We are internet users like you, and we value our privacy just like you do. So we want you to know this:
  • We will never sell or rent your personal information to anyone.
  • We may use the the information we collect in aggregate format in ways we believe benefits you.
Now that we got that off our chest, we'll let our lawyers fill you in on the details.

Zipalong has provided this privacy policy because we value your right to privacy. This policy is effective as of November 2, 2007 and governs the collection of personal information through this website on or after this date.

By using or accessing Zipalong, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

This policy describes the types of information Zipalong collects from you and how that information is used. Please read this policy carefully before providing us with information. If you have questions about this policy, contact us at privacy@zipalong.com.

The Information We Collect

When you visit Zipalong you provide us with two types of information: Web Site Use information collected by us as you interact with our Web Site and personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected by us.

Web Site Use information

When you enter Zipalong, we collect information on your browser type, IP address and language settings. This information is gathered for all Zipalong visitors. In addition, we store certain information from your browser using cookies. A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. We use session ID cookies to confirm that users are logged in. These cookies terminate once the user closes the browser.

Personal Information

When you register with Zipalong, you provide us with certain personal information, such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, and any other personal or preference information that you provide to us. Only those users who register have access to any content on Zipalong.

When you use Zipalong, you may set up your personal profile, form relationships, set up trip itineraries, upload photos & videos, send messages, perform searches and queries, and transmit information through various channels. We collect this information so that we can provide you the service and offer personalized features. In most cases, we retain it so that, for instance, you can return to view prior messages you have sent or return to the same window you were in when you logged out. When you update information, we usually keep a backup copy of the prior version for a reasonable period of time to enable reversion to the prior version of that information.

You post User Content (as defined in the Zipalong Terms of Use) on the Site at your own risk.

Privacy Settings

For the time being the privacy settings are set as follows. Your address and your e-mail address are not available to any other users, including those who are designated as Friends or Family. Messages sent and received are only available to the sender and receiver of the message. All other information which you choose to post such as you name, photos, videos, details of trips and itineraries is available to all registered users of Zipalong. Zipalong is not accessible to users who are not registered.

Although some of the information we collect is private, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that User Content you post on the Site will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on the Site. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content.

Any improper collection or misuse of information provided on Zipalong is a violation of the Zipalong Terms of Service and should be reported to privacy@zipalong.com.

If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your friend's email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email or instant message inviting him or her to visit the site. Zipalong stores this information to send this one-time invitation, to register a friend connection if your invitation is accepted, and to track the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us at info@zipalong.com to request that we remove this information from our database.

Zipalong may also collect information about you from other sources through the operation of the service such as photo tags in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience.

You can cancel your registration with us by e-mailing us, and placing your email address in the subject of the e-mail. We will send you an e-mail to confirm your request. After we receive confirmation, we will remove your information from our active database, but some information may remain in our archives.

Use of Information

When you register with Zipalong, you create your own profile. Your profile information, as well as your name and photo, are displayed publicly. We may occasionally use your name and email address to send you notifications regarding new services offered by Zipalong that we think you may find valuable.

You submit travel information when you create a new itinerary. An itinerary can either be created for future trips or to record past trips as well as you can associate photographs with itineraries of past trips. Profile information and travel information is used by Zipalong primarily to be presented back to and edited by you when you access the service and to be presented to others. Profile information and travel information you submit to Zipalong will be available to users of Zipalong. Your name and profile picture thumbnail will be available in search results across the Zipalong network. This is primarily so your friends can find you and send a friend request. Your travel information such as places you traveled to and photos will be available in search results across the Zipalong network in order to assist other users in planning their own trips.

Zipalong does not sell or rent your personal information to anyone. Zipalong may use information in your profile without identifying you as an individual to third parties. We do this for purposes such as aggregating how many people like a certain restaurant or like to travel to a certain city. We believe this benefits you. You can know more about the world around you and, where there are advertisements, they're more likely to be interesting to you. For example, if you plan on travelling to a certain city in your itinerary, we might serve you an advertisement highlighting a restaurant in that city. But we don't tell the restaurant who you are.

We may use information about you that we collect from other sources, including but not limited to newspapers and Internet sources such as blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of Zipalong, to supplement your profile. Where such information is used, we generally allow you to specify in your privacy settings that you do not want this to be done or to take other actions that limit the connection of this information to your profile (e.g., removing photo tag links).

Zipalong may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other web sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by Zipalong.

Security

Zipalong takes appropriate precautions to protect our users' information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number or your password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer). Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of Zipalong Web Site, please contact us at privacy@zipalong.com.

Changes to this Policy

We reserve the right to change this policy should we deem it advisable to do so. If we make changes, we will post them and will indicate at the top of this page the policy's new effective date. If we make material changes that will affect personal information we have already collected from you, we will make reasonable efforts to notify you of the changes and to give you the opportunity to amend or cancel your registration.

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