Privacy Policy & Cookies

Privacy Policy

Church Plus takes your privacy seriously because we know that your privacy is very important to you. We recognise the importance of protecting the privacy of information that we may collect from online visitors.We aim to be as clear as possible about how and why we use information we may gain from you via this website. If your questions are not fully answered by the information below, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Data Protection Statement

Church Plus’ data protection statement is as follows:

By providing your personal details you agree to allow Church Plus to contact you by mail, email, telephone or SMS text message in connection with its charitable purposes. Church Plus does not make personal data available to external individuals or organisations.

How we collect information about you

Church Plus does not capture and store any personal information about individuals who access this website, except where you choose to give us your personal information.

These could include signing up for our newsletter, requesting resources, booking into an event, making a donation, or by sending us an email.

Church Plus does not receive or hold any credit card details for donations/payments made via this website. All credit card payments are currently handled by ‘PayPal. Secure Server Software (SSL) is used to encrypt all credit card information sent from this website.

Why we collect information about you

To provide you with information about our work including subscription related mailings, events, resources and any other services described on our website.

To make sure we have an accurate record of all donations received.

To enhance or improve your experience on our website. When you indicate your preferences through our registration forms or through your use of our site, we may use this information to personalise the site to better meet your needs.

Who sees your information?

The information we collect through our website will be used exclusively within the purposes of Church Plus. We do not pass any of your personal information to any other organisations and/or individuals without your express consent with the following exception:

Name and address details are passed to mailing houses to enable fulfilment of subscription requirements and resources you have requested. These may include resources, promotional material and other information as required.

Where such details are provided we have confidentiality agreements in place that restrict the use of your information to the purpose for which it is provided and ensure it is kept no longer than necessary.

To minimise the risk of unauthorised disclosure of your information, we will use some of your information to verify who you are when you contact us.

Our Use of your information

The information that you provide to Church Plus will be used to provide you with information about our work including subscription related mailings, events, resources and other services and activities described on our website.

By providing information you are agreeing to receive mailings that communicate the work of Church Plus.

By providing your email address you are agreeing to your email address being used for the purposes of receiving emails that communicate the work of Church Plus.

Church Plus uses MailChimp to send regular newsletters by email. By subscribing with your details you are giving Church Plus your express permission to use MailChimp to send you emails. If you do not give this permission then Church Plus will not be able to send email newsletters to you.

Each time you receive an email you will be able to update your preferences and subscribe or unsubscribe from regular emails via MailChimp.

How long do we keep your information?

How long we keep your information collected through our website depends on the context in which you provided it.

We will keep information that is necessary for us to provide subscription mailings, other resources and for statistical purposes.

We will keep records of any financial transactions you enter into with us for a minimum of six years. This will enable us to meet with accounting requirements and respond to any questions from you that arise during that period. Gift Aid forms and transactions must be kept for a minimum of 12 years after the Gift Aid is no longer valid.

Viewing the information we hold about you

You may request details of all the information Church Plus holds about you by submitting a written request. There is a charge for this service of £5 for each request. Write to: Church Plus, Birket Barn, Nateby, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria CA17 4JR. Please include a telephone number and/or email address to enable us to contact you.

 

Cookies

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.

What is the purpose of cookies?

Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user’s preferences or registration details for a future visit.

Web sites use cookies mainly because they save time and make the browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Web sites often use cookies for the purposes of collecting demographic information about their users.

Cookies enable web sites to monitor their users’ web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).

Are cookies dangerous?

No. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can’t be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses, and all modern browsers allow users to set their own limitations to the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.

Can cookies threaten users’ privacy?

Cookies are stored on the computer’s hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive – so a cookie can’t read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user’s e-mail address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain web site.

How we use cookies

Church Plus uses cookies to determine how our website visitors use the site and to enable some features to function, such as webpage comments and video players. Details of all the cookies that are set whilst using the Church Plus website are listed below along with links to any relevant third party privacy policies.

This website uses the following cookies:

Item Purpose More information
Google Analytics Collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Google Analytics Privacy Policy. You can choose to opt out of Google Analytics.
civicCookieControl Cookie Control cookies. These cookies are set in order to remember preferences in regards to cookies  Civic UK Privacy Statement
Twitter Features for sharing via Twitter, and viewing tweets by other people. Twitter Privacy Policy
Google+ Features for sharing via Google+. Does not set a cookie by itself, but if one is present it will read it. Google Privacy Policy

More information

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you.

For more information about cookies, including instructions on deleting and controlling cookies, visit: www.aboutcookies.org

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

How can I control cookies?

Browser controls

You can use your web browser (eg Internet Explorer) to:

  • delete all cookies
  • block all cookies
  • allow all cookies
  • block third-party cookies
  • clear all cookies when you close the browser
  • open a ‘private browsing’ session
  • install add-ons and plug-ins to extend browser functionality

Browser

Where to find information about controlling cookies

  • Internet Explorer http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
  • Chrome https://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en-GB/more/privacy.html
  • Firefox http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Clear%20Recent%20History
  • Safari http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042
  • Opera http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/

 

Links to other sites

This website includes links to other sites. Church Plus cannot be held responsible for their privacy policies or the way in which they handle personal information or cookies.

This statement may be subject to updates and changes. Please revisit it each time that you consider giving personal data through this site.

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