HappyCow's Vegetarian Guide


HappyCow & Your Privacy


Last updated on August 19, 2014.

HappyCow's Vegetarian Guide to Restaurants & Health Food Stores (HappyCow) strongly believes in protecting the integrity and privacy of personal information gathered from our members and visitors to our Web site. Since the protection of your privacy is of great importance to us, we have created this privacy policy to communicate our practices regarding the collection and dissemination of personal information that can be linked to a specific individual, such as a name, address, phone number, e-mail address, or any other information, provided to us by our members and Web site visitors.

These policies do not extend to external sites linked to happycow.net, or to our partner site, VegTshirts.com, or other non-HappyCow.net Web site content. Please check with these companies and sites for their policies regarding data privacy, including the use of "cookies."

Why does HappyCow ask for my information?

In order to participate in some activities, you might be asked to provide some personal information. This could be in connection with any one or combination of the following:

  • Participation in contests, surveys, petitions, information pack requests, and giveaways
  • Subscription to HappyCow's MooZine e-News list
  • Member Community
  • Participation in Forums
  • Writing and responding to reviews

What information does HappyCow collect?

We do not collect personal information from our visitors other than what is supplied to us on a voluntary basis.

How does HappyCow use the information gathered from the above sources?

We use your information to send you details about our campaigns, events and activities, site updates and additions, and occasional contests & fun stuff.

HappyCow also uses information gathered via our Web sites to improve our Web-based campaigns. HappyCow performs statistical analyses of aggregate user behavior and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of various areas on our Web sites and to use such information to improve our Web sites' ability to serve you better.

Does HappyCow use cookies on its Web sites?

HappyCow uses "cookies" on some of it's Web pages. A cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on a visitor's hard drive but that does not itself contain any personal information. Cookies enhance a visitor's experience by saving the visitor from having to log in or provide information each time he or she revisits a HappyCow Web page and by customizing content based on a visitor's interests.

It may be possible to disable some (but not all) Cookies through your device or browser settings, but doing so may affect your ability to use the Site. The method for disabling cookies may vary by device and browser, but can usually be found in preferences or security settings.

Advertisements by third party companies such as Google also sometime use cookies to serve ads on the site. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to this site and other sites on the Internet.

HappyCow also uses cookies to administer the Web site, track visitor movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

How is information used in HappyCow's MooZine e-news?

You will only receive e-mail newsletters (e-news) from us if you have expressly signed up for e-news on the HappyCow Web site. The information that we gather from subscribers to our e-news list (including e-mail addresses) is not shared with other organizations or companies. From time to time, we may send out e-mail messages that might include information about these like-minded organizations and companies, but we do not provide them with access to any personal information that you have provided.

In order to provide you with better and more relevant information, we compile information about e-mail response and Web site usage. This information helps us to better understand site usage patterns and also what types of content and information may help improve your user experience on HappyCow's Web site.

All e-mail messages sent to e-mail newsletter subscribers contain a link to unsubscribe or to modify your profile. You may subscribe or unsubscribe to any e-news or e-mail communication from HappyCow's MooZine at any time.

If you have any questions about HappyCow e-news, please contact us.

How does HappyCow protect your information?

HappyCow is extremely protective of the information gathered through its membership and Web site. Our Web site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information under our control. Our Web server is located in a locked, secure environment.

When you contribute to HappyCow online through PayPal, a secure server and encryption is used to protect your financial and other personal information during transmission.

Does HappyCow rent, sell, or trade my information?

HappyCow never rents, sells, or trades your email address, name, nor postal addresses to other organizations and commercial companies.

Additional questions?

If you have any questions about our privacy policy, the information that we have collected from you online, the practices of this site, or your interaction with this Web site, contact us.

You can also reach us via U.S. mail:

HappyCow
605 San Vicente Blvd. Ste.209
Santa Monica, CA 90402
USA



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