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    Shepherd Church Privacy Policy

    This Shepherd Church (hereinafter "Shepherd" or the "Church") Privacy Policy describes your privacy rights regarding our collection, use, storage, sharing and protection of your personal information. This privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") applies solely to information collected through the web sites, web pages, interactive features, blogs, located at the following URLs: https://www.shepherdchurch.com, https://www.theshepherd.org, https://www.lifegroups.org, https://www.shepherdsports.org, https://www.miracleinthemaking.com; in addition to Twitter, Facebook or other social networking Church sites, and their respective contents, whether accessed via computer, mobile device or other technology (collectively, "our Sites" or "the Sites"). The Sites are offered by Shepherd Church and its affiliates and Site developers (collectively, "the Church", or "we", "us", "our"). It applies to our Sites and all related sites, applications, services and tools regardless of how you access or use them. This Privacy Policy explains what information may be collected through our Sites, how such information may be used and/or shared with others, how we safeguard it and how you may access and control its use in connection with our activities. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, because by using our Sites you are acknowledging that you understand and agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy. In addition, please review our Terms of Use, which governs your use of the Sites and any content you submit to our Sites.

    Information you provide to us

    We strive to respect and protect your privacy. When you are visiting our Sites, may collect personally identifiable information on you ("Personal Information"). This is information you provide. Personally identifiable information is any information that could reasonably be used to identify you personally. This includes, but is not limited to: name, address, email address, telephone number, zip code, gender, birthday, credit card information and the names and ages of your spouse and children, and any other personally identifiable information that you provide to us. In the case of credit or debit card transactions and on-line giving this includes account numbers and other account information. We do not keep your credit card information. We also collect other information concerning your viewing patterns, your browser, operating system and IP address.

    Information Shepherd Church may collect automatically

    Whenever you visit or interact with our Sites, Shepherd, as well as service providers, may use a variety of technologies that automatically or passively collect information about how the Sites are accessed and used ("Usage Information"). Usage Information may include, in part, browser type, operating system, the page served, the time, and the preceding page views. This statistical data provides us with information about the use of the Sites, such as how many visitors visit a specific page on the Sites, how long they stay on that page, and which hyperlinks, if any, they "click" on. This information helps us keep our website fresh and interesting to our visitors and tailor content to a visitor's interests. Usage Information is generally non-identifying, but if the Church associates it with you as a specific and identifiable person, the Church treats it as Personal Information.

    The technologies used to collect Usage Information, including Devise Identifiers, may include:

    Cookies. Cookies are data files placed on a Device when it is used to visit our Sites. This includes information obtained through the use of "cookies" placed on your computer. In order to provide you with a customized website and to track your viewing patterns, we may place a "cookie" on your computer that allows us to recognize you when you visit our site. Cookies are bits of computer code that Shepherd places on your computer that can be accessed by our computer when you visit this site. Cookies allow us to collect information about you so that your experience on this site will be as customized as possible. Most computers will automatically receive cookies. You can prevent cookies from being placed on your computer by accessing your browser's preferences menu. We do not use cookies to obtain any personal information about you before or after you leave the Shepherd website. The information that Shepherd collects helps us to provide information and service to you. In the case of credit or debit card payments or on-line giving, the information collected allows us to complete the transaction. We may combine information from other sources with the information that we collect.

    Web Beacons. Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons, may be included in our Sites and e-mail messages. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to the Sites, to monitor how users navigate the Sites, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to determine whether content sent was actually viewed.

    What does Shepherd Church do with the information that is collected?

    Any information that you provide to Shepherd or that is obtained through this website may be shared with related or affiliated entities or to other sister Churches for Church purposes. In the case of credit or debit card transactions or on-line giving our payment processer requires that we submit your address along with the account information, including account numbers. We will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to commercial entities other than or payment processer. Other than information we release to our payment processer, information that Shepherd may disclose to third parties (other related or affiliated entities and sister Churches) will only be released in the aggregate (e.g. number of visitors to a page, etc.) and will not contain any personally identifiable information. Aggregate information is useful for church statistics and marketing purposes. Shepherd will not otherwise disclose your name, address, email address or phone number without your express consent, unless disclosure is necessary to comply with laws or relevant legal proceedings. Shepherd or other sister ministries may offer services to you such as chat rooms or other similar discussion forums. Please be aware that any information you divulge in these arenas is deemed public information and is not protected. Anyone who visits these forums can gain access to the information you divulge.

    Legal Disclosure.

    Shepherd may transfer and disclose information, including your Personal Information, Usage Information and Device Identifier, (including IP address), to third parties to comply with a legal obligation; when we believe in good faith that the law requires it; at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation; to verify or enforce our Terms of Use or other applicable policies; to respond to an emergency; or otherwise to protect the rights, property, safety, or security of third parties, visitors to our Sites or the public.

    How does linking to other sites affect my privacy protections?

    As a courtesy, Shepherd provides links to other sites that are neither owned nor controlled by Shepherd. Some of these sites may use the "theshepherd.org" logo. These third party sites, however, are NOT subject to or bound by the Shepherd Privacy Policy. Such third party sites may or may not have their own privacy policies and may or may not collect personal identifiable information from you or place cookies on your browser. We urge you to review the privacy policies of each of the linked websites you visit before you provide them with any personally identifiable information. Shepherd is not responsible for the privacy policies or any information collection practices of these sites or any damages resulting therefrom.

    Information we receive from third parties.

    Shepherd may receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you are on another web site and you opt-in to receive information from the Church, that web site will forward to us your e-mail address and other information about you so that we may contact you as requested. You may also choose to participate in a third party application or feature (such as one of our Facebook or Twitter applications or a similar application or feature on a third party web site) through which you allow us to collect (or the third party to share) information about you, including Personal Information. In addition, we may receive information about you if other users of a third party web site give us access to their profiles and you are one of their "connections" or information about you is otherwise accessible through your "connections" web page, profile page, or similar page on a social networking or other third party web site or interactive service.

    Your choice and access.

    You may always direct us not to share your Personal Information with third parties, not to use your Personal Information to provide you with information, or not to send you newsletters, e-mails or other communications by: (i) sending us an e-mail at mail@shepherdchurch.com; (ii) contacting us by mail at Administration c/o Shepherd Church, 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326, or (iii) following the removal instructions in the communication that you receive. Your opt-out request will be processed within 30 days of the date on which we receive it. If you wish to verify, correct, or update any of your personal information collected through our Sites, you may contact us at the above address or e-mail. In accordance with our routine record keeping, we may delete certain records that contain Personal Information you have submitted through our Sites. We are under no obligation to store such Personal Information indefinitely and disclaim any liability arising out of, or related to, the destruction of such Personal Information. In addition, you should be aware that it is not always possible to completely remove or delete all of your information from our databases without some residual data because of backups and other reasons.

    How does Shepherd Church protect the security of information collected about me?

    The security of the information that you provide to us is very important to us. The information you provide to us online is protected by Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. All transactions involving sensitive information, such as your credit/debit card number and expiration date, are conducted using a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) connection. SSL is the leading security protocol for data transfer on the internet. This technology scrambles your account information as it moves between your PC's browser and Shepherd's computer systems. When information is scrambled, or encrypted in this way, it becomes nearly impossible for anyone other than Shepherd to read it. This secure session helps protect the safety and confidentiality of your information as it is transmitted to our website.

    Shepherd Church protects the privacy of children.

    Shepherd is committed to protecting the privacy and safety of children. The Sites is not directed to children under 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under 13 years of age. If we determine upon collection that a user is under this age, we will not use or maintain his/her Personal Information without the parent/guardian's consent. If we become aware that we have unknowingly collected personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13, we will make reasonable efforts to delete such information from our records. However, in certain circumstances, we may maintain and use such information (in accordance with the rest of this Privacy Policy and applicable law) in order to notify and obtain consent from the parent/guardian and for certain safety, security, liability and other purposes permitted under applicable law. A parent/guardian can review, remove, change or refuse further collection or use of their child's Personal Information by contacting us as provided above (include child’s name, address and e-mail address). If you have any questions or concerns about the protection of children's privacy, or if parents wish to deny consent and request that Shepherd delete their child's information, please contact us at the number provided below. We are not responsible for the data collection and use practices of non-affiliated third parties to which our website may link.

    Shepherd Church reserves the right to change or amend this policy.

    You accept this Privacy Policy when you sign up for, access, or use our products, services, content, features, technologies or functions offered on our website and all related sites, applications, and services. Shepherd reserves the right to change, amend, or restate this policy. Therefore, you should revisit this page from time to time to determine the current policy. The revised version will be effective at the time we post it. Shepherd will post any substantial changes in this privacy policy at least 30 days prior to implementation of the change. Any information collected under this current policy will remain bound by the terms of this privacy policy. After the changes take effect, all new information collected, if any, will be subject to the revised privacy policy.

    Privacy policy effective date.

    This privacy policy is effective May 27, 2018.

    Your affirmative consent to Shepherd Church collection and use of personally identifiable information. By using this Shepherd website, you are giving us your express consent to use the information that we collect about you in the manner described in this policy.

    Questions or concerns?

    If you have comments, questions or concerns about this privacy policy, please contact the office of Shepherd of the Hills Church at:

    Attn: Administration c/o Shepherd Church
    Address: 19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
    Re: www.shepherdchurch.com Privacy Policy
    Telephone: (818) 831-9333
    E-Mail: mail@shepherdchurch.com