2. What Personal Data is collected by Sharyland?
The only personal data required to join a Sharyland website is your email address. We do not share, publish or sell your email address to other members or businesses. You should consider your privacy whenever you post additional material including, text, pictures or video to a Sharyland website. Payment details like credit card transactions and member names are never stored on any Sharyland website.
3. How is Personal Data collected by Sharyland?
Most personal data collected by Sharyland is posted by members to profiles and message boards.
Sharyland also logs your IP address, the time and duration of your visit, the time and duration of the pages on Sharyland’s websites that you view (where applicable) and information about your computer system, such as your browser type and operating system, whenever a Sharyland website is accessed or used by you.
Sharyland also collects anonymous usage information on Visitors to its website through use of Google Analytics. Google Analytics may employ third party tracking cookies to gather anonymous browser, operating system, geographic, and website navigation information. Use of any Sharyland website requires the acceptance of cookies for login session management purposes.
Sharyland will likely place a cookie on your hard drive during the web visit. A cookie is a unique alphanumeric identifier that Sharyland uses to determine the number of unique Visitors that view its website, whether or not those Visitors are repeat Visitors, and the source of the visits. Cookies cannot be executed as code or used to deliver a virus. Other servers cannot read cookies and personal information cannot be gathered from cookies. Cookies are simply an identifier shared between you and Sharyland to allow Sharyland to improve the services offered to you through its websites. If you do not wish cookies to be placed on your computer, then they can be disabled in your web browser. The option to do so is normally found in your browser's "security settings" section. However, please note, permanently disabling cookies in your browser may hinder your access to Sharyland’s websites.
Sharyland does not collect personal information about you as part of a web visit, but web visit information may be tied to other information (including personal information) that Sharyland collects from you through support tickets, and the other means.
4. Why Does Sharyland Collect Personal Data?
Sharyland uses personal data to connect members with similar interests
For Financial Information
Sharyland members may choose to purchase a membership upgrade via credit card or personal check/money order. Credit card payment information is collected by and processed through our payment processing gateways at Verotel / VTSUP(Verotel.com) and our merchant account Sharyland Internet Partners (SharylandInt). Financial information provided is collected via a secure connection through our payment processing services referenced above. Sharyland does not collect this information and will not authorize the release of the information to anyone not directly involved in processing the transaction. This information may be encrypted and stored for logging purposes Verotel or Authorize.net.
Credit card numbers are used by Verotel Sharyland Internet only for processing payments and are not used for any other purposes. Sharyland entered into written agreements with Humboldt and Verotel and will continue to enter into written agreements with third parties that provide credit card processing services.
For Use Information
Sharyland uses website use information to measure interest in and develop its websites and marketing plans and tailor the content you view on your web visits based on your activity during past visits
Sharyland uses a Visitor's IP address to help diagnose problems with its servers, and to administer its websites.
For Support Information
Sharyland uses information that you provide to it via email, support tickets and other communications to correspond with you about services you may be interested in purchasing. If you elect to purchase a membership upgrade online using a web form, Sharyland will use the information to establish your account. Information you submit in writing, such as e-mail, and web form information is archived and may be tied to information that Sharyland collects about your membership.
Special Category Data
When a profile is created or edited on a Sharyland website, we ask you to disclose some special category personal data about your sexual orientation and your sex life so that you, and other members, can find people with similar interests.
You also have the option to disclose your ethnicity and your attitude to safer sex, however these are optional fields. If you choose not to disclose your ethnicity or your attitude to safer sex, your profile will not display them, and you won’t appear in searches where specific attributes of these categories of data are specified.
The special category data on your profile is visible to every member who views your profile. This data can’t be hidden once you’ve posted it to your profile. You can delete any special category data from your profile at any time.
5. Sharyland’s Disclosure of Personal Data to Regulatory Agencies
From time to time, Sharyland transfers Personal Data to third parties, including without limitation, law enforcement agencies and consumer reporting agencies, under the following normal business procedures:
Sharyland uses a Visitor's IP address to help diagnose problems with its servers, and to administer its website.
If you breach the User Agreement or Terms of Service, or if Sharyland is under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, Sharyland may disclose your information to a relevant authority. In particular, Sharyland may release the information it collects to third parties when Sharyland believes that it is appropriate to comply with the law, to enforce its legal rights, to protect the rights and safety of others, or to assist with efforts to control fraud, spam or other undesirable conduct.
6. User Choice
Subject to applicable law, you have the choice to and right to limit, restrict or deny Sharyland’s ability to share your Personal Data with third parties or use of your Personal Data for a purpose that is materially different from the purpose for which it was originally collected or authorized by you. In order to exercise your right to choose, please click the Contact Us link at the bottom of the site or via postal mail to Sharyland Internet Partners, Inc., P.O. Box 2423, McAllen, TX 78503. Please note, in the absence of any notice to the contrary, you expressly grant Sharyland permission to share your Personal Data at Sharyland’s discretion.
7. Security and Integrity of your Personal Data
Sharyland uses reasonable and appropriate measures to protect your personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction, taking into account the risks involved in the processing and the nature of the personal information. Your personal data can only be accessed by other members of the sites you belong to. You can control what data is posted and visible on your profile. Pictures can be posted as private and shared only with members you expressly grant access to. Sharyland restricts access to members only and blocks the copy / capture of images, text and video from the site. We cannot block members from screen captures of the site and your data. You should consider this in determining what you post to your profile.
8. Access to your Personal Data
You control access to Personal Data maintained or stored by you via Sharyland’s websites for your profile and account management. You may update your information at any time. You may cancel your account at any time. You can delete your own personal data from your profile at any time. You may also request that your personal information be deleted from Sharyland’s databases, with the exception of: network access logs, which may be stored for any duration of time at Sharyland’s discretion, cases where financially fraudulent or otherwise illegal activity is deemed to have occurred (as determined by Sharyland management or law enforcement officials), in which case personal information may be retained indefinitely for purposes of ongoing investigation and prevention of fraud recurrence, or cases where a violation of the Customer Agreement and applicable Terms of Service has resulted in cancellation of your account (as defined by revocation of your permission to utilize Sharyland’s website), in which case personal information may be retained indefinitely for purposes of prevention of further use of Sharyland’s services in the future by the offending individual. Requests to delete your Personal Data will result in your loss of access to Sharyland’s websites and you will be blocked from rejoining with the same data.
Upon request, Sharyland will grant you reasonable access to Personal Data maintained by Sharyland about you. In addition, we will take reasonable steps to correct, amend or delete information that is demonstrated by you to be inaccurate, incomplete or processed in violation of applicable law. Unless required by law, Sharyland will not permit you to access the Personal Data of any Data Subject other than yourself.
9. International Transfers of Personal Data
Sharyland is an international organization headquartered in the United States of America (the "US"). By utilizing a Sharyland website, you expressly consent to Sharyland’s access, maintenance, transmission and/or use of your Personal Data outside of your country of residence, regardless of location or jurisdiction.
In addition to its obligations under US law, Sharyland supplements the protection of the international transfer of your Personal Data by observing industry best practices.
10. Children's Online Privacy Protection
Sharyland’s websites are strictly adult and not designed for or directed to children under eighteen (18) years of age and Sharyland will not intentionally collect or maintain information about anyone under eighteen (18) years of age.
Should we have reason to believe that you are too young to join the site, we shall immediately suspend your account and contact you to request further proof of age. Until you provide proof to satisfy us that you are indeed aged 18 years or over, you will not be able to use the non-public areas of the site. If you do not provide proof of age within the required timeframe, your data will be permanently deleted apart from the minimum required for safeguarding purposes.
12. Questions & Suggestions
If you have questions, suggestions, or wish to make a complaint, please click the Contact US link at the bottom of the site to submit a ticket, or you can write us at:
Sharyland Internet Partners, Inc.
P.O. Box 2423
McAllen, TX 78502