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Privacy Policy

Last updated October 15, 2020

Who we are

Our website address is: https://discoverourparks.com. This site is owned by Discover Our Parks, LLC. You may contact us using a method here: Contact Us.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it
Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you submit a contact form, including the newsletter sign-up form, I collect the data shown in the form (like name and email address). In order to comply with GDPR guidelines, all submitted forms include a consent box that must be checked before a form is submitted. You may unsubscribe to the newsletter or have your information removed at anytime by following the process sent in the emails or by contacting us.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

Please see the below section about “Use of external tools on our website” for more detailed information.

Who we share your data with

We take your privacy seriously! That is why we currently do not share your information with any third-party partners and have no plan to do so in the future. If for any reason we do decide to, we will notify you if we have your information and we will update this section of the Privacy Policy to reflect such changes.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

We also store any other information you might provide to us through contact forms, polls or newsletter signup indefinitely.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Your data is also stored on our hosting provider’s services, Bluehost Inc. Any secure data, such as passwords, IP address or other secure data, is stored using an encryption. This specific data, is only viewable by Discover Our Parks, LLC and our employees.

Use of external tools on our website

We have integrated various tools from different companies into our website, which allow us to evaluate user behavior or to establish links with other websites.

Google Analytics

Discover Our Parks, LLC has integrated the component Google Analytics (with anonymisation function) on this website.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service. Web analysis is the gathering, collection and analysis of data about the behavior of visitors to websites. Among other things, a web analysis service collects data on which website a data subject has come to a website from (so-called referrers), which subpages of the website were accessed or how often and for which period of time a subpage was viewed. A web analysis is mainly used to optimize a website and for the cost-benefit analysis of Internet advertising.

The operator of the Google Analytics component is Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA 94043-1351, USA.

Google Analytics uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google might transfer the personal information collected via this technical procedure to third parties.

As IP anonymization is activated on our website, your IP address will be shortened by Google within Member States of the European Union or other states in agreement with the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by a Google server in the USA. On behalf of the operator of the website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports on website activity and to provide further services related to website and internet use to us. The IP address transferred through your browser to Google Analytics will not be combined with other data held by Google.

In addition, this website uses the Analytics feature UserID to track interaction data. This User ID will be additionally anonymized and encrypted and will not be linked with other data.

You can prevent the storage of cookies by a corresponding setting of your browser software; however, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use all the features of this website to the fullest extent possible.

In addition, you may prevent the collection of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by Google as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

This browser add-on informs Google Analytics via JavaScript that no data and information about website visits may be transmitted to Google Analytics.

In addition, a cookie already set by Google Analytics can be deleted at any time via the Internet browser or other software programs.

Further information and Google‘s applicable privacy regulations can be found at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en and https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/ The following link provides a further explanation of Google Analytics https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/.

Our website also uses Google Analytics performance reports relating to demographics and interests and reports on Google Display Network impressions. You can disable Google Analytics for display advertising and customize the ads on the Google Display Network by visiting the ad settings at this link: https://adssettings.google.com.

Hotjar

Occasionally, the web service Hotjar by the company Hotjar Ltd, St. Julians, Malta is used on this website. Hotjar captures information about the user’s device, their IP address, geographic location, language settings and user interactions such as mouse movements, clicks and keyboard input. In addition, Hotjar uses cookies to recognize visitors. You can find Hotjar’s privacy statement by following this link: https://www.hotjar.com/privacy. You can refuse the usage of Hotjar. Details can be found at https://www.hotjar.com/legal/compliance/opt-out.

Facebook Tracking Pixel

With your consent, we will use Facebook’s “tracking pixel”. This pixel can be used to track user behavior after they have been redirected to our website by clicking on a Facebook and / or Instagram ad. This allows us to record the effectiveness of Facebook and Instagram advertisements for statistical and market research purposes and, if necessary, to take optimization measures. The tracking of users who have landed on our website after clicking on one of our Facebook and Instagram ads can remain active up to 180 days.

The data collected in this way is anonymous for us, i.e. we do not see the personal data of individual users. However, this data is stored and processed by Facebook, about which we will inform you to the best of our knowledge.

Facebook may connect this data to the Facebook account and also use it for its own advertising purposes, according to its data usage policy.

If you want to disable cookie storage for Facebook, you can do so via your browser settings.

Facebook communication tools

We also use Facebook communication tools, especially the “Custom Audiences” and “Website Custom Audiences” products. Basically, a non-reversible and non-personal checksum (hash value) is generated from your usage data, which can be transmitted to Facebook for analysis and marketing purposes.

If you want to refuse the usage of Facebook’s “Website Custom Audiences”, you can do so by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/ads/Webseite_custom_audiences/.

In addition, we use Customer Match Lists within the framework of our Facebook advertising activities, for instance for “Lookalike Audiences” and remarketing. To use Customer Match, lists of encrypted user data are uploaded to Facebook. After the upload, the system checks which data is already known and places these users in a list. After creating the customer match lists, the encrypted customer data is automatically deleted. Facebook does not gather new addresses in this way (encryption).

Twitter

Our website employs components provided by Twitter. Twitter is a service of Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA.

Each time you visit our website, which has such a component, this component causes the browser you are using to download a corresponding representation of the component of Twitter. Through this process, Twitter is informed about which specific page of our website is currently being visited.

We have no control over the information that Twitter collects here, nor about the amount of data collected by Twitter. To our knowledge, Twitter collects the URL of the accessed website and the user’s IP address, but this information is not used for purposes other than the presentation of the Twitter component. Further information can be found in the privacy policy of Twitter at https://twitter.com/en/privacy.

You can change your privacy settings in the Account Settings at https://twitter.com/account/settings.

Pinterest

On our website we use the service of Pinterest, Inc., 808 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. Through the embedded “Pin it” – Button on the page, Pinterest receives the information, that you have accessed the respective page of our internet services. If you are logged in to Pinterest, they can match your visit on our page to your Pinterest-Account and merge the data. Pinterest saves the transmitted data when you click the “Pin it” Button. For further information on purpose and scope of data collection, how it is processed and used, your rights and how you can protect your privacy, please visit Pinterests privacy policy: https://policy.pinterest.com/com/privacy-policy.

To prevent Pinterest from associating your visit to our website with your Pinterest account, you must log out of your Pinterest account before visiting our site.

Our contact information

You may contact us with any questions regarding your privacy and the steps we take to ensure that your privacy is kept, at any time. The best way to reach us regarding this is by sending us an email at privacy@discoverourparks.com.

You may also reach us by mail at:
Discover Our Parks, LLC
5900 Balcones Drive, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731