Your privacy is important to the Association. To better protect your privacy the
Association provides this notice explaining its online information practices and the
choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. You
agree to agree to these policies by virtue of using this website in a way that leads to
you providing the Association with personal information.
State Law & Accompanying Rights:
Please understand that you may have additional rights originating from State laws
based on where you live. These State-based rights may augment, strengthen, or
otherwise somehow compliment any privacy rights you have inherently or under
Federal law. The Association’s policy is to comply fully with the privacy policies of
every jurisdiction in which it operates. Accordingly, you are free to use the Contact
information to reach the Association at any time to assert any State rights.
Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy:
Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, the
Association’s website will never collect or maintain information at its website from
those the Association actually knows are under 18, and no part of this website is
structured to attract anyone under 18.
Under these Terms of Service and Conditions of Use, children under 18 are not
allowed to use this website and access the Association’s services. It is not its intention
to offer products or services to minors.
The Greater Minneapolis Hotel Association uses Google Analytics to help analyze
how users use the site. The tool uses “cookies,” which are text files placed on your
computer, to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behavior
information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about
your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This
information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of this website and to compile
statistical reports on website activity.
The Association will never (and will not allow any third party to use the statistical
analytics tool to track or to collect any Personally Identifiable Information of visitors
to its site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by
Google. Neither the Association nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address
with the identity of a computer user.
browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full
functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of
data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.
Other Collection of Personal Information
When visiting the Association’s website, the IP address used to access its website may
be logged along with the dates and times of access. This information is purely used to
analyze trends, administer this website, track user’s movement, and gather broad
demographic information for internal use such as statistical assessments and website
improvement. Most importantly, any recorded IP addresses are not linked to
personally identifiable information.
Other information may be collected as well, which is rather typical of most websites.
For instance, the source that referred you to the Association’s website is generally
known. Likewise, your duration on its website, and your destination when you leave
its website can also be tracked. Other common data collected includes the type of
operating system the computer you are using to access the Association’s website has.
Similarly, the type of web browser is often noted. Again, this is common data
collection, and helps ultimately produce a better end-user experience.
Cookies are another common internet practice. Cookies are a key means of improving
user experience by allowing the Association to customize your use of its website.
Simple information is transferred to your computer to allow the content and
experience to reflect your actions, preferences, and so on. You are free to make
adjustments in your web browser to disable or otherwise receive notification of
cookies so you can take whatever desired action you so choose. Please understand that
refusing cookies may cripple some of the Association’s website features and render
some aspects useless to you.
At times, you will be fully aware of information received, as you are the direct source
providing it. For instance, you may comment on a blog post, reply to an email
(whether broadcast message or autoresponder), provide an email address, complete a
survey, requests SMS, or otherwise. Likewise, purchases necessarily involve
collecting certain information, such as credit card information, PayPal addresses, your
physical address for billing and/or shipping, phone number, and so on. Refusing to
provide some of this information may lead to the Association being unable to provide
you with the products or services you’ve requested.
A prime example of limited access to the Association’s website is where content may
be protected by a username and password. Whether a username and password is
generated by its website, or created by you, these will almost always be connected
with some other information related to or connected with you. This is true since much
content that is protected on the internet is subscription based, often paid for. Thus, the
username and password must necessarily be tied to your other account data.
Usernames and passwords, by their very nature, should be kept private.
Handling of Personal Information:
Note that any personal information you provide to others apart from the Association
or its vendors is wholly optional. As an example, you might disclose something in a
blog post comment. That “private” information is now “public,” and the Association
has no control over that. In like fashion, your sharing information with any other third
party not functioning as a service provider to the Association puts that information
beyond the Association’s control and becomes subject to the policy that party has in place.
The Association’s primary intention for collecting personal and private information
from you is simply to conduct its business. The Association can use this internally to
better serve you. Accordingly, it sees no reason to share your personal information to
other parties and outside interests unless you have authorized the Association to do so.
Of course, there are instances where your information is stored with third party
service providers, such as email service providers, as they provide services that are
industry-leading in quality and security and are far more beneficial to the
Association’s end user than attempting such services “in-house.” However, you are
never required to deal with any such third party directly, they are limited in how they
use your information, and they cannot sell or transfer it to others in any way.
However, information does comprise part of an overall whole. This aggregate of
information, by contrast, may be used to understand the Association’s overall user
base. Further, the Association may share this information about its website visitors as
a whole, not individually, with third parties for various purposes, in its sole discretion.
While the Association is a staunch privacy advocate, there are times when even the
Association may be forced to abandon these ideals. Just as major search engines face
ongoing compulsion to provide data against their will, so too may the same occur with
its website. Illegal activity or other serious acts or allegations could create legal
liability for its website. In those cases, the Association reserves the right to share your
information, or else may simply be compelled to do so by law.
On the other hand, there may be times when the Association would need to share your
private information in order to protect its own interests. For instance, in cases of
suspected or alleged copyright infringement or other intellectual property violations, it
may be necessary to share personal information.
Google AdSense and the DoubleClick DART Cookie:
website. The use of DART cookies by Google enables them to serve adverts to
visitors that are based on their visits to this website, including past visits, as well as
other websites on the internet.
To opt out of the DART cookies you may visit the Google ad and content network
of users through the DART cookie mechanisms are subject to Google’s own privacy policies.
activities on this website to measure advertisement effectiveness and other reasons
that will be provided in their own privacy policies, the Association’s website has no
access or control over these cookies that may be used by third party advertisers.
However, you can opt out of some, though likely not all, of these cookies in one easy
Links to Third Party Websites:
The Association has included links on this website for your use and reference. The
Association is not responsible for the privacy policies on these websites. You should
be aware that the privacy policies of these websites may differ from the Association’s.
You may comment without registering. You can log-in via Disqus, OpenID, Twitter,
and Facebook—or not at all. You may post anonymously. The Association may
change this rule if it is abused.
The Association reserves the right to delete your comments. This is the Association’s
blog. It doesn’t have an obligation to publish your comments. The First Amendment
gives you the right to express your opinions on your blog not the Association’s.
Specifically, the Association will delete your comments if you post something that is,
in its sole opinion, (a)snarky; (b) off-topic; (c) libelous, defamatory, abusive,
harassing, threatening, profane, pornographic, offensive, false, misleading, or which
otherwise violates or encourages others to violate the Association’s sense of decorum
and civility or any law, including intellectual property laws; or (d) “spam,” i.e., an
attempt to advertise, solicit, or otherwise promote goods and services. You may, post
a link to your site or your most recent blog post.
You retain ownership of your comments. The Association does not own them and it
expressly disclaims any and all liability that may result from them. By commenting on
the Association’s site, you agree that you retain all ownership rights in what you post
here and that you will relieve the Association from any and all liability that may result
from those postings. You grant the Association a license to post your comments. This license is worldwide,
irrevocable, non-exclusive, and royalty-free. You grant it the right to store, use,
transmit, display, publish, reproduce, and distribute your comments in any format,
including but not limited to a blog, in a book, a video, or presentation.
In short, the Association’s goal is to host interesting conversations with caring, honest, and respectful people.
As with any of the Association’s administrative and legal
notice pages, the contents of this page can and will change over time. Accordingly,
this page could read differently as of your very next visit. These changes are
necessitated, and carried out by the Association, in order to protect you and the
Association’s website. If this page is important to you, you should check back
frequently as no other notice of changed content will be provided either before or after
the change takes effect.
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If you have any questions about the contents of this page, or simply wish to reach the
Association for any other reason, you may do so by following this link: https://mplshotelsmn.org/contact