Privacy & Security Policy

Instant World Booking is the owner and operator of this site (HostelTraveler.com). Instant World Booking understands that privacy and security are important and we are strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of our customers and website visitors. We have been processing online reservations since 2004 and have always placed the security of our internet transactions and our customers credit card details as our top priority.

The following information is designed to help you understand how we use your information and how we protect your privacy and security. By visiting this site, you accept the practices described in this Privacy & Security Policy.

What Information Do We Collect?

Our primary goal in collecting personal information is to provide you with a smooth, efficient reservation experience. During the reservation process, we request information about you, which may include your name, address, phone number, gender, age, credit card information, and email address (collectively known as "Personally Identifiable Information" or PII). We need your credit or debit card details so we can guarantee your reservation at confirmation.

How Do We Use Your Information?

For customers using this website to reserve travel services, we provide the information you submit in the confirmation process to the travel service provider. This is so they will know who you are and when you will be arriving. We provide your name, gender (if available), phone number, credit or debit card details, and the details of your booking. We supply your email address as well to facilitate communication. The travel service provider requires this information to guarantee a confirmed booking from you. The guarantee may involve the travel service provider verifying, authorizing, or charging a deposit to your credit or debit card, in accordance with their stated booking policies. All travel service providers we facilitate reservations for have agreed to the Instant World Booking terms and conditions and accept this Privacy & Security Policy. Also, we send reservation confirmations and other information about your reservation to your email address. This is part of the ordinary reservation process, and you agree that we will communicate with you for this purpose via email or other contact information you provide. We never provide any of your personal information, including payment details, to any third party outside of the specific reservation process that you initiate. By accepting this Privacy & Security Policy or by using this site, you expressly agree to such usage of your personally identifiable information.

For service providers, contributors, and all other users of this website, or any service provided by Instant World Booking, you agree that we will communicate with you about the website and services you use via your email address or other contact information you provide. We never provide any of your personal information, including payment details, to any third party outside of the basic requirements of the services you use.

For all users, you may also opt-in or expressly subscribe to receive occasional email, or other communications via your contact information, to inform you of services, products, features, and promotions. You have the right to opt-out of any or all marketing communications or any optional informational communications from Instant World Booking. This can be accomplished by using the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in our emails or on this website. You also have the right to request that Instant World Booking remove your account and personally identifiable information entirely.

Credit Card Security

Instant World Booking collects your credit or debit card information to confirm your reservation or other travel service-related transaction. We adhere to the Data Security Standard (DSS) published by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). The PCI SSC was founded by the major card brands (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB International), who all require compliance with these standards. The PCI DSS is a set of comprehensive requirements for enhancing cardholder account data security. Compliance ensures the highest level of security possible in handling your personal credit or debit card account information.

The cardholder account information you provide is protected in accordance with the PCI DSS. Your account information is used to make charges associated with your reservation or service transaction. It is also transmitted to the travel service provider to guarantee your reservation. The transmission of your cardholder account information is encrypted and protected according to the standards and practices described in this Privacy & Security Policy.

Is My Information Secure?

Instant World Booking uses advanced industry practices to safeguard the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information. Instant World Booking treats data as an asset that must be protected against loss and unauthorized access. We employ many different security techniques to protect such data, including encryption utilizing a technology called SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

When you book a reservation, sign in, or update your personal membership information, Instant World Booking automatically encrypts your personal information in transit from your computer to our server using the Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSL) with the industry's highest available encryption key length. There are billions of possible key combinations, and only one of them works. So, it is almost impossible for an unauthorized party trying to intercept the information to find the right key, even if equipped with the best computers. This means your confidential information, as well as your credit or debit card transaction, is safe according to the highest level of security globally available on the internet.

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Reviews, Comments and Social Content

We offer you the opportunity to post reviews of third party travel service providers, whose services you have used. Additionally, we may offer other opportunities to provide commentary and social interactive content. Whenever you provide us with a review, commentary or other social interactive contect, we may include the information you provide on our websites and on selected partner sites.

Instant World Booking makes no representations or warranties with regard to the sufficiency of these security measures. Neither Instant World Booking nor any of its owners, directors, employees, affiliates, or other representatives shall be responsible for any damages that result from a lapse in compliance with this Privacy & Security Policy because of a security breach, technical malfunction or or any other problem associated with privacy or security. Instant World Booking shall not be liable in respect of any claims, demands, damages, losses, or expenses arising out of or in connection with the use and/or dissemination of personal information relating to you in accordance with this Privacy & Security Policy and your consent.

Changes to this Privacy & Security Policy

Instant World Booking reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend this Privacy & Security Policy at any time, and you should regularly check this privacy policy for any amendments.

For more information, please see the Instant World Booking Terms & Conditions.

Any questions, please contact:

Instant World Booking
HostelTraveler.com
223 Wall Street
Suite 370
New York  11743-2060  USA
1.941.866.0010