How Our Site Works
Who is Eligible to Use the Site
To use the Site, you must be 18 years of age or older. Anyone under age 18 is prohibited from registering for and using the Site. By registering on the Site, you represent and warrant that you are not required to register as a sex offender with any government entity. No Member may participate where doing so would be prohibited by any applicable law or regulation.
Children and Safety
The Site is a general audience web site for Members who are 18 years of age or older. The safety and privacy of children is extremely important to the Company and we use the safeguards described below to protect children.
Our registration process is designed to restrict children under age 18 from becoming Members of the Site, through use of an age gate mechanism on the registration page. If we receive information suggesting that a Member of one of our Sites is under age 18, we require the Member to provide evidence, the nature of which to be determined by the Company, confirming that the Member is at least 18 years old, and we reserve the right to suspend the Member’s account while we review the evidence and verify the Member’s age. If the Member fails to provide such evidence within 48 hours, we may terminate the Member's account and delete all personal information displaying on the site.
We prohibit Members who are under 18 years of age. For more information about protecting your privacy, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s web site. In addition to the previously mentioned safeguards for the detection and removal of Members under the age of 18, we have a process for parents to contact the Company directly so that we can take the proper steps required to be in compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
Parents: If your child is under the age of 13 and has joined the Site using a false age, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will terminate your child's account and delete all personal information displaying on the site. We will happily respond to all communications from parents with privacy questions or concerns.
Information We Collect and How We Use That Information
When you register to become a Member, you are required to provide us with certain personal information, including your first and last name, gender, email address, zip code (or country and city) and date of birth. You also will be required to select a password for accessing your account.
The Company’s Use of Your Information
The Company uses certain of your personal information to enable you to interact, or to enhance your experience, with the Site and its features. The Company allows Members to provide information to a personal profile that is accessible to other Members. We publicly display some of your personal information, such as your picture and name, in your Member profile. To make searching and finding friends and acquaintances on the Site easier we allow Members to search for other Members using a first and last name, an email address, a location or schools that the Member may have attended. Members may choose to arrange their settings so that their profiles, photos, contact information and ability to be located in searches cannot be seen by anyone other than accepted friends. Members also can pre-approve comments before they appear on their profiles and block other Members from accessing profile information. These privacy procedures enable individual Members to determine how much information to share with potential friends and unknown users and Members.
Unless you configure your account settings to remain private, all registered Members will be able to view any personal information that you disclose in your public profile, including without limitation your photos, videos, and friend list pages, which may include personal information (including responses to survey questions). For your privacy and safety, please do not post direct contact information in your profile, such as your email addresses, URLs, instant messenger IDs, phone numbers, full names, or mailing addresses. Posting of such information to Profile pages, Groups or Newsfeed shall be considered a violation of our Terms of Service. We also caution you not to share sensitive information (such as full names, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and driver's license numbers) with other Members whom you do not know well, or place such information in your profile. Be aware that when you publish content or information on the Site using the "everyone" setting, you are allowing everyone, including non-Members and people off the Site, to access that information and to associate it with you.
Our Browse feature allows you to search for members based on the criteria that you select. When you search for members using our Browse feature, members may be able to see that you are using the Browse feature or searching for people like them and may receive notifications of your search.
We use your profile information for the purposes of providing our services to you, such as to analyze demographics, to better personalize our various offerings for you and other Members, and to enable other Members to find your profile. We also use your email address to communicate with you about the Site and its features. From time to time, we may share your email address [and/or other personal information] with third parties for marketing purposes. You can opt out of having your email address shared with third parties for marketing purposes by sending your request by using the contact us button on our website. In addition, we may share your email address with third parties to target advertising and to improve your user experience on the Site. We also may use the email addresses that are in your address books, or that you otherwise provide, to invite your friends to join the Site, as detailed in the Invitations section below.
Information That You Share When You Use Our Sites
When you use our Site, we store certain information that you may actively or passively share or disclose, including your Member ID, name, location, email address, photos, videos, friend connections, incoming and outgoing messages, incoming and outgoing comments and login information. When you visit particular pages within a Site, you may be allowed to customize features on those pages and we may keep track of your customized preferences. We also use various technologies to remember you and create a more personalized experience for you on the Site, as detailed in the Clickstream Data, Cookies and Other Technology section below. We also track your use of the Site, including the pages that you visit once you sign in, how much time is spent on each page, features that you click on and other behavior. We use this information to improve our site and may also share this information with third parties for the purposes of enhancing your user experience.
Clickstream Data, Cookies and Other Technology
We receive different types of data from the computers and/or servers that you use when you access the Site: A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent by our Site or its advertisers to your Internet browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive, and that delivers information about you and your activity on the Site. Pixel tags are tiny graphic files that can function in various ways (such as allowing us to track how you view an email that we send you) and are commonly used in conjunction with cookies. Local storage is similar to a cookie but is instead located on your browser and can store more information. Other data that we receive when you use our Sites includes “clickstream information” such as your IP address, the type of operating system and/or browser that you use, your location, and the pages that you visit.
Like many other websites, we use clickstream information and technologies such as cookies, pixel tags and local storage to allow enhanced features, enable customizable content, and provide you with the best possible user experience. We may also share your clickstream information and information collected from cookies, pixel tags and local storage with our vendors and partners for the purposes of enhancing your user experience.
You can configure your Internet browser, to accept all cookies, reject all cookies or notify you before accepting a cookie. Many Internet browsers also allow you to disable local storage or delete information contained in local storage. Each Internet browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
If you choose not to accept cookies and/or to disable or delete local storage, be aware that you may not be able to access and enjoy all the features of the Site.
From time to time we may extend to you information and offers from our partner companies, including news and additional details on products and services. Your usage history may result in offer screens or products specifically tailored to you. We may also produce reports for advertisers that aggregate, in an anonymous manner, information about your and other Site users’ activity on the Site. For example, we may report to advertisers the number of Members who clicked on an ad, or the number of Members that visited different portions of the Site. This information will not include your personal information, or specify your individual online usage patterns.
Information That We Receives From Others
Certain websites that are not affiliated with the Company might place a code or other identifying user information in your browser address when you visit their websites. If you visit the Site after you have visited one of those websites we may store this identifying information from your browser address.
How We Respond to Do Not Track Signals
Third party advertisers may be collecting information about Member behavior across different websites. The Company has no control over third parties and their collection or use of such information. You may be able to opt out of certain collection of information across browsers and by advertisers by going to the links provided in the “Clickstream Data, Cookies and Other Technology” section.
Third Party Websites and Ad Servers
Sharing Your Content
We allow Members to upload and share content. You own the content that you post on the Site and, through your privacy settings, have the ability to control how it is shared. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, including but not limited to photos, videos and written compositions (“IP Content”), you specifically give us the following permission: You grant us an unconditional, non-exclusive, transferable, sublicensable, royalty-free, worldwide and perpetual license to use any IP Content that you post on or in connection with the Site ("IP License"). For example, we may make commercial use of and/or otherwise display your name and/or IP Content in or in connection with endorsements of and/or advertisements promoting the Site and its services. This IP License ends when you delete your IP Content or terminate your account, unless your IP Content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted the content if your IP Content was incorporated into an endorsement or advertisement prior to your deletion of the IP Content. When you delete your IP Content or terminate your account, your IP Content is removed from the Site., you understand that we may maintain backup copies of the IP Content.
Invitations to Join the Site
The Invite Friends feature is an easy way for you to invite friends through email to use and become Members of the Site. The email addresses that you supply to the Company through this feature will be used only to send invitations, and in some cases invitation reminders, to the addressees, asking them to connect with you on the Site. When you invite a friend to use the Site through email, your name will appear as the sender of the email from a Site email address.
Surveys and Contests
At various times we may offer you the opportunity to participate in surveys and contests. Surveys may ask for your contact, demographic or unique identifying information to increase the value of the results. Contests may require your contact information or other demographic or personal information to determine eligibility. The Company may use information collected from surveys and contests for the entertainment of Members, and to determine, identify and contact winners of various contests. In addition, your demographic and/or personal information and responses to survey and contest questions may be used by the Company and/or shared with third parties in relation to the survey and contest to provide offers or advertisements specifically tailored to you. The Company will not share your email address with a third party unless you specifically opt in to permit such sharing during the completion of or registration for a survey or contest.
Protection of the Company and Others
The Company may disclose your personal information, clickstream data, cookies and information from other technologies if the Company is required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to respond to subpoenas, court orders, or other legal process. The Company may also disclose information about you to law enforcement officers or others, in the good faith belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) enforce our Terms of Service; (ii) respond to claims that any posting or other content violates the rights of third-parties; (iii) respond to your requests for customer service; or (iv) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of the Company, its Members or the general public.
Security and Data Retention
The Company uses industry standard security measures to prevent the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Although we make good faith efforts to store the information collected by the Company in a secure operating environment that is not available to the public, we cannot guarantee complete security. Also, while we make every effort to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party "hackers" from illegally obtaining this information. Lastly, we cannot and do not ensure the adequacy or performance of any security measures that may be undertaken by Site advertisers or other third parties that may have access to your personal information on or through the Site.
Updating or Removing Your Member Information or Opting Out
As a Member, you may at any time choose to correct or update the information you have submitted to us. To change or update your information:
No Spam Policy
The Company is opposed to spam. Our No Spam Policy and Terms of Service prohibit all Members from engaging in any activity on our Site involving spam. Violations of these prohibitions may result in immediate termination of service and legal action against the Member. The Company’s Terms of Service expressly prohibit Members from uploading, posting, emailing, transmitting or otherwise making available junk mail, commercial ads, or other form of commercial solicitation on the Site or through the Company’s services. A violation of our spam policies and/or any unauthorized use of the Company’s computer systems could result in the violation of certain federal and state laws.
Change of Ownership
In the event of a change in ownership at the Company, we reserve the right to transfer your information to the new owner or a related company. If that ever happens, we will notify you and you may choose to modify any of your registration information at that time.