WHO WE ARE
La Via Gaia specializes in custom-tailored getaways showcasing Italian cuisine and lifestyle. Our culinary adventures are designed to immerse you in the dynamic culture and captivating flavors of Italy with itineraries that dive deeply into traditions.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
We receive and store any information you enter on our websites or give us in any other way. We collect personal information that identifies you personally, such as your first and last name, email address, telephone number, postal and email addresses, user name, and password, passport number, date of birth, and billing information (such as your credit card number, cardholder name, and card expiration date).
When you register or book with La Via Gaia, we ask for basic information including your name and email address. You can choose not to provide information to us, but in general, some information about you is required in order for you to receive relevant offerings from La Via Gaia and its partners and enjoy other benefits of being a member or customer. For example, in order to purchase products or services, it is necessary for you to disclose Personal Information, including your name, address, email address, phone number, credit card details, and other personally-identifying information. If you do not provide Personal Information when purchasing one of our supplier’s products or services, we cannot confirm your purchase or facilitate your booking.
When you visit laviagaia.com or any web page hosted by us, our web server automatically recognizes and collects your IP address, which is assigned by your Internet Service Provider and does not identify you personally, web browser software, and referring website. To help us analyze the usage of our websites and related services, and to send more relevant communications to you, we also collect and keep track of Other Information about your online activity, such as content viewed, pages visited, and searches and/or reservations facilitated or made. One of our goals in collecting this automatic information is to help us understand the interests and preferences of our users and customize your user experience.
If you book a trip or excursion with third-party suppliers facilitated by La Via Gaia, we will collect payment information from you, including your credit card number, cardholder name, expiration date, authentication code, and billing address.
You can contribute to the La Via Gaia websites in a number of different ways, including but not limited to, writing reviews and rating trips, or submitting photos of your trip. We may store these contributions (your “Content”), publicly display them on our websites and those of our affiliate partners and distributors, display them to other users, share them with our affiliate partners and distributors, and use them for promotional purposes. Note that if you include Personal Information in your Content, it can be used and viewed by others. We are not responsible for the information you choose to include in your Content.
COOKIES, AND HOW WE USE THEM
“Cookies” are pieces of information that are stored by your web browser on your computer’s hard disk, for record-keeping purposes. Cookies in and of themselves only identify your computer; they do not personally identify you.
Most web browsers allow you to turn off cookies; however, turning off cookies will limit your use of our websites.
Third-Party Cookies: La Via Gaia and its affiliated websites are committed to providing you with relevant content and information across our site. To do this, we may collect information about your searches and other site activities and use third-party advertising companies to serve ads while you are visiting our websites and we permit these companies to place and access their own cookies on your computer in the course of serving advertisements. Such advertisers do not have access to the information we collect through La Via Gaia cookies. To opt-out of this targeted online advertising, please click here. Other companies’ use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies and not ours.
Web Beacons: Our websites also may use Web beacons (also known as clear gifs, pixel tags or Web bugs), which are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, that are placed in the code of a Web page. We may use Web beacons to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within our sites to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our site from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, and to improve site performance. We also may allow our service providers to use Web beacons to help us understand which emails have been opened by recipients and to track the visitor traffic and actions on our site. This helps us measure the effectiveness of our content and other offerings.
Response to Do Not Track signals: Your web browser may transmit a “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) signal to La Via Gaia and other websites. Because of differences in web browsers’ default settings and the manner in which browsers incorporate DNT signals, it is sometimes unclear to site operators whether site visitors have selected the DNT setting themselves, or whether they are aware that they have a choice in determining the setting. La Via Gaia does not currently respond to DNT signals. Once the Internet industry has settled on standards related to this issue and La Via Gaia recognizes such standards, we may reevaluate this approach.
HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We use your personal information in the following ways:
For bookings and to manage your account
To communicate with you in general
To provide you with the information you request about our products
To send you email marketing messages and information
To confirm your purchases
To ensure you are correctly billed
To enable us to publish content you submit to us
To measure and track demographic details about our customers
To target the content on our website to more closely match your interests and otherwise customize your experience with La Via Gaia
To target the appropriate content for email marketing messages to better match your interests
To respond to your questions and comments
To measure interest in and improve our products, services, websites, and Applications
To notify you about offers and products or services available from us or our partners that may be of interest to you
To solicit information from you, including through surveys
To resolve disputes or troubleshoot problems
To prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities
To protect against and prevent fraud, unauthorized transactions, claims, and other liabilities, and manage risk exposure, including by identifying potential hackers and other unauthorized users
As otherwise described to you at the point of collection
SHARING WITH SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICES
You can choose to access third-party social media websites and services through La Via Gaia (such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter). When you do so, you are sharing information with those sites, and the information you share is governed by their privacy policies. You may also be able to modify your privacy settings with these third party social media websites.
SHARING WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS
We may also use or disclose Personal Information as we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legitimate and enforceable subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public or government authorities, including public or government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions or otherwise establish or exercise our legal rights; (e) to protect and defend our rights, property or safety or those of any of our affiliates, our customers, or others; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, or that of our affiliates, you or others; (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain; (h) to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal or suspected illegal activities; (i) in connection with a corporate transaction, such as a divestiture, merger, consolidation, or asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy; or (j) as otherwise required by law.
We may use and disclose Other Information for any purpose. In some instances, we may combine Other Information with Personal Information (such as combining your name with your geographical location). If we combine any Other Information with Personal Information, the combined information will be treated by us as Personal Information, as long as it is so combined.
We also may share aggregate or anonymous information with third parties, including advertisers and investors. For example, we may tell our advertisers the number of visitors our website receives or the most popular excursions or tours. This information does not contain any personal information and is used to develop content and services we hope you will find of interest.
EMAIL COMMUNICATIONS YOU CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE FROM LA VIA GAIA
We may send to you marketing emails with information about deals, destination, and product news, offers, competitions, and other special promotions that we believe that you will find valuable, interesting or informative. We will provide you with choices regarding our use of your Personal Information for marketing purposes. If you are no longer interested in receiving future email marketing communications from La Via Gaia, you have several choices for opting out of future mailings:
You may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions and link included in each email marketing message we send.
You may email firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be unsubscribed by including your name, email address, and the words “unsubscribe” in the subject or message body.
Please note that, even if you opt-out of receiving future marketing communications from La Via Gaia, we will continue to send to you emails regarding your purchases and bookings, and regarding administrative information such as changes to our terms, conditions, and policies.
OUR AFFILIATES, DISTRIBUTORS, AND SUPPLIERS
Some affiliates, distributors and/or suppliers may operate in countries or states that do not have laws or regulations for the protection and safeguarding of Personal Information. La Via Gaia seeks to take reasonable steps to persuade all its affiliates, distributors and suppliers to adopt and adhere to privacy policies that are substantially similar to this one. However, please be aware that La Via Gaia is not in a position to force adherence, so we will rely on you and our other customers to inform us if you believe your privacy is not being adequately protected by our affiliates, distributors, and suppliers.
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