Privacy Policy

Effective Date: April 2, 2011

GroupsFinder values the privacy of our users and makes all commercially reasonable efforts to protect it. This Privacy Policy covers the collection, use and disclosure of personal information that may be collected any time you interact with GroupsFinder, such as when you visit our web site, use or purchase our products and services, or communicate with GroupsFinder employees. Please read the following to learn more about what information we collect, what we do with that information, and how we may use your personal information.

Information Collection and Use

The primary reason that we collect certain personal information is to provide the best possible level of customer service. It enables us to deliver product announcements, software updates and special offers, as well as provide convenient and personalized user access and improve the features and usability of our products. Unregistered users may still be able to use certain GroupsFinder web sites and services, in which case no personal information is collected.

GroupsFinder may collect information and use it for internal business purposes in a number of situations. For example:

  • Personal information such as name, e-mail address, and contact preferences;
  • Demographic information such as where you use your computer and mobile devices to improve our understanding of our customer needs;
  • Tracking information about your visit from the browser or GroupsFinder application on your computer or mobile device, including IP address, cookies and the pages you request, to analyze trends, administer the site, track your navigation of the site, deliver relevant advertisements and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use (note that IP addresses are not linked to "personally identifiable information"); and
  • Aggregate information from multiple users without personally identifying individuals, such as geographic region, which we may share with our partners business to improve understanding of customer needs and provide relevant services.

You may elect to terminate your participation in the services at any time and/or delete information and material you have entered in GroupsFinder. If you cancel your account, or delete any GroupsFinder content, it will no longer be accessible to you or others who may access the service, but there may continue to be residual copies of such information due to the nature of the computer system's operation and ongoing data back-up and archiving.

Public information

Certain portions of the GroupsFinder web sites and services are open to any online viewer, such as profiles. Any information that you post in these locations can be read, collected and used by anyone, and could enable others to send you unsolicited messages. GroupsFinder enables you to determine whether or not to post personal or otherwise sensitive information to publicly accessible areas of our site, and so you should carefully consider how you use the services. GroupsFinder is not responsible for any publication or use of any personal information you choose to post in these locations.

Information disclosure to third parties

We do not share, sell, rent or otherwise distribute information you enter in GroupsFinder to others, except as disclosed in this Privacy Policy. GroupsFinder may share your information with others outside of GroupsFinder under the following circumstances:

  • We have your explicit consent to share the information;
  • We need to share your information to fulfill your product or service request;
  • We have a good faith belief that sharing or otherwise permitting access, disclosure, use or preservation of such information is reasonably necessary in order to comply with our legal obligations; or
  • We believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud or potential threats against persons or property.

Cookies

Cookies are small data files that a web site you visit may save on your hard drive that usually includes an anonymous unique identifier. A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive, pass on computer viruses, or capture your e-mail address. The GroupsFinder web site uses cookies for user authentication, keeping track of your preferences, promotional campaigns that require user identification, keeping track of our audience size and traffic patterns, and in certain other cases.

You can configure your browser to accept cookies, reject cookies or notify you when a cookie is being used. However, if you configure your browser to reject cookies, you may not be able to use GroupsFinder products or services that require you to sign in or take advantage of all the features of GroupsFinder.

GroupsFinder may allow third party business partners that display advertisements on some of our web pages to maintain their own cookies on your computer. These business partners do not have access to GroupsFinder's cookies and their use is subject to their own privacy policies.

Links

The GroupsFinder web site and services may contain links to other sites. GroupsFinder is not responsible for the privacy policy or other practices employed by web sites linked to, or from, our web site nor the information or content contained therein. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by this web site.

Data Security

GroupsFinder is committed to protecting the security of your information and takes reasonable precautions to protect it. However, Internet data transmissions, whether wired or wireless, cannot be guaranteed to be 100% secure and as a result we cannot ensure the security of information you transmit to us; accordingly, you acknowledge that you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your data transmission, we make all commercially reasonable efforts to ensure its security on our systems:

  • Your GroupsFinder password is protected by encryption and only you have access to it;
  • Your personal information and data stored in our systems is protected by various physical, electronic and procedural safeguards. As a rule, GroupsFinder employees do not monitor or view your personal information or content stored in the GroupsFinder service, but it may be viewed if we learn that our Terms of Service may have been violated and confirmation is required, or we otherwise determine that we have an obligation to review it; and
  • Certain GroupsFinder services support the use of standard SSL encryption to protect data transmissions. However, this is not a guarantee that such data transmissions cannot be accessed, altered or deleted due to firewall or other security software failures.

If GroupsFinder learns of a security system breach we may attempt to notify you and provide information on protective steps, if available, through the e-mail address that you supplied during registration or posting a notice on our web site. Depending on where you live, you may have a legal right to receive such notices in writing. To request written notice of any security breach in writing, please send an e-mail with your request and mailing address to privacy at GroupsFinder.net

Children

GroupsFinder complies with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which requires us to inform parents and legal guardians about how we collect, use and disclose personal information from children under 13 years of age. GroupsFinder is not currently directed to children. We will not knowingly collect personal information relating to children under 13 years of age, and if we learn that we have inadvertently done so, we will promptly delete it.

International Users

Personal information collected on this web site may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which GroupsFinder maintains facilities, and by using this web site, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.

Changes and Updates

As this Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time, we will revise and display the effective date at the top of the web page. You should periodically review it to keep abreast of our plans and procedures to protect the personal information that we collect. Your continued use of the GroupsFinder services constitutes your agreement to this Privacy Policy and any updates.

If GroupsFinder should ever sell its assets, merge with another entity or file for bankruptcy, information collected from this web site and in the operation of the services may be transferred as assets of GroupsFinder.

Contact Us

GroupsFinder welcomes your feedback regarding this Privacy Policy. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about either one, please contact us by e-mail at privacy at GroupsFinder.net