Highlands Presbyterian Church

Web Site Privacy Policy

How We Collect and Use Information

We collect the following types of information about you:

Information you provide us directly:

We ask for certain information such as your username, real name, and e-mail address when you register an account, or if you correspond with us. We may also retain any messages you send through the Web Site, and may collect information you provide when you post content to the Web Site. We use this information to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the Web Site. If you submit content in the form of news stories or articles, your real name will be published publicly. Once published, your real name may not be able to be removed.

Information we may receive from third parties:

We may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you access our web site through a third-party connection or log-in, for example, through Facebook Connect, by “following,” “liking,” adding the Highlands application, linking your account to the web site, etc., that third party may pass certain information about your use of its service to Highlands Presbyterian Church. This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account (for example, your Facebook ID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with the service. You should always review and, if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party web sites and services before linking or connecting them to the Highlands web site. You may also unlink your third party account from our web site by adjusting your settings on the third party service.

Analytics information:

We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services, to help measure traffic and usage trends for the web site. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving the web site. We collect and use this analytics information to learn about visitors to our web site, including, but not limited to, the following information: what computing platform and software they are using to access the site, their general geographic location, and what pages on our site they visit.

Cookies information:

When you visit the web site, we may send one or more cookies—a small bit of text containing a string of alphanumeric characters—to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and lets our web site software help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the web site (e.g., the pages you view, the links you click, and other actions you take on the web site), and allow us to track your usage of the web site over time. 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. However, some features of the web site may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled. In particular, you will not be able to log in or submit content to the web site unless your web browser is configured to accept cookies from our site.

Log file information:

Log file information is automatically reported by your browser or mobile device each time you access the web site. When you visit our web site, our server automatically records 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 the web site, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.

Sharing of Your Information

We will not rent or sell your information to third parties outside Highlands Presbyterian Church without your consent, except as noted below:

What happens in the event of a change of control:

The data stored on our web site, like all church assets, is held in trust for the use and benefit of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the fulfillment of its mission. In the event that Highlands Presbyterian Church ceases to operate as a congregation of the PC (U.S.A.), its assets—including the data you have shared with us—may be transferred to another congregation, or to the Presbytery of the Palisades, the legal successor in interest to Highlands Presbyterian Church.

Instances where we are required to share your information

Highlands Presbyterian Church will disclose your information where required to do so by law or subpoena or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement; (b) to protect the security, quality, or integrity of our web site; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Highlands Presbyterian Church; our users, members, and staff; or other persons.

How We Store and Protect Your Information

Storage and Processing:

Your information collected through the web site may be stored and processed in the United States or any other in which Highlands Presbyterian Church or its service providers maintain facilities. Highlands Presbyterian Church may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information, to affiliated entities, or to other third parties across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world. If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction, and you consent to the transfer of information to the U.S. or any other country in which Highlands Presbyterian Church or its affiliates or service providers maintain facilities, and the use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.

Keeping your information safe:

Highlands Presbyterian Church cares about the security of your information, and uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the web site. 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 e-mail communications from Highlands Presbyterian Church, at all times. However, Highlands Presbyterian Church cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Highlands Presbyterian Church or guarantee that information on the web site 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 you add to your account on Highlands Presbyterian Church’s web site, such as social networks. Highlands Presbyterian Church is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.

Compromise of information:

In the event that any of the information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, Highlands Presbyterian Church 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 at any time by logging in to your account and changing your profile settings. You may request that we terminate your account, and we will do so as soon as may be practicable.

Opting out of collection of your information for Tracking:

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 Highlands Presbyterian Church from tracking your browser’s activities in relation to the web site. However, doing so may disable many of the features available through the web site—for example, the ability to log in and submit content.

How long we keep your private profile information:

Following termination of your account, Highlands Presbyterian Church may retain your private profile information for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, or audit purposes. For the avoidance of doubt, any information that you choose to make public on the web site may not be removable.

Children’s Privacy

Highlands Presbyterian Church does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13, or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. The web site 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.

Links to Other Web Sites and Services

We are not responsible for the practices employed by web sites or services linked to or from this web site, including the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from our web site to another web site, our Privacy Policy does not apply to third party web sites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party web site or service, including those that have a link on our web site, are subject to that third party’s own rules and policies. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and we do not control any third-parties that you authorize to access your User Content. If you are using a third party web site or service (like Facebook, Google groups, or an IRC chatroom) and you allow such a third party access to your User Content, you do so at your own risk. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect by other means (including offline) or from other sources other than through the web site.