Websites are required by law to have a detailed, legally-worded privacy statement, and ours is below. Since privacy statements are necessarily lengthy, time consuming to read, and full of incomprehensible legal terminology, we've created this brief summary.
The most important thing for you to know is that we're real people. We are in the business of love, we want to help people find love, and we make privacy decisions based on what will best support an increase in love in the world. We have no interest in selling or otherwise using your personal information for any purpose other than those relating directly to this website and welcome your advice on what we can do to further assure you of our honest intentions.
We do not sell, lend, rent or otherwise transfer your personal information to any other business or vendor. We ensure that our computers and servers are stored securely, and we use encryption to protect your privacy. By signing up on this site you are agreeing to receive emails from us related to our matchmaking services. We only want to contact people who want our help in finding love, so if you wish to opt out of these notifications please go to "email preferences" and adjust your email preferences accordingly.
eChemistry does not use any irritating methods of member recruitment such as spam email messages, pop-up ads, or any other intrusive advertising. We believe that an honest company can advertise ethically and still be successful. We also listen to your comments, so if you can think of anything further we can do to operate honorably and earn your trust, please email us at: love@eChemistry.com.
Now, for the much longer, much more detailed legal version:
- In order to become a member of eChemistry.com you are required to answer a Personality Questionnaire ("Personality Questionnaire", "Questionnaire", "Personality Test", "Test"). This Questionnaire includes a large number of "Personality Questions" such as "Are you an Introvert or Extrovert" as well as "Profile Creation Questions," such as "Describe yourself and who you're looking for in a match." eChemistry collects a wide variety of information which is used to find matches which offer the highest possible chance of a successful long-term relationship or marriage.
- Your answers to individual Personality Questions (such as "Are you an Introvert or Extrovert") are not made accessible to the public, other users of the site or anyone not employed by eChemistry directly except when expressly indicated. This information is held in a strictly confidential manner. Information collected during the questionnaire which may be shared with other users of eChemistry will be displayed in a strictly anonymous manner with no personally identifying details (details which would allow someone to identify you individually such as email, address, phone number), and will only be shown to potential match candidates. Any question which is not determining your personality (including "Demographic Information" such as your age, gender, etcetera as well as essay questions such as "Describe yourself and who you are looking for in a match") is considered a "Member Profile Question" as described below.
- In addition to the personality components of the questionnaire, you will also be required to answer Demographic Information Questions (age, gender, etcetera) included in Member Profile Questions ("Member Profile Questions", "Profile Creation Questions") to create a Matching Profile which will be visible to select other users who match you according to eChemistry's proprietary matching algorithms ("Member Profile", "Matching Profile", "Profile"). Your Matching Profile will include your essay answers to such questions as: "Describe yourself and who you are looking for in a match." Your Profile is what is shown to other matches and generally includes your picture and some information that you entered, but does not include your individual responses to Personality Questions mentioned above except in a broad, cumulative way to give people a general idea of what personality they can expect (for example, we don't tell them exactly how you answered the "Are you an Introvert or Extrovert" question, but if your cumulative answers to the test tell us that you're probably talkative then we may say something like "This user is verbally expressive and easy to talk to"). 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 username, or include your name or address in your written essay 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." Initially your first Profile is created from Profile Creation Questions mixed in with Personality Questions in the personality test (so we ask "Describe yourself and who you are looking for in a match" during the personality test to give you a break from Personality Questions and to help you create your first profile by the time you're done answering the Personality Questions). In the same way as other popular Internet introduction sites, we use your first name to identify you to other users in your public profile because this adds a human element to each match (referring to people as numbers, like "User# 1,053,893" or usernames, such as "qtpI73" is less conducive to starting a real relationship).
Other 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 eChemistry.com), and to forward messages to you from other eChemistry.com users. These types of communications, are known as "Operational Communications." We may use demographic information to tailor the Site and communications to your interests. We also use personal information to send you newsletters, information, offers and other promotional materials for eChemistry.com's 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 eChemistry.com. 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 eChemistry.com messages. If you wish to modify your contact settings (which emails you will receive and which you won't) you can modify your preferences at any time by logging in and choosing "email preferences" from the main menu.
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, username, 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 username, 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."
Information Supplied by You at Registration or Purchase
- eChemistry offers a subscriber-based service to users seeking romantic relationships. To process subscriptions and/or product purchases, we may require your name, billing address, phone number, email address, shipping address and credit card information or banking information (depending on whether you pay by credit card or direct bank transfer). Information gathered during product purchases is used primarily for authorization of credit card transactions, to contact you in case of problems with processing your order, customer relationship management services, order fulfillment and sweepstakes and promotional fulfillment. In general, you will receive one email notification that you have placed an order, and another email notification that your order has been filled. You will be similarly notified of subscription renewal transactions when they occur.
Your personal contact information will not be lent or sold to any other business or vendor.
Your IP Address
- Like most e-commerce Websites, each time you visit the Site, we automatically collect your IP address and the web page from which you came. In order to administer and optimize the Site for you and to diagnose problems with our Site, we use your IP address to help identify you and to gather broad demographic information about you (for example, your IP address often indicates which country you are logging in from, so we could someday customize our site to provide different web pages to people from, say, the United States, from those from, say, China or Germany). . IP addresses are logged to track a user's session. This gives eChemistry an idea of which parts of our site users are visiting. IP addresses are also recorded to track unusual or suspicious activity. This provides further protection to all eChemistry users since troublesome users may be tracked and blocked from the site
- 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. All adults are welcome to explore the site, complete the Relationship Questionnaire and obtain a Personality Profile. As per the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, any information input by minors will be purged from our database.
- eChemistry makes message boards available to its users and visitors. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose any personally identifying information.
Refer A Friend
- eChemistry encourages you to refer a friend to our service. In this section you are able to send us a friend's name and email address. We will keep this information in our database, and send that person an email containing your name and inviting them to visit our site. This email will also include a quick and easy way for them to remove their information from our database, if they desire. We ask that you do not abuse this feature by entering names and addresses of those who would not be interested in eChemistry.
- 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 financial information as it travels over the Internet. We don't let anyone on our computers who might want to take your information, and our servers are kept in a secure building. 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.
How You Can Access and Update Your Email Preferences, Personal Information and Public Information
Links to Other Sites
- eChemistry is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of other websites that may be linked to this site or which we may link to.
Contacting the Website
- If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with the eChemistry website, you can contact:
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