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Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

We operate this English Language website to provide useful information for the benefit of gay and LGBT visitors who live in or visit Chiang Mai.  As gay people ourselves we fully understand the privacy issues surrounding matters of sexuality and collect the minimum of data possible to interact with you, provide a good experience for website visitors and respond to any questions.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We provide various contact forms on our website to allow you to send us information or ask questions.  These ask for your name (you can use a nickname if you wish), email address and sometimes telephone number.  Any other information is provided at your discretion and choice.  Information sent by our contact forms is transmitted to us by email and stored on our secure email server.  Emails may be retained for up to one year for management purposes and to reply to your queries.  Contact forms are provided with a consent box confirming that you have read and accept this policy before submitting data to us.  We do not disclose any personal information so transmitted to third parties except where this is specifically stated (for example one form allows you to contact the Chiang Mai Gay Men’s Group and a copy of the data submitted will be emailed to them See the privacy policy for here).


If you sign up to receive our newsletter by email we collect your name (you can use a nickname if you wish) and email address.  When subscribing you confirm your consent to us sending newsletters to you that we think may be of interest.  We will do this no more than six times per year.  when you sign up to our mailing list we send an email to you asking to confirm your email address and that you consent to us sending newsletters to you before adding you to our mail list.  Once confirmed we will send you a further email confirming you have been added to our mailing list.  This email will include links that allow you to unsubscribe automatically at any time.  All newsletters we send you will also include an unsubscribe link.  Your name and email address is stored in a secure database on our web server.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Google advertising cookies

Google uses cookies to help serve the ads it displays on this websites. When users visit this website, a cookie may be dropped on that end user’s browser by Google. Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it to serve ads based on your prior visits to this website or other websites.

Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting


We use cookies to help us analyze how this website is being accessed and used, and enable us to track performance of the website content. We also use other services, such as Google Analytics or other third-party cookies, to assist with analyzing performance on our Platform. As part of providing these services, these service providers may use cookies  to collect and store information about your device, such as time of visit, pages visited, time spent on each page of the Platform, links clicked and conversion information, IP address, browser, mobile network information, and type of operating system used.

Log Data

Our website uses Apache severs which collect the following data every time they serve a web page: IP address and device identifier, Request date/time, Page requested, Bytes served, User agent, Referrer, Error logs.

We use this data for the following purposes:

  • Analysing the pages most frequently viewed by visitors and server performance to help us improve the content we provide and the user experience.
  • Security monitoring to create alert systems in the event of any unauthorized intrusion and detect and prevent hacking attempts.
  • Improving System Performance. Log data lets us monitor: slow response times, website or application crashes, 
    system slowdowns and other software issues and general maintenance.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your data with anyone except as explicitly provided in this Privacy Policy.  Data maybe shared with third parties via cookies or third party embedded content on our website including Google Analytics cookies, FaceBook Like and twitter tweet buttons.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Emails sent via contact forms are typically retained on our servers for one year  Archived emails may be retained for up to three years in specific cases where business practice requires this (e.g. correspondence regarding commercial advertising or related matters)

Names and email addresses submitted to our newsletter are retained indefinitely unless or until deleted by the subscriber.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Log files are retained on the server for 30 days after which they are automatically deleted.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

You can contact us via email using this contact form

Additional information

How we protect your data

Our website and email servers are provided by 1&1 Ionos and are served from secure ISO 27001 certified data centers in Germany and other locations for geo-redundancy.  You can read their privacy policy here

Our website is served to you over a secure https connection and email servers use SSL encryption to protect the contents of emails.