Privacy Policy

Privacy policy

Cooking Vacations
20 Park Plaza, #400
Boston, MA 02116, USA

Last revised: 24 May 2018


This Privacy Statement applies to the webpages of Cooking-vacations.com, which are referred to below as “Cooking Vacations”, “this Website”, “us”, “we”.
We respect your privacy and the relationship we have with you and this Privacy Statement explains how we protect visitors’ information gathered via this Website.

This Privacy Policy describes the type of personal information we collects on the website accessible at Cooking-vacations.com and how we may use and share that information, and what your choices are regarding your information.

You acknowledge, by accessing, using and visiting this Website and by providing information to Cooking Vacations, that you accept this Privacy Policy and our privacy practices, including with regard the collection, use and disclosure of personal information. By using this Website you are agreeing to the use of your information as described in this Privacy Statement.

This Privacy Statement may be supplemented or amended from time to time by privacy statements that are specific to certain areas of this Website. If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Statement, please contact us using info@cooking-vacations.com.

Information collection

As a visitor, you do not have to submit any personal information in order to use Cooking-vacations.com. This Website only collects personal information that is specifically and voluntarily provided by visitors. Such information may consist of, but is not limited to, your name, current job title, company address, email address and telephone and fax numbers. We may also store and maintain any content that you provide, including but not limited to postings on any blogs, forums, wikis and other social media applications and services that we may provide.

We do not seek sensitive information (e.g., data relating to race or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, criminal record, physical or mental health, or sexual orientation) from visitors. We will, where necessary, obtain your explicit consent to collect and use such information.

Log information, cookies, and web beacons

This site collects standard internet log information including your IP address, browser type and language, access times, and referring website addresses. To ensure that this Website is well managed and to facilitate improved navigation, we or our service providers may also use cookies to collect aggregate data.

A cookie is a small file which is sent from the web server to the customer’s Internet browser and saved in the customer’s computer.

By using cookies, Cooking Vacations is able to recognise the customer’s computer again the next time the customer visits our portal or uses Cooking-vacations.com services. By doing so it can ensure, for example, that customers do not have to re-enter details already provided previously or register anew for a Cooking-vacations.com service on each and every visit.

Cooking Vacations specifically does not use cookies to collect information on customers’ computers (i.e. spyware) or to display advertisements while customers are not connected to the Internet or when they are surfing outside portals that belong to Cooking-vacations.com (i.e. adware).
Cooking Vacations also uses cookies and similar technologies to allow certain procedures, services and transactions to be executed, e.g. when customers are using a virtual shopping basket to purchase our services.
Cookies are also used for Cooking Vacations to allow us to recognise identities saved by customers who register for a Cooking-vacations.com service (login / password).
Customers can decide to waive the advantages of cookies. They can set their browser so that a warning appears on the screen before a cookie is saved or so that it becomes impossible to implement cookies. Cookies that have already been used can be removed. However, certain services provided by Cooking-vacations.com and/or third parties can no longer be used in these cases.
Cooking Vacations authorises partner companies that provide services on behalf of Cooking Vacations or are linked to the Cooking Vacations portal to use cookies, provided that this is technically necessary and that the application of these cookies is proportionate. Cooking Vacations has no influence on the use of cookies outside the Cooking-vacations.com portal.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address for Member States of the European Union as well as for other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.

Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. On behalf of the website provider Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website provider. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Information use

At times, you may provide personal information via this site, for example, to gain access to specific content, attend a hosted event, respond to a survey, or request communications about specific areas of interest. In such cases, the information you submit will be used to manage your request and to customize and improve this Website and related services offered to you.

We may also use your personal information for marketing purposes, or to send you promotional materials or communications regarding services provided by Cooking Vacations that we feel may be of interest to you. We may also contact you to seek feedback on services provided by entities within the Cooking Vacations or for market or other research purposes.

Your personal information may also be used to protect our rights or property and that of our users and, where appropriate, to comply with legal process. You may at any time request that we discontinue sending you emails or other communications generated in response to your provision of personal information via this Website.

Disclosure of information to third parties

In order to execute business processes in an optimal manner, it is necessary for certain user data to be processed by third parties. Cooking Vacations may also provide your personal information relating to specific cooking activities to third parties including restaurants and accommodation. We ensure that contracted third parties are under the same obligations to maintain confidentiality as ourselves. We place third parties under obligation to process data exclusively in the same way as we are permitted to do and forward only such data to third parties for processing as is necessary to fulfil our contractual obligations.

If after your consent you wish to not authorize the users of data for such proposes  you may opt-out by requesting so at info@cooking-vacations.com.

Personal information may also be disclosed to law enforcement, regulatory, or other government agencies, or to other third parties, in each case to comply with legal or regulatory obligations or requests.

Blogs, forums, wikis, and other social media

This Website may host various blogs, forums, wikis, and other social media applications or services that allow you to share content with other users (collectively “Social Media Applications”). Any personal information or other information that you contribute to any Social Media Application can be read, collected, and used by other users of that Social Media Application over whom we have little or no control. Therefore, we are not responsible for any other user’s use, misuse, or misappropriation of any personal information or other information that you contribute to any Social Media Application.

If there are educated indications to illegitimate usage of our Social Media Applications, such misuse is reported by an aggrieved party or an authority or ascertained by a legally binding judgment, Cooking Vacations reserves the right to disclose the data connected to the misuse by the suspected user to the aggrieved party or the responsible authority.

Your rights as a data subject

As a data subject, whose personal information we hold, you have following rights. If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at info@cooking-vacations.com.

  • The right to information (Articles 13 and 14 GDPR) obtain, at any time, information about the existence of your personal data, their origin, the purposes and methods of treatment;
  • The right of access (Article 15 GDPR) asking and obtain access to personal data and information, including access to a copy of the personal data undergoing processing.
  • The right of rectification (Article 16 GDPR) request the updating, rectification, integration, deletion, limitation of data processing if one of the conditions provided for in Article 18 of the GDPR occurs, the transformation into anonymous form or blocking of personal data, processed in violation by law, including those that do not need to be kept for the purposes for which the data were collected and / or subsequently processed;
  • The right to erasure or the ‘right to be forgotten’ (Article 17 GDPR) ask for your data to be erased without undue delay. If the data subject’s personal data has been made available to third parties, then the ‘right to be forgotten’ applies: the data controller is required to take all reasonable measures to inform these other entities that the data subject has requested the erasure of any links to, copy or replication of those personal data.
  • Right to restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR) oppose, in whole or in part, for legitimate reasons, to the processing of data, even if pertinent to the purpose of collection and processing of personal data provided for commercial information purposes or sending advertising material or direct selling or for the fulfillment of market research or commercial communication. Each user also has the right to withdraw the consent at any time without prejudice to the lawfulness of the treatment based on the consent given before the revocation;
  • Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR) receive personal data, provided knowingly and actively or through the use of the service, in a structured format, commonly used and readable by automatic device, and transmit them to another data controller without impediments;
  • Right to communication of a personal data breach (Article 34 GDPR). The data controller is required to notify the data subject of any personal data breach likely to
    result in a high risk to their rights and freedoms.

To export your personal data (takeout) or request cancellation, you can contact us at info@cooking-vacations.com. Your personal data will be exported within 30 days or, in case the export becomes particularly complex, within three months. The cancellation will be made within the expected technical times and in accordance with the retention period.

Information security

We have in place reasonable commercial standards of technology and operational security to protect all information provided by visitors via this Website from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

Changes to our Privacy Statement

We may modify or amend this Privacy Statement from time to time at our discretion. When we make changes to this Statement, we will amend the revision date at the top of this page, and such modified or amended Privacy Statement shall be effective as to you and your information as of that revision date. We encourage you to periodically review this Privacy Statement to be informed about how we are protecting your information.

Visitors’ questions

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your privacy while using this Website, please direct them to info@cooking-vacations.com