Linx Dating Privacy Policy and Conditions of Use

Linx Dating (“Linx”) is committed to taking reasonable steps to protect your privacy. This Privacy Policy applies to our website (“Website”) and governs our data collection, processing and usage practices. By using our Website, you consent to the data practices described in this Privacy Policy.  If you do not with the data practices described in this Privacy Policy, you should not use our Website. 

Collection and Use of Your Personal Information

Things You Do and Information You Provide to Us

We may collect and store information that identifies you (“Personal Information”) and is voluntarily provided to us through our Website, application forms, surveys, initial consultations, meetings, or other communications.  This may include your first name, last name, e-mail address, gender, date of birth, city of residence, telephone number, occupation/industry, education, height, weight, hobbies, relationship history, religious beliefs, and photographs. We use this information to get to know you, understand your relationship goals and criteria, determine whether you qualify for a membership package, recruit matches, screen prospective clients, and customize your matches.  

We also may use this information to send you information that we think may be of interest to you, such as our newsletter, a contest, or promotion.  If you do not wish to receive marketing materials or advertisements, please send us an e-mail or write to us at the address listed below

By submitting an application to Linx, you understand and acknowledge that we will send your full or partial profile to a potential match and/or discuss your potential pairing with a match without your prior approval.  This information will be sent to selected matches for the purpose of determining the matches’ interest in you. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAVE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE MATCHMAKING TEAM AND PROSPECTIVE MATCHES, DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE. 

Information About Payments

If you transact business with us, such as by applying for a membership program, we collect information about the transaction.  This includes your payment information, such as your credit or debit card number, card type, expiration date, billing information, shipping information, and other related information.  We may use financial information to process payment for any purchases made on our Website, when you submit an application or choose to participate in a membership program, and for other business purposes.

Correspondence

If you contact via telephone, e-mail, fax, the postal service, our web form, or in any other way, we may retain the correspondence and the information it contains.  This information may be used to respond to your inquiry, notify you of Linx-related opportunities, and for marketing purposes. If you do not wish to receive notifications about Linx-related opportunities, or otherwise want to restrict the use of information you provide to us, please send us an e-mail or write to us at the address listed below.

Information from Other Sources

We may maintain information about you from other sources, such as vendors, service providers, business partners, and other third partners.  For example, sometimes a third party with whom we jointly offer services will provide us with information about your experiences or interactions with them.  This information may be used to provide you with information that may be of interest to you.  If you do not wish to receive these notifications, please send us an e-mail or write to us at the address listed below.

We also may receive information about you from third party social platforms, such as Facebook. When you access or use our Website through such a website, you allow us to access or collect information made available by the third party website in accordance with its privacy policy. This information may be available from your third party social platform profile or account, or from cookies placed on your device by the third party platform.  

Our Website interfaces with social media websites such as Facebook, and may use social media plugins (e.g., the Facebook "Like" button) to facilitate social media functions. When you visit our Website, the operator of a social media plugin may set cookies or other tracking technology on your browser, enabling that social media operator to recognize individuals who visit our Website.  If you are logged into a social media website while browsing on one of our Websites, the social media plugins may allow the social media website to receive information about your visit-including the pages that you viewed-and connect the visit to your personally identifiable information.  The social media plugins also allow the social media website to share information about your activities on our Websites with other users of their social media website. For example, Facebook social media plugins allow Facebook to show your Likes and comments on our Websites to your Facebook friends.  Your use of social media plugins is subject to each social media website's privacy policy, so we encourage you to use care and thoughtfully read the privacy policy of each social media website that you use.  We have no control over the information that social media websites or plugins collect, store, or use.  Before connecting to our Websites from a social media website or using a social media plugin on our Websites, please be certain that you understand the social media website's privacy policy and how it may gather information about what your access to our Website and what you view on our Website. 

Information About Others

We may collect and store personal information about other people that you provide to us, such as their name and e-mail address. For example, our application form allows applicants to refer friends to Linx.  We may store this information to help us recruit additional members or see whether the referred individual is interested in being matched with an existing member. 

URL and IP Address

We collect information about users’ IP addresses when they submit a form on our Website.  We may use information about your IP address to administer our Website, analyze trends, change the content of our Website based on your needs, gather information about visitor movements, and improve the effectiveness of our Website.  We also may use your IP address to enhance our security and help diagnose potential problems with our server.  

Cookies

We may assign your device one or more cookies to facilitate access to our Website and to personalize your online experience. A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a user's computer for record keeping purposes. Cookies can be either session cookies or persistent cookies. A session cookie expires when you close your browser and is used to make it easier for you to navigate our Website. A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for an extended period of time.  These cookies may be delivered by us or third parties.

During your visits to other Websites where we advertise, such as Facebook, we (or third parties) may use cookies to collect information about users who view or interact with our advertisements or our Website.  For example, once you click on a link to our Website from Facebook, we or they may collect information about where you, or others who are using your device, saw and/or clicked on the advertisements we deliver (such as click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, etc.), and associate this information with your subsequent visits to our Website, applications you submit through our Website, or other data we have collected.  We may use this information for the following purposes: 

  • To perform research and analysis about your use of, or interest in, our products, services, or content; 
  • To perform ad tracking and Website analytics;
  • To better understand and analyze user growth, general demographic information about users of our Website, and which markets yield successful matches with our candidates; and
  • To help us to make better matches.

Although you may not opt out of receiving online advertisements generally, you may control the collection of data on our Website used for targeted Linx advertising during your visits to other Websites. To opt-out of Linx data collection for targeted advertising on other websites, click here Opt Out Now.  Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, please note that you may not be able to use the full functionality of this Website.  

Our Website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google uses cookies to help us analyze how visitors use the Website.  The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website is generally transmitted to and stored on a Google server in the U.S.  In case of activation of IP anonymization, Google will, however, truncate/anonymize the last eight-bit segment of your IP address beforehand within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area.  Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the US and truncated there. On behalf of the operator of the Website, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on the Website activity, and providing the operator with other services relating to the Website and Internet use. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

You may manage and opt out of Google’s use of cookies by visiting Google’s Ads settings however, please note that if you do so, you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Website.  Alternatively, you can opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/.  Please note that if you disable the use of cookies, you may not be able to use the full functionality of the Website.

For further information on terms of use and data protection/privacy, please see http://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html or http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/index.html.

Do Not Track

We honor do not track signals and do not track, plant cookies, or use advertising when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.

Sharing Personal Information with Third Parties

We may disclose all of the information (described above) that we collect, as stated above and in accordance with the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy. We do not reveal personally identifiable information about you to third-parties for their independent use unless: (1) you request or authorize us to do so; (2) we believe the information is needed to comply with the law (for example, to comply with a search warrant, subpoena or court order), respond to a government request, enforce an agreement we have with you, or to protect our rights, property or safety, or the rights, property or safety of our employees or others; (3) the information is provided to our agents, third parties or service providers who perform functions on our behalf; (4) to address emergencies or acts of God; (5) in anticipation of and in the course of an actual or potential sale, reorganization, consolidation, merger, or amalgamation of all or part of our business or operations; or (6) to address disputes, claims, or to persons holding a legal or beneficial interest.  

Security Measures to Protect Information

We are committed to taking reasonable efforts to secure the information that you choose to provide to us, and we use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect against unauthorized access to or alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data. All credit information you supply is encrypted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.  We restrict access to Personal Information to certain individuals and organizations that need to know the information in order to operate, develop, or improve our services.  We are committed to taking appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce our employees’ privacy responsibilities. 

California Privacy Rights

If you reside in California, you have the right to ask us one time each year if we have shared personal information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make a request, please send us an e-mail or write to us at the address listed below, and indicate in the subject line that you are a California resident making a “Shine the Light” inquiry.  
 
Children

The Website is not intended for use by or targeted at children under 13, and we do not knowingly or intentionally collect information about children under 13.  We may provide links to third-party websites that allow children under the age of 13 to register for use of the website, or are targeted at children under 13.  In such instances, the third-parties are responsible for ensuring that their websites comply with applicable laws, regulations, and rules.

Visiting our Website from Outside the United States
 
If you are visiting our Website from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the U.S., where our servers are located and our central database is operated. Please be aware that the data protection and other laws of the U.S. might not be as comprehensive as those in your country. However, please be assured that we take steps to ensure that your privacy is protected. By using our Website, you agree that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it, as described in this Privacy Policy.

Inapplicability of Privacy Policies of Any Linked Websites or Other Third Parties

This Privacy Policy only addresses our use and disclosure of your Personal Information. This Website may contain links to other websites, so please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites.  We also use a third party, Wufoo, to help us create the application forms that are available on our Website.  The information that you submit through our Website is stored on Wufoo’s servers in accordance with its Privacy Policy.  We encourage you to carefully read the Privacy Policies of Wufoo as well as other websites you visit carefully. 

Opting Out

You may unsubscribe from our marketing communications by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link located on the bottom of our e-mails, or by sending us an e-mail at the address listed below. For California residents, please consult the “Your Privacy Rights” section above for additional considerations.

Data Retention

We retain Personal Information as long as we consider it potentially useful for business purposes.  We also keep information as otherwise required by law.     

How You Can Access and Change Your Information

You can update or correct your Personal Information, or remove it from our system by making a request to us at the contact information provided below. If for some reason access is denied, we will provide an explanation of why access has been denied.

Conditions of Use

By using this Website, you agree to the terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Policy and/ any other agreement we might have with you. If you do not agree to any of these terms and conditions, you should not use this Website or any of services. 

Dispute Resolution Including Binding Arbitration
The services provide by Linx are personal and private. To protect the private nature of these services, you agree that any dispute related in any way to use of this Website will be governed by the laws of California.

You also agree to:
1)    Abide by any limitation of damages contained in any agreement we may have with you;
2)    Resolve all disputes, except those specified in 3) below, through binding arbitration in California under the American Arbitration Association Rules in effect at the time when arbitration is sought.  
3)    Resolve through litigation disputes arising from an alleged violation of intellectual property rights or breach of confidentiality for which the injured party may suffer irreparable harm and may seek a restraining order, preliminary injunctive relief, an injunction, specific performance or other equitable relief and/or legal remedies, and actions to enforce the decisions of arbitrators, which may be taken in any court of competent jurisdiction in California and to which you hereby consent waiving all defenses of lack of personal jurisdiction and forum non conveniens.

No Guarantee

No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. Accordingly, and despite our efforts, Linx cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, or to or from our online products or services. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please send us an email or write to us at the address listed below. 

Changes to the Privacy Policy

As Linx, its products, and its services change from time to time, this Privacy Policy is expected to change as well. We reserve the right to amend the Privacy Policy at any time, for any reason, and may do so by posting a new version online. Your continued use of the Website and/or continued provision of Personal Information to us will be subject to the terms of the then-current Privacy Policy.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our treatment of the information you provide us, please contact as at:

Address: 75 Arbor Rd, Suite L, Menlo Park, California 94025 USA
E-mail address: amy@linxdating.com


Last updated May 16, 2016