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|When we say…||… we mean:|
|“the StrangersForSex” / “the SFS” / “we” / “us” / “our”||The StrangersForSex LLC.|
|“you” / “your” / “me”||You, regardless of whether you are an individual, group, or organization, and regardless of whether you are using the SFS Sites or our services on behalf of yourself or someone else.|
|“contributions”||Content you add or changes you make to any SFS Sites.|
|“personal information”||Information you provide us or information we collect from you that could be used to personally identify you. To be clear, while we do Not necessarily collect all of the following types of information, we consider at least the following to be “personal information” if it is otherwise nonpublic and can be used to identify you:|
(a) your real name, identity card, address, phone number, email address, password, identification number on government-issued ID, IP address, user-agent information, credit card number;
(b) when associated with one of the items in subsection
(a), any sensitive data such as date of birth, gender, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic origins, marital or familial status, medical conditions or disabilities, political affiliation, and religion; and
(c) any of the items in subsections (a) or (b) when associated with your user account.
|“third party” / “third parties”||Individuals, entities, websites, services, products, and applications that are not controlled, managed, or operated by the SFS. This includes other SFS users and independent organizations or groups who help promote the SFS movement such as SFS chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups as well as volunteers, employees, directors, officers, and contractors of those organizations or groups.|
When you make a contribution to any SFS Site, you are creating a permanent, public record of every piece of content added, removed, or altered by you. The page history will show when your contribution or deletion was made, as well as your username. We may use your public contributions, either aggregated with the public contributions of others or individually, to create new features or data-related products for you or to learn more about how the SFS Sites are used.
Want to create an account? Great! Don’t want to create an account? No problem! But… You are required to create an account to use the SFS Site, unless you just want to read-through and Not be able to participate. If you want to create a standard account, in all cases you must provide personal and identifiable information to participate in the global adult business movement.
To gain a better understanding of the demographics of our users, to localize our services and to learn how we can improve our services, we always ask you for more demographic information, such as gender or age. Please note that such information is intended to be public, you can make an informed decision about whether you want to provide us with that information. Providing such information is always NOT optional – it is required for registration. But, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to and you can’t be registered—it’s as simple as that.
If you consent, we can use GPS (and other technologies commonly used to determine location) to show you more relevant content. We keep information obtained by these technologies confidential, except as provided in this Policy. You can learn more by checking out the list of examples of how we use these technologies in our FAQ.
Sometimes, we automatically receive location data from your device. For example, if you want to upload a photo on the SFS mobile app, we may receive https://en.wikiafripedia.org/wiki/Metadata” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>metadata, such as the place and time you took the photo, automatically from your device. Please be aware that, unlike location information collected using GPS signals described above, the default setting on your mobile device typically includes the metadata in your photo or video upload to the SFS Sites. If you do not want metadata sent to us and made public at the time of your upload, please change your settings on your device.
Finally, when you visit any SFS Site, we automatically receive the IP address of the device (or your proxy server) you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location. We want to make the SFS Sites better for you by learning more about how you use them. Examples of this might include how often you visit the SFS Sites, people you like, people you find time for, how you get to the SFS Sites, and whether you would use a helpful feature more if we explained it differently. We also want this Policy and our practices to reflect our community’s values. For this reason, we keep information related to your use of the SFS Sites confidential, except as provided in this Policy.
Because of how browsers work, we receive some information automatically when you visit the SFS Sites. This information includes the type of device you are using (possibly including unique device identification numbers, for some beta versions of our mobile applications), the type and version of your browser, your browser’s language preference, the type and version of your device’s operating system, in some cases the name of your internet service provider or mobile carrier, the website that referred you to the SFS Sites, which pages you request and visit, and the date and time of each request you make to the SFS Sites.
Put simply, we use this information to enhance your experience with SFS Sites. For example, we use this information to administer the sites, provide greater security, and fight vandalism; optimize mobile applications, customize content and set language preferences, test features to see what works, and improve performance; understand how users interact with the SFS Sites, track and study use of various features, gain understanding about the demographics of the different SFS Sites, and analyze trends.
Depending on which technology we use, locally stored data can be anything from text, pictures, and whole profile (as we explain further below) to Personal Information (e.g; your IP address) and information about your use of the SFS Sites (like your username or the time of your visit).
We use this information to make your experience with the SFS Sites safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with the SFS Sites, and to generally improve our services. We will never use third-party cookies, unless we get your permission to do so. If you ever come across a third-party data collection tool that has not been authorized by you (such as one that may have been mistakenly placed by our staff or administrator), please report it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know even more? You can read more about some of the specific cookies we use, when they expire, and what we use them for in our FAQ.
We believe this data collection helps improve your user experience, but you may remove or disable some or all locally stored data through your browser settings, depending on your browser. You can learn more about some options you have in our FAQ. While locally stored data may not be necessary to use our sites, some features will not function properly if you disable locally stored data.
While the examples above concerning information about you collected through the use of data collection tools are kept confidential in accordance with this Policy, please note that some information about the actions taken by your username is made publicly available through public logs alongside actions taken by other users. For example, a public log may include the date your account was created on a SFS Site along with the dates that other accounts were created on a SFS Site.
We and our service providers use your information for the legitimate purpose of pursuing our adult mission, including:
As stated above, we can use commonly-used location technologies to show you more relevant profiles. For example, our mobile apps can identify profiles from the SFS sites about people of interest near your location. As a reminder, you can deactivate our access to these location technologies at any time, and still use the SFS Sites.
As stated above, we may automatically receive location data from your device. For example, if you upload a photo using the SFS mobile app, please be aware that the default setting on your mobile device typically results in the metadata associated with your photo being included in the upload. As a reminder, if you do not want metadata sent to us and made public at the time of your upload, please change your settings on your device.
When you visit any SFS Site, we automatically receive the IP address of the device (or your proxy server) you are using to access the Internet, which could be used to infer your geographical location. We keep IP addresses confidential, except as provided in this Policy. If you are visiting SFS Sites with your mobile device, we may use your IP address to provide anonymized or aggregated information to service providers regarding the volume of usage in certain areas.
We use this location information to make your experience with the SFS Sites safer and better, to gain a greater understanding of user preferences and their interaction with the SFS Sites, and to generally improve our services. For example, we use this information to provide greater security, optimize mobile applications, and learn how to expand and better support Wikiafrimedia communities. We also use Personal Information in the manner described in the sections of this Policy titled “For Legal Reasons” and “To Protect You, Ourselves & Others.”
We share your information for a particular purpose, if you agree. You can find more information in the list of examples in our FAQ.
We will access, use, preserve, and/or disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe it necessary to satisfy a valid and legally enforceable warrant, subpoena, court order, law or regulation, or other judicial or administrative order. However, if we believe that a particular request for disclosure of a user’s information is legally invalid or an abuse of the legal system and the affected user does not intend to oppose the disclosure themselves, we will try our best to fight it. We are committed to notifying you via email at least ten (10) calendar days, when possible, before we disclose your Personal Information in response to a legal demand. However, we may only provide notice if we are not legally restrained from contacting you, there is no credible threat to life or limb that is created or increased by disclosing the request, and you have provided us with an email address.
For more information, see our Subpoena FAQ.
StrangersForSex (SFS) Sites are adults websites, with employees writing most of the policies and selecting from amongst themselves people to hold certain administrative rights. These rights may include access to limited amounts of otherwise nonpublic information about recent contributions and activity by users. They use this access to help protect against vandalism and abuse, fight harassment of other users, and generally try to minimize disruptive behavior on the SFS Sites. These various employees-selected administrative groups have their own privacy and confidentiality guidelines, but all such groups are supposed to agree to follow our Access to Nonpublic Information Policy. These employees-selected administrative groups are accountable to other employees and users through checks and balances: employees are selected through a community-driven process and overseen by the board through a logged history of their actions. And, the legal names of these employees are all known to the SFS.
We hope that this never comes up, but we may disclose your Personal Information if we believe that it’s reasonably necessary to prevent imminent and serious bodily harm or death to a person, or to protect our organization, employees, contractors, users, or the public. We may also disclose your Personal Information if we reasonably believe it necessary to detect, prevent, or otherwise assess and address potential spam, malware, fraud, abuse, unlawful activity, and security or technical concerns. (Check out the list of examples in our FAQ for more information.)
As hard as we may try, we can’t do it all. So sometimes we use third-party service providers or contractors who help run or improve the SFS Sites for you and other users. We give access to your Personal Information to these providers or contractors as needed to perform their services for us or to use their tools and services. We put requirements, such as confidentiality agreements in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with, and no less protective of your privacy than, the principles of this Policy. (Check out the list of examples in our FAQ.)
If you are visiting SFS Sites with your mobile device, we use your IP address to provide anonymized or aggregated information to service providers regarding the volume of usage in certain areas.
The open-source software that powers the SFS Sites depends on the contributions of volunteer software developers, who spend time writing and testing code to help it improve and evolve with our users’ needs. To facilitate their work, we give some developers limited access to systems that contain your Personal Information, but only as reasonably necessary for them to develop and contribute to the SFS Sites.
Similarly, we share non-Personal Information or aggregated information with researchers, dating sites and other adult organizations interested third parties who wish to study the SFS Sites. Sharing this information helps them understand usage, viewing, and demographics statistics and patterns. They then can share their findings with us and our users so that we can all better understand and improve the SFS Sites.
When we give access to personal information to third-party developers or researchers, we put requirements, such as reasonable technical and contractual protections, in place to help ensure that these service providers treat your information consistently with the principles of this Policy and in accordance with our instructions. If these developers or researchers later publish their work or findings, we ask that they not disclose your personal information. Please note that, despite the obligations we impose on developers and researchers, we cannot guarantee that they will abide by our agreement, nor do we guarantee that we will regularly screen or audit their projects. (You can learn more about re-identification in our FAQ.)
Any information you post publicly on the SFS Sites is just that – public. For example, if you put your mailing address on your profile page, that is public, and not protected by this Policy. Please think carefully about your desired level of anonymity before you disclose Personal Information on your profile page or elsewhere or before even applying for registration.
We strive to protect your information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. We use a variety of physical and technical measures, policies, and procedures (such as access control procedures, network firewalls, and physical security) designed to protect our systems and your Personal Information. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as completely secure data transmission or storage, so we can’t guarantee that our security will not be breached (by technical measures or through violation of our policies and procedures).
We will never ask for your password by email (but may send you a temporary password via email if you have requested a password reset). If you ever receive an email that requests your password, please let us know by sending it to email@example.com, so we can investigate the source of the email.
Once we receive Personal Information from you, we keep it for the shortest possible time that is consistent with the maintenance, understanding, and improvement of the SFS Sites, and our obligations under applicable African Union law. Non-personal information may be retained indefinitely. (Check out the list of examples in our FAQ.)
Please remember that certain information, such as your real pictures, public contributions to the SFS Sites, is archived and displayed indefinitely by design; the transparency of the projects’ histories is critical to their efficacy and trustworthiness. To learn more about our data retention practices, see our data retention guidelines. For further information about how you may request access to or deletion of your Personal Information, or other rights you may have with respect to your Personal Information, see our Anonymous FAQ
Because we protect all users in this manner, we do not change our behavior in response to a web browser’s “do not track” signal.
For more information regarding Do Not Track signals and how we handle them, please visit our FAQ.
Depending on your jurisdiction, you also may have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority competent for your country or region.