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FetLife's guidelines, privacy policy, legal info, etc.

Doxing

Doxing is defined as “the action or process of searching for and publishing private or identifying information about a particular individual with malicious intent.

What is considered PII?

The following falls under Personally Identifiable Information (PII):

  • Legal Name (e.g. last name, first + last name, first name + initial of last name)
  • Physical address (home or work)
  • Phone number (home, mobile, or work)
  • Place of work (name or address)
  • Membership in non-kinky organization that easily identifies member
  • Government ID number (drivers license, SSN, etc.)

What is in violation of this policy?

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing another member’s PII in public or private
  • Linking directly to where someone's PII is posted off-site
  • Sharing another member's immediate family's PII in public or private (this includes polyamorous partners and their immediate family)

What is not in violation of this policy?

Examples include:

  • Repeating something a member already shared in public (ex. first name)
  • Providing information to authorities for the purpose of reporting a crime

How do I report a potential violation of this guideline?

You can report a potential violation of this guideline by:

  1. Visiting the page with the potentially offensive material
  2. Selecting "...", “more”, or “options”, then select “Report”
  3. Selecting "Content Not Permitted" or “Other Reason”
  4. Selecting "Next"
  5. Providing any additional information that can help the person reviewing the report
  6. Selecting "Report"

For more information, you can refer to Submitting a Report.

Who can report a potential violation of this guideline?

Anyone who comes across content they believe might fall under this guideline.

What happens if someone violates this guideline?

If we believe the reported content violates this guideline, the member receives a minimum of a one-month timeout and risks losing their account permanently.

If the doxing was done through a secondary account, the secondary account is removed and the primary account is given a minimum of a one-month timeout.