PGN Privacy Policy

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Please read our Privacy Policy carefully, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. PGN links to numerous other sites. Please consult those sites to learn more about their policies.

Philadelphia Gay News Privacy Policy

Philadelphia Gay News has created this privacy policy because we value our members and recognize their right to keep personal information private. This statement discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for Philadelphia Gay News websites and mobile applications (“Network”). We believe very strongly that private information should remain private.

Information Collection Methodologies


When accessed over the World Wide Web, the Phildelphia Gay News uses cookies to gather broad demographic information about you, to deliver user-specific content specific to your interest, and to auto-fill forms with your demographic information so that you don’t have to manually type that information each time you visit. A cookie is a small line of data that is stored on your hard drive. Some cookies are only stored for the duration of a single browser session; others persist across sessions. Information you provide to us voluntarily is NOT stored in the cookie; that information is kept encrypted and secure in our database. All cookies assigned by EPGN are anonymous, random number strings; neither us nor our advertisers will know who you are unless you specifically provide that information to us.

Mobile Device Unique Identifier

When utilizing an EPGN mobile application from your mobile device, EPGN may receive a unique identifier for your device and use it to offer extended services and/or functionality. You will always be asked permission before EPGN is provided this information about your device. All mobile identifiers received by our Network are anonymous, random strings; neither us nor our advertisers will know who you are unless you specifically provide that information to us.

Tracking Technologies

Philadelphia Gay News uses third party technologies to track activity on our network and mobile applications via Cookies or Mobile Unique Identifiers. EPGN controls the use of this activity; while we use this anonymous information to better understand our readers and how they utilize our solutions, we do not sell this information or make it available to advertisers outside aggregated reporting.

Third-party Information Collection

Organizations that place advertising on EPGN occasionally will utilize Cookies or Mobile Unique Identifiers in order to deliver advertising that is targeted to you. EPGN does not control third-party use of such data.

Information Collected


At times Philadelphia Gay News may conduct polls about EPGN. These polls are always optional, and they do not request personally identifiable information from you.

Advice / Editorial Letters

Our advice columns and editorial letters sections permit you to ask questions and provide feedback directly to PGN staff and writers through online forms and/or email. These forms are entirely optional and can always be submitted anonymously. Any personal or demographic information submitted through these forms may be reproduced online as part of a published response.

Member Feedback

Philadelphia Gay News stores feedback you send to us via digital forms. This feedback is used to administer and refine EPGN and associated services and at times may be shared with PGN partners either in aggregate form or individually with specific identifying characteristics about the Member (e.g., e-mail address or name) removed.

Sharing Content with Other Users

If you choose to use our invitation service to tell a friend about EPGN or specific content on EPGN, we will ask you for information needed to send the invitation, such as your friend’s email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email or instant message inviting him or her to visit the site. EPGN stores this information to send this one-time invitation and to track the success of such programs. Your friend may contact us at [email protected] to request that we remove this information from our database.


From time to time we may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests on our site. If you participate, we will request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code).

We use this information to notify you when you win or do not win said contests, and in order to ship any prizes you might win to you directly. When notified, your personal information may also be shared with the sponsors of said contests. Your entry to any contests is linked to your Registration (see below) and so the information you provide is subject to the terms described in the following section.

Registration and Your Account

When you register for an account with Philadelphia Gay News, you may provide us with personal information such as your name, your email address, your telephone number, your address, your gender and additional personal or preference information. We collect this information so that we can provide you customized service, so that you may post content such as comments, classifieds, events and photos, and so that we may offer you additional personalized features.

You post content on the Network at your own risk. Although we may allow you to limit access to your private information, such as through the use of a handle or alias, please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the actions of other users with whom you may choose to share your identity and information. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that content you post on Philadelphia Gay News will not be viewed by unauthorized persons. We are not responsible for circumvention of any privacy settings or security measures contained on Philadelphia Gay News. You understand and acknowledge that, even after removal, copies of your content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other users have copied or stored your content.

If you wish for your account to be deactivated, please send a request to [email protected].

Communications from PGN

Newsletters, Special Offers and Updates

PGN may occasionally send you information on products, services, news, special deals, or promotions via e-mail. All e-mail communications from PGN are “opt in,” which means you must request them in some way via our Network. Every e-mail communication you receive from PGN includes instructions for “opting out” of any future communications from our company.

Mobile Notifications

Philadelphia Gay News may occasionally send you information on products, services, news, special deals, or promotions via mobile notifications. All mobile notifications from PGN are “opt in,” which means you must request them in some way via your device. All devices provide specific functionality to “opt out” of any future mobile notifications from our company; consult the instruction manual for your device’s operating system for specific instructions.

Additional Disclosures

Notwithstanding anything else in this policy, PGN may also disclose personal and aggregate information when required by a valid legal mechanism such as a search warrant, subpoena, or court order, or when we deem it necessary, in our sole discretion, to protect our rights and the safety of others, or our users, employees, or properties.

PGN reserves the right to share some or all of your personal information with its parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures or other companies under common control with PGN, in which case PGN will require such entities to honor this privacy policy. If PGN is acquired by another company, that company will obtain the member information collected by PGN and will assume the rights and obligations set forth in this privacy policy regarding that information.

Off-site Links

Philadelphia Gay News provides links to other sites. PGN is not responsible for the privacy practices or contents of these other sites.

Syndicated Content

PGN may syndicate its content to and distribute its content through third-party properties. Although you may see the PGN logo associated with such content, your activity on third-party properties is governed by the privacy statement on the property you’re visiting.

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, you can contact us via email at [email protected].

Change Policy

From time to time we may revise this privacy notice. If we make a material change, we will post an update on PGN or notify you by email, at which time you’ll be able to “opt out” of these new practices by contacting us (using the contact information above).