This privacy statement covers the site www.CatholicMatri.com.
This section covers CatholicMatri.com's treatment of personally identifiable information that CatholicMatri.com collects when you are on our site.
1. What information does CatholicMatri.com collect about me?
CatholicMatri.com is an online matrimonial service designed to provide an easy way for our members to meet each other on the Web. To accomplish this, our members create their own unique profiles and our matching technology provides them matches based on their pre-selected criteria. In order to do this, we ask for certain personal information which is displayed on the site. (This information includes physical / mental disability.) (Of course, all CatholicMatri.com visitors may browse the site, search member profiles and view any articles or features our site has to offer without entering any personal information.)
Information Collected by CatholicMatri.com
CatholicMatri.com gathers two types of information:
1. Information users submit; and
2. Information not directly submitted.
Information users submit
There are two types of user-submitted information we collect: Public and Private. We define Public information as personal information that may be displayed on the site at the behest of the member, such as gender, age, height, photograph, etc. Private information is defined as any information that allows others to contact a user other than through CatholicMatri.com or allows the collection of information about the user other than what is displayed on the site.
Public To accomplish our goal of bringing compatible people together, we must gather personal information, which may or may not include: customer-specified CatholicMatri.com username, gender, age, religion, income range, occupation, preference/lifestyle information, general geographic location, photograph etc.
PrivateThis information is gathered from members. This information includes, but is not limited to: email address, first name, last name, credit card number or checking account information for payment, a user-specified password, mailing address, zip code and telephone number.
CatholicMatri.com also allows members to submit public and private information on behalf of others - child/ward, sibling or friend. If such child/ward, sibling or friend does not wish this information to be displayed, she/he has the option to request removal of such information after providing the necessary evidence that the information pertains to her/him.
SURVEYS & CONTESTS
From time-to-time our site requests information from users via surveys or contests. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code, and age).
The Affiliate Partner program is a vehicle for other websites to link to CatholicMatri.com. No personal member information is exchanged with the Affiliate Partner.
Information not directly submitted
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.
2. What does CatholicMatri.com do with the information it collects?
CatholicMatri.com uses the information it collects in the following ways:
Information users submit
Public: Public information supplied by members is intended to be viewed by visitors to the site. This information is used by visitors for searching and matching purposes. Public information cannot be used to identify a specific member by name, address, etc (except photograph, posting of which is voluntary).
Private: We primarily use member's email addresses to verify enrollment and to send system emails on behalf of other members. Email addresses are not disclosed to members. We may also use user's email address to send news regarding our site, but the users may choose not to receive such emails by unsubscribing. Email addresses may also be used in private correspondence with the user for customer service issues. Financial information that is collected is used to bill the user for products and services. All other private information submitted by the user is confidential and is not disclosed except as required by law or to protect members of CatholicMatri.com. All private information can be updated or deleted by the user at any time, as follows:-
SURVEYS & CONTESTS
Contact and other information collected for contests is used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information collected is used to monitor or improve the site usage experience.
Information submitted by the Affiliate Partner is used for establishing and maintaining a business relationship. No personal or business information is shared outside the relationship between CatholicMatri.com and the Affiliate Partner. Affiliate Partners may not view or access private information of CatholicMatri.com subscribers.
As a CatholicMatri.com user, you may ask queries to our experts in the field of beauty, health, relationships, legal, etc. CatholicMatri.com DOES NOT pass on your personally identifiable information to the experts. Even when your questions are published along with expert answers, we ensure that your identity is protected, by either changing your name or using first names only.
CatholicMatri.com allows members to write messages to other members to further the matchmaking process. While CatholicMatri.com exercises reasonable care to prevent site misuse, we strongly recommend you establish the authenticity and intent of members before giving out personally identifiable information in such messages.
Information not directly submitted
We use your server, IP address, and browser-type related information in the general administration of our website.
3. With whom does CatholicMatri.com share the information it collects?
Except where you are expressly informed, 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, or check transactions unless required by law, or for the protection of your membership.
4. Tell me about links with other sites.
CatholicMatri.com may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that CatholicMatri.com is not responsible for the privacy practices of other Web sites. We encourage you to be aware of this when you leave our site, and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by CatholicMatri.com.
5. Tell me about Cookies.
help a website recognize repeat users;
facilitate the user's ongoing access to and use of the site;
compile aggregate data for content improvements; and
undertake targeted advertising.
Please note that cookies are used only to recollect information sent to your computer from CatholicMatri.com. We CANNOT access any information not sent by CatholicMatri.com.
6. Tell me about CatholicMatri.com policy on correcting, updating or removing personal information.
CatholicMatri.com allows you to modify or remove both public and private information from our database.
8. Tell me about security of my personal information.
CatholicMatri.com takes every precaution to protect your information, both online and offline.
When our registration/order process asks you to enter sensitive information (such as a credit card number), such information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL.
While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect your information offline. All your information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, a billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information.
We have also done everything in our power to prevent misuse of photographs. Apart from not allowing photographs to be downloaded or copied, we have watermarked them with the CatholicMatri.com logo. This acts as a further deterrent for illegal use elsewhere.
If you have any questions about the security at our website, please email us.
9. Tell me about CatholicMatri.com's email policy.
We use email extensively to help you find your match on CatholicMatri.com. Our main email products and services include:
Member responses to your profile (called Contact Alert);
Partner matches for you (called Match Mail); and
Newsletters updating you of the latest features on our site.
Occasionally, we may also send you:
Announcements of special events which CatholicMatri.com is associated with; or
Special offers from partner sites, which we believe are useful for you.
As a CatholicMatri.com member, you are automatically subscribed to all of the above, as an integral part of our matchmaking services to you.
We reiterate that we will never sell / rent out your email address to any third party, unless you expressly permit us to do so. In fact, we do not allow ANYONE to see your email address, not even other CatholicMatri.com members.
10. Tell me how to contact CatholicMatri.com.
If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us at on the details given on contact us details.
Online Privacy and Protection – Few generic tips
The Internet has become a convenient place to find matches. As a result, many individuals are looking for relationships online with people they have not met and know little about. While matchmaking sites like CatholicMatri.com make the experience enjoyable and safe, it is still necessary for you to exercise some simple precautions for your safety. Here are some guidelines user can follow to protect privacy of the user
Keep your identity hidden
With online match making and matrimonial, anonymity is a necessity. Think about it. Would you ever hand out your phone number or address to strangers walking on the street? NO. Then why reveal your contact information to the millions of strangers surfing the web?
Make sure that you do not give out your contact information anywhere in your personals advertisement or your profile. This includes your full name, address, work place address, telephone number and even your email address. Also, ensure that the matrimonial service you chose does not disclose your contact information to any third party.
Begin by communicating online
When you like someone begin by first communicating solely by email or online chat. Don’t jump into telephonic conversations or personal meetings prematurely. Take your time and give yourself a chance to know more about the person. CatholicMatri.com even provides you with your very own messaging service, which is completely anonymous. In addition to it being important for your safety, it is simply practical! While searching online, chances are you would be communicating with several potential partners at the same time. In such a scenario, it would be extremely difficult and expensive to keep in touch with them all, over the phone or in person.
Look out for evasiveness and inconsistencies
Once you start communicating via email and chat, take care to notice odd behavior or inconsistencies. If someone is evasive, then chances are they may not be completely above board. People can sometimes exaggerate or embellish their profiles to create good impressions. It is up to you to weed out the embellished profiles from the truly good ones. Remember, that while some people do fake their profiles, most others are simply genuine singles looking for a good match - much like you!
Also, if you do find out that a person has embellished his/her profile do contact customer support. Sites like CatholicMatri.com have strict rules and policies for misrepresentation on the site.
Request for a photograph
A photograph puts a face to the person you are getting to know. While you cannot judge a book by its cover, a photograph does help you to picture the person you are communicating with. Additionally, it immediately allows you to judge the truthfulness of a person’s physical description about himself / herself. Based on this you can form a general opinion about other information the person has revealed.
A phone call can reveal a lot about a person's communication and social skills. It is worth the cost of the call to protect your security. Do not give out your phone number to a stranger. Trust takes time to develop. Only once you have gained sufficient information to satisfy yourself that you are definitely interested in the person, should you furnish your phone number. Also, call unexpectedly once in a while. The response you get from the other person can be very informative.
The big meeting – Careful!
Meeting a potential match is a big step and you should agree to a meeting only when you are completely ready. Do not get pressurized into a meeting. When you decide to meet the person, proceed with caution. Arrange the meeting on your terms.
- If you are both comfortable, then bring along a relative or close friend to the first meeting. If things go well, you can choose to continue the meeting alone or to meet again a second time and get to know each other better. Also, you will get a second opinion on your choice.
- If you are meeting alone then always tell someone you trust where you are going and when you will return. Leave the persons full name and telephone numbers with that person.
- Always meet in a public place that you are familiar with the first time. Being in a place you are familiar with will make you comfortable and reduce the awkwardness of first meetings. Getting together for coffee is a pleasant, casual way to get to know someone.
- Take your own transport and meet the person at a pre-determined destination.
Pay attention to everything that this person has told you about him or herself. If you find out that your match has lied about anything, then perhaps you need to reconsider this match.