istanbeautiful.com Privacy & Cookie Policy

This Privacy and Cookie Policy was last updated on October 30, 2022

Who we are?

Our website address is: https://istanbeautiful.com – Istanbeautiful.com is managed with the team and fellows of Istanbul locals, expats and world travelers, under TR registered individual company (Alive Media). The website has no connection with any civic organization.

1. Privacy & Cookie Policy Clarification Statement

Our website, https://istanbeautiful.com uses cookies and other related technologies (for convenience all technologies are referred to as “cookies”). Cookies are also placed by third parties we have engaged. In the document below we give information to you about the use of cookies on our website.

This privacy and cookie policy will explain how istanbeautiful.com uses the personal data we collect from you when you use our website. If you have any concerns or questions about your privacy or how your data is used or stored by istanbeautiful.com, please do write to us via info@istanbeautiful.com

This Privacy and Cookie Policy Clarification Statement have been arranged to determine the provisions and conditions between the User and Istanbeautiful (Alive Media). In this statement, “Istanbeautiful”, “istanbeautiful.com” and “Alive Media” will be referred to as “We”.

If you are under the age of 18, you should visit the website under the accompanying of your parents. You should not use this website without the accompanying of your parents and not to share any personal data.

In order to act in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Personal Data, we present the following issues to your information in detail within the scope of the obligation to clarification.

If you approve this cookie and privacy policy, you will be deemed to have accepted all the provisions specified in the clarification statement.

2. Data We Collect

2.1. Reviews and Comments

To leave a review or comment on our website, we will ask for your name and email address. This is to prevent spam. Reviews or comments without a valid email address may be deleted. We reserve the right to not publish any review/comment we deem to be inappropriate for any reason.

2.2. Media

Currently, we do not offer and allow media uploads on our website. But, if we allow this option in the future, if you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

2.3. Tour & Activity Enquiries

We do not operate any tours and activities, but works with several hand picked tour and travel operators making tours in Istanbul and whose products we present to our website visitors.

When inquiring about a tour or activity that you saw or read on our website by email or by any request form on the tour page, you consent to us to forward your inquiry to the relevant party or parties such as tour operators, tour agents etc. and anticipate contact from them regarding your inquiry.

When you email us in this manner, your email remains in the inbox, however your details are not stored in or added to our database or reused for any other purposes. Direct responsibility and liability for any tours and activities lie with the operators or providers themselves.

While contacting us using our contact/request form by the relevant tour/activity page, we may collect your below data to meet your request.

  • Name, Surname, Email, Phone Number, Country of Citizenship, Country of Residence, City You Live, Your message (if applicable), Case details (if applicable), Documents (if applicable)

2.4. Medical Enquiries

We do not organize any kind of treatments and surgeries, but list several hand picked clinics, hospitals, medical tourism companies, surgeons and doctors making and organizing medical treatments and surgeries in Istanbul and Turkey.

You should more that we do not have any partnerships with the clinics, hospitals, surgeons and doctors. You should consult your doctor for any diagnosis and treatments. We are not responsible for any unexpected situations you may have as all are health issues. Plus, the information provided on our medical pages is not a guide to action and should not be construed as medical advice or treatment recommendation and doesn’t substitute the visit to a doctor.

When inquiring about information on any medical treatment/surgery or clinic/hospital/medical tourism company regarding the procedure, pricing, etc. that you saw or read on our website by email or by the request form on the related medical page, you consent to us to forward your inquiry to the relevant party or parties such as clinics, hospitals, medical tourism companies, surgeons, doctors, specialists, etc. and anticipate contact from them regarding your inquiry.

When you email us in this manner, your email remains in the inbox, however your details are not stored in or added to our database or reused for any other purposes. Direct responsibility and liability for any tours and activities lie with the operators or providers themselves.

While contacting us using our contact/request form by the relevant medical page, we may collect your below data to meet your request.

  • Name, Surname, Email, Phone Number, Country of Citizenship, Country of Residence, City You Live, Your message (if applicable), Case details (if applicable), Documents (if applicable)

3. Cookies

Cookies are tiny files saved in a computer and designed to store small amounts of data. These data are used to track information on your visits to and between websites. Cookies have existed for a number of years, and are very widespread. You may already have cookies activated in your computer. Don’t worry. Cookies won’t damage your computer, and istanbeautiful.com does not store any item of information that can identify you personally –such as your credit card details– in the cookies it creates.

We’re telling you this because there has just been a change in European Union legislation that affects all European websites, and we want to be clear and honest with you at all times with regard to your privacy when using our website. It’s very important to us that you feel you can trust and have confidence in us.

What’s more, we’re also devising a range of improvements relating to cookies and the privacy of our website. If you want to block or restrict all cookies from istanbeautiful.com, you can do so with your browser. Each one is different, so you’ll need to consult the Help section of your browser to see how to change your preferences for cookies.

3.1. Types of Cookies

  • Function Cookies: It is a type of cookie that allows users to interact with this service or site or mobile application to access the basic and compulsory characteristics of the inter and mobile application service.
  • Analysis Cookies: It is a type of cookie that collects the necessary data to understand and solve the interaction of users in the service offered to them.
  • Safety Cookies: It is a type of cookie that ensures that users verify the identity and the necessary information and aim to protect users from fraud and detect irregular behaviors.
  • Advertising Cookies: It is a type of cookie that measures or analyzes the efficacy of these ads or analyzes the state of clicks in order to transmit advertising and similar content within the scope of users through the information systems of us or third parties.
  • Mandatory Cookies: Mandatory cookies are cookies required for the proper operation of the website and mobile application.
  • Personalization Cookies: It is a type of cookie that provides personalized content.
  • Third person Cookies: Cookies installed with your computer and mobile device except our site and application.

3.2. Cookies used

Name of the cookie Purpose Duration
Google Analytics Google Analytics uses cookies to analyze how visitors use the website. This website is stored by Google on servers by Google by transferring information about your use. Google will use this information to evaluate your usage of the website, compile the website activity for the company and provide other services related to website activity and internet use, but it will not match your IP address with other data stored by Google. For more information about the use of Google Analytics (including rejection options), you can visit this address: Google Privacy. Permanent cookies

Session cookies

Google Ads Google ADS uses cookies, safe search preferences, showing you more relevant ads, determining how many visitors come to a page, helping you to sign up for our services, protecting your data or remembering your ad settings. This helps the website to remember information about your visit (for example, your preferred language and other settings). Information about your use of this website (including your IP address) is transferred to Google and stored by Google on the US servers. Google will use this information to evaluate your usage of the website, compile the website activity for the company and provide other services related to website activity and internet use, but it will not match your IP address with other data stored by Google. For more information about the use of Google ADS cookies (including rejection options), you can visit this address: Google Privacy Permanent cookies

Session cookies

RMC The RMC uses “cookies olarak with small text files that contain a unique identifier of your computer or a third -party analysis provider through the web browser. It uses it to improve services and websites. RMC uses Google Analytics to monitor the performance of certain marketing campaigns and some products. This is to allow third -party service providers to create ads adapted to RMC at different contact points. These service providers, your personal information, contact information, etc. It can collect your non -containing IP address and personally defined information. These cookies also provide statistical information on how our website is used and performance. For more information about the use of RMC cookies (including rejection options), you can visit this address: Related Digital Privacy Permanent cookies

Session cookies

Facebook If you use Facebook products, including Facebook Cookies, Facebook Cookies, Site and Applications, or if you visit sites or applications using Facebook products (including Like button and other Facebook technologies), it uses. Cookies allow Facebook to offer you Facebook products to you and understand the information you receive about you, including your use of other websites and applications, regardless of whether you have registered or entered. Cookies; It uses identity control, security and site integrity, ads, recommendations, measurement, analysis and reporting.

In addition, your e-mail address from your personal data is shared with these platforms in order to present ads that may be interested in social media platforms and create a special target audience. Your e-mail address is transferred through the regular channels and environments offered by these platforms. Social media platforms use your e-mail address only for the matching process. Your e-mail address is not shared with third parties or other advertisers, and after the matching process is completed, it is deleted from the systems of social media platforms as soon as possible. For example; Facebook, (a) Personal give as long as it is on Facebook systems, and to protect the safety and integrity of the data and to protect your personal data on Facebook systems by accidentally or unauthorized access and to protect your data against the misuse, changing or disclosure. It will ensure the confidentiality and security of your e-mail address and Facebook user identity collection, which is encrypted by Hashh method, which constitutes your special target audience (“Special target audience”), including measures. Furthermore, Facebook does not provide access or information for your specific target audience to third parties or other advertisers unless you require your permission or not, does not add your special target audience to information about our users or do not create profiles based on interest or use your special target audience other than providing service. You can visit Facebook Customoudiences address for Facebook special target audiences, and Facebook Privacy for Facebook Privacy Principles.

Permanent cookies

Session cookies

 

Information about the cookies used on our website is included in the table below:

Service
provider
Cookie name purpose type duration
Google CV_BirthDate User’s Date of Birth Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_CityName The city where the user lives Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_Education University and Department of the User Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_Education Level User’s educational status Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_Gender User’s gender Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_Geo Location where the user lives Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_LastJobTitle The name of the user’s last position Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_LastJobTitle
SegmentCode
User’s customer segment Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_Login Information whether the user did login Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_Login_Module Information of from where the user logins Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_Ozgecmis Information whether the user’s resume is open to everyone Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_UpdateResume Information whether the user’s resume is up to date Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV Work Experience Information how much work experience the user has Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google CV_WorkStatus User’s business ownership information Persistent Cookie Max 1 year
Google 1P_JAR It is used to obtain statistical data of the site and the number of conversions Third-party cookie 1 month
Google AID Google advertising ID Third-party cookie 9 month
Google APISID It contains Google contains user and Google Maps information Third-party cookie 2 year
Google CONSENT It is used to distinguish the anonymous user and measure the efficiency of ads. Third-party cookie Max 2 year
Google DSID Google is a cookie installed by the DFP ad service. Third-party cookie 1 day
Google G_ENABLED_IDPS It provides log-in with Google. Third-party cookie Permanent
Google HSID Remember the login information on the way between the pages. In Google’s system, these two cookies uniquely define a specific “session” or “login” (only Google account is used and log in) and stored only on the computer where you login. Thus, multiple pages can be accessed. Third-party cookie 2 year
Google IDE a cookie installed by the Google DFP ad service. Third-party cookie 2 year
Google NID Google uses this cookie to follow up if the user has his own settings. When you switch to another page, compares and understands with this information. (eg: language, search options, etc.) Third-party cookie 6 month
Google OGPC Improves Web Browsing functionality. Third-party cookie 1 month
Google SAPISID contains Google user and Google Maps information Third-party cookie 2 year
Google SID Remember the login information on the way between the pages. In Google’s system, these two cookies uniquely define a specific “session” or “login” (only Google account is used and log in) and stored only on the computer where you login. Thus, multiple pages can be accessed. Third-party cookie 2 year
Google SIDCC Google defines the security identification information to prevent users from unauthorized access. Third-party cookie 3 month
Google SSID It allows a safe login with the Google service. Third-party cookie 2 year
Google UULE It collects anonymous user data and measures whether the ads shown are effective. Third-party cookie Max 2 year
Google __cfduid Cloudflare ID Third-party cookie 1 year
Google __gads It is used for purposes such as measuring interactions with advertisements and not shown the same advertisements too much. Third-party cookie 2 year
Google _ga Used for the processing of users. Third-party cookie 2 year
Google _gac_UA-
7688477-37
It keeps information about campaigns for users. When linking with Google Analytics and Adwords, the transformation of AdWords Website is read unless it is opt-out. Third-party cookie 90 day
Google _gat Analytical Cookies Third-party cookie permanent
Google _gid Used for the processing of users. Third-party cookie 1 year
Google _ga Analytical Cookies Third-party cookie 2 year
Google _gid Analytical Cookies Third-party cookie 24 houes
Google _gat Analytical Cookies Third-party cookie 1 minute
Google _utma Used to distinguish the user and session. Third-party cookie 2 year
Google __utmt To follow the demands. Third-party cookie 10 minute
Google __utmb It is used to distinguish visits with the new session. Third-party cookie 30 minute
Google __utmc It is used to distinguish visits with the new session. Third-party cookie until session ends
Google __utmz It distinguishes the reason for accessing the website, ie whether it comes from the campaign or advertisement. Third-party cookie 6 month
Google __utmv It is used to follow special variable data at the visitor level. Third-party cookie 2 year
Facebook datr Follows the likes of the site on Facebook network. Third-party cookie 2 year
Facebook sb Follows the likes of the site on Facebook network. Third-party cookie 2 year
Facebook fr Follows the likes of the site on Facebook network. Third-party cookie session duration
Facebook xs Follows the likes of the site on Facebook network. Third-party cookie 6 month
Facebook c_user Follows the likes of the site on Facebook network. Third-party cookie session duration
Facebook wd Used to define the user by by Facebook Plugins. Third-party cookie 6 month

 

4. Data Third Parties Collect

4.1. Affiliate Program Participation

To help our website expand and to cover the costs of running the site, our website engages in affiliate marketing, which is done by embedding tracking / affiliate links into the website. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

We will earn commission from these affiliate links when you make a purchase and there will be no additional costs to you. So that we can keep our website growing and giving you the best services. Booking.com, Trivago.co.uk, Agoda.com, Istanbulwelcomecard.com, Istanbulepass.com, Istanbultouristpass.com, Istanbul.com, Viator.com, GetYourGuide.com, Packagetoursturkey.com and Tranigo.com are our main trusted and secure affiliate programmes.

4.2. Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, which is a trusted and secure web analytics service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies” which are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie regarding your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.

Browser plugin

If you wish to deactivate cookies in your browser, you can set the browser to your preference using the menu bar. We wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website and our free content service. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objecting to the collection of data

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. If you wish to do so, you can use certain plugins for your browser. We wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website and our free content service. For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see Google’s privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Demographic data collection by Google Analytics

Our website uses the demographic features of the Google Analytics. This allows reports to be generated containing statements about the age, gender, and interests of the site visitors. This data comes from interest-based advertising from Google and third-party visitor data. This collected data cannot be attributed to any specific individual person. You can disable this feature at any time by adjusting the ads settings in your Google account or you can forbid the collection of your data by Google Analytics.

4.3. Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this website may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites such as Youtube or Vimeo behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. This way you, as a user are able to play the video directly on our website, instead of having to open the video in a new window. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

4.3.1. Google Maps

Our website uses the Google Maps map service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. To use Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer. The use of Google Maps is in the interest of making our website appealing and to facilitate the location of the popular attractions and places specified by us on our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of Google at https://www.google.com/intl/policies/privacy/.

4.3.2. Social media cookies

Our website may contain buttons and content from social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to enable you to share content from our website with your social media networks. If you use these features, those social media sites may use their own cookies. The information on how these are used can be found on the websites of these social media sites.

4.4. Consent

When you visit our website for the first time, you’ll be shown an explanation about the cookies. Same for the any request form you submit from our website. When you accept, you consent to us using the cookies and plug-ins as described in this Cookie Policy. You are able to disable the use of cookies by your browser setup, but you should know that if you do so, our website may no longer work properly.

In addition; wherever you approve this cookie policy on our website (such as any request forms), you will be deemed to have accepted all the provisions specified in this cookie policy.

4.5. Enabling/disabling and deleting cookies

If you want to block or restrict all cookies from our website, you can do so from your browser settings. Each browser is different, so you should refer the Help section of your browser to see how to change your preferences for cookies. You can also delete the cookies by using third-party software. You should also note that our website may not work properly if all cookies are disabled.

  • Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
  • Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/privacy/websites/#cookies
  • Chrome: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
  • Safari: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac
  • Opera: https://help.opera.com/en/latest/web-preferences/#cookies

5. Your rights with respect to personal data

You have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • Learning whether personal data is processed,
  • If personal data are processed, request information about it,
  • The purpose of using the personal data and whether they are used for their purpose,
  • Knowing third persons with personal data transferred nationwide or abroad,
  • In case the personal data is incomplete or incorrectly processed, asking for them to be corrected.

6. Disclaimer

6.1. Accountability for content

The contents of our website are created with the utmost care to give you the correct information and guides. However, we can not guarantee the contents’ accuracy, completeness or topicality. According to statutory provisions, we are furthermore responsible for our own content on these web pages. In this context, please note that we are accordingly not obliged to monitor merely the transmitted or saved information of third parties, or investigate circumstances pointing to illegal activity.

Medical Content

The medical content on our website is only for informational purposes. The information provided on our medical pages is not a guide to action and should not be construed as medical advice or treatment recommendation and doesn’t substitute the visit to a doctor. You should consult your doctor for any diagnosis and treatments. We are not responsible for any unexpected situations you may have as all are health issues.

6.2. Accountability for links

Responsibility for the content of external links (to the web pages of third parties) lies solely with the operators of the linked pages. No violations were evident to us at the time of linking. Should any legal infringement become known to us, we will remove the respective link immediately.

7. Contact details

If you have any questions and/or comments about our Privacy and Cookie Policy and this statement, you can contact us by using the following contact details:

E-mail

info@istanbeautiful.com

Alive Media Main office

Armada Business Center, Bestepe Mah. Dumlupinar Blv.
A-BLOK Apt., No:6/1 Kat:12, Ofis no:1225-L11
Sogutozu, 06520 Yenimahalle/Ankara, TURKEY

Phone: +(90) 312 295 63 76

Istanbeautiful Istanbul office

Levent 193 Plaza, Büyükdere Cad. No:193
Kat:2, Ofis no:235 A93, 34394 Levent-Sisli/Istanbul, TURKEY

Phone: +(90) 212 371 47 60