Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. At Bethel we have a few fundamental principles:

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Bethel collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Our purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how visitors use our website. From time to time, we may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of our website.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Bethel’s website choose to interact with us in ways that require us to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that we gather depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who use our contact form to provide an email address. Those who engage in transactions with Bethel—by filling out our online giving form or RSVP form for an event, for example—are asked to provide additional information, although these kinds of transactions are usually processed by a third party whose privacy policy will apply. Bethel does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below and visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

Bethel may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, we may track the frequency of pages viewed or links clicked in aggregate. Bethel may display this information publicly or provide it to others; however, Bethel does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Bethel discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors, volunteers and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Bethel’s behalf, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Bethel’s website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Bethel will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors, volunteers and affiliated organizations, as described above, Bethel discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Bethel believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Bethel, third parties or the public at large. If you’ve signed up for our newsletter we will send you email to keep up to date with what’s going on at Bethel. Unsubscribe instructions are included in each email, or you can contact the church office to unsubscribe.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Bethel’s web site may use cookies to help us identify and track visitors, their usage of our website, and their website access preferences. Our website does not respond to Web browser Do Not Track (DNT) signals. Visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Bethel’s website, with the drawback that certain features of our website may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Bethel may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Bethel’s sole discretion. We encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Last updated January 1, 2014

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