privacy

Help & Info – Privacy

GF SOCIAL LIFE, including affiliate GF PRO-PHOTO, (“gfsociallife.com”, “gfprophoto.com”, “We” or “Us”), strives for transparency and trust when it comes to protecting your privacy and we aim to clearly explain how we collect and process your information.  This Privacy Policy explains how Personal Information about you is collected, used and disclosed by GF SOCIALLIFE or GFPROPHOTO.  This Privacy Policy applies to information we collect when you use the both services, including the gfsociallife.com via mobile and website (collectively, the “Services”). 

Last Revised November 1, 2019

Effective as of March 15, 2008

WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?

“Personal Information” is information about you that is personally identifiable to you, like your name, address, e-mail address, or phone number, as well as other non-public information that is associated with the foregoing.

WHAT IS ANONYMOUS INFORMATION?

“Anonymous Information” means information that is not associated with or linked to your Personal Information; Anonymous Information does not permit the identification of individual persons. We collect and use Personal Information and Anonymous Information as described in this Privacy Policy.

PRIVACY POLICY UPDATES

As our business grows and changes, we expect to revise or enhance these policies from time-to-time. If any modifications are unacceptable to you, you shall cease using our Site and Services. If you do not cease using our Site and Services, you will be conclusively deemed to have accepted these changes.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT

As a Visitor, you can browse our Website to find out more about our Website. You are not required to provide us with any personal information as a Visitor.

We collect your personal information when you contact us and express an interest in obtaining information about us or our products and services, when you participate in activities on our Website Site (such as promotions) or otherwise contacting us.

Generally, you control the amount and type of information you provide to us when using our Website. The personal information that we collect depends on the context of your interaction with us and the Website, the choices you make and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect can include the following:

  • Name, Email Address and Contact Data
  • Payment Information in using some of third-party applications. If you choose to buy our products or photos, we collect payment information through our payment processor. All payment information is securely stored by our payment processor and we do not have access to your sensitive information, such as credit card number or security code
  • Participate in a survey, subscribing to our digital photography, purchase photo prints, GF Apparel T-Shirts or other products or services.
  • Contact us for any reason, such as to request help with the Services or to provide us with your comments/feedback
  • Post information in connection with your photos and galleries (e.g., in a photo caption, comments) or interactive areas of our web online Services

INFORMATION WE DO NOT TRACK

  • We do not track or collect any sensitive information about you. This includes race, religion, ethnicity, and political opinion.

 WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT

Like most Web sites, we use various technologies to collect information, including cookies, Web log files, IP addresses, or web beacons (also known as “tracking pixels”).   The usage of these technologies is to recognize you as a user, improve overall Site experience, tailor and customize the content of our Site, or track Site usage. This data may be exchanged between the user’s computer, our Site, and the systems of our infrastructure partners.  Information submitted to and collected by GF SOCIAL LIFE™ consists of personal information you knowingly disclose, at one point or another as a registered user. While we no longer require registration, GF SOCIAL LIFE™ at one point, prior to 2016 collected user-submitted information such as name, e-mail address, gender, schools attended, location, and any other information that you provided to us, to include information linked via 3rd party log-ins ie Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The linkage between this data and your Personally Identifiable Information is never shared without your permission, except when required by law. Information we may collect:  

  • General Information and Personal Information that you submit to us VOLUNTARILY through our Web site.
  • Browser Information, including IP address, operating system, cookies
  • GF SOCIAL LIFE™ collects any such information you enter (“Publicly Posted Information”)
  • E-mail addresses and any information contained in the e-mail you send us.
  • GF SOCIAL LIFE™ also may collect information about you from other sources such as Web sites, blogs, forums, message boards and e-mails.

USAGE DATA

We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.  In addition, when you access or use our Services, we automatically may collect information about your use of the Services, including the device information, which is primarily about the computer or mobile device you use to access our Services, including the hardware model, operating system and version, screen resolution, color and depth, device identifiers and mobile network information.  This helps us disseminate the best dynamic images in accordance with your device and resolution.

SOCIAL SHARING and THIRD-PARTY INTEGRTIONS

Our Services offer social sharing features and other integrated tools which let you share actions you take on our Services with other media, and vice versa. The use of such features enables the sharing of information with your friends or the public.  In order to provide useful information about social networks to people who might be interested.

LINKS

The Sites may contain links or references to other websites outside of our control.  Please be aware that we have no control over these third-party websites, that these web sites may collect personal information about you, and that our Privacy Policy does not apply to these websites.

INTERNATIONAL USERS

Our computer systems are currently based in the United States where data protection requirements and privacy regulations may be different than other parts of the world. If you are accessing our websites from outside the United States, you will have agreed to the terms of this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

INFORMATION SHARING & DISCLOSURE

GF SOCIAL LIFE™ does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or nonaffiliated companies except to provide products or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or as otherwise described in this privacy policy.  We may provide your Personal Information to third party service providers who work on behalf of or with GF SOCIAL LIFE™ under confidentiality agreements to provide some of the services.  However, these service providers do not have any independent right to share this information.  Please be aware that the handling of your Personal Information by our partners or third-party advertising companies is governed by their privacy policy, not ours.

We will disclose information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal processes, to establish or exercise our legal rights or to defend against legal claims. We may disclose information if we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected illegal activities or fraud, situations involving the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise required by applicable law.

THIRD PARTY ADVERTISING & COOKIES

We use third-party companies to serve advertisements when you visit our Website, to include (Google Analytics and Google Ad Manager). These companies may use Personal Information, such as gender or age, and other information (not including your name, address, e-mail address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites, such as time of day of the login, IP address or information about the internet service provider (ISP), in order to provide advertisements on the Web site about goods and services that may be of interest to you.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit our website. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.  Cookies can be “First Party”, i.e. set by us, or “Third Party” – set by another company to perform the function, for example Google Analytics or our Advertising cookies.

Opting Out of Cookies.  You can accept or decline most cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. However, if you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features on a website.   If you wish to find out more about cookies, or how to refuse cookies for your browser, please visit the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s web site at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.  Note, however, “essential” cookies cannot be disabled.

What cookies do we use and why?

We use Necessary Performance Site Cookies; not including 3rd party: The cookies we may use on our site are categorized as follows:

  • Strictly necessary
  • Performance
  • Functional
  • Advertising
  • Social Media

‘Strictly Necessary’ cookies let you move around the website and use essential features like secure areas. Without these cookies, we cannot provide the requested services.

We use these Strictly Necessary cookies to:

  1. If required, it will Identify you as being logged in to the website and to authenticate you.  Currently, we do not require log in to view out blogs.
  2. This cookie however, is to make sure you are connected to the right service on the website when we make any changes to the way it works.
  3. It is also used for security purposes

If you prevent these cookies, we can’t guarantee how the website or the security on the website will perform during your visit.

Performance

‘Performance’ cookies collect information about how you use our website – e.g. which pages you visit and if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how our website works, understand what interests our users and measure how effective our content is.

We use performance cookies to perform:

  • Web analytics: Provide anonymous statistics on how our website is used
  • Error management: Help us improve the website by measuring any errors that occur.

Some of our performance cookies are managed for us by third parties. However, we don’t allow the third party to use the cookies.

Functional

We use functional cookies to enable us to provide you with enhanced functionality and personalization. These cookies may be set by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages.

If you do not add these cookies, then some of these services may not function properly.

Advertising

We give users the option to share our stories on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. To deliver this service we link to a third-party website i.e. AddThis. If you use our share buttons you will be directed to a website controlled by AddThis. We have no control over the cookies that AddThis sets when you use its services. You can opt out of addthis.com cookies.

Social media

These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to our website to enable you to share our content with your peers or networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit.  Some cookies may fulfil more than one of these purposes

Necessary UK and EU Cookie Laws and Performance Site Cookies; not including 3rd party: 

Cookie Type / Name

Purpose

_ga, _gat, analytics.js

Measures user-interaction on site; does not store Personal Identifiable information (PII) of users

en4_whispers_unread

stores whether or not the user has read the latest message in a particular conversation, used to preserve state across page loads

en4_chat_imstate 

stores the last chosen active state (Available, Busy, Away) to preserve the setting across page loads

en4_chat_whispers_active

stores a list of active conversation identifiers, used to persist maximize/minimize state of IM 

n4_chat_room_last 

stores the identifier of the last chat room the user joined, used to rejoin the same chat on return

theme 

stores the chosen site theme

en4_maint_code

stores the admin maintenance passcode

en4_locale

stores the locale chosen

en4_language

stores the language chosen

en4_install

used to track login state for the package manager

PHPSESSID 

used to track login state

How can I prevent Cookies being used?

When you first visit our website, unless you change your Cookies Settings, we will continue to set all Cookies on your device. You can find out how to do this for your browser by clicking “help” on your browser’s menu or by

Visiting:  www.allaboutcookies.org ; http://www.aboutcookies.org or https://cookiepedia.co.uk/classify-cookies

If you would like additional information about online advertising and to know what your choices are, including how to opt-out of having your online information used for targeted advertising, please see the following industry websites:

Be advised, however, that opting out of online advertising does not mean that you will not see advertising when you are online.  It means only that the advertising you do see on our Sites or other affiliated websites will be less relevant to your interests and choices.

MESSAGE TO PARENTS (CHILDREN’s PRIVACY)

GF SOCIAL LIFE™ and our sites are intended for a general trendsetters and/or adult travel audience, used by persons at least 18 years or older.  We do not intentionally gather Personal Information about visitors who are under the age of 16.  If you are under the age of sixteen (16), we ask that you do not submit any information to GF SOCIAL LIFE™. Should we collect any information from anyone under the age of 16, we will immediately delete from our network.  We ask that their parent or guardian contact us as provided below to inform us of that fact.  We will use reasonable efforts to delete such information from our systems and servers.

CONTACT US

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us:

ATTN: Privacy Policy

GF SOCIAL LIFE  
1562 First Ave #205-3692
New York, NY 10028-4004
Email: privacy@gfsociallife.com

CHANGES TO PRIVACY POLICY

GF PRO MEDIA and the GF SOCIAL LIFE™ team may update this policy from time to time.   This Policy was last updated in November 1, 2019.