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

Personally Identifiable Information

For the safety of our members, we do not allow anyone to share personally identifiable information publicly on FetLife.

What is considered personally identifiable information?

The following falls under Personally Identifiable Information (PII):

  • Name (e.g last name, first name and 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 (e.g. passport, drivers license, SSN, etc.)
  • Bank account information

What is in violation of this policy?

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Sharing your own PII publicly
  • Sharing another member’s PII publicly with no malicious intent

What is not in violation of this policy?

  • First name of a member who has already shared their first name publicly
  • WhatsApp nickname, ICQ number, etc.
  • CashApp, Venmo, Paypal, etc.
  • Stage name, scene name, etc.
  • PII known by majority of people (e.g. president, actor, etc.)
  • Business phone number (e.g. event organizer, professional therapist, etc.)
  • Phone number on an event listing or event flyer
  • Address of public event
  • Sharing STD/STI results with Dr’s name and business address
  • Area code or prefix only (i.e. without the phone number)
  • City, state/province/region, country
  • Remote desktop software password (when no PII is mentioned)
  • BDSM slave registry number

How do I report a potential violation of this guideline?

You can report potential material in violation of this guideline as follows:

  1. Visit the page with the potentially offensive material
  2. Select "...", “more”, or “options”
  3. Select “Report”
  4. Select "Content Not Permitted"
  5. Select "Next"
  6. Add any additional information that you think is important
  7. Select "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 someone posts content containing PII, the content is removed.