Last modified on January 19, 2022
In general, the information we collect depends on the services you request. In addition to personal information that you provide (such as your name, email address, financial information and other personally-identifiable information), we collect Internet and other network activity information with cookies and other automated technologies as discussed below. We use the data we collect and that you provide as well as inferences we make from that information as follows:
- To provide, support and personalize our sites and services;
- To create, maintain, customize and secure a Valparaiso First United Methodist Church profile or account, if any;
- To process your requests and respond to your inquires;
- To provide information on our products or services;
- To maintain the safety, security and integrity of Valparaiso First United Methodist Church
sites and the infrastructure that facilitates use of our sites;
- For internal development and analysis of our products and services;
- To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it;
- To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights;
- In a manner we may describe when you provide the information; and
- For another purpose with your consent.
Your Profile and Information You Provide to Us
We collect personal data from you when you provide it to us both offline and online. You do not need to provide personal information to us to use the Valparaiso First United Methodist Church sites; however, we allow you to create a profile which allows us to tailor our sites and services to be a more personalized experience. To create a profile, we require your first and last name, your email address and a password to authenticate you when you try to access your profile. Beyond the personal information needed to create a profile, you have choices about what additional information you provide to us, which may include your zip code, the names of your family members, gender, social security number, and your martial status, all of which will be stored in association with your profile. Certain information may be required based on your specific request, such as your social security number for employment inquiries and volunteer requests; we will notify you of this at the time of such a request. We also collect information about you when you send, receive, or engage in communications with us. We retain those communications to process your inquiries, respond to your requests, and improve our sites and our services.
If you have a profile with us, the information you provide us is generally associated with your profile and is stored internally in our third-party relationship management system or “CRM system.” We will use this information to authenticate you and allow you to access your specific profile. We create user profiles for off-line purposes as well, which include volunteerism and inquiries concerning employment. We may combine the information you provide us for your profile and interactions with our sites with information you provide us through other Valparaiso First United Methodist Church sites, services and products and inferences we make from the same for our internal development to improve the overall quality of our sites, services and products. We may also make recommendations to you for other Valparaiso First United Methodist Church services based on the information you provide and we infer.
Our Valparaiso First United Methodist Church sites have a wide array of functionality, including streaming video, creating prayer requests, and identifying and communicating with your Valparaiso First United Methodist Church groups and teams. Some Valparaiso First United Methodist Church sites may allow you to publish, distribute and display certain content, which we will refer to as “posted” and the content as “posts.” Posts may be made on public areas of websites and social media accounts you access through our sites or may otherwise be transmitted to third parties. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in a public manner whether through collaborative postings, social media, message boards, or other public online forums, this information may be collected and used by others. We cannot control the actions of other users or third parties with whom you choose to share your posts. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that your posts will not be viewed by unauthorized persons, nor do we accept any liability associated with your posts.
If you choose to provide a voluntary donation through those Valparaiso First United Methodist Church sites where you are able to make a donation, then and only then will you be prompted and required to provide credit card, bank account, and other payment information necessary to process the transaction. We will collect the designation for your donation, if you provide one, and personal information such as your name, address, phone number and/or email address to ensure that your donation is used for the purpose you request and to provide you with a “Annual Giving Statement” that itemizes your donation(s) for tax purposes or your personal use. This information (with the exception of your financial information) is stored in connection with your profile if you have created one for another purpose; or, if you have no preexisting profile with us, we will use this information to create a profile for you in our internal system. We will not store or otherwise process financial information provided to us online for the purposes of making a donation. As of the date of this Policy, we use automatic drafts, our main church website, and the “MyChurch” app to process your online donation payments. For information on how these third parties process your information, please contact our church office. For donations you provide to us in person or by mail, we store your financial
We will share your personal data internally within Valparaiso First United Methodist Church to help combine the personal information covered across the different aspects of Valparaiso First United
Valparaiso First United Methodist Church allows users to access its services through an interactive platform called Church Online. Where you use Church Online, we collect your first name, last name, nick name, email and phone number to create your Church Online account. We also collect your age, gender, and time zone, date of birth, and city and state where you provide it. Where you create a Church Online profile, the automatic data collection technologies referenced above are used to log your IP address and phone carrier to help associate your uses of your Church Online account from session to session and to better facilitate Church Online chat communications. In addition to the content and posts noted above, Church Online allows users to chat with other users and create other shareable posts, such as emojis and reactions to certain content, where you “raise your hand” in Church Online, and what content you choose to stream and access when using this site. We store this information in association with your Church Online account for so long as you do not delete the content.
A parent or guardian may consent to the use of our sites or services by a minor. However, we ask that you discuss the risks of sharing personal information on the Internet with your children and require that they refrain from communicating with any third parties or share any personal information online or otherwise without the supervision of a parent or guardian. Should you allow your minor child to use our sites or services, you shall be solely responsible for providing supervision of the minor’s use of the same and assume full responsibility for the processing of any information provided to us by that minor. Where you associate your minor child’s information with your account, we will assume you consent to our processing of that information in accordance with this policy and other privacy notices and terms we may provide to you from time to time. Where we are provided a minor’s information by an adult or a minor while accompanied by an adult, we will assume that the parent or guardian consents to our use and processing of that information in accordance with this policy and other privacy notices and terms we may provide to you from time to time. If you believe we might have any information from or about a minor child without parental or guardian consent, please contact us at the information below.
Processing of Data
We will collect and process personal data about you where we have lawful bases. Lawful bases include consent, contract and other legitimate interests. Such legitimate interest include protection to you, us and third parties, to comply with applicable law, to enable and administer our internal processes, to manage corporate transactions, to generally understand and improve our relationships, and to enable us and other users of our sites to connect with you to exchange information, provided that the foregoing adequately protects your rights and freedoms. Where we rely on your consent to process personal data, you have the right to withdraw or decline your consent at any time and where we rely on legitimate interests, you have the right to object. If you have any questions about the lawful bases upon which we collect and use your personal data, please contact us at the information below.
Third-party Information Collection