November 5, 2009
Our policy regulating this Site is simple:
The American Bible Society is committed to protecting your privacy. We allow you to provide as much personal information as you feel comfortable providing. We do not release personal information about you to any third party, except as expressly permitted by you or required by law or court order. We take all reasonable steps to protect your privacy, regardless of how much information you provide.
You control what personal information you provide to us online, and what we can do with such information. You may provide us information about yourself to help us make our Web sites more responsive to you.
We may ask you to supply personal information to us online, including your e-mail address, during a "registration" or an "enrollment" process. Some of this information is given voluntarily, and the word "optional" appears next to the relevant questions. On occasion, we collect additional personal information in optional survey forms, order forms, donation forms and contest registration forms. Demographic information voluntarily provided by you may be combined with site usage reports to create a profile of users and their preferences.
Collection of Personal Data
Personal data is information that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you, e.g. your name, e-mail address, postal address, or phone number ("Personal Data"). ABS requests Personal Data from you when you register or enroll for use of the Site. The registration or enrollment process requests that you provide your name and e-mail address, and agree to the terms and conditions and, should there be any, the Other Agreements, presented at the time of registration or enrollment. ABS requests additional Personal Data from you when you agree to make a donation or a purchase. Depending on the process, you may be requested that you provide your name, e-mail address, postal address, phone number, credit or bank card or other form of payment, and agree to the terms and conditions and, should there be any, the Other Agreements, presented at the time of donation or purchase. In addition to information collected during registration or enrollment, or when making a donation or a purchase, ABS may collect Personal Data knowingly provided by you in e-mails to the Site or, among other things, online forms, order and registration forms and surveys. Providing this information is always at your option.
You do not have to provide us with any Personal Data to visit the Site. However, if you choose to withhold requested information, you may not be able to visit all sections or use all features of the Site.
Collection of Monitoring Data and Use of Tracking Tools
In addition to Personal Data, ABS may collect and/or track information that by itself is not used to identify you personally or to contact you, e.g., demographic information, domain names, computer type, browser types, screen resolution, and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of the Site ("Monitoring Data"). We use Monitoring Data to help us understand who uses the Site and to improve and market it and ABS’s other web sites.
ABS assigns a random number anonymously to each user for tracking content preferences and traffic patterns. This random number enables us to record how many times users access certain pages, without "naming" who those users are. This random number, called a "cookie," is kept in a file on your computer.
We also log Internet Protocol ("IP") addresses, or the location of your computer on the Internet, for systems administration. These IP addresses are not used to track your session nor are they linked to anything personally identifiable. Cookies and IP addresses ("Tracking Tools") by themselves cannot be used to determine the identity of any user.
Use of Data Collected
We ask for some optional information so we can maintain a further dialogue with you about our new products and services. When you revisit the Site, ABS may recognize you by a Tracking Tool and customize your experience accordingly. For example, once you have completed the registration or enrollment process, a cookie will be used to avoid having you register again. You may decline Internet cookies, if any, by using the appropriate feature of your Web browser software, if available. If cookies are disabled, however, all features of the Site may not operate as intended. Information about the procedure you are required to follow in order to disable cookies can be found on your Internet browser provider’s Web Site.
ABS may use Personal Data and Monitoring Data it collects for editorial and feedback purposes, marketing and promotion, statistical analysis of users’ behavior, product development, delivering products and services, providing customer support, customizing and improving the content and layout of the Site or other web sites of ABS, completing business transactions, administering individual accounts and meeting government regulatory requirements. Monitoring Data may be used for internal or external purposes such as researching and identifying market segments and needs. ABS may disclose your Personal Data to unaffiliated third parties if we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary (a) to comply with applicable laws, rules, or regulations, or to preserve ABS’s legal rights in the Site’s content, whether the same arises from contract or through force of law; (b) to provide you with any services, information, special offers, promotions or products you requested or consented to and to allow us to perform other activities related to such services and products; or (c) to operate this Site and other of ABS’ systems properly. ABS may also share your Personal Data with a Third-Party Provider, but only if you have first told us we may. You may also share your Personal Data directly with Third-Party Providers who you contact through the Site.
You should be aware that, once you give such permission for ABS to share, or once you have shared, your Personal Data with a Third-Party Provider, ABS is not responsible for any further use or disclosure of your Personal Data by Third-Party Providers; such use or disclosure is governed by the Third-Party Providers' privacy policies.
In each e-mail we may send you, you will have the option to unsubscribe and not receive future e-mail from us. We cannot make such assurances on behalf of any Third-Party Provider. Please review our Opt-Out Policy (below) for how to avoid receiving further e-mails.
If at any time you want to be removed from our database or to "opt-out" of receiving further communications ("Opt-Out Policy"), simply tell us what want to be opted out of when you contact us in any of the following ways:
- By e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mark the subject heading of your e-mail "Unsubscribe"
- By letter sent to us at:
American Bible Society
New York, NY 10023
Please note that ABS makes no representation regarding the length of time this process may take, only that we will perform the update as soon as reasonably practicable.
The American Bible Society is committed to making your visit with us an enriching, empowering and informative experience. We will honor our pledge to protect your privacy.
Your Choices Regarding Personal Data Collection and Use
You may "opt-in" to having ABS use your Personal Data to send promotional or other correspondence to you by checking the appropriate box when you register or enroll, or by contacting ABS via e-mail at the address above. You may modify, correct, change or update Personal Data that ABS has collected via the Site or request that your Personal Data be removed from ABS’ database by contacting ABS pursuant to the Opt-Out Policy indicated above. If you have made donations to or purchases from or otherwise registered with us in the past, you may also request that your Personal Data be removed from ABS’ database by contacting ABS via e-mail at email@example.com. In any instance, our removal of such information may require you to register again with ABS in the event you later wish full access to the Site.
You should be aware that it may not be technologically possible to remove or verify each and every record of information you have provided to us from our system. The need to back-up our systems to protect information from inadvertent loss means that a copy of your Personal Data may exist in archived systems. However, after receiving your request, all Personal Data stored in databases we actively use and other readily searchable media will be updated, corrected, changed, deleted or confirmed to you, as appropriate, as soon as reasonably practicable.
The Site may contain links to other Internet Web Sites maintained by third parties ("Other Sites"), either as a hyperlink or through a direct data feed accessed by you. ABS does not endorse, and is not responsible for, the privacy practices or the content of these Web Sites. You should review the applicable privacy policies in connection with your use of such third party Web Sites.
BY ACCESSING OTHER SITES, YOU MAY SIGNIFY YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE SITES’ PRIVACY POLICIES, WHETHER OR NOT YOU HAVE ACTUALLY REVIEWED THEM AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY DIFFER FROM THOSE OF ABS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THOSE PRIVACY POLICIES, YOU SHOULD NOT ACCESS THE LINK OR THE OTHER SITE. WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU SHOULD ANY OTHER SITE VIOLATE ANY UNDERSTANDING WITH YOU CONTAINED THEREIN OR IN THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THE OTHER SITE WILL MEAN THAT YOU AGREE THAT YOU SHALL HOLD US HARMLESS IN THE EVENT SUCH OTHER SITE VIOLATES ANY UNDERSTANDING WITH YOU CONTAINED THEREIN OR IN THIS AGREEMENT.
ABS has established reasonable precautions to protect collected Personal Data from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction, which include contractual, administrative, physical, and technical steps. Technical measures include use of firewall protection and encryption technology where appropriate. Although ABS takes reasonable precautions to assess the reliability of such technology, it relies on the statements of the vendors of those products and services as part of its security evaluation. BY USING THE SITE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND CONSENT TO THE FACT THAT ABS SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR FAILURES OF SUCH PRODUCTS AND SERVICES AND THAT YOU SHALL HAVE RECOURSE SOLELY AGAINST THE MANUFACTURERS OR VENDORS THEREOF. Please note that while ABS has endeavored to create a secure and reliable site for users, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted to/from ABS or the Site or via e-mail cannot be guaranteed.
Export of Personal Data
By using the Site, you acknowledge and consent to the fact that Personal Data provided by you or collected by us through your use of the Site is stored and processed by us in the United States where data protection laws may not afford the same level of protection as those of the country in which you are located (this is the case for users located in the European Economic Area ("EEA")). You also acknowledge and consent to the fact that we may, at our discretion, store and process such data in other countries (including countries outside the EEA) where data protection laws or law enforcement systems, policies or professionals may not afford the same level of protection as those of the country in which you are located.
Privacy Protections for Children Using the Internet
Protecting children's privacy is important to us. For that reason, we do not collect or maintain information on our Site from those we actually know are under the age of 13, nor is any part of our Site targeted to attract anyone under 13. We request that all visitors to our Site who are under 13 not disclose or provide any personally identifiable information. If we discover that a child under 13 has provided us with personally identifiable information, we will delete that child's personally identifiable information from our records.
Contact Information for ABS
Questions or concerns regarding ABS’s data protection practices should be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to contact ABS via e-mail about this policy, please mark the subject heading of your e-mail "Privacy Inquiry."