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The materials contained on the web site are provided by U.S. News Travel as a service to you for your noncommercial, personal use on an "as is, as available" basis and may be used by you for information purposes only. You acknowledge that you are using the web site at your own risk. U.S. News Travel assumes no responsibility for error or omissions in these materials. U.S. News Travel makes no commitment to update the information contained herein. U.S. News Travel makes no, and expressly disclaims any and all, representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the U.S. News Travel web site, including without limitation the accuracy, completeness, or reliability of text, graphics, links, products and services, and other items accessed from or via the web site, or that the web site will be uninterrupted, error-free, or free of viruses or other harmful components. No advice or information given by U.S. News Travel or any other party on the web site shall create any warranty or liability.
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U.S. News Travel takes care to bring our readers the best and most useful consumer information, facts and insight. However, we do not guarantee the accuracy of all the data and information provided on the site, and consumers should always consult the manufacturer and/or their dealer/distributor for the most up-to-date product information, features and specifications.
Web Site Users
U.S. News Travel only collects personally identifiable information such as a name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, or credit card information with your knowledge and consent.
How does the web site use information supplied by me?
Occasionally, visitors to our web site may be asked to supply certain personally identifying information, which is then retained by U.S. News Travel. For example, we ask you for certain information if you choose to subscribe to our e-mail newsletters, or register with our online blogs or user reviews. If you choose to give us personally identifying information at such time, such information will be retained by us and used to provide you with products or services you have requested, or with additional information from us about U.S. News Travel, its affiliates, or selected outside companies whose products or services we feel may be of use to you. Moreover, we will not sell or rent any personally identifying information obtained through the web site to any other company or organization without your knowledge and consent.
From time to time, the personally identifying information that you provide to us may be shared with our suppliers or service providers who assist us in maintaining and managing the web site and our newsletters, blogs, user reviews, and other activities on the Web site. Such suppliers or service providers may use your personally identifying information only in the course of providing services to U.S. News Travel, but they may not use such information for other purposes.
While your individual information is protected as discussed above, U.S. News Travel reserves the right to use such individual information to create aggregated, anonymous data about users in order to develop statistics about activity on and visitors to the Web site. In addition, U.S. News Travel may disclose information we maintain (A) if in good faith we believe that such action is necessary to (1) comply with the law or with legal process; (2) protect and defend our rights and property; (3) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Web site; (4) protect the personal safety, property, or rights of our users or the public; or (B) in connection with a corporate transaction, such as a divestiture, merger, consolidation or asset sale.
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Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
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