MaltaVista Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how we collect, use, process, and disclose your data , including personal information, in conjunction with your access to and use of MaltaVista.com and its Payment Services.

When this policy mentions «MaltaVista.com», «we», «us», or «our», it refers to the MaltaVista.com company that is responsible for your information under this Privacy Policy (the «Data Controller»).

This Privacy Policy also applies to the Payment Services provided to you by MaltaVista.com pursuant to the Payments Terms of Service («Payments Terms»).

Please see Section 10 for contact details of the Data Controller.

1. Information We Collect

There are three general categories of information we collect.

1.1 Information You Give to Us

1.1.1 Information that is necessary for the use of MaltaVista.com.

We ask for and collect the following personal information about you when you use MaltaVista.com. This information is necessary for the adequate performance of the contract between you and us, and to allow us to comply with our legal obligations. Without it, we may not be able to provide you with all requested services.

Communications with MaltaVista.com:When you communicate with MaltaVista.com, we collect information about your communication and any information you choose to provide.

Payment Information: To use certain features of MaltaVista.com, we may require you to provide certain financial information (like your bank account or credit card information) in order to facilitate the processing of payments.

1.1.2 Information you choose to give us

You may choose to provide us with additional personal information in order to obtain a better user experience when using MaltaVista.com. This additional information will be processed based on your consent.

You may choose to provide us with information when you fill in a form, respond to surveys, post to community forums, participate in promotions, or use other features of MaltaVista.com.

1.1.3 Information that is necessary for the use of the Payment Services

The Payments Data Controller needs to collect the following information, as it is necessary for the adequate performance of the contract with you and to comply with applicable laws (such as anti-money laundering regulations). Without it, you will not be able to use Payment Services:

Payment Information: When you use Payment Services, the Payments Data Controller requires certain financial information (like your bank account or credit card information) in order to process payments and comply with applicable laws.

Identity Verification and Other Information: The Payments Data Controller may require identity verification information (such as images of your government issued ID, passport, national ID card, or driver’s license) or other authentication information, your date of birth, your home address, email address, phone number and other information in order to verify your identity, provide the Payment Services to you, and to comply with applicable laws.

1.2.Information We Automatically Collect from Your Use of MaltaVista.com and Payment Services

When you use the MaltaVista.com site and the Payment Services, we automatically collect data, including personal information, about the services you use and how you use them. This information is necessary for the adequate performance of the contract between you and us, to enable us to comply with legal obligations and given our legitimate interest in being able to provide and improve the functionalities of MaltaVista.com and Payment Services.

Geo-location Information: When you use certain features of MaltaVista.com, we may collect information about your precise or approximate location as determined by data such as your IP address or mobile device’s GPS to offer you an improved user experience. Most mobile devices allow you to control or disable the use of location services for applications in the device’s settings menu. MaltaVista.com may also collect this information even when you are not using the app if this connection is enabled through your settings or device permissions.

Usage Information: We collect information about your interactions with MaltaVista.com such as the pages or content you view, your searches, bookings you have made, and other actions on the MaltaVista.com site.

Log Data and Device Information: We automatically collect log data and device information when you access and use MaltaVista.com. That information includes, among other things: details about how you’ve used MaltaVista.com (including if you clicked on links to third party applications), IP address, access dates and times, hardware and software information, device information, device event information, unique identifiers, crash data, cookie data, and the pages you’ve viewed or engaged with before or after using MaltaVista.com.

Cookies and Similar Technologies: We use cookies and other similar technologies, such as web beacons, pixels, and mobile identifiers. We may also allow our business partners to use these tracking technologies on MaltaVista.com, or engage others to track your behavior on our behalf. While you may disable the usage of cookies through your browser settings, the MaltaVista.com currently does not respond to a «Do Not Track» signal in the HTTP header from your browser or mobile application due to lack of standardization regarding how that signal should be interpreted.

Payment Transaction Information: MaltaVista.com collects information related to your payment transactions through MaltaVista.com, including the payment method used, date and time, payment amount, payment method expiration date and billing postcode, IBAN information, your billing address and other related transaction details. This information is necessary for the adequate performance of the contract between you and MaltaVista.com and to allow the provision of the Payment Services.

1.3. Information We Collect from Third Parties

MaltaVista.com may collect information, including personal information, that others provide about you when they use MaltaVista.com and the Payment Services, or obtain information from other sources and combine that with information we collect through MaltaVista.com and the Payment Services. We do not control, supervise, or answer for how the third parties providing your information process your personal data, and any information request regarding the disclosure of your personal information to us should be directed to such third parties.

To the extent permitted by applicable law, we may receive additional information about you, such as demographic data or fraud detection information, from third party service providers and/or partners, and combine it with information we have about you. For example, we may receive background check results (with your consent where required) or fraud warnings from service providers like identity verification services for our fraud prevention and risk assessment efforts. We may receive information about you and your activities on and off MaltaVista.com through partnerships, or about your experiences and interactions from our partner ad networks.

2. How We Use Information We Collect

We use, store, and process data, including personal information, about you to provide, understand, improve, and develop MaltaVista.com, create and maintain a trusted and safer environment and comply with our legal obligations.

2.1. Provide, Improve, and Develop the MaltaVista.com Platform

  • Enable you to access and use the MaltaVista.com site.
  • Operate, protect, improve, and optimize the MaltaVista.com experience, such as by performing analytics and conducting research.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Send you service or support messages, updates, security alerts, and notifications.
  • If you provide us with your contacts’ information, we may process this information: (i) to facilitate your referral invitations, (ii) send your requests for references, (iii) for fraud detection and prevention, and (iv) for any purpose you authorize at the time of collection.
  • To operate, protect, improve, and optimize the MaltaVista.com experience, and personalize and customize your experience (such as making Listing school suggestions or ranking search results), we conduct profiling based on your interactions with the MaltaVista.com site, your search and booking history, your profile information and preferences, and other content you submit to MaltaVista.com.

We process this information given our legitimate interest in improving MaltaVista.com and our Members’ experience with it, and where it is necessary for the adequate performance of the contract with you.

2.2. Create and Maintain a Trusted and Safer Environment

  • Detect and prevent fraud, spam, abuse, security incidents, and other harmful activity.
  • Conduct security investigations and risk assessments.
  • Verify or authenticate information or identifications provided by you (such as to verify your Accommodation address or compare your identification photo to another photo you provide).
  • Conduct checks against databases and other information sources, including background or police checks, to the extent permitted by applicable laws and with your consent where required.
  • Comply with our legal obligations.
  • Resolve any disputes with any of our Members and enforce our agreements with third parties.
  • Enforce our Terms of Service and other policies.
  • In connection with the activities above, we may conduct profiling based on your interactions with MaltaVista.com, your profile information and other content you submit to MaltaVista.com, and information obtained from third parties. In limited cases, automated processes may restrict or suspend access to MaltaVista.com if such processes detect a Member or activity that we think poses a safety or other risk to MaltaVista.com, other Members, or third parties.

We process this information given our legitimate interest in protecting MaltaVista.com, to measure the adequate performance of our contract with you, and to comply with applicable laws.

2.3. Provide, Personalize, Measure, and Improve our Advertising and Marketing

  • Send you promotional messages, marketing, advertising, and other information that may be of interest to you based on your preferences (including information about MaltaVista.com or partner campaigns and services) and social media advertising through social media platforms such as Facebook or Google).
  • Personalize, measure, and improve our advertising.
  • Administer referral programs, rewards, surveys, sweepstakes, contests, or other promotional activities or events sponsored or managed by MaltaVista.com or its third party partners.
  • Conduct profiling on your characteristics and preferences (based on the information you provide to us, your interactions with MaltaVista.com, information obtained from third parties, and your search and booking history) to send you promotional messages, marketing, advertising and other information that we think may be of interest to you.

We will process your personal information for the purposes listed in this section given our legitimate interest in undertaking marketing activities to offer you products or services that may be of your interest. You can opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us by following the unsubscribe instructions included in our marketing communications.

2.4. How the Payments Data Controller uses the Information Collected

  • Enable you to access and use the Payment Services.
  • Detect and prevent fraud, abuse, security incidents, and other harmful activity.
  • Conduct security investigations and risk assessments.
  • Conduct checks against databases and other information sources.
  • Comply with legal obligations (such as anti-money laundering regulations).
  • Enforce the Payment Terms and other payment policies.
  • With your consent, send you promotional messages, marketing, advertising, and other information that may be of interest to you based on your preferences.

The Payments Data Controller processes this information given its legitimate interest in improving the Payment Services and its users’ experience with it, and where it is necessary for the adequate performance of the contract with you and to comply with applicable laws.

3. Sharing & Disclosure

Where you have provided consent, we share your information, including personal information, as described at the time of consent, such as when you authorize a third party application or website to access your MaltaVista.com or when you participate in promotional activities conducted by MaltaVista.com partners or third parties.

Based on our legitimate interest to promote MaltaVista.com we may display parts of MaltaVista.com using technologies such as widgets or APIs. If your Listings of schools are displayed on a partner’s site, information from your public profile page may also be displayed.

Information you share publicly on MaltaVista.com may be indexed through third party search engines. We do not control the practices of third party search engines, and they may use caches containing your outdated information.

3.1. Compliance with Law, Responding to Legal Requests, Preventing Harm and Protection of our Rights

MaltaVista.com may disclose your information, including personal information, to courts, law enforcement or governmental authorities, or authorized third parties, if and to the extent we are required or permitted to do so by law or if such disclosure is reasonably necessary: (i) to comply with our legal obligations, (ii) to comply with legal process and to respond to claims asserted against MaltaVista.com, (iii) to respond to verified requests relating to a criminal investigation or alleged or suspected illegal activity or any other activity that may expose us, you, or any other of our users to legal liability, (iv) to enforce and administer our Terms of Service, the Payment Terms or other agreements with Members, or (v) to protect the rights, property or personal safety of MaltaVista.com, its employees, its Members, or members of the public.

These disclosures may be necessary to comply with our legal obligations, for the protection of your or another person’s vital interests or for the purposes of our or a third party’s legitimate interest in keeping MaltaVista.com secure, preventing harm or crime, enforcing or defending legal rights, or preventing damage.

Where appropriate, we may notify Members about legal requests unless: (i) providing notice is prohibited by the legal process itself, by court order we receive, or by applicable law, or (ii) we believe that providing notice would be futile, ineffective, create a risk of injury or bodily harm to an individual or group, or create or increase a risk of fraud upon MaltaVista.com’s property, its Members and MaltaVista.com. In instances where we comply with legal requests without notice for these reasons, we will attempt to notify that Member about the request after the fact where appropriate and where we determine in good faith that we are no longer prevented from doing so.

3.2. Service Providers

MaltaVista.com uses a variety of third party service providers to help us provide services related to the Payment Services. Service providers may be located inside or outside of the European Economic Area («EEA»). In particular, our service providers are based in Europe, India, Asia Pacific and North and South America.

For example, service providers may help us: (i) verify your identity or authenticate your identification documents, (ii) check information against public databases, (iii) conduct background or police checks, fraud prevention, and risk assessment, (iv) perform product development, maintenance and debugging, (v) allow the provision of MaltaVista.com through third party platforms and software tools (e.g. through the integration with our APIs), or (vi) provide customer service, advertising, or payments services. These providers have limited access to your information to perform these tasks on our behalf, and are contractually bound to protect and to use it only for the purposes for which it was disclosed and consistent with this Privacy Policy.

MaltaVista.com will need to share your information, including personal information, in order to ensure the adequate performance of our contract with you.

3.3. Corporate Affiliates

To enable or support us in providing MaltaVista.com, we may share your information, including personal information, within our corporate family of companies (both financial and non-financial entities) that are related by common ownership or control.

Sharing with MaltaVista: Even if your Country of Residence is not the United States, your information may be shared with MaltaVista., which provides the technical infrastructure for MaltaVista.com, product development and maintenance, customer support, trust and safety. The data sharing is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us and is based on our legitimate interests in providing MaltaVista.com globally.

Sharing with Payments Services: In order to facilitate payments on or through the MaltaVista.com site, certain information as described above in Section 1.1.3, may be shared with the relevant Payments Services entity. The data sharing is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us.

Additionally, we share your information, including personal information, with our corporate affiliates in order to support and integrate, promote, and to improve MaltaVista.com and our affiliates’ services.

3.4. Social Media Platforms

Where permissible according to applicable law, we may use certain limited personal information about you, such as your email address, to hash it and to share it with social media platforms, such as Facebook or Google, to generate leads, drive traffic to our websites or otherwise promote our products and services or MaltaVista.com. These processing activities are based on our legitimate interest in undertaking marketing activities to offer you products or services that may be of interest to you.

The social media platforms with which we may share your personal data are not controlled or supervised by MaltaVista.com. Therefore, any questions regarding how your social media platform service provider processes your personal data should be directed to said provider.

Please note that you may, at any time ask MaltaVista.com to cease processing your data for these direct marketing purposes by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

3.5. Business Transfers

If MaltaVista.com undertakes or is involved in any merger, acquisition, reorganization, sale of assets, bankruptcy, or insolvency event, then we may sell, transfer or share some or all of our assets, including your information in connection with such transaction or in contemplation of such transaction (e.g., due diligence). In this event, we will notify you before your personal information is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

3.6. Aggregated Data

We may also share aggregated information (information about our users that we combine so that it no longer identifies or references an individual user) and other anonymized information for regulatory compliance, industry and market analysis, demographic profiling, marketing and advertising, and other business purposes.

4. Other Important Information

4.1. Analyzing Your Communications

We may review, scan, or analyze your communications on MaltaVista.com for fraud prevention, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, investigation, product development, research, and customer support purposes. For example, as part of our fraud prevention efforts, we scan and analyze messages to mask contact information and references to other websites. In some cases, we may also scan, review, or analyze messages to debug, improve, and expand product offerings. We use automated methods where reasonably possible. However, occasionally we may need to manually review some communications, such as for fraud investigations and customer support, or to assess and improve the functionality of these automated tools. We will not review, scan, or analyze your communications to send third party marketing messages to you, and we will not sell reviews or analyses of these communications.

These activities are carried out based on MaltaVista.com’s legitimate interest in ensuring compliance with applicable laws and our Terms, preventing fraud, promoting safety, and improving and ensuring the adequate performance of our services.

4.2. Google Maps/Earth

Parts of the MaltaVista.com use Google Maps/Earth services, including the Google Maps API(s). Use of Google Maps/Earth is subject to Google Maps/Earth Additional Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy.

5. Third Party Partners & Integrations

MaltaVista.com may contain links to third party websites or services, such as third party integrations, co-branded services, or third party-branded services («Third Party Partners»). MaltaVista.com doesn’t own or control these Third Party Partners and when you interact with them, you may be providing information directly to the Third Party Partner, MaltaVista.com, or both. These Third Party Partners will have their own rules about the collection, use, and disclosure of information. We encourage you to review the privacy policies of the other websites you visit.

6. Your Rights

You may exercise any of the rights described in this section before your applicable MaltaVista.com Data Controller and Payments Data Controller by sending an email to [email protected] Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before taking further action on your request.

6.1. Rectification of Inaccurate or Incomplete Information

You have the right to ask us to correct inaccurate or incomplete personal information concerning you in your MaltaVista.com system.

6.2. Data Access and Portability

In some jurisdictions, applicable law may entitle you to request copies of your personal information held by us. You may also be entitled to request copies of personal information that you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used, and machine-readable format and/or request us to transmit this information to another service provider (where technically feasible).

6.3. Data Retention and Erasure

We generally retain your personal information for as long as is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us and to comply with our legal obligations. If you no longer want us to use your information to provide MaltaVista.com to you, you can request that we erase your personal information and close your MaltaVista.com system. Please note that if you request the erasure of your personal information:

  • We may retain some of your personal information as necessary for our legitimate business interests, such as fraud detection and prevention and enhancing safety.
  • We may retain and use your personal information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations. For example, MaltaVista.com may keep some of your information for tax, legal reporting and auditing obligations.
  • Information you have shared with others (e.g., reviews) may continue to be publicly visible on MaltaVista.com.
  • Because we maintain MaltaVista.com to protect from accidental or malicious loss and destruction, residual copies of your personal information may not be removed from our backup systems for a limited period of time.

6.4. Withdrawing Consent and Restriction of Processing

Where you have provided your consent to the processing of your personal information by MaltaVista.com you may withdraw your consent at any time by sending a communication to MaltaVista.com specifying which consent you are withdrawing.

Please note that the withdrawal of your consent does not affect the lawfulness of any processing activities based on such consent before its withdrawal. Additionally, in some jurisdictions, applicable law may give you the right to limit the ways in which we use your personal information, in particular where (i) you contest the accuracy of your personal information; (ii) the processing is unlawful and you oppose the erasure of your personal information; (iii) we no longer need your personal information for the purposes of processing, but you require the information for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; or (iv) you have objected to the processing pursuant to Section 6.6 and pending the verification whether the legitimate grounds of MaltaVista.com override your own.

6.5. Objection to Processing

In some jurisdictions, applicable law may entitle you to require MaltaVista.com not to process your personal information for certain specific purposes (including profiling) where such processing is based on legitimate interest. If you object to such processing, MaltaVista.com will no longer process your personal information for these purposes unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for such processing or such processing is required for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Where your personal information is processed for direct marketing purposes, you may at any time ask MaltaVista.com to cease processing your data for these direct marketing purposes by sending an e-mail to [email protected]

6.6. Lodging Complaints

You have the right to lodge complaints about the data processing activities carried out by MaltaVista.com before the competent data protection authorities.

7. Operating Globally

To facilitate our global operations, MaltaVista.com may transfer, store, and process your information within our services or with service providers based in Europe, India, Asia Pacific and North and South America. Laws in these countries may differ from the laws applicable to your Country of Residence. For example, information collected within the EEA may be transferred, stored, and processed outside of the EEA for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. Where we transfer, store, and process your personal information outside of the EEA, we have ensured that appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure an adequate level of data protection.

We will provide further information on the means to ensure an adequate level of data protection on request.

8. Security

We are continuously implementing and updating administrative, technical, and physical security measures to help protect your information against unauthorized access, loss, destruction, or alteration. Some of the safeguards we use to protect your information are firewalls and data encryption, and information access controls.

9. Changes to this Privacy Policy

MaltaVista.com reserves the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time in accordance with this provision. If we make changes to this Privacy Policy, we will post the revised Privacy Policy on the MaltaVista.com. If you disagree with the revised Privacy Policy, you may leave the MaltaVista.com

10. Contact Us

If you have any questions or complaints about this Privacy Policy or MaltaVista.com, you may email us at: [email protected] or contact us at: ODTÜ Teknokent Bilişim İnovasyon Merkezi – Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi – Dumlupınar Bulvarı – 280 / G Zemin Kat – Ankara – Turkey.