Beware of dating sites with big ambitions and no privacy restrictions

If you're planning to share your most intimate details with a dating site, be sure to bring (privacy) protection

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Here’s the rub, so to speak. There is no privacy policy whatsoever for the site. All you get is a terms of service, which includes the following fascinating bits:

Any information posted on 7orbetter.com’s website must conform to reality and be accurate in its description and content, in both a literal and visual sense.

OK, no fibbing about you know what. Like that’s gonna stop anybody. And what is the difference between literal and visual, exactly?

All information must be verifiable and known to one individual other than you.

This one has me scratching my head. Are they going to ask for verification from your doctor? Significant other? Locker room buddy? Your mother?

Here’s the bit that should trouble anyone who cares about their personal privacy.

All information posted will be deemed as non confidential and non proprietary. We hold no obligations to such material, and are also free to copy, disclose, distribute and incorporate all text, sound and images for all global commercial and non commercial purposes. This pertains to, but not limited to all information gained from registered members through the process of the membership sign up e-mail to the company, and the public facilities and services provided on the web site.

OK, you signed up for the site to brag, or maybe to find someone worth bragging about. I get that. But do you really want this information buttered all over the Web? Dating sites don’t have the greatest track record when it comes to privacy, but this is easily the worst I’ve seen.

I asked a company spokesman what 7orBetter’s business model is, and he replied “advertising.” I also asked if they planned to sell users’ information, why they had no privacy policy, and what the language in the terms actually means. I’m still waiting for an answer a week later. (If I get an answer, I’ll update this post.)

For what its worth, 7orBetter employs only a handful of Web trackers, most likely because the site has very few advertisers at the moment. But unless a site explicitly states otherwise, it’s safer to assume they’re selling your data to any and all comers (no pun intended) and respond accordingly.

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