Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting our website. This privacy policy tells you how we use personal information collected at this website and applies to all locations worldwide. Please read this privacy policy before using the website or submitting any personal information. By using the website, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy. These practices may be changed, but any changes will be posted and will only apply to activities and information on a going forward, not retroactive basis. You are encouraged to review the privacy policy whenever you visit the site to keep track of the policy changes and make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used.

Note: the privacy practices set forth in this privacy policy are for this website only. If you click a link to other websites from PolyPatchwork then please review the privacy policies posted at those websites.

Collection of Information

We collect personally identifiable information, like names, email addresses, various user-submitted profile information, etc., when voluntarily submitted by our visitors. This information is only used to fulfill your specific request to connect with like-minded individuals and groups on PolyPatchwork and to sign you up for our services and mailing list, unless you give us explicit permission to use it in other manners. Some general information, such as a registered user's biological age range, submitted is used in the internal, site-only search feature available to other users. Users can change their notification settings and mailing list opt-in through their account Preferences screen. Users can change their username or display name at any time within their profile edit screen. Users also are capable of deleting their account and removing it from our databases through the delete functionality within their registered account edit profile screen.

All emails and newsletters from this website allow users to opt out of further mailings.

Both private one-on-one and public group chat logs are generally stored for approximately 2 week periods before being purged. This time-frame allows users, both the sender and the recipient, to communicate as reasonably expected on our site. After that period of time we cannot guarantee we can retrieve any chat log. After an account has been deleted on PolyPatchwork any remaining messages that appear from a former account will become anonymized with the username being withdrawn from the database.

Personal messages exchanged through the internal mail client on PolyPatchwork are stored for the duration of the account being active. This allows users, both the sender and the recipient, to communicate as reasonably expected on our site. If a user chooses to delete their account on our platform then the messages are anonymized with the username being withdrawn from the database.
A user's IP address used to access the site is stored along with their account beginning from the time the account is registered. We store this data to help identify and remove spam accounts, bot traffic, and previously banned persons from further accessing the site. This information is purged when the account is deleted.

Cookie/Tracking Technology

This website may use cookie and tracking technology depending on the features offered. Cookie and tracking technology are useful for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to the website, and understanding how visitors use the website. Cookies can also help customize the website for visitors. Personal information cannot be collected via cookies and other tracking technology; however, if you previously provided personally identifiable information, cookies may be tied to such information. Aggregate cookie and tracking information may be shared with third parties, such as the Google Analytics service, for information such as generic keyword analytics, bounce rate, traffic over time, and other site statistics.
Most browsers will allow you to turn off cookies. You can still use the PolyPatchwork site even if you have your cookies turned off through your browsing client. If you want to know how to do this please look at the menu on your browser, or look at the instruction on http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

We use cookies for user interface and IDs of user sessions. So, we use user‑input cookies (for site search capabilities, as an example), authentication cookies (for keeping you logged into your account while browsing the site, as an example), multimedia content player cookies (to help you identified which photos, music, and/or video you have viewed here, as an example), user‑interface customisation cookies (for when you alter your profile images, as an example), third‑party social plug‑in content‑sharing cookies (for when you choose to share a link from PolyPatchwork to your social media accounts, as an example).

Distribution of Information

We may share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or legal investigation. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud, unauthorized transactions, or illegal activity; or, (3) investigating fraud or other illegal activity which has already taken place or has explicit intentions to take place. The information is not provided to these organizations, agencies, or companies for marketing purposes.

Commitment to Data Security

Your personally identifiable information you have chosen to submit to us is kept secure to the best of our capability. Only authorized employees, agents, and contractors (who have agreed to keep information secure and confidential) have access to this information. In the chance of any unfortunate event, we will publicly report any and all data breaches within 72 hours if they have a possible adverse effect on user privacy.

Privacy Contact Information

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about our privacy policy you may contact us using means provided on this website. The Contact Us option is located at the bottom of the page.

We reserve the right to make changes to this policy. Any changes to this policy will be posted.