Privacy Policy

As a user of our web site, your privacy is important to us.  We realize that earning and retaining your trust is of paramount importance and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously.

That’s why we’ve provided this Privacy Policy, which sets forth Specialty Photo Tours’ policies regarding the collection, use and protection of the personal information of those using our service. Personal information means information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and credit card number.

We encourage you to review our Privacy Policy, and become familiar with it, but you should know that we do not sell or rent our customers’ personal information to third parties.

Please note that we review our Privacy Policy from time to time, and we make changes to the policy in connection with that review. Therefore, you may wish to periodically revisit this page to make sure that you have the most up-to-date version.

 

This Privacy Policy explains the following:

  • What personal information we collect and how we use it
  • With whom your personal information is shared
  • What safeguards we have in place to protect your personal information
  • Other information you should know about your privacy
What personal information does Specialty Photo Tours collect and how is it used?

You are not required to provide any personal information to us unless and until you choose to make a purchase or sign up for one of our e-mail newsletters or other services as described below. We do not knowingly permit  Specialty Photo Tours to be used by any person under the age of eighteen and we do not knowingly collect any personal information from children (meaning those younger than thirteen years of age). A valid credit or debit card is required to make a purchase using the Specialty Photo Tours website.

Making a Purchase

In order to book a tour using Specialty Photo Tours, you must provide us with certain personal information such as your name, your credit or debit card number and expiration date, your credit or debit card billing address, your telephone number, and your e-mail address.  We require this information so that we can process, fulfill and confirm your reservations and transactions and keep you informed of their status. If you are booking a tour for one or more other travelers, you will need to make sure that each of these other travelers agrees, in advance, that you may disclose their personal information to us. For your convenience, we make certain information about your reservation available to you or other persons authorized by you to receive such information.

Express Consent To Receive Pre-Recorded And Text Messages

When you book travel using Specialty Photo Tours, you must provide us with a contact telephone number. We will use that telephone number in the event that we need to inform you of changes or other matters that may affect your tour, such as changes due to flight delays, inclement weather, and cancellations.  If you do not wish to receive these trip updates on your mobile phone, please provide us with another telephone number.

Member Registration

If you choose to register as a member of Specialty Photo Tours, you must provide your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, a unique login name (if different from your e-mail address), password, and password validation, and a password hint to help you remember your password. We collect this information for several reasons including: (i) personal identification; (ii) to complete air, hotel, car, and other reservations; and (iii) to allow us to contact you for customer service purposes, if necessary.. In addition, we need your e-mail address to confirm your new member registration and each reservation you make using Specialty Photo Tours.

TSA Secure Flight

Under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Secure Flight program, most air passengers are now required to provide their full name, date of birth, and gender (plus redress number, when applicable). If you are making a reservation for travelers other than yourself, you should make sure each traveler agrees, in advance, that you may disclose their personal information to us.

Secure Flight is a federally mandated program administered by the TSA. The privacy notice of the TSA is as follows:

The Transportation Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires aircraft operators to collect information from you for purposes of watch list screening, under the authority of 49 U.S.C. section 114, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Providing this information is voluntary; however, if it is not provided, you may be subject to additional screening or denied transport or authorization to enter a sterile area. TSA may share information you provide with law enforcement or intelligence agencies or others under its published system of records notice. For more on TSA Privacy policies, or to view the system of records notice and the privacy impact assessment, please see TSA’s Web site at www.tsa.gov.

Email Newsletters

Specialty Photo Tours email newsletters are optional communications you may choose to subscribe to that keep you up to date with the latest tours and specials. Your email address will only be used by Specialty Photo Tours to communicate special offers, tours and information regarding current or future trips.

Automatic Logging of Session Data

We automatically log generic information about your computer and your computer’s connection to the Internet, which we call “session data”. Session data consists of things such as device information, IP address, operating system and browser software information, and the activities conducted by the user while using the Specialty Photo Tours. An IP address is a number that lets computers attached to the Internet, such as our web servers, know where to send data back to the user, such as the pages of the site the user wishes to view. We collect session data because it helps us analyze such things as what items visitors are likely to click on most, the way visitors are clicking through the site, how many visitors are surfing to various pages on the site, how long visitors to the site are staying and how often they are visiting. It also helps us diagnose problems with our servers and lets us better administer our systems. It is possible to determine from an IP address a visitor’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the approximate geographic location of his or her point of connectivity. We may also use some session data, such as the pages you visited on our site, to send you e-mail messages (such as “Good Day to Buy”) focused on destinations that you may be interested in, unless you had previously opted out of receiving such messages. We also use session data to help prevent fraud or unauthorized use of our site.

Submitted Content

You can contribute to Specialty Photo Tours in a number of different ways, including by providing  recommendations, reviews, opinions, news articles, directories, guides, text, photographs, illustrations, graphics, logos, audio clips, images, information, data, photographs, software, messages, ideas, comments, questions, or other materials for public display on the Specialty Photo Tours website. Note that if you include personally identifiable information in your Submitted Content, it can be used and viewed by others. We are not responsible for the information you choose to include in your Submitted Content.

With whom (if anyone) will my personal information be shared?

When you book a tour using Specialty Photo Tours, we provide to the airline, hotel, car-rental company, or other involved Third Party Supplier only that portion of your personal information that is needed for the successful fulfillment of your travel arrangements. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of all such Third Party Suppliers as their policies may be materially different from this Privacy Policy.  When using a mobile device, note that all requests must be sent through your mobile carrier’s or Wi-Fi provider’s network and your carrier or provider may have access to the personal information being transmitted. For information regarding your carrier’s or Wi-Fi provider’s treatment of your personal information, please consult their applicable privacy policies.

How can I opt-out of receiving your promotional emails?

Our Opt-out Policy

As a Specialty Photo Tours member and/or customer you will also occasionally receive updates from us about special offers or upcoming tourss. We hope you will find these updates interesting and informative. Of course, if you would rather not receive a particular communication, please click on the “opt-out” link in our e-mail, or follow the instructions in each e-mail message.

What safeguards are in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information?

While no website can promise complete security, we have implemented administrative, technical, and physical security procedures designed to protect the personal information you provide to us. For example, only authorized employees are permitted to access personal information, and they may only do so for permitted business functions. In addition, we use encryption when transmitting your sensitive personal information between your system and ours, and we employ firewalls and intrusion detection systems to help prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to your information. In addition, when you make travel purchases on SpecialtyPhotoTours.com, you are protected by the Positive SSL certificate.  Comodo’s Positive SSL Certificates are designed for securing intranets, extranets, and web sites.  Comodo’s positive SSL guarantees the highest possible encryption levels for online transactions. Each certificate is signed with NIST recommended 2048 bit signatures and provides up to 256 bit encryption of customer data.

What other information should I know about my privacy?

Except as set forth herein, we do not share your personal information with those third parties, and are not responsible for their privacy practices. We encourage you to read the privacy statements of all such sites as their policies may be materially different from this Privacy Policy. Of course, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and your Specialty Photo Tours membership account information. Please be very careful, responsible, and alert with this information, especially whenever you’re online.

In addition to the circumstances described above, Specialty Photo Tours may disclose personal information if required to do so by law, court order, as requested by other government or law enforcement authority, or in the good faith belief that disclosure is otherwise necessary or advisable including, without limitation, to protect the rights or properties of Specialty Photo Tours or its affiliated companies or when we have reason to believe that disclosing the information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing interference with our rights or properties, whether intentionally or otherwise, or when anyone else could be harmed by such activities. In addition, if Specialty Photo Tours or substantially all of its assets are acquired, the personal information of our customers will also most likely be transferred in connection with such acquisition.

This Privacy Policy was last revised on March 20, 2013. We may change or supplement this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any material changes in the way Specialty Photo Tours uses personal information will be described in future versions of this Privacy Policy. Privacy Policy changes will apply to the information collected from the date we post the revised Privacy Policy, as well as to existing information held by us. If any proposed change is unacceptable to you, you may request that we remove your personal information from our records by e-mailing info@specialtyphototours.com.

Thank you for using Specialty Photo Tours.