The goal of this Privacy Notice is to advise you of the online privacy practices of Compass Media, Inc., the owner of VisitSouth.com. The Privacy Notice also describes the choices you have about the information collected on our sites and how it is used. For information about other offline data collections, use the contact information noted below.
Your Personal Information
In order to give you a meaningful, enjoyable, and personalized experience and to facilitate the development of new products and services relevant to you, we collect some personal information about you. Personal information also allows us to provide better service to you by tailoring our communications to match your interests: To deliver more of what you want and less of what you don’t want.
Following are the types of information we gather:
Information You Explicitly Provide:
In order to establish your account, register products, or to participate in various online programs offered through Compass Media, Inc., you may be asked to provide certain personally identifiable information to us, such as your name, mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.
Information We Automatically Collect:
We use common Internet technologies such as cookies and IP address geolocation to ensure the integrity of our site and to customize portions of the site for you.
Cookies are small pieces of information stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive, at a Web site’s request. Compass Media, Inc. cookies do not contain any personal information, but are used primarily to keep track of temporary information. For example, cookies allow us to remember you when you log in to the places on our site that require membership; to remember your country and language preferences; to help us understand the size of our audience and traffic patterns; to collect and record information about what you viewed on our Web site and what you viewed in our e-mail; to manage and present site information and the pictures displayed on your computer, and to deliver information specific to your interests.
We analyze IP addresses in the aggregate for system administration purposes and to gather broad demographic information. We do not link IP addresses to your computer’s User ID.
If you entered VisitSouth.com by clicking a link or promotion on another website (including a co-branded portion of another website), or if you used a site that provides universal registration services to sign up for our site, we will store the ID of that referral source in our database along with your computer’s User ID. We do this to ensure that the referral source receives proper credit for any subsequent order you might place. We may also use this information in conjunction with your activities on our site to help us identify what offers and services may be of interest to you.
Information from Other Sources:
We sometimes obtain additional information about you, such as demographic and lifestyle information, from other sources and merge it with information we have collected on this site, as well as information you may have provided offline.
We use this information as stated below:
Using your Information
Compass Media, Inc. only uses your personal information to conduct business with you. Some examples include:
registering you in programs
creating and maintaining accounts
processing, fulfilling, and following up on requested information or orders
answering your e-mail
communicating with you
sending information to others on your request
notifying you about promotions and other information regarding our products and services (see “Your choices about receiving E-mail” below)
We also use this personal information to provide you with information related to your account, the products or services you purchased from us, to better understand your needs and interests, to improve our service and to personalize communications and your Web experience.
Does VisitSouth.com share your information?
Your personally identifiable information will not be rented or sold to any third party. We may share your personal information as follows:
Companies who work on our behalf: We contract with other companies to perform business support functions on our behalf, which may involve limited access to your personal information. We require these companies to use the information only to provide the contracted services; they are prohibited from transferring the information to another party except as needed to provide those services. Some examples of these business support functions include order fulfillment, coupon fulfillment, award and rebate fulfillments, customer survey execution and information systems management. We also may make aggregate non-personal information available to select service providers.
Business Transfers: We reserve the right to transfer your personal information in connection with the sale or transfer of all or a portion of our business or assets. If the business is sold or transferred, we will give you an opportunity to tell us not to transfer your personal information. In some cases, this may mean that the new organization will not be able to continue providing to you the services or products that Compass Media, Inc. provided.
Law Enforcement: We may disclose personal information to third parties without your consent for any of the following reasons — to comply with any law, regulation or court order, to cooperate with government investigations, to help prevent fraud, or to enforce or protect the rights of Compass Media, Inc. or its subsidiaries.
With Your Consent: In all other cases, we will obtain your express consent before sharing your information with third parties. For example, we may conduct a joint offer or contest with a third party and you will be asked whether your personal information should be shared with that third party.
Compass Media, Inc. and our related businesses may also send you e-mail with information and/or special offers about products and services that may be of interest to you, unless you indicate you do not want to receive them.
We will give you an opportunity to let us know your preference regarding the receiving of promotional e-mail when you register for a service, when you provide us with your personal information, or when we send you e-mail. If you choose not to accept this promotional e-mail, you may not receive special offers that may be of value to you. This option applies to promotional e-mail only, as we may find it necessary to send you e-mail relating to the products you have purchased or registered, your account or your order(s) or requested information.
Protecting Your Information
Compass Media, Inc. implements a variety of administrative, managerial, and technical security measures to help protect your personal information. Compass Media, Inc. has Internal Control Standards which relate specifically to the handling of personal information. These include certain controls to help safeguard the information we collect online.
Compass Media, Inc. employees are trained to understand and comply with these controls and we communicate our Privacy Notice, practices, and guidelines to our employees. However, while we strive to protect your personal information, you must also take steps to protect your information. We urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal information while you are on the Internet.
Our sites may enable you to participate in public services such as discussion boards, chats, blogs, commenting on articles, and live events. Please use discretion when posting personal information about yourself when using these services. Be aware that when you disclose personal information at these sites, such as your name, member name, e-mail address, etc., the information may be collected and used by others to send unsolicited e-mail. These services are open to the public, and what you post there can be seen by anyone and is not protected. Compass Media, Inc. cannot control the comments that you may receive while you participate in these services. You may find other people’s comments to be offensive, harmful or inaccurate.
Protecting the online privacy of children is especially important, and those under the age of 13 are protected by federal law. For that reason, Compass Media, Inc. does not knowingly permit children under the age of 13 to become registered members of our sites, or to buy goods and services on our sites, without verifiable parental consent. Compass Media, Inc. does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information about children under 13, except with their parent’s express consent.
If we ever include children under the age of 13 as part of our intended site audience, those specific web pages will, in accordance with the provisions of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), be clearly identified and provide an explicit privacy notice; and we will provide processes to obtain parental approval, provide access to information and allow parents to request removal of their children’s personal information.
Compass Media, Inc. encourages parents and guardians to spend time with their children online and to participate in their interactive activities and interests.
Our site contains links to and from other Web sites over which we have no control. Compass Media, Inc. is not responsible for the privacy practices of those Web sites. Compass Media, Inc. encourages you to ascertain the privacy practices of those Web sites.
Keeping Your Information Accurate
If you are a registered member of VisitSouth.com, you can review and update your member profile using your user name and password. You also have the option of sending an e-mail to the address noted in the “How to Reach Us” section below to request a change to your information or a copy of the personal information we have collected about you online. There may be a nominal charge for information requested. We will make every reasonable effort to make sure your requests are met. To protect your privacy, proof of identity is required.
How to Reach Us
If you have questions or concerns about your privacy when using a Compass Media, Inc. Web site, please contact us by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scope of This Notice
Please Note: This statement does not apply to our commercial customers. If you indicate your residence is outside the U.S., you may be offered a privacy notice that is specific to your country of residence. In such cases, Compass Media, Inc. is operating this site for itself as well as a service provider for its global affiliates.
On our co-branded sites (such as those sites where Compass Media, Inc. has presented content together with one of our partners) a privacy notice unique to that site may be presented.
Private sites (such as those only available to dealers and distributors) and sites created for our employees (or prospective employees) may also have privacy notices unique to those sites.
Sites maintained by Compass Media, Inc. subsidiaries and affiliates, although linked to Compass Media, Inc.’s sites, may have their own online privacy notices.
Changes to this Privacy Notice
Compass Media, Inc. reserves the right to modify this Privacy Notice from time to time, by posting a prominent announcement on this page or, in the event of a material change, by notifying by e-mail all customers whose personal information we have retained.
Related Policies with Compass Media, Inc. Web sites and services:
If you have not already done so, use the links provided below to review other policies that govern your use of this Web site and related services.