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Privacy Policy

Last Updated On: March 4th, 2015

The CatholicMatch Privacy Policy covers how CatholicMatch treats personal information that is obtained from its users. Personal information is defined as that which personally identifies you. Examples included, but are not limited to, your name, address, e-mail address, phone number and other information not readily available to the general public. This policy applies strictly to CatholicMatch and not to any other associated firm or person whom CatholicMatch does not control.

1. Information Collected By CatholicMatch

CatholicMatch gathers two types of information: that which users submit to us and that which is not directly submitted by users

2. Information Submitted To CatholicMatch

There are two types of user-submitted information we collect: Public & Private. We define Public information as personal information that may be displayed on the site, such as gender, age and height, but cannot be linked to a particular user. Private information is defined as any information that allows others to contact a user other than through CatholicMatch or allows the collection of information about the user other then what is displayed on the site.

a) Public: To accomplish our goal of bringing Catholic people together, we must gather personal information. This includes, but is not limited to: customer-specified CatholicMatch' username, gender, age, birth date, first name, ethnic background, appearance, religion, occupation, information and general geographic location. Some of this information is optional, and meant to be seen by members and visitors to the site, but cannot be used to identify a specific member by name, address, etc.

b) Private: This information is gathered from members and guests who apply for the various services our site offers. This information includes, but is not limited to: e-mail address, last name, credit card number for payment, a user-specified CatholicMatch password, mailing address, zip code and telephone number.

3. Information Not Directly Submitted to CatholicMatch

a) Aggregate: This is information we collect that is not personally identifiable, such as browser type and IP address. This information is gathered for all users to the site.

b) Google Analytics and Display Advertising: CatholicMatch uses Google Analytics to collect information about the use of this site and Display Advertising to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on someone's past visits to our website. The information collected includes how often users visit our site, what pages they view, and what site they were on before they landed on CatholicMatch. We use the information we get only to improve our site and services. Google Analytics only collects the IP address that visitors use when on the the site and not any personal identifying information (such as name). We do not combine any information collected from Google Analytics with a user's personal identifying information. Though Google Analytics does plant a permanent cookie on the visitor's web browser, this is only to identify the visitor as a unique user on their next visit to CatholicMatch and can be cleared by selecting "clear cookies" in the web browser. This cookie can only ever be used by Google, and visitors may opt of Google Analytics by downloading this Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On. You can opt of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Preferences Manager. For more information see the Google Analytics Terms of Service and the Google Privacy Policy.

4. Sharing of the Information this Website Gathers

Except where you are expressly informed otherwise or as described immediately below, we do not sell, rent, share, trade or give away any of your personal information except to the financial institution that processes your credit card, unless required by law or for the protection of your membership.

If you register with CatholicMatch through one of our co-branded versions, your registration and profile information may be shared with the co-branding partner solely for the purpose of fulfilling the services provided by the co-branding site and any related promotional offers. We encourage you to review the privacy policy of the co-branded partner for questions about their use of your personally identifiable information and how you can modify or delete it.

In the event CatholicMatch is acquired or merged by another company, this privacy policy would lapse and be superseded by the policy of the new ownership. In the event of such a transaction, you are to be notified at the e-mail address registered with CatholicMatch.

5. Targeted Advertisements

CatholicMatch may deliver targeted advertising based on personal information, however CatholicMatch does not provide personal information to the advertiser. By interacting with the vendor, however, the advertiser may assume you meet the targeting criteria and send you future advertisements based on this.

6. CatholicMatch Affiliate Partners

Information submitted by the Partner is used for establishing and maintaining a business relationship. No personal or business information is shared outside the relationship between CatholicMatch and the Partner. Partners may not view or access private information on CatholicMatch' subscribers.

7. Use of Cookies

Cookies are a piece of data that we transfer to your device. This data allows us to recognize your device, provide features and services, etc. In order to be a subscribing member of CatholicMatch, cookies must be enabled. You can delete cookies, be notified when you receive a new cookie, or disable cookies altogether through your internet browser. Typically this is done via the browser's Settings. Each internet browser has a help menu to assist you with locating the cookie settings.

Some of our business partners may use cookies on our site (for example, advertisers). However, we have no access to, or control over these cookies. See the above information on how cookies relate to Google Analytics and Display Advertising.

8. Editing & Deleting Your Account Information

You can edit your CatholicMatch account information at any time. We reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to the CatholicMatch service, without allowing you to opt out of them. You can remove your CatholicMatch account by visiting our unsubscribe page.

9. Changes To The Privacy Policy

If we change our privacy policy, we will notify our members in some form. Our members are always made aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If at any point, we decide to use personally identifiable information in a manner different from that stated at the time it was collected, we will notify users by way of an e-mail. Users will have a choice as to whether or not we use their information in this different manner, and we will then use information in accordance with the privacy policy under which the information was collected.

10. Contacting CatholicMatch

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, please contact the help desk.