The below privacy policy defines how we use and protect any information that you provide when using this website.

As we are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected, any information we may ask you in regards to the usage of this website shall be done within the parameters of the below privacy policy. We may change the privacy policy at any time; please check this page for the most recent version.

What personal information do we collect?

Ze Wandering Frogs is a travel blog, and most of the data collected are done automatically or in the background.

When you visit our travel blog, we may ask you to provide us with personal details to help with your experience on our site. These personal data might include:

    • Your name
    • Blog URL
    • Email address
    • Information relevant to surveys or promotional offers
    • Comments
    • Google Analytics
    • IP (internet protocol) address
    • Browser you used to visit our site (such as Apple Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox)
    • Pages you visited throughout our site.

Comments

Information such as your name and email, as well as your IP address and browser information, will be required to post a comment on our travel blog. This data is automatically collected by WordPress and helps us to monitor and prevent spam on our site. As a visitor to our website, you can engage in many activities without providing your name or email address.

We use a Comment Reply Email Notification plugin that allows us to reply to your original comments, and you may decide to enter your website URL in the CommentLuv plugin box voluntarily.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. Upon request, we will delete your personal data permanently, except any data we are required to keep for legal, administrative, and security reasons.

Newsletters

We will only email you when you registered to receive our travel blog email newsletter and willingly requested us to add your details to our mailing list. Our registration process is mostly embedded on this travel blog, as well as sign-up option implemented with third-party platforms like Facebook. These emails will provide information on trip reports, travel tips, special offers related to travel products and services.

We will not sell or share your email with anyone. Should you wish to unsubscribe, you can quickly do so by clicking on the Unsubscribe link in our newsletters.

Use of ‘Cookies’

Like almost all websites today, our travel blog store cookies in your browser with the goal to provide you with an enhanced reader’s experience.

These cookies are small files that compile and transfer information like your browser, as well as other information such as the content you are reading on our site, pages you visited, and general site behavior that help us understand what you might like or not. This cookie could include only showing you a popup once in your visit, or the ability to login to some of our features.

In turn, cookies help us analyze our web traffic so we can provide you with more relevant content that matches your interests better. For instance, we use Google Analytics that track this data for us. (Click here to see how Google uses and tracks this data). The data is for statistical purpose and can not be traced back to you as an individual.

By allowing this monitoring of our pages, cookies help us improve our content to you, our readers.

Following the new data protection law in the European Union called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which regulates how personal data is processed and come into effect on May 25, 2018, these cookies will need your permission before the file can be added. Once you agree, the cookie can be added to track the statistical behavior. You can also choose to disable or turn off all cookies, which can be done directly in your browser settings. Disabling or turning off cookies might prevent you from benefiting from targeted and relevant content on our website, including the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.

ProviderCookie IDsPurpose
Buffer_cfuidScheduling content publication from our website to social media
TwitterPHPSESSIDTwiget Get Tweets plugin to allow our tweets from Twitter feed to appear on our website
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Mailchimp_AVESTA_ENVIRONMENT Set when users subscribe to our email service
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Statistical data on how visitors use our website, for traffic analysis.
Pinterest_pinterest_cm Track usage of Pinterest services
Amazon Advertisingad-id
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Target advertising content on website
Google DoubleClickDSID
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Re-targeting, optimisation, reporting and attribution of online adverts
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Advertisement products, pages impressions
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Sumo__smSessionId
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Tracks social media shares of our content, and email signups
Polylangpll_language Allows our site to have have a multilingual structure

Google Analytics

This anonymous data allows us to see how many people visit our site, what content they like, which in turn helps us understand how to develop better content that might interest you. We also use Monster Insights as an additional analytical tool.

Third-Party Software & Plugins

For the management of this site, we used the following plugins at the moment. Note that this list changes constantly as we develop and maintain our website.

  • WordPress: where the content of this site is hosted
  • MailChimp, Mailmunch, and Sumo: for newsletter registration and email list management
  • Buffer, and Hootsuite: for content scheduling purpose across social media
  • Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+, StumbleUpon, Flipboard: active social media accounts
  • Polylang: for the multilingual structure of our site

When is information collected?

Information and personal data might be collected when you leave a comment, make a purchase, register to our newsletter, answer a survey, or any other activities that you might willingly provide as part as an activity on our travel blog.

How is this information used?

The information provided by you when you visit our site and explore our content might be used with the legitimate interest goals as follow:

  • Personalize your experience by allowing us to provide you with content that you will be interested in
  • Offer a special offer, a contest, or any other type of promotion
  • Email our newsletters with updates on travel posts, travel news, special offers, surveys, contests, travel market surveys, and other travel products and services. We only email when you specifically signed up for our email lists and requested to receive our newsletters.

We will never sell or trade your information. Any time you wish to unsubscribe, use the dedicated link at the bottom of each email.

Third-Party Links

Depending on the topics and the interests, we may include links to our blog posts and content to third-party articles, products, or services, sponsors or partners’ websites,

Each of these third-party websites has its privacy policies which we have no control over, and have neither responsibility nor liability for the content of these sites. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of any third party sites or services before providing any of them with your personal information. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s).

As we are striving to provide appropriate and relevant content to our readers, feel free to contact us if you have any concern about any of these links from our site.

Third-Party Advertising

In addition to enhanced user experience, cookies allow us to earn commissions through third-party advertising. Cookies are also generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing specific ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

We use third-party companies such as Google AdSense to provide ads on this travel blog, where they collect specific information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number). This information obtained during your visit to our travel blog is anonymous and non-personally identifiable information (such as browser type, time and date, type of advertisements watched), and allows these advertising companies to serve ads that might be of interest to you.

Click here to learn about these marketing practices.

Affiliate Links

Besides third-party advertising, cookies allow our affiliate partners to recognize our blog as the referring partner site.

Indeed, our travel posts and content may include affiliate links in posts as we recommend tours, activities, gear, or services. Should you decide to purchase through one of these links, we may (not always) receive a small commission from these partners.

Note that these commissions are at no extra cost to you, and these partnerships do not impact our recommendations. Following FTC regulations, our travel posts disclose when they contain such links, as well as whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations such as when we receive free or comped stay or activity.

Ze Wandering Frogs are participants in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.

Other affiliate partners currently include Booking.com, Viator, Skyscanner, TripAdvisor, Commission Junction, Avantlink, ShareASale/AWIN, and will update this list as we grow our partnerships. We also use the services of CreatePhotoCalendars and Lulu.com to create and sell for us photo products such as photo calendars. All financial transactions are handled by all these third-party sites directly.

Without cookies, we would not be able to work with advertising and affiliate partners, and would not be able to make any commission.

 

How is your information protected & our site security?

We do not sell, distribute, or lease your personal data to any third-party unless required by the law to do so. We do, however, use third-party services or plugins to help us manage some functions related to the management of this website, for example, spam detection plugin like Akismet Anti-Spam to combat spam in comments, email services like MailChimp, SumoMe, and Mailmunch, to record subscribers and unsubscribers, maintain our email list, etc.

We use an SSL certificate, and we regularly upgrade our website hosting and website software services to maintain our site as secure as possible.

How long do we retain your data & your rights over your data

Comments, and the related metadata, you decide to leave on our site stay there permanently. When you register for our newsletter, your data will be on our email list until you unsubscribe, from which time you will no longer be contacted.

How do you control any of these personal data

If you left any comments on our site, you could request we delete any personal data we have about you, however not including any data we are required to keep for legal, administrative, and security reasons.

You can also choose to disable or turn off all cookies, which can be done directly in your browser settings.
You can unsubscribe from our newsletter mailing list at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in any of our newsletters.

Data Controller

If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy, request to see, correct or delete, what information we have on you, or if anything comes to your attention which could potentially be a violation of this policy, please let us know immediately at info@zewanderingfrogs.com so that we can investigate it and try to correct it.

Ze Wandering Frogs
1760 Brandon Street
Oakland, CA 94611, USA

International Privacy Laws

If you are visiting our website from outside the United States, please note that you are sending information and personal data to the United States where our servers are. Data may be transferred within the US, or in-between other countries outside of your country of residence. The United States and/or these countries may not have the same data protection laws as your own. Regarding the United States, many third-party partners and platforms are compliant with the EU-US Privacy Shield as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal data from the European Union countries.

The EU-US Privacy Shield is a program where participating US companies are considered to have adequate data protection. Regarding data protection, the European Commission has so far recognized Andorra, Argentina, Canada (commercial organizations), Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Israel, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, Switzerland, Uruguay and the US (limited to the Privacy Shield framework) as providing adequate protection.

Terms & Conditions Of Use

By using this travel blog website, you agree to comply with our terms and conditions of use governing our website together with our privacy policy. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use our site.
The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

The content of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
This website contains material which is owned by or licensed to us. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited other than per the copyright notice, which forms part of these terms and conditions.

All trademarks reproduced in this website, which are not the property of, or licensed to the operator, are acknowledged on the site.

Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your individual responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.

NEITHER WE NOR ANY THIRD PARTY PROVIDE ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE) WITH REGARD TO THE WEBSITE, THE MATERIALS, ANY PRODUCTS, INFORMATION OR SERVICE PROVIDED THROUGH THE WEBSITE, OR ANY SITES LISTED THEREIN, AND THE WEB SITE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY COST OR DAMAGE ARISING EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM ANY SUCH TRANSACTION. THE WEBSITE DOES NOT WARRANT THAT IT WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE OR THAT DEFECTS IN IT WILL BE CORRECTED. THE WEBSITE IS PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS, AS AVAILABLE” BASIS. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT SUCH INFORMATION AND MATERIALS MAY CONTAIN INACCURACIES OR ERRORS AND WE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDE LIABILITY FOR ANY SUCH INACCURACIES OR ERRORS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. IN NO EVENT WILL THE WEB SITE OR ITS MEMBERS, MANAGERS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND THE ASSIGNS OF SAME BE LIABLE FOR (1) ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INDIRECT DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF PROGRAMS OR INFORMATION, AND THE LIKE) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITE, THE MATERIALS OR ANY INFORMATION, OR TRANSACTIONS PROVIDED ON THE WEB SITE OR DOWNLOADED FROM THE WEB SITE, EVEN IF THE WEB SITE OR ITS AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR (2) ANY CLAIM ATTRIBUTABLE TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN THE WEB SITE, THE MATERIALS AND/OR LISTINGS OR INFORMATION DOWNLOADED THROUGH THE WEB SITE. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, THE WEB SITE’S LIABILITY IS LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

Unauthorized use of this website may give rise to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offense.

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Web Site and its members, managers, officers, employees, agents and the assigns of same, from and against any and all loss, costs, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses), claims, damages and liabilities related to or associated with your use of the Web Site and any violation of this Privacy Policy by you.

Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the site is subject to the laws of the United States.

Children

The site is not intended for children. If you are under 18, you may use our services only with involvement of a parent or guardian.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Web Site and its members, managers, officers, employees, agents and the assigns of same, from and against any and all loss, costs, expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses), claims, damages and liabilities related to or associated with your use of the Web Site and any violation of this Privacy Policy by you.

Conditions of Use, Notices, and Revisions

If you choose to visit our website, your visit and any dispute over privacy are subject to this Notice and our Terms and Conditions, including limitations on damages, arbitration of disputes, and application of the law of the United States. Our business changes constantly. This Notice and the Terms and Conditions of use will change also, and use of information that we gather now is subject to the Privacy Notice in effect at the time of use, but you should check our website frequently to see recent changes.

Miscellaneous

These terms will be governed by and construed following the laws of the State of California, without regard to any principles of conflicts of law. You agree that any action at law or in equity that arises out of or relates to these terms will be subject to mediation in the State of California. If any of these terms of use are found unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision will be considered severable from the remaining terms of use, and will not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions. These terms may be modified only by our posting of changes to these terms of use on our Site.

Last updated on May 22, 2018.