Privacy Policy

Effective September 20, 2020.

We want you to understand how and why Hikearound, Inc. ('Hikearound,' 'we' or 'us') collects, uses, and shares information about you when you use our websites, mobile apps, and other online products and services (collectively, the "Services") or when you otherwise interact with us or receive a communication from us. This Privacy Policy applies to all of our Services.

What We Collect
Information You Provide to Us

We collect information you provide to us directly when you use the Services. This includes:

  • Account information. To create an account, you must provide a username and password. Your username is public, and it doesn’t have to be related to your real name. You may also provide an email address. We also store your user account preferences and settings.
  • Content you submit. We collect the content you submit to the Services. This includes comments and reviews you create, as well as other hike related content you submit.
  • Actions you take. We collect information about the actions you take when using the Services. This includes your interactions with content, like favoriting. It also includes your interactions with other users.
Information We Collect Automatically

When you access or use our Services, we may also automatically collect information about you. This includes:

  • Log and usage data. We may log information when you access and use the Services. This may include your IP address, user-agent string, browser type, operating system, referral URLs, device information (e.g., device IDs), pages visited, links clicked, the requested URL, hardware settings, and search terms.
  • Information collected from cookies and similar technologies. We may receive information from cookies, which are pieces of data your browser stores and sends back to us when making requests, and similar technologies. We use this information to improve your experience, understand user activity, personalize content and advertisements, and improve the quality of our Services. For example, we store and retrieve information about your preferred language and other settings. For more information on how you can disable cookies, please see 'Your Choices' below.
  • Location information. We may receive and process information about your location. For example, with your consent, we may collect information about the specific location of your mobile device (for example, by using GPS or Bluetooth). We may also receive location information from you when you choose to share such information on our Services, including by associating your content with a location, or we may derive your approximate location from other information about you, including your IP address.
How We Use Information About You

We use information about you to:

  • Provide, maintain, and improve the Services;
  • Research and develop new services;
  • Send you technical notices, updates, security alerts, invoices and other support and administrative messages;
  • Provide customer service;
  • Communicate with you about products, services, offers, promotions, and events, and provide other news and information we think will be of interest to you;
  • Monitor and analyze trends, usage, and activities in connection with our Services; and
  • Personalize the Services and provide advertisements, content and features that match user profiles or interests.
How Information About You Is Shared

When you use the Services, certain information may be shared with other users and the public. For example:

  • When you submit content (such as a review or comment) to the Services, any visitors to and users of our Services will be able to see that content, the name associated with the content, and the date and time you originally submitted the content.

Otherwise, we do not share, sell, or give away your personal information to third parties unless one of the following circumstances applies:

  • To comply with the law. We may share information in response to a request for information if we believe disclosure is in accordance with, or required by, any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, including, but not limited to, meeting national security or law enforcement requirements. To the extent the law allows it, we will attempt to provide you with prior notice before disclosing your information in response to such a request.
  • To enforce our policies and rights. We may share information if we believe your actions are inconsistent with our user agreements or other Hikearound policies, or to protect the rights, property, and safety of ourselves and others.
  • With your consent. We may share information about you with your consent or at your direction.
  • Aggregated or de-identified information. We may share information about you that has been aggregated or anonymized such that it cannot reasonably be used to identify you. For example, we may show the total number of times a hike has been favorited without identifying who the visitors were.
Ads and Analytics Partners

We may partner with third-party advertisers, ad networks, and analytics providers to deliver advertising and content targeted to your interests and to better understand your use of the Services. These third parties may collect information sent by your computer, browser, or mobile device in response to a request for content, such as unique identifiers, your IP address, or other information about your computer or device. For example:

  • Advertisers and Ad Networks: Our ad partners and ad networks may use cookies and related technologies to collect information when ads are delivered to you on our Services, but Hikearound does not link to or provide them with your actual Hikearound account details. This means that Hikearound does not share your individual account browsing habits with advertisers. Hikearound cannot see advertisers’ cookies and advertisers will not see Hikearound cookies.
  • Analytics Partners: We use analytics partners (such as Google Analytics) to help analyze usage and traffic for our Services. As an example, we may use analytics partners to analyze and measure, in the aggregate, the number of unique visitors to our Services.
Your Choices

As a Hikearound user, you have choices about how to protect and limit the collection, use, and disclosure of information about you.

Deleting Your Account

You may delete your account information at any time by emailing [email protected]. When you delete your account, your profile is no longer visible to other users and disassociated from content you may have posted under that account. Please note, however, that comments you submitted prior to deleting your account will still be visible to others unless you first delete the specific content.

Controlling the Use of Cookies

Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject first- and third-party cookies. Please note that if you choose to remove or reject cookies, this could affect the availability and functionality of our Services.

Controlling Advertising and Analytics

Some analytics providers we partner with may provide specific opt-out mechanisms and we may provide, as needed and as available, additional tools and third-party services that allow you to better understand cookies and how you can opt-out. For example, you may manage the use and collection of certain information by Google Analytics here.

Do Not Track

Most modern web browsers give you the option to send a Do Not Track signal to the websites you visit, indicating that you do not wish to be tracked. However, there is no accepted standard for how a website should respond to this signal, and we do not take any action in response to this signal. Instead, in addition to publicly available third-party tools, we offer you the choices described in this policy to manage the collection and use of information about you.

Controlling Mobile Notifications

With your consent, we may send promotional and non-promotional push notifications or alerts to your mobile device. You can deactivate these messages at any time by changing the notification settings on your mobile device.

Controlling Location Information

If you initially consent to our collection of location information, you can subsequently stop the collection of this information at any time by changing the preferences on your mobile device.

Other Information
Information Security

We take measures to help protect information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. For example, we use HTTPS while information is being transmitted. We also enforce technical and administrative access controls to limit which of our employees have access to non-public personal information.

Data Retention

We store the information we collect for as long as it is necessary for the purpose(s) for which we originally collected it. We may retain certain information for legitimate business purposes or as required by law.

International Data Transfers

We are based in the United States and we process and store information on servers located in the United States. We may store information on servers and equipment in other countries depending on a variety of factors, including the locations of our users and service providers. By accessing or using the Services or otherwise providing information to us, you consent to the processing, transfer and storage of information in and to the U.S. and other countries, where you may not have the same rights as you do under local law.

Data Subject and Consumer Information Requests

Requests for a copy of the information Hikearound has about your account—including EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) data subject access requests and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) consumer information requests—can be submitted by emailing [email protected].

Children

Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to create an account or otherwise use the Services. Additionally, if you are in the EEA, you must be over the age required by the laws of your country to create an account or otherwise use the Services, or we need to have obtained verifiable consent from your parent or legal guardian.

Changes to This Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we do, we will let you know by revising the date at the top of the policy. We encourage you to review the Privacy Policy whenever you access or use our Services or otherwise interact with us to stay informed about our information practices and the ways you can help protect your privacy. By continuing to use our Services after Privacy Policy changes go into effect, you agree to be bound by the revised policy.