1. Your Consent
2. The Types of Information You may provide:
3. Site-Directed Personally Identifiable Information; Our Uses of this Information
We will not share Personally Identifiable Information you provide to us via the Website with any third party, other than as expressly disclosed in this Policy. We collect information from Visitors and Members at different points on our Website and use this information as follows:
3.1 Registration Information; Usernames. In order to participate as a Member and to use our site, you are required to complete the registration process. The registration process asks you to: (i) create a username, (ii) create a password, (iii) verify that you are at least 18 years old, (iv) provide an email address, (v) provide your zip code, (vi) state your physical features such as: (a) height, (b) weight, and (c) age; and (vii) supply information about yourself and what you’re hoping to find by being a member of our Site. We also give you the option of providing your full name, which helps us should you forget your password. The registration process provides you with a username and password, which allows you to gain access to the Website depending on the type of membership that you have obtained. Our system relies on usernames as the public “identifier” for each Member.
3.2 Billing Information. After completing the registration process and receiving approval of your user profile, you may become a Paid Member by paying a membership fee. Paid Members have broader access to, and enjoy more flexible use of, our Site. We provide several different payment methods including electronic payment and more “traditional” payment methods such as using a credit card or debit card. The Lifestyle Connection handles electronic payments by submitting billing information that you provide on our Site to a third party vendor. Any billing information sent by The Lifestyle Connection to our third party vendor is intended solely to allow said third party to process payment. Any personal information that we collect when processing payments made through “traditional” methods will be treated as Personally Identifiable Information.
3.3 Email Addresses. You have the option of opting-in or opting-out of receiving e-mail notifications relating to our Site, including for example, notifications that you have received a message from another Member.
3.4 Communications with Other Members. By registering on the Website, Members indicate an interest in exchanging information with other Members, subject to any Privacy Controls imposed. We seek to limit the information provided through our system to the minimum information needed to identify a participant in communications and other exchanges. To allow such communications, we provide information to identify individual users, in the form of Members’ username, gender, and other profile information you have entered.
3.5 Other Information Exchanges. The Website allows Members (i) to provide and receive information in a range of forms and on a variety of topics, and (ii) to engage in other activities through Website discussions that may include, at the option of the user, an exchange of Personally Identifiable Information. In these instances, we use any information you provide to us strictly for the purposes for which you submit the information.
3.6 Use of Profiles in Promotions. We believe that our Members’ own experiences on the Site can often act as the strongest promotion for the Site. To promote and illustrate the Site, therefore, we may wish to post on our homepage, and in other areas of the Site, Member profiles and other information that our Members provide to us. To this end, we provide “New Users” in which Visitors performing searches will be able to see a synopsis of your profile, and an image from your profile may be displayed on our homepage. You may also request to become a “feature member” in which your Content will be prominently displayed on our homepage. Please be aware that all Visitors may be able to view your Content.
3.7 Forums and Event Pages. As part of our site, we offer forums and event pages on our Site. Your username and any information you provide in your own shared posts may be available to other users of these pages. Any comments you contribute to the online dialogue become public immediately, attributed to your username. You should, therefore, use discretion in what you submit to these exchanges..
3.8 Surveys and Contests. Periodically, we may initiate surveys or contests at The Lifestyleconnection.com and we may request Personally Identifiable Information from you in connection with such surveys and contests. You are free to choose whether you participate in a survey or contest. The information we request may include contact information, and this information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and appeal of our Site. We will notify you of relevant details in connection with asking for your participation in such surveys or contests.
4. Your Responsibility for Member-Directed Information
5. Anonymous, Aggregate Information
We use Anonymous Information to analyze the effectiveness of our Site, to improve our pages, and for other similar purposes. In addition, from time to time, we may undertake or commission statistical and other summary analyses of the general behavior and characteristics of users using our site including the characteristics of Visitors at our Site, and may share Anonymous Information with third parties. Rest assured, though, that Anonymous Information provided to third parties will not allow anyone to identify you, or determine anything personal about you. We may collect Anonymous Information through features of the software that supports our Facilities, through cookies, and through other means described below.
5.1 IP Addresses; Logs. The Lifestyle Connection may automatically receive and record information in our server logs from your browser, including your IP address (the Internet address of your PC), the type and version of your web browser, referrer addresses, and other generally-accepted log information. We may also record page views (hit counts) and other general statistical and tracking information, which will be aggregated with that of other users in order to understand how our Website is being used, and for security and monitoring purposes. None of this data contains Personally Identifiable Information.
5.2 Cookies. A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier, which is sent to your browser from a website’s computers and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies can be used to provide you with a tailored user experience and to make it easier for you to use a website upon a future visit. We may include cookies on our Website and use them to recognize you when you return to our Website. You may set your browser so that it does not accept cookies. Cookies must be enabled on your web browser, however, if you wish to access certain personalized features of our Site.
5.4 Click-Throughs. We may send email messages, which use a “click-through URL” linked to content on our Website. When you click one of these URLs, you pass through our web server before arriving at the destination web page. We track this click-through data to help determine interest in particular topics and measure the effectiveness of our customer communications. If you prefer not to be tracked simply do not click text or graphic links in the email, or notify us in accordance with Section 8 (Additional Tools for Protecting Your Privacy).
6. Any Information Linked with Your Personally Identifiable Information is Protected as “Personally Identifiable Information”
7. We Do Not Disclose Site-Directed, Personally Identifiable Information to Unaffiliated Third Parties; Limited Exceptions
We will not disclose your Personally Identifiable Information to unaffiliated third parties without your express consent, except in the following limited circumstances:
7.1 The Lifestyle Connection Site Vendors. We may employ other companies to perform functions on our behalf, such as maintaining the Website, providing services related to the Site, collecting information, responding to and sending electronic mail, or other functions necessary to our business. We may need to share your Personally Identifiable Information with these companies (collectively, “Site Vendors”). We will provide Site Vendors with only that Personally Identifiable Information that is necessary to perform their functions, and we will inform them that they may not use said Personally Identifiable Information for any other purpose.
7.2 Harm or Violations of Terms or Law. We may reveal your Personally Identifiable Information to attorneys or law enforcement agencies if we believe that (i) you are at risk of harm from another, (ii) you are harming or interfering, will imminently harm or interfere, or have harmed or interfered with others, (iii) you have otherwise violated or will otherwise violate (either intentionally or unintentionally) our Terms, (iv) you have violated or will violate laws or regulations, including but not limited to the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking (“FOSTA”) or the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), or (v) you are otherwise violating legal rights.
7.3 Legal Process. The Lifestyle Connection will reveal your Personally Identifiable Information to the extent we reasonably believe we are required to do so by law. If we receive legal process calling for the disclosure of your Personally Identifiable Information we may attempt to notify you via the email address you supplied during registration within a reasonable amount of time before we respond to the request, unless such notification is not permitted.
8. Additional Tools for Protecting Your Privacy
We recognize that users may provide more personal information than they intend, or should, over the public areas in social networking sites. We provide a range of features to assist our Members seeking to preserve an appropriate level of privacy, including the following:
8.1 Privacy Controls. We provide you with certain privacy controls, that allow you to: (i) designate your profile as “offline,” (ii) “block” certain Members; and (iii) designate certain uploaded visual content as “public,” or “private,” (collectively, our “Privacy Controls”). In addition, you have the ability to “block” specific Members. When posting photographs, video, and other visual content on our Site, you can designate the image as either public or private. All Members, and potentially Site Visitors, can view content marked “public,” and only those Members that you give permission to can view your uploaded content that is marked “private.” If you create an external profile, then Site Visitors may be able to view additional content in your profile.
We have implemented specific guidelines for the subject matter that can be depicted in the content that you upload onto the Website. In an effort to ensure Member compliance with our guidelines, The Lifestyle Connection has created procedures for reviewing and filtering content. Visual content that is designated as “public” is first reviewed by our Members in an attempt to ensure compliance with our guidelines and Terms. “Public” visual content is then reviewed before it is posted on our Site. Visual content that is designated as “private” is only intended to be reviewed by The Lifestyle Connection before it is posted on our Site. We may choose, but do not assume the obligation, to “spot check” personal visual content for compliance with our Terms and guidelines. Please see our Terms for more information with respect to the categories of content and how they are reviewed and filtered.
The Lifestyle Connection may audit your use of the Site to monitor your compliance with the Terms, our Code of Conduct, or any laws or regulations. At any time and in our sole discretion, The Lifestyle Connection may conduct investigations, which may include monitoring your use of the Site, your Profile, any communications made on the Site, and other Content transmitted through the Site
8.2 Reporting of Problems. If you feel that you or one of your friends have been harassed or bullied on our Site, or that users have (i) infringed upon your privacy, (ii) violated our Code of Conduct, (iii) infringed upon intellectual property rights of others, or (iv) violated FOSTA please report your concerns to the site administrator for our review.
9. Changing or Removing Information
9.1 Discretionary Account Information. To allow appropriate control over Personally Identifiable Information, you can access your account (after supplying your username and password) to change or update discretionary information that you have previously submitted.
9.2 Deleting Information. Finally, if you request, we will remove your name and all other Personally Identifiable Information from our databases. Please understand, however, that it may be impossible to remove this information completely, due to backups and records of deletions. In addition, please understand that, if you request deletion of your information, you will be unable to utilize associated features of the website. You may not remove de-identified, anonymous, or aggregate data from our databases. In addition, we may retain personal information in order to comply with applicable laws, keep accurate records, resolve disputes, prevent fraud, enforce our Terms or other agreements, or for any other legally permissible purpose.
10. Modification of Policy
We reserve the right to modify, in our sole discretion, this Policy. If we modify or adjust this Policy, any such modifications will take effect proactively, upon your subsequent access to the Website. If we modify this Policy then we may, in our sole discretion, inform you of any changes by posting a notice on our Site.
11. Relationship to Terms and Other Contracts
12. Participation by Children and Teens; Advisory.
THE USE OF OUR SITE, PAGES AND ANY CONNECTED ACTIVITIES WITH THE LIFESTYLE CONNECTION BY ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED. ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18 FOUND TO BE USING THE SITE WILL BE BANNED IMMEDIATELY UPON OUR DISCOVERY. WE DO NOT ALLOW PEOPLE UNDER AGE 18 TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR SITE OR SERVICES. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD TO USE OUR SITE AND SERVICES.
13. No Third Party Beneficiaries.
14. Further Resources
If you wish further information concerning privacy policies in general, concerning online social networking and safety, and concerning the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, you should visit the following sites:
15. Contact Us
The Lifestyle Connection
P.O. Box 1551
Waterloo, Iowa 50701
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