Privacy Policy

INTRODUCTION
This statement sets out The Gospel and Our Culture Network 's policies relating to the collection and use of your personal information. It applies to your conduct in the community. Before disclosing your personal information to any third party site that are linked with The Gospel and Our Culture Network you should read their respective privacy policy and/or terms of service.
Contents
 

  1. Your personal information is important to us
  2. The Gospel and Our Culture Network Membership
  3. Collecting your personal information
  4. Preserving your privacy
  5. Our use of cookies and IP Addresses
  6. Using and disclosing your personal information
  7. "SPAM"
  8. Security of your personal information
  9. You can access the information we keep about you
  10. Links to other websites
  11. What to do if you have a problem or question
  12. Future upgrades to the site
  13. Contacting The Gospel and Our Culture Network

 
1. Your personal information is important to us
The Gospel and Our Culture Network recognises that your privacy is very important to you and thus you have the right to control all information that pertains to you. We understand your willingness to give out your personal information requires trust and that is extremely important to us. Unless we are given explicit permission to do otherwise all information given to The Gospel and Our Culture Network remains private and you have the choice who that information is given to and how it is used.

2. The Gospel and Our Culture Network Membership
The Gospel and Our Culture Network has implemented a membership system, designed to offer users a more rewarding and personalised customer experience ("Membership"). To obtain the full benefits of Membership, users are required to register with The Gospel and Our Culture Network and login as members. However, even if you don't you sign up for Membership or log onto the site you are still able to access some of the The Gospel and Our Culture Network content.

3. Collecting your personal information

There are two main ways we collect information about you:

If you do not log in as a member
Whenever you visit the site, the servers automatically record non-personal information about your usage the pages you visited and the time spent viewing the site. This is to help us understand what interests you and enables us to provide information that is most relevant to you.

If you do not want us to retain any information at all, even in an anonymous form, you can use the Preferences on your browser program to remove all cookies and set the browser not to accept cookies in the future.

If you log in as a member
Once you have become a Member, we collect personal information about you in order to provide you with the full benefits of a Member. When you first register we collect information from you directly and also from time to time thereafter if you provide us additional information.

Once you have logged on as a member, we keep a record of how you use the Network. This helps us to build a profile of what interests you, so that we can personalise your experience of the Network and publish information that is directly relevant to your interests.

4. Preserving your privacy
Surveys show that most internet users are concerned about their privacy, want to keep control of their personal information, and do not trust many of the web sites which they visit. In fact, research shows around a third of internet users give false information online rather than saying who they really are.

Although we take seriously your privacy, we understand some people do not feel comfortable disclosing the personal information on the internet. If you don't want to disclose your real identity your can use a pseudonym - or a different name. There for you can choose a different name and that is what we will call you.

We will not know who you really are, but we will still be able to find out what you like most on our site and therefore give you the most enjoyable and customised experience possible.

5. Our use of cookies and IP Addresses
Use of Cookies
A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's hard drive containing information about the user. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on our site. Cookies are files that your Web browser places on your computer's hard drive for record-keeping purposes. The Gospel and Our Culture Network creates and then uses these cookie files to track your clicks as you go through the site. The use of cookies is an industry standard and you will find them at most major Web sites. The information we retrieve from the cookie files helps us track user trends and patterns. We use the information from cookies to provide services that better fit our users' needs.

Use of IP Addresses
The Gospel and Our Culture Network uses IP addresses to analyse trends, administer the site, track user's movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

The Gospel and Our Culture Network uses internet analysis software that provides information from across the community site and gives the following information.
* The number of page views (or page impressions) that occur on the site;
* The number of unique visitors to the site;
* How long these unique visitors (on average) spend on the site when they do visit; and
* Common entry and exit points into the site.
This information is collated by and used to analyse the usage of the site and provide non-personal information to enable the community to grow and change.

6. Using and disclosing your personal information
The Gospel and Our Culture Network will not use or disclose any information about you without your consent, unless:
* Required by law.
* To implement our terms of use.
* To protect the rights or property of The Gospel and Our Culture Network , any The Gospel and Our Culture Network user, or any member of the public.
* To lessen a serious threat to a person's health or safety.
We will not give any of your personal information to advertisers or any other organisation without your express consent.

7. "Spam"
We will not send you "spam" (advertising information) without first asking you whether you wish to have promotional information sent to you. You have the option in your account information to specify whether you would like to receive correspondence from this site and also if you want to receive information from third-party organisations or companies you can check and uncheck these options at anytime.

8. Security of your personal information
The Gospel and Our Culture Network takes every precaution to protect our users' information. When users submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and off-line.

When our registration/order form asks users to enter sensitive information (such as credit card number), that information is encrypted and is protected with the best encryption software in the industry - SSL. While on a secure page, such as our order form, the lock icon on the bottom of Web browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer becomes locked, as opposed to un-locked, or open, when you are just 'surfing'.

While we use SSL encryption to protect sensitive information online, we also do everything in our power to protect user-information off-line. All of our users' information, not just the sensitive information mentioned above, is restricted in our offices. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, our billing clerk or a customer service representative) are granted access to personally identifiable information. Furthermore, ALL employees are kept up-to-date on our security and privacy practices. Finally, the servers that we store personally identifiable information on are kept in a secure environment.

9. You can access the information we keep about you
As indicated above in section 3, if you do not log on as a member, we do not collect information that identifies you personally. If, however, you log on as a member, you are able to access, change and update your Account Information at any time. You can also create a profile that enables you to upload information about yourself that others can view (this is optional and is not required to enjoy all the benefits of the site).

10. Links to other websites
The Gospel and Our Culture Network provides links to third party websites. These linked sites are not under the control of The Gospel and Our Culture Network , and we cannot accept responsibility for the conduct of any company or group linked to our website. Before disclosing your personal information on any other website, we advise you to examine the terms and conditions of the respective sites.

11. What to do if you have a problem or question
If you have any concerns about information gathered from the site or wish to know any more information about our privacy you can email us: judy.bos@gocn.org

12. Future upgrades to the site
Our commitment to make The Gospel and Our Culture Network the best site possible we will endeavour to add new features to the site regularly. We reserve the right to make changes to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at any stage so it is recommended you view the Terms & Privacy Policy regularly.

13. Contacting The Gospel and Our Culture Network :

To connect use the email contact form here or send mail to...

The Gospel and Our Culture Network
101 E. 13th Street,
Holland, MI 49423-3622
USA