Privacy Policy, effective May 22, 2018

  1. OUR APPROACH TO PRIVACY

1.1 Hosts Destination Services, LLC and its affiliates (listed in the “Affiliates” (Section 13 below) (“Hosts Destination Services, LLC“, “we“, “our“, or “us“) are committed to respecting your privacy.

1.2 We collect data about users of our websites, blogs, mobile sites, or applications; about individuals that attend events organized, hosted or managed by us; and about our clients (where these are natural persons) or their employees, agents and representatives (and these individuals about whom we collect data are referred to as “you” in this Privacy Policy).

1.3 We may collect data that identifies or is associated with you (“personal information“) when you access our websites, blogs, mobile sites, applications, widgets and other interactive features, when you register or attend an event organized or hosted by us, or when you otherwise contact us (“Public Services“).

1.4 We may also collect personal information about you when we provide services or market our services (“Client Services“) to you, your employer, or any other person that has authorized you to communicate with us regarding the provision of Client Services to them in accordance with our client agreement.

1.5 This Privacy Policy sets out how we collect, store, process, transfer, share and use your personal information.

1.6 Before accessing, using or receiving our Public Services or Client Services, please ensure that you have read and understood how we collect, store, use and disclose your personal information as described in this privacy policy.

  1. DATA CONTROLLER

2.1 The identity of the data controller of the personal information we hold about you will depend on if you are engaging with Hosts Destination Services, LLC or any of our affiliates, or if you access, use or receive our Public Services or Client Services. Please refer to our list of Offices below to determine who the applicable data controller is for the office you are engaging with.

  1. PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU AND HOW WE USE IT

Information you provide to us

3.1 We collect personal information about you when you voluntarily submit information directly to us when you access, use or receive the Public Services or the Client Services. This can include information you provide to us when you submit an inquiry through our website, register for and/or attend an event, correspond with us by phone, email or otherwise, subscribe to our mailing lists, client alerts, newsletters or other forms of marketing communications, provide information requested by us to comply with our professional and Client obligations, or in connection with our provision of the Client Services.

3.2 If you choose not to provide personal information, we may not be able to provide some or all of the Public Services or Client Services to you or respond to your other requests.

3.3 When you use the Public Services, the categories of information we collect may include:

  • contact information
  • business information
  • employment information
  • location information
  • information provided by third parties
  • your comments and opinions that you express when you comment on a blog post, contact us by email, mail or phone.

We use this information to operate, maintain and provide to you the features and functionality of the Public Services, to address your questions and concerns, to personalize your content so that it is relevant to the city or country you are using your device in, to contact you, including sending you news, alerts and marketing communications, and to help us develop new products and services.

3.4 When you use Client Services, the categories of information we collect may also include:

  • identification information
  • instructions and information about
  • payment and transaction information

We use this information to provide you with the Client Services in accordance with our agreements; to communicate with you; to comply with our professional or Client obligations and to facilitate our internal business operations.

3.5 The table at Appendix 2 further sets out the categories of personal information we collect about you when you use the Public Services and how (for which purpose) we use that information. The table also lists the legal basis which we rely on to process the personal information.

3.6 The table at Appendix 3 further sets out the categories of personal information we collect about you when you use the Client Services and how (for which purpose) we use that information. The table also lists the legal basis which we rely on to process the personal information.

Information we collect about you automatically

3.7 We also automatically collect personal information about you indirectly about how you access and use our websites, blogs, mobile sites, applications, widgets and other interactive features (the “Online Services“) and information about the device you use to access the Online Services. For example, we may collect:

  • information about how you view the Online Services (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click);
  • information about your browser and usage patterns (e.g., your IP address, browser type and language); and
  • information about the device you use to access the Online Services (e.g., device identifier, device type, model and manufacturer)

We use this information to: present our Online Service to you on your device; determine news, alerts and other products and services that may be of interest to you for marketing purposes; and monitor and improve our Online Services and business, and to help us develop new products and services.

3.8 The table at Appendix 4 further sets out the categories of personal information we collect about you automatically and how (for which purpose) we use that information. The table also lists the legal basis which we rely on to process the personal information.

  1. PERSONAL INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU AND HOW WE USE IT

4.1 As required in accordance with how we use it, we will share your personal information with the following:

(a) Service providers and advisors. Third party vendors and other service providers that perform services for us, on our behalf, which may include providing mailing or email services, tax and accounting services, payments processing, data enhancement services, fraud prevention, web hosting, or providing analytic services.

(b) Affiliates. Other affiliates of Hosts Destination Services, LLC so that they can provide you with client updates, information and marketing messages about products or services that may interest you.

(c) The public.When you use our Public Services, content and information that you post on message boards, blogs or other services on our website, or that you allow us to make public, may be available to other visitors to our websites and to the general public. When you use our Client Services, to the extent you have given us consent to do so, we may also share your name and the company you work for together with comments and feedback on our Client Services.

(d) Client directories. When you use our Client Services, we may share your contact details and limited information about the Client Services provided to you or the client with client directories or other promotional publications or communications, in order to promote our Client Services. We will only share your personal information in this way to the extent that you have given us your consent to do so.

(e) Social Media Networks. When you use our Public Services, content that you share through social media may be shared with your social media account provider and your friends, followers or contacts on the connected social network.

(f) Purchasers and third parties.In connection with a business transaction. We may, where permitted by our professional confidentiality obligations, disclose generic information about our current clients, such as limited client lists and/or brief descriptions of the Client Services being provided, to third parties in connection with a transaction, such as a merger, sale of assets or shares, reorganization, financing, change of control or acquisition of all or a portion of our business.

(g) Law enforcement, regulators and other parties for legal reasons.Third parties as required by law or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement; (b) comply with legal process; (c) respond to requests from public or government authorities, including public or government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) enforce the terms of our agreement (being, as applicable, our Terms of Use Agreement for Public Services or the terms of our client engagement letter for Client Services) and pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we might sustain; (e) protect the security or integrity of the Public Services or Client Services (as applicable); and/or (f) exercise or protect our rights, privacy, safety or that of our affiliates, clients, you or others.

  1. MARKETING AND ADVERTISING

5.1 From time to time we may send you Client updates, alerts, news and mailings relating to seminars or events that we think may be of interest to you.

5.2 Most messages we send will be by email. For some messages, we may use personal information we collect about you to help us determine the most relevant marketing information to share with you.

5.3 If you are a citizen of or reside in the EEA, we will only send you marketing messages if you have given us your consent to do so. If you do not want to receive messages from us, you will be able to tell us by selecting certain boxes on forms we use when we first collect your contact details or by refusing or withdrawing your consent. You can also change your preferences at a later date by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our messages, visiting www.hosts-global.comcontact us page to adjusts your communication preferences, or by emailing us at privacy@hosts-global.com.

5.4 Please note that if you do opt-out of or do not grant consent to receiving marketing related messages from us, we may still send you non-marketing messages, such as communications relating to the provision of Client Services.

5.5 Your personal information may also be shared with any affiliates of Hosts Destination Services LLC, who may also use this information for the same purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy.

  1. STORING AND TRANSFERRING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

6.1 Retention periods. We will store your personal information for no longer than necessary for the purposes set out in Appendices 23 and 4, and in accordance with our Client obligations and legitimate business interests.

6.2 Security. We implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal information against accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, change or damage.

6.3 International Transfers of your Personal Information. As an international services provider, our affiliates and service providers are located around the world. The personal information we collect may therefore be transferred to and stored in countries outside of the jurisdiction you are in. Any international transfers of your personal information are made pursuant to appropriate safeguards, such as standard data protection clauses adopted by the European Commission. If you wish to enquire further about these safeguards used, please contact us using the details set out at the end of this privacy policy.

  1. YOUR RIGHTS IN RESPECT OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION

7.1 If you are a resident or citizen in the European Economic Area, under European law you have the following rights in respect of your personal information that we hold:

(a) Right of access. You have the right to obtain:

  1. (i) confirmation of whether, and where, we are processing your personal information;
  2. (ii) information about the categories of personal information we are processing, the purposes for which we process your personal information and information as to how we determine applicable retention periods;
  3. (iii) information about the categories of recipients with whom we may share your personal information; and
  4. (iv) a copy of the personal information we hold about you.

(b) Right of portability.You have the right, in certain circumstances, to receive a copy of the personal information you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format that supports re-use, or to request the transfer of your personal data to another person.

(c) Right to rectification.You have the right to obtain rectification of any inaccurate or incomplete personal information we hold about you without undue delay.

(d) Right to erasure.You have the right, in some circumstances, to require us to erase your personal information without undue delay if the continued processing of that personal information is not justified.

(e) Right to restriction.You have the right, in some circumstances, to require us to limit the purposes for which we process your personal information if the continued processing of the personal information in this way is not justified, such as where the accuracy of the personal information is contested by you.

(f) Right to object. You have a right to object to any processing based on our legitimate interests where there are grounds relating to your particular situation. There may be compelling reasons for continuing to process your personal information, and we will assess and inform you if that is the case. You can object to marketing activities for any reason.

7.2 If you are resident in France, you also have the right to set guidelines for the retention and communication of your personal information after your death.

7.3 If you wish to exercise one of these rights, please contact us at privacy@hosts-global.com

7.4 You also have the right to lodge a complaint to your local data protection authority. Further information about how to contact your local data protection authority is available at http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm.

7.5 Residents in other jurisdictions may also have similar rights to the above. Please contact us at privacy@hosts-global.com if you would like to exercise one of these rights, and we will comply with any request to the extent required under applicable law.

  1. COOKIES AND SIMILAR TECHNOLOGIES

8.1 Our websites use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website or access any of our other websites and also allows us to improve our websites.

8.2 Cookies are pieces of code that allow for personalization of our website experience by saving your information such as user ID and other preferences. A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your device’s hard disk (such as your computer or smartphone) for record-keeping purposes.

8.3 We use the following types of cookies:

(a) Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

(b) Analytical/performance cookies.They allow us to recognize and count the number ofvisitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We may use third-party analytics tools such as Google Analytics, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Online Services and to understand more about the demographics of our users. You can learn more about Google’s practices at http://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners, and view its currently available opt-out options at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

(c) Functionality cookies.These are used to recognize you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalize our content for you and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

8.4 The cookies we use are designed to help you get the most from the website but if you do not wish to receive cookies, most browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. Please note that if you choose to refuse cookies you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website. These settings will typically be found in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the “Help” option in your browser for more details.

(a) Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies

(b) Cookie settings in Firefox
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cookies-information-websites-store-on-your-computer?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Cookies

(c) Cookie settings in Chrome
https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en

(d) Cookie settings in Safari on Mac
https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411?locale=en_US

(e) Cookie setting in Safari on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201265

8.5 Deleting or blocking cookies may not be effective for all types of tracking technologies, such as Local Storage Objects (LSOs) like Flash objects or HTML5.

8.6 We are unable to respond to Do Not Track signals set by your browser at this time.

  1. LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES

The Public Services may, from time to time, contain links to and from third party websites, including those of other users and news publications. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies. Please check the individual policies before you submit any information to those websites.

  1. OUR POLICY TOWARDS CHILDREN

Our Public Services and Client Services are not directed at persons under 16 and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 16. If you become aware that your child has provided us with personal information, without your consent, then please contact us using the details below so that we can take steps to remove such information and terminate any account your child has created with us.

  1. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY

We may update this privacy policy from time to time and so you should review this page periodically. When we change this privacy policy in a material way, we will update the “last modified” date at the end of this privacy policy. Changes to this privacy policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

  1. NOTICE TO YOU

If we need to provide you with information about something, whether for Client, marketing or other business related purposes, we will select what we believe is the best way to get in contact with you. We will usually do this through email or by placing a notice on the Online Services. The fact that we may send notices to you will not stop you from being able to opt out of certain types of contact as described in this privacy policy.

  1. AFFILIATES

The following entities are “affiliates” of Hosts Destination Services, LLC:

    • Hosts Destination Services, LLC
    • Global Alliance
    • Hosts Baltimore
    • Hosts Chicago
    • Hosts Las Vegas
    • Hosts New Orleans
    • Hosts Southern California
    • Hosts Washington DC
  1. CONTACTING US

14.1 Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy are welcome and should be addressed to privacy@hosts-global.com or to the partner with whom you entered into an engagement for the provision of Client Services. If you are in Germany, you can also contact our Data Protection Officer at privacy@hosts-global.com.

14.2 The policy shall take effect on May 22 2018.