How We Collect and Use Information
We collect the following types of information about you:
Information you provide us directly:
We may ask for certain information such as your username, real name, birthdate, address, phone number and e-mail address when you register for an account or make a purchase, or if you correspond with us. We may also retain any messages you send through the website or email. We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of our organization. If you create and use an account on our website, your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, may be published publicly. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed.
We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the website. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving our website. We collect and use this analytics information in aggregate form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify any particular individual user.
When you visit our website, we may send one or more cookies — a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters — to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets us help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use our website (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click and other actions you take on our website). A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive after you close your browser. Persistent cookies may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser’s directions. A session cookie is temporary and disappears after you close your browser. You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent.
Log file information:
Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access our website. When you use our website, our servers automatically record certain log file information. These server logs may include anonymous information such as your web request, Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on our website, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.
Clear gifs/web beacons information:
When you use our website, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our Users. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The information is allows for more accurate reporting and improvement of our website.
When you access our website by or through a mobile device (including but not limited to smart-phones or tablets), we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”). Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by our website. A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use our website. A device identifier may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through our website. Some features of our website may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.
When you access our website by or through a mobile device, we may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store “location data,” which may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device. Location data may convey to us information about how you browse and use our website. Some features of our website, particularly location-based services, may not function properly if use or availability of location data is impaired or disabled.
Commercial and marketing communications:
We use the information we collect or receive, such as your email address, to communicate directly with you. We may use your information to send you service-related emails (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates, technical and security notices). You may not opt out of service-related emails.
Use of certain service type information we collect about you:
Sharing of Your Information
We will not rent, sell or give your information to third parties outside the Western Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation and its group companies (including any parent, subsidiaries and affiliates) without your consent, except as noted below:
Who can see User Content: Any User Content that you voluntarily disclose for posting to our website becomes available to the public and cannot be removed, except by us at our sole discretion. Once posted, User Content may not be removable from public view, as copies may remain viewable in cached and archived pages of our website, on other sites that have republished us, or if other Users have copied or saved that information. If you do not wish your User Content to be available to the public, please don’t post it on our website. Suchs posts will cause your username and if you choose to disclose it, your real name, to be published publicly. Once published your username and / or real name may not be able to be removed.
Who can see your IP address: If you post User Content on our website while not logged in, your IP address will be published with your User Content in order to attribute your contribution to our website. A selection of Trusted Users with administrative powers on our website have the ability to review IP addresses of users to reduce abusive behavior. Any third party service embedded on our website such as a video provider, social network or other third party will also have access to your IP address.
Who can see your email address: If you enter an email address, you will enable communication from us.
Instances where we are required to share your information:
Sharing certain service type information we collect about you:
We may share certain service type information, including information obtained through tools such as cookies, log files, device identifiers, location data and clear gifs (such as anonymous usage data, referring/exit pages and URLs, platform types, number of clicks, etc.): (i) with our third-party business partners for the purposes described in the section above on “How We Collect and Use Information.” We may also aggregate or otherwise strip data of all personally identifying characteristics and may share that aggregated, anonymized data with third parties.
To enhance your user experience or help us improve and measure our effectiveness, our website may have embedded code from third parties. Examples of such parties may include Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and others. These third parties may collect information about you including IP address, cookies in ways we cannot control.
How We Store and Protect Your Information
Storage and Processing:
Keeping your information safe:
We care about the security of your information, and use reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the website and email. To protect your privacy and security, we take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your unique password and account information, and for controlling access to your email communications from us, at all times. However, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or guarantee that information on the website may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third party sites and services that added to our website, such as social networks. We are not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.
Compromise of information:
In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, we will take reasonable steps to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.
Your Choices about Your Information
You control your account information and settings: You may update your account information and email-communication preferences at any time by logging in to your account and changing your profile settings.
As noted above, you may not opt out of service-related communications (e.g., account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes/updates, technical and security notices). If you have any questions about reviewing or modifying your account information, you can contact us.
Opting out of collection of your information for Tracking / Advertising:
Please refer to your mobile device or browser’s technical information for instructions on how to delete and disable cookies, and other tracking/recording tools. Depending on your type of device, it may not be possible to delete or disable tracking mechanisms on your mobile device. Note that disabling cookies and/or other tracking tools prevents may prevent us from tracking your browser’s activities on our website. However, doing so may disable many of the features available through our website. If you have any questions about opting out of the collection of cookies and other tracking/recording tools, you can contact us directly.
How long we keep your private profile information:
Following termination of your User account, we may retain your private profile information for backup, archival, or audit purposes. Any information that you choose to make public on the service may not be removable.
We do not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. Our website and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us.
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