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Privacy Policy

 

What information does Ave Maria Singles™ collect and how is it used?
When you visit the Ave Maria Singles™ site, we collect some basic information that does not identify individual users. This includes which pages are visited, types of content selected, and any feedback from our visitors/members. We then aggregate this information with hundreds of thousands of other pieces of information to improve our site and make your experience on the site as valuable and efficient as possible.
Our site uses server-side or 'session' cookies to speed navigation, keep track of items, and provide you with custom-tailored content. Most browsers are initially set to accept session cookies. If you experience a problem with the site, you should check to make sure that your browser is set to allow these. This is not a security risk and no cookie files are stored on your computer.

When you create a profile with us, use the member contact areas, participate in a Member Chat, or sign up for services such as newsletters or announcements, you provide such personal information as:

  • First and last name
  • Billing address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Credit card account number

We collect all or some of this information on the pages where you create your profile, and at other locations where you sign up for services. We use this information as follows:

  • We fulfill your membership based on this information.
  • We provide you with information about your membership (such as information confirmation received and processed).
  • Email addresses are imperative for using Ave Maria Singles. Without accurate email addresses, we cannot keep contact with members for their message announcements or any manner of contacting members with important information about their membership.
  • Credit card information is used to bill you for your membership only. Credit card numbers are NOT stored in our database.
We encourage feedback. We use select comments and information sent to us for use in our Success Stories and What People Are Saying pages. We use a first name or initials only. Any information sent to Ave Maria Singles™ is the property of Ave Maria Singles™ for these purposes. Ave Maria Singles respects the privacy of our members. Photos and mini-profiles are displayed to the public only with member permission. Members always have the opportunity to opt out of public display.

How do we insure credit card transaction safety?
Signing up with Ave Maria Singles™ is absolutely safe -- you never have to worry about credit-card safety when you are using our site. We guarantee that your membership transaction is secure, encrypted and safe. If fraudulent charges are ever made, you will not have to pay for them.*

We use the latest encryption technology to keep your personal information safe. We use Secure Sockets Layering (SSL) Protocol, one of the best means available to maintain safety and privacy while on the Web. Credit-card transactions are handled by a third-party financial institution, which receives the credit card number and other personal identifying information only to verify the credit card numbers and process transactions.

*In the rare event that unauthorized charges are made to your credit card during a transaction with us, you will not be held responsible in any way. Under federal law, your bank cannot hold you liable for more than $50 of fraudulent charges. If your bank does hold you liable for any of this $50, Ave Maria Singles™ will cover the entire liability for you, up to the full $50. Ave Maria Singles™ will cover this liability only if the unauthorized use of your credit card resulted through no fault of your own, on membership made at Ave Maria Singles™ while using the secure server. In the event of unauthorized use of your credit card, in order to qualify for the Ave Maria Singles™ security guarantee, you must undertake any steps required by federal law and your credit card agreement, including any provision requiring you to notify your credit card provider in accordance with its reporting rules and procedures. If you have any questions regarding federal laws, contact your state's attorney general or the United States Department of the Treasury.

How do I change, update, or correct personal information about myself?
If at any time you would like to change any information in your account, click on "Profile" button at the top of the Member Center. Periodically you will be given an opportunity to notify us of your preferences for receiving notifications and special promotional offers from Ave Maria Singles™. You can choose to receive news of these special promotional opportunities in addition to updates on site features and new services, or you can choose not to get them. Simply follow the instructions that are given to you at the time, and we will update our records accordingly.

What else am I agreeing to?
By using the Ave Maria Singles™ site, you consent to the collection and use of your information by Ave Maria Singles™ as described in this policy.

Ave Maria Singles™ fully cooperates with law enforcement agencies in identifying those who use our services for illegal activities. We reserve the right to release information about members who we believe are in violation of our content guidelines. We also reserve the right to report to law enforcement agencies any activities that we reasonably believe to be unlawful.

Ave Maria Singles wants you to be aware that when you click on links and/or ad banners that take you to third-party web sites, you will be subject to the third parties' privacy policies. While we support the protection of privacy on the Internet, Ave Maria Singles™ cannot be responsible for the actions of third parties. We encourage you to read the posted privacy statement whenever interacting with any web site.

Know that you won't be asked for any personal information until you decide to become a member. You will not have to register in order to browse our site, but you do not have access to the Member Center until you actually become a member. When signing up online, you will need to provide us with your name, address, email address and credit card number.

We will do everything we can to assist you. Should you ever wish to change your personal information, you can do it yourself within the Member Center or contact us to do it for you. Our representatives will be glad to assist you.

Please check this page periodically for changes. By using this site, you signify your agreement to this privacy policy. If you have questions or comments regarding this policy, please contact us.

Are there special privacy concerns for European Union citizens?
The European Union is mandating compliance with European Union privacy initiatives for all companies doing business with European Union citizens.

Our notice: While the European Union privacy initiatives are noteworthy and will afford protection for European Union citizens, the European Union cannot mandate compliance upon companies that do not have physical offices in the European Union. The privacy issues directly impact Internet commerce. Internet commerce is extra-governmental by definition. The responsibility for compliance with local laws and mandates rests upon the individual participating in the Internet economy and not with the company offering services via the Internet. The participating individual, if he or she does not accept the functionality and policies of the Internet commerce application, can choose not to participate in the commerce.

Participation, however, assumes an acceptance of the rules and regulations stated by or implied by the company sponsoring the Internet application. As long as the company is adhering to the sovereign laws within the immediate political entity where the company is physically located, the company is in full compliance with all necessary and applicable laws.

Since Ave Maria Singles™ is incorporated and located in the United States, the legal directives of the United States are the supreme law for this corporation (except when the United States laws are in conflict with Divine Law in which case Divine Law is supreme) and European Union laws are not applicable.