Privacy Policy

The following describes the Privacy Policy for the Greater Minneapolis Hotel Association (The Association) website.

Your Privacy:

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.

Google Analytics:

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.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your

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:

Google, as a third party advertisement vendor, may use cookies to serve ads on this

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

privacy policy at the following url http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html Tracking

of users through the DART cookie mechanisms are subject to Google’s own privacy policies.

Other Third Party ad servers or ad networks may also use cookies to track user’s

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

location at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

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.

Comments Policy:

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.

CHANGE NOTICE: 

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.

COPYRIGHT WARNING: 

The legal notices and administrative pages on this

website, including this one, have been diligently drafted. This material may not be

used in any way for any reason and unauthorized use is policed via Copyscape to

detect violators.

 

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS/CONCERNS: 

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

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