and GayUniverse.net, divisions of GarRock Ventures LLC are firmly
committed to ensuring your privacy. The following discloses our
information gathering and dissemination practices for these websites.
For the purposes of this policy, GayUniverse.com and GayUniverse.net
are collectively referred to as ‘the website’.
The protection of
your privacy is very important to us. We have adopted and we are
committed to the following practices to safeguard the confidentiality
of your personal information. We will notify all registered users
Policy page of ‘the website’.
information we gather automatically from visitors
We use your IP address
(the series of numbers associated with your individual computer)
and access times to help us maintain our site and identify problems
with our server. Your IP address is not tied to personally identifiable
information or personally revealing information while on our site..
to identify traffic that comes through advertising and to facilitate
a more user friendly experience. Cookies are small pieces of information
that a web site places on your computer's hard drive so we know
it's you when you (login name only) visit. This helps us to create
a personalized experience for you when you visit our site. The use
of cookies is a very common practice on the Internet. If you are
uncomfortable with this, you can disable all cookies through your
browser settings. Your enjoyment of our site won't be affected if
you have set your browser to reject cookies.
information we will ask you for
When you register
to use any service of ‘the website’ you will be asked
for some general identifying information which will enable us to
provide you with this individualized service. We gather contact
information (like your email address), demographic information (like
your age, city, etc.) and information about your physical characteristics
and sexual preferences (like your body type, the scenes you're into,
etc.). We will never share, rent or sell any contact information
or information regarding your physical characteristics or sexual
preferences to anyone without your prior consent.
We may share some
demographic information for our own research purposes with our professional
advisors or consultants, however the information shared will be
limited to non-personally identifying information shared under cover
of a confidentiality agreement.
During the sign-up
process, you will create your user identity, which will include
a username, personal profile, ad copy and photo. You will be asked
for some personal, but non-identifying, information to complete
your personal profile (i.e. height, body type, race, scenes you're
into etc). This information is not linked in any way to personally
identifiable information such that other members are able to see.
We do not link the
information we store in cookies to any personally indentifiable
information you submit while on ‘the website’.
this information will be used and who has access to it
The specific information
we collect is not shared with other organizations and we will never
release or share any personally identifiable information to an external
organization without your prior consent or unless required to do
so by operation of law.
identifying demographic, physical characteristic and sexual preference
information is used to personalize your experience, allow other
members to find you through a search, and to compose your personal
profile -- which is associated with the user identity you have created.
Only members that you grant access will be able to view your non-personally
identifying demographic, physical characteristic and sexual preference
information (with the exception of your age and where you prefer
to meet). You grant another members access to this private (but
not personally identifiable) information by: 1) responding to that
member's ad, or 2) adding that member to your Buddy List. Your contact
information will not be disclosed by us in these instances. Users
take the initiative if they feel it is appropriate to share their
personal information. Correspondence through answering ads and the
like is done through anonymous re-mailer. Your personal email is
not disclosed through this process.
We may use your contact
information to send you valuable information and notices of promotions
or special events in your area – this information will only
be sent to you if you have opted-in to receive such information.
Our site provides you with the opportunity to opt-in to receiving
different types of communications from us (including a weekly eNewsletter)
during the registration process. Your contact information is never
available to other members or organizations.
It is our policy
to respect the privacy of others; however, we will disclose information
about you if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief
that such disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (i) comply with
the legal process; (ii) enforce this Agreement; (iii) respond to
claims that any information or materials transmitted to ‘the
website’ violates the rights of third-parties; or (iv) to
protect the rights, property or personal safety of you, Company,
its Content Providers, others, and the public.
to disclose personally identifiable information to an independent,
third-party entity or service in order to verify your age and eligibility
requirements before using the services on ‘the website’
or becoming a member or user.
I change the information I have already given you?
You can always verify,
change or request the removal of any person information we have
collected and change your registration information by selecting
the "My Account link. You may also request changes to your
information by emailing us at: email@example.com.
Surveys and Contests
our site requests information from users via surveys and 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 additional contact
information. Contact information will be used to notify winners
and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of
monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site.
If a user elects
to use our referral service for informing a friend about ‘the
website’, we ask them for their name and the friend's email
address. GarRock Ventures LLC will automatically send the friend
a one-time email inviting them to visit ‘the website’.
This email will also include a link back to ‘the website’.
GarRock Ventures LLC, stores this information for the sole purpose
of sending this one-time email. The friend may contact GarRock Ventures
LLC at firstname.lastname@example.org
to request the removal of this information from our database.
We send all new
members a welcoming email to verify password and username. Established
members will occasionally receive information on new features, services,
special deals, and a newsletter if they have opted to receive such
communication at registration. Users may always later opt-out of
receiving these communications by replying to the unsubcribe link
contained at the bottom of each email message.
Do you monitor
Our members communicate
with each other through chat / instant messages, email and message
board postings. While we do not, as a rule, moderate or monitor
member's private exchanges, we reserve the right to do so if we
suspect users of being under 18 or of using our service for the
purpose of solicitation or any other violation of our service agreement.
Member submissions that appear on the public area of the site may
be moderated and, if necessary, we reserve the right to edit, delete
or not use any communication on a public area of ‘the website’
or delete such users profile.
If you use a message
board, chat room, personal ad or any other feature on ‘the
website’, you should be aware that any personally identifiable
information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by
other users of these forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited
messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable
information you choose to submit in these forums. http://www.gayuniverse.com
are unmoderated international mediums for adults only. We take absolutely
no responsibility and explicitly disclaim any legal liability for
the content of any messages or images which pass through this server.
When you inquire
about advertising opportunities on ‘the website’, you
will be asked for contact information and information related to
your advertising objectives. This information will be used to provide
you with the business information you are seeking. Your information
is only shared with internal staff and the external ad representation
agencies that sell media space on the site, on our behalf. These
agencies are not allowed to use your business contact information
for secondary purposes.
When you use the Contact Us form on ‘the website’, you
will be asked for contact information and the subject of your inquiry.
This information will be used to provide you with a response to
the request you are seeking. Your information is only shared with
our internal staff.
may contain links to other sites not affiliated with ‘the
website’. Please note that these other sites may have privacy
policies that differ from those of ‘the website’. We
have no control over any personal information that you provide to
When you register
to become an Affiliate of ‘the website’, you will be
asked for contact information and information related to your site.
Your information will only be used by internal staff and will never
be shared with anyone external to the company without your consent,
unless required to by operation of law. Your information will be
used to secure your approval as an Affiliate, to facilitate communication
between our two sites and to send you payment, based on your site's
Users who no longer
wish to receive our newsletter or other promotional materials from
our site may opt-out of receiving these communications by replying
to unsubcribe link found at the bottom of the email.
We follow generally
accepted industry standards to protect the personal information
submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.
No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic
storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, while we strive to
use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information,
we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions
about security on ‘the website’, you can send email
us at email@example.com.
If we decide to
statement, the homepage, and other places we deem appropriate so
that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it,
and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. We reserve
the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please
review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy,
we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our
us for privacy issues ONLY
Please email us
and indicate Privacy Issue in the subject line.
ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE SENT TO firstname.lastname@example.org
updated: May 5th, 2005
If you have any questions
about the issues addressed here or the practices of ‘the website’
you may contact : email@example.com.