Here at GTR, your online privacy is important to us. We understand, more
than most sites, the importance of privacy to queer youth, which is why we have
instituted the following policy. We will not give any information you supply
us to anybody - not even your parents.*
*Exception If we feel that with-holding this information poses a risk to
your life (exp. if you were contemplating suicide); we will not hesitate to
take any appropriate actions in order to save your life.
Children's Online Protection Act of 1998
In accordance with COPA, we
do not solicit personal information from people under the age of 13 in
order to permit access to any area of GTR.
The message board may ask for
personal information, but disclosing any information to the message board
is completely voluntary, and in no way does the nondisclosure of said
information affect the performance of the boards. If any users are under
the age of 13, we highly encourage them not to disclose their age
on the message board or its "profile" function until they reach
their thirteenth birthday.
If you are under the age of
13, and sign up for any of our services, and you disclose your true age,
then we are obligated, by Federal law, to inform your parents. This
is obviously not something you want us to do, since we are a gay
organization; so we re-iterate: you are highly, highly encouraged not
to disclose your age to us until you're at least 13 years old.
Disclosure of information to third parties
Under no circumstances, will
GTR ever sell your email address or other personal information to third
parties for profit, or any other purpose. Any information of yours that is
stored on our server, will remain hidden from view unless you choose to
make it visible through the "profile" function of the message
board (you can always change that, at your discretion).
Subscribing to the gTeen
Discussion List will make your email address available to the other list
members each time you send an email to the list. The gTeen Archive will
also disclose your email address; but only gTeen list members are able to
access the archive, and only gTeen list members will be able to see your
email address from there. If you are not comfortable releasing such
information we suggest you sign up for one of the many free email service
options; such as, Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo among others.
Your email address or other
contact information will not be given to third parties without your
prior consent, except in the situations outlined below. The reason for
this is to prevent your outage to friends and/or family, as your safety
may then be at risk.
If we believe that
your safety or life is in immediate danger, and contacting third parties
is the only way to prevent a tragedy, we may do so at our discretion.
Normally, situations such as these are suicide-related and your
information may be passed onto or others for emergency assistance.
We will not disclose
information to third parties who approach us for it, unless you have
given us prior permission.
What we collect
We collect the following information on this site (only if you give
it to us), which is subject to the conditions as stated above:
Email Address Name Age IM (Instant Messaging)
Information Geographic Location Hobbies and Interests Your Web Browser
The web browser information is used only for the time you
spend on the site, and is used to generate the proper web pages for your
browser. Different web browsers will display slightly different pages, in order
to allow everyone access to all areas of the site.
left). These cookies are used only for logging into the message board, and we cannot
track your travels on the web, we cannot read your hard drive, nor can we get
any other information about you from this cookie. The cookie identifies itself
with a gayteenresources.org address in your cookies file, so you may
want to make sure you do not accept this cookie if you share your computer with
will be clearly stated in this section. We will also not set cookies on your
computer without your knowledge - you will have to explicitly "ask"
for the cookie (normally for logging into a portion of the site).