This Privacy Statement answers the following questions:
_ What information does DiscipleGuide Church Resources gather about you?
_ How does DiscipleGuide Church Resources use your personal information?
_ How do we use “IP addresses” and “cookies”?
_ Will DiscipleGuide Church Resources disclose any of your personal information?
_ What kind of security measures do we take to protect your information from accidental loss or disclosure?
_ Will DiscipleGuide Church Resources use your information for direct mailings?
_ How can you deactivate your account or correct or revise information that we have about you?
_ What else should you know about your privacy?
What Information Does DiscipleGuide Church Resources Gather About You?
DiscipleGuide Church Resources may collect information about our users so that we can provide a more useful service. We ask for your name, e-mail address, and other personal information when you register to use certain features of our Web site, or if you sign up for special or personalized services, such as our discussion boards or e-mail newsletters. We also may ask for this information at other times, such as when you enter promotions sponsored by DiscipleGuide Church Resources and/or our partners. We sometimes conduct surveys as well, although you do not have to respond to them.
We may collect IP addresses for site security and to help us understand how people use our sites so that we can improve our sites and our users’ respective experiences. For similar quality reasons, we use a feature known as a “cookie.” Cookies contain bits of information that Web sites transfer to your computer’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes. Cookies can make the Web more convenient by storing information about your preferences on a site. Although we may assign your browser a cookie, the cookie does not tell us who you are. Only you can tell us that. We discuss cookies later in this Privacy Statement.
When you place an order for a product or service, we may need to know the sort of information typically used for credit card transactions, such as your name, mailing and billing addresses (and shipping address, if different), telephone number, and credit card number and expiration date. Gathering this information allows us to process and fulfill your order and notify you of your order status. We will also use your information to contact you regarding your order if necessary. We encrypt this information using Secure Socket Layers (SSL) technology.
We may also collect your e-mail address when you submit content to our sites (for example a review of a product). Unless we get your approval, we will not display your address.
Besides cookies, we may also use tiny electronic images (called “single-pixel GIFs” or “Web beacons”), which allow us to count users who have visited specific pages or access certain cookies. We may use single-pixel GIFs in the following ways:
_ To count and recognize users.
_ To conduct research on behalf of some partners on their Web sites, and for auditing purposes.
_ To determine aggregate information about users, including demographic and usage information.
_ To determine which e-mail messages were opened and/or acted upon when we send HTML-formatted e-mail messages (messages resembling Web pages that include graphics).
In general, any electronic image viewed as part of a Web page, including an ad banner, can act as a Web beacon.
How Does DiscipleGuide Church Resources Use Your Personal Information?
DiscipleGuide Church Resources collects personal information to provide you, the user, with the best and most personalized experience possible, and to provide us and our affiliates with an efficient way to reach the right audience. In short, by knowing a little about you, DiscipleGuide Church Resources can deliver more relevant content to you.
We conduct research on our users’ demographics, interests, and behavior based upon the information you provide us when you register or participate in contests or other promotions on our site, or based upon the information on our server log files. This research is compiled and analyzed on an aggregated basis. We may also notify you of products, services, or areas of our site that we think may interest you based on the information we’ve received.
In addition to helping us process your order, we use the information we collect from you when you buy a product or service from us so that we can provide you with an enhanced, more personalized shopping experience. We will also send you occasional discount alerts and notices about products and services that we think may interest you.
Sometimes we ask for personal information when providing special features and services. You do not have to give us that information, but without it, you may not be able to take advantage of those products or services.
How Do We Use “IP Addresses” and “Cookies”?
Your Web browser or e-mail application automatically provides your Internet Protocol address (“IP address”) to other computers with which you communicate over the Internet, so that they know where to send you information.
We receive an IP address each time you view one of our Web pages, because the browser automatically reports it to us. We also may store the IP address when you register with DiscipleGuide Church Resources, post a message, or buy something from us.
We may use IP addresses for various purposes, including:
_ Diagnosing service or technology problems.
_ Assessing and maintaining system security.
_ Displaying the most appropriate advertising or content.
_ Studying how people use our site and how we can improve it.
Cookies are used on our site in the following ways:
Will DiscipleGuide Church Resources Disclose Any of Your Personal Information?
DiscipleGuide Church Resources will not disclose any personally identifiable information about individual users, except as described in this Privacy Statement.
As for individually identifiable information, we may disclose it only under the following circumstances:
_ We may disclose information to others when we have your consent.
_ If you buy something from us, we will disclose your personal information to the extent necessary to fulfill your order and charge your credit card (if applicable). We may use a fulfillment company to fill and ship your order (excluding products you download directly from our site) and a credit card processing company to verify your card number and process the transaction. We may also give your information to a delivery or postal service so that it can get your order to you.
_ If you use our recommendation service to e-mail one of our articles to a friend, DiscipleGuide Church Resources will automatically send this person a one-time e-mail, with the recommended article attached. The e-mail address you give us will appear on the “From” line of the e-mail, thereby disclosing this information to whoever opens and reads the e-mail. Similarly, if you send e-mail from our site, by using “Reply to Author” or “E-mail this Post,” your address may appear as the return address of that e-mail.
_ We may disclose your personal information as required by applicable law, or in response to legal process, to protect the rights or property of DiscipleGuide Church Resources, or to protect the safety of DiscipleGuide Church Resources, our users, or others.
_ We may disclose personal information in some other limited circumstances, but we will specifically describe them to you when we collect the information, such as in the rules of a new service.
_ We may employ contractors or other third parties to help with our operations. We may give them access to databases of user information, so that they can perform their services for us, including performing system maintenance. These parties are all subject to confidentiality agreements that restrict their use and disclosure of information they obtain through their relationship with DiscipleGuide Church Resources.
What Kind of Security Measures Do We Take to Protect Your Information From Accidental Loss or Disclosure?
DiscipleGuide Church Resources is committed to protecting your personal information. We store information you provide us on our secure servers.
DiscipleGuide Church Resources will never ask you for your password in an unsolicited phone call or e-mail. If you are using a computer to which others have access, such as one in a computer lab, Internet cafe, or public library, always remember to log out and close your browser window when leaving our site.
What Else Should You Know About Your Privacy?
While we do our best to protect your personal information, DiscipleGuide Church Resources cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. What does all of this mean? You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any password and/or account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online, especially when using a computer that other people can use also.
We may change this Privacy Statement at any time, but we will give notice of any material change (or any notices that we are required to give you) on our Web site and/or in e-mail messages.