Backpack Forever Privacy Policy

In adopting this privacy policy, our intent is to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using personally identifiable information and your reasonable expectations of privacy.  This policy applies only to information collected by Backpack Forever, LLC (“Backpack Forever”) and does not govern or apply to entities that Backpack Forever does not own or control.  By using or accessing backpackforever.com (the “Site”), you agree to our privacy practices outlined below.  This policy may change from time to time, so please check back periodically.

There are situations in which we ask you to give us information about yourself.  We collect, hold, and use your personal information only when you have given us permission to do so.  Personal information means personally identifiable data such as your name, email address, and password.  

The types of purposes for which we collect personal information include the following: obtaining, responding to, and managing your feedback; processing transactions and sending notices about those transactions; providing services to you in connection with the Site, including managing your account and any services you specifically request; publishing your tips, comments, photos, reviews, articles, and other content to the Backpack Forever community; contacting site users with information and updates (like exciting travel news, great offers, promotions, opportunities, special events, competitions and surveys), which may also include information from our partners; soliciting information from you, including through surveys; contacting you on behalf of other users; monitoring traffic data; measuring interest in and improving our service and website; customizing your experience with backpackforever.com; resolving disputes or troubleshooting problems; preventing potentially prohibited or illegal activities; enforcing our Terms of Use and other agreements with members; and managing our competitions and contacting the winners.

Backpack Forever will not otherwise use or disclose your personal information without your consent except (i) as described in this privacy policy or (ii) as required by law and/or when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights.  And, of course, we promise to never rent or sell your personal information, and you will never receive email from a third party as a result of your relationship with us, unless we explicitly ask and you explicitly opt in to do so.

Accounts
In order to access certain areas of the Site, you must first create an account with a username and password. During registration, we will ask you for certain personal information such as your name, email address, username, and password to process the application. We use this information to set up an account and send you a welcome email.  

Payments to members
Commission payments made by Backpack Forever to its affiliate members are made through PayPal.  Certain information is necessary to complete these transactions such as the member’s contact information and PayPal account details.  If we have trouble processing a payment, we will use this information to contact you.

Traffic data
Each time a visitor comes to backpackforever.com, our servers -- like most on the Web -- collect some basic technical information, including, for example, the visitor’s domain name (e.g., whether the user is logged on from aol.com or yahoo.com), referral data (e.g., the address of the last URL a user visited prior to clicking through backpackforever.com) and browser and platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Macintosh platform).

We also count, track, and aggregate the visitor’s activity into our analysis of general traffic flows at our Site (e.g., recording where traffic comes from, how traffic flows within the Site, etc.).  To these ends, we may merge information about visitors and visits into group data, which may then be shared on an aggregated basis with our advertisers; but we will not disclose your individual identity or personal information without your permission.  When we do present aggregated information to outside companies, no one will be able to identify you or contact you.

Use of cookies
A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a Web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive.  We use cookies in a limited way to help deliver advertisements, to identify unique browsers that visit us, and to track usage throughout our Site.  The information collected through cookies is aggregated into general reports about readership and is not tied to individual identities except to provide customer support. 

Other companies which place advertising on our Site also have the ability to assign their cookies to you in a process that Backpack Forever does not control.

Public content
You can contribute to the Site in a number of different ways, including sharing knowledge, articles, writing reviews, uploading photos, and filling out your public profile. We may store these contributions (your "Public Content"), display them to other users, and use them for promotional purposes. Note that if you include personally identifiable information in your Public Content, it can be used and viewed by others. We are not responsible for the information you choose to include in your Public Content.  When providing contact information for other people, you should obtain the consent of those individuals prior to providing their personal information on the Site.

"Email a friend" feature
Backpack Forever offers an “email a friend about this story” feature, allowing site visitors to send emails to friends to inform them about an article they might be interested in reading.  In order for this feature to function, we ask for email addresses for the recipient (so we know who to mail the message to) and from the sender (so we can tell the recipient who sent the email).  We do not store or save these addresses and you will not receive email or other communications from Backpack Forever or its partners as a result of having used this feature.

"Email a friend about this story" is a mail service that individual visitors to Backpack Forever make use of to send individual emails.  While this tool cannot be used to send mass “spam” mailings, Backpack Forever has no control over how our visitors use it, and any email sent through it originates with, and is the responsibility of, the sender and not Backpack Forever.

Competitions, promotions, and surveys
Backpack Forever will from time to time sponsor sweepstakes, contests, or other events which require the collection, processing, and storage of individual contact and demographic information (e.g., your age and state of residence) to be used for the event.  Backpack Forever may also co-sponsor these events along with other companies, in which case the user’s individual contact and demographic information is likely to be shared with other participating sponsors, who may use this information as they wish.  A registrant’s personal contact and demographic information will not be released to any third-party organization other than named sponsors without the user’s consent, and Backpack Forever will request that such named sponsors uphold the privacy of the registrants’ information by not distributing or sharing such information with any other businesses or organizations.

We may contact you with travel- and service-related announcements and offers from time to time.  If you would like to remove your name and email address from these updates and promotional notices, you can send an email requesting removal to unsubscribe@backpackforever.com.

Backpack Forever may also conduct voluntary surveys of visitors to the Site from time to time to obtain information about them such as aggregate demographic information.  Such information may be compiled and shared in the aggregate with advertisers and other third parties, but no personal details will be traceable or associated with specific individuals.

Feedback
You should feel free to give us feedback, register a complaint, or ask questions about the Site.  We may store your communications, including any personal information you include in them, so that we can effectively respond to you.

Administration
We may use the information described above for routine administrative purposes, such as investigating abuses on the Site, responding to user inquiries and enforcing and applying our Terms of Use, this privacy policy, and other agreements between you and Backpack Forever.

Transfer of information


Managing your information
You can access, update, and otherwise manage your information by visiting the My Account page at backpackforever.com.  You may unsubscribe from any Backpack Forever mailing list.  You can also close your Backpack Forever account by contacting us at members@backpackforever.com. We will send you an e-mail to confirm your request. However, we may still need to contact you as required by law or on legal matters, for example, to inform you of any updates to our Terms of Use or this policy.  Please note that after you close an account, you will not be able to sign in or access any of your personal information. However, you can open a new account at any time. Please also note that we may retain certain information associated with your account in our archives, including for analytical purposes as well as for recordkeeping integrity.

Links
The Site may contain links to third party websites with which we have no affiliation.  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 suggest you read the privacy policies on all such third party websites.

Visiting the Site from outside the U.S.
If you are visiting our website from outside the U.S., please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the U.S. where our servers are located and our central database is operated.  The data protection and other laws of the U.S. and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, or the country where you access the Site, but please be assured that Backpack Forever does take steps pursuant to laws in the U.S. to ensure your privacy is protected.  By using our services, you understand that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this policy.

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us.  Backpack Forever has in place proper security measures to protect your personal information.  No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however.  Therefore, while we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Protecting children’s privacy
Protecting the privacy of the very young is important to us.  For that reason, we do not collect or maintain information from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our Site is structured to attract anyone under 13.  If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information without parental consent, we take steps to remove such information and terminate the child’s account.

Transfer in the event of sale or change of control
If the ownership of all or substantially all of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so that the service can continue to operate.  In such a case, your information would remain subject to the promises made in any pre-existing privacy policy.

Additional questions 
If you have any further questions or concerns about Backpack Forever’s privacy policies and use of personal information, please send them to us at privacy@backpackforever.com.




Last Updated: 08/01/2012