- 2 Terms and Conditions
- 3 Disclosure
- We promise that we take data safety seriously and we use your private data only to offer a personalized experience.
- We have never sold, we are not selling, and we will not sell any of your personal data provided to us.
- All of our affiliates are GDPR compliant.
- You have the right to:– be informed regarding how the data is collected and used– have access to the data about you– ask us to change the data about you– ask us to delete the data about you
– ask us to stop sending your newsletters
Great Lakes Guides abides by GDPR regulations, so if you wish to have your information (e.g. comments removed) and you’re an EU resident, please get in touch with us. We are happy to amend/remove your information/comments/email from the mailing list if you contact us.
We do not retain secondary copies of commenters/reader contact information without permission. Similarly, we do not resell or share your contact information with third parties. Similarly, once you opt-out of the mailing list, you are permanently removed.
What Information Do We Collect?
Information Voluntarily Submitted to the Website by Readers: We may collect personal information from you such as your name or email address if you submit them personally. You may voluntarily submit information to the Website by leaving a comment, subscribing to a newsletter, or submitting a contact form.
This is the ONLY way we collect information. We do not search for these details. It is done voluntarily by you, our readers. You do not need to submit any voluntary information in order to use/read the website.
Automatically-Collected Information: We automatically collect certain information about you and the device with which you access the Website. When you use the Website, for instance, our site will log your IP address, operating system type, browser type, referring website, pages you viewed, and the dates/times when you accessed the Website.
Would could also collect the details of actions you take on the Website, such as links clicked. Your information has been made ANONYMOUS and only is viewed on an aggregate basis.
How Your Information May Be Used
- In website operation and maintenance.
- To send you newsletters. Each email promotion will provide an easy opt-out button.
- To respond to your comments or inquiries.
- To track and measure statistics/advertising on the Website.
- To protect, investigate, and deter against unauthorized or illegal activity.
Third-Party Use of Personal Information
We may share your information with third parties when you explicitly authorize us to share your information. Additionally, the Website may use third-party service providers to service various aspects of the Website. Each third-party service provider’s use of your personal information is dictated by their respective privacy policies.
Great Lakes Guides currently uses the following third-party service providers:
Google Analytics – This service tracks Website usage and provides information such as referring websites and user actions on the Website. Google Analytics may capture your IP address, but no other personal information is captured by Google Analytics. We have anonymized our Google Analytics data and never look at non-aggregated data.
We may log information using cookies, which are small data files stored on your browser by the Website. We may use both session cookies, which expire when you close your browser, and persistent cookies, which stay on your browser until deleted, to provide you with a more personalized experience on the Website.
Users may, at any time, prevent the setting of cookies, by the Website, by using a corresponding setting of your internet browser and may thus permanently deny the setting of cookies.
Furthermore, already set cookies may be deleted at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all popular Internet browsers. However, if users deactivate the setting of cookies in your Internet browser, not all functions of our Website may be entirely usable.
Sensitive Personal Data
If you leave a comment, certain information (your name and/or website) may be publicly visible; however, your email address will never be displayed. We will NOT contact you using your email. This is against GDPR regulations.
If you wish to be contacted by Great Lakes Guides, please Contact Us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not request that we contact you in the comments.
Information Regarding Children
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 16. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally identifiable information of a child under the age of 16 in its database, please contact us immediately. We will use our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.
Terms and Conditions
All content on Great Lakes Guides is for informational purposes only. We make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information and will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. If something is outdated, please let us know and we will update it as soon as we can!
Great Lakes Guides will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.
Blog Comments Policy
We appreciate your comments! However, foul language or abuse will not be tolerated and as such, Great Lakes Guides reserves the right to edit or delete any comments submitted to this blog without notice. Additionally, Great Lakes Guides is not responsible or liable for any comments made by others on this blog.
Copyright and Images
The content of this blog is covered by copyright and all words and photographs are copyright of Great Lakes Guides unless we state otherwise. If you’d like to republish an article or use a photo of ours, please get in touch and we will be happy to give you our rates.
Occasionally, we partner up with travel companies, brands, tourism boards, and other organizations to bring information and stories of our travel experiences to you. Sometimes, we are compensated or receive complimentary products or sponsored hotel stays, tours, meals, etc. in exchange for our work with these brands. The nature of such a relationship will always be disclosed in the relevant blog or social media post.
Whether sponsored or not, Great Lakes Guides will always share our own, unbiased opinions on the blog, writing truthfully and ethically about our experiences. We only endorse or support products or brands that we have personally used or experienced, and opt to work only with those brands or organizations that we feel would be beneficial to our readers.
Per FTC guidelines, this website may be compensated by companies mentioned through advertising, affiliate programs, or otherwise. Any references to third-party products, rates, or websites are subject to change without notice. Please do the appropriate research before participating in any third-party offers.
Great Lakes Guides (Megan Starr and Aram Vardanyan) has financial relationships with some of the merchants mentioned on this blog, and participates in various affiliate programs including Amazon, AvantLink, CJ, Airbnb, GetYourGuide, Welcome Pickups, Viator, Skimlinks, RewardStyle, and more. These affiliations assist sites with earnings through linking within the content. Should our readers purchase anything through the links, Great Lakes Guides will receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.
You are not obligated to click on any link or purchase anything advertised. Note that the companies selling the products are third party, the products can change at their discretion, and the product availability, sales with the organization, and all transactions with the third party are not associated or conducted by Great Lakes Guides.
Great Lakes Guides 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 Amazon.com. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.
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Chesterfield, VA 23832