Who we are
Stepsapart is operated by Blaze Ltd, a company registered in Hong Kong.
Stepsapart has designated a Data Protection Officer and they can be reached by emailing info@Stepsapart.com or by post at the address above.
What information does Stepsapart process?
Stepsapart is a meeting place for adults, and we provide that service by operating a social network site offering users the opportunity to connect to our global community of users. By joining Stepsapart, you enter a legal agreement with us and we process your data in order to provide your service under the terms of that agreement. You can only become a member of Stepsapart or use its features if you’re aged 18 or over or the age of majority in the country in which you reside if that happens to be greater than 18.
To join the Stepsapart network you will have to complete our online registration form, where we may ask you to provide us with information about you such as your name, your email address, your gender, your date of birth, your location details. You also have the opportunity to provide other details about yourself, but these are optional. Because you control your user profile, these details are available to you at any time by accessing your “Profile” page, which gives you the chance to correct or update (other than your email address and gender) your information at any time by just logging in to Stepsapart. You can contact Stepsapart’s Customer Support Team at ourFeedback Page to change the gender on your profile and/or email address.
Please be careful about posting sensitive details about yourself on your Profile such as your religious denomination and health details. While you may voluntarily provide this information to us when you create your Profile, including your sexual preferences and ethnic background, there is no requirement to do so. Please remember that photographs or any video clips that you post on Stepsapart may reveal these kinds of sensitive personal data. Where you do upload and choose to tell us sensitive data about yourself, you are explicitly consenting to our processing your information and making this public to other users.
For safety and security and to ensure you have the best possible user experience, we require users to verify their accounts and might ask for your phone number. We want to make sure you are not a robot! And we also want to avoid fake Stepsapart accounts being created which can be used for malicious activities and cyber crime – they threaten the Stepsapart network and spoil things for everyone. We use a third party provider for account verification who will keep your phone number for up to 90 days for fraud identification purposes across a range of online platforms and services like Stepsapart’s. We collect and use your phone number on the basis of our legitimate interests identified above and for the prevention of fraud.
If you decide to purchase any of our premium services, we will process your payment information and retain this securely for the prevention of fraud and for audit/tax purposes. Under data protection law, it is necessary for us to collect and process this payment data to enable us to perform our contract with you and our ongoing retention of this data is justified by our legitimate interests set out above.
To enable Stepsapart to provide a free non-premium service, we process some limited data (demographics and location) to drive targeted advertising in our legitimate interest including sharing such data with advertising networks. We may also receive data indirectly from such advertising networks. You can stop this within Settings but you will still see adverts though they will be less relevant to you. Through your device’s security settings you also have the option to prevent or limit device identifiers being shared with third party advertisers and what use is made of the device identifiers. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, please visit this page.
Finally, we want to keep in touch with you to make sure you know about the great promotions and offers we have available. If you’ve told us it’s OK, we will use your email address and phone number to send you information on these. You can withdraw this consent at any time via Settings in the app or website.
What does Stepsapart collect about me if I use the mobile App? Stepsapart offers you the opportunity to stay in touch with the friends and contacts you’ve made no matter where you are. You can do this by using your mobile phone or by downloading an application to your desktop that allows you to share your location with other users.
When you use your mobile or the desktop application, we will collect information about WiFi access points as well as other location information about your longitude and latitude. That information helps us identify your physical location so that it can be displayed and shared with other members choosing to view “nearby” posts.
If you have enabled location services, but wish to turn it off, you can do so by the following methods:
iPhone app — settings, privacy, location services, Stepsapart Android — profile, privacy, off We, or our third-party advertising partners, may also collect and use your device identifier to serve relevant ads to you through the App. You can opt out of targeted advertising by (i) becoming payers and/ or (ii) opting not to share data with any partner platforms but still to receive advertisements.
What is the legal basis that allows Stepsapart to use my data? We are only permitted to use your data when we have a lawful basis to do so. The table below provides an overview of the legal bases that Stepsapart relies on to use your data. Where the legal basis is consent, you can withdraw consent at any time. Where the legal basis is legitimate interests, you have a right to object to our use of your data. We explain in the relevant sections in this privacy notice how you can withdraw consent or opt-out of certain data uses (where applicable).
Purpose for which data is used Data Legal basis To provide you with the Stepsapart social networking service Name, email address, date of birth, location Contractual necessity To facilitate networking opportunities on the Stepsapart site Optional information that you choose to provide in your profile, which may include information about your sexual preferences, religion, ethnic background, photos etc. Consent To verify your identity and prevent fraud and to ensure the safety and security of users Phone number Legitimate interests – it is in our legitimate interests to ensure that accounts are not set up fraudulently and to safeguard users of the site To take payment for premium services Payment card details Contractual necessity and legitimate interests – we have a legitimate interest in receiving payment for our premium services To serve targeted advertisements to users of the site Demographic and location information Legitimate interests – it is in our legitimate interests to target advertisements so that users see relevant advertisements and to allow us to generate income from advertising revenue To send you marketing information about our offers and services Email address and mobile phone number Legitimate interests – it is in our legitimate interests to promote our products and services To show “nearby” location information to you and other users of the site Wifi access points and location data when you use the mobile app Consent To serve advertisements through the Stepsapart mobile app Device ID Legitimate interests – it is in our legitimate interests and the interests of third party advertisers to deliver advertisements to you to promote their products To carry out analysis to help us improve the app Log and usage data, including IP address, browser type, referring domain, pages accessed, mobile carrier and search terms Legitimate interests – it is in our interests to analyse the way in which users are accessing and using our services so that we can further develop the app and improve the service To respond to correspondence and queries that you submit to us Email address and IP address Legitimate interests – it is in our legitimate interests to respond to your queries to ensure that we provide a good service to users and troubleshoot problems How long will Stepsapart keep my data? We keep your personal information only as long as we need it for legitimate business purposes (as set out above) and as permitted by applicable law. To protect the safety and security of our users on and off our services, we implement a safety retention window of three months following account deletion. During this period, account information will be retained although the account will of course not be visible on the services anymore.
In practice, we delete or anonymise your information upon deletion of your account (following the safety retention window), unless:
What information does Stepsapart collect about my friends and contacts? You can choose to invite your friends to join Stepsapart to make sure that they also get the benefits of meeting new people. To make it easier to search and find friends and acquaintances on Stepsapart, users may search for other members by email address. If you want to invite your friends and contacts to Stepsapart, we will send an email invitation from Stepsapart in your name or you can send an SMS (if you use our Android or iPhone App) to your friends and contacts encouraging them to sign up to Stepsapart. If any of the individuals you have invited do not register within a few days, Stepsapart may occasionally send reminder emails on your behalf to those individuals. You can choose to invite all your friends or only a select few by simply unticking the names of those friends you do not wish to invite, but please remember you must not invite any children to join. You are responsible for ensuring that your friend has agreed to receiving a Stepsapart invite.
When you import your contacts, we store their name and email address or their mobile number so that we can automatically connect you and your friend. Stepsapart does not sell these email addresses or mobile numbers or use them to send any other communication besides email invitations. The friend may contact Stepsapart to request the removal of their information from our database by visiting ourFeedback Page. Any such request will only apply to addresses or mobile numbers we have at the time of the request and not to any addresses or mobile numbers that the member/user provides to us later.
Who does Stepsapart share information with? We may share aggregated information with such parties as Foursquare that includes your personal data (but which doesn’t identify you directly), together with other information including log data with third parties for industry analysis and demographic profiling and to deliver targeted advertising about other products and services.
We share your data with the following categories of third-parties:
In the event that Stepsapart or any of its affiliates undergoes a business transition or change of ownership, such as a merger, acquisition by another company, re-organisation, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, or in the event of insolvency or administration, we may be required to disclose your personal data.
How does lookalikes work?
Lookalikes is one feature of the site which is primarily designed to allow you to find people who look similar to celebrities, friends or even you! The feature will return photos of people who look like the person you searched for and who are existing members of Stepsapart. After using the feature you will be invited to create a Stepsapart account so that you can contact these “lookalikes” and possibly meet (only if they agree of course!).
We respect other people’s rights, and you should too. We recognise that as well as uploading a photo of yourself to find your lookalike, you may wish to upload a photo of someone else to find their lookalikes. If you do, then you should get their permission before you upload their photo. You are not permitted to upload photos of children.
Any photo is held for 30 days. After this time it will automatically be purged from our servers. If you wish for the photo to be deleted before then (e.g. you have been contacted by the person in the photo you uploaded seeking immediate removal of the photo), you may contact us via email at info@Stepsapart.com to make your request. Please be aware that it may take up to 72 hours for us to process your request.
Under UK and EU law, you have the right to lodge a complaint with data protection regulators. Stepsapart has its main office in the UK and the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) is our lead regulator. You can find out how to raise a concern with the ICO by visiting their website at www.ico.org.uk. If you’re within the EU, you may also get in touch with your local Data Protection Regulator who may liaise with the ICO on your behalf.
You have a number of rights under European Data Protection law if you are an EU citizen.
Right to be informed: what personal data an organisation is processing and why (this notice). Right of access: you can request a copy of your data. Right of rectification: if the data held is inaccurate, you have the right to have it corrected. Right to erasure: you have the right to have your data deleted in certain circumstances. Right to restrict processing: in limited circumstances, you have the right to request that processing is stopped but the data retained. Right to data portability: you can request a copy of your data in a machine-readable form that can be transferred to another provider. Right to object: in certain circumstances (including where data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests or for the purposes of marketing) you may object to that processing. Rights related to automated decision making including profiling: there are several rights in this area where processing carried out on a solely automated basis results in a decision which has legal or significant effects for the individual. In these circumstances your rights include the right to ensure that there is human intervention in the decision-making process. If you want to exercise any of your rights listed above please visit Feedback Page or email us at DPO@corp.Stepsapart.com.
How does Stepsapart protect my personal data? Stepsapart has implemented appropriate security measures to protect and prevent the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control, including your personal data. Our technical experts at Stepsapart work hard to ensure your secure use of our site.
While we take reasonable precautions against possible security breaches of our website, member database and records, no website or internet transmission is completely secure and we cannot guarantee that unauthorised access, hacking, data loss, or other breaches will never occur. We urge you to take steps to keep your personal data safe (including your password) and to log out of your account after use. If you lose your password or give it out, or another service provider that you use suffers a data breach and you have used the same credentials with that service provider as you have with Stepsapart, your personal data may be compromised. If that happens, please report it to Support via our Feedback page.
Where is my personal data kept?
We want you to be able to access Stepsapart wherever you happen to be in the world. To enable us to provide that service, we operate a global network of servers including in the US, Hong Kong, Czech Republic and Russia. The hardware is located in third-party data centres but is owned by Stepsapart. Data collected by advertising partners may also be held outside the European Economic Area. We ensure that the data is adequately protected by ensuring that valid, legal mechanisms are in place such as: EU approved model clauses (which can be found here), US privacy shield certification (more information can be found here); and implementing robust contractual standards. If you want more information relating to the nature of the safeguards we have in place please email DPO@corp.Stepsapart.com.
Does Stepsapart collect any other personal data about me?
If you contact our Customer Support team via ourFeedback page, we will receive your email address, and may track your IP address as well as the information you send to us to help resolve your query. We will keep records of our communications with you, including any complaints that we receive from you about other users (and from other users about you) for 6 years after deletion of your account.
Does Stepsapart use my personal data for any other purpose?
We may use material that you post on the open access areas of Stepsapart in advertising and promotional materials on our partner sites and partner products. We believe these uses are in line with our legitimate interests in enabling us to improve our site and better tailor your online experience to meet your needs. If we intend to do this, we will contact you for your prior approval.
From time to time we may run surveys for research purposes and we may contact you to find out if you would like to take part. Such surveys are optional and more information will be provided at the point of contact. If you do not wish to be contacted to take part in a survey, please contact our Customer Support Team at our Feedback Page.
We use your personal data to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems and enforce our Terms and Conditions of Use.
What are ‘cookies’ and what ‘cookies’ does Stepsapart use? We collect information by placing cookies on your computer or mobile. A cookie is a piece of text stored on your computer or mobile by your web browser. They are basically a tool that stores information about website visits, recognises you and your preferences each time you visit Stepsapart, and ensures site functionality and enables us to provide the services our members request.
When you visit the publicly available sections of Stepsapart, a session ID cookie is placed on your computer that only lasts while you’re visiting. We also place persistent cookies (also known as local storage devices) on members’ computers, so that Stepsapart remembers them and makes their login experience faster and easier. We may use persistent tracking cookies on your mobile device, mainly for security protection purposes, such as to prevent phishers, scammers, unauthorised login attempts, and to help you access your hacked account. We do not use any information whilst you are logged off.
You may set your browser and your mobile settings to block cookies and local storage devices, but if you do so, you may not be able to access the features that Stepsapart offers.
Authentication These cookies help us to identify our members so that when you’re logged in, you can enjoy Stepsapart’s offerings, experiences and various features, such as uploading photographs, chatting and can localise your experience, such as when you’ve requested to view Stepsapart’s site in your local language or when you’ve asked Stepsapart to ‘remember me’. These cookies also help to remember who invited you to join Stepsapart.
Security and site integrity
We may use persistent cookies, which will help us to ensure we have identified the same device is logging in to the correct account. These types of cookies also help with our anti-spam measures and may help us to prevent phishers, scammers, unauthorised login attempts to your account and accessing any hacked accounts.