British American Group Limited ("We") are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
This policy (together with our terms of and any other documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is British American Group Limited.
INFORMATION WE MAY COLLECT FROM YOU
We may collect and process the following data about you:
- Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site www.gapyear.travel (our site). This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our site, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you enter a competition or promotion sponsored by us, and when you report a problem with our site.
- If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
- We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
- Details of transactions you carry out through our site and of the fulfilment of your orders.
- Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.
IP ADDRESSES AND COOKIES
We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive. They help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:
- To estimate our audience size and usage pattern.
- To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our site according to your individual interests.
- To speed up your searches.
- To recognise you when you return to our site.
A new European law has been brought in, requiring websites to ask for your consent before placing "cookies" in your browser, the software you use to surf the web.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device by the websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, or enhance the user experience, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site (ie for making customer-focused improvements to the site).
We use Google Analytics to track visitor behaviour on the site. These cookies don't allow us to identify you personally or give us access to your computer; they are used to collect information such as which pages are visited on the site, the time spent on the site and how the site was found. We use this information to help improve our website and give the best user experience available.
Third party companies may also set cookies in your browser. These include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; we have listed below which cookies are been set and what their function is. If you opt in, you will also be accepting these cookies.
You can give us consent to process the data you provide in the manner and for the purposes described above by accepting the cookies via the banner at the top of the page. Find out more about cookies at https://www.allaboutcookies.org/.
Currently cookies are NOT allowed by you on this website. (Allow)
The table below explains the cookies we use and why:
|Cookies necessary to make our website work|
|Content Management System cookie||exp_last_activity||Every time the state is updated (the page reloaded) the last activity is set to the current datetime. Used to determine expiry. This is essential for logged in users, but not for guests - it is set for both.|
|Content Management System cookie||exp_sessionid||A uniquely generated ID that corresponds to the session_id column in the exp_session table. Used when cookie and session are set as the session type. Used only for logged in members.|
|Content Management System cookie||exp_uniqueid||Matches the unique_id field in the exp_members table. Randomly generated by the functions class at registration. Used only for logged in members.|
|Content Management System cookie||exp_userhash||The encrypted password of the currently logged in user. Set if you choose the cookies and session ID method for sessions (cs in your config.) Used only for logged in members.|
|Content Management System cookie||exp_anon||A flag set by the user to determine if they are listed in the online users.|
|Content Management System cookie||exp_expiration||Determines the length of the session for a logged in user. There are two options for this cookie: if the user has selected remember me then it is set to 1 year, and if not then it's set to the datetime that the user logged in. Used only for logged in members.|
|Content Management System cookie||exp_last_visit||Sets the datetime that the user last visited the site, and is set for both guests and logged in users. If not set, is automatically set to 10 years ago. Affects guests and logged in users.|
|Content Management System cookie||exp_tracker||Tracks the last 5 pages viewed by the user, and is used primarily for redirection after logging in etc. Affects guests and logged in users.|
|Cookies that help us enhance our web site, or your experience with it|
|These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.||Click here for an overview of privacy at Google or to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit this page.|
|Cookies set by third party web sites that we make use of|
|The DFP Small Business cookie is a technical requirement for the frequency capping feature that:
Shows you what ads each user has viewed.
Shows you where the ads were located on your site.
Limits the number of times a user sees a particular ad.
|To opt-out, please visit this page|
|Twitter cookie that appears on pages where 'Tweet' button is used and serves as your unique identification number associated with Twitter.|
|Facebook sets the 'datr' cookie when a web browser accesses facebook.com, and the cookie helps them identify suspicious login activity and keep users safe.
|These are Google Maps third party cookies, which are unique identifiers to allow traffic analysis to Google Maps|
|We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.||More information or disabling cookies in your browser|
|"loc cookie" is a geolocation cookie, so publishers know approximately where people sharing information are located. "Coyote-2-a0f0083" is a load balancer cookie. "bt" is behavior targeting cookie. "ana_svc" is a a real-time service cookie. "uid/uit" cookies set user id and login time tracking. "psc" cookie controls the view counter for social sharing. "di/dt" are date tracking cookies for determining expiration of other cookies. "ssh/sshs" cookies are service share history, used for configuring our preferred services.|
Cookies set by independent sites
We partner with several other websites to bring you the best user experience. These sites may be linked with The Gap Travel Guide but we do not control what cookies are set. We cannot hold any responsibility for these sites as they are independent companies.
If you do not want your browser to accept cookies and use them in the ways described above it is possible to change your browser settings. It is also possible to delete existing cookies from your browser. However blocking all cookies will affect your web experience and may result in some parts of The Gap Travel Guide websites not functioning properly. The procedure for modifying your privacy preferences is different for each internet browser and we recommend you visit the following websites for further information:
WHERE WE STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
USES MADE OF THE INFORMATION
We use information held about you in the following ways:
- To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
- To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.
- To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
- To notify you about changes to our service.
We may also use your data, or permit selected third parties to use your data, to provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you and we or they may contact you about these by e-mail, post or telephone.
Where we permit selected third parties to use your data, we (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this.
If you do not want us to use your data in this way, or to pass your details on to third parties for marketing purposes, please tick the relevant box when you complete the registration form (the form on which we collect your data).
We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers, but we may provide them with aggregate information about our users (for example, we may inform them that 500 men aged under 30 have clicked on their advertisement on any given day). We may also use such aggregate information to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target. We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers' wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION
We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006.
We may disclose your personal information to third parties:
- In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets.
- If B.A Media Limited or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at email@example.com
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. 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 these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.