Privacy & Cookies Policy
WHY WE COLLECT DATA.
We will only collect, process, use, share and store your personal information where we are satisfied that we have an appropriate legal basis to do this. In most cases this is because we need to perform your holiday contract or take steps to enter into that contract with you; but it could also be where you have given us your specific consent to the use of your information, to comply with a relevant legal or regulatory obligation that we have, or for our legitimate commercial interests as a commercial organisation. The policy below sets out the legal basis for our use of your personal information in each relevant situation.
HOW WILL WE COLLECT INFORMATION?
We will only collect personal information from you by specifically asking for it when you write, telephone or email us to make an enquiry; or when you make a booking with us over the telephone or email. When ordering or registering on our website, subscribe to a newsletter or respond to a survey, you may be asked to enter information to help you with your experience.
WHAT INFORMATION WILL WE COLLECT?
We may collect all or some of the following information relating to you and other members of your holiday party:
• Full Names of all passengers
• Home address
• Home and Mobile Numbers
• Date of Birth
• Passport Details including your nationality
• Dietary Requirements
• Special Information e.g. heights, weights and medical conditions
HOW WILL WE USE THE INFORMATION YOU GIVE US?
When we enter into a contract to provide you with travel arrangements, we must use your information in the following ways:-
We will use the names, dates of birth and contact details of all people on your booking to pass on to the providers of the services making up your travel arrangements such as airlines and hotels. They need this information in order to arrange and secure your travel arrangements.
We may also use the postal and email address you give us to send you confirmation and itinerary documentation.
We will use the name and contact details of people you have identified as ‘emergency contacts’ as well as details of your travel insurance policy to contact relevant individuals and insurance companies in the event of an emergency involving you.
Your credit/debit card or other payment details may be used to take authorised payments for your travel arrangements or to process refunds.
We need to understand any special requirements you have (such as those relating to any dietary requirement, disability or medical condition) so that we can check that the travel arrangements you have selected are appropriate for you. Where appropriate, and with your specific consent, we will pass this information on to the suppliers of your travel arrangements so that they can plan your travel requirements effectively.
We may also pass on other information relating to you for immigration, security and anti-terrorism purposes; or for any other purposes which a government authority determines appropriate or to comply with a relevant legal or regulatory obligation that we have. For example, in some countries, we are required to provide API to border control, customs and law enforcement officers at ports of entry and exit on your itinerary.
If you fail to provide us with this information, we may not be able to plan or confirm your booking. And/or (after we have confirmed your booking) we may not be able to assist in you checking into your hotel or notify your relatives or insurers about any emergency situations involving you.
We will pass selected information to organisations who act as “data processors” on our behalf in order to provide you with our services. These functions include direct marketing, administration, customer care, website hosting and the re-organisation/structuring/sale of our business.
These third parties have agreed to confidentiality obligations and to use any personal information we share with them or which they collect on our behalf solely for the purposes of providing their service to us.
If you would like to withdraw your consent to our use of the information as set out above, you should inform us as soon as possible by writing to us at 3, New Bridge Square, Swindon, SN1 1HN, but please note the implications if you withdraw your consent to us using your information as described.
We also process personal information for certain legitimate business purposes. This may include: where the processing enables us to enhance, modify, personalise or otherwise improve our services and/or communications for the benefit of our customers; to identify and prevent fraud & to better understand how people interact with our website; to provide marketing communications that we think will be of interest to you; to determine the effectiveness of promotional campaigns and advertising. We will never share information about you with third parties for their own marketing purposes. You will have the opportunity to decide what marketing information you receive from us.
WHAT OTHER RIGHTS DO YOU HAVE?
In the first instance, please talk to us directly so we can resolve any problem or query. You also have the right to contact the Information Commissions Office (ICO) if you have any questions about Data Protection. You can contact them using their help line 0303 123 113 or at www.ico.org.uk. You may ask us in writing for a copy of the information we hold about you (for which we may charge a fee if your request is excessive) and in some circumstances to delete, rectify and block the information we hold about you; to complete and restrict its use, and to port it to another organisation. You have the right to request additional information about the handling of your personal data and to object to the processing of your data in some circumstances. Where we have asked for consent to process your data, you may withdraw this consent in which case, we will track and document when you give your consent and when you withdraw that consent.
Please note that we may not be able to provide some of these services if your request requires disproportionate effort on our part and any information that we do hold may already have been destroyed in line with our data retention policy (see below).
SECURITY AND RETENTION OF INFORMATION
We will take all necessary steps to make sure that the information we hold about you is kept secure at all times against unauthorised or unlawful loss or disclosure. We will retain it only for as long as it is needed for its relevant purpose or purposes or to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements. Any information no longer required will be deleted or disposed of confidentially and completely. We also have appropriate contractual obligations with our ‘data processors’ to ensure that they comply with the requirements of UK law. However, outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as wide as the legal requirements in this country.
2. ‘COOKIES’,GOOGLE & THIRD-PARTY LINKS
• Help remember and process the items in the shopping cart.
• Understand and save user’s preferences for future visits.
• Keep track of advertisements.
• Compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interactions in order to offer better site experiences and tools in the future. We may also use trusted third-party services that track this information on our behalf.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.
If users disable cookies in their browser:
If you disable cookies off, some features will be disabled It will turn off some of the features that make your site experience more efficient and some of our services will not function properly.
However, you can still make bookings. You may find reduced site functionality and may be unable to book a holiday correctly.
Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
Google’s advertising requirements can be summed up by Google’s Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en
We use Google AdSense Advertising on our website.
We have implemented the following:
• Remarketing with Google AdSense
• Google Display Network Impression Reporting
• Demographics and Interests Reporting
• DoubleClick Platform Integration
We along with third-party vendors, such as Google use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) or other third-party identifiers together to compile data regarding user interactions with ad impressions and other ad service functions as they relate to our website.
Opting out: Users can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Settings page. Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising initiative opt out page or permanently using the Google Analytics Opt Out Browser add on.
3. CONTACTING US
The Group Travel Company Ltd., t/a Toureasy 3, New Bridge Square Swindon United Kingdom SN1 1HN.
4. UPDATES AND CHANGES
As our privacy statement may change due to developments in the law we encourage you to revisit this from time to time so that you are aware of any changes in how we gather and use your personal information.