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Buyadate.org is an online database of members looking to browse, buy and/or sell time. Buyadate.org is more than just a 'social network', it is intended to be a 'social utility'. The goal is to be an empowerment website for entrepreneurs and humanitarians- and to help channel funding into the nonprofit sector.



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Privacy Policy

Effective date: July 12, 2008



  1. Scope of Privacy Policy
  2. Information we collect and how we use it
  3. Information you provide
  4. Choices for personal information
  5. Information sharing
  6. Using information from Buyadate.org
  7. Cookies
  8. Log information
  9. User communications
  10. Affiliated sites
  11. Links
  12. No Spam, spyware or spoofing
  13. Account protection
  14. Reviewing and changing your personal information
  15. Information security
  16. Data integrity
  17. Third parties
  18. Amendments and enforcement
  19. How to contact us


This Privacy Policy is an integral part of the Agreement between you and Buyadate.org, the primary provisions of which appear in the Terms of Use. Any capitalized terms not defined in this Privacy Policy shall be deemed to have the meaning ascribed to them in the Terms of Use.

Scope of Privacy Policy

Buyadate.org is a website and service of Global Entrepreneur, LLC (and is collectively referred to as "Buyadate.org", "we," "us"). This Privacy Policy describes Buyadate.org’s use and sharing of personally identifiable information (i.e., full name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, financial information) that members voluntarily provide to Buyadate.org when they register. The term “user” refers to a visitor or a registered member. This Privacy Policy applies to all Buyadate.org Sites and Services.

By accepting the Agreement (which includes this Privacy Policy) in registration or by using any Site or Service, you expressly consent to our collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Policy. The Buyadate.org Website is a general audience site and does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 18 years of age.

From time to time Buyadate.org may modify this Privacy Policy, and any such modifications shall be effective upon posting on the this Website. Your continued use of the Buyadate.org Services after any postings of a revised Privacy Policy signifies your acceptance of such revised Privacy Policy. It is, therefore, important that you review this Privacy Policy regularly to ensure you are updated as to any changes.

Information we collect and how we use it

All registered Buyadate.org members must click the "I am at least 18 years old and have read and agree to Buyadate.org's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Community Guidelines and related policies" checkbox on the Sign Up form in order to register, in addition to consenting to this same statement every time that members log in to their Buyadate.org accounts and thereby agree to this Privacy Policy. All registered members agree that some profile information is made accessible to other members and visitors to Sites and Services who conduct searches of the Buyadate.org database.

You can browse certain Sites and utilize certain Services without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. Once you give us your personal information, you are not anonymous to us. If you choose to provide us with personal information, you consent to the transfer and storage of that information on our servers located in the United States.

We may collect and store the following personal information:
- Email address, contact information, and (depending on the Site or Service used) financial information, such as credit card or bank routing numbers;
- Transactional information based on your activities on the Sites or Services (such as bidding, buying, selling, date descriptions and Content you generate or that relates to your account);
- Billing and other information you provide to purchase a date;
- Community discussions, chats, dispute resolution, correspondence through our Sites, and correspondence sent to us;
- Other information from your interaction with our Sites, Services, Content, and advertising, including computer and connection information, statistics on page views, traffic to and from the sites, ad data, IP address and standard web log information;
- Information from other companies, such as demographic and traffic data; and
- Other supplemental information from third parties (for example, if the information you provide cannot be verified, we may ask you to send us additional information, such as your driver license, credit card statement, or a recent utility bill or other information confirming your address, or to answer additional questions online to help verify your information).

Our primary purpose in collecting personal information is to provide you with a safe, smooth, efficient, and customized experience. You agree that we may use your personal information to:
- Provide the services and customer support you request;
- Resolve disputes, collect fees, and troubleshoot problems;
- Prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, and enforce the Agreement with you;
- Customize, measure and improve our services, content and advertising;
- Tell you about targeted marketing, service updates, and promotional offers based on your communication preferences; and
- Compare information for accuracy, and verify it with third parties.

When Buyadate.org collects personally identifiable information from you it is because you are voluntarily submitting personally identifiable information to us in order to register or participate as a member of the Buyadate.org Community. Buyadate.org may also collect personally identifiable information from you if you choose to participate in Services and activities like sweepstakes, contests, and surveys, because you want us to furnish you with products, services, newsletters, or information, or in connection with Content or suggestions that you submit to Buyadate.org for review.

In addition, Buyadate.org collects other non-personally identifiable information including IP address, aggregate user data, and browser type. This data is used to manage and improve Sites and Services, track usage, and for security purposes.

Buyadate.org members may also choose to provide or store additional personally identifiable information in their profiles, including but not limited to, date of birth, interests, hobbies, lifestyle choices, groups with whom they are affiliated (schools, companies), videos and/or pictures, private messages, bulletins or personal statements (collectively “profile information ”). The profile information in a member’s profile is provided at his or her sole discretion.

Buyadate.org members can change their personal information and profile information at any time and can control how visitors, other members of the Buyadate.org Community communicate with them by controlling their account settings, available within the "My Account" section of this Website or the “Edit Profile” portion of their Buyadate.org profiles.

In order to locate other members of the Buyadate.org Community that you may already know in the physical world, Buyadate.org allows users to search for members using personally identifiable information (i.e., full name or email address). Buyadate.org also allows users to browse for certain profile information in order to help connect with other members of the Buyadate.org Community. Buyadate.org may also enable members of the Buyadate.org Community to publicly display some personally identifiable information as an element of their profile information if they choose to do so via a profile setting under “Edit Profile.” Search engines may index the portion of a member’s profile (including the profile information it contains) that is publicly displayed.

If you have consented to receive promotional materials (e.g., newsletters) or notifications from Buyadate.org, we may periodically use your email address to send you such materials related to Buyadate.org Sites and Services, as applicable. If you want to stop receiving such materials from Buyadate.org, you can change your account settings under My Account or follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of such emails.

Buyadate.org employees, agents and contractors must have a business reason to obtain access to your personally identifiable information . Buyadate.org may share your information with those who help us manage or provide Buyadate.org Site and Service information activities (for example, message board administration, order fulfillment, statistical analyses, data processing), or with outside contractors, agents or sponsors who help us with the administration, judging and prize fulfillment aspects of contests, promotions and sweepstakes.

These outside contractors, agents or sponsors may temporarily store some information on their servers, but they may only use your information to provide Buyadate.org with a specific service and not for any other purpose. Buyadate.org may also provide your information to a third party in those instances where you have chosen to receive certain information and have been notified that the fulfillment of such a request requires the sharing of your personally identifiable information.

As described above, Buyadate.org may customize the advertising and marketing messages you receive on the Buyadate.org Website, or may work with outside companies to do so. Your non-personally identifiable information and/or profile information may be shared with these companies so this customization can be accomplished. Buyadate.org prohibits these companies from sharing your non-personally identifiable information and/or profile information with any third party or from using it for any other purpose. Anonymous click stream, number of page views calculated by pixel tags, and aggregated demographic information may also be shared with Buyadate.org’s advertisers and business partners.

There may be instances when Buyadate.org may access or disclose personally identifiable information , profile information or non-personally identifiable information without providing you a choice in order to: (i) protect or defend the legal rights or property of Buyadate.org and its affiliates or their employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements); (ii) protect the safety and security of users of the Buyadate.org Sites and Services or members of the public including acting in urgent circumstances; (iii) protect against fraud or for risk management purposes; or (iv) comply with the law or legal process. In addition, if Buyadate.org sells all or part of its business or makes a sale or transfer of all or a material part of its assets or is otherwise involved in a merger or transfer of all or a material part of its business, Buyadate.org may transfer your personally identifiable information to the party or parties involved in the transaction as part of that transaction.

When a member who is located in the European Union chooses to post profile information that will be publicly disclosed, that member is responsible for ensuring that such information conforms to all local data protection laws. Buyadate.org is not responsible under the EU local data protection laws for member-posted information.

Information you provide

When you sign up for a Buyadate.org account or other Services or promotion that requires registration, we ask you for personal information (such as your name, email address and an account password). For certain Services, such as our Promoted Profile advertising programs, we also request credit card or other payment account information which we maintain in encrypted form on secure servers. We may combine the information you submit under your account with information from other Buyadate.org Services or third parties in order to provide you with a better experience and to improve the quality of our Services. For certain Services, we may give you the opportunity to opt out of combining such information.

Sites and Services may be linked to internet sites operated by other companies. The Sites and Services may also carry advertisements from other companies. Buyadate.org is not responsible for the privacy practices of websites or other services operated by third parties that are linked to or integrated with any Site or Service or for the privacy practices of third party internet advertising companies. Once you leave a Site or Service via such a link, access a third party application (such as widgets) or click on an advertisement, you should check the applicable privacy policy of the third party or advertiser site to determine, among other things, how it will handle any personally identifiable information it collects from you.

Choices for personal information

When you sign up for a particular Site or Service that requires registration, we ask you to provide personal information. If we use this information in a manner different than the purpose for which it was collected, then we will ask for your consent prior to such subsequent use. If we propose to use personal information for any purposes other than those described in this Privacy Policy and/or in specific service notices, we will offer you an effective way to opt out of the use of personal information for those other purposes. We will not collect or use sensitive information for purposes other than those described in this Privacy Policy and/or in the specific service notices, unless we have obtained your prior consent. You can decline to submit personal information to any of our Services, in which case Buyadate.org may not be able to provide such Services to you.

Mandatory Communications: Buyadate.org sends all newly registered members a welcome email to verify their email address and activate their account. At times, Buyadate.org sends service announcements from which members cannot unsubscribe (e.g., the service announcement discusses upcoming changes that affect Buyadate.org accounts). In addition, we communicate with registered members via personal emails or at your Message Center to provide requested services.

Optional Communications: Buyadate.org members may receive monthly e-newsletters containing information on Buyadate.org products, Services and announcements. Occasionally, registered members receive messages that highlight special Buyadate.org announcements and features. At any time, members can modify their Buyadate.org service announcement preferences to not receive such messages, by updating their "Notification Preferences" in their My Account section.

Information sharing

Buyadate.org only shares personal information with other companies or individuals outside of Buyadate.org in the following limited circumstances:
- We have your consent. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
- We provide such information to our subsidiaries, affiliated companies or other trusted businesses or persons for the purpose of processing personal information on our behalf. We require that these parties agree to process such information based on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
- We have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce applicable requirements, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Buyadate.org, its users, members or the public as required or permitted by law.
- If Buyadate.org becomes involved in a merger, acquisition, or any form of sale of some or all of its assets, Buyadate.org will require that the new combined entity follow this Privacy Policy with respect to your personal information. If your personal information will be used contrary to this Privacy Policy, you will receive prior notice.

Without limiting the above, in an effort to respect your privacy and our ability to keep the Community free from fraudulent individuals, we will not otherwise disclose your personal information to law enforcement, other government officials, or other third parties without a subpoena, court order or substantially similar legal procedure, except when we believe in good faith that the disclosure of information is necessary to prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss or to report suspected illegal activity.

We may share with third parties certain pieces of aggregated, non-personal information, such as the number of users who searched for a particular term, for example, or how many users clicked on a particular advertisement. Such information does not identify you individually. Please contact us at the address below for any additional questions about the management or use of aggregated, non-personal data.

We don't sell or rent your personal information to third parties for their marketing purposes without your explicit consent. We may combine your information with information we collect from other companies and use it to improve and personalize our services, content and advertising.

Public Forums: Buyadate.org makes message boards available to its members and registered users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and that you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personally identifying information.

Invite a Friend: Buyadate.org encourages you to invite a friend to our Sites and Services. We will keep this information you supply in our database and send the friend a one-time email containing your name and inviting him or her to visit our Site. We will not send him or her additional emails unless he or she requests more promotional emails or if he or she signs up for a Site or Service. We ask that you do not abuse this feature by entering names and addresses of those who would not be interested in Buyadate.org.

Your Profile Name may be displayed throughout Buyadate.org and is, therefore, available to the public. All of your activity on our Sites is also traceable to your Profile Name. Notices are sent to other Community members regarding suspicious activity and policy violations on our Sites and refer to Profile Names, email addresses and specific dates. Therefore, if you associate your name with your Profile Name, the people to whom you have revealed your name will be able to personally identify you.

Using information from Buyadate.org

Buyadate.org enables you to share personal and financial information to complete transactions. We encourage you to disclose your privacy practices and respect the privacy of other members. We cannot guarantee the privacy or security of your information and, therefore, we encourage you to evaluate the privacy and security policies of your buyer or seller partner before entering into a transaction and choosing to share your information. To help protect your privacy, we allow only limited access to other member's contact and financial information to facilitate your transactions. When members are involved in a transaction, they may have access to each other's name, Profile Name, email address and other contact information.

You agree to use member information only for:
- Buyadate.org transaction-related purposes that are not unsolicited commercial messages,
- Using Sites and Services offered through Buyadate.org, or
- Other purposes that a member expressly chooses.

Cookies

When you visit Buyadate.org, we send one or more cookies - a small file containing a string of characters - to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. We use cookies to improve the quality of our Sites and Services by storing user preferences and tracking user trends, such as how people search. Data in cookies may be read to authenticate user sessions or provide services. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some Buyadate.org features and services may not function properly if your cookies are disabled. Most cookies are "session cookies," meaning that they are automatically deleted from your hard drive at the end of a session.

Third party advertisements displayed on Sites and Services may also contain cookies set by Internet advertising companies or advertisers (known as “third party cookies”). Buyadate.org does not control these third party cookies and users of the Buyadate.org Services should check the privacy policy of the internet advertising company or advertiser to see whether and how it uses cookies. A pixel tag is a tiny image inserted in a webpage and used to record the number and types of views for that page. Buyadate.org may allow third party pixel tags to be present on Sites and Services for purposes of advertising, providing services or data and statistics collection.

Log information

When you use a Site or Service, our servers automatically record information that your browser sends whenever you visit a website. These server logs may include information, such as your web request, Internet Protocol address, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and one or more cookies that may uniquely identify your browser.

User communications

When you send email or other communication to Buyadate.org, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.

Affiliated sites

We offer some of our Services in connection with other web sites. Personal information that you provide to those sites may be sent to Buyadate.org in order to deliver the Service. We process such information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. The affiliated sites may have different privacy practices, and we encourage you to read their privacy policies.

Links

Buyadate.org may present links in a format that enables us to keep track of whether these links have been followed. We use this information to improve the quality of our search technology, customized content and advertising.

No Spam, spyware or spoofing

We and our members do not tolerate spam. Make sure to set your Buyadate.org notification preferences so we communicate to you as you prefer. You are not licensed to add other Buyadate.org members, even a member who has purchased a date from you, to your mailing list (email or physical mail) without their express consent. To report Buyadate.org related spam or spoof emails to Buyadate.org, please forward the email to spam@buyadate.org or spoof@buyadate.org. You may not use our communication tools to send spam or otherwise send content that would violate our Agreement with you. We automatically scan and may manually filter messages to check for spam, viruses, phishing attacks and other malicious activity or illegal or prohibited content, but we do not permanently store messages sent through these tools. If you send a message to an email address that is not registered in our Community (i.e., via Invite a Friend or other tools), we do not permanently store that email or use that email address for any marketing purpose. We do not rent or sell lists of email addresses.

Account protection

Your password is the key to your account. Use unique numbers, letters and special characters, and do not disclose your Buyadate.org password to anyone. If you do share your password or your personal information with others, remember that you are fully responsible for all actions taken in the name of your account. 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. Therefore, if your password has been compromised for any reason, you should immediately notify Buyadate.org and change your password.

Reviewing and changing your personal information

You can see, review and change most of your personal information by signing on to this Website. Generally, we will not manually modify your personal information because it is very difficult to verify your identity remotely. You must promptly update your personal information if it changes or is inaccurate. Once you make a public posting (i.e., on a forum message board), you may not be able to change or remove it. Upon your request, we will close your account and remove your personal information from view as soon as reasonably possible, based on your account activity and in accordance with applicable law. We retain personal information from closed accounts to comply with the law, prevent fraud, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with any investigations, enforce the Agreement, and take other actions otherwise permitted by law.

Information security

We take security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data.

We restrict access to personal information to Buyadate.org employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our Sites and Services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.

Your information is stored on our servers located in the United States. We treat data as an asset that must be protected and use tools (encryption, passwords, physical security, etc.) to protect your personal information against unauthorized access and disclosure. However, as you probably know, third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, and other users may abuse or misuse your personal information that they collect from a Site or Service. Therefore, although we work very hard to protect your privacy, we do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information or private communications will always remain private.

Buyadate.org uses commercially reasonable administrative, technical, personnel and physical measures to safeguard personally identifiable information and credit card information in its possession against loss, theft and unauthorized use, disclosure or modification. In addition, Buyadate.org uses reasonable methods to make sure that personally identifiable information is accurate, up-to-date and appropriately complete.

Buyadate.org takes appropriate precautions to protect our members' information. Your account information is located on a secured server behind a firewall. When you enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number or your password), we encrypt that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL). (To learn more about SSL, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Sockets_Layer). Because email and instant messaging are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you not send private information to us by email or instant messaging services. If you have any questions about the security of Buyadate.org Web Site, please Contact Us.

Data integrity

Buyadate.org processes personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with this Privacy Policy or any applicable Service-specific privacy notice. We review our data collection, storage and processing practices to ensure that we only collect, store and process the personal information needed to provide or improve our Services. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we process is accurate, complete, and current, but we depend on our members to update or correct their personal information whenever necessary.

Third parties

Except as otherwise expressly included in this Privacy Policy, this document addresses only the use and disclosure of information we collect from you. If you disclose your information to others, whether they are bidders, buyers or sellers on our Sites or Services or other sites throughout the internet, different rules may apply to their use or disclosure of the information you disclose to them. Buyadate.org does not control the privacy policies of third parties, and you are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties where applicable. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.

Amendments and enforcement

We may amend this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the amended terms on this Website, so please review it frequently. All amended terms automatically take effect 30 days after they are initially posted on this Website. If we make material changes to this Privacy policy, we may, but shall not be obligated to, notify you here, or by other means, such as email or your Message Center, at our discretion. Each version of this Privacy Policy will be identified at the top of the page by its effective date, and we will also keep prior versions of this Privacy Policy in an archive for your review.

Your continued use of any portion of any Site or Service following posting of the updated privacy statement will constitute your acceptance of the changes. Your use of any Site or Service, including any dispute concerning privacy, is subject to this Privacy Policy and the Agreement. BY USING ANY SITE OR SERVICE, YOU ARE ACCEPTING THE PRACTICES SET OUT IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND THE AGREEMENT.

How to contact us

Buyadate.org regularly reviews its compliance with this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this privacy statement or Buyadate.org's treatment of personal information, you can Contact Us with our online form, or write to us at Buyadate.org, Attn: Privacy Department, P.O. Box 805026, Chicago, IL 60680. When we receive formal written complaints at this address, it is Buyadate.org's policy to contact the complaining user regarding his or her concerns. We will cooperate with the appropriate regulatory authorities, including local data protection authorities, to resolve any complaints regarding the transfer of personal data that cannot be resolved between Buyadate.org and an individual.