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PRIVACY POLICY – YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS
Effective Date: 01/01/2010

Scope of the Privacy Policy

This web site (“Web Site”) is operated and made available by AllergyEats. We refer to this organization as “AllergyEats,” “we” or “our.” We are committed to protecting your privacy. Our Privacy Policy tells you what information we collect when you visit our Web Site, how we use, share and protect it, what choices you have about how the information is used, and how you can access and update that information. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use this Web Site. This Privacy Policy applies to personally identifiable information collected on the Web Site where this Privacy Policy is posted.

For purposes of this Privacy Policy, “personally identifiable information” means information that identifies a particular individual, such as name, postal address and e-mail address. When other information, such as e-mail and other Web Site preferences, is directly associated with personally identifiable information, this other information also becomes personally identifiable information.

GUIDE ONLY / NOT MEDICAL ADVICE

The purpose of AllergyEats and the Web Site is to provide a guide to allergy friendly restaurants.  AllergyEats does not guarantee that the information provided on the Web Site is accurate or complete.  The Web Site provides a guide that is not meant to be a replacement for contacting a particular restaurant or business to inquire about the ingredients, policies, and procedures it uses with respect to your unique allergy needs and other issues including intolerance. Further, AllergyEats cannot guarantee and does not confirm that the restaurants and businesses associated with the Web Site use processes to prevent cross-contamination of food products nor the safety of food items for certain allergies.
 
AllergyEats.com does not offer medical advice.  Information provided on this Web Site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  It is not meant to be a substitute for the professional and personal advice provided by your own physician or dietitian. Always consult your doctor or other qualified health care professional if you have any questions about a medical condition, or before taking any drugs or nutritional supplements, changing your diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical attention because of something you read on this website. Always verify any food products by contacting the particular restaurant and/or manufacturer to make sure that the foods are safe for your unique allergy issues. It remains your responsibility to evaluate the accuracy, completeness and usefulness of the information provided on the Web Site.

Statements and opinions expressed on the Web Site should be viewed and used cautiously, and should be considered as an opinion of those individuals, and not the view, ideas, opinions, or advice of AllergyEats. Information and statements provided on the Web Site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Information You Will Be Asked to Provide and Information Collection

If you are interested in participating in activities on this Web Site, you may need to provide us with information about yourself. For example, if you become a registered member, you will be asked to provide a user name, your name, an email address and a password of your choice. You may choose not to receive marketing communications from AllergyEats. In addition, we may combine personally identifiable information that you have provided to us with other information that is publicly available or that we receive from other reputable sources.

In addition to information you choose to provide to us, we also collect non-personally identifiable information through technology to make our Web Site more interesting and useful to you. For instance, when you come to our Web Site, we collect your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address. An IP address is often associated with the portal through which you enter the Internet, like your ISP (Internet service provider). Standing alone, your IP address is not personally identifiable. At times, we also use IP addresses to collect information regarding the frequency with which our visitors visit various parts of our Web Site. We may combine this information with personally identifiable information that you have provided to us and/or with other information that is publicly available or that we receive from other reputable sources in order to make our Web Site and communications more targeted to your interests.

Log-in areas on the Web Site require that your browser accept cookies. A cookie is a small amount of information that is sent from a web server to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive. AllergyEats uses cookies to verify that you are properly signed in and to display information consistent with your settings, for example. AllergyEats may also use cookies from time to time to measure your response to new aspects of the Web Site and/or emails in an effort to continually improve customer service and Web Site usability.

Please be aware that a cookie cannot spread computer viruses, retrieve any other data from your hard drive, or capture your email address.

You can erase or block cookies from your computer if you wish to do so (your internet browser help screen or manual will thoroughly explain this process), but certain AllergyEats services, as well as parts of the Web Site, may not work correctly or will not work at all if your browser is set not to accept cookies.

All web pages within the AllergyEats.com site and the AllergyEats.com/blog site employ traffic monitoring code that collects data on user activity. This data is then aggregated and analyzed to improve the site’s usability and provide more meaningful content for users. No personally identifiable information is collected.

We may share Web Site usage information about visitors to our Web Site with our web advertising partners for the purpose of managing and targeting advertisements and for market research analysis on our Web Site. None of this information is personally identifiable information.

Once you have clicked on an advertisement and left our Web Site, our Privacy Policy no longer applies and you should read the privacy policy of the advertiser to see how your personally identifiable information will be treated on its site.

Email from AllergyEats
 

You may receive periodic emails and blog notifications from AllergyEats if you opted to receive such email at the time of registration with the Web Site. Further, where you have consented to receive marketing communications from AllergyEats, you may from time to time receive communications relating to special offers and/or AllergyEats dining recommendations. If you would rather not receive email from AllergyEats, please send an email to info@allergyeats.com and you will be unsubscribed from receiving further mailings. You can also log in, access your profile page and chose to “never” receive email from AllergyEats.

Purposes and Use of Personal Information

AllergyEats may use your personally identifiable information to enhance your experience on our Web Site, provide you with informational and/or promotional materials that you might find interesting, and for purposes consistent with this policy. In particular, AllergyEats may use your personal information for the following purposes:

to provide more customized query results;
to provide you with information about the services of the Web Site;
to provide services which Registered Users are entitled to under applicable terms and conditions;
to produce aggregate statistical data for the improvement of services offered by the Web Site;
to provide you with updates to our privacy policy and other administrative communications;
to provide you with dining coupons and other products and services of the Web Site; and
for any other purposes related to those above.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

We take very seriously our responsibility to maintain your privacy with respect to your personally identifiable information. AllergyEats will never sell, rent, loan or otherwise distribute any of your personal information (including but not limited to your name, email address, or any other identifiable information about you) to any third party without your prior expressed written consent, except with respect to the following entities, and only in the manner described below.

AllergyEats does use aggregate data (based partly on IP addresses of website visitors) collected through its website to analyze website usability, system performance and usage trends. While this data, in its aggregate form only, may be shared with third parties with whom AllergyEats works to analyze it, the data will only be shared under the strictest terms of confidentiality and will never contain any personally identifiable information pertaining to any user of the Web Site.
If you choose to provide feedback on your dining experience by rating a restaurant and/or providing any feedback in the blog or message board, any feedback you provide may be shared with other diners to enhance information on the Web Site and/or with restaurants to let restaurants know how they are doing. Your feedback will not be publicized in a way that is attributable to you by name, email address, or any other identifiable form, with the exception of your user name, unless you choose to provide that information within your feedback itself.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this privacy policy, AllergyEats may be required to disclose user and personal information in response to inquiries by formal law enforcement, or in cases permitted by the United State's CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM), the European Union's Safe Harbor Provisions (“Safe Harbor”), Japan's Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”), or other related privacy laws and regulations.

Viewing your Profile and Changing your Personal Information

Once a registered user logs on to the Web Site, that member can view his or her personal information stored by AllergyEats by clicking on the “My Profile” link at the top of the page. Every user may also view and change the following personal information: name, user name, email address, password, address (if it has been provided by the user), and whether that user would like to receive marketing communications from AllergyEats. Members can provide and share restaurant comments and feedback about the restaurants affiliated with the Web Site. Members at any time may contact AllergyEats to request that all personal information be deactivated.

Ratings

This Web Site is founded on the principle that real people with real food allergies rate restaurants based on their own personal experiences. AllergyEats does not in anyway influence, edit or falsify ratings. Further, a restaurant with no ratings does not mean that the restaurant is not allergy friendly, it simply means that the restaurant has not yet been rated. 

Restaurants and Businesses in AllergyEats Network

The restaurants and other businesses within AllergyEats’ sites are separate businesses from AllergyEats. AllergyEats will not be responsible if these restaurants or other businesses fail to comply with respect to your information. Any complaints or inquiries regarding use of your information by an AllergyEats restaurant or business, or marketing communications from an AllergyEats restaurant, should be addressed directly to the restaurant or business in question.

Restaurants within the AllergyEats network may also have their own websites. AllergyEats is not responsible for how these businesses may collect your personal information through their own websites. Please contact the appropriate business regarding its website’s privacy policy (if applicable) and how it will access or use your personal information.

How AllergyEats Protects your Registration Information

AllergyEats uses a state-of-the-art multi-layer encryption algorithm and makes its best efforts to ensure that all of your user information is secure. In addition, AllergyEats stores all of your personal information on a secure server. AllergyEats employs a staff that regularly maintains the security of all personal information stored, and that continually monitors and implements changes and improvements that become available in the electronic data security industry.

Disclosure and Suspension of Use of Personal Information

If you wish to have AllergyEats disclose to you the personal information held by AllergyEats and the means through which AllergyEats obtained such information, or if you desire the information's correction, suspension of use, or to be informed of the purpose of use by AllergyEats, please contact AllergyEats. (Contact information is provided in the “Contact Us” section below.) Upon receiving the request, AllergyEats shall meet such request pursuant to the provisions of each applicable privacy regulation after it confirms that such request has been made by you personally.

Because we plan our communications in advance, it may take several weeks for your request to become effective. If, due to human error, you continue to receive our communications, please contact us again and we will make every effort to correct the situation.

Links to Other Sites

We may provide links on our Web Site to other sites. These sites operate independently of AllergyEats and have established their own privacy and security policies. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our Web Site and to read these policies at any site you visit.

Personally Identifiable Information Contained in User Content

Some sections of our Web Site may allow users to post or transmit messages, comments, screen names, computer files and other materials. AllergyEats does not monitor such transmissions, and therefore cannot be responsible for any personally identifiable information or other information that may be contained in such transmissions.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

Any changes to AllergyEats’ privacy policy will always be posted to this section of the Web Site, along with the effective date of the new policy. All users should check this privacy policy page periodically to stay abreast of any such changes. AllergyEats will never make changes to its privacy policy that violate any applicable privacy laws, including CAN-SPAM, Safe Harbor, PIPA, or other commercial privacy standards. For any material changes to the privacy policy (in situations where AllergyEats changes the manner in which we handle your personal information), we will notify you via email or by placing a prominent notice on the homepage of our Web Site.

Contact Us

If you have questions or wish to send us comments about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at:

info@allergyeats.com