Privacy

At Family Vacation Critic, we aim to provide balanced, unbiased reporting at all times and take our journalistic credibility very seriously. It is central to the aim of the site to provide you, the reader, with an accurate and reliable resource on all aspects of family travel. By pairing our editorial content with reviews from our members, the site provides a wide variety of viewpoints and extensive depth of content. Family Vacation Critic accepts advertising, but remains strictly impartial from an editorial standpoint — something which is made clear to all advertisers seeking to promote products or services on the site. Our strict policies refuses promised editorial, particularly positive reviews, in exchange for advertising.

Privacy

The internet contains a wealth of information and it may also contain personal details about you that you don’t want everyone to know. At Family Vacation Critic, we strive to assist our participants in protecting their privacy while using our website.

We have adopted the following Principles of Privacy, which summarize and clarify that commitment: how we safeguard your privacy and how we treat personal information. We understand that for you to take full advantage of our interactive medium, we must do everything we can to ensure that your privacy is secure.

1. If we at any time ask for any personal information, we will not give it out to anyone unless you tell us to do so or unless specifically noted on contest entry forms that it will be shared with a contest sponsor. Also, if you choose to subscribe to our newsletter or join our forums Family Vacation Critic may send you information about updates to our site, invitations to special events and promotions we feel may be of interest to you.

2. We do not give out to others information about where you personally go on Family Vacation Critic.

3. Family Vacation Critic welcomes all age groups at our website. Thus, we take extra steps to protect the safety and privacy of children and teens: we will never knowingly collect any information from children or teens. Membership is, however, limited to those age 13 and above. Also, we strive to ensure that all content on our website will be suitable for children and teenagers.

4. Participants should be aware that when you are on any website, you could be directed to other sites when you click on an advertising banner. Clicking on an ad banner may take you off our online site. Family Vacation Critic wants you to be aware that other sites may send their own cookies to participants, collect data or solicit personal information over which we have no control.

5. We will keep you informed, clearly and prominently, about what we do with any personal information you may supply to us, and we will advise you if we change our policy.

6. Information Collected by Third Parties. Third parties, such as vendors, advertising entities, and business partners, may use cookies and other technologies to collect information about your online activities. The purposes for collecting this information include: to measure usage of our site; to analyze, modify, and personalize advertising content on this and other sites; and to provide ads about goods and services that may be of interest to you. We do not have access to or control over cookies or other features these third parties may use, and the information practices of these third parties are not covered by this Privacy Policy. Some of these third parties may be third-party network advertisers that offer you the option of not having this information collected. To learn more, please visit NetworkAdvertising.org.

7. Email newsletters. If you wish to unsubscribe from our email newsletters at any time, please utilize the Update Profile link at the bottom of any of our mailings.

This Privacy Policy is effective as of 02/24/2011.

Phishing Awareness and Reporting

Phishing is dangerous, it targets groups of people in an attempt to steal financial information, usernames, passwords, or compromise the security of your computer/mobile device.

Phishing email content is general enough to target a large audience such as all customers of a bank or website.  The content of the email appears to be legitimate but close inspection of the message content

can raise suspicion that the email is not valid.

Phishing attacks can often be identified simply by reading the message:

    • Poor grammar and spelling
    • Links in the email: check the link and verify the link text to the link destination. Does the link direct you to an unknown website?
    • Urges quick action by the victim or they will face consequences
    • If the email has an attachment, you should evaluate the attachment.
    • Are you expecting an attachment? Verify with the sender.
    • Save the attachment and scan with anti-virus before opening. Often previewing a file is enough to infect your machine.

Spear Phishing is similar to Phishing except the attacker is targeting an individual or small group of people with well-crafted emails that are harder to detect compared to phishing campaigns.

If you believe you received a phishing email:

    • Save the original phishing email as an attachment. Do not forward as we need the original email for our investigation.
    • Send copies of links to websites
    • Screen captures of data that can’t be copied or attached

Send the above information to: abuse@tripadvisor.com

Sponsored Travel

Due to limited resources, we do, like many media outlets, accept paid-for travel and hospitality from time to time; however, this does not and will not influence our reporting in any way. The sponsors of such hospitality are aware that by inviting us to review a hotel, attraction or destination, it is ‘at their own risk,’ regarding how we report on the experience. We will not provide positive reviews that are not warranted, even if our travel was sponsored. Wherever possible, we pay our own way where resources allow.

Amazon

Family Vacation Critic is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Copyright Complaint Policy

Infringement Notification:

If you believe in good faith that materials hosted by us infringe your copyright, please provide the written information requested below. The procedure outlined below is exclusively for notifying TripAdvisor that your copyrighted material has been infringed.

Please provide the following information in the following format (including Section Numbers):

1. A clear identification of the copyrighted work you claim was infringed.
2. A clear identification of the material you claim is infringing the copyrighted work, and information that will allow us to locate that material on the website such as a link to the infringing material.
3. Your contact information so that we can reply to your complaint, preferably including an email address and telephone number.
4. Include the following statement: “I have a good faith belief that the material that is claimed as copyright infringement is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”
5. Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and I am the copyright owner, or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
6. The notice must be signed by the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Notices of claims of copyright infringement on this website should be emailed or mailed to:
– TripAdvisor LLC., Attn: Legal Department, 400 1st Avenue, Needham, MA 02494
– ta-copyright@tripadvisor.com
– Phone: 781-800-8658

We suggest that you consult your legal advisor before filing a notice or counter-notice. Also, please note that you may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys fees) if you make a false claim of copyright infringement.

We will review and address all notices that comply with the requirements above.

Repeat Infringer Policy

In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and other applicable law, TripAdvisor has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at TripAdvisor’s sole discretion, subscribers or account holders who are deemed to be repeat infringers. TripAdvisor may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Site and/or terminate the accounts of any users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.

Accessing and Sending Email Information

Microsoft Outlook Has Several Ways to Send an Email as an Attachment:

1. The ribbon at the top has an attachment button that can be selected to send the current email as an attachment2. Either “right click” or “control click” (for MAC) on the message, select “Forward Special” and select “As Attachment.”

Other email clients and webmail clients have slightly different ways to access the information that attaching an email gives us for investigation. Please search how to do this or view the email client’s help menu. For Gmail, the user has to show the original email and cut/paste the results into a new email.  This will give us all the information that we use for investigations as well.

1. With the email of interest open, drop down the mail menu.

2. Select Show Original.

2. Copy and paste the contents of the original header into a new email.

4. Send the new email to us with a description of why it is phishing/fraud.