Who we are
Our website address is: https://airbnbwatch.org
Your privacy on the Internet is important to us. As part of the operation and customization feature of the AirbnbWATCH (AW) website (airbnbwatch.org), we gather certain types of information from users, and we would like to explain the types of information we gather, what we do with them, and how to correct or change the information.
Information Collected By AW
AirbnbWATCH collects two types of information from users: personal data such as zip code, email address, and demographic information; and aggregated data such as information about traffic patterns on airbnbwatch.org (for example, how many users log on to the website on a daily basis).
Aggregated information, such as which pages users visit, is collected through various means. One of these ways is through an IP address, a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web. Web servers, the computers that “serve up” Web pages, automatically identify your computer by its IP address. When you request a page from airbnbwatch.org, our servers log your IP address. AW does not link IP addresses to anything personally identifiable, so although your session will be logged, your session will remain anonymous to us. AW collects IP addresses for the purposes of system administration only.
Use of Information Collected by AW
AirbnbWATCH uses both the personal and aggregated information we collect for multiple purposes. The information is used to improve the content of the site, to customize the content and/or layout of the site for each individual user, and if requested, to provide information services by email to the user.
If you want to receive messages, news or regulatory updates from AW, or want to take action such as sending a letter to the editor through the site, you are encouraged but not required to register. When registering, we collect the following information: name, email address, zip code. After registration, users will receive a single email message confirming registration. AW will never disclose your personally identifiable information to a third party unless required to do so by court order, law, or governmental agency.
Links to Other Sites
Although we make good faith efforts to store information collected by AW in a secure operating environment, we cannot guarantee complete security.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.