Swingers and the Information We Collect
Swingers is an online matchmaking service designed to
provide an easy way for our members to meet each other
on the Web. To accomplish this, our members create their
own unique profiles and our matching technology provides
matches based on their pre-selected criteria. In order
to do this, we must ask for certain personal information.
The information we gather can not be used by the public
(visitors, other members, or anyone not employed by Swingers
or the financial institutions used to process membership
charges) to identify specific individuals.
We are a membership-based service. We collect credit card,
address, or bank information only from those who choose
to join. All visitors to our site may browse the site,
search the ads and view any articles or features our site
has to offer without entering any personal information.
Swingers gathers two types of information: information
users submit to us and information not directly submitted
Information submitted to Swingers.
There are two types of user-submitted information we collect:
Public and Private. We define Public information as personal
information that may be displayed on the site, such as
gender, age and height, but cannot be linked to a particular
user. Private information is defined as any information
that allows others to contact a user other than through
Swingers or allows the collection of information about
the user other than what is displayed on the site.
Public: To accomplish our goal of bringing
compatible people together, we must gather personal information,
which may or may not include: customer-specified Swingers
username, gender, age, ethnic background, appearance,
religion, income range, occupation, preference/lifestyle
information and general geographic location. Much of this
information is optional, and meant to be seen by members
and visitors to the site but cannot be used to identify
a specific member by name, address, etc.
Private: This information is gathered from
members and guests who apply for the various services
our site offers. This information includes, but is not
limited to: email address, first name, last name, birth
date, credit card number or checking account information
for payment, a user-specified password, mailing address,
zip code and telephone number.
Surveys & Contests: From time-to-time our
site requests information from users via surveys or contests.
Participation in these surveys or contests is completely
voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether
or not to disclose this information. Information requested
may include contact information (such as name and shipping
address), and demographic information (such as zip code,
Swingers Affiliate Partners: The Affiliate Partner program
is a vehicle for other relationship-based sites to link
to the Swingers site. No personal member information is
exchanged with the Affiliate Partner.
Information not Directly Submitted by Users to Swingers:
This is information we collect that is not personally
identifiable, such as browser type and IP address. This
information is gathered from all users who visit the site.
Use of Information Obtained
Information users submit to Swingers
Public: Public information supplied by the
user is intended to be viewed by visitors to the site.
This information is used by visitors for searching and
matching purposes. Public information cannot be used to
identify a specific member by name, address, etc.
Private: We primarily use Email addresses
submitted by members to verify enrollment and when forwarding
anonymous e-mails from ad responders. Respondees' email
addresses are not disclosed to the responder. We may also
use a user's email address to send news regarding our
site, but the user may choose not to receive email of
this type by contacting us. Email addresses may also be
used in private correspondence with the user for customer
service issues. Financial information that is collected
is used to bill the user for products and services that
the user has opted to pay for. All other private information
submitted by the user is confidential and will not be
disclosed except as required by law or to protect members
of Swingers. All private information can be updated or
deleted by the user at any time.
Surveys & Contests: Contact and other information
collected for contests will be used to notify the winners
and award prizes. Survey information collected will be
used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and
satisfaction of this site. Swingers's Affiliate Partners:
Information submitted by the Affiliate Partner is used
for establishing and maintaining a business relationship.
No personal or business information is shared outside
the relationship between Swingers and the Affiliate Partner.
Affiliate Partners may not view or access private information
on Swingers subscribers. Information that users do not
submit to us: We use your server, IP address, and browser-type
related information in the general administration of our
Sharing of the Information
this Site Gathers/Tracks
Except where you are expressly informed otherwise or as
described below, we do not sell, rent, share, trade or
give away any of your personal information except to the
financial institution that processes your credit card
or check transaction unless required by law or for the
protection of your membership. If you register with Swingers
through one of our co-branded partners, your registration
and profile information may be shared with the co-branding
partner solely for the purpose of fulfilling the services
provided by the co-branded site and any related promotional
of the co-branded partner for questions about their use
of your personally identifiable information and how you
can modify or delete it.
This site contains links to other websites. Please be
aware that Swingers is not responsible for the privacy
policies or practices of other Web sites. We encourage
our users to be aware when they leave our site and to
read the privacy statements of each and every web site
that collects personally identifiable information. This
privacy statement applies solely to information collected
by this Web site.
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard
drive containing information about the user. Usage of
a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable
information while on our site, however cookies
are required to login to membership accounts.
If the user rejects their cookies, they will not be able
to login to their account, and will be limited to our
non-membership accessable information only. Our membership-related
cookies do not store any personal information, and only
store an internal membership ID number to verify who is
logged into the website. Once the user closes their browser,
the cookie simply terminates. We do not and will not use
cookies to collect private information from any user!
(for example, advertisers). However, we have no access
to or control over these cookies.
We also use a third-party advertising and affiliate company,
Income Access, to serve ads externally to the site on
the behalf of Swingers and our partners. Income Access
employs technology that is used to measure the effectiveness
of these ads. This is primarily accomplished through the
use of technology devices, commonly referred to as a cookie
and an action tag. Income Access uses their own cookie,
similar to our cookie, to measure advertising effectiveness
but we do not have access to it. Any information that
Income Access collects via cookies and action tags is
completely anonymous. Income Access may use information
about your visits to this and other Web sites in order
to provide advertisements about goods and services of
interest to you. Unless otherwise notified, they do not
use names, addresses, e-mail addresses or telephone numbers,
and do not link online actions to an identifiable person.
If you would like more information about this practice
and to know your choices about not having this information
used by these companies, contact us. Correcting/Updating
or Removing Information.
Swingers gives users several options for modifying or
removing their information from our database please visit
the 'My Account' section after logging on to Swingers
or contact us.
Changes in Our Privacy
a link to those changes on our Homepage so our users are
always aware of what information we collect, how we use
it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose
it. If at any point we decide to use personally identifiable
information in a manner different from that stated at
the time it was collected, we will notify users by way
of an email. Users will have a choice as to whether or
not we use their information in this different manner,
and we will then use information in accordance with the
Swingers takes every precaution to protect our users'
information. When users submit sensitive information via
the website, your information is protected both online
When our registration/order process asks users to enter
sensitive information (such as a credit card number),
that information is encrypted and is protected with the
encryption software - SSL.
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information
online, we also do everything in our power to protect
user information off-line. All of our users' information,
not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is
restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the
information to perform a specific job (for example a customer
service representative) are granted access to personally
If you have any questions about the security at our website,
please contact us.
Our users are given the opportunity to 'opt-out' of having
information used for purposes, not directly related to
our site, at the point where we ask for the information.
Users who no longer wish to receive our newsletter or
promotional materials from our partners may opt-out of
receiving these communications by following the instructions
contained in the email or by logging-in and changing their
email options in the My Account section of the site.
Contacting the Web Site
If you have any questions about this privacy statement,
the practices of this site, or your dealings with this
Web site, please contact us.