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We live in amazing times. Now, thanks to the internet, we can fellowship with one another all over the world. With this technology, businesses have had to enact all kinds of online privacy measures to protect their clientele. Though we are a simple ministry to our teammates, we have still done the same for you. The following legaleze was not created by yours truly, but it is truly for your protection and your awareness of the standard practices we follow that other respectable organizations follow as well. (You might want to drink a RedBull to read through it.)

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our blog, website or app?
We collect your name, email address, phone number, and general location (City, State, Country). We also collect comments that you make on blog post pages. We also collect automated giving preferences and site donation history. We do not collect or store credit card information on this site; that is handled by the 3rd party PCI-compliant vendor Stripe.
When do we collect information?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, fill out a form, or enter information on our site.
How do we use your information?
We may use the information we collect from you in the following ways:
  • To personalize your experience on the site
  • To send you instant and daily blog digests, donation receipts, personal award notifications, and other site communications.
  • To contact you with other site-specific information.
  • To display general information on your profile page to other users. (You may adjust this information in your account settings.)
  • To display your comments at the bottom of blog post pages and in daily digest emails and notifications.
  • To enable teammates to welcome you and encourage you along.
How do we protect your information?
  • We do not use vulnerability scanning and/or scanning to PCI standards. Instead, an external PCI compliant payment gateway handles all credit card transactions.
  • No credit card information is stored or processed on our servers.
  • Your personal information is contained behind secured networks and is only accessible by a limited number of persons who have special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.
  • In addition, all sensitive information you supply is transported securely using encryption (SSL).
  • Passwords are salted and hashed before being stored.
  • All database backups and server backups are encrypted.
  • The server hard drives are also encrypted.
  • The servers themselves are hosted by an world-leading provider in a state-of-the-art facility with 24/7 security and limited access.
Do we use 'cookies'?
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your web browser (if you allow) that enables the site's or service provider's systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. For instance, we use cookies to help us remember who you are. Otherwise a login would be required for every page you visited.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser settings. Since browser is a little different, look at your browser's Help Menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

If users disable cookies in their browser, member-restricted pages and features will become unavailable.
Third-party Disclosure
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information.
Google
Google's advertising requirements can be summed up by Google's Advertising Principles. They are put in place to provide a positive experience for users. https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/1316548?hl=en

We have not enabled Google AdSense or Google Analytics on our site. However, we do include Google YouTube-embedded iframes on some pages, and these iframes may incorporate Google Analytics.
California Online Privacy Protection Act
CalOPPA is the first state law in the nation to require commercial websites and online services to post a privacy policy. The law's reach stretches well beyond California to require any person or company in the United States (and conceivably the world) that operates websites collecting Personally Identifiable Information from California consumers to post a conspicuous privacy policy on its website stating exactly the information being collected and those individuals or companies with whom it is being shared. - See more at: http://consumercal.org/california-online-privacy-protection-act-caloppa/#sthash.0FdRbT51.dpuf.

According to CalOPPA, we agree to the following:
  • Users can visit our site anonymously.
  • Once this privacy policy is created, we will add a link to it at the bottom of our home page.
  • Our Privacy Policy link includes the word 'Privacy' and can easily be found on the page specified above.
  • You will be notified of any Privacy Policy changes on our Privacy Policy Page.
  • You can change your personal information on your Account Settings page.
How does our site handle Do Not Track signals?
We do not respond to Do Not Track signals specifically. However, the site does not use 3rd party tracking, provide information to 3rd party advertisers, or display 3rd party advertising.
Does our site allow third-party behavioral tracking?
It's also important to note that we do not allow third-party behavioral tracking.
COPPA (Children Online Privacy Protection Act)
Data Breach
Should a data breach occur, we will notify you via email within 30 days of discovering such.
Use Of Email
We collect your email address in order to:
  • Send information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions
  • To send you instant and daily blog digests, donation receipts, personal award notifications, and other site communications.
In regards to sending email, we agree to:
  • Not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses.
  • Identify the message as an advertisement in some reasonable way.
  • Honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly.
If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, you can email us at info@theword.online and we will promptly remove you from ALL correspondence.
Our Contact Information
If you have any questions regarding this privacy policy or or site's use of your personally identifiable information, please contact us by emailing info@theword.online, by writing to The Word Online, 9541 S Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60643, or by calling (708) 543-6544.


Last Edited on 4/17/2018