2.2 Information Sharing, Marketing and Disclosure
3.1 Cookies 3.2 Internet Protocol (IP) Address
This document explains how we use and process your personal information (meaning any information about you which is personally identifiable or can be related back to you like your name, date of birth, credit or debit card numbers, address, telephone number, email address, preferences, service selections and queries and is generally referred to throughout this policy as “your information”).
When you subscribe to any of our services and/or communicate with us about these, you may be asked to provide your information in order to:
By providing such personal information, you fully understand and consent to the collection and processing of such information. We may record or monitor calls made by you to our customer service desks for quality assurance and training purposes. However, we will always inform you if such recording or monitoring is taking place.
2.2 Information Sharing, Marketing and Disclosure
We may co-ordinate with third parties in the provision of your selected services to you (for example your bank, insurance underwriters and credit providers). From time to time we may ask your card issuer to update us with any changes to the information they have provided to us, for example, by providing us with any updated or new card numbers or expiry dates. In addition, and with your consent, we (and if applicable, our partners or other trusted third parties) may use your information for certain marketing activities. It is up to you whether we use your information in this way. Our consent notices provided to you when you subscribe for any of our services will generally ask for your permission to send you marketing communications. Such consents relate to:
We may also use your information to conduct market research, for example to ask you to participate in a survey about topical issues, conducted by us or trusted partners or third parties. We will always try to tell you before you participate in the survey how any information you provide in the survey will be used. Sometimes we may enable third parties acting on our behalf to analyse your information, in a non-personal identifying form, (generally in the form of statistics), so that we can identify trends about usage of our website(s) or services and improve them. We may disclose your information to the marketing partner that provided you with details of our offer to enable them to track the offer that you accepted from us. Data shared with the marketing partner may include name, mailing address, email address, purchasing patterns and/or details on the status of your membership, and will not be used for promotional or marketing purposes, and will not be disclosed by them to third parties, other than for the purposes stated above, who have undertaken in a binding agreement to process and maintain the confidentiality of your data in line with applicable law. These details will not be kept for longer than necessary. We may also request non-personally identifiable information from you, such as annual income, buying preferences, or your age, also known as demographic and profile data, though this information is optional. We may use this data to improve and enhance your experience on the Affinion websites. We may also share this information with others, such as advertisers interested in advertising on the Affinion websites, in aggregate, anonymous form, which means that the shared information will not contain nor be linked to any personally identifiable information about you or any other person. Additionally we reserve the right to access and disclose your information in order to comply with applicable laws, to comply with lawful requests from governments, law enforcement agencies or parties whose request we reasonably consider to be justified in connection with any allegations by any party about your abuse of our services, to operate our systems properly or to protect ourselves or our users.
Please note that this section is only relevant in relation to information that we may collect and process in connection with your use of our websites.
Cookies and Logfiles
How we use information we collect through Cookies
We store information that we collect through cookies, log files, clear gifs, and/or third party sources to create a summary of your preferences. We tie your personally identifiable information, and/or your membership usage history in order to provide tailored promotions and marketing offers, to improve the content of the site for you and/or to determine your preferences. We may match information collected from you through different means or at different times, including, for example, information collected online and offline, and use such information along with information obtained from other sources, including third parties. To do this, it is often necessary to share this information with carefully selected vendors and business partners we work with, such as companies that perform marketing services and other business operations for us.
More information about cookies
We use session and persistent cookies on this site. A session ID cookie expires when you close your browser. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You can remove persistent cookies and reject persistent and session cookies by following the directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file or by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org or http://minecookies.org/cookiehandtering/. If you reject persistent or session cookies, you may still use our site, but you may not be able to access all the site’s functionality or your access may be limited.
How we use third-party cookies for advertising and re-targeting purposes
We use web beacons, provided by our ad serving partner, to help manage our online advertising. These web beacons allow us and/or our ad serving partner to access individual cookies when a browser visits the site. This allows us to identify which advertisements or listings served by our ad serving partner bring users to our Web site. Web beacons are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of Web users. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, clear gifs are embedded invisibly on Web pages and are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. We link the information gathered by clear gifs to the Personal Information we gather about our members (see How we use information we collect through Cookies above).
Like many websites, we gather certain information relating to website use automatically and store it in log files. This information includes internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp and clickstream data. We use this information, which does not by itself identify individual users, to analyse trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. After collection, during our processing of the data, we link this automatically-collected data to the Personal Information that we hold.
Third party websites using cookies
3.2 Internet Protocol (IP) Address
Where you are using our websites, we may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website. Your IP address may also be used to help identify you for the duration of a session and to gather broad demographic information. Your IP address will never be linked to any personally identifiable information unless you are in the process of making a purchase, in which case the link between this information will terminate upon your final purchase.
As you use the Internet, a trail of electronic information is left at each website you visit. This information, which is sometimes referred to as “clickstream data”, can be collected and stored by a website’s server. Clickstream data can tell us the type of computer and browsing software you use, the address of the website from which you linked to a Affinion website, and, in some instances, your e-mail address. We may use clickstream data to determine how much time visitors spend on each page of our site, how visitors navigate throughout the site and how we may tailor our web pages to better meet the needs of visitors. This information will only be used to improve the Affinion websites. Any collection or use of clickstream data will be anonymous and aggregated and will not contain any personal information except where you have selected an email address that identifies your name.
You can update and correct your information held by us by writing to Affinion International ApS; Ragnagade 7, Baghuset, 2. Sal; DK-2100 København Ø; Denmark. You can remove your information from our marketing database entirely by emailing, writing or calling us using the contact details above, specifying your name, the email or other address/ telephone number you used to register with us and, if referring to a web registration, your user name in the email. If you only want to remove your information from marketing communications in relation to a specific service simply email, write to us or call us using the above contact details with the information above and the name of the service. Alternatively, whenever we contact you, (for example to send you an email newsletter which you have requested) you will normally find an email or other address at the bottom of the email, which you can use to tell us if you no longer wish to receive the newsletter or other communication in question.
Securing your personal and non-personal information is very important to us. All customer databases are held in a secure environment and (except for law enforcement authorities in limited circumstances), only those Affinion employees or other persons who need access to your information in order to perform their duties are allowed such access. Any of these employees or persons who violates our privacy and/or security policies may be subject to disciplinary action, including possible termination and civil and/or criminal prosecution. Where you are using our websites, we attempt to provide for the secure transmission of your information from your computer to our servers by utilising encryption software. However, due to the inherent open nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that communications between you and Affinion, and Affinion and you, will be free from unauthorised access by third parties, such as hackers.
In the unlikely event that we sell or otherwise dispose of some or all of our business to another party, we reserve the right to transfer your information as part of any assets sold or disposed of.
Our websites may contain links to other websites. Other websites may also reference or link to the Affinion websites. Affinion is not responsible for their privacy practices or the content of such other sites.
This policy was last updated 1st August 2016