Copyright Notice, Privacy Policy, and Other Terms

Copyright Notice

All written materials and photographs on www.twoweeksincostarica.com, unless otherwise indicated, are copyrighted and may not be republished without express written permission. Brief excerpts of our articles may be used provided a link back to the original URL is used, and that full and clear credit is given to us at Two Weeks in Costa Rica.

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy sets out how Two Weeks in Costa Rica, Inc. uses and protects any information that you give while using www.twoweeksincostarica.com.

Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

Two Weeks in Costa Rica, Inc. may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from June 2015 on.

Who we are

Our company is Two Weeks in Costa Rica, Inc. and our web address is www.twoweeksincostarica.com. Should you have any questions or concerns about the data we hold about you, we can be contacted using the information below:

Physical address: 411 Walnut St. #6150, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043.

Electronic Correspondence: info(at)twoweeksincostarica(dot)com

What we collect

Comments

When visitors leave comments on our site, we collect the data shown in the comments form and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you do not submit a comment on the website, no data will be collected in that regard.

Contact forms

We collect personal information such as your first and last name, email address, and other data relevant to booking travel arrangements through our contact forms. We keep contact form submissions for as long as is necessary to complete your booking request(s), but do not use the information submitted through them for marketing purposes. We never sell your information to third parties.

If you do not use or submit an online form on the website, no data will be collected in that regard.

Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use analytics cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

We also place tracking cookies on behalf of our affiliates, Amazon Associates and AWIN. This helps us track web page traffic that we send to our partnering affiliates. If you purchase a product or service after clicking on a link for one of our affiliates, the cookie informs our affiliate that the transaction should be credited to our website. Non-personal data such as time of visits and content viewed are collected. Tracking cookies may expire immediately or after a set amount of time. This varies depending on our affiliate partner but typically does not last more than 30 days.

By clicking on a link for one of our affiliates, you may be directed to the affiliate’s website via the internet domains of a third-party marketing website, which uses cookies.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g., videos, images, articles). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We use Google Analytics to better understand what people look at on our website. When people visit our site, information about their visit (such as which pages they look at, how long they spend on the site, etc.) is sent in an anonymous form to Google Analytics (which is controlled by Google).

As analytics information is not personal data, we do not specifically ask for your prior consent.

For more information on how Google uses data from sites that use their services, visit https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites.

If you would like to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics, you may download and install an add-on for your web browser by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Who we share your data with

If you choose to have our company book travel services for you, we will share your name and email address with our payment processor, PayPal. This is so that we can send you an electronic invoice. PayPal’s privacy policy can be found here (https://www.paypal.com/en/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full).

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment or forum question, the comment or question and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments or questions automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you submit a contact form for a travel booking, we will retain your data for only as long as is necessary to complete your booking request. We will retain the data for a maximum of 12 months.

If you become a customer by booking hotels, tours, transportation, or other travel-related items, we may retain your data for up to 10 years. This allows us to keep accurate financial records for legal and tax purposes.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left data, comments, or questions on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data & third-party applications we use on this site

This section covers third-party services we use on our website and how these services use your data.

Mailchimp

Our website uses Mailchimp to allow visitors to subscribe to our newsletter. If you choose to subscribe to our newsletter, Mailchimp collects your name and email address. It may also collect information about your device and interaction with our emails. They use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect some of this information. For more information visit

https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/#3._Privacy_for_Contacts

If you do not subscribe to our newsletter, no data will be collected in that regard.

If you have previously subscribed to our newsletter and would like to unsubscribe, you may unsubscribe via the newsletter link or by contacting us.

CloudFlare

To enhance the server speed and security of our website, we use the content delivery network (CDN) services of CloudFlare. Your browser connects though the CloudFlare CDN to our server. This means that CloudFlare processes all data that is sent from or to this website. The use of CloudFlare is done in the interest of a secure and fast accessibility of our website. More information on CloudFlare and the DSGVO/GDPR can be found at https://www.cloudflare.com/gdpr/introduction/.

Akismet

This page uses Akismet, an anti-spam service. Akismet collects information about visitors who comment on our website, including the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself). Akismet’s privacy policy can be found at https://automattic.com/privacy-notice/.

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose, your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our plugin. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.

Further information about handling user data, can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s privacy policy at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

YouTube

Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.

If you’re logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

Facebook

Our website includes plugins for the social network Facebook, Facebook Inc., 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. For an overview of Facebook plugins, see https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.

When you visit our site, a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server is established via the plugin. This enables Facebook to receive information that you have visited our site from your IP address. If you click on the Facebook “Like button” while you are logged into your Facebook account, you can link the content of our site to your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate visits to our site with your user account. Please note that, as the operator of this site, we have no knowledge of the content of the data transmitted to Facebook or of how Facebook uses these data. For more information, please see Facebook’s privacy policy at https://de-de.facebook.com/policy.php.

If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.

How we protect your data

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Controlling your personal information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, look for the box that you can click to indicate that you do not want the information to be used by anyone for direct marketing purposes.

If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes by subscribing to our newsletter, you may change your mind at any time. Simply unsubscribe via the newsletter link or contact us.

We will not sell, distribute, or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen.

Advertising

Some of our advertisers serve you cookies as well. We do not have control over cookies placed by advertisers. We may use advertising service vendors to help present advertisements on the website. These vendors may use cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, these vendors may collect non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, Web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these advertising service vendors is subject to their own privacy policies.

Other Terms

Affiliates

Some of the links on our website are connected to affiliate programs that we have joined. If you make a purchase using one of the links, we get a small commission. This costs you nothing extra than if you purchased directly through the website and helps us keep providing information on this website for free. Even if we didn’t receive a commission, we would still be recommending these products/services as we use them personally and believe they will benefit our readers.

Amazon.com Required Disclosure

Two Weeks in Costa Rica, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide while visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Email subscriptions

Two Weeks in Costa Rica, Inc. is committed to protecting your privacy. Under no circumstances will we sell, rent, or trade any information that visitors of the site or newsletter subscribers provide.

Disclosures

Occasionally, we are asked to review a product or service on this website. We always explicitly indicate in the article whenever an item or service is reviewed in exchange for an article. If you don’t see a disclosure, then we paid for the good or service.

Disclaimer of liability

The information on this website is intended to provide helpful and informative material on the subjects addressed herein. Although we have taken all reasonable care to provide accurate information, we are not liable for any errors or omissions, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use.

Updated: January 14, 2019