Information That We Collect.
We may also monitor and collect information about your activities in connection with the Services. If you choose to send us personal correspondence such as emails or letters or when third parties send us correspondence, which may include their comments about you, we may store, analyze and compile that information. All of this information will be stored such that it may be accessed only by our authorized personnel and our agents.
You may choose to use our referral service to tell a friend or friends about the Services. If you choose to do so, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address, and will email an invitation to use the Services to your friend.
Providing your Personal Information to us is voluntary. However, if you do not provide your Personal Information to us, you will not be able to use some or all of the Services.
Our Use of Your Information.
If you have provided us with Personal Information, we may use it to contact you regarding the Services or to tailor the Services to you. As some specific examples of this, we may use your Personal Information to email you with news and updates about the Services, to analyze usage of the Services, or to provide you with information (e.g., advertisements) that is targeted to your interests.
If you have provided us with Personal Information, we may also use it to facilitate your communication with other Members, for example, by sending a friend recommendation or a friend request to another Member.
If you use our referral services, we will use your friend’s name and email address only to send an invitation to that friend and to track the status of the referral. Your friend may use the unsubscribe function in the email or Contact Us to request that we remove their email address from our records.
Disclosure of Your Information.
Due to the nature of the Services, some of your Personal Information may be disclosed to other Users. For example, after you register a Member Account, certain Personal Information that is automatically made part of your Member Account “Bio,” such as your name, your city of residence, and your personal interests will be available to other Members who use the Services. By providing this type of Personal Information to us, you have consented to our use and disclosure of your Personal Information in this manner. After you register a Member Account, certain Sensitive Personal Information that is selectively made part of your Member Account Bio as specified by you, such as your relationship status, your religion views, or your political views, may also be made available to other Members who use the Services. By providing this type of Sensitive Personal Information to us and specifying that it be made part of your Member Account Bio, you have consented to our use and disclosure of your Personal Information in this manner.
We do not sell or rent any of your Personal Information to third parties for marketing purposes without your express permission or consent. We may, however, disclose to third-party advertisers certain aggregated or hashed information in a manner that no longer reflects or references you an individually identifiable user, for marketing and promotional purposes.
Cookies, Pixel Tags, Do-Not Track Mode.
In connection with the Services, we may use “cookies” to store and track information to make your use of the Services easier and more personalized. Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored by a User’s web browser on the User’s storage drive. Cookies may record information that is accessed by a User on a webpage in order to simplify subsequent interactions with that webpage by the same User, or to streamline the User’s transactions on related webpages. Most major web browsers are configured to accept cookies by default, but you may modify your browser’s preferences to issue you an alert when a cookie is downloaded, or to disable the ability of third parties to download a cookie. If you choose to reject all cookies, you may be unable to use some or all of the Services. You may obtain further information about cookies at: http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie.
We, or a data provider or advertiser that we have engaged, may also place or recognize a cookie on your browser to enable you to receive customized ads or content. These cookies contain no Personal Information, but may reflect de-identified demographic or other data that is linked to data that you have voluntarily submitted to us and that we may share with the data provider or advertiser solely in an aggregated or hashed format. You may obtain further information about these cookies or opt-out of them at http://www.aboutads.info/choices.
We may also use standard Internet technology, such as web beacons or 1x1 "gifs" and other similar technologies (collectively “Pixel Tags”). We may use Pixel Tags to track your use of the Services, for advertising, marketing, or promotional purposes, and to determine whether you opened an email message from us. This information also enables us to tailor the Services to you.
Other parties may collect Personal Information about your online activities over time and across different websites when you use the Services. We honor web browser “do not track” signals that provide you with the ability to exercise choice regarding the collection of Personal Information about your online activities over time and across third-party websites or online services, when the web browser’s http header includes the field “dnt:1.”. We do not currently honor any other types of “Do Not Track” requests.
Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personal Information by Third Parties.
Your Use of Members’ Information.
Do Not Disclose Your Personal Information or Password.
You should not post or otherwise share any Personal Information that you do not wish other Users to know. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your Personal Information to others. Similarly, you should never disclose or share your password with anyone else. If you lose control of your password, you may lose substantial control over your Personal Information and may be subject to legally binding actions taken on your behalf. If your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately change your password and/or Contact Us.
How We Protect Your Information.
We use reasonable security measures to help protect and prevent the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control in connection with the Services. We use industry standard efforts, such as firewalls, to safeguard your Personal Information. While “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet, or elsewhere, we work hard to help ensure your secure use of the Services.
We are located in the U.S. However, whether you are using the Services from the U.S. or outside the U.S., note that your Personal Information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the U.S. or other countries in which our service providers are located. The data protection and other laws of the U.S. and these other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, and your Personal Information may be accessible to law enforcement authorities in the U.S. or of other countries.
Reviewing, Updating, Accessing or Removing Your Personal Information and Registering Privacy-Related Complaints.
Once you have a Member Account, you will be able to review and update much of your Personal Information. You have the right to ask in writing whether we hold any Personal Information about you, and to see that information as well as how we collect, use or disclose your Personal Information. In some cases, we may not be able to provide you with all of the information you request, (e.g., if it contains the Personal Information of other Users). Also, there may be a charge for any copy of Personal Information requested.
Also, despite our best efforts to delete information from our databases upon your request, the information may exist in backup copies or in other users’ caches. As an example, an information exchange with another Member may remain in that Member’s e-mail boxes, or computer caches. Whether your exchanged information is kept by another Member is beyond our control.
You will be able to update, modify and delete some of your Personal Information by logging in with your password and modifying or deleting your Member Account profile. For all other requests to access, modify, or delete your Personal Information, please Contact Us.
You are entitled to Contact Us to register a privacy-related complaint. We will explain our complaint procedure to you and investigate all complaints. If a complaint is justified, we will take all appropriate steps to resolve the situation. We will also let you know what other complaint procedures may be available to you.