or this Application)

The means by which the Personal Data of the User is collected and processed.

Service

The service provided by travelfreak.com as described in the relative terms (if available) and on this site/application.

European Union (or EU)

Unless otherwise specified, all references made within this document to the European Union include all current member states to the European Union and the European Economic Area.

Cookie

Cookies are Trackers consisting of small sets of data stored in the User’s browser.

Tracker

Tracker indicates any technology – e.g Cookies, unique identifiers, web beacons, embedded scripts, e-tags and fingerprinting – that enables the tracking of Users, for example by accessing or storing information on the User’s device.


Legal information

This privacy policy relates solely to travelfreak.com, if not stated otherwise within this document.

Latest update: February 21, 2024

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