Shared information This then begs the question that, if you sign up to one of these services, will your information be shared with other sites?On the Positive Singles website it states that “We never disclose, sell or rent any personal information to any third party organisations.This case highlights a major issue for internet users: just how secure is the information you share on these niche sites?Not very, as Hope.dating states on its Terms of Service page: "To the fullest extent permitted by local and national laws, you acknowledge and agree to the fact that any material you send to us shall be treated non-confidential and the site has the right to use such material in advertising or promotions."Dating with an STD made easy At first glance the websites look no different from any other dating website. Most of the sites also offer premium packages with additional functions like services from an STD counsellor, searching according to STD types and chatting with members of the community. If you look at one or more of the niche websites you will notice that most of them look similar.One such website offering its services to people suffering from herpes, dating, even goes as far as calling STD’s “gifts”; “People gifted with STDs are special.
Their needs, preferences and tastes are very different too.
It is estimated that there are 190 millionaires living in Kwa Zulu-Natal based on the South Africa 2015 Wealth Report by New World Wealth.
This proofs the inaccuracy of the information provided on these types of sites and that it's only used to get users to sign up. On the affiliate site partnering page of Successfulmatch.com, the following paragraph summarises the business model:“Our affiliate programmes pay one of the highest commissions available in the industry.
The plaintiff in the case stated that few members would ever click on or read the terms.
Positivesingles now faces having to pay out .5m (R202 million) after losing the privacy case.
However, few people ever read the disclaimers and terms and conditions of signing up to a website, which may include clauses allowing the site to share information with other sites.