HappyCow & Your Privacy

Last updated on January 28, 2018.

HappyCow's Healthy Eating 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 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.

Cookie Policy:

At HappyCow, we are doing our best to be transparent about how we collect and use data related to you. Below you will find information about how and when we use cookies. This cookie policy applies to the HappyCow website and any product or service that links to this privacy policy or incorporates it by reference.

Does HappyCow use cookies, what are they for, and how are they used?

Yes, HappyCow uses "Cookies " (vegan of course) on some of its web pages. A Cookie is a small piece of data that is stored on your hard drive. Cookies can be used to recognize you when you visit HappyCow, remember your preferences, and give you a personalized experience based on previous filters you've set. For example, Cookies enable us to identify if you want to see only vegan listing or want to view places which serve meat as well. Cookies may enhance your experience by saving your info so you don't need to login each visit. Cookies can help you fill out forms on HappyCow more easily. Cookies also let us know which tips to display and when to serve relevant ads to you on particular pages during a particular visit. Third party integrations on our site also use Cookies. At current time they include Facebook, Instagram, and Google, but this may change over time.

Performance or Analytics Cookies help us see how well our site performs in different locations. We use this to understand, improve, and research features and services.

Third party companies such as Google Adsense and DoubleClick also use Cookies to serve ads on the site. Google's use of cookie enables it to serve relevant ads to you based on your visit to this site and other sites on the Internet.

Please note that the links provided to these third party sites are just references and not the policies for all the third party services used on the site.

By using this site or our services, you are agreeing to the use of Cookies and similar technologies for the purposes described in this policy.

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.

To find out more about Cookies, including how to see what Cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit allaboutcookies.org, or aboutcookies.org.

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 (during registration, from your member profile, while contacting us, or from the MooZine signup page). 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 the HappyCow 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.

PHONE APPS: Why does HappyCow need all of these permissions?

HappyCow apps use your device location to find great restaurants near your current location. HappyCow never stores your device location on our servers.

HappyCow apps provide you with a way upload restaurant photos from your existing library on your device. HappyCow never accesses your photos until you choose to view them from within the app.

The HappyCow app allows you to take photos of your favorite restaurants and we encourage your to share them with other HappyCow users. The app stores these with your other pictures on your device so you can admire them whenever you please or upload at a later date. We never access your camera or save photos until you perform those actions from within the app.

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.

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:

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

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