Privacy Policy
About 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.

Information Collected/Tracked by Swingers

Swingers gathers two types of information: information users submit to us and information not directly submitted by users.

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, and age).

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 by Swingers.

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 website.

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 offers. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of the co-branded partner for questions about their use of your personally identifiable information and how you can modify or delete it.

Links

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.

Use of Cookies

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!

Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (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 Policy

If we change our privacy policy, we will prominently post 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 privacy policy under which the information was collected.

Security

Swingers takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line.

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 identifiable information.

If you have any questions about the security at our website, please contact us.

Email Choice/Opt-out

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.