Osseo United Methodist Church (“OUMC”) cares about your privacy. This Privacy Policy outlines the types of Personal Information (as defined below) collected by OUMC, and outlines how we use and protect the Personal Information.  This Privacy Policy also tells you what to do if you do not want OUMC to use your Personal Information, and how you can change information you have already provided to us.  This Privacy Policy applies to the Personal Information and other data collected through your use of the OUMC website (located at osseoumc.org) (the “Website”). 

Section 1. Consent to this Privacy Policy

By providing Personal Information to OUMC through the Website you signify that you agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy.  If you do not agree with any term in this Privacy Policy, please do not provide any Personal Information.

Section 2. Information Collected

When you visit the Website, you may provide us with two types of information:  Personal Information that you knowingly and voluntarily choose to provide, and Anonymous Information (as defined below) that we automatically collect as you browse the Website.

A. Personal Information

As used in this Privacy Policy, “Personal Information” means personally-identifiable information such as your name, address, e-mail address, phone number, fax number, and other details regarding you.  In order to participate in certain services provided from time to time, you may be asked to provide Personal Information. We collect and store Personal Information you enter on this Website. You are never under any obligation to provide such Personal Information.  However, if you do not provide Personal Information, you may not be able to use certain features of the Website.  When you do provide us with Personal Information, you are authorizing us to use that information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

B. Anonymous Information

We collect certain information about you from your use of the Website (referred to in this Privacy Policy as “Anonymous Information”).  Our web servers may automatically collect and store the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet and the Internet protocol address of your computer.  Additionally, we may collect information about the browser software you use; the type of operating system your computer uses; the date and time you access the Website; the website you visited just prior to visiting our Website; the amount of time you spend on each Website page, and the order in which you view the Website pages.  We use this Anonymous Information to improve the performance of the Website and make it more compatible with the technology used by our users.  This Anonymous Information may be combined with Personal Information you have provided.

To help make the Website more responsive to the needs of our users, we may also use a standard feature found in browser software called a “cookie” to assign each visitor a unique, random number, a sort of anonymous user ID that resides in your computer.  The cookie does not identify the Personal Information of the user; rather, it identifies the computer that a user uses to access the Website.  A cookie cannot read data off of your hard drive.  The cookie may store Website statistics, information about your browser, and other information that identifies the computer a user uses to access the Website.  Most browsers automatically accept the cookies, but you can disable the acceptance of cookies at any time by changing the preferences in your browser.  Certain Website pages and features may not function properly if you choose to disable the acceptance of cookies.

C. Public Information

We may from time to time offer services to you on the Website such as chat rooms, message boards, weblogs, or other similar discussion forums.  Any information you divulge in these areas is deemed public information and is not protected.

Section 3.  How We Use Information

A.  Personal Information

When you supply us with your Personal Information, we will use it for the express purpose stated when we ask for such Personal Information (e.g., to respond to any inquiries you may have or to create a user account).

B.  Anonymous Information

We collect Anonymous Information in an effort to ensure that the Website will appear and function appropriately on your computer, to help us improve the Website, and so we may determine which website referred you to the Website.  For additional information on how we use your Anonymous Information, see Section 2(B) above.

C.  Personal Information and Anonymous Information

We may use Personal Information and Anonymous Information to help diagnose problems with this Website.  We may also use Personal Information and Anonymous Information to analyze statistical use patterns and demographic data, including where our Website visitors come from and what demographic characteristics they have, and to improve the Website to better serve our users.

D.  Disclosure

Except in the limited circumstances stated in this Privacy Policy, OUMC does not sell, license, or otherwise transfer or disclose Personal Information or Anonymous Information to third parties. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Privacy Policy, it may be necessary − by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence − for OUMC to disclose your Personal Information or Anonymous Information.  We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect our mission, our operations, or our users.

Section 4.  Intended Users

OUMC encourages parents and guardians to spend time with their children online.  No information may be submitted to or posted on the Website by users 13 years of age and younger.  Unless otherwise disclosed during collection, OUMC will not provide any personally identifying information, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever for our users 13 years and younger.  If any services or features on the site require registration, a user 13 years old and younger will be required to provide contact information for the parent or guardian which will allow us to notify that person that the child has registered for a service or feature.  Parental or guardian consent will consist of an email from that person to OUMC stating that they are aware that the child is using the web site.  Identifying a website user as 13 or under is not easy and OUMC will not be held responsible for anyone misrepresenting themselves as over 13 when in fact they are not.

Section 5.  Access to Personal Information

You can help ensure that your contact information and preferences are accurate, complete, and up to date by logging in to your account on the Website.

Section 6.  Security of Information

The security of your Personal Information is important to us, and we are committed to protecting the Personal Information we collect.  We employ reasonable physical, electronic, and administrative security measures to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse, alteration, or unauthorized access of Personal Information we have collected from you.

Section 7.  Retention and Storage

OUMC retains Personal Information only as long as required to provide the service for which the information was requested.  We will retain Personal Information and Anonymous Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.

Section 8.  Links

This Privacy Policy applies only to Personal Information and Anonymous Information collected by OUMC through the Website.  The Website may contain links to other websites that are not owned or controlled by OUMC (“Linked Sites”).  OUMC is not responsible for and has not reviewed the privacy practices of the Linked Sites, or the owners and operators of the Linked Sites.  The owners and operators of the Linked Sites may have their own policies regarding privacy and security.  We advise you to review any Linked Sites for their own privacy practices to determine what information about you may be collected and used when you visit and use such Linked Sites.

Section 9.  Modifications to Privacy Policy

OUMC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this Privacy Policy, at any time.  It is your responsibility to check this Privacy Policy periodically for changes.  Your continued use of the Website following the posting of changes will mean that you accept and agree to the changes.

Section 10.  Questions or Concerns

If you have questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

Last modified: 31 October 2014 18:09:27.