Privacy policy

Privacy policy
Secret Escapes Ltd is a UK registered company that wholly operates the website Gilt Travel (www.gilttravel.com). This privacy policy refers to your use of this website and the information that we may collect from you as you do so.

Secret Escapes Privacy Policy

Effective Date: January 31 2016

Secret Escapes Ltd (“Secret Escapes”) is a UK registered company that wholly owns and operates the website www.secretescapes.com. Secret Escapes treats the handling of personal data seriously. This Privacy Policy details how Secret Escapes will treat your personal data after it has been collected by Secret Escapes, either through its website or otherwise, together with details on the type of information we may collect from you, as well as shared or disclosed with third parties in the course of doing business. Secret Escapes will only use your data as detailed in this Privacy Policy or for its legitimate business reasons.



Information we may collect from you:

For access to our hand-picked hotels at members-only rates, all we require is your email address so that you can sign in to our website securely (using your own unique password) and receive our latest and greatest offers directly in your inbox. Other than your email address, Secret Escapes does not collect any personal data about you (such as your name or other contact information) except when you specifically and knowlingly provide such information through online forms, websites, which may be captured and retained according to Secret Escapes retention guidelines.



By signing up to Secret Escapes, we ensure that all members are able to create and manage their account and email preferences when they sign in to the website, so that they may receive as many, or as few, emails as they like. Our Anti-Spam Policy tolerates only permission-based email (we require your say so before sending you any marketing emails), and members may opt-out or change email preferences at any time by following a link in the footer of all marketing emails, or by visiting their account settings on the website once they have created an account.



Members of Secret Escapes who have an account reserve the right to manage their email preferences and may choose to opt-out of marketing communications, yet maintain full access to the website. You will need to adjust your account settings on the website to specify your preferences, or email us at help@secretescapes.com if you wish to opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us.



Some communications (for example, important account notifications and billing information) are considered transactional and are necessary for all of our customers. We will therefore continue to send these communications to you (where you have made a booking through us) even if you have unsubscribed from receiving marketing communications from us, unless you cancel your Secret Escapes account to unsubscribe from these communications and ask for your account to be removed. To cancel your Secret Escapes account, please email us at help@secretescapes.com. Please note that where you cancel your account with Secret Escapes, we will still hold on to any transactional data for a reasonable period of time, in case there are any issues that may need to be resolved relating to your booking. Those details will be stored in our secure database.



When you make a booking through our website, you will be directed to the payment page where you can enter your payment details. We do not store financial details such as credit card numbers. Our payment platform provider will be provided the details of your booking that we have collected from you, so that they can process your payment to our account. Once we have received your payment into our account, we will then make the relevant payments to the provider of your holiday or travel arrangements. Please note that Paypal® is an independent third-party payment processing service with its own separate terms, conditions and Privacy Policy, available here: https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/ua/legalhub-full



How we use this information:

Any personal information such as email address or postcode is held by us for the sole purpose of communicating with you as you have requested and for processing any bookings you make through us. That means that we will send you newsletters if you have subscribed with us or opened an account, at the frequency you request, or replying and corresponding with you if you give us feedback or apply for a job with us. This includes any information you provide to us on your return from holiday or any emails or records of telephone conversations we may have with you.



We will not share this information with any other parties, except as described in this Privacy Policy.



We may share personal information:

• when we need to do so in order to fulfil your arrangements booked with third party providers, such as hotel, airline, car rental and other providers, who fulfill your travel reservations. By making a reservation through this site, you are authorizing us to disclose to suppliers the information required to complete the booking and deliver the related travel. These suppliers are not controlled by Secret Escapes and personal information disclosed to them is subject to the applicable supplier's privacy policy and security practices. Therefore, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of any travel supplier whose products you purchase through this site;

• as specifically stated in any special terms and conditions as is sometimes the case with competition entries;

• when we are required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (i) comply with a legal obligation, (ii) protect and defend the rights or property of our company, (iii) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of our website or the public, or (iv) protect against legal liability;

• if you were referred to this website from another site (for example, through a link you clicked on another site that directed you to this one), we may share some information about you with that referring website. We have not placed limitations on the referring websites use of your personal information and we encourage you to review the privacy policies of any website that referred you here;

• with our parent company, subsidiaries and corporate affiliates, as well as international corporate affiliates. This sharing enables us to provide you with information about products and services, both travel-related and other, which might interest you. To the extent that our parent company and corporate affiliates have access to your information, they will follow practices that are at least as restrictive as the practices described in this Privacy Policy. They also will comply with applicable laws governing the transmission of promotional communications and, at a minimum, give you an opportunity in any commercial email they send to choose not to receive such email messages in the future;

and/or

• when we hire other companies to perform certain business-related functions, such as, maintaining databases and processing payments, we may provide such service providers with the personal information that they need to perform their specific function.



Please note that in order to complete your booking, we will need your name, address and/or email address, together with other information relevant to your booking (for example, your passport number and those for people within your group). This is so that we can process your booking and pass this to the third parties providing your booked arrangements (e.g., hotels, airlines, public authorities such as customs and immigration if required, etc.), so that they have the relevant information to provide your booked arrangements. This applies to sensitive personal data that you may give to us, such as information relating to disabilities, dietary requirements and/or religious beliefs. This may involve the transfer of information outside the U.S.A. (“EEA”) and by providing us with this information you provide your consent (and the consent of those included in your group) to transfer such information outside of the U.S.A. If you are travelling internationally to or from the United States, the US appropriate customs and border protection agencies will receive this information for the purposes of preventing and combating terrorism and other transnational serious crimes.



Social media features and widgets:

This website may include social media features (“Features”), such as the Facebook Like button and widgets, such as the "Share This" button or interactive mini-programs that run on this website (“Widgets”). These Features and Widgets may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our Site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature or Widget to function properly. Social media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. Your interactions with these Features and Widgets are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it.





Cookies and our website:

In addition to personal information that you choose to give us we may also collect information about your computer (usually to verify that the activity on our website is from genuine sources) and about your general usage of the website. This may include your IP address, operating system, web browser software, screen resolution and referring website.



We use cookies primarily to make our website easier for you to use as well as for marketing and analytics purposes. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve our website and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:



i. To estimate our audience size and usage pattern.

ii. To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customize our site according to your individual interests.

iii. To speed up your searches.

iv. To recognize you when you return to our website.



Our cookies don't store sensitive information such as your name, address or financial details. You can delete any cookies stored on your computer, or refused to accept cookies by activating this setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, please note that if you select this setting, this may prevent you from accessing or using all or part of the website. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you log on to our website.



In addition, this Site enables the use of the Adobe Flash Player. Adobe’s Flash Player is used by the vast majority of websites that offer video and other interactive content. By default, your use of the Adobe Flash Player generates “flash cookies” (also known as “persistent identification elements” or “local shared objects”). The Adobe Flash Player (and similar applications) use flash cookies to remember user settings, preferences and usage similar to the browser cookies referenced above. You can disable, delete and control the degree to which you accept flash cookies by accessing your Adobe Flash Player management tools directly through the settings manager for Adobe Flash, located here. If you do not allow flash cookies to take any disc space on your computer, you may not be able to take advantage of or participate in certain features on this Site



Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorized access.



Consent:

By disclosing your personal information via the website, over the telephone or via email or post you consent to the collection, storage and processing of your personal information by Secret Escapes in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy and our Terms and Conditions relating to your use of the website and/or making bookings through us.



Do Not Track Disclosures:

We do not currently respond to web browser “Do Not Track” signals or other mechanisms that provide a method to opt out of the collection of information across the networks of websites and online services in which we participate. If we do so in the future, we will describe how we do so in this Privacy Policy. For more information about Do Not Track, please visit www.allaboutdnt.org.



Third party advertisers may place cookies on our website through which they can gather IP addresses of our member’s devices. Otherwise, we do not authorize the collection of personal information from our members on our web site through advertising technologies without separate member consent.



Children:

We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, please do not submit any personal data through our website. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s Internet usage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their children never to provide personal information on our website without their permission. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 18 has provided personal information to Secret Escapes Ltd. through our website, please contact us, and we will endeavour to delete that information from our database.



Links to Other Web Sites:

This Privacy Policy applies only to this website. This website may contain links to other web sites not operated or controlled by Secret Escapes Ltd. (the “Third Party Sites”). The policies and procedures we described here do not apply to the Third Party Sites. The links from this Site do not imply that Secret Escapes Ltd. endorses or has reviewed the Third Party Sites. We suggest contacting those sites directly for information on their privacy policies.



Validity / changes:

We will occasionally update and change this Privacy Policy. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted to our website. When we post changes to this Privacy Policy, we will revise the “last updated” date at the top of this Privacy Policy. We recommend that you check our website from time to time to inform yourself of any changes in this Privacy Policy or any of our other policies. If you change your contact details, please send an email with your new details to help@secretescapes.com.


Your California Privacy Rights:

California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits Secret Escapes customers who are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please write to “Secret Escapes Attn: Privacy Notice Opt-Out Request” at the address set forth in the “Contact us” section below.

Questions Contact us:

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or about the information we hold about you, then please contact us at:



Secret Escapes Ltd
4th Floor
120 Holborn
London
EC1N 2TD
help@secretescapes.com
0843 22 77 777


Secret Escapes Ltd is a registered Seller of Travel in California. CST 2118424-50. Registration as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State of California. Secret Escapes Ltd is not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund.



Secret Escapes Ltd is registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST39499.