PRIVACY POLICY
UPDATED AND REVISED AS OF AUGUST 28, 2012
 

Northstar Travel Media, LLC ("Northstar") publishes this Internet Privacy Policy to inform you of our practices concerning the collection and use of information you provide us through interactions with this website and other Northstar-affiliated websites. This policy is not applicable to information gathered by other methods or controlled by other agreements.

 
HOW WE COLLECT INFORMATION
 

Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable like your name, address, email address, or phone number, that is not otherwise publicly available. Northstar collects personal information in a variety of ways, including when you register with Northstar on this website; when you subscribe to or use Northstar products or services; when you visit Northstar websites or the websites of certain Northstar partners; and when you enter Internet-based contests, promotions or sweepstakes sponsored or administered by Northstar; when you subscribe to receive Northstar e-letters, daily, news, supplier hot specials and similar e-mail notices; when you register for or participate in events, virtual tradeshows and educational programs such as seminars, webinars, etc., that Northstar conducts from time to time.

When you register on our website or for our products and services, we ask for and collect information such as your name, email address, birth date, gender, zip code, occupation, and industry. For some products and services we may also ask for your address and information about you or your business's assets or income. Once you register with Northstar and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us.

If you are purchasing something from a Northstar website, we need to know personal information such as your name, email address, mailing address, credit card number, and expiration date. This allows us to process and fulfill your order and to notify you of your order status. This information may also be used by Northstar to notify you of related products and services. Credit card information will not be shared or sold to unaffiliated third parties for any purpose without your express permission, except as necessary to process the transaction.

 
COOKIES AND RELATED TECHNOLGIES
 

We collect information through technology, such as cookies and Web beacons, including when you visit our websites. "Cookies" are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. Northstar or its advertisers may send a cookie to your computer through your browser. Northstar uses cookies to track page requests and the duration of each user's visit, and the use of cookies allows us to provide a user's browser with information tailored to the visitor's preferences and needs and to also streamline the user's visits to our website. You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept cookies, your experience at our website and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended.

In addition, Northstar automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser, including your IP address, Northstar cookie information, and the website page you request. Northstar uses this information to help diagnose problems with our servers, for system administration, and to examine our website traffic in aggregate. The information may be collected and used to improve the content of our Web pages and to customize content and/or layout for each user.

 
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION BY NORTHSTAR
 

If you elect to provide us personal information, we use it primarily to deliver the service you requested. Northstar may use personal information in a variety of ways including the following:

 
  • Northstar may use personal information collected through its website to send out targeted email promotions on behalf of its advertisers and industry partners.
 
  • Northstar may combine information about you that we have with information we obtain from business partners or other companies in order to better deliver products and services that may be of interest and benefit to you.
 
  • Northstar may use personal information to contact users regarding renewing subscriptions to Northstar services and products and to send product announcements or special edition e-letters to online registrants.
 
  • Northstar may use personal information to send notification of Northstar's or our partners' products and services by such methods as email and/or postal mail.
 
  • If you provide financial information, we use that information primarily to verify your credit and collect payments for your purchases, orders, subscriptions, etc.
 
  • If you participate in a Northstar educational program, virtual tradeshow, or other time-sensitive programs, we use personal information to contact you to remind you of upcoming deadlines or additional information concerning these programs.
 
  • Northstar occasionally conducts subscriber and/or user surveys to better target our content to our audiences. The aggregated information collected is sometimes shared with our advertisers, however, we do not share specific individual information with third parties.
 
  • Northstar operates several websites featuring its travel-related content and services. Northstar may share personal information collected from users of its websites internally across these websites to better serve its users.
 
  • Northstar has numerous products and services and therefore numerous email and promotion lists. In an effort to allow users to tailor their participation in Northstar services and promotions, Northstar provides users the ability to choose specific lists or products of interest and opt-out options are product and use/list specific. All email promotions sent from Northstar provide an opt-out link at the bottom of the email pursuant to which users can opt-out of specific products and promotions. If you receive one of these emails and wish to unsubscribe please follow the instructions given in each email or contact lbuchanan@ntmllc.com.
 

From time to time we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our Privacy Policy. If our information practices change at some time in the future we will post the policy changes to our website.

 
SHARING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES
 

In general, Northstar does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except to provide products or services you have requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances:

 
  • We may provide personal information about our users to trusted partners and vendors who work on behalf of or with Northstar under confidentiality and similar agreements prohibiting such parties' further use of the information. These companies may use your personal information to help Northstar communicate with you about offers from Northstar and our marketing partners. However, these companies do not have any independent right to use or share this information.
 
  • When you register for an educational program, contest, event, virtual tradeshow, or other promotion that is sponsored by a third party, the third party will be provided personal information unless otherwise posted in connection with the promotion.
 
  • We may share personal information where we have a good faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a judicial proceeding, a court order, or legal process served on Northstar, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
 
  • We may share such information where we have a good faith belief that it is necessary in order to investigate (or assist in the investigation of), prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of Northstar's terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.
 
  • If Northstar is acquired by or merged with another company, we will transfer information about you to this other company in connection with the acquisition or merger.
 
  • Northstar may from time to time share limited personal information such as email addresses, company name, job title and state of business or residence with trusted third parties who deliver content that is likely to be of interest to you.
 
DISPLAY OF ADVERTISING
 

Northstar reserves the right to use certain personal information for the presentation of relevant advertisements. Northstar may use ad networks to customize and display advertising on this website. Northstar may share certain information about you as a user (such as age, zip code, or other information we have collected or received) with certain ad network and service providers to help them deliver more relevant content and advertisements through their networks.

 
DISCUSSION GROUPS AND FORUMS
 

Discussion groups (including forums, chats and blogs) may be made available for our users on our websites. Participants should be aware that information disclosed in these discussion lists is made available to all members and thus becomes public information. We suggest that you exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personal identifiable information in such discussion groups. Northstar is not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums.

Users may elect to participate in user forums to exchange information relevant to and of interest to users of the website. To participate in the forums, users will be required to submit information such as a public username, identifying picture or image, areas of expertise, biographical information, and other similar personal information. Your forum username, number of posts, date and time of your post, areas of expertise, and uploaded picture or image will be publicly available to other users of the website. In addition, and other information designated by you in the registration process for public display will also be available to any user of the website. In some circumstances, such as comments to a travel wiki, your name may be displayed in connection with your comments.

 
SECURITY
 

This website takes commercially reasonable precautions to protect your personal information. When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as credit card and payment information, we re-direct users to industry standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encrypted servers. As a result, sensitive data you submit to our website such as credit card and payment information is transmitted securely over the Internet.

 
DISCLAIMER
 

Northstar is not responsible for any breach of security or for any actions of any third parties that receive the information. Northstar also links to a wide variety of other sites and contains advertisements of third parties. We are not responsible for their privacy policies or how they treat information about their users.

 
CHILDREN’S PRIVACY
 

This website is not intended for use by children, and Northstar does not knowingly collect information from children. You must be 18 years old to access or use this website.

 
UPDATE/CHANGE YOUR USER PROFILE OR PREFERENCES
 

To update your email address or change your email preferences please contact lbuchanan@ntmllc.com.

 
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY
 

Northstar reserves the right, at any time and without notice, to add to, change, update or modify this Privacy Policy, simply by posting such change, update or modification on the website. Any such change, update or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the website. Users will be informed of changes to this Privacy Policy via the "updated as of" notice on this Policy.

 
WHAT ELSE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MY PRIVACY WHEN ONLINE?

The Northstar website contains many hyperlinks to other websites. The Northstar website also contains advertisements of third parties. Northstar is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such third party websites or advertisers. Northstar does not share any of the individual personal information you provide Northstar with the websites to which Northstar links, except as stated elsewhere within this Privacy Policy, although Northstar may share aggregate data with such websites (such as how many people use our website).

Please check with those third party sites to determine their privacy policy. When Northstar embeds third party content into one of it's Northstar web pages, Northstar will use reasonable efforts to advise our users that they have exited an Northstar operated website and are entering a third party controlled website. Customers/users should read and understand any privacy policy noted on all third party websites.

Please keep in mind that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information online - for example through email, discussion lists, or elsewhere - that information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.

Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your personal information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you're online.

 
YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
 

Under a provision of California law, a California resident who has provided personal information to a business with whom he/she has established a business relationship for personal, family, or household purposes is entitled to request information about whether the business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes. Alternatively, the law provides that if the company has a privacy policy that gives either an opt-out or opt-in choice for use of your personal information by third parties for marketing purposes, the company may instead provide you with information on how to exercise your disclosure choice options. Because this website is intended for use on a business-to-business basis, this provision of California law will not apply, in most cases, to the information collected.

California residents who utilize this website for personal, family, or household purposes may request further information about our compliance with this law by e-mailing lbuchanan@ntmllc.com. You should put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject field of your email. Please note that we are only required to respond to one request per customer each year, and we are not required to respond to requests made by means other than through this email address.

 
YOUR CONSENT TO THIS POLICY
 

By using our website, you consent to the collection and use of information by Northstar as specified in this policy. Please also note that your use of the website is governed by the Northstar Terms and Service. If you do not agree to the terms of the Privacy Policy or the Terms of Service, please do not use the website, products and/or services.

 
HOW TO CONTACT US
 

Please send any questions about Northstar's Privacy Policy to lbuchanan@ntmllc.com.