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Welcome to GarsWorld!

GarsWorld is a platform that helps connect fans with creators they love. “GarsWorld,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to GarsWorld, Inc., this platform, and the services offered by GarsWorld, including the GarsWorld iOS app, the GarsWorld Android app, GarsWorld APIs, GarsWorld embeds, www.GarsWorld.com, and GarsWorld’s other websites. This Privacy Policy is part of our Terms of Use, and describes how we collect, use, and share information.Information You Provide GarsWorldThis is information that you provide to us through text fields, such as your name, payment information, and benefits. The information of this type that we require you to provide differs depending on whether you create an account, become a patron, purchase a subscription or other offering, otherwise engage with a creator, or become a creator, and typically includes at least:

You may also have the option to sign up for GarsWorld using a Facebook, Google, or Apple account. We will ask for permission to access basic information from your Facebook, Google, or Apple account, such as your userID, full name, email address, and profile picture. You can choose to stop sharing that information with us at any time by going to Facebook, Google, or Apple to remove GarsWorld’s access to that account and your ability to use it to log in to GarsWorld. In order to use an account with one of these companies to sign up for GarsWorld, these companies may require you to share personal data with them, including information about your usage of GarsWorld. As applicable to you, please consult the Facebook, Google, and Apple privacy policies to learn more about that.You may also have the option to add more information to your public profile, such as a location, social media links, and an about section, which we store along with the other information that we collect.PatronsA patron is someone who subscribes and/or makes a purchase on GarsWorld, which may come with special benefits from creators they love. As a patron, you must provide your payment information to our payment partners. You can see the Privacy Policy for these payment partners on the Adyen, Venmo, Apple, PayPal, Stripe, and Checkout sites. GarsWorld stores the expiry and postal code associated with your payment card, but does not store your full payment card number. Instead, GarsWorld uses a service provider to create a token that represents your card’s primary account number, which GarsWorld then stores. If you choose to pay using a payment partner that requires you to provide to them your personal data like name and email address, such as PayPal, then that payment partner may provide that information to GarsWorld.We collect and process information about the creators you subscribe to and/or support, the memberships and other offerings you purchase, and what benefits you receive. As a patron, if you select a membership or offering with a physical benefit then you will be asked to optionally provide your shipping information, including phone number. We may also derive your location from your self-disclosed country, your IP address, and/or your payment card.CreatorsA creator is someone who creates a page on GarsWorld to engage with patrons who purchase memberships or offerings on GarsWorld to support the creator’s creations. To become a creator, you must create a page that describes what you are creating and any benefits you are offering. To receive payouts, you have to create an account with one of our payment partners: PayPal, Stripe, or Payoneer. If you choose to receive payouts using a payment partner that requires you to provide to them your personal data like name and email address, such as PayPal, then that payment partner may provide that information to GarsWorld. You may also be required to provide your bank account information to process payouts. You must also provide us with additional information for tax purposes. Depending on your location and the type of creations that you create, you may have to provide GarsWorld some combination of the following:

Additional Information We CollectAutomatically Collected InformationWe automatically receive information when you view creations on or otherwise interact with GarsWorld, even if you have not created an account. For example, when you visit GarsWorld.com, view or interact with a GarsWorld embed on another website or mobile app, use GarsWorld’s mobile apps, sign into GarsWorld’s services, or view or interact with an email from GarsWorld, we may automatically receive information about you, including:

Messages and Comments on GarsWorldWhen you send or receive messages or when you post or are mentioned in comments or messages on GarsWorld, we collect the contents of those messages and comments as well as information about related activity, including the timestamp of those messages and comments and who has viewed those messages or comments.DiscordWe use Discord to host a chat platform for connecting with our community of creators and enabling creators to connect with each other. When you join GarsWorld’s Discord server, you may connect your Discord account to your GarsWorld account and thereby share your Discord username and associated information with GarsWorld. As you use GarsWorld’s Discord server, we may collect information including the time you joined the server, the time you left the server, profile information you configure, user roles you select, the channels you join, the messages you send, and edits that you make.User Research Studies & SurveysWe conduct research about current, former, and prospective creators and patrons. From time to time, we may solicit your participation in such a research study and, if you choose to participate, then we may observe how you use GarsWorld and may record video, audio, and images of you using GarsWorld and your interview with GarsWorld researchers. As part of these research studies we may also ask you to answer survey questions, including about how you use GarsWorld and how you perceive GarsWorld’s services and brand. When you answer these questions, we will store your responses.Event Information & SurveysFrom time to time, we may solicit your participation in surveys related to GarsWorld events. In order to better understand and serve creators and patrons, we may ask you for demographic information, including information related to your gender identity, ethnicity, race, age, sexual orientation, earnings, and accessibility, which you may optionally choose to provide. We collect such information to help us better understand the overall population of creators and patrons that use GarsWorld, to develop and market events for creators and patrons, and to showcase creators for greater discoverability, including at such events. When you complete these surveys, we store your survey responses, including any such demographic information you choose to provide.We may also request information from you at in-person and online events. This information may include your name, email address, mobile phone number, details about the types of creations you create, and survey or feedback responses.Blogs & Creator Education SitesWe may collect and store your email address, your comments, and your profile information from our blog and creator education sites.Information from Third-Party AccountsAfter creating a GarsWorld account, you may be able to connect your social media account(s) (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch) with GarsWorld and we may collect and store some information related to those accounts, including:

You may also grant GarsWorld access to these third-party accounts in order for some GarsWorld features to operate. When you connect such a third-party account to your GarsWorld account, that third-party service will typically present a page that describes the information that GarsWorld can access and/or permissions you are granting to GarsWorld to take actions on your behalf. At any time, you may be able to revoke GarsWorld’s access to those accounts using the respective third party’s settings page.PromotionsGarsWorld may operate certain promotions from GarsWorld-operated accounts on third party platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Personal data collected by GarsWorld as part of such promotions will be used in accordance with this Privacy Policy.Consent and Age Verification Information Regarding Adult/18+ CreationsTo make sure GarsWorld is a safe place for everyone, GarsWorld is required to have all creators sharing sexually explicit creations or creations that include nudity verify that they are over the age of 18. When doing so, such creators must, as further explained inline within our product, consent to our service provider collecting and disclosing their personal data pursuant to its privacy policy. GarsWorld is also required to have all creators sharing sexually explicit creations or creations that include nudity agree to obtain consent from each person depicted in their creations and to verify that each such person is over the age of 18. GarsWorld does not collect this information directly and instead provides creators with a consent form template that they may use for this purpose. When it is necessary to do so, however, GarsWorld may request that creators provide this information to GarsWorld.Information Collected by Third PartiesCookiesThird parties may use cookies on our website. A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. Please see our Cookie Policy for more information on the use of cookies on GarsWorld. You can see and adjust your cookie preferences for your current browser for GarsWorld.com here.Social Media Features and WidgetsWe may use social media and related products and features, including a Discord server, the Facebook Like button, and widgets, such as the Share button or similar interactive mini-programs that run on GarsWorld. These features may collect your IP address and other personal data, including which page you are visiting on our site, and may set and/or read cookies. Social media features and widgets are either hosted by a third party or directly on GarsWorld. For more information on the technologies used by these third parties, the information they collect, and how that information is used, please refer to their respective privacy policies. Below are links to the privacy policies of the most used such services for easy reference:

How We Use InformationAs applicable, we use the information we collect to:

Information Shared with CreatorsBy subscribing, purchasing a membership or offering on GarsWorld that is offered by a creator, or otherwise engaging with or becoming a patron of a creator, you agree to share personal data with that creator that may include:

We may solicit your participation in surveys related to particular creators on GarsWorld. For example, when you subscribe and/or make a purchase on GarsWorld or when you cancel a subscription, you may be asked to optionally take a survey about that choice. If you choose to participate in that survey, then you agree that your responses, which may include your personal data like full name and email address, will be shared with the associated creator.When you use GarsWorld to send a message to another user, including a creator, the contents of that message will be shared with the recipients you select.GarsWorld maintains a Data Processing Agreement governing how creators are permitted to process the information that is shared with them. We refer to this as the Creator Privacy Promise, which details a creator’s promise to protect the privacy of their patrons during and beyond their GarsWorld relationship. You can view the Creator Privacy Promise here.As part of offering and operating a creator page and/or membership on GarsWorld, a creator may use one or more third-party services. These third parties may, for example, host creations or help deliver benefits, including shipping packages to patrons. Accordingly, creators may share patron personal data with such third-party services and/or enable patrons to elect to share personal data with such third-party services in order to receive offerings or membership benefits or otherwise participate in a membership or related event. GarsWorld’s app directory provides information about many of these third-party services, though it is not exhaustive as creators may also use other services. You should review the privacy policies of these third-party services in order to understand how they collect, use, and share personal data.Information Shared with Communities on GarsWorldBy subscribing, purchasing a membership or offering on GarsWorld that is offered by a creator, otherwise engaging with or becoming a patron of a creator, or by creating a creator page yourself, you are joining a GarsWorld community associated with that creator. This community is comprised of the creator and people who have subscribed to, purchased a membership or offering on GarsWorld that is offered by, or otherwise engaged with or become a patron of that creator, including those who subscribed to that creator for free. You agree to share personal data with that community that may include:

This personal data may be displayed in your community profile, which may have more information than your public profile and is visible to fellow community members. You can learn more about the personal data that may be shared with communities on GarsWorld, including in community profiles, and your associated controls over that data in our Help Center. If you disable your community profile in your settings, then your public profile, which is described below, may be displayed to fellow community members.When you comment on a post, like a post or message, react to a post or message, join a chat room, send a chat message, express interest in an event, join an event experience, and take other community actions you are visible to the associated sections of those GarsWorld communities. When you are typing a message in a chat room or other community space, this may be displayed to the other people in that chat room or community space. Comments, messages, likes, and reactions in community spaces are visible to the associated GarsWorld community and community members who later join the associated community space may be able to see the full history of comments, messages, likes, and reactions. For example, chat messages sent to a community chat room or community event experience are visible to the sections of that community associated with the chat room or event. Similarly, comments, likes, and reactions related to a post visible to a community are visible to the sections of that associated community that can see that post. If the visibility of a post or community space later changes, then the visibility of the associated comments, messages, likes, and reactions may also change along with it. For example, if a post is later made available to a larger section of a GarsWorld community, then the comments, likes, and reactions on that post may also become available to that section of that GarsWorld community.Information Shared with the PublicThe following information may be publicly accessible or otherwise shared with members of the public and you can learn more in our Help Center:

Information Shared with Third PartiesWe never sell your information to third parties. Other than information that is shared with creators, shared with communities on GarsWorld, or shared with members of the public, we will only share data with third parties under the following circumstances:

Your Preferences and Control over Your DataChoosing Your PreferencesOn www.GarsWorld.com, you may find your settings in the left navigation panel after you log in to your GarsWorld account. On GarsWorld’s mobile apps, you may find your settings by clicking on your avatar or profile. Settings let you see and adjust your account preferences, including privacy preferences. You can separately see and adjust your cookie preferences for your current browser for GarsWorld.com here.Opting out of MarketingYou may opt out of marketing at any time in every marketing communication as applicable. You may also adjust your preferences in your settings.Opting out will stop marketing emails and SMS/MMS as applicable. Please allow up to 30 days for your opt-out request to be processed. If you have an account with GarsWorld, you will continue to receive service-related emails and texts if you have opted into receiving texts. You will also continue to receive service-related shipments of benefits to the designated delivery address.We may work with third-party advertising partners to market our services. You can opt your current browser out of interest-based advertising from partners that adhere to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising at https://optout.aboutads.info. On Android, depending on your version of Android, you can delete the advertising ID for your current device in your Android phone’s settings or you can opt your current device out of interest-based advertising by enabling “Opt out of Ads Personalization” in your Android phone’s settings (precise directions and setting name may be different on different Android versions). On iOS 13 and previous versions only, you can opt your current device out of interest-based advertising by enabling the “Limit Ad Tracking” setting in your iOS phone’s settings (precise directions may be different on different iOS versions). On iOS 14 and later versions only, if you don’t want to allow apps to access your current device’s iOS Identifier for Advertising, you can disable the “Allow Apps to Request to Track” setting in your iOS settings (precise directions may be different on different iOS versions).Turning Off Email NotificationsYou can change your email notifications in your email settings. While this allows you to stop many notification emails, we will still send other service-related emails.Turning Off Mobile Push NotificationsIf you download the GarsWorld iOS or Android app you may also receive notifications on your mobile device. These can be disabled in the App settings.Controlling Your DataWe enable individuals to:

You can do this on GarsWorld in the following ways:

If you are unable to log in to your account, and are unable to recover your account with a password reset in order to lodge your privacy request, then you may reach out to privacy@GarsWorld.com. We reserve the right to refuse access to or recovery of an account, at our sole discretion, in order to prevent an unauthorized takeover of your account or unauthorized access to your personal data.Verification of RequestsUsers typically maintain password-protected accounts with GarsWorld. If you submit a request to exercise your privacy rights, you will be asked to verify the request by logging in to your GarsWorld account, or to verify your identity in another manner.If we are unable to adequately verify your request at our sole discretion then, in order to protect against unauthorized access to personal data, we reserve the right to deny the request.Do Not Track SignalsYour browser may be configured to transmit a “Do Not Track” signal to websites that you visit. There is no industry-standard approach to what this signal means. Accordingly, GarsWorld does not monitor or otherwise respond to these “Do Not Track” signals.California Privacy LawsGarsWorld’s headquarters are located in California, USA.The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) allows California residents to request access to the specific pieces and categories of personal information that the business has collected about the consumer, the categories of sources for that information, the business or commercial purposes for collecting the information, and the categories of third parties with which the information was shared.GarsWorld provides California residents and all users with the right to view, access, or transport their information at the GarsWorld Privacy Center. All users also have the right to submit a request to delete information by going to the GarsWorld Privacy Center, clicking on the “Make a Privacy Request” button and requesting “Erase.” We do not discriminate against users who exercise their privacy rights.Under California’s “Shine the Light” law (Civil Code section 1798.83), California residents have certain rights regarding the disclosure of their information to third parties for their own direct marketing purposes. GarsWorld’s policy is not to share your information with third parties for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes if you have exercised your option to prevent that. If you wish to not have your personal information shared for those purposes, you may adjust your preferences or request that we delete your personal information by following the steps outlined above.EU Privacy Laws and Data TransfersGarsWorld is a global company. By using GarsWorld, you agree that your personal data may be transferred to and stored in the United States, and handled as described in this Policy. GarsWorld acts as a data controller, as defined under applicable law. If you reside in the European Union (including EFTA States), the United Kingdom, or Switzerland, GarsWorld Portugal acts as a controller of your personal data. If you reside anywhere else, GarsWorld, Inc. acts as a controller of your personal data.GarsWorld processes personal data based on different legal grounds depending on the circumstances. This includes performance of a contract, legitimate interest, legal obligation, and consent where appropriate. Where we rely on consent, you may withdraw such consent at any time.Contractual Protections Covering TransfersWhere appropriate, GarsWorld transfers of personal data of individuals in the European Union (including EFTA States) and the United Kingdom outside of those locations are performed based on contractual obligations placed on the recipient of the personal data.Data Privacy Framework and PrinciplesGarsWorld, Inc. adheres to the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework Principles and the Swiss-U.S. Data Privacy Framework Principles and complies with the associated EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework, the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework, and the Swiss-U.S. Data Privacy Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, sharing, and retention of personal data transferred from the European Union (including EFTA States), the United Kingdom, and Switzerland to the United States. As applicable, we do not, however, rely solely on the EU-US Data Privacy Framework, the UK Extension to the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework, or the Swiss-US Data Privacy Framework as our lawful basis to transfer personal data from the European Union, EFTA States, or the United Kingdom. To learn more about the Data Privacy Framework program, and to view our certification, please visit https://www.dataprivacyframework.gov/.With respect to the personal data received or transferred pursuant to the Data Privacy Frameworks, GarsWorld, Inc. is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the US Federal Trade Commission. Under certain circumstances, Data Privacy Framework participants may be liable for the transfer of personal data from the EU, EFTA States, or the United Kingdom to third parties outside the EU, EFTA States, and the United Kingdom. If you have a dispute with us about our Data Privacy Framework compliance, we ask that you first submit any such complaints directly to us at privacy@GarsWorld.com. If you aren’t satisfied with our response, you may contact JAMS – the US-based independent alternative dispute resolution provider responsible for reviewing and resolving complaints about our Data Privacy Framework compliance free of charge to you – via https://www.jamsadr.com/eu-us-data-privacy-framework. In the event your concern still isn’t addressed by JAMS, you may be entitled to a binding arbitration under the Data Privacy Framework and its principles. More Information about this arbitration process can be found here.Contacting our Data Protection OfficerIf you have privacy concerns or questions, you can contact our Data Protection Officer (DPO) via email at privacy@GarsWorld.com with “FAO DPO” in the subject title.You may also post a letter to the DPO with your questions.

GarsWorld Privacy TeamGarsWorld600 Townsend StreetSuite 500San Francisco, CA 94103

GarsWorld Privacy TeamGarsWorldRua Augusto Rosa nº 794000-098Porto, PortugalComplaintsWe take your privacy queries seriously, and are committed to resolving any complaints that may arise about our collection or use of your data. If you believe your privacy rights have been infringed, we encourage you to contact our DPO at privacy@GarsWorld.com. You may also have the right to complain to the appropriate data protection supervisory authority.Establishing an Authorized AgentYou may designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf. In order to designate an authorized agent to make a request on your behalf, you must provide a valid power of attorney, the requester’s valid government ID, and the authorized agent’s valid government ID. Please contact privacy@GarsWorld.com with your request. In order to prevent an unauthorized takeover of your account or unauthorized access to your personal data, we may decline access to or recovery of your account at our sole discretion.Our Data Retention PeriodGarsWorld stores your personal data until it is no longer necessary to provide our services, or until you ask us to delete it. We may continue to retain some information even after you delete your account if we are required to do so in order to comply with applicable laws.SecurityThe security of your personal data is important to us and we follow industry standards to protect it. You can learn more on our Security Policy page.ChildrenGarsWorld is not directed to children, and you may not use GarsWorld if you are under the age of 13. You must also be old enough to consent to the processing of your personal data in your country (in some countries we may allow your parent or legal guardian to do so on your behalf). You must be at least 18 years old or have your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to have a creator page on GarsWorld or to purchase an offering or subscription on GarsWorld. You must be at least 18 years old to subscribe to an Adult/18+ creator or purchase an offering related to such a creator.ChangesWe may sometimes make changes to this Privacy Policy. If we make a change to this Policy that, in GarsWorld’s sole discretion, is material, then we will let you know before the changes come into effect. Continuing to use GarsWorld after a change to this policy means you accept the new policy. If you have any questions, please email privacy@GarsWorld.com. 

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