American Lutheran Church (ALC) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the ALC website and governs data collection and usage. By using the ALC website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.
Collection of your Personal Information
If you have provided personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number, on this website, American Lutheran Church may collect it. ALC may also collect anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites if you have provided it.
There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by ALC. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by ALC for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the ALC website.
Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through ALC public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: ALC does not read any of your private online communications.
ALC encourages you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from ALC so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. ALC is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of ALC and ALC family of websites.
Use of your Personal Information
ALC collects and uses your personal information to operate the ALC website and deliver the services you have requested. ALC also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other information or services available from ALC and its affiliates. ALC may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.
ALC does not sell, rent or lease its member/visitor/subscriber lists to third parties. ALC may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external third parties about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, ALC may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis or send you email or postal mail. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to ALC, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
ALC does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.
ALC keeps track of the websites and pages our visitors view within ALC, in order to determine what ALC services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content within ALC to visitors.
ALC websites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on ALC or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of ALC; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of ALC, or the public.
The ALC websites use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you. One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize ALC pages, or register with ALC site or services, a cookie helps ALC to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same ALC website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the ALC website features that you customized.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the ALC website.
Security of your Personal Information
ALC secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. ALC secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
Changes to this Statement
ALC will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect church and visitor/member feedback. ALC encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how ALC is protecting your information.
ALC welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that ALC has not adhered to this Statement, please contact ALC. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.
We have several basic groups of people that might be listed or referred to: pastors/staff, adult members, and youth. Information of concern includes names, email addresses, phone numbers and photos. Home addresses are never posted.
For pastors/staff, we list names, office email addresses, and office phone numbers. No home phone numbers or home addresses are listed. It is important that people be able to contact the staff and that access is all through the office. For adult members, we often list names when they are a contact for some group or activity that we are featuring on the website. We do not list email addresses unless they have specifically given permission. We do not list phone numbers unless they have specifically given permission. It is assumed that other members have the church directory or can call the office for phone numbers.
For youth and children, we do not list names, first or last. We also do not list addresses, email addresses or phone numbers. Photo captions do not include their names. This is for their own protection.
When using photos of ALC events, attendees, or members — either directly on the website or in our photo albums — we use the following guidelines:
- We try not to post anything that would be embarrassing, objectionable or hurtful to anyone in the photo. If we know someone is shy about such things, we ask them before posting the photo.
- We don’t put names as captions with photos (except for pastors/staff or other members who have given expressed written consent)
- We will gladly provide credit for who took a particular photo if desired by the photographer, and we would certainly honor any copyright wishes or restrictions.
- We will gladly remove any photo immediately upon request.
In any case, if you see a photo that includes you or your child and would like it removed from the site, we would be glad to do so — just notify the webmaster with the details.
Please be aware, that while we never post home addresses, there are a number of websites that provide white pages, or extensive listings of mailing addresses based on people’s names.