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Privacy Policy

Dear Book an Apartment user,

We know that Privacy Policy conditions are not usually particularly exciting to read. Nevertheless, in your own interest, you should read the provisions below carefully. After all, it is about what we are allowed to do with your data.

Data protection provisions of Book an Apartment

The protection of your data is important to us. Afterall  you should be able to enjoy using Book an Apartment (Tarus Turizm Ticaret Ltd Şti,Katip Mustafa Çelebi Mah.Hasnun Galip Sokak No:15/2 Taksim-Beyoğlu,34433 İstanbul, represented by the managing director Onur Mollaoğlu). This is why we inform you below about how we collect data and handle them. When you register with Book an Apartment, you declare by opt-in your consent to these data protection provisions – otherwise, we cannot unfortunately offer you the full usage of our platform.

     1. Subject of the data protection

The subject of data protection is personal data which are individual information about the personal or material circumstances of a defined or definable private individual. These include e.g. information such as name, postal address, e-mail address or telephone number, and if applicable also usage data such as your IP address.

     2. Scope of the data collection and storage

As a fundamental principle, it is not necessary for you to enter personal details to use our online platform Book an Apartment.

If you, however, would like to use our service, you have to register with us and at least provide the following personal details:

- your first and last name,
- your e-mail address,
- your town or city (place of the accommodation that you are offering)

Please read our further information under Clause 6 if you register with the Facebook sign-up.

2.1. If you actively use our platform by entering accommodation on it, we require the following additional data from you to handle the transaction (Host):

- your Paypal account number details (account holder, account no. and sort code),
- your complete invoice address including any VAT ID no. in order to be able to involve you for our service.

2.2. If you actively use our platform by booking accommodation on it, we require the following additional data from you to handle the transaction (Guest):

- your credit card details.
- The aforementioned information, with the exception of your first name, is not all made public on the platform. The contact details (e-mail address and if applicable telephone number) of you as a guest and/or host are not exchanged between guest and host until after conclusion of a binding booking or if the guest and host have networked with each other via the Book an Apartment friendship function. Beforehand, you can communicate with the guest and/or host via the platform-internal messaging system.

2.3. Your credit or Paypal data are not of course forwarded to the guest or the host.

2.4. In addition, you can supplement your profile with further personal details such as your telephone number, your professional situation, your Twitter account, your Facebook account, your date of birth and a few key words about yourself and a photo of yourself. You provide these data on a voluntary basis so that your guests or hosts can get a better picture of you, but you do not have to provide them. The only mandatory information that must be made public at all times is your first name.

2.5. In addition, you can use our platform by making friends with other users, for instance. We also save these connection data to enable us to assess the usage and success rates of our features. We would be pleased to also publish these connections but we will only do so if you explicitly consent to this.

2.6. In addition, you can use our platform with the Facebook sign-up and/or log-in. We would also be pleased to publish your thus visible Facebook links or your other publicly accessible data (such as e.g. your hobbies or the university that you attended) in order to make Book an Apartment more interactive and more communicative for you. However, we will only publish these data if you give us your explicit consent to do so.

     3.Designated usage of data

3.1. We comply with the principle of designated data usage and collect, process and save your personal data only or the purposes that you have notified to us, i.e. the purposes indicated under 2 or which are indicated below.

3.2. If we would like to use the data for other purposes, in particular for advertising purposes, we will obtain your consent for this beforehand.

3.3. A forwarding of your personal details to third parties is not done without your explicit consent unless this is necessary to provide the service or to carry out the contract. The communication of this information to state institutions and authorities is also only done within the framework of the statutory information obligations or if we are obligated to provide the information as the result of a court decision.

     4.Cookies

4.1. What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data placed on the computer of a user by a website.

4.2. Why do websites use cookies?
Webpages have no memory. A user who surfs from page to page within a website is not recognised as the same user across pages. Cookies enable the user's browser to be recognised by the website. Therefore, cookies are mainly used to remember the choices a user has made (e.g., remembering the language you speak), or to recognise recurring visitors to the site.

4.3. Do all cookies do the same thing?
No, there are different types of cookies used for different purposes. Cookies can be distinguished by function, lifetime and the party that places them.

4.4. How does Book an Apartment use cookies?
Book an Apartment offers its users an advanced and user friendly website that adapts automatically to their needs and wishes. To achieve this, our website uses 4 types of cookies:

4.4.1. Technical cookies: We use technical cookies to show you our website, to make it function correctly, to create your user account, to log you in and to manage your bookings. These technical cookies are strictly necessary for our website to function properly.

4.4.2. Functional cookies: We also use functional cookies to remember your preferences and to help you use our website efficiently and effectively, for example by remembering your preferred currency and language, your searches and the accommodation you have viewed earlier. These functional cookies are not strictly necessary for the functioning of our website, but they add functionality for you as a user and enhance your experience.

4.4.3. To gain insight into how our users use the website, to find out what works and what doesn't, to optimise and improve the website and to ensure we continue to be interesting and relevant for our users, we use analytics cookies. The data we gather includes the viewed web pages, referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp information and details like the number of (mouse) clicks on a given page, mouse movements, scrolling activity and the (search) words you use and the text you type while using our website. This information is anonymised as we really only need statistics.

4.4.4. Lastly, we also use commercial cookies to show you Book an Apartment advertisements on other websites (retargeting), potentially based on which destinations you have searched for, or which accommodation you have viewed. These cookies are typically placed by trusted third parties.

4.5. How long do Book an Apartment cookies stay active?
Book an Apartment uses several cookies, with a varying lifespan. The maximum lifespan we set on some of them is 5 years. All cookies can be erased from the browser when desired.

4.6. How do I recognise Book an Apartment cookies?
You can find the Book an Apartment cookies in your browser settings.

4.7. Does Book an Apartment use third party cookies?
Yes. Book an Apartment uses the services of trusted and recognised online advertising and marketing companies. To enable their services, these companies need to place cookies.

4.8. The providers we use are committed to building consumer awareness and establishing responsible business and data management practices and standards. Most of these companies are a member of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) and/or the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Members of NAI and IAB adhere to industry standards and codes of conduct. The NAI and IAB members offer a general opt-out function of the behavioural advertising.

4.9. Who has access to Book an Apartment cookie data?
Only Book an Apartment has access to the cookie data of Book an Apartment. Please note that from time to time, we may use third party service providers for marketing analysis and quality improvement purposes. Cookies placed by third parties may be accessed by these third parties.

4.10.Does Book an Apartment monitor my online behaviour?
No. Book an Apartment statistically analyses the behaviour of all users only on our own website. You may receive ads from Book an Apartment on different sites (retargeting), which is based on your history on our website. This information is anonymous. We do not follow your behaviour outside of Book an Apartment

4.11. How can I manage my cookie preferences?
Using your browser settings (e.g., Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome) you can set which cookies to accept and reject. It depends on your brand of browser where these settings are located. Using the "Help" function in your browser, you can locate the relevant settings.

4.12. Please note that if you do not accept certain cookies, you may not be able to use some functionality of our website. Please also note that opting out of an advertising network does not mean that you will no longer receive or be subject to online advertising or marketing analysis. It means that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your web preferences and usage patterns.

     5.Google Analytics

5.1. We also use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (in future: Google) on this website. Google Analytics is a web analysis tool with the help of which we analyze the interaction of the visitors with our website and thus are able to improve our website for you further. Google Analytics also uses cookies, as they were in principle described in more detail under Clause 4. The information generated by the cookie regarding your use of this website are usually transferred to a server belonging to Google in the US and stored there. The information saved by the cookies includes, for instance, the time of the website visit, the frequency with which the visitor has called up the website, and from where the visitor has accessed the website. To determine the latter value, Google initially records the IP address of the user. However, we have activated the IP anonymization on our website. Based on this, your IP address within Member States of the European Union or in other signatory states of the Treaty on the European Economic Area is shortened by Google before transmission to the US. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address transferred to a server belonging to Google in the US and shortened there.

5.2. On behalf of Book an Apartment, Google will use the aforementioned information to analyze your usage of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide further services associated with the usage of the website and the Internet towards the website operator. The IP address communicated under Google Analytics by your browser is not merged with other data of Google.

5.3. You can prevent the saving of the cookies by Google Analytics by a corresponding setting in your browser software; however, reference should again be made to the fact that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website.

5.4. Further information on data protection with regard to Google Analytics can be found directly here at Google.
 

     6. Rights of information, revocation and deletion

You may obtain information about the data stored with us free of charge, without indicating any reasons. You can object to the use of your data at any time and revoke the consent to use your data that you gave when you registered. In addition, you can correct, block or have deleted at any time the data that we have collected and stored. We make explicit reference to the fact that we are obligated by law to continue to save the data; in this case, the data can only be blocked.

To exercise the aforementioned rights, please contact us at the following address: contact@bookanapartment.com

 

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