Welcome to our Privacy Policy

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the fine print – revised June 11, 2019

It is Ontario Bike Trails (a site run by mediaMerge Ventures Inc.) policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website. This Privacy Policy applies to Ontario Bike Trails / (hereinafter, “us”, “we”, OBT or “ontariobiketrails.com”).

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting personally identifiable information you may provide us through the Website. We have adopted this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”) to explain what information may be collected on our Website, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties. This Privacy Policy applies only to information we collect through the Website and does not apply to our collection of information from other sources.

This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms and Usage posted on our Website, set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website. Depending on your activities when visiting our Website, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.

– Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Ontario Bike Trails collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Ontario Bike Trails purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Ontario Bike Trails visitors use its website. From time to time, Ontario Bike Trails may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Ontario Bike Trails also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on https://ontariobiketrails.com/ blog posts. Ontario Bike Trails only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

– Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Ontario Bike Trails websites choose to interact with Ontario Bike Trails in ways that require Ontario Bike Trails to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Ontario Bike Trails gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who leave a comment at https://ontariobiketrails.com/ to provide a username and email address.

By subscribing to our Newsletter, you give us permission to log your name and email address for future use on MailChimp. You can opt out at any time. Link to do so at the bottom of future Newsletter emails.

– Security

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

– Advertisements

Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by Ontario Bike Trails and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

– Links to External Sites

Our Service may contain links to external sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy and terms and conditions of every site you visit.

We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites, products or services.

– Ontariobiketrails.com/ uses Facebook and/ or  Google AdWords for remarketing

Ontariobiketrails.com/ uses the remarketing services to advertise on third party websites (including Facebook and Google) to previous visitors to our site. It could mean that we advertise to previous visitors who haven’t completed a task on our site, for example using the contact form to make an enquiry. This could be in the form of an advertisement on the search results page, or a site in the Facebook or/and Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits. Of course, any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Facebook and Google’s privacy policy.

You can set preferences for how Facebook or Google advertises to you using the Preferences page on their sites. If you want to you can opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.

– Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Ontario Bike Trails discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that

(i) need to know that information in order to process it on Ontario Bike Trails behalf or to provide services available at Ontario Bike Trails website, and

(ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Ontario Bike Trails website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Ontario Bike Trails will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Ontario Bike Trails discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Ontario Bike Trails believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Ontario Bike Trails, third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of https://ontariobiketrails.com/ and have supplied your email address, Ontario Bike Trails may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Ontario Bike Trails and our products. We primarily use our blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum.

If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Ontario Bike Trails takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

– Affiliate Disclosure

This site uses affiliate links and does earn a commission from certain links. This does not affect your purchases or the price you may pay. We may earn a small amount in return, which is greatly welcome in exchange for the free content we post and to maintain the site.


As an Amazon Associate, this site earns from qualifying purchases.

– Aggregated Statistics

Ontario Bike Trails may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. Ontario Bike Trails may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Ontario Bike Trails does not disclose your personally-identifying information.

Google Analytics

Based on our legitimate interests (i.e., interest in the analysis, optimization, and economic operation of our online offer within the meaning of Art. 6 (1) lit. DSGVO), we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC (“Google”). Google uses cookies. The information generated by the cookie about the use of the online offer by the users are usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Agreement, which provides a guarantee to comply with European privacy legislation (https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active).

Google will use this information on our behalf to evaluate the use of our online offer by users to compile reports on the activities within this online offer and to provide us with further services related to the use of this online offer and the internet usage. In this case, pseudonymous usage profiles of the users can be created from the processed data.

We only use Google Analytics with activated IP anonymization. This means that the IP address of the users will be shortened by Google within member states of the European Union or in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

The IP address submitted by the user’s browser will not be merged with other data provided by Google. Users can prevent the storage of cookies by setting their browser software accordingly; Users may also prevent the collection by Google of the data generated by the cookie and related to their use of the online offer as well as the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

For more information about Google’s data usage, settings and opt-out options, please visit Google’s websites: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/partners (“Google’s use of your data when you use websites or apps of our partners”), https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads (“Advertising use of data”), https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated (“Managing information Google uses to show you ads”).

Incidentally, the personal data will be anonymized or deleted after a lapse of 26 months.

–  Litespeed-cache

This site utilizes caching in order to facilitate a faster response time and better user experience. Caching potentially stores a duplicate copy of every web page that is on display on this site. All cache files are temporary, and are never accessed by any third party, except as necessary to obtain technical support from the cache plugin vendor. Cache files expire on a schedule set by the site administrator, but may easily be purged by the admin before their natural expiration, if necessary.

– Akismet

We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

– Cookies

To enrich and perfect your online experience, Ontario Bike Trails uses “Cookies”, similar technologies and services provided by others to display personalized content, appropriate advertising and store your preferences on your computer.

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Ontario Bike Trails uses cookies to help Ontario Bike Trails identify and track visitors, their usage of ontariobiketrails.com, and their website access preferences. Ontario Bike Trails visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Ontario Bike Trails websites, with the drawback that certain features of Ontario Bike Trails websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

By continuing to navigate our website without changing your cookie settings, you hereby acknowledge and agree to Ontario Bike Trails use of cookies.

– E-commerce

Those who engage in transactions with Ontario Bike Trails – by purchasing Ontario Bike Trails services or products, are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Ontario Bike Trails collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Ontario Bike Trails. Ontario Bike Trails does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

We use gumroad.com for online payments.Your payment details never get stored anywhere when you buy on Gumroad. We don’t have access to your credit card information. Gumroad just has a token that represents your credit card. The same goes for your PayPal details. That means if your Gumroad account, or even Gumroad itself, were compromised, nobody would gain access to your payment data.

If you choose to save your credit card for future buying on Gumroad, these same PCI compliant providers keep your information safe, and encrypted.

– Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Ontario Bike Trails may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Ontario Bike Trails sole discretion. Ontario Bike Trails encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

– Contact Information – send a note using the Contact page on this site to Dan Roitner.

This  site ontariobiketrails.com is owned and operated by mediaMerge Ventures Inc. – 94 Gates Ave. Toronto, Ontario,  Canada