Grace Church in New York
Last Updated: August 14, 2019
The Information We Collect.
In general, you can browse the Website without submitting your personal information to us. However, there are a number of conditions in which you may need to provide us with your personal information. The following is a list of the common ways in which we collect your personal information.
- When you register for an account on the Website;
- When you sign up to receive e-mail newsletters from us;
- When you make a donation, pledge or log-in;
- When you participate in surveys or complete a newcomer form;
- When you register for and participate in our programs, activities, initiatives, and events;
- When you request information or assistance;
- In conjunction with your employment inquiries or applications;
- When you participate with social media accounts involving Church properties;
- In conjunction with any verification of your account information;
- In conjunction with investigations into any activity that may violate the law or the Website’s terms and conditions;
- When you communicate with us through the Website;
- When you provide user-generated content on any part of the Website that permits it; and
- In conjunction with any other place on the Website where you knowingly volunteer personal information.
When you interact with any Grace Church page or account on a social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, Google+, YouTube, or Pinterest, or when you use your social media account or credentials to log in to the Website, we may also collect the personal information that you make available to us on that page or through that account, including your account ID or online handle.
When you interact with the Website, our servers automatically collect some anonymous “non-personal identifiable” aggregate information, which may include visitors’ browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox), operating systems (e.g., Windows or Macintosh), Internet Service Providers, and other similar information. The information collected is used for statistical purposes to monitor how Grace Church’s online visitors navigate our website, allowing us to modify our website to better accommodate our visitors.
Generally, we collect the following categories of Non-Personal Information:
- We may collect certain personal and demographic data such as name, address, contact information, age, gender, and five-digit zip code as part of collecting personal information;
- We collect and store certain device information about your computer, mobile device, or other device that you use to access the Website. This information may include IP address, geolocation information, unique device identifiers, browser type, browser language, and other transactional information;
- We automatically log certain usage information about your use of the Website. This information includes a reading history of the pages you view;
- We collect and store additional “traffic data” such as time of access, date of access, software crash reports, session identification number, access times, and referring website addresses;
- We collect and store other information regarding our users’ use of the Website so that third parties may provide us with reports and analysis regarding usage and browsing patterns of the Website.
When you email Grace Church
Grace Church is pleased to receive e-mails from you. Should you choose to send an e-mail to Grace Church, your message and e-mail address will be forwarded to the appropriate department within Grace Church and we will save your e-mail as part of our permanent records
Please be aware that we respect clergy-penitent privilege, however, any message, material, ideas, concepts, or other information sent to Grace Church by e-mail will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) conform to applicable law or comply with legal process served on us or the Website; (b) protect and defend our rights or property, the Website, or our users; and (c) act under emergency circumstances protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or personal safety of Grace Church, our affiliates, our agents, members, or users of Website or the public.
Grace Church processes credit card information using secure socket layering (SSL) encryption technology, which protects against interception of your information by third parties. SSL is the standard for most browsers and servers and encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name and address so that it cannot be read as the information travels over the Internet. Your credit card information will be temporarily stored on a secured server only for as long as necessary to process your payment. To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and administrative procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
How We Use Your Information
We use the information we learn from you to help us personalize and improve your experience on the Website. We use your Personal and Non-Personal Information in the following ways:
- For editorial purposes;
- Responding to your inquiries;
- Communicating with you about your account, pledges, donations, or transactions with us and sending you information about features on our Website or about Grace Church;
- Communicating with you about changes to our policies;
- Personalizing content and experiences on our Website, including providing you with recommendations based on your preferences;
- Sending you newsletters, mailings, and information about programs, initiatives, activities, and events by e-mail or another medium;
- Processing your employment application;
- Event, program or volunteer registration;
- Optimizing or improving our programs, services, and operations;
- Research and development;
- Verifying your account and account activities;
- Detecting, investigating, and preventing activities that may violate our policies or be illegal;
- Performing statistical, demographic, and marketing analyses of users of the Website and their usage patterns; and
- Managing our organization and other corporate entities.
We may combine information gathered from the Website and information that we have received, gathered, acquired, or stored from other sources, both information collected offline by Grace Church and information received from third parties—including information that currently exists in our files—into a single customer record. We also use and/or combine information that we collect offline or receive from third-party sources to edit, enhance, and/or check the accuracy of your customer record.
Like some websites, we may use web beacons or flash cookies. A web beacon or flash cookie (also known as an “action tag” “tracer tag,” or “single-pixel GIF”) is an invisible graphic on a web page or e-mail newsletter that is programmed to collect non-personally identifiable information about your use of a given website or newsletter, e.g., whether you opened the e-mail. Like cookies, web beacons allow Grace Church and its technology providers to summarize overall usage patterns for our analysis and provide personalized services to you.
Grace Church strives to protect the transmission and storage of any information submitted by visitors to the Website, but no transmission and storage of data is completely secure, and submissions are at your sole risk.
Cross Border Data Transfer
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is a European Regulation concerning the use and processing of personal information effective on May 25, 2018.
We will use reasonable efforts to securely process all personal information in line with the rights specified under the GDPR, in particular those related to the following requests:
- Access to your personal information;
- Correction of the personal information that we hold;
- Deletion of your personal information;
- A restriction of processing of your personal information;
- Transfer of your personal information to another party; or
- Objection to processing of your personal information based on Grace Church’s legitimate interest (or those of a third party) to use it and there is something about your particular situation that causes you to object to such processing.
Questions and comments should be directed to the Grace Church Business Office.
If you have any questions or requests regarding this policy, if you would like to change your preferences, if you no longer wish to receive e-mail updates from Grace Church, or if you believe Grace Church has inaccurate or incomplete information about you, please contact the Grace Church Business Office or by calling 212-254-2000. Out of respect for your privacy, e-mail recipients may opt out of receiving e-mails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in the e-mail messages.
Grace Church in New York is a private, not-for-profit organization, and is tax exempt under Section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Grace Church in New York
New York, NY 10003