Privacy Policy

Affinitas GmbH, operator of the AFFINITAS GROUP websites and other websites owned by Affinitas GmbH (“AFFINITAS GROUP,” “we,” or “Affinitas”) respects your privacy and has developed this Privacy Policy to illustrate how we are committed to the protection of your privacy and how we use any data and information we collect, with whom we share it and how we safeguard it.  We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy carefully when using our websites or services or transacting business with us. By using our websites, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Finding a suitable partner for you requires collecting personal data to process and use. As a reputable dating service we at AFFINITAS GROUP place a great emphasis on the responsible use and protection of your data. Therefore, we have established a comprehensive system of technical and organisational measures that provide maximum data security:

- For example, all the data that you send to us after registration or Login (e.g. contact information, profile information, payment information when ordering a paid membership) is SSL-encrypted (Secure Socket Layer)
- Firewalls protect the information from unauthorised access
- Access to your information is granted only to a few selected and properly trained personnel and only in certain cases (see also point 2 data security and encryption in this document)

Our Privacy Policy has been drafted in compliance with the relevant European data protection law.
Since the contact with other AFFINITAS GROUP users is always made via a private messaging system, at no point will your personal contact details such as email address or full name be transmitted. So only you can decide for yourself if and when you provide such information to your AFFINITAS GROUP contacts. For this, we advise you to heed our guide to safe dating on the Internet

1. The protection of your personal information at AFFINITAS GROUP

The website is operated by Affinitas GmbH, Kohlfurter strasse 41/43, 10999 Berlin. It is the responsible entity for the purposes of the Data Protection Act of Germany.

AFFINITAS GROUP are reputable internet sites that helps you to find the right partner for you. The protection of your personal information is very important to us. We comply with the strict regulations of the German and European data protection law.

The Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the Telemedia Act (TMG) have the protection of personal data as the subject matter. This includes data assigned to your person (e.g. name or email address). Information that cannot be assigned or can only be assigned with disproportionate investment of time, cost and labor to a specific or identifiable person, being excluded as anonymous data (see § 3 para 6 BDSG).

To operate the offer of AFFINITAS GROUP websites and other websites owned by Affinites GmbH, personal data are collected, processed or utilised ("used"). In accordance with statutory requirements, we can, for the purposes of advertising, market research and to improve our services further analyse user profiles under a pseudonym, but only if you have not made use of your legal right to object to this use of your data at any time.

In the following we would like to explain in more detail how we ensure the protection of your personal data and what data will be used in what way if you decide to use AFFINITAS GROUP products.

If you have questions or concerns on this, our customer service is at your disposal at any time. You can reach our customer service at:

Affinitas GmbH
Customer Care EliteSingles
Kohlfurter strasse 41/43
10999 Berlin

E-Mail: security@elitesingles.co.uk

2. Data security and protection

All information you submit at registration or login to us (e.g. contact information, profile information, payment information when ordering a paid membership) is encrypted. This encryption protects the confidentiality of data exchange between you and our web server, and helps to prevent misuse of data, e.g. by interception.
The encryption technique we use SSL (Secure Socket Layer). It is an accepted and widely used technology. In view of our databases all technical precautions have been taken to save your data in a secure environment. Access to your information is limited to only a few selected employees and will be granted only for purposes of quality control and review of complaints and for thwarting fraud

3. Collection, processing and use of data at AFFINITAS GROUP

AFFINITAS GROUP is a  service on the internet that brings people together who are looking for a long-lasting relationship. To provide this service, we collect, process and use a range of personal information. In many cases, data are only used in pseudonym form or anonymously. A more detailed description on this topic can be found below.

I. Without Registration

When you visit the public pages of AFFINITAS GROUP that are accessible without registration, we need and we collect no personal information from you. When you visit our websites, we store data by default, but without reference to:

a) IP address (Internet Protocol address) of the accessing computer
b) The website from which you visit us (referrer)
c) The sites that you visit from our
d) The date and time of your visit
e) The type of browser settings
f) Operating System

This data is used by us for statistical purposes without reference to individuals.

II. With Registration

If you want to use the services of AFFINITAS GROUPdescribed in detail in the AFFINITAS GROUP Terms and Conditions of each AFFINITAS GROUP product, we need some personal information from you in order to provide the desired service.

We only use the personal data that you actively provide us (e.g. contact information for the registration, profile information or photos). In many cases, you can decide which data and information you reveal about yourself in the context of profiling and / or search. Data that are strictly necessary for the provision of the contract are always marked separately as required (e.g. email address) so that you know what data you need to enter for the use of the service and what you can do without.

For more detailed information please see below. To learn more about the details of each AFFINITAS GROUP product, please note our detailed information in the AFFINITAS GROUP Help page of each AFFINITAS GROUP product. 

With the free registration you will be prompted to provide the following details without which a registration cannot be completed:

a) Gender
b) Gender of the partner you are seeking
c) Email address
d) Password

Our scientific personality test follows after registration. First, we ask for the following information to identify suitable partners:

a) Postcode
b) Date of birth
c) Height
d) Marital Status
e) Education
f) Occupation
g) Income

During the personality test you will be asked to answer a series of personal questions (eg. partner preferences, personal characteristics and desired traits in a partner). Information such as ethnicity or religion is called sensitive personal data, which is subject to increased legal protection and protected by us with increased technological care. Without your consent, this information may not be divulged. We collect this data and other profile information (eg. interests and preferences), because they are the basis of our matching service and the basis of your AFFINITAS GROUP profile. Direct contact information (eg. e-mail address, postal code) does not appear on the profile and is therefore not visible to other members. 

If you purchase an AFFINITAS GROUP paid Membership, the following data is collected during the payment process:

a) First and Last Name
b) Bank account details or credit card information
c) Home address

Your payment data is processed by our payment service provider Adyen GmbH, Hackescher Markt 4, 10178 Berlin, Germany ("Adyen"). To facilitate payment processing your payment information is stored and made available when making further orders of premium memberships. The payment data is available only after the initial payment is completed, and is shown shortened for your protection. Of course you can add new payment methods for checkout. For questions or concerns, and to enforce the Clause 5 rights listed, please call the number below Clause 5. The provided AFFINITAS GROUP contact information.

To log in on AFFINITAS GROUP you use your specified e-mail address and your chosen password. During every visit to the AFFINITAS GROUP service, utilisation data is forwarded by your Internet browser and stored in log files called Server Log Files. This data contains:

a) IP address (Internet Protocol address) of the accessing computer
b) User ID on the AFFINITAS GROUP platforms
c) Name of the page
d) Date and time of access
e) The referrer URL from which you came to the requested page
f) Amount of data transferred
g) Status indication whether download was successful
h) Session Cookies
i) Session identification number

This data is evaluated anonymously by us for statistical purposes.

The use of personal data for the provision of the AFFINITAS GROUP service

The collection of personal data at AFFINITAS GROUP is done principally with the aim of giving the customer a safe, smooth, efficient, and personal experience when using the AFFINITAS GROUP service. The data is therefore used to provide the services requested and desired by the customer. However, they also serve to detect and investigate potentially prohibited or illegal activities, and for the enforcement of the Terms and Conditions of the contract.

In the following, the use of personal data is described in more detail:

a) Other members can see your profile information and entries on the AFFINITAS GROUP page. Premium members can also see the photos you upload on AFFINITAS GROUP sites.

b) Your profile - and thus your profile information and uploaded photos - is suggested to other members as part of our matching method. The matching can be switched off in your account. When switched off, your profile will not be suggested to any other members and at the same time you do not get any partner suggestions.

c) Other members can see when you visit their profile page. Conversely, you can also see which members have visited your profile. This is an essential element of the contact between members. In general it is an important part of the services of social networking sites, and thus the service of AFFINITAS GROUP. Therefore, this cannot be turned off via the user account.

d) Other members can send you messages. However, at no point does AFFINITAS GROUP give out your e-mail address. Messages are only sent through your AFFINITAS GROUP mailbox. You can always "block" undesirables if you want to make it so they can no longer contact you.

e) AFFINITAS GROUP sends various notifications via email to every registered user.

  • i. In the context of customer relationship and customer service messages we will inform you if, for example, other members have visited your profile, you have been sent a message, been smiled at or if there are new members that fit your search criteria. You can always disable these service messages on your user account under message options.
  • ii. We also send you information and special offers pertaining to AFFINITAS GROUP, such as tips and useful information about the partner search, surveys and special offers for your AFFINITAS GROUP membership. You can disable the AFFINITAS GROUP info and special offers messages with your user account under message options.
  • iii. Information messages pertaining to the service, such as the confirmation of customer service and information on the release of images and texts, and on the conclusion of a paid membership, in the form of contract documents, payment processing information, etc., are part of our service and therefore cannot be cancelled.
  • iv. We would also like to inform you via e-mail about AFFINITAS GROUP Partner offers and events. To protect you and AFFINITAS GROUP from abuse, we introduced the"double opt-in" procedure, i.e. you only receive the newsletter, if you have ordered it by e-mail or in your user account and confirmed your email address. You can unsubscribe at any time by deactivating this either in the message options, or by following the unsubscribe process in the newsletter.
  • v. If you change your message options, it can take up to 48 hours before it is activated. Nevertheless, depending on the message options, the cancellation is still successful, and after this period you will receive no additional messages from us.
  • vi. We hereby notify you that we carry out statistical analysis on opening and viewing behavior of our emails. This is done with the help of small graphics that are embedded in the messages (called pixels). If you do not wish to have your viewing behavior analysed, you can disable graphics by default in your email client. For more information, please see instructions offered in your email client, i.e. Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. Once images are deactived, the messages are not displayed in full, and message functionality may be limited.

f) AFFINITAS GROUP sets a filter to protect users from unsolicited mail. For example, automatic filters prevent the sending of messages with certain pay numbers or certain inappropriate keywords.

g) Identity Verification: Premium members can send a copy of their identity card by e-mail, fax or post, along with their additional security code to us. Our customer care then checks whether certain information (e.g. date of birth) coincide with the date of birth on the identity card displayed on the website. Upon successful identity verification, the profile is marked with a symbol. AFFINITAS GROUP does not store the ID copies and destroys them after identity verification.

Features:

a) Under the photos and entries of other profiles there is a “Like" button that can be clicked. With the "Like" function, you can express that you like statements or pictures in the profile of another member with one click. As a consequence, the other member is notified. In your own profile you can see how many members like a particular text field or photo of you. You can also see which members have clicked "Like" on a certain profile element.

b) “Message Read”: Premium members can use this function to detect whether their messages have been clicked on by the recipient. When a message is clicked by the recipient, the sender gets a message about the time it was accessed. You can disable this feature allows in the user account.

c) Import photos from Facebook: If you have a user profile on Facebook, you can transfer photos from this profile to your AFFINITAS GROUP profile. To do this you must click on the appropriately labeled button to connect to Facebook and log in there with your Facebook user data. After successful login a window will appear were all your Facebook user account pictures are stored. You can select up to 24 photos and import them into your AFFINITAS GROUP profile.

d) Personality Profile: In order to find suitable partners among other AFFINITAS GROUP members, an individual personality profile is created for each AFFINITAS GROUP member using the answers given in the AFFINITAS GROUP personality test. You can find this personality profile in your profile as a separate menu item. It can be seen both by yourself, as well as by other members. It covers five major dimensions of your personality and, in addition, three related sub-dimensions ("facets"). Basic and Premium Members only see the results of the main dimensions.

For additional information about the expiration of the service in general, and answers to other questions about AFFINITAS GROUP, see our detailed descriptions on the AFFINITAS GROUP Help page.

III. Data Transfer to Third Parties

When we transmit data in the framework of the provision of the service to other members, this is only in connection with the user name you choose. Under no circumstances do we share with other members direct contact information (such as your name, your address, or your e-mail address). Communication at AFFINITAS GROUP is exclusively done via your internal mailbox so that you can decide for yourself to whom you disclose your contact details. Some data that you specified when creating your AFFINITAS GROUP profile are always visible to other registered users. These data include age, gender, height, ethnicity, religion, occupation, smoking habits and children.

You can decide on the settings on your account, whether you want to continue to have your profile suggested to other members through our matching process.

Personal data will only be passed on to third parties if necessary to provide the service offered (e.g. payment processing for fee-based memberships), and if you have given us your consent or disclosure in accordance with relevant statutory provisions that are required or permitted (e.g. if we have to comply with a request, a governmental investigative or security agency). An overview of possible third parties resulting is available in our Public Register.

In addition to internal AFFINITAS GROUP checks, outsourced partners including Apollo Solutions Ltd., Informatics Park, La Tour Koenig, Pointe aux Sables and Mauritius ("Apollo Solutions") also check uploaded photos of AFFINITAS GROUP members for authenticity to ensure a high quality of service and to protect our members from scammers.

Since the data protection laws outside the EU are generally less severe than in the EU, Apollo Solutions transfers personal data to processors approved by the EU Commission who have standard contractual clauses and are obliged to take all necessary measures to protect personal data according to EU standards. The protection of your personal data is thus completely ensured.

IV. Use of Cookies

AFFINITAS GROUP uses "cookies" to make your interaction with the platforms individually identifiable and optimised. A cookie is a text file that is either stored temporarily in the computer's memory ("session cookies") or saved on the hard drive ("permanent cookie"). Cookies contain information about your previous requests to the appropriate server or information on what offers have been made so far. Cookies are not used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. The main purpose of cookies is to provide a tailor-made offer and make the use of the Service as comfortable as possible.

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. However, you can configure your browser so that it rejects or requests you to confirm the acceptance of cookies. If you choose to decline cookies, however, this may have the consequence that not all of our offerings are available to you.

AFFINITAS GROUP uses session cookies, partner and affiliate cookies and permanent cookies:
a) Session Cookies are not stored on your hard drive and are deleted when the browser is closed. Session cookies are used for login authentication and to balance the system load. b) Partner and Affiliate Cookies are used if you access our services via an external advertising space. These cookies are used to settle accounts with the cooperation partners and do not contain personal information from you. c) Permanent cookies are used to save your personal settings. This allows for personalisation and improves the AFFINITAS GROUPservice, because you are able to find your personal settings again on subsequent visits.

V. Use of Google Universal Analytics

AFFINITAS GROUP analyses members’ online behavior. We create anonymous user profiles in order to improve our service to you. For this we use Google Analytics, among other things (with the feature Universal Analytics), a web analytics service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("Google"), but with the extension "_anonymizeIp ()".  Only the shortened IP addresses are processed, excluding direct reference to individuals.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing others with website and internet related services. Reports created by Google contain demographic and interests data that have been based on your interaction with advertisements, or your visits to sites of advertisements. Google may also transfer this information to third parties unless required by law or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. We point out, however, that you may not be able to use all features of this website in this case.

You can object to the collection and analysis of your use of the Service Google Universal Analytics. Please use the browser add-on to disable Google Universal Analytics.

For more information on Terms of Use and Privacy Policy can be found at:

www.google.com/analytics/terms/gb.html

http://www.google.com/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html 

VI. Use of Google DoubleClick

AFFINITAS GROUP uses the remarketing technology of Google (Google DoubleClick). Through this technology users who have already visited the AFFINITAS GROUP site and have shown interest in the service, are again targeted with advertising on the pages owned by the Google partner network. These advertisements are different to those aimed at users who have not shown interest in the AFFINITAS GROUP services. The ad overlay is done through the use of cookies, which are small text files that are stored on the user's computer. With the help of text files, user behavior can be analyzed when you visit the site and then used for targeted product recommendations and interest-based advertising.

If you prefer not to receive interest-based advertising, you can disable the use of cookies by Google for these purposes by configuring the deactivation settings https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/ or install the plugin available there.

VII. Use of Facebook Social Plugins

AFFINITAS GROUPuses social plugins ("plugins") provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA ("Facebook"). These plugins are identified by a Facebook logo. If you use a social plugin on an AFFINITAS GROUPsite, your browser establishes a direct connection with the Facebook servers. Facebook then transmits the plugin content to your browser, and then integrates it into the website.

Thereby Facebook obtains the information that you have accessed on the corresponding AFFINITAS GROUP page. If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the AFFINITAS GROUP visit to your Facebook account. If you interact with the Facebook plugins (e.g. press the "Like" button), the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser to Facebook and stored there. For the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of data by Facebook, and your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy, please refer to the privacy policies of Facebook.

If you do not want Facebook to collect data of this kind, we recommend that you log out before your visit AFFINITAS GROUP on Facebook.

VIII. Use of Google+ Social Plugins

AFFINITAS GROUP uses the "+1" the social network Google Plus, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA button ("Google+").

When you visit a page of our website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of Google. The contents of the "+1" button is transmitted from Google directly to your browser which embeds the latter into the website.

We therefore have no impact on the amount of data collected with the Google+ button.

According to Google, no personal information is collected without clicking on the button.  The IP address is only collected from members who are logged in.

Information on the purpose and scope of data collection, further processing and use of data by Google as well as your rights in this respect as well as settings options for protecting your privacy, can be accessed using the Google privacy policies. Click on the "+1" button and the corresponding FAQ (eg https: // support. google.com/plus/answer/1319578 refer).

If you do not want Google+ to collect data about you, we advise you to log out of Google+ before your AFFINITAS GROUP visit. .

IX. Use of Twitter Social Plugins

AFFINITAS GROUP continues to use social plugins ("plugins") from the social network twitter.com, operated by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. The plugins are marked with a Twitter logo. When you select an AFFINITAS GROUP website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection with the Twitter servers. Twitter transmits the contents of the plugin directly to your browser, which integrates it into the website. This gives Twitter the information that you have accessed on the corresponding page AFFINITAS GROUP. If you are currently logged into Twitter, Twitter can assign your visit to your Twitter account. If you are using the Twitter plugins to interact (eg. a tweet to an article post), the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Twitter and stored there. Purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of data by Twitter as well as your rights in this respect and settings options for Protecting your privacy can be found in the Twitter Privacy Policy under https://twitter.com/privacy.

If you do not want Twitter to collect data about you, we advise you to log out of Twitter before your AFFINITAS GROUP visit.

X. Checking and verification of personal data

In order to protect our customers from people who abuse the AFFINITAS GROUP service, we analyse the platform and consider customer input for plausibility using various automated monitoring tools in addition to the internal monitoring done by our customer care agents. However, AFFINITAS GROUP does not assume responsibility or a legal obligation in doing this. Also, certain character strings or logins of different members, for example, those which originate from the same computer, can result in the blocking of suspicious activity.

AFFINITAS GROUP reserves the right to enforce an automated filtering of messages. Here certain word lists and personally written texts are checked for their compliance with our terms and conditions. For example pornographic or offensive words and texts are automatically matched with customers and blocked. We also try to protect our members from scammers by undertaking anti-scamming checks.

Should a suspicion of abuse of the AFFINITAS GROUP service arise from these checks, the legal consequences for members are listed in the general Terms and Conditions. AFFINITAS GROUP can also prevent the acceptance and delivery of incoming and outgoing messages, if there is high probability that it is a message containing any illegal and / or content in defiance to the terms and conditions. A notice of rejected or non-delivered messages is not carried out.

4. Consent and right to objection

If we use data for a purpose, which by provisions of law requires your consent, we will always ask for your explicit agreement and record your consent. You can revoke your given consent at any time and / or object to future use of your data.

To revoke consent or make an objection a simple message to us is sufficient. For this you can use the following contact information:

Affinitas GmbH
Kohlfurter Strasse 41/43
10999 Berlin
 
E-Mail: security@elitesingles.co.uk
Fax: +49 30 991 949 5 32 

Please note that in case of an objection against the use of certain data, it may be impossible to provide some or all of the services we offer on the AFFINITAS GROUPplatform. We are at your disposal for any questions about this.

5. Your right of access, rectification, cancellation

You have the right at any time to receive information about the personal data and settings we store for your account, and to ask these to be corrected or deleted.
Your right to erase data may be limited by legal retention requirements that we need to consider. In addition, courts, law enforcement agencies or other authorities can demand by law to retrieve data or request information.
For information, correction or deletion requests please contact us with your name, your e-mail address and your user name at the following:

Affinitas GmbH
Kohlfurter Strasse 41/43
10999 Berlin
 
E-Mail: security@elitesingles.co.uk
Fax: +49 30 991 949 5 32 

Most of the information that you can see on your account you can change or delete yourself. Please only use this service if it is for information you cannot change yourself. 

6. Further information

Every Internet user should be aware that the information provided by them and published online can be accessed and saved worldwide by other Internet users. AFFINITAS GROUP expressly points out to the user that the protection of data transmission in open networks like the Internet according to current technology can never be absolutely guaranteed. Therefore you always need to be aware that you are moving in a public space and please treat your private space responsibly.