Hikespeak.com Privacy Policy

The privacy of every visitor to hikespeak.com is important to us. Here is a discription of what types of personal information we receive and collect, and how we safeguard your information. This Privacy Policy governs the manner in which hikespeak.com collects, uses, maintains and discloses information collected from users (“Users”) of hikespeak.com (“Site”). This privacy policy applies to the Site and all products and services offered by hikespeak.com.

Personal identification information
We may collect personal identification information from Users in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when Users visit the Site, register on the Site, subscribe to the newsletter, post comments, or interact with other services, features, and resources made available on the Site. Users may be asked for, as appropriate, name, email address, and website. Users may, however, visit our Site without providing this information. We will collect personal identification information from Users only if they voluntarily submit such information to us. Users can always refuse to supply personally identification information, However, this may prevent Users from engaging in certain Site related activities, such as posting comments and keeping track of trails with My Hikes.

Non-personal identification information
We may collect non-personal identification information about Users whenever they interact with our Site. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer, and technical information about Users means of connection to our Site, such as the operating system, the Internet service provide, and other similar information. This information helps us to improve the Site for our Users.

Web browser cookies
Our Site uses “cookies” to enhance Users experiences. Web browser places cookies on their Users’ hard drives for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information about them. Users may choose to set their web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert them when cookies are being sent. If they do so, note that some parts of the Site may not function properly.

In practice, hikespeak.com uses cookies in a limited capacity to store your information. Our Site requires Users to log in if they wish to share personal data (name, email address, etc.) with the Site.

Our Site uses third party advertisements. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons that send these advertising services (such as Google AdSense) information including the Users browser, IP address, and ISP used to visit our Site, and whether Users have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes to show ads based on specific sites that Users have previously visited.

How we use collected information
hikespeak.com may collect and use Users personal information for the following purposes:

  1. To improve customer service – Information Users provide helps this Site respond to customer service requests and support needs more efficiently.
  2. To personalize Users experience – We may use information in the aggregate to understand how our Users as a group use the services and resources provided on our Site.
  3. To improve our Site – We may use feedback Users provide to improve our products and services.
  4. To send periodic emails If Users opt-in to our mailing list, they will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. If at any time Users would like to unsubscribe from receiving emails, the Site includes unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

How we protect your information
This Site adopts appropriate data collection, storage practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information, username, password, and stored date.

Sharing your personal information
We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users with our business partners, trusted affiliates and advertisers for the purposes outlined above. We may use third party service providers to help operate our business and the Site or administer activities on our behalf, such as sending newsletters or surveys. We may share Users’ information with these third parties for those limited purposes provided that Users have given us permission.

Third party websites
Users may find advertising or other content on our Site that links to sites and services of our partners, advertisers, sponsors, and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. In addition, these sites or services, including their content and links, may be constantly changing. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on any other website, including websites which have a link to our Site, is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.

Sharing over social networks
Plugins to social networks (Facebook, Twitter/X) allow Users to share their experience on hikespeak.com through these services. When a User clicks to share with social networks, these services may gather additional information about the User.

Advertisements on this Site may be served by Google. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to Users based on their visit to our Site and other sites on the Internet. DART uses “non personally identifiable information” and does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, etc. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy at http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html.

Changes to this privacy policy
This Site has the discretion to update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. We encourage Users to check this page for any changes and to stay informed about how this Site is helping to protect the personal information we collect. It is your responsibility to review this privacy policy periodically and become aware of modifications.

Your acceptance of these terms
By using this Site, Users signify their acceptance of this policy. If users do not agree to this policy, they may stop using this Site. Users that continue to use the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed to have accepted these changes.

Contacting us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this Site, or your dealings with this Site, please contact us.

This document was last updated on April 20, 2016