Collared is a non-profit community event and social networking organisation dedicated to connecting men who want to explore a kink (BDSM) lifestyle. We respect the privacy of our members and the users of our websites and strive to protect your information to the fullest possible extent.
We recognise that when you provide us with information about yourself, you trust us to act in a responsible manner. That's why we have put in place a policy to protect your personal information. This page gives more details about our privacy practices.
Date of last modification: 21st March 2019
Nobody can make sure that the people using our services are who they say they are. Be careful when you arrange to meet anybody for the first time. Meet in a public place like a bar, restaurant or busy street and don't go anywhere in private unless you completely trust the person. If you are in any doubt of their intentions, do not continue with contact. You are not obliged to give your telephone number, email address or any private information to any individual and we recommend that you do not give away such information on this site.
WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT AND HOW DO WE USE IT?
At times we may request that you voluntarily supply us with personal information. Generally this information is requested when you register as a member or for a free trial of our member website. We may gather information from you:
- When you register with us we ask for information such as your email address, a user ID for use on our member website and your name and location details. We keep a record of this information. This is necessary for us to recognise you as a registered site user. Most of this data is voluntary and may be fictitious but we keep a record of this information about you.
- If you tell us that you do not wish to have information used as a basis for further contact with you, by using the settings available on the member website, we will respect your wishes. In some circumstances we need to notify you of information that's directly relevant to your membership (such as if you change your password or upload photographs) or inform you about changes to the service which are very important. In such cases where necessary we will contact you by email.
- We may disclose personal data in order to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation but any attempt by government, law enforcement and private sector organisations (eg for subpoenas) to gain access to any information that you give us will be vigorously challenged to the fullest extent available to us within the law.
- We intend to continue to improve the content and features of the Collared member website and other websites that we produce in order to promote and maintain Collared. For this reason we may monitor user traffic patterns and site usage to help us improve the design and layout of our websites and to provide content of interest to you.
Cookies are small files stored on your computer or other access device which enable us to store and read information concerning your use of our website. We use two types of cookie. Two random-string 'session cookies' are stored in the memory of your computer when you visit or login to our member website. We store these in our database to match against the user so we can keep you logged in when you return and to ensure that you clicked “OK” to the age-gate in our database. The second is used to prevent other sites posting data to our site in their browser (cross site request forgeries).
If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to the instructions in your file management software to locate the directory that stores cookies. You may also remove them directly from most popular web browsers. Please note that by deleting or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access our member website.
When you visit our website we will also log your IP address - a unique identifier for your computer or other access device. This information is stored to enable us to track fraudulent use of our services or other misuse of our services and we may be required to provide this data to the Police in criminal investigations.
We do not use web beacons or clear images to track emails or your response to any information that we send to you by email.
DO WE USE YOUR INFORMATION FOR MARKETING?
We will not share your information with any third party organisation for marketing or any other purposes unless we are required to do so by law.
EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY
We will use event photographs for promotion of Collared via posters, leaflets, magazine articles and adverts, and other forms of promotion. Where a person is clearly identifiable to the general public, no image of them will be used without their explicit consent.
YOUR CONSENT AND OTHER PEOPLE'S INFORMATION
By providing us with your personal information you consent to our processing your personal data for the purposes listed in this policy.
If you provide us with information about another person, for example by giving us their email address or mobile phone number to send a message, you confirm that they have consented to the processing of their personal data and that you have informed them of our identity and the purposes for which their personal data will be processed.
HOW DO WE PROTECT YOUR INFORMATION?
We make use of SSL certificates and https to improve the security of our site.
Your data is stored and processed wholly within the United Kingdom and is subject to UK law.
However it remains each member's responsibility to protect against use by anyone else of the Collared website through the machine that member uses while "logged on" to our website, to logout or exist from our website when not using it, to keep the password secret and ensure that the personal email address registered with us is private.
Our hosting provider is Portfast https://www.portfast.co.uk/
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COLLARED WEBSITE
We will not reproduce the content of information you make available, such as your postings on our public forums, either in direct or digest form, without your explicit permission. In all cases where we offer pre-login publicity or promotion of your comments, events or other material, we will give you the option to permit or prohibit the use of your material and personal information.
We also offer a reminder about your responsibilities in posting opinions and other content on our websites. Please be aware that any content you make available to other users may well be transmitted by other users beyond the boundaries of this website, without our knowledge or beyond our control, and that unexpected or undesired consequences may flow from that. You are entirely responsible for your own content and postings: we're not liable for harm caused to you as a result of your own postings and you should always consider the potential consequences of posting your comments on a public website such as Collared's website.
We will not tolerate the posting of unlawful images of children and will have no hesitation in contacting the relevant authorities if we discover or are alerted to such images.
We may link to other kink-related sites and we may display advertisements from them on our website. We are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of these sites and third party advertisers, nor for the way in which information about their users is treated. In particular, unless expressly stated, we are not agents for these sites or advertisers nor are we authorised to make representations on their behalf.
WHEN AND HOW TO CONTACT US
You are entitled to ask for a copy of the personal information we hold about your identity and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. In line with official Data Protection guidelines. For further information on making the request please contact us by email.
FEEDBACK AND DEVELOPMENT
Our goal is to respect your privacy. To help us improve our privacy practices please give us feedback. We welcome your constructive comments and feedback. If you have any queries about how we use your information or about our privacy policies please contact us.