Updated: 29, July 2003.

Thank you for visiting MegaMates.com. You are responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with all of the terms of this privacy policy.

This privacy policy has been generated in part from the OECD Privacy Policy Statement Generator available at http://cs3-hq.oecd.org/scripts/pwv3/pwhome.htm. It provides guidance on conducting an internal review of existing personal data practices and on developing a privacy policy statement. It offers links to governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations and private bodies that give information on applicable regulations.

MegaMates maintains its Web site at its San Diego, California headquarters located at:

  • Progressive Web LLC
  • PO Box 23818
  • San Diego, CA 92193-3818
  • U.S.A.
  • 800-289-1489 (phone)
  • (858) 707-7072 (fax)
  • http://www.MegaMates.com
  1. Privacy Protection
  2. Public Forums
  3. Children's Privacy
  4. Learn More
  5. Links
  6. Purpose Specifications and Data Collection
  7. Cookies and Other Technologies
  8. Visitor's Choice
  9. Individual Participation / Access
  10. Security
  11. Notification of Changes
  12. Privacy Support
  1. Privacy Protection
    This policy establishes how we handle the information we learn about you when you visit our site. Protecting the privacy and personal data of our visitors is of utmost importance to us. Protecting your privacy and your personal data is an important aspect of the way we create, organize and implement our activities on-line and off-line.
  2. Public Forums
    MegaMates.COM ENABLES YOU TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER VISITORS VIA CHAT ROOMS, FORUMS, MESSAGE BOARDS, NEWS GROUPS, ETC., AND TO POST INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE BY OTHERS. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ANY INFORMATION THAT IS DISCLOSED IN THESE AREAS BECOME PUBLIC INFORMATION AND YOU SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN DECIDING TO DISCLOSE YOUR PERSONAL DATA.
  3. Children's Privacy
    Because MegaMates.com is an e-commerce-driven Web-conferencing platform, MegaMates' services are directed to adults who possess validated credit card information, and are not marketed to minors.

    Tell your children: "Never talk to strangers!"

    While MegaMates works hard to protect minors and makes every reasonable effort to collect no personal data of minors, we cannot protect their privacy once they leave and cannot, in some instances, prevent minors from representing themselves to us as non-minors. Please teach children that they should not reveal their names or other personal information to anyone they encounter on the Internet. They should also be instructed not to fill out any forms or register at any Web site without your knowledge and consent. Parents can also prevent or limit a child's access to inappropriate material on the Web by using commercially available parental control protections (such as computer hardware, software, or filtering services). There are many online resources available for parents.
  4. Learn More
    Meeting new people in an online community (chat room, forum, newsgroup, message board, Web page, etc.) is one of the best things about the Internet, but you should always be careful about disclosing personal information such as an actual name, member name, email address, and so on. This information may be collected and used by others within the online community to send unsolicited email messages from other parties, outside MegaMates.com. Some of the messages you receive may be useful to you, but some may not.

    MegaMates recommends that you search the Web for as much information as you can about how to protect your privacy. Look for a privacy policy on the Web sites you visit. A good place to start is TRUSTe -- an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to build trust and confidence in the Internet. The Federal Trade Commission has a great Web site with useful information on being a Savvy Internet Traveler along with other privacy initiatives. Additional privacy resources can be found at by clicking on any of the following links:

    • Department of Education: Parents Guide to the Internet
      http://www.ed.gov/pubs/parents /internet/
    • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
      http://www.bbbonline.com
    • Center for Democracy and Technology
      http://www.cdt.org/privacy/ - Data Privacy
      http://www.cdt.org/privacy/guide/ - Guide to Online Privacy
    • Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
      http://www.the-dma.org/
    • Electronic Frontier Foundation - non-profit dedicated to protecting public interest in online privacy.
      http://www.eff.org
    • EPIC.org (Electronic Privacy Information Center)
      http://www.epic.org
    • Georgetown Internet Privacy Study
      http://www.msb.edu/faculty/culnanm/gippshome.html
    • Net Nanny - child safety software that filters potentially harmful Web sites
      http://www.netnanny.com/
    • NetCoalition.com
      http://www.netcoalition.com
    • Network Advertising Initiative
      http://www.networkadvertising.org/
    • Online Privacy Alliance
      http://www.privacyalliance.org/
    • The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
      http://www.privacyrights.org/
  5. Links
    The specific practices outlined in this privacy policy apply to MegaMates.com. Other organizations may have links to MegaMates.com and MegaMates.com may also include links to third party Web sites, which third party sites may have slightly different practices. Please note that MegaMates is not responsible for the privacy policies or content on third party sites. You are encouraged to review the privacy policies of other organizations when visiting their Web sites.
  6. Purpose Specifications and Data Collection
    In general, you can browse MegaMates.com without disclosing any information about yourself. If you visit MegaMates.com to read or download information, we collect and store only the following information that is automatically recognized:
    1. Date and time
    2. Originating IP address
    3. Domain name
    4. Type of browser and operating system used
    5. URL of the referring page
    6. Object requested and the completion status of the request
  7. Cookies and Other Technologies
    As described above, we sometimes collect anonymous information from visits to our site to help us provide better customer service. For example, we keep track of the domains from which people visit and we also measure visitor activity on MegaMates.com, but we do so in ways that keep the information anonymous. We use the information that we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different areas of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. This includes analyzing these logs periodically to measure the traffic through our servers, the number of pages visited and the level of demand for pages and topics of interest. The logs may be preserved indefinitely and used at any time and in any way to prevent security breaches and to ensure the integrity of the data on our servers.

    We collect the anonymous information we mentioned above through the use of various technologies, one of which is called "cookies." A cookie is an element of data that a Web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive. When a visitor registers as a member and sets up a Personal Profile and Account, cookies are used to save the visitor's password so that it does not have to be re?entered at each new visit. The following information is stored in the cookies:

    1. IP address
    2. Session number
    3. Customer ID
    4. Payline ID

    If the visitor has chosen "remember login and password," those two items are encoded and added to the cookie.

    If a "registered" visitor returns to the site without logging in, the ID stored in the cookie are used to track the user (unless the visitor manually deleted the cookie, at which point the server will automatically regenerate another cookie).

    Also, when we collect personal data from you in connection with a transaction we may extract some information about that transaction in an anonymous format and combine it with other anonymous information.

    This anonymous information is used and analyzed only at an aggregate level to help us understand trends and patters. None of this information is reviewed at an individual level. If you do not want your transaction details used in this manner, you can either disable your cookies or opt-out at the order or request stage.

    We collect the personal data that you volunteer upon registration, order, survey, or other forms, or by email.

    We do not associate the information stored in a visitor's cookie with any other personal data about that visitor.

    All our employees and processors who have access to personal data and are associated with the processing of that data are obliged to respect the confidentiality of data.

  8. Visitor's Choice
    Registering on our site is optional. If you choose not to register or provide personal information, you can still use MegaMates.com. However, you will not be able to participate in dating services, purchase items or receive email notices. MegaMates views the customer information that it collects as a valuable and confidential asset of which we take great care to ensure its safety.

    You may choose to register as a member and/or receive promotional or marketing information from MegaMates by selecting the appropriate option when you register personal data. If you choose to register, your information will be available to MegaMates employees and processors. Additionally, payment processing institutions have access to your financial information only for the purpose of billing you. If you do not wish to continue receiving promotional or marketing information, please notify us by email at CustomerService@MegaMates.com.

  9. Individual Participation/Access
    You can ask us whether we are keeping personal data about you, and you can also request to receive a copy of that personal data. Before sending you any personal data, we will ask you to provide proof of your identity. If you are not able to provide proof of your identity, we reserve the right to refuse to send you the personal data.

    We will make a sincere effort to respond in a timely manner to your requests to the previous questions or to correct inaccuracies in your personal information. At any time, you may request that we delete or correct your personal information in our logs. For such requests, please contact CustomerService@MegaMates.com.

  10. Security
    We intend to protect the quality and integrity of your personal information. MegaMates has implemented technologies and security policies to protect the stored personal data of our users from unauthorized access, improper use, alteration, unlawful or accidental destruction and accidental loss. We will continue to enhance our security procedures, as new technology becomes available. MegaMates' employees and processors who have access to personal data are obliged to respect the privacy of our visitors and the confidentiality of their personal data.

    We may disclose personal data to other people or agencies in order to follow the law or comply with legal process served on our affiliates and/or protect and defend our rights or property.

    We also reserve the right to share some or all of your personal data with MegaMates' parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures or other companies under common control with MegaMates, in which case, MegaMates will require such entities to honor this privacy policy.

  11. Notification of Changes
    As MegaMates creates new services that may generate a need to amend this privacy policy, MegaMates will highlight such changes on the MegaMates.com home page. You will also find available the Previous Privacy policy, if any.
  12. Privacy Support
    If you have any inquiries about our privacy policy, please contact:
    • MegaMates
    • Attention: Data Controller
    • PO Box 23818
    • San Diego, CA 92193-3818
    • U.S.A.
    • 800-289-1489 (phone)
    • (858) 707-7072 (fax)
    • http://www.MegaMates.com/
    • CustomerService

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