your personal information and informing you about how we handle it. This privacy
policy only applies to transactions and activities in which you engage, and data
gathered, on the dharmaMatch website and
double-blind email communications
between dharmaMatch members (collectively, the "Site"). It does not
apply to any other website or offline point of contact between dharmaMatch,
last revised on 2020-08-09.
Each time you visit the Site or provide us with
information, by doing so you are accepting the practices described in this
Your IP Address
Like most e-commerce websites, each time you visit the Site, we
collect your IP address and the web page from which you came. We reserve the right to ban your IP
from our site without warning if we find your profile is fraudulent or you otherwise pose a threat
to our community.
Information We Collect From You
In order to operate the Site and to provide you with information about products
or services that may be of interest to you, we may collect "personal information"
(i.e. information that could be used to contact you directly (without using the
Site) such as full name, postal address, phone number or email address),
"financial information" (i.e. credit card numbers or passwords) or "demographic
information" (i.e. information that you submit, or that we collect, that is
neither personal information nor financial information; this may include, but is
not limited to, zip code, postal code, hometown, gender, screen name, age/birth date,
purchase history information, browsing history information, searching history
information, registration history information, and the content of communications
between you and other members over the Site), subject to the rest of this paragraph.
Demographic information is divided into two categories: 1) "non-public information",
which consists of purchase history information and one-on-one communications
between you and other users of the Site; and 2) "public information", which
consists of all other demographic information. We ask that you do not enter
personal information or financial information into your "Profile" (for example,
don't use your address or password as your screen name, or include your name or
address in your written responses), because if you do then it may be posted
publicly on the Site, and the information will then be treated as "demographic
information" that is "public information." Please note that nowhere on the Site
do we knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 18,
as we require that all users represent to us that they are at least 18 years old.
To protect the privacy of our members, you may not include in your Member profile
any direct contact information such as telephone numbers, street addresses, last
names, URLs, email addresses, social media profile names, or instant messenger
handles. If this type of contact information is found in your profile, it will
be removed by our staff.
Special Categories of Personal Data
We process personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, bio-metric data,
religious or philosophical beliefs only if a user gives explicit consent. These
fields in member profiles are not mandatory for you to fill out.
Information Other Websites Collect From You
On the Site, we place links to other websites operated by other parties. Some of
these other websites contain our brand names and trademarks and other intellectual
property that we own; others do not. When you click on these links and visit
these other websites, regardless of whether or not they contain our brand names,
trademarks and other intellectual property, you need to be aware that we do not
control these other websites or these other websites' business practices, and
the operators of these other websites may collect different kinds of information
about you, and may use and disclose that information in different ways than we
would if it were collected on the Site. We encourage you to review their privacy
policies and remind you that we will not be responsible for their actions.
How We Use Personal Information
We use your email address and your other personal information to help us
efficiently operate the Site, to contact you in connection with your transactions
and other activities on the Site (including, but not limited to, confirmation
emails or important news that could affect your relationship with
to forward messages to you from other
These types of communications, are known as
"Operational Communications." In some cases, Operational Communications may also
contain commercial messages, such as banner ads and special offers.
We also use personal information to send you newsletters, information, offers
and other promotional materials for dharmaMatch's or third
goods or services. We attempt to send you offers that are of value to you, such
as discounts, exclusive offers or special event information. The Site provides
you with options to decline to receive communications from dharmaMatch (other than those contained in Operational Communications). Some of these options
may only be for a certain category of communications; others may be more general.
By posting a profile on the Site, you are opting in to receive emails of
potential matches as well as news and updates. To stop receiving such emails,
go to the "Accounts Settings" page in the Member Area and deselect the
communications that you do not wish to receive.
To operate the Site, including processing your transactions and supporting your
activities on the Site, we may share your personal information with our agents,
representatives, contractors and service providers so they can provide us with
support services such as authorization of credit card transactions, email
origination, receipt or support services, customer relationship management
services, order fulfillment and sweepstakes and promotional fulfillment. We
require these entities not to use your information for any other purpose.
By purchasing, or registering or making reservations for, products or services
offered or sponsored by third parties on the Site, or electing to receive
communications (such as emails or magazine subscriptions) or electing to
participate in contests, sweepstakes or other programs (such as discount or
rewards programs), offered or sponsored by third parties on the Site, you
consent to our providing your personal information to those third parties. Those
third parties may use your personal information in accordance with their own
privacy policies. You will need to contact those third parties to instruct them
directly regarding your preferences for the use of your personal information by
them. Additionally, you agree that we may use and disclose all such information
so submitted to such third parties in the same manner in which we are entitled to
use and disclose any other information you submit to us.
In some cases, we may enter into a promotional relationship with another company
in which we prominently display their brand name or trademarks on pages of the
Site. These pages are known as "Co-Branded Pages" and these companies are known
as "Co-Branded Companies." If the page on which you submit information is a
Co-Branded Page, or was accessed by clicking on a link on a Co-Branded Page,
then we may share your personal information with the associated Co-Branded
Company. Co-Branded Companies may use your personal information in accordance
with their own privacy policies. You will need to contact Co-Branded Companies
to instruct them directly regarding your preferences for the use of your personal
information by them. Additionally, you agree that we may use and disclose all
such information so submitted to such Co-Branded Companies in the same manner in
which we are entitled to use and disclose any other information you submit to us.
Any third party with whom we are allowed to share your personal information is
authorized to use your personal information in accordance with our contractual
arrangements with such third parties and in accordance with their own privacy
policies, over which we have no control, and you agree that we are not responsible
or liable for any of their actions or omissions. Those who contact you will need
to be instructed directly by you regarding your preferences for the use of your
personal information by them.
Please read the information below under the heading "Special Cases in Which We
Share Personal and Financial Information" to learn more ways in which we may
share your personal information.
How We Use Financial Information
We use your financial information to check your qualifications, to bill you for
products and services and to enable you to participate in discount, rebate and
similar programs in which you may elect to participate. By making a purchase, or
engaging in any other kind of activity or transaction that uses financial
information, on the Site, you consent to our providing your financial
information to our service providers and to such third parties as we determine
are necessary to support and process your activities and transactions, as well
as to your credit card issuer for their purposes. These third parties may include
the credit card companies and banking institutions used to process and support
the transaction or activity. By purchasing, or registering or making reservations
for, products or services of third parties offered on the Site, or by participating
in programs offered on the Site that are administered by third parties and that
require you to submit financial information in order to use them, you also
consent to our providing your financial information to those third parties.
Additionally, if the page on which you submit information is a Co-Branded Page,
or was accessed by clicking on a link on a Co-Branded Page, then we may share
your financial information with the associated Co-Branded Company. Any of these
various third parties (including Co-Branded Companies) may be authorized to use
your financial information in accordance with our contractual arrangements with
such third parties and in accordance with their own privacy policies, over which
we have no control, and you agree that we are not responsible or liable for any
of their actions or omissions. Additionally, you agree that we may use and
disclose all such information so submitted to such third parties in the same
manner in which we are entitled to use and disclose any other information that
you submit to us. Please read the information below under the heading "Special
Cases in Which We Share Personal and Financial Information" to learn more ways
in which we may share your financial information.
Special Cases in Which We Share Personal and Financial Information
Your personal information or financial information may be passed on to a third
party in the event of a transfer of ownership or assets, or a bankruptcy. We may
also disclose personal information or financial information when we determine
that such disclosure is necessary to comply with applicable law, to cooperate
with law enforcement or to protect the interests or safety of dharmaMatch or other visitors to the Site. We also may disclose your personal information
or financial information to our subsidiary and parent companies and businesses,
and other affiliated legal entities and businesses with whom we are under common
corporate control. Whenever personal information or financial information is
disclosed under this paragraph, we may also disclose your demographic information
along with it, on a non-anonymous basis. All of our parent, subsidiary and
affiliated legal entities and businesses that receive your personal information,
financial information, or non-anonymous demographic information from us will
disclosure of such information.
How We Use Public Information and Other Demographic Information
We may review all demographic information. We may use public information to
enable other users to find your profile, to determine whether they are a match
for you and to communicate with you. We may use demographic information to
tailor the Site and communications to your interests. We may also share
demographic information with advertisers on an anonymous and aggregated basis
(i.e., without telling the advertisers your identity). One of the reasons we
may do this is to increase the likelihood that our advertisers' goods and
services will appeal to dharmaMatch's users, so
that we may target
specific ads at specific demographic groups. Our sharing of demographic
information with advertisers is anonymous (i.e., we do not tell advertisers
which particular dharmaMatch users are
members of which demographic
advertisement, however, we ask you to remember that if that ad that is targeted
to a demographic group and you decide to give the advertiser your personal
information, then the advertiser may be able to identify you as being a member
of that demographic group. Please also be aware that when we disclose your
financial information or personal information to a Co-Branded Company, as
described above, we may also disclose to that Co-Branded Company your demographic
information, other than the content of one-on-one communications between you and
other members. Please also be aware that we may disclose your demographic
information on a non-anonymous basis as described above in the paragraph titled
"Special Cases in Which We Share Personal and Financial Information." Also, to
read further details about how we may use your public information, see our
other activity on the Site and enhance your experience on the Site. We also use
cookies to save your password, and if you choose, to save other personal and
financial information so you do not have to reenter it each time you visit the
Site. Third party advertisers on the Site may also place or read cookies on your
browser. If you wish to disable these cookies, the "help" portion of the toolbar
on most browsers will tell you how. However, if you set your browser to disable
cookies, you may not be able to access certain areas on the Site.
To provide the service you have asked for. Some cookies are essential
so you can navigate through the website and use its features. Without these
cookies, we would not be able to provide the services you've requested. For
example, some cookies allow us to identify subscribers and ensure they can
access the subscription only pages. If a subscriber opts to disable these cookies,
the user will not be able to access all of the content that a subscription
entitles them to. These cookies don't gather information about you that could
be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the Internet.
Essential cookies keep you logged in during your visit.
To improve your browsing experience. These cookies allow the website to
remember choices you make, such as your language or region and they provide
improved features. These cookies will help remembering your preferences and
settings, including marketing preferences, remembering if you've filled in
certain forms, so you're not asked to do it again, remembering if you've been
to the Site before and restricting the number of times you're shown a particular
advertisement. We might also use these cookies to highlight Site services that
we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
Analytics. To improve your experience on our Site, we like to keep
track of what pages and links are popular and which ones don't get used so much
to help us keep our Site relevant and up to date. It's also very useful to be
able to identify trends of how people navigate (find their way through) our Site
and if they get error messages from web pages. This group of cookies, often
called "analytics cookies" are used to gather this information. These cookies
don't collect information that identifies you. The information collected is
anonymous and is grouped with the information from everyone else's cookies. We
can then see the overall patterns of usage rather than any one person's activity.
To show advertising that is relevant to your interests. We may sell
space on our Site to advertisers. The resulting ads often contain cookies. These
cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests.
They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well
as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually
placed by advertising networks with our permission. They remember that you have
visited a website and this information is shared with other organizations such as
Our Site is not directed to children under the age of 18. We do not knowingly
collect any personal information about children under the age of 18. If we obtain
actual knowledge that we have collected personal information about a child under
the age of 18, that information will be promptly deleted from our database,
unless it is necessary to retain it for legal purposes.
If a parent believes that his or her child has submitted personal information to
us, he or she can contact us via email. We will promptly delete the information
upon learning that it relates to a child under the age of 18. Please note that
it is possible some of this information may remain archived in web logs and
back-up archives after we delete the information from our active database.
Your California Privacy Rights
We will not share any personal data with third-parties for their direct marketing
purposes to the extent prohibited by California law. If our practices change, we
will do so in accordance with applicable laws and will notify you in advance.
California law requires that operators of online services disclose how they
respond to a Do Not Track signal. When sent the Do Not Track signal we will not
include 3rd-party tracking (e.g. Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel) on the page.
EU Users' Rights
EU. We would like to inform you about your EU General Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR) rights and how we safeguard them.
Your GDPR rights to be informed, to access, rectify, erase, or restrict the
processing of your personal information. You have the right to receive free
information about what personal data we have obtained about you, where it is
stored, for how long, for what purposes it is used, to whom it was disclosed.
You have the right to require that we, without undue delay, rectify of
inaccurate personal data concerning you. That means you can request we change
your personal data in our records, or have you incomplete personal data
completed. You have the "right to be forgotten," i.e. to have us delete your
personal information, without undue delay, if the data is no longer necessary in
relation to the purposes for which it was collected. However, GDPR gives us the
right to refuse erasure if we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for
keeping your information.
GDPR gives you the right to restrict processing if any of the following
If you contest the accuracy of your personal data, we will restrict processing
it for a period enabling us to verify its accuracy.
The processing is unlawful and you oppose its erasure and request instead the
restriction of its use.
We no longer need your personal data for the purposes of the processing, but you
require us to restrict processing for the establishment, exercise or defense of
You have objected to processing pursuant to Article 21(1) of the GDPR pending
the verification whether our legitimate grounds override yours.
Right to data portability. Upon request, we will provide you your
personal data in our possession, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable
format. You have the right to transmit that data to another controller if doing
so does not adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.
Right to object. You can object, on grounds relating your particular
situation, at any time, to processing of your personal information, if based on
point (e) or (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR. We will then have to stop
processing, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the
processing. If you object to the processing for direct marketing purposes, we
will have to stop processing for these purposes.
Right to withdraw consent. GDPR grants you the right to withdraw your
earlier given consent, if any, to processing of your personal data at any time.
Rights related to automated decision making. As a responsible business,
we do not rely on any automated decision making, such as profiling.
We retain your personal data for as long as your account is active, or for as
long as we need it to fulfill the purposes for which we have initially collected
it, unless otherwise permitted or required by law. We will retain and use
information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes,
and enforce our rights. We will cease to retain your personal data, or remove the
means by which the data can be associated with you, as soon as it is reasonable
to assume that such retention no longer serves the purpose for which the personal
data was collected, and is no longer necessary for legal or business purposes.
Our Security Precautions
The Site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and
alteration of the information under our control. Our secure server software (SSL)
is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure
commerce transactions. We encrypt all of your personal and financial information
as it travels over the Internet and we store your financial information on our
servers in encrypted form. Your information may be transferred to and maintained
on computer networks which may be located outside of the state, province, country
or other governmental jurisdiction in which you reside, and the country or
jurisdiction in which these computer networks are located may not have privacy
laws as protective as the laws in your country or jurisdiction.
If at any point we decide to use particular 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 or by providing 30 days notice on the Site.
and practices, and how we use your personally identifiable information, without
that such changes shall only apply to information gathered on or after the date
of the change.
How You Can Access and Update Your Email Preferences, Personal Information and
We give you the opportunity to opt-out of certain communications and modify
personal information or demographic information you have provided to us, and to
hide demographic information from, or make demographic information visible to,
the public users of the Site, at anytime by going to the Account Settings or My
Profile section of the Site. Please be aware that it may take several hours for
the changes you make to take effect on the public areas of the Site. We thank
you for your patience. Please note that changing or deleting your information
through the "Account Settings" or "My Profile" section of the Site, or otherwise
opting-out of receipt of email communications from dharmaMatch, will
only change or delete the data in our database for purposes of future activities
on the Site and for managing future communications from dharmaMatch.
These changes and deletions will not change or delete emails or information that
we may have already forwarded to other users or credit card companies or any
your dealings with the
Site, please contact us at:
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