Last Revised October 1, 2015
Users of the sites and applications that are part of the site may be able to adjust the manner or amount of information that is publicly disclosed or shared with third parties by adjusting privacy settings (the "Privacy Settings") within those sites or applications. These include, without limitation:
- For theweddingexpert.com (both desktop and mobile) web sites (the "WE sites") and TheWeddingExpert mobile application (the "WE App"), collectively with the WE sites and the WE App, the "WE Properties"), the settings found here https://www.theweddingexpert.com/user-profile-settings (the "WE Privacy Settings") will allow you to modify the display and sharing of certain information. Additionally, the WE App allows you to make certain modifications to display and sharing of information within the WEP Properties in the "Settings" section of the WE App.
NOTIFICATION OF CHANGES
INFORMATION WE GATHER
Registration and Account Information
Use of portions of the site requires you to establish a user ID and password. You agree that you will be responsible for maintaining your password as confidential and for any activity that occurs on your account as a result of you sharing your password with another or failing to protect it. TheWeddingExpert is not responsible for any loss or damage arising from your failure to maintain the confidentiality of your password.
Online Surveys, Contests and Advertising
TheWeddingExpert reserves the right to retain any and all information submitted by users through use of the site, including but not limited to reviews, public profile information, information submitted to surveys (created by us or any other third party), personal messages sent through the site, and posts to message boards or forums. We may supplement personal information you provide us with additional information purchased from third parties for marketing purposes.
Automatically Gathered Information
Email to Friends Feature and Referral Program
TheWeddingExpert lets event users easily connect your profiles to friends/affiliates via email. TheWeddingExpert also offers the ability to send friends/affiliates emails to TheWeddingExpert. If you choose to use either feature, we will use your email address to copy you on the message or to send the email on your behalf, and you hereby grant permission for such use.
As part of registration, you may set up a profile describing yourself, your wedding (My Profile). This profile will be publicly available as a default. Event users have the ability to modify the sharing of their personal information collected via the WE properties using the WE privacy settings. Other sites and mobile applications that are part of the site may have separate privacy settings. If you change your privacy settings, some information that was previously public and that you change to a private setting may remain cached and publicly available temporarily or indefinitely by search engines and others who archive publicly available content.
We may collect and store information about your use of the site, such as the terms that you search for, the pages or screens that you view, and the activities that you conduct on or using the site, including which vendors you review, list as favorites or booked or call or contact using the site and how you conduct those activities (collectively, "Site Activity"). Site activity may include actions that we are able to collect or infer using automatically gathered information.
HOW WE USE AND DISCLOSE INFORMATION
Site Transactions and Administration
We may use your information (including personal information and automatically gathered information) for our own internal purposes, including but not limited to contacting you via email or telephone to inform you about updates to our services and providing you with information relating to e-commerce transactions that you conduct on the site. We also reserve the right to disclose your information as described in the paragraphs below.
Opt-in, Contact Me, or Offer Requests or Consents
TheWeddingExpert Reviews System
TheWeddingExpert Vendor Review system represents a central repository for ratings and reviews of wedding vendors by their customers (engaged couples or married couples). When you submit a review or a counter-review on TheWeddingExpert site, we may make your review public on the site or on other TheWeddingExpert properties or through our partners and affiliates. If you provide a review for a vendor that is not yet part of our catalog, or if you add a new vendor to your planning tools, we will use the information that you provide about the vendor to notify the vendor that a review has been completed and that we are adding the vendor to our catalog. We will also seek that vendor's greater involvement with our site. Your TheWeddingExpert profile information will be made available as part of the review posting. An event user may be able to change the way that his or her information appears in reviews within the WE properties by adjusting his or her WE privacy settings. Other sites and mobile applications that are part of the site may have separate privacy settings.
Publicly Disclosed Information
TheWeddingExpert Vendor Catalog
Co-Branded or Partnered Services
TheWeddingExpert may disclose information about you if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to (a) comply with relevant laws or legitimate legal process or law enforcement instructions, investigations and orders, including subpoenas or warrants served on us; or (b) protect or defend the rights, property, privacy or safety of TheWeddingExpert, our affiliates, you or others.
We may create anonymous information records from personal information by excluding information (such as names) that makes the information personally identifiable to you. We may use this anonymous information for any purpose including to analyze inquiry, request and usage patterns so that we may enhance services and the site. We reserve the right to use and disclose anonymous information to third parties in our discretion. "Anonymous Information" means information that is not associated with or linked to your personal information.
Comments Submitted by Users
TheWeddingExpert constantly seeks to improve the quality of the services we provide and the user experience on the site. We value your input and encourage you to help us expand and make improvements to the site by providing us with any thoughts or comments you might have regarding our services or the operation of the site ("Suggestions"). All ideas, suggestions comments and proposals you send to TheWeddingExpert are non-confidential and shall become the sole property of TheWeddingExpert. TheWeddingExpert shall own all rights therein, including all intellectual property rights. TheWeddingExpert shall be entitled to use and/or disseminate the submissions in any manner and for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, without compensation or credit to you.
We may share information from or about event users who use the site with TheWeddingExpert vendors, including personal information and site activity. You are able to make some modifications to the types of information shared with vendors by using the WE privacy settings.
EU Safe Harbor Framework
As described in our Safe Harbor certification, we comply with the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use and retention of personal information from European Union member countries. To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/. As part of our participation in the Safe Harbor program, we agree to resolve disputes you have with us in connection with our policies and practices through the American Arbitration Association (AAA)/ International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). For information about AAA / ICDR, please see http://go.adr.org/safeharbor. If you would like to contact TheWeddingExpert directly about the Safe Harbor program, please send an email to email@example.com.
We will use commercially reasonable methods to keep personal information securely in our files and systems. Our Payment System is operated using secure Internet connections, using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption, to help protect your financial data. Please note that with current technology, the security of your data as it travels over the Internet or as it resides in any storage system cannot be guaranteed to be completely secure.
THIS SITE CONTAINS LINKS TO OTHER SITES
TheWeddingExpert is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any other web sites to which the site links or which link to the site. When you click on a link you may be taken to a location on the internet that is not part of TheWeddingExpert site. To check what internet location you are on, note the URL at the top and/or bottom of your browser. We encourage you to read the posted privacy statement of that web site whenever interacting with any web site.
TheWeddingExpert web sites are designed and intended for use by adults. We do not intentionally gather personal information about persons who are under the age of 18.
TERMINATING YOUR MEMBERSHIP/ACCOUNT
We save your personal information until your membership with us is terminated and you unsubscribe to email notifications. To terminate your membership, contact Customer Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you terminate your membership, your personal/profile information cannot be recovered. You may continue to receive email communications for a short period of time until we have updated all of our databases. After termination of your membership, your personal information may remain on our archived database and records. Notwithstanding the above, we will maintain information on users who have been removed for violating our Membership Agreement, and we will maintain email addresses in our unsubscribe lists.