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Internet Privacy Statement for Grace Lutheran Church & School

Your privacy and the privacy of others are important to Grace Lutheran Church and School. In particular, we believe that a vibrant spiritual community depends on maintaining a trusted user environment. As such,  Grace Lutheran Church and School is committed to providing a clear and specific description of its policies to protect the privacy of its parishioners and other users. In general, any information we collect from our users is for the internal use of Grace Lutheran Church and School and a related group including, except as described below. By using our site and entering your information, you consent to our collection and the use of that information as described below. Any material changes to our policy will be reflected on this page so that you are aware of the information we collect and how we use it.

Sources and Uses of User Information

Each time a visitor comes to the Grace Lutheran Church and School site, information is collected from the visitor or user to improve the overall quality of the site. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer our web site. Your IP address is used to help identify you, your areas of interest and to gather broad demographic information. Our site may use cookies to keep track of your visit to our site. "Cookies" are used to tailor content specific to your interests, to save your password so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit our site, and to track which areas of the web site are most popular with our users. With most Internet Browsers, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored on your computer. Please refer to your Browser instructions or a help screen to learn more about these functions and how to use them.

Some of our site's registration and other forms may also ask users to give us demographic and contact information (like name and e-mail address), unique identifiers (like telephone numbers) and demographic information (like zip code, age, or gender). We may use such contact information from these forms to send you information about our church. Users may choose not to receive future mailings at any time. Demographic and profile data is also collected at our site. We use this data to tailor the visitor's experience at our site, by showing content that we believe visitors and users might be interested in, and displaying content according to a user's preferences. Unique identifiers (such as telephone numbers) are collected to verify the user's identity and for use as an identifier in our parish record system. Some of the above information is required to use the site. Other information is provided at your option. If you do not want the optional information collected, please do not give it to us.

Aggregated information is used by Grace Lutheran Church and School and shared within our parish staff, including the members of our clergy, administrative staff, school, and other current church officials. In addition, certain aggregated information may be reported to other agencies, as may be required by law, and accrediting bodies. This aggregated information cannot be used to personally identify or contact a specific individual. Grace Lutheran Church and School may be compelled to surrender personal user or parishioner information to authorities without express user consent if presented with a court subpoena or similar legal order.

In the event of a violation of the terms and conditions of use of this site or a violation of any restrictions on use of materials provided in or through this site, we may disclose personal user information to our affected business partners or legal authorities.

Links to Other Sites

Our site contains links to other sites. Grace Lutheran Church and School is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any third-party web sites, including those for which we may provide a link on our site. Any information provided by a user to such third-party sites is subject to the privacy practices of that third-party and not Grace Lutheran Church and School. Nor is Grace Lutheran Church and School responsible for the quality of the products and services made available at any such third-party site.

Public Forums

Our site may make use of chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or news groups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should not disclose any personal information that you would not be comfortable having made generally available. Nor should you disclose any information about your employer if there is any chance the information might be proprietary or confidential information of your employer.

Security

All information will be stored as securely as possible, consistent with nationally recognized internet security standards, while maintaining our ability to quickly and effectively access this information to serve your needs. The site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. In order to change or modify information previously provided by you to us on this site, please contact Grace Lutheran Church and School feedback email page of this site.

We hope you found this information informative. Now please enjoy and experience the Grace Lutheran Church and School site. We thank you.