At CruiseOyster protecting your privacy while interacting with our content, products and services is important.
This policy applies only to CruiseOyster and not to other companies’ or organisations’ websites to which we may be linked.
COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
Information is collected from you primarily to make it easier and more rewarding for you to use our services. Depending on the service you are accessing, you could be asked to provide information such as your name, email address, occupation, location or other personal information. It is entirely your choice whether to respond to these questions or requests for information.
CruiseOyster collects two types of information. The first type is anonymous information – we do not know their names, where they live or their date of birth – they are ‘anonymous’ to us. Another example of CruiseOyster collecting anonymous information is when visitors are invited to respond to surveys or polls on our website. The surveys may ask you for demographic information such as your age, gender and postcode. This information is collected for research purposes, is used in the aggregate (where possible), and remains anonymous.
The second type of information that CruiseOyster collects is personal information. CruiseOyster will collect personal information that lets us know the specifics of who you are such as your name, email address. With this information, CruiseOyster can provide a variety of personalised and enhanced services that are not available to anonymous users. We hope that you will find it beneficial to provide individually identifiable information about yourself to us because it will make our services more valuable to you and enhance your experience using our website.
How much of your personal information that you choose to disclose to CruiseOyster is completely up to you. The only way we know something about you personally is if you provide it to us, for example when you take part in a discussion forum or enter one of the competitions on our websites.
USE OF ANONYMOUS INFORMATION
CruiseOyster automatically gathers anonymous information to monitor the use of CruiseOyster like the numbers and frequency of visitors to CruiseOyster and its areas, very much like television ratings that tell the networks how many people tuned in to a program. We only use such data in the aggregate. This collective data helps us determine how much our audiences use parts of the site, so we can improve CruiseOyster to assure that it is as appealing as we can make it for as many users as possible. CruiseOyster may publish or provide this aggregate data to other people.
USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
CruiseOyster will only use the personal information you have chosen to provide us for the purpose for which you provided it. CruiseOyster will not use it for any other purpose without your consent.
There will be occasions where it will be necessary for CruiseOyster to disclose your personal information to third parties. CruiseOyster may be required by law to disclose the information, or we may be required to disclose your personal information to third parties to provide the service you have requested, for example, if you enter a competition for prizes provided by third parties. However, the disclosure will only be made where it is necessary to fulfil the purpose for which you disclosed your personal information. Otherwise than stated above, we do not disclose personal information that you may give us, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number, to any organisation or person outside CruiseOyster unless you have authorised us to do so. For example, when you contribute to an online forum you may want to publish your name and email address.
INTERACTING WITH CRUISEOYSTER
There are many interactive features on CruiseOyster that you can contribute to. These include: Comments, Discussions, Reviews, Questions & Answers, Interviews, Online Voting, Community, Mailing Lists and Email, as well as others.
When interacting with CruiseOyster, we suggest that you use your discretion and exercise caution when providing your personal information.
Note that whenever you post personal information in publicly accessible places, such as comment threads or reviews, this information becomes available to anyone with access to the Internet. This information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Therefore, we recommend that you refrain from posting any information that you do not want seen in these public areas. For example, when participating in CruiseOyster’s interactive features, your name may appear on communications you send, provided that you have given it to us.
CruiseOyster will strive to protect your privacy and security as best we can. Ultimately, however, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your passwords and/or any personal information.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT PRIVACY
If you have any complaints relating to online privacy issues on CruiseOyster, please notify one of our staff. While CruiseOyster accepts no liability for any material or links posted to the service, we will attempt to investigate all complaints.