Baiduhotel Privacy Policy
 
Privacy Policy

Effective January 20, 2011

Our Commitment

Welcome to Baiduhotel.com, the best site on the web for unique travel auctions and up-to-date information on hotels and accommodations throughout the world. We, the founders of Baiduhotel.com (hereinafter referred to as "Baiduhotel") are Internet users too, so we understand how serious you are about protecting your private information -- we’re serious about it too! To help you understand our privacy policies better, we’ve chosen to explain it below in plain English. That way, you can feel comfortable that we are just as dedicated to your privacy as we are to ours. If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Data Collection

You may visit Baiduhotel at any time without providing your identity or revealing any personal information about yourself. However, when you visit our website, we may automatically collect and store your computer and connection information, statistics on page views, traffic to and from Baiduhotel, ad data, IP address, operating system, browser type, and demographic and navigation data. All this data is anonymous and no personal data is associated with the visitor.
For you to actively participate in Baiduhotel, we do need some of your personal information. We will only collect personally identifiable data (your name, email address, phone number, etc.) on forms YOU complete. This information might be used for promotions, specials, or to contact you when you have a question. YOU are in complete control of what personally identifiable information you give us. Once you provide us with your required personal information, you consent to the transfer and storage of such information on our servers.

Personal information may be collected in a number of ways when you visit our site or participate in an auction. For example:

l  Baiduhotel may collect personal information when you register with Baiduhotel, when you make a bid, or when you purchase bids or auction items. Baiduhotel may combine information about you that we have with information we obtain from business partners or other companies.

l  When you register or make a purchase, we collect information such as your name and email address, and you are not anonymous to us.

l  Baiduhotel’s third party payment processing provider collects credit card and other personal information when you make purchases.

l  Baiduhotel may also collect demographic information and information about your transactions with us and with some of our business partners.

l  From time to time we may collect demographic, contact, or other personal information you provide in connection with your participation in surveys, contests, promotional offers, and other activities on the Site.

l  If you participate on Baiduhotel-sponsored pages or events on third-party websites (such as a social networking site), we may collect personal information you submit in connection with such participation.

Use of Data

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and unique experience. Baiduhotel does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you we collect on the site or in connection with third parties or non-affiliated companies except to provide products or services you've requested, when we have your permission to do so, or under the following circumstances:

l  We may disclose personal information in the good faith belief that we are lawfully authorized or required to do so, or that doing so is reasonably necessary or appropriate to comply with the law or with legal process or authorities, or to exercise our legal rights or respond to any claims.

l  We believe it is reasonably necessary or appropriate to share personal information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, violations of Baiduhotel's terms of use, or to otherwise protect the rights, property or safety of Baiduhotel, our users, our employees or the public, including without limitation to protect Baiduhotel or our users from fraudulent, abusive, inappropriate or unlawful use of the site or the auctions.

l  Baiduhotel may display targeted advertisements and targeted content or links, which may be based on personal information. Advertisers (including ad serving companies) and other third parties may assume that people who interact with, view, or click on targeted ads, links or content meet the targeting criteria -- for example, women ages 18-24 from a particular geographic area.

l  Baiduhotel does not provide any personal information to the advertiser or other third party when you interact with or view a targeted ad. However, by interacting with or viewing an ad, link or content, you are consenting to the possibility that the advertiser will make the assumption that you meet the targeting criteria used to display the ad.

l  Baiduhotel works with vendors, partners, advertisers, and other service providers in different industries and categories of business. In some cases, you may be linked from the site to certain third party websites in connection with performing certain tasks or entering into certain transactions. Any information you provide while on such third party websites is being provided directly to such third parties.

l  You understand that when you use the site or participate in the auctions, actions you take in connection with the auctions or information you post in any interactive areas of the site will be available to other users and in some cases may be publicly available.

l  We are not responsible for the actions of service providers, other users or other third parties with whom we share your information or with whom you directly provide your personal information. Note that nothing herein restricts the sharing of aggregate information, which may be shared with third parties without your consent.

Disclosure of Personal Data

We may disclose personal information to respond to legal requirements, enforce our policies, respond to claims that a listing or other content violates the rights of others, or protect anyone's rights, property, or safety. Such information will be disclosed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.We may also share your personal information with third parties assisting our business operations under contract, including but not limited to fraud investigations and debt collection, with law enforcement or other governmental officials if required by law, and with other business entities, should we plan to merge with or be acquired by that business entity.

Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our ability to keep the community free from bad actors, we will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement, other government officials, or other third parties without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss or to report suspected illegal activity.

Your Information on Baiduhotel

Once you have been approved as a registered user with Baiduhotel, you will be required to choose a user name. This user name will be displayed throughout Baiduhotel and therefore provided to the public. Unless you associate your user name with your personal information, users will not be able to personally identify your activities on Baiduhotel.

When visiting Baiduhotel from a public or shared computer, certain information about you, such as your user name, may also be visible to others who may use the computer after your use. For this reason we encourage the user to make up a unique and uninformative username for himself or herself.

Access, Review and Change of Personal Data

You can access, review and change most of your personal information by logging on to Baiduhotel at any time. However, some of your personal information can only be changed by contacting our Customer Support. You are required to promptly update your personal information if changes occur or information is inaccurate.

Revoking Consent/Deleting Your Account

Upon your request, we will close your account as soon as reasonably possible, based on your account activity and in accordance with applicable law. We do retain personal information from closed accounts to comply with law, prevent fraud, collect any fees owed, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce our Terms and Conditions, and take other actions otherwise permitted by law. You can delete or deactivate your Baiduhotel account at any time. When you delete your membership, your personal data is removed from our database unless we are required to save the data.

The Use of Cookies at our Website

We may automatically collect certain information through the use of "cookies" or clear gifs. Cookies are small data files that are stored on a user's hard drive at the request of a website to enable the site to recognize users who have previously visited them and retain certain information such as customer preferences and history. Clear gifs (also known as web bugs or web beacons) are small, invisible graphic images that may be used on the site or in emails relating to the Site to collect certain information and monitor user activity on the site. If we combine cookies with or link them to any of the personally identifying information, we would treat this information as personal information.

We may also use third parties to serve ads on the site. These third parties may place cookies, clear gifs or other devices on your computer to collect nonpersonal information, and information provided by these devices may be used, among other things, to deliver advertising targeted to your interests and to better understand the usage and visitation of our site and the other sites tracked by these third parties. This policy does not apply to, and we are not responsible for, cookies in third party ads. If you wish to block, erase, or be warned of cookies, please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn about these functions. However, if a browser is set not to accept cookies or if a user rejects a cookie, some portions of the site and services may not function properly. For example, you may not be able to sign in and may not be able to access certain site features or services.

Security Measures

Your Baiduhotel account and profile and the information contained therein are password protected. Please note that you are not permitted to provide your password to anyone else. Baiduhotel will never ask for your password in e-mails that you receive unexpectedly or that you did not request. Please remember to log out of your account and to close your internet browser window when you leave the Baiduhotel site; this is especially important if you use a PC in public locations. At present, this is the safest way to ensure that no one has access to your personal information.

While we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure the security of the information you transmit to us, and so we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet. As examples, change your passwords often, use a combination of letters and numbers, and make sure you use a secure browser.

Baiduhotel is as committed to the security of your computer system as we are to your privacy. We use various types of standard Internet security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, and disclosure.

Children

Baiduhotel is a general audience site, and we do not knowingly collect any information from children.

Changes in Privacy Policy

Baiduhotel might choose to update our privacy policy occasionally. If we do, we will post a notice on the website so you can review any changes and how they might affect you. All amended terms automatically take effect seven (7) days after they are initially posted on the site. Also, please review this page from time to time to make sure you haven’t missed any such notices. By continuing to use Baiduhotel, you are agreeing to this privacy policy and any updates we make to it.