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Privacy Policy

Petsnearby.com/Petsnearby.co.nz (for the remainder of the text will be referred to as “Petsnearby” or otherwise specifically stated) is a website for sharing your Pet’s facts and photos with other Pet lovers. It is operated by Petsnearby, Ltd., a privately held company in Auckland, NZ. Your personal privacy is EXTREMELY important to us. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect and use your personal identifying information. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

We are committed to giving you transparency of our privacy practices and control over your data in connection with Petsnearby's Service (as defined in Petsnearby's Terms of Service). This Privacy Policy covers Petsnearby's treatment of personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") and other data that Petsnearby gathers when you are accessing Petsnearby's Service. The Service is not available to individuals who are younger than 13 years old.

By using petsnearby.com, you consent to the collection and use of your personal information as outlined in the Privacy Policy. From time to time, we may update the Privacy Policy and we will post a notice of significant changes on the site. You should visit this page periodically to review any such changes to the Privacy Policy.

The information we collect

When you register to become a member of Petsnearby.com, we collect your name, email address and optionally your hometown, state and country (for our location based services). When you register your pet we collect the information you want to share about that pet, name, age, likes, dislikes, sex, etc. Your name and email will never be shared, rented, bartered or sold with other users or third-party companies. All information entered about your pet(s) will only be used by Petsnearby.com to display on the site and will never be shared, rented, bartered, sold or exchanged any other purposeful manner. The website, however, is accessible by anyone with an internet connection and a web browser, which means that any words and photos you post can be copied by any other internet user. That is the nature of the Internet and though we discourage anyone from abusing that option, it is something that must be noted.

In order to provide the best possible service and detect and correct site errors, we collect aggregate information about use of the site (such as which page are most often viewed) and we collect information about your computer, such as such as browser type, browser language, and IP address. This information as well is never shared with anyone.

What Personal Information Does Petsnearby Collect?

  1. Personal Information You Provide to Us: We receive and store any information you enter on our Service or provide to us in any other way. The types of Personal Information collected may include your name, email address, phone number, birthday, Twitter and/or Facebook usernames, use information regarding your use of our Service, and browser information. We request for your location in order to provide you with our location-based services and it is the sole discretion of the user to provide us with their address. The Personal Information you provide is used for such purposes as allowing you to set up a user account and profile that can be used to interact with other users through the Service, improving the content of the Service, customizing the advertising and content you see, and communicating with you about specials and new features. We may also draw upon this Personal Information in order to adapt the Services of our community to your needs, to research the effectiveness of our network and Services, and to develop new tools for the community.
  2. Information Collected Automatically: When you use the Service, Petsnearby automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser or mobile platform, including your location (only if given consent), IP address, cookie information, and the page you requested. We treat this data as non-Personal Information, except where we are required to do otherwise under applicable law. Petsnearby only uses this data in aggregate form. We may provide aggregate information to our partners about how our customers, collectively, use our site; so that our partners may also understand how often people use their services and our Service.

How we use your information

  1. Your human name and email will never be shared with anyone in anyway. If you chose to enter your human hometown, state or country that information will be displayed in any of your pet's web pages on the site, but the pet page does not share any other personal information or allow access to it. Currently we use your submitted email to notify you of friend requests, but the requestor never sees that email. When a user submits a form we never store or copy any of the sender or recipient emails for any period of time.
  2. We work with third parties who provide services, including but not limited to website hosting, e-commerce affiliation, data analysis, emailing and other services of an administrative nature. Personally identifiable information, is shared with such third parties for the purpose of providing such services. Further, we may use selected reputable third parties for marketing, targeting and analysis purposes. Some of these third parties may be given access to some, or all, of the information that you provide to us and may use cookies or other tracking technologies in connection with providing their services. To the extent that we provide your personally identifiable information to such third parties, we seek to restrict their ability to use such information for their own marketing purposes; however, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies or practices of such third parties.
  3. The biographical information you enter about your pet(s) is instantly available to all other users of the site. Petsnearby.com does not claim rights for the pictures uploaded or the text information you add to the site. Please note, however, that Petsnearby.com is a public site and thus all photos and information you provide are available to anyone with Internet access. Due to the nature of the internet, it is impossible for Petsnearby.com to be a protectorate of your pet'(s') facts and photos, so you should never post a photo or fact that you do not know or ever want someone else to have access to.

Sharing with Partners, in connection with business transfers, and for the protection of Petsnearby and others:

  1. Our Partners: In addition to the data sharing described above, we enter into relationships with a variety of businesses and work closely with them. In certain situations, these businesses sell items or provide promotions to you through Petsnearby's Service. In other situations, Petsnearby provides services, or sells products jointly with these businesses. You can easily recognize when one of these businesses is associated with your transaction, and we will share your Personal Information that is related to such transactions with that business, unless you have elected not to be solicited by marketing partners during the registration process or through the account settings page.
  2. Business Transfers: If Petsnearby or substantially all of its assets are acquired, or in the unlikely event that Petsnearby goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party.
  3. Protection of Petsnearby and Others: We may release Personal Information when we believe in good faith that release is necessary to comply with the law, including laws outside your country of residence; enforce or apply our conditions of use and other agreements; or protect the rights, property, or safety of Petsnearby, our employees, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organizations (including outside of your country of residence) for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
  4. Email Communications: If you do not want to receive commercial email or other mail from us, please indicate your preference during the registration process or by making a modification on your account settings page or through the 'Edit Profile' tab on our website once you're logged into the service. Please note that if you do not want to receive legal notices from us, such as notices regarding this Privacy Policy, those legal notices will still govern your use of the Petsnearby Service, and you are responsible for reviewing such legal notices for changes. We may receive a confirmation when you open an email from Petsnearby if your computer supports this type of program. Petsnearby uses this confirmation to help us make emails more interesting and helpful and improve our service.

Legal requests

You understand and agree that Petsnearby.com may access, preserve, and disclose your personal information and the contents of your account if required to do so by law or in a good faith belief that such access preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order, or to protect the rights and property of Petsnearby.com, its affiliates or the public.

Controlling your personal information

You have complete control of the information you submit to Petsnearby. You may at anytime edit any information or remove your Pet’s (s’) and Personal accounts entirely. Petsnearby.com only requires a user give a valid email while you have an account so we may contact you.

Please note we reserve the right to transfer your submitted information in the event of a transfer of ownership of Petsnearby.com, such as acquisition by or merger with another company. In such an event, Petsnearby.com will notify you before information about you is transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy.


We send "cookies" to your computer and use such cookies as described here. A cookie is a piece of data that identifies you as a unique user. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service and make the service easier to use for our members. We do this by storing user preferences in cookies and by tracking user trends - for example, we use cookies to allow you to automatically log in to the service after the first user session.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. Be aware, however, that some parts of Petsnearby.com may not function properly if you refuse cookies.

External links

Petsnearby.com may contain links to other web sites. These other sites maintain their own policies regarding cookies and the collection and use of personal information.


We use industry standard security measures to protect your information so that it is not made available to unauthorized parties. If you have any questions regarding which measures and techniques we use, feel free to contact us.

Contacting Us

If you have any more question(s) please feel free to contact us any time about Petsnearby.com by email at info@petsnearby.com or

Petsnearby, Ltd.
Ecentre, Gate 5, Oaklands Road,
Massey University,
Albany, Auckland, 0632