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Privacy Policy

 

Introduction
This privacy policy applies to all business activities of HomeLink International Ireland.

HomeLink International Ireland (referred to as "HomeLink Ireland") and trading as HomeLink Home Exchange,is a licensed affiliate of HomeLink International Associates (referred to as "HLIA"), an association registered in Brussels, Belgium.

HomeLink Ireland recognizes the importance to its members of the discreet and confidential handling of their personal information. It is HomeLink Ireland's policy to comply with the requirements of any applicable privacy legislation in all its activities involving the collection, use, disclosure and handling of personal information.

Your access to and use of the website located at www.homelink.ie (the "Site") is conditional upon your acceptance of HomeLink Ireland's privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") and any other terms and conditions contained on the Site (collectively referred to as the "Agreement"). Your use of the Site constitutes your acceptance of the Agreement and any variations to it.

Collection of Personal Information
HomeLink Ireland collects personal information from members who register with HomeLink Ireland to exchange their homes with other members of HomeLink International Association ("HLIA"). This information is then published on the site along with a brief description of the home offered for exchange which is written/approved by the member. In registering with HomeLink Ireland, members acknowledge that their personal information will be published on the site.

HomeLink Ireland also collects personal information of members requesting a listing on the site for the purpose of finding home exchange listings and in order for HomeLink Ireland to be able to respond to a request for information or feedback given by members or visitors to the Site.

If you choose not to provide HomeLink Ireland with your personal information, it may be unable to provide you with its services or respond to a request for information or feedback given by you.

Examples of personal information HomeLink Ireland collects include, but are not limited to, name, address, email address, phone, fax number and credit card details.

HomeLink Ireland only collects personal information by lawful and fair means and not in an unreasonably intrusive way.

HomeLink Ireland only collects personal information directly from an individual and makes known the purpose for which personal information is being collected at the time it is being collected.

Cookies
Cookies are pieces of data stored by your web browser, on your hard drive, which contain information relating to your use of the Site. When you access the Site, cookies may record details relating to your use of the Site, including what pages you view from the Site. HomeLink Ireland does not use cookies to track your personal information and uses them for internal management purposes only.

Particular areas of our web site employ the use of temporary cookies. For example, HLIA uses temporary cookies to maintain a user's state - such as logged in or not logged in. The concept is similar to visiting a theme park and receiving a hand stamp which allows entrance and exit throughout the day. Temporary cookies do not actually write anything to your hard drive.


The "Help" function on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of some of HomeLink's best features, and we recommend that you leave them turned on.

Use and Disclosure
As a general rule, HomeLink Ireland will not use personal information for a purpose other than the primary purpose for which it is collected unless HomeLink Ireland has obtained your consent to such use.

HomeLink Ireland will not disclose your personal information to any third parties except to the following:

- HLIA
- HLIA Affiliates and members, including in other countries;
- for the purpose of facilitating home exchanges between members of HLIA and you consent to such disclosure.

Your personal information may also be available for public viewing by visitors in a "visitors" area of the Site. However, your contact details will not be on public display and are only available for viewing by other members in a secure "members only" area of the Site.

You consent and agree to use and disclosure of your personal information generally in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

You also consent to HomeLink Ireland using your personal information for the purposes of:

(a) providing you with its services;

(b) responding to a request for information and/or feedback by you; and

(c) marketing and promoting its services and providing you with any information HomeLink Ireland considers may be of interest to you,at any time, including changes to its services and the Site.

If you do not wish to receive future marketing or promotional material from HomeLink Ireland, you may contact it at any time by sending an email to the following email address info@homelink.ie requesting that no further material be sent to you. HomeLink Ireland will as soon as reasonably practicable after receiving your request, remove your contact details from its database.

Data Quality
Once your personal information is collected, HomeLink Ireland then uploads that information to a central HLIA database which is maintained by HLIA.

HomeLink Ireland will take all reasonable steps to ensure that personal information that it holds about a member is accurate, complete and up-to-date. Where a member registers with HomeLink Ireland,it will provide a proof copy of their advertisement, upon request, at any time during the registration period and/or where a change is made. Changes are made only at the request of the member. It is the member's responsibility to ensure that the proof sent to them is accurate and in keeping with that information which they are satisfied will be disclosed to other HLIA affiliates and members.

Data Security
You acknowledge that no data transmission over the Internet is totally secure. Accordingly, HomeLink Ireland, does not warrant the security of any information which you transmit to it. Any information which you transmit to HomeLink Ireland is transmitted at your own risk. However, once HomeLink Ireland receives your transmission, HomeLink Ireland will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information from misuse, loss or unauthorised access which may include but is not limited to any one or more of the following measures: secure network links, firewalls, password protection and virus protection.

Ways that you can check that protection measures are in place before you submit your personal information on the Internet:

Tip 1: You can check to make sure that your browser supports 128-bit encryption technology. If you are using Internet Explorer, click on “Help” then “About Internet Explorer” to make sure that the “Cipher strength” of your browser is 128-bit.

Tip 2: You can always double-check to make sure that your data is being encrypted and sent in a secure mode:
1. The web address (URL) will change from http:// to https://
2. You will see a small lock icon in the lower right-hand corner of your Internet Explorer browser, or an unbroken key icon in the lower left-hand corner of your Netscape Navigator browser.

Openness
On request by you, HomeLink Ireland will make known to you the types of personal information it holds about you, the purpose for which it is held and how it collects, holds and uses that information.

Access
On request by you, HomeLink Ireland will provide you with access to your personal information except where access may be denied under applicable privacy legislation.
To request access to your personal information, please contact HomeLink Ireland and a delegate will endeavour to respond to your request for access to your personal information within 14 days of the date of receipt of such request.

If your request for access is denied, HomeLink Ireland will provide you with reasons for its decision.

Correction of your personal information
If you believe that the personal information HomeLink Ireland holds about you is inaccurate, incomplete or not current, please let us know and we will correct it.

Changes to Privacy Policy
HomeLink Ireland reserves the right to change the Privacy Policy from time to time by posting such changes on the Site. Changes will be effected immediately upon notification on the Site. Your continued use of the Site following notification will constitute your acceptance of those changes.

Contact details
If you have any queries or complaints relating to the handling of your personal information, please contact Homelink Ireland, whose contact details are as follows:

Marie Murphy
Director, HomeLink Ireland
95 Bracken Drive, Portmarnock, Co.Dublin, Ireland
Contact us by e-mail: info@homelink.ie
Tel: 00 353 1 8462598

March 2010

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