This policy covers how St Stephen’s Anglican Church (“the Parish”) treats the personal information that it collects from visitors to the following Parish websites:
This policy may also cover information collected and used by the St Stephen’s Anglican Church via third party social media platforms, such as Facebook or YouTube, either generally or through the the Parish’s branded pages.
Information Collection and Use
Personal information is information about you that is personally identifiable, such as your name, address, email address, or phone number, or other information that is not otherwise publicly available.
You may visit and browse the Parish’s websites as often as you like without logging in and no personal information about your visit will be collected.
If you comment on a blog post on a web site, or if you use the various interactive features on a web site, you are not anonymous to us online. The Parish collects personal information when you comment on a blog post (limited to your email, which is not shared externally), or when you request or schedule pastoral services (such as baptisms, weddings, visitations, private Communions, or funerals).
How Information is Collected
We may ask you to provide specific information. Depending on the nature of your interaction with the Parish, we may ask you for information such as your name, phone number, physical address, birth date, and email address. If we should find the need to ask you for any other information, we will inform you of the reason we are requesting that information and how it will be used. Such information is generally only collected when you are requesting Pastoral services.
In addition, the Parish incorporates tracking or measurement tools into our websites and other communications which enable us to track your browsing activity on Parish websites as well as across social media platforms or other non-Parish websites and applications (known as “tracking tags”, “web beacons”, “action tags”, or “single-pixel gifs”). If you utilize services which are linked to these tracking tags, these third-party services may also provide non-personal information to the Parish about your activity on non-Parish websites and social media platforms, which we may utilize to increase the effectiveness of our promotional efforts and to personalize our services and offerings for you.
Cookies, tracking tags, and embedded third-party features provide overall usage patterns for our websites that we use for analysis and to provide personalized services. Your browsing may be tracked by these third-party services for their own use and for their clients. Such tracking could give generic information about you as a web surfer to third-parties based on your browsing activity, but this information will not include personal information unless you specifically provide it.
How Information is Used
First and foremost, the Parish uses any information you provide to us to provide you with pastoral services, newsletter subscriptions, and other specifically requested information and activities. In addition, we may perform (or have third parties perform) analyses of visitors’ behaviour. We do not share data with third parties for their own use.
Your personal information may be used by us (or third parties engaged by us) to: (1) customize the content that you see, (2) fulfil your requests for pastoral services, (3) contact you, (4) conduct research, (5) respond to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, and (6) establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims.
You can browse our sites without logging on, and no personal information about you or your visit will be collected by the Parish. Some anonymous, statistical information is automatically logged when you access one of our sites, which allows us to make our sites more useful to you and others who use them by, for example, tracking which features of the site are most used by visitors. Information that is collected might include:
- The date of the visit
- The time of arrival and length of visit
- The browser used (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari)
- The type of device used, and the Operating System on that device
- A list of files downloaded or pages viewed
- The Internet Protocol (IP) address of the machine through which the site was accessed
- Any errors encountered
If you wish to browse our site anonymously you will need to log out of your online account. However, your activity will still be tracked by third-party services incorporated into the site.
If you wish to arrange for pastoral services without being tracked electronically, you may contact us by telephone, or use some hardcopy-based method of communication (such as the United States Postal Service [“snail mail”], FedEx, or UPS). Note that, even in those circumstances, some personal information will be retained in the Parish’s possession, and some of it may be stored electronically (such as online calendars or spreadsheets on the Parish’s private servers).
Security and Disclaimer
Although we use security that we believe to be appropriate to protect your personal information, we do not guarantee that our security precautions will protect against, and we expressly disclaim any liability for, any loss, misuse, or alteration of your personal information.
Personal Information of Children
The Parish will not knowingly ask children under 13 for any personally identifiable information.
The Parish may update this policy at any time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the email address that you have provided us or by placing a prominent notice on our websites.
Account Information and Preferences
Except for email messages related to a direct action by you, such as a request for pastoral services, any email messages sent to you by the Parish offer you the option to request not to receive future email messages. You may choose to only receive certain types of email messages, or none at all. You may request to be removed from our mailing or phone list at any time by contacting us at the phone number, email address, or mailing address listed at the end of this document.
In addition to changing Contact Preferences, you may alter or change certain information associated with your account, such as your name, physical address, phone numbers, email address, and your interests by contacting us at the address or phone number below.
Questions and Suggestions
If you have any questions or suggestions, or to request changes to the information in your account, you can contact us via direct mail, email, or phone at:
St Stephen’s Anglican Church
11856 Mays Chapel Rd
Timonium, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 560-6776