We understand that providing information online involves a great deal of trust on your part. We take this trust very seriously, and make it a high priority to ensure the security and confidentiality of the personal information you provide to us when you visit our website or use our services. Before submitting your personal information to us, please read this policy carefully to learn about our privacy practices. By visiting the ChurchAdvise website, www.churchadvise.com, you are accepting the practices described herein
SECTION 1 - WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?
We receive and store any information you enter on our website or give us in any other way. This includes information that can identify you ("personal information"), including your first and last name, telephone number, postal and email addresses, user name and password. You can choose not to provide information to us, but in general some information about you is required in order for you to enjoy the benefits of being a registered member. For example, only registered members are able to post church reviews and rate churches. In addition, some information is also required in order for you to ask us a question or initiate other transactions on our site.
You will have the opportunity to provide church related information for other people or a church organization through our website. If you update data for someone else or another entity through ChurchAdvise, you must have the consent of that individual or entity.
We may obtain both personal and non-personal information about you from affiliated entities, business partners and other independent third-party sources and add it to other information about you. For example, if you visit ChurchAdvise via a site operated by one of our business partners, and you have registered with that partner, then information about you that you have provided to that partner may be shared with us, such as contact information and demographic information. As another example, if you access third party services, such as social media services, through our website or before coming to our website, we may collect information such as your user name, password, and other information made available to us through those services. We will work with our existing partners and potential future partners to improve and personalize your use of our website in accordance with the practices outlined in this section and Policy.
We automatically collect some information from your computer or Device when you visit ChurchAdvise. For example, we will collect session data, including your IP address, Web browser software, and referring website. We also may collect information about your online activity, such as content viewed, pages visited, and searches. One of our goals in collecting this automatic information is to help us understand the interests and preferences of our users and customize your user experience.
The Help portion of the toolbar on most browsers should tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable most types of cookies. Please note that if you refuse to accept cookies, you may not be able to access the tools offered on our website.
Our website may use Web beacons (also known as clear gifs, pixel tags or Web bugs), which are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, that are placed in the code of a Web page. We use Web beacons to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within our sites to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to our site from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, and to improve site performance. We also may allow our service providers to use Web beacons to help us understand which emails have been opened by recipients and to track the visitor traffic and actions on our site. This helps us measure the effectiveness of our content and other offerings.
SECTION 2 - WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION?
ChurchAdvise uses the information we collect about you for the following general purposes: for registration and to manage your account, including to allow your access to and use of our site; to communicate with you in general, including to provide information about; to enable us to publish your reviews, forum posts, and other content to the ChurchAdvise community; to respond to your questions and comments; to measure interest in and improve our services and website; to notify you about special offers and services available from us or our partners that may be of interest to you; to otherwise customize your experience with ChurchAdvise, including customizing the sponsors shown to you; to solicit information from you, including through surveys; to resolve disputes or troubleshoot problems; to prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities; to enforce our Terms of Service; and as otherwise described to you at the point of collection.
If you have signed up as the manager of a church, we will send you email messages at the email address you provide to us.
We do not share your personal information (such as email addresses) with unaffiliated third parties so they can serve you with advertisements.
We may share your information with (1) Business partners or sponsors with whom we may offer products or services in conjunction. Please note that we do not control the privacy practices of these third-party business partners; (2) Referring websites. If you were referred to ChurchAdvise from another website, we may share your registration information, such as your name, email address, mailing address, about you with that referring website. We have not placed limitations on the referring websites’ use of personal information and we encourage you to review the privacy policies of any website that referred you to ChurchAdvise; (3) Social Media Services. You can choose to access certain third party social media websites and services through our site (such as Facebook). When you do so, you are sharing information with those sites, and the information you share will be governed by their privacy policies. You may also be able to modify your privacy settings with these third party social media websites.
If you choose to create a profile on ChurchAdvise, certain information in your profile will be publicly viewable and identifiable via your screen name. You will have the ability to view your profile as members of the public will see it. ChurchAdvise will not share your email address with any other members nor display it any public manner.
We also may share aggregate or anonymous information with third parties, including advertisers and stakeholders. For example, we may tell our advertisers the number of visitors our website receives or the most popular churches or search locations. This information does not contain any personal information and is used to develop content and services we hope you will find of interest.
SECTION 3 – MAINTAINING YOUR ACCOUNT
When you provide us with personal information to complete a profile, post a review and/or rating, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only.
You can update information utilizing the website’s My Account section. You can close your account by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you decide to close your ChurchAdvise account, we will deactivate your account and remove your profile information from active view. Please note, however, that we may retain in our files some information associated with your account for purposes including backups, fraud prevention, dispute resolution, investigations, and compliance with legal requirements.
SECTION 4 - DISCLOSURE
We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.
SECTION 5 - THIRD-PARTY LINKS
SECTION 6 - SECURITY
To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.
While no website can guarantee security, we have implemented appropriate administrative, technical, and physical security procedures to help protect the personal information you provide to us.
SECTION 7 - AGE OF CONSENT
By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.
ChurchAdvise is a general audience site and does not offer services directed to children. Should an individual whom we know to be a child under age 13 send personal information to us, we will delete or destroy such information as soon as reasonably possible.
SECTION 9 – CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us at the address provided below in the “SECTION 11 - CONTACT INFORMATION” section.
SECTION 10 – WEBSITE USE OUTSIDE OF UNITED STATES
If you are visiting our website from outside the United States, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States where our servers are located and our central database is operated. The data protection and other laws of the United States and other countries might not be as comprehensive as those in your country, but please be assured that ChurchAdvise does take steps pursuant to laws in the United States to ensure that your privacy is protected. By using our services, you understand that your information may be transferred to our facilities and those third parties with whom we share it as described in this Policy.
SECTION 11 - CONTACT INFORMATION
Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to us at:
906 W. 2nd Ave., STE 100
Spokane, Washington 99201, USA