Thank you for visiting the website of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (SPELC). Protecting your privacy is very important to us. To assure you of your privacy, we provide this notice to help you understand our commitment to security, what kinds of information we may gather about you when you visit our website, how we may use that information, and how you can correct the information.
Information We Collect:
Automatically Collected Anonymous Information
When you visit the SPELC website, certain anonymous information about your visit is automatically logged as it is at most websites, which may include information about your IP address, domain name, browser type, mobile device type, access time, and referring website address. This information is not personally identifiable and is only used in aggregate (not in any way that personally identifies you).
Personally Identifiable Information
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is any information about you as an individual that would enable someone to contact you; for example, your name, address, telephone number, or email address. We may ask for such information when you subscribe to an email newsletter, order a magazine or website subscription or other product or service, participate in an online survey, post a comment, enter a contest or sweepstakes, or use a service or tool such as emailing a page.
We will not collect any PII about you unless you provide it. Providing any PII to us is voluntary. If you do not want us to obtain any personally identifiable information about you, do not submit it.
At some SPELC websites, you may submit information about other people. For example, you might submit a recipient's name and address to send a gift. We will use this information only to fulfill your request and for no other purpose.
You can visit and browse our websites without revealing any PII, but you may not be able to access certain content, features or services if you choose not to disclose PII.
How We Use This Information
Aggregated information may be used in many ways. For example, we may combine information about the usage patterns of our visitors to learn which pages are visited most or what features are most attractive. Aggregated information may occasionally be shared with our advertisers and business partners, but it cannot be used to contact you individually.
PII you provide voluntarily may be used to improve the content of our websites, to fulfill your requests for our products and services, to correspond with you about your purchases or notify you if you win a contest prize, to notify you of updates to our website, shared with agents or contractors who assist in providing support for our internal operations, transferred to a successor entity in connection with a corporate merger, consolidation, sale of assets or other corporate change respecting our websites, used by us to contact you for our or other reputable organizations' marketing purposes, and shared with third-parties for marketing purposes. (Email marketing promotions are sent via our own system rather than sharing email addresses with third parties.)
SPELC may use PII to provide Internet security and to meet legal requirements. As a result, SPELC reserves the right to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the investigation of alleged unlawful activities committed on or through our websites. SPELC may disclose PII in the course of officially authorized law enforcement investigations or as required to comply with a current judicial proceeding, court order, warrant, subpoena or other legal process served on SPELC. Further, in the event of a suspected attempt to deliberately circumvent our websites' security with the intent to gain unauthorized access or to do physical damage, SPELC may share PII about a suspected intruder with law enforcement officials. SPELC shall have no legal liability for such disclosures. Notwithstanding any of the above, SPELC reserves the right to challenge the validity of any subpoena, court order, warrant or other legal process, in its sole discretion.
If you choose to post comments to a blog or article, any information you submit may become public. It may become accessible through search engines or, if you sign in using credentials from a third-party social networking service, it may become accessible to users on that service. Unless otherwise noted, we do not limit the distribution of information that you share using these features. SPELC is not responsible for any personal information you choose to make public via these forums, and you agree that such sharing will be deemed to have been permitted by you, not SPELC. If you prefer not to have your information published, do not submit it.
If you choose to submit content for publication (e.g., a letter to the editor), we may publish any information you have provided to us. If you prefer not to have your PII published, do not include it in your submission.
If you wish to opt out of the use of your PII for marketing purposes, please let us know via the following links:
Email Newsletter Subscribers: Log into your account here.
Print or Site Subscribers, Online Store Customers and Other Information Sources: Contact Support Team.
Cookies & Web Beacons
For example, we may use Google Analytics and Advertising cookies to perform statistical, demographic, interest and marketing analyses for product development, to generally inform advertisers about the nature of our customers and to improve customer relationships. We may also use these cookies to deliver more relevant advertising through Facebook or Google’s Display Network, but this information is not personally identifiable and is only used in aggregate.
SPELC, our third-party service providers or advertisers may use web beacons (clear. gifs) or similar technologies, which are small pieces of code placed on a web page or in an email newsletter, to monitor the behavior and collect data about the visitors viewing the web page or email newsletter. For example, web beacons may be used to count the users who visit a web page, open an email newsletter or deliver a cookie to the browser of a visitor viewing a web page.
You have the choice to set your browser to accept all cookies, notify you when a cookie is set, delete cookies periodically, or reject all cookies. You may also opt-out of Google Analytics’ cookies here and Facebook’s cookies here. Generally, deleting or rejecting cookies also disables web beacons. Please be aware that rejecting all cookies may prevent you from enjoying the full features offered through SPELC and other websites. Check the "Help" section of your browser for more information.
Collection of Information by Third Parties, Sponsors and Ad Servers
SPELC sometimes partners with third parties that operate websites and services you can use. For example:
A website may be cobranded. When you provide personal information via a cobranded website, you may have the option of providing it to either or both parties.
A contest or sweepstakes may be sponsored by or co-sponsored with third parties as identified in the contest or sweepstakes' Official Rules. By virtue of these relationships, the third parties may obtain PII that visitors voluntarily submit to participate in the website activity. We have no control over these third parties' use of this information. Consult the Official Rules to determine whether these third parties will obtain such information.
SPELC provides readers the convenience of signing onto our websites using third-party social login credentials for accounts such as Facebook or Google. This allows you to link your existing social profile to your SPELC account. Once connected, you will be able to post content directly on our websites or share content to social networks from our websites. Our websites may also access certain information from your third-party social profile such as your name, profile picture, gender, and email address.
Use by Minors
SPELC websites are general audience websites, and we do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. Any information collected online by SPELC from children under 18 is used only for the purpose of delivering the requested product or service. Please instruct your children to ask you for permission before providing any information about themselves to CT, and visit the Federal Trade Commission website for more information about safe online surfing.
Our Commitment to Security
SPELC has appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards in place at its physical location to help protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of any information you may provide via our websites, including address information and credit card numbers. We use industry-standard encryption technologies when transferring and receiving consumer data exchanged with our websites. When we transfer and receive certain types of sensitive information such as financial information, we redirect visitors to a secure server and notify visitors through a pop-up screen on our website. Please note that no security system is impenetrable. As effective as these measures are, we cannot guarantee the security of our database nor that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted over the Internet.
How to Update Your Information
You may access and update the personal information you have provided to us by choosing an option below:
Print or Website Subscription: Login to your account here.
E-newsletter Subscriptions: Login to your account here.
If you do not want to receive email from us in the future, please contact us via this page.
From time to time, we may use customer information for new, unanticipated uses not previously disclosed in our privacy notice. We will post any such policy changes on our website to notify you of these changes and provide you with the ability to opt out of these new uses. If you are concerned about how your information is used, you should check our website periodically.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran church
24 East Baltimore Street
Funkstown, MD 21734