We are 100% committed to protecting your data, the same way we wish our own personal data to be protected by others. If you have any concern, please reach out to us. Our policy herein is designed to meet our local Data Privacy Regulation, including regulations of other jurisdictions where applicable. Should you find any aspect which does not meet our obligation towards you, please feel free to let us know via the Communication Options provided at the end of this page and we will address the matter accordingly.
This policy incorporates our obligations to comply with privacy regulations on how we collect and process your personal data via OFFLINE methods which include: face to face physical presence; sending physical hard copy data/information via traditional postal services / courier (air/sea/road) and all other applicable offline methods.
By providing us with your data, you warrant to us that you are over 16 years of age. If you are not over the age of 16, please provide parental consent.
We the ENTITY are the data controller and we are responsible for your personal data (referred to as “we”, “us” or “our” in this policy).
APP2 Anonymity and pseudonymity: Requires APP entities to give individuals the option of not identifying themselves, or of using a pseudonym. Limited exceptions apply.
APP3 Collection of solicited personal information: Outlines when an APP entity can collect personal information that is solicited. It applies higher standards to the collection of ‘sensitive’ information
APP4 Dealing with unsolicited personal information: Outlines how APP entities must deal with unsolicited personal information.
APP5 Notification of the collection of personal information: Outlines when and in what circumstances an APP entity that collects personal information must notify an individual of certain matters.
APP6 Use or disclosure of personal information: Outlines the circumstances in which an APP entity may use or disclose personal information that it holds.
APP7 Direct marketing: An organisation may only use or disclose personal information for direct marketing purposes if certain conditions are met.
APP8 Cross-border disclosure of personal information: Outlines the steps an APP entity must take to protect personal information before it is disclosed overseas.
APP9 Adoption, use or disclosure of government related identifiers: Outlines the limited circumstances when an organisation may adopt a government related identifier of an individual as its own identifier, or use or disclose a government related identifier of an individual.
APP10 Quality of personal information: An APP entity must take reasonable steps to ensure the personal information it collects is accurate, up to date and complete. An entity must also take reasonable steps to ensure the personal information it uses or discloses is accurate, up to date, complete and relevant, having regard to the purpose of the use or disclosure.
APP11 Security of personal information: An APP entity must take reasonable steps to protect personal information it holds from misuse, interference and loss, and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. An entity has obligations to destroy or de-identify personal information in certain circumstances.
APP12 Access to personal information: Outlines an APP entity’s obligations when an individual requests to be given access to personal information held about them by the entity. This includes a requirement to provide access unless a specific exception applies.
APP13 Correction of personal information: Outlines an APP entity’s obligations in relation to correcting the personal information it holds about individuals.
Personal Information is information or an opinion that identifies an individual.
This privacy notice provides you with details of how we collect and process your personal data through your use of our sites as defined in the INTRODUCTION section above, including any information you may provide through our sites when you purchase or enquire about a product or service, sign up to our newsletter or take part in a prize draw or competition.
By providing us with your data, you warrant to us that you are over 16 years of age.
The types of personal information we generally collect include but is not limited to:
Identity Data may include your first name, maiden name, last name, username, marital status, title, date of birth and gender
Contact Data may include your billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers
Financial Data may include your bank account and payment card details. Transaction Data may include details about payments between us and other details of purchases made by you.
Sensitive information is defined in the Privacy Act to include information or opinion about such things as an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious or philosophical beliefs, membership of a trade union or other professional body, criminal record or health information.
We will not ordinarily ask you to provide sensitive information. We will only collect sensitive information in circumstances where:
It is reasonably necessary for one or more of the services we provide or functions we carry out
You consent to the collection of the information
We are required or authorised by law to collect the sensitive information
How we collect personal information
We will, if it is reasonable or practicable to do so, collect your personal information directly from you.
Sometimes we will collect personal information from a third party or a publicly available source. For example, we may need to collect personal information from a credit reporting agency, your legal adviser or your past or current employers. We don’t guarantee website links or policy of authorised third parties.
We collect data about you through a variety of different methods including:
Direct interactions: You may provide data by filling in forms on our site (or otherwise) or by communicating with us in person, by post, phone, email or otherwise, including when you:
When you order our products or services
When you create an account on our site
When you subscribe to our services or publications
When you request resources or marketing be sent to you
When you enter a competition, prize draw, promotion or survey
When you give us feedback.
Automated technologies or interactions: As you use our sites, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and usage patterns. We collect this data by using cookies, server logs and similar technologies. We may also receive Technical Data about you if you visit other websites that use our cookies. For further details regarding cookies, please see cookies tab below.
Sometimes we will collect personal information from a third party or a publicly available source. For example, we may need to collect personal information from a credit reporting agency, your legal adviser or your past or current employers. We don’t guarantee website links or policy of authorised third parties.
How we use personal information
We will only use your personal information for the primary purpose for which it was initially collected, or for purposes which are directly related to one of our functions or activities. The most common uses of your personal data are:
Providing our services to you
Providing information to you and marketing (refer to direct marketing tab)
Executing a contract between us
Complying with a legal or regulatory obligation
We may also use your Personal Information for secondary purposes closely related to the primary purpose, in circumstances where you would reasonably expect such use or disclosure. When we collect Personal Information we will, where appropriate and where possible, explain to you why we are collecting the information and how we plan to use it.
Like many other businesses in Australia, we may rely on third party suppliers or contractors to provide specialised services such as web hosting, cloud computing technology and data storage services . If personal information is provided to these suppliers and contractors in order to enable them to perform the agreed tasks, we will make every effort to ensure that the supplier or contractor handles the personal information in accordance with the Act and the Australian Privacy Principles. We will also require all suppliers and contractors to provide privacy undertakings and enter into confidentiality agreements.
We may disclose your information to the following third parties and in the following circumstances:
If you expressly agree to any use or disclosure.
When we use it for the purpose for which it was collected.
To our related bodies corporate and franchises.
To franchisees who assist us in operating our business and providing our products and services.
To suppliers and other third parties with whom we have commercial relationships, for business, marketing and related purposes.
Where disclosure is required or authorised by law.
In circumstances where you would reasonably expect information of that kind being passed to a third party.
If it is reasonably necessary for enforcement related activities conducted by, or on behalf of, an enforcement body (e.g. Police, ASIC, Immigration Department ).
To organisations involved in maintaining, reviewing and developing our business systems, procedures and infrastructure including maintaining or upgrading our computer systems.
To companies in our group who provide IT and system administration services and undertake leadership reporting.
To service providers who provide IT and system administration services.
To professional advisers including lawyers, attorneys, bankers, auditors and insurers who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.
To Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities based in our Country and other relevant jurisdictions who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.
To Third parties to whom we sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets.
You may choose to deal with us anonymously or under a pseudonym where lawful and practical. Where anonymity or use of a pseudonym will render us unable to provide the relevant service or do business, we may request that you identify yourself. For example, whenever documents are to be submitted to government agencies or financial institutions, it is essential that we record your name accurately.
If you do not provide us with the personal information as described above, some or all of the following may happen:
We may not be able to provide the requested products or services to you, either to the same standard or at all
We may not be able to provide you with information about products and services that you may want
We may be unable to tailor the content of our websites to your preferences, thus your experience of our websites may not be as enjoyable or useful.
We may occasionally be provided with personal information which has not been requested or solicited. Where this occurs we will comply with the requirements regarding dealing with unsolicited personal information set out in APP 4.
If permitted or required by law, we may keep records of this information. If not, we will destroy or de-identify the information when practicable, lawful and reasonable to do so.
We may disclose personal information to our related bodies corporate and third-party suppliers and service providers located outside Australia for some of the purposes listed above. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the overseas recipients of your personal information do not breach the privacy obligations relating to your personal information.
We may disclose your personal information to third party suppliers within Australia, who provide specialised services such as web hosting, cloud computing technology and data storage services. These suppliers may store data on servers located outside Australia. It is not practicable to list every country in which such overseas recipients may be located.
The Act and corresponding APPs require us to ensure that, before disclosing personal information overseas, reasonable steps are taken to ensure that overseas recipients do not breach the Act or the APPs (APP 8.1). Whilst we take reasonable steps to ensure this, it is not always possible to ensure that overseas recipients will comply. We do not take any responsibility for the actions of overseas third-party recipients of personal information. In the event that a disclosure is made in an overseas country, the information will not be protected by the Australian Privacy Principles. By providing your details, you consent to your information being disclosed in this manner.
Please advise us as soon as you are practicable able, so we can update our records and ensure we can continue to provide quality services to you.
There may be instances where we cannot grant you access to the personal information we hold. For example, we may need to refuse access if granting access would interfere with the privacy of others or if it would result in a breach of confidentiality. If that happens, we will give you reasons for any refusal.
In order to protect your Personal Information, we may require identification from you before releasing the requested information.
We are committed to keeping your personal information secure and safe. Your personal information may be stored as hard copy documents or electronically. It is stored in a manner that reasonably protects it from misuse and loss and from unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
Some of the ways we do this are:
Requiring employees and service providers to enter into confidentiality agreements.
Securing hard copy document storage, e.g. storing hard copy documents in locked filing cabinets.
Implementing security measures for access to our computer systems.
Ensuring that personal data is stored securely using modern software for online security and that is kept-up-to-date.
Limiting the access of personal data to personnel who need access and appropriate security shall be in place to avoid unauthorised sharing of information.
Ensuring when deleting personal data, to do so safely, securely and in such a manner where that the data is irrecoverable by any means.
Having in place appropriate back-up and disaster recovery solutions.
When your Personal Information is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was obtained, we will take reasonable steps to destroy or permanently de-identify your Personal Information. However, most of the Personal Information is or will be stored in client files which will be kept by us for a maximum of 6 years after expiration of membership.
We the Entity have defined the social media platforms we are found on in section 1 INTRODUCTION.
Separate to our policy herein, we also adhere to the privacy conditions related to us and placed upon us by each of the social media platforms.
Here are the links to the privacy policies provided by the social media platforms we are or may become members of and to other social media platforms which you may find useful;
Facebook is currently the largest social media site in the world. With 2.6 billion monthly active users as of 2020, it’s safe to say that nearly every social media user is on Facebook. So it’s an excellent platform for brands to market their products to a huge audience. Users can share text posts, links, images, and videos with their Facebook friends. They can follow famous people and pages and react to people’s posts on the platform. Brands can also promote their products using paid ads on Facebook.
Instagram is one of the fastest-growing social networking platforms. While it is mostly app-based, users can also access their feed through the website version. In June 2018, it finally reached 1 billion monthly active users. Instagram is a highly visual platform, where users share videos and images. You can also use Instagram Stories and Live features. It is very popular among the younger generations. According to Statista, 32% of users are aged between 18 and 24 and 33% are aged between 25 and 34.
Twitter is a platform that lets users stay on top of trending topics and engage in relevant conversations. In 2019, the platform had over 330 million monthly active users. While it doesn’t have as many users as other top social media sites, it does have a highly engaged user base. Twitter users send out at least 500 million tweets per day on average.
Tumblr is another leading social media site. Users can join communities and participate in cultural dialogues to expand their ideas. It’s one of the top social media sites for self-expression and is very popular among teens and fandoms. In February 2020, there were a total of 321 million unique visitors to the website.
LinkedIn is a social media site for professionals and is very popular among a B2B audience. The platform has grown rapidly over the years and currently has 690 million members. Members can expand their professional connections on the platform, showcase their portfolios, and search and apply for jobs. LinkedIn is also an excellent platform to share your professional expertise, as it allows members to publish blog posts that reside on the platform.
WhatsApp is a messaging app that lets users share text messages, images, voice notes, audio files, documents, and videos. It has grown exponentially over the years and had about 2 billion monthly users as of March 2020. Along with its growing user base, the platform has also introduced many new features to make interactions easier among users. While users could only make one-on-one calls before, it now has a group calling feature. They also introduced a WhatsApp Status feature that allowed users to update photo, video, and text statuses that disappeared after 24 hours. As of Q1 of 2019, 500 million users were updating their WhatsApp Statuses daily.
Snapchat is another highly visual social media platform that’s popular among the younger generation. Users can send snaps to each other and update 24-hour Statuses just like on WhatsApp and Instagram. In Q1 of 2020, it had 229 million daily active users who are highly active on the platform.
Pinterest is a virtual scrapbooking social media site and is therefore, highly visual. Users can create themed boards and add images and products to the board. Brands can even create Shoppable Pins through which users can directly make purchases. In 2019, there were 335 million monthly active users on the platform. These users have created more than 200 billion pins on over 4 billion boards.
Reddit is a social media site where users become part of subreddits and engage with other users on relevant topics. It is also somewhat of a news aggregator site since users share the latest news from different sources on the site. Other users will then interact with this news, upvote or downvote it, and comment on it. It has a huge community and gets over 1.3 billion monthly visitors. It gets most of its traffic from the US, followed by the UK and Canada.
YouTube is the largest video-sharing social media site in the world. It lets users upload videos on the platform, view videos from other users, and interact with them. In 2019, it had an average of 2 billion monthly active users. YouTube users spend an average of 40 minutes watching videos on the platform.
Previously StumbleUpon, Mix is a news aggregator social media site that lets users curate their favourite content from around the web and add it to their “Collections”. It provides several browser extensions and also has iOS and Android apps.
This social media site acquired the once popular hi5 social media platform in 2011. It is mainly focused around friendship and dating. Users can connect with others through common interests, games, browsing profiles, and more.
Nextdoor is a private social network for dedicated neighbourhoods. You can enter your street address and find a community of people living in your area. While it was previously just for neighbourhoods in the U.S., it has now expanded to other parts of the world. You can now use it from the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Sweden, and Denmark.
Deviantart calls itself the world’s largest social media community for artists and art enthusiasts. Users can share photos of their artwork, discover the work of other artists, and interact with other members of the community. According to the platform, it currently has more than 44 million registered users and 45+ million unique visitors each month.
Quora is one of the largest social networks for people to ask and answer questions about hundreds of topics and categories. This includes everything from language and career to mythology and marketing. As of 2018, it had 300 million monthly active users. If you have any question that internet results cannot answer, you can post it under a relevant category. You can even send answer requests to experts on the topic.
Meetup is a social media site that does exactly what its name says – it helps connect users with local groups to meet up with new people. Groups can organise events for like-minded people to get together. You can find groups in a wide range of categories including outdoors and adventure, tech, photography, language and culture, music, and more. It is most popular in the U.S., which contributes to 49.9% of its traffic, followed by the U.K., which contributes to 7.95% of its traffic.
ReverbNation is one of the most reputable social media sites dedicated to musicians. They can promote their music through the platform and reach a bigger audience. They can even make money off of their tracks by selling them to fans or distributing them to major digital platforms. Besides these basics, ReverbNation also offers a host of tools and features to help musicians build their careers.
Flixster is another niche social media site with a focus on film. It’s an American-based site where film enthusiasts can connect with like-minded people and share their film reviews and watching experiences. You can use this platform to learn about new movies and see what others think of it. You can also use it to book movie tickets for watching movies in a theatre.
Goodreads is another niche social networking site, but this one focuses on books. Book lovers can connect with fellow bookworms and share their book reviews. The site also provides them with book recommendations based on their reading history. Users can join virtual reading clubs and socialise with like-minded individuals.
Twitch is a live-streaming platform, mostly used by gamers to stream their game play or watch other gamers. Users can interact with live streams from other gamers and comment on them or upload videos to Twitch for their audience. It has about 5 million monthly broadcasters.
CaringBridge is one of the only social media sites of its kind. It’s a personal health journal that connects people with their loved ones during a health journey and allows them to provide support. It’s an excellent platform for people who are undergoing serious illnesses and health struggles as it helps them stay connected with people who care about them.
Wattpad is a social media community of readers and writers. The platform sees a ton of user-generated stories across various genres including fiction, poetry, humour, and even fanfiction. It currently has about 70 million readers worldwide.
Viadeo is another professional social networking site that connects business owners and entrepreneurs with one another. It is more popular in Europe than in the U.S. and is available in different languages ranging from English and French to German and Portuguese.
Crunchyroll is the go-to platform for anime enthusiasts to stream the latest anime shows and read popular mangas. It’s also a social media site where users can interact with each other and engage in anime-related discussions through the forums.
Skyrock is a France-based social networking site, where users can create profiles and blogs and interact with other members. Music, sports, and film blogs are the most popular on this platform. With Skyrock, you get free, personal web space to create and share blog posts and talk to others. You can also search for profiles of other users by using their search filters like location, gender, age, etc. You can also post images, like on Instagram, and others can like and comment on them.
VK is a Russian social media site. While it’s also available in other languages, it is mostly popular among Russian speakers. Users can create groups and public pages, organise events, and message other users. They can also share images, video, and audio or even play browser-based games.
MyHeritage is a genealogy-based social media site. Users can create family trees, upload and view family photos, and update their family histories. People have even used the platform to find their ancestors and learn more about them. MyHeritage has also introduced DNA testing so users can more accurately trace back their family histories and discover their blood relations.
This is a blog-based social media site where users can create blogs and journals for other users to read. The platform also curates the top blogs and communities so users can easily access the most popular content on the platform.
Classmates is a social media site that connects you with your ex-classmates and school alumni. Users can easily plan their high school reunions through the platform and access their high school yearbook.
SoundCloud is a music-sharing social media platform where users can upload their original tracks or listen to tracks from other artists. They can add music to their playlists and comment on parts of a track that they like for other users to see.
Bubbly is a voice-based social media site where users can create voice posts and tag and customise them with relevant images and filters. They can also find and connect with celebrities and artists to listen to what they have to say. Users can also share their voice posts to other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Flickr is a photo-sharing social media site that’s a favourite among photographers and graphic designers. You can share original, high-quality images on the platform or discover relevant images from other users. You can also join groups and connect with new people with shared interests.
WE HEART IT
This is another image-based social media site where users can discover and curate their favourite images into their collections. There are several channels on the platform including art, music, school, quotes, and more. Users can check out these channels for relevant images to inspire them.
Influenster is a product review and discovery platform where users can view honest reviews from other consumers. They can gain access to reviews of products across various categories ranging from beauty and makeup to tech and electronics. They can also submit their own reviews of products they’ve used. The platform will measure each user’s social impact by collecting data from leading social media platforms. Based on this analysis, users can even become part of influencer marketing campaigns relevant to their interests.
Another social media site for film enthusiasts, FilmAffinity is a movie recommendation platform. Users can rate the movies they’ve watched and get movie recommendations based on their favourite genres.
Open Diary is one of the earliest social media sites, founded in 1998. Users can keep a virtual diary to record their daily lives and deepest thoughts. The Open Diary community will be able to access these entries and interact with them. You can even create anonymous posts to share thoughts and experiences that you can’t talk about with anyone else.
Yelp is a crowd-sourcing review website where users can share their opinions about local establishments. It’s a great way to find the most recommended places and events in your area.
As the name suggests, CollegeHumor is a humour-based website that features fresh humour articles and videos on a daily basis. In addition to content from its in-house team, users can also access memes, articles, images, and videos submitted by other users.
Gaia Online is an anime-themed social media site where users can participate in trending conversations through forums. They can also explore the platform to meet new people with shared interests and play browser-based games.
This is a mobile social community where users can connect with other members through public chat rooms and group chats. They can also engage in private chats with other users. They can play mobile games, send eCards, and more.
This social media site connects travellers with people from all over the world. They can discover locals in the destinations they’re visiting, request to stay with them, and meet other travellers.
FUNNY OR DIE
Funny or Die is a humour-based social website that mainly focuses on video content. Users can view the latest trending videos and upload their own humour videos. In addition to videos, the website also publishes some humour articles and lists to entertain the community. It is frequented by several celebrities like Will Ferrell, Selena Gomez, and Jeff Goldblum.
italki makes language-learning easier by connecting users with native language teachers through video chat. This helps language learners to get interactive, one-on-one tutoring sessions so they can easily learn the language of their choice. They can choose from thousands of teachers in any language.
eToro is a social trading platform that allows users to follow leading traders in the community and connect with other traders. Users can also earn some extra income by having other traders copy their trading strategies and portfolios.
This is a career-oriented social media site that helps people expand their professional networks. Users can conduct a job search, get the latest industry news, and discover professional events like conferences, seminars, and trade shows. It is mostly a European-focused website.
Previously known as myYearbook, this social media site helps users discover new people to connect with. You can discover new people in your area to connect with and people who share your interests.
There’s a social media site for everyone and for every niche interest. Ravelry is a dedicated social network for people who are interested in knitting and crocheting. They can connect with people who share the same interests and share ideas and inspiration with them.
Care2 is a social media site for activists, where they can discover trending stories and petitions from around the world. The community is made up of more than 45 million people who want to make the world a better place and stand against cruelty and injustice.
Vero is a social media site where users can share their favourite things with the community. They can share songs, photos, books, and movies. The platform markets itself as a social network that cares about building real connections between users and doesn’t use data mining and algorithms.
QZone is another app from the makers of QQ and WeChat—Tencent. This social media platform is very popular in China with as many as 517 million users currently. You can use it as a blog, an online diary, a platform to share photos, watch videos, listen to music, and more.
Medium is a content publishing site with some social network elements to it. Members can publish content on the site and share it with other users. They can “clap to” and comment on posts created by other members. While most articles are free to read, some of them are reserved for paying members.
This is an online database of animated GIFs that are usually humour-based. Users can upload their own GIFs or search for and discover GIFs created by other users. They can react to their favourite GIFs and even share them with friends on other social media platforms.
Tribe is a cloud-based community where consumers can connect with a brand community. Users can engage in conversations and discussions under specific brands. They can explore and follow different brands, ask questions, start discussions, and create polls relevant to the brands.
WeChat is a popular messaging app that allows you to connect with people using your app ID. This makes it possible to talk to strangers without divulging your phone number or other information. So, the unique selling point (USP) of this app is it helps maintain anonymity when connecting with strangers. You can use it to send text messages or share photos and videos. It also supports voice and video calls. It has 1.2 billion monthly users as of 2020.
This is a Chinese instant messaging platform that was initially launched only in China but later expanded to 80+ countries. It supports text messages, voice calls, and video calls. It also has a built-in language translator to help you communicate with people who speak a different language. It had 647 million users in China, in 2019.
Foursquare is a search-and-discovery based app that helps users discover nearby places by providing recommendations. Foursquare is so much more than a social media platform but is also a location data and technology platform. Their social networking feature is now available as a separate product called Swarm. It is a social networking app that has Foursquare’s popular functionality of check-ins when visiting a place.
This is an instant messaging platform that is somewhat similar to WhatsApp in that you can use it to send free messages. One unique benefit of Telegram is that all the messages shared on this platform are encrypted and can self-destruct. So, when it comes to security and privacy, it gets a big thumbs up. Another great feature is that it allows you to create groups of as many as 200,000 members, which is more than what other messaging platforms offer. It is available for both iOS and Android devices, as well as desktops. It has over 400 million users.
This is a professional networking platform for people who are in creative fields. It is a good space to collaborate with others, find jobs or clients, and upskill yourself. You can also talk to other experts in your field and seek advice from them. Overall, it is a great platform to showcase your work and get discovered. You can check it out in your browser or download their iOS app.
It is an avatar-based network, like a virtual world. It combines elements of both a game and a social networking platform. You simply need to create your avatar and meet people online from anywhere in the world. It has over 65 million users. It is available as a mobile app as well.
LINE is a popular Japanese social network that also attracts users from other countries like Thailand. You can sue it to send messages and make free voice or video calls. It also allows photo and video sharing options.
Viber is an instant messaging platform from the Japanese company Rakuten. It can be used on both mobile devices and desktops. You can use it to make free voice or video calls and send messages. It had over 1 billion registered users in 2019, however, not all of these are active users.
It is a communication-based social networking platform that is most popular for making video conference calls. It also provides instant messaging functionality and you can use it to share texts, images, videos, and audio files.
This is a Chinese video-sharing platform that has been active since 2011. It has over 400 million monthly users in over 9 countries.
This is a Chinese microblogging and social networking website with over 516 million monthly users. It is often called the Chinese version of Twitter because it is actually quite similar in the sense that people share short updates and posts just like a tweet.
TikTok is a short-form video sharing platform that has become quite popular within a short span of time since its launch in 2016. It was created by the Chinese company, ByteDance, and has a Chinese version called Douyin. This app is famous for its lip-sync videos and has over 800 million monthly users.
This is a culture-oriented Chinese social media site with a focus on movies, music, and books. You can use it to create fan pages or review books, movies, etc. It also has the option to create groups to discuss specific topics. The average audience on Douban is more educated and culture-oriented than any other social media site in the country.
Discord is the preferred instant messaging platform for gamers. A lot of gamers use it to create team channels and discuss game strategy. You can use it directly from your browser or download the app. Even though it is popular for gaming groups, it can be used for creating practically any type of group and connect over a group chat. It can be a book club, a movie club, and even a study group. So, with Discord, the possibilities are endless.
It is a social media cum dating platform where you can create your profile and find people with similar interests. The platform claims to have over 474 million registered users who send 350 million messages every day, on average. This makes it one of the largest social discovery platforms in the world. It is available across devices and platforms and provides multiple login options. It is available for use in over 200 countries. You can use it to find people in your location and make friends.
Myspace is one of the older social networking platforms. In fact, it was the largest social platform almost a decade ago and was extremely popular in the US. The rise of other platforms like Facebook and Twitter eventually led to a decline in its popularity. However, Myspace is still active and gets monthly traffic of over 7.5 million users. The main focus of the platform is on music, but it is also quite popular for blogs.
This is a Japanese social networking site that started as an invite-only service but can now be used by anyone. You can use it to find and connect with people who have similar interests. It has over 2.7 million community groups based on different hobbies and interests. The platform also provides you with the option to create and join events for people with specific interests.
This is a niche, hyper-targeted social media site for people who like knitting, weaving, and crocheting. The purpose is to discover ideas, share your own work, and seek advice. It is a free site and provides tons of resources for knitters and crocheters.
This is a social networking platform for bloggers and allows you to create and share blog posts. The social networking aspect is that you can create your profile, connect with friends, and share blog updates with your subscribers like you would for a social media post. Friends and subscribers are two different categories. Subscribers can follow you and get updates on your blog. Friends, on the other hand, can have a more direct connection with you.
This is an American social media image-sharing site somewhat similar to Instagram, but not quite. It is mostly popular for sharing viral images and memes and is not as versatile as some other platforms. However, it does provide features like hashtags and topic-based content search.
Ello is a niche social media platform for and global community of artists. You can use this to showcase your work, look at other artists’ creations, and connect with them. The platform is visual and vibrant in nature. So, even if you are not an artist, you can always check out the beautiful work done by them.
This is another video-sharing social media platform like Twitch or YouTube. You can create and share videos or go live, just like you can on any other video platform.
You may find it beneficial and/or of interest in reading them, so you can understand on how they protect your data and where applicable any provisions they place upon us the Entity in protecting your data.
We the Entity have where permitted, signed Data Protection Agreements that determines how both we the ENTITY and all Third Parties handle data that is exchanged. Third Parties include:
1: Employees that work off-site and require to engage with the Personal Data we hold to perform their tasks/obligations.
2: Contractors that perform a service require to engage with the Personal Data we hold to perform their tasks/obligations.
Third Party agreements fall under the following categories:
1: Joint Controller: When together with one or more organisations we jointly determine ‘why’ and ‘how’ personal data should be processed. A written agreement sets out each parties respective responsibilities for complying with the GDPR rules.
2: Data Processor: A natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the data controller (we the ENTITY). Processors act on behalf of us (the ENTITY) as the relevant data controller and under our authority. A written agreement sets out each parties respective responsibilities for complying with the GDPR rules.
A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
1: Non-essential cookies (e.g. social sharing tools or pixel trackers) are not set to automatically run on the landing page of our site or applications.
2: User’s have full control in configuring their cookie preferences and can make changes at any time.
3: Analytics cookies, targeting cookies and marketing cookies are triggered by user consent.
4: Consent is backed up by demonstrable organisational and technical measures that ensure a user’s expression of consent (or withdrawal) can be effectively acted on.
7: Any cookie banner or pop-up is not designed in a way that “nudges” a user into accepting cookies over rejecting them. In practice, if there is an “accept” button on the banner, the banner must give equal prominence to a “reject” button, or to an option which brings users to a second layer of information and allows them to manage their cookie settings.
8: Second layers of information provide more detailed information about the types and purposes of cookies or other technologies being set, and the third parties who will process information collected when those cookies and similar technologies are deployed. It provides users with options to accept or reject such cookies/similar technologies by cookie type and purpose, e.g., via check-boxes that are not pre-checked, or sliders that are not be set to “on” by default.
Cookies are either:
• Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
• Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
Cookies can also be categorized as follows:
• Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
• Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
• Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymized.
HOW TO BLOCK COOKIES?
Cookies are a nemesis to all and we apply our best efforts applying cookies that permit us to perform our legitimate interest in being able to service you and to improve the functionality and flow of our business. Should you feel uncomfortable with our cookies, you may disable them via your chosen browser following the instructions provided via the following links. Please note that disabling cookies may interrupt the flow of your information to us and not permit us to meet our obligations to you:
Description: All Cookies are leveraged to provide site functionality, analytics and advertising and profiling to ensure you get the best experience possible.
protects against bruteforce attacks by blocking login for the IP after it reaches the allowed maximum retries, and it creates a blacklist of IPs for login violations
automatically captures and filters out spam comments made by individuals on this website
records the analytics which permits us to distinguish the members from the non-members habits when engaging with this website, resulting in allowing us to better develop and structure both the user experience, relevant content and compliance
records the date, time and details of each membership on this website
records the date, time and details of the entries created, edited and/or updated for each member
records the date, time and details of the profiles assigned and/or updated for each member
scans and records all active cookies on this website
this is native to PHP and enables our website to store serialised state data, as it is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie and which expires when you close your browser
we use kinsta to host our website and subdomains
we use strip as a trusted payment gateway to process your credit card purchases
STILL HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT COOKIES?
If you are still not comfortable with the cookies we use then feel free to reach out to us via the COMMUNICATION OPTIONS provided below and we will do our best to put any concern you may have to rest.
We endeavoured to embed “Privacy by Design” best practices in the designing of our website(s) to safeguard your personal information.
The following measures were applied:
We endeavour to implement data protection issues as part of the design and implementation of systems, services, products and business practices.
We endeavour to make data protection an essential component of the core functionality of our processing systems and services.
We endeavour to anticipate risks and privacy-invasive events before they occur, and take steps to prevent harm to individuals.
We only process the personal data that we need for our purposes(s), and that we only use the data for those purposes.
We endeavour to ensure that personal data is automatically protected in any IT system, service, product, and/or business practice, so that individuals should not have to take any specific action to protect their privacy.
We provide the appropriate communication channels where our members can dialogue with us.
We endeavour to adopt a ‘plain language’ policy for any public documents so that individuals easily understand what we are doing with their personal data.
We endeavour to provide individuals with tools so they can determine how we are using their personal data, and whether our policies are being properly enforced.
We endeavour to offer strong privacy defaults, user-friendly options and controls, and respect user preferences.
We endeavour to only use data processors that provide sufficient guarantees of their technical and organisational measures for data protection by design.
When we use other systems, services or products in our processing activities, we endeavour to make sure that we only use those whose designers and manufacturers take data protection issues into account.
We endeavour to use privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) to assist us in complying with our data protection by design obligations.
Rest assured, we are not perfect and have no doubt that we may have not taken certain aspects into account, not because we have ignored them but because they have slipped our radar. Tell us, this is the only way we can improve our service and obligation to YOU via the COMMUNICATION OPTIONS below.
If you consider that there has been a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles, you are entitled to complain to us via the COMMUNICATION OPTIONS below.
We will acknowledge receipt of a complaint within 5 business days. We will investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it within 30 business days after the complaint was received. Where it is anticipated that this time-frame is not achievable, we will contact you to provide an estimate of how long it will take to investigate and respond to the complaint.
If you consider that we have not adequately dealt with a complaint contact us using the communication option provided. If you find our response inadequate you may complain to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on the below details:
Officer of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)
GPO Box 5218
SYDNEY NSW 2001
As an international organization we are required to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The GDPR 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union and the European Economic Area on all Data Subjects which reside and or transit within the region regardless of their country of residence. It also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas.