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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Explore Central Texas is an online service that provides recommendations for hotels, dining, shopping, nightlife, and a lot more. Our Web site is part of the LaRue Web Solutions Network.

We understand that providing information online involves a great deal of trust on your part. We take this trust very seriously, and make it a high priority to ensure the security and confidentiality of the personal information you provide to us. Before submitting your personal information to our Web site, please read this Policy carefully to learn about our privacy practices. By visiting Explore Central Texas’s Web site, www.explorecentraltexas.com , you are accepting the practices described herein.

  • What information we collect from you
  • How we use your information
  • With whom we share your information
  • How you can access your information
  • Your choices with respect to the collection and use of your information
  • How we protect your information
  • Children’s privacy
  • External links
  • Visiting our Web site from outside the United States
  • Your California privacy rights
  • Changes to this Privacy Policy
  • How you can contact us

What information we collect from you

In General.

We receive and store any information you enter on our Web site or give us in any other way. This includes information that can identify you (“personal information”), including your first and last name, telephone number, postal and e-mail addresses, user name and password. You can choose not to provide information to us, but in general some information about you is required in order for you to enjoy the benefits of being a registered member. For example, only registered members are able to post, comment, make suggestions or participate in discussion forums, e-mail Explore Central Texas content to themselves and others, access members-only newsletters, and enter surveys, contests, or sweepstakes. In addition, some information is also required in order for you to ask us a question or initiate other transactions on our site.

Information About Others.

You will have the opportunity to provide contact information for other people through our Web site. You should obtain the consent of other individuals prior to providing Explore Central Texas with their personal information.

Automatic Information.

We automatically collect some information about your computer when you visit Explore Central Texas. For example, we will collect session data, including your IP address, Web browser software, and referring Web site. We also may collect information about your online activity, such as content viewed and pages visited. One of our goals in collecting this automatic information is to help us understand the interests of our users and customize your user experience.

Cookies and Other Web Technologies.

Cookies are small data text files and can be stored on your computer’s hard drive (if your Web browser permits). Explore Central Texas.com and its affiliated websites use cookies for the following general purposes:

  • To help us recognize your browser as a previous visitor and save and remember any preferences that may have been set while your browser was visiting our site. For example, if you register on our site, we may use cookies to remember your registration information, so you do not need to log into our site each time you visit. We also may record your password in a cookie, if you checked the box entitled “Save this password for automatic sign-in.” Please note that member IDs, passwords, and any other account-related data included in such cookies are encrypted for security purposes.
  • To help us customize the content, website experience, and advertisements provided to you on our websites and on other websites across the Internet. For example, when you access a web page, a cookie is automatically set by us, our service providers, or our partners to recognize your browser as you navigate on the Internet and to present you with information and advertising based on your apparent interests.
  • To help measure and research the effectiveness of website features and offerings, advertisements, and e-mail communications (by determining which e-mails you open and act upon).

The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers should tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable most types of cookies. Please note that if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to access many of the tools offered on our sites.

How we use your information

Explore Central Texas uses the information we collect about you for the following general purposes: for registration and to manage your account, including to facilitate your access to and use of our site; to communicate with you in general, including to provide information about Explore Central Texas and invitations from the Explore Central Texas community; to enable us to publish your reviews, forum posts, and other content to the Explore Central Texas community; to respond to your questions and comments; to measure interest in and improve our products, services, and Web site; to notify you about special offers and products or services available from us or our partners that may be of interest to you; to otherwise customize your experience with Explore Central Texas; to solicit information from you, including through surveys; to resolve disputes or troubleshoot problems; to prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities; to enforce our Terms of Use; and as otherwise described to you at the point of collection.

How you can access your information

We take reasonable steps to ensure that your information is relevant to its intended use, accurate, and complete. You can access and update your contact information by visiting the Member Profile page on the Explore Central Texas Web site. You can close your Explore Central Texas account by contacting us at the email address listed below. We will send you an e-mail to confirm your request. 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.

Your choices with respect to the collection and use of your information

  • As discussed above, you can choose not to provide us with any information, although it may be needed to take advantage of certain features offered on Explore Central Texas.
  • You also can add or update information and close your account as described above.
  • As a registered Explore Central Texas member, you can modify your e-mail subscription choices at any time on the Member Profile page. Whether registered as a Explore Central Texas member or not, you also will be given the opportunity to unsubscribe from promotional messages in any such e-mail we send. Please note that we reserve the right to send you other communications, including service announcements, administrative messages, and surveys relating either to your Explore Central Texas account, without offering you the opportunity to opt out of receiving them.
  • Email Communications: Explore Central Texas wants to make it easy for you to take advantage of all opportunities on our Web site. One way we do this is by sending you e-mail messages that contain information about your apparent interests. We believe these email messages will provide you with useful information about Central Texas related special offers available through our sites. Please note that you will have the opportunity to choose not to receive these email messages in any such email we send.
  • The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. Please note that if you refuse to accept cookies from Explore Central Texas, you will not be able to access portions of our site.

How we protect your information

We want you to feel confident about using Explore Central Texas, and we are committed to protecting the information we collect. While no Web site can guarantee security, we have implemented appropriate administrative, technical, and physical security procedures to help protect the personal information you provide to us. For example, only authorized employees are permitted to access personal information, and they only may do so for permitted business functions. In addition, we use encryption when transmitting your personal information between your system and ours, and we employ firewalls and intrusion detection systems to help prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to your information.

Children’s privacy

Explore Central Texas is a general audience site and does not offer services directed to children. Should an individual whom we know to be a child under age 13 send personal information to us, we will delete or destroy such information as soon as reasonably possible.

External links

If any part of the Explore Central Texas web site links you to other web sites, those external web sites do not operate under this Privacy Policy. We recommend that you examine the privacy statements posted on those other Web sites to understand their procedures for collecting, using, and disclosing personal information.

Visiting our Web sites from outside the United States

If you are visiting our Web site from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our servers are located and our central database is operated. The data protection and other laws of the United States and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, but please be assured that Explore Central Texas does take steps pursuant to laws in the United States to ensure that your privacy is protected.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Explore Central Texas may update this Privacy Policy in the future. We will notify our members about material changes to this Privacy Policy by either sending a notice to the e-mail address you provided to us or by placing a prominent notice on our Web site.

How you can contact us

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at:

Email: support@Explore Central Texas

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