Mason’s Travel (Pty) Ltd is a company incorporated and existing under the laws of Seychelles with its principal place of business the Mason’s Travel Head Office located in Michel Building, Revolution Ave, Victoria, Mahé.
At Mason’s Travel (Pty) Ltd, and our affiliates and branch offices (collectively referred to as “Mason’s Travel”, ”we “,”us “), we take our data protection and privacy responsibilities seriously. This statement describes how we collect, process, use, disclose and transfer your personal information as a data controller. It covers instances when you contact us, use our services or interact with our website www.masonstravel.com
I. What is Personal Data?
II. When is personal data stored and processed? For what reason?
Use of the Website
Whenever you navigate our Website, data about you is collected and processed. We collect the following data:
- Information related to the browser or device you use to access our website
- IP address
- Country you are browsing from
- Browsing habits, including sites visited
- Marital status, and
- Other demographics and statistical information
The data is collected through the session cookies (with regard to cookies see also below) we use on our Website. It is anonymised before we use it to build anonymous utilisation profiles, for marketing purposes and to optimise our Website and the services we provide. This data shall not be used in order to identify the visitor of this Website personally.
Interacting with us
Every time you interact with us (e.g. booking a room through our online platform, by phone or through a third party provider, posting a comment on our blog, signing up for our newsletter) we may collect and process the Personal Data you provide to us.
a) Using our online platform or making a tour reservation
When you use our online booking platform (online.masonstravel.com), we collect Personal Data, which includes:
- Your selected hotel
- Your selected dates
- Number of rooms in the reservation
- Number of people in the reservation (adults and children)
- Age of children
- The rate/special offer selected
- Any add-on packages selected
- Your full name
- Your address, including city and country
- Your e-mail address, and
- Your credit card details
- Arrival Information
- Room, Bed type and/or other preferences
We use this Personal Data to handle your reservation and to establish and fulfil our contract with you. This includes verifying your identity, taking guarantee and/or payment information, and sending stay-related and/or marketing communication.
When you are making a booking on behalf of other travelling passengers, it is your responsibility to represent that passenger in the booking process and explain how we will use their personal information as stipulated in this Privacy Statement. You must obtain their consent to make the booking and share their details with us as anticipated by this Privacy Statement. We will assume that you have done this. We may be under separate legal obligations to explain to them that we are controlling their personal information, even if it comes to us from you.
We take the protection of your Personal Data very seriously and therefore have kept the mandatory required fields to a minimum.
b) Newsletter and special offers
If you provide your contact information to us (e.g. when booking a service with us or when signing up for our newsletter via our Website), we may use this Personal Data to send you our newsletters and details of other special offers which may be of interest to you, based on previous interactions with us (e.g. bookings).
If you sign up for our newsletter via our Website, you are required to provide your email address only. Any additional information is voluntary and will be used solely for a personalisation of the newsletter.
By providing your email address and subsequent confirmation, you consent to receive our newsletter. You can revoke your consent and opt out of receiving the newsletter at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link included in every newsletter. For any further objections, kindly address the contact stated at the end of this policy.
Our email newsletters are created and sent using Mailchimp®, where our mailing list is stored and collated. Please kindly note that Mailchimp® independently controls your Personal Data which is stored on this platform, i.e. how they process your Personal Data lies solely within their responsibility. We do not have influence on the collected data and data processing operations conducted by Mailchimp®. Information on the purpose and scope of data collection and its processing by Mailchimp® can be found in the respective data protection policies of this Provider, where you will also find further information on your rights and options for privacy protection.
We also include web beacons in HTML-formatted e-mail newsletters in order to count how many newsletters (or particular articles, links, etc.) are being accessed, and on our website to count users who have visited these pages.
c) “Contact Us” functionality
You can get in contact with us via our Website by using the “Contact Us” functionality, or by telephone. To contact us you may be required to provide the following information:
- Your full name
- Your country
- Your telephone number and your e-mail address,
- Your enquiry, and
- Recaptcha, to confirm you are an actual person, and not a robot
Any additional information (e.g. home address) is provided voluntarily.
We use your information to reply to your enquiry.
d) Communication Providers
You can also get in contact with us via different communication channels (such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc., hereafter referred to as “Communications Provider”) if you have any enquiries which you would like us to address. You will find an overview of the respective Communications Provider through which you can get in contact with us (i) in our pre-arrival communications with you, (ii) on the landing page of our central communications hub (iii) on leaflets including this information, which we may provide to you. Please kindly note that those Communications Provider independently control your Personal Data which is being communicated on these channels, i.e. how they process your Personal Data solely lies within their responsibility. We do not have influence on the collected data and data processing operations conducted by such Communications Provider. Information on the purpose and scope of data collection and its processing by the Communications Provider can be found in the respective data protection policies of these Communications Provider, where you will also find further information on your rights and options for privacy protection.
e) Mason’s Travel Blog
In our Travel Blog, we publish articles on travelling and Seychelles Travel Industry news. The blog allows you to post public comments. If you submit a comment, it will be published with the corresponding blog post and your username. Posting comments on our blog is entirely voluntary.
When you comment on a blog post, we collect and store the following Personal Data:
- Website URL
- Your Comment
We use this Personal Data to post the comment on the blog page.
III. Sharing Personal Data
Your Personal Data may be shared:
- Between Mason’s Travel departments to establish and fulfil our contract with you or to the extent you consented to such sharing of data, for example. This includes verifying your identity, taking payments getting in contact and communicating with you.
- With our commercial partners in the event that you book an event, service or an activity organised by such commercial partners.
- With our third party service providers who process your data on our behalf. Mason’s Travel’s third party service providers hosting providers (including GoDaddy Web Services), and providers of data analysis, IT services, and other similar services requested by Mason’s Travel to provide the Website and other business-related services to you. Any data processing on our behalf complies with the applicable laws.
We will not transfer your personal data to third-party recipients unless you consent to such transfer of data or such transfer is permitted under applicable law.
IV. Transfer of Personal Data
Where information is transferred, we will ensure that appropriate safeguards are implemented. If your Personal Data is transferred to a country that is not subject to an adequacy decision by the EU Commission, data is adequately protected by EU Commission approved standard contractual clauses, an appropriate Privacy Shield certification or a third party’s Binding Corporate Rules.
V. Social Media Buttons
On our Website we use the following social media plug-ins: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram. The plug-ins can be identified by the social media buttons marked with the logo of the provider of the respective social media networks.
Please note that when you navigate one of these sites from our Website, Personal Data may be transmitted. We neither have influence on the collected data and data processing operations conducted by the providers, nor are we aware of the full extent of data collection, the purposes or the retention periods.
Information on the purpose and scope of data collection and its processing by the plug-in provider can be found in the respective data protection policies of these providers, where you will also find further information on your rights and options for privacy protection.
Facebook Inc., 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA: https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation
Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA; https://twitter.com/privacy.
Instagram LLC., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA:
LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, California 94043, USA: http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.
VI. Integration of YouTube videos
We use the following categories of cookies on our Website:
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the Website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you have asked for such as remembering your login details or data provided for a booking cannot be provided.
Category 2: Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information on how people use our website. For example, we use Google Analytics cookies to help us understand how users arrive at our site, browse or use our site and highlight areas where we can improve areas such as navigation, booking experience and marketing campaigns. The data stored by these cookies never shows personal details from which your individual identity can be established.
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies remember choices you make such as the country you visit our Website from, language and search parameters. These can then be used to provide you with an experience more appropriate to your selections and to make the visits more tailored and pleasant.
Current versions of web browsers offer enhanced user controls regarding the placement and duration of both first and third-party cookies. Search for “cookies” under your web browser’s “Help” menu for more information on cookie management features available to you. You can enable or disable cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. You can also find out how to do this, and find more information on cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org. However, if you choose to disable cookies in your browser, you may be unable to complete certain activities on our websites or to correctly access certain parts of it. If you would like more information about interest-based advertising, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit http://youronlinechoices.eu/.
VIII. Google Analytics
Our Website uses Google Analytics, which is a web analytics service provided by the third party provider Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics is used for the purpose of evaluating your use of our Website, compiling reports on Website activity and other services relating to Website activity and internet usage. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website is usually transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. This transfer is covered by Google’s Privacy Shield certification and a separate data processing agreement that we have concluded with Google :
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de&ref_topic=2919631 (information on Google Analytics and data privacy).
IX. What kind of security measures for the compliance with data protection?
We strive to maintain the appropriate standards of security and we have put in place robust technical and organisational measures for the protection of your Personal Data in accordance with the current state of the art technologies, especially to protect the data against loss, falsification or access by unauthorised third persons. For the transfer of particularly sensible Personal Data via the internet, such as for example credit card details, we exclusively use encrypted transmission routes and we comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) which is a set of policies and procedures intended to optimise the security of credit, debit and cash card transactions and protect cardholders against misuse of their personal information. However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. So, whilst we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Website. Any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal data we will use strict procedures and security features to prevent unauthorised access. Our internal processing takes place inside a VPN which is firewalled against the open internet and inside of which any kind of communication is processed in an encrypted way. As far as third parties (i.e. external companies) are rendering data processing services for us, we have committed them to the compliance with our data privacy regulations.
X. Your Rights
In respect of the collection and use of your personal data, you may:
- withdraw your consent at any time for example by unsubscribing from the newsletter,
- ask us whether we process Personal Data about you, for which purposes, the categories of Personal Data concerned, to which categories of recipients the information has been disclosed, where possible, the envisaged period for which the personal data will be stored (or, if not possible, the criteria used to determine that period),
- inquire with us about the appropriate safeguards relating to the transfer to a third party,
ask us for a copy of the Personal Data undergoing processing and ask to receive your Personal Data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to transmit those data to another controller without any hindrance from us. We guarantee that no unauthorised persons are able to have access either to your profile or to your reservations,
- have inaccurate data rectified,
- object against the further processing and request erasure of your Personal Data,
- request that the processing of your personal data is restricted by Mason’s Travel,
- request not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you.
If you have any further questions on your personal data which has been stored with us or would like to exercise your rights please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
XI. Retention and deletion of Personal Data
We will retain your personal data only for a limited period of time needed to fulfil the purposes of processing mentioned above. After that time your personal data will be erased. If we process your personal data based on your consent we will retain your personal data for a limited period of time needed to fulfil the purposes of processing it.
Where we enter into a contract with you, we will keep your information for the duration of the contractual relationship you have with us, and, to the extent permitted, after the end of that relationship for as long as necessary to perform the purposes set out in this notice. The criteria to determine the storage period are statutory and contractual requirements, the nature of our relationship with you, the nature of the data concerned and the technical requirements. Laws may require us to hold certain information for specific periods.
Where we process personal data for marketing purposes or with your consent, we process the data until you ask us to stop and for a short period after this (to allow us to implement your requests). We also keep a record of the fact that you have asked us not to send you direct marketing or to process your data so that we can respect your request in future.
In other cases, we may retain data for an appropriate period after any relationship with you ends, to protect ourselves from legal claims, or to administer our business.
XII. Who do I contact for questions and/or problems relating to the data protection?
Please contact Mason’s Travel at email@example.com