This policy was last updated on February 6, 2015.
What information does the Archdiocese collect on its website?
Some data collected on this site is the kind generally referred to as personally identifiable information. This kind of information includes, for example, your full name, home address, email address, date of birth, credit card number, or telephone number.
Other data we collect through this site is non-personally identifiable information – information that cannot be used to identify you. Examples of this kind of information include your ISP address, what pages on the site you view, your browser type, and so on.
How does the Archdiocese use the information it collects?
The Archdiocese may store user information itself or such information may be included in databases owned and maintained by Archdiocese affiliates, agents or service providers. This site may use such information and pool it with other information to track, for example, the total number of visitors to our site, the number of visitors to each page of our site, and the domain names of our visitors’ internet service providers.
How does the Archdiocese protect the information it collects? How can I protect my own information?
When users make a contribution or donation through the Archdiocesan website, we offer the use of a secure server. We encrypt all information you input before it is transmitted. Furthermore, all of the data we collect is protected against unauthorized access. This means that only authorized Archdiocesan staff or bank employees/systems are permitted to read your information. The Archdiocese will not sell or otherwise transfer personally identifiable information about individual users to unaffiliated third parties without the user’s approval.
The Archdiocese takes reasonable steps, consistent with industry standards, to protect personally identifiable information provided through this website from loss, misuse, or unauthorized access or disclosure. However, transmission or storage of information via the internet, especially email, cannot be made fully secure. Please keep this in mind and take care in deciding what information you send us.
In operating this site, we may use a technology called “cookies.” A cookie is a piece of information that the computer that hosts our site gives to your browser when you access the site. Our cookies help provide additional functionality to the site and help us analyze site usage more accurately. For instance, our site may set a cookie on your browser that allows you to access the site without needing to remember and then enter a password more than once during a visit to the site. On most web browsers, you will find a “help” section on the toolbar. Please refer to this section for information on how to receive notification when you are receiving a new cookie and how to turn cookies off. We recommend that you leave cookies turned on because they allow you to take advantage of some of the site’s features.
Users should be aware that when they voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information (e.g., user name, e-mail address) on bulletin boards or in the chat areas that may be developed and implemented on the Archdiocesan website, that information, along with any substantive information disclosed in the user’s communication, can be collected and correlated and used by third parties and may result in unsolicited messages from other posters or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of the Archdiocese.
Will the Archdiocese ever disclose my information?
The Archdiocese is not in the business of selling the information it collects through its website. We consider that information to be a vital part of our relationship with our users. There are, however, certain circumstances in which we may share users’ information with certain third parties without further notice to the users.
We may disclose users’ personally identifiable information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such disclosure is necessary to (i) comply with a legal obligation, (ii) protect and/or defend the rights or property of the Archdiocese, (iii) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the website or the public, or (iv) protect against legal liability to the Archdiocese or its affiliates or subsidiary organization. Reports of physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault, or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult will be reported to the appropriate civil authorities in accordance with the Archdiocese of Washington’s Child Protection Policy.
What if I have a problem?
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