Last Updated: June 30, 2019

Explore God Privacy Policy

This Policy explains our privacy practices and describes the information we collect about you when you use this Website, how the information may be used, with whom it may be shared, and your choices about such uses and disclosures.  We encourage you to carefully read this Policy.

By using this website, you are agreeing to the practices described in this Policy.  We may change this Policy from time to time, and we'll post the updated Policy on this website.  Your use of this website after we post the updated Policy will mean you accept the updated Policy. If you do not agree with the updated Policy, please don't continue to use this Website.  We'll include a "Last Updated" legend at the top of the Policy so that you'll know if there have been any changes.   

We are located in, and this Website is operated in, the United States, which may not have data security or privacy requirements as protective as those where you are located.  By using this Website, you are consenting to the transfer and processing of your data in the United States.

Information We Collect About You

When you use this Website, we collect information that you submit to us, and we collect Website usage and other technical information automatically as you interact with our Website.

Information You Submit to Us

Account Set-Up

We may provide you with an opportunity to establish an account with us so that you can access certain resources and content available only to registered users.  If you register for an account, we collect the information you provide to us in that sign-up process, which may include such things as your name, phone number, email address, mailing address, city, state, country and zip code. 

Registering a Church or Discussion Group

We may provide you with an opportunity to register a Church, small group or other discussion group through our Website.  If you do that, we'll collect the information you provide in that process, such as the name and street address for the organization or group. Please note that if we believe the address for your group location is a public location (e.g., a commercial building, school, church or retail establishment), we may publish the name, location and other relevant information of your group on our Website so that it is publicly available – please let us know if you do not wish for the name, location or other information about your group to be publicly available on our Website by marking your group as Private during registration.

Email Sign-Up

We may provide you with an opportunity to sign-up for email communications from us or the steering committees or other organizations we work with or support as a part of our mission ("Partners"). When you sign up to receive communications or information from us or our Partners, we collect the information you provide to us in that sign-up process, which may include such things as your name and email address.

Surveys

From time to time, we may request information from users through surveys. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary, and you have a choice whether or not to disclose the information requested in a survey. Information requested may include contact information (such as name, postal address and email address) and demographic information (such as gender, race and marital status). Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use of our Websites, improving the services and resources we make available, and improving our organization and operations.

Credit/Debit Card Information

If you purchase a product or service from us, or make a donation to us, we'll collect the credit card or debit card information you provide for that purpose, along with information needed to complete the purchase or donation, such as your name, address and telephone number. (Please note that we do not save or store your credit or debit card information on our servers – it is provided to our payment processors in order to complete the particular transaction.)

Information about Others

We may collect and store personal information about other people that you provide to us. If you use our Website to send others (friends, relatives, colleagues, etc.) information that may interest them or messages (such as invitations), or site content through our system, we may store your personal information and the personal information of each such recipient.

Information Collected through Technology

Cookies and Other Technologies

We automatically collect information from your browser and the device you use when you visit our Website. This information includes your IP address, your browser type and version and language, access times, pages viewed, content accessed, the content of any undeleted cookies that your browser previously accepted from us and the referring website address.

Cookies

When you visit our Website, we may assign your computer one or more cookies to facilitate access to our Website and to personalize your online experience. A cookie is a piece of data stored on your hard drive containing information about you. Cookies enable us to automatically collect information about your online activity on our Website, such as the web pages you visit, the links you click, and the searches you conduct on our Website. This allows us to target your interests to enhance your experience on our Website. Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you may be able to modify your browser setting to decline cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, please note that you may not be able to sign in or use some of the features offered on our Website.

Other Technologies

We may use standard Internet technology, such as web beacons, pixels and other similar technologies, to track your use of our Website. We also may include web beacons in promotional email messages or newsletters to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon. The information we obtain in this manner enables us to customize the services we offer our Website visitors, to deliver targeted messages and advertisements (both on our Website and when you use the websites of our advertising service providers such as Facebook), and measure the overall effectiveness of our online advertising, content, programming, or other activities.

Collection of Information from Anyone Under 13

Our website is a general audience site, and we do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you become aware that someone under the age of 13 has provided personal information to us, please contact us and we will take steps to delete any such information.

How We Use Information

Explore God may use your collected information for a variety of reasons. In addition to other uses described in this Policy, we use your information:

  • To improve our Website;

  • To provide you with a better and personalized online experience;

  • To manage your account and provide you with customer support;

  • To advertise or market our Website, services and resources to you (on this Website, via email, and on other advertising vendor websites such as Facebook);

  • To complete any transactions or requests from you;

  • To contact you to provide information on upcoming events, website updates, and promotions;

  • To perform research and analysis about your use of, or interest in, products, services, content, or other resources available through our Website;

  • To analyze trends, administer the site, and create aggregated information and insights;

  • To enforce our terms and conditions;

  • To manage our organization and operations; and

  • To perform functions as otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

To Whom Is Information Disclosed?

Third Party Service Providers

We disclose your information to our third party service providers who help us operate our organization or Website, including those that help us process financial transactions through the Website, send surveys, send our marketing, promotional and other types of communications to you, or provide customer support.

Disclosure of Information for Community Outreach

If you are participating in a Community Outreach Initiative (COI) in your area and joining “The Portal” for access to Explore God resources, we may share contact information of the churches or church coordinators with the locally licensed Explore God Steering Committee, but we will not share the contact information of the discussion group facilitators or individual participants, for purposes of organizing outreach efforts in your area, both during an Explore God COI and after such an initiative. This information, if shared, is shared only for the purpose of continuing the work of evangelism by local leadership, and Explore God is not responsible for how Steering Committees may choose to work together beyond the Steering Committee’s COI licensing period.

Transfer of Assets

In the event that all or substantially all of the assets relating to ExploreGod.com are transferred or sold to another entity, personally identifiable information submitted to us may be transferred to the acquiring entity, and may be shared with our legal and other advisors, and any potential acquirers, in connection with any actual or potential transaction.

Subpoena, Law Enforcement, or Protection of Rights or Safety

We also may disclose personally identifiable information to third parties in order to comply with the law, a court order or requests by law enforcement, or when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, or to protect your safety or the safety of others.

Third-Party Websites

Explore God may contain links to third-party websites and documents located on websites maintained by other organizations or individuals. Once you access a link to another website, please be aware that ExploreGod.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites. Third-party websites may independently solicit and collect information, including personal information, from you and, in some instances, provide us with information about your activities on those websites. We recommend that you consult the privacy statements of all third-party websites you visit by clicking on the “privacy” link typically located at the bottom of the webpage you are visiting.

Updating Your Information and Preferences, and Opting Out

You can choose not to provide us with certain information, but that may result in your being unable to use certain features of our Website because such information may be required in order for you to register as a member, participate in a survey, ask a question, or initiate other transactions on our website. To update your contact information, change your mail or email preferences on how we contact you, or instruct us not to share your information with a third party, you can access your account online if you have an online account with us; otherwise, you may contact us as described below. Please remember that it may take time for all of our systems to be updated. To opt out of receiving electronic newsletters or emails from ExploreGod.com at any time, follow the instructions in the email. We try to keep emails and other digital communications to a minimum, and we give you the ability to update your preferences. By clicking on the link in the bottom of any email we send you, you can control the types of messages you receive from us. Even if you have opted out of receiving promotional communications from us, please be aware that we may still contact you for other purposes. For example, we may contact you to provide communications you have consented to receive, regarding products or services you have requested, or if you contact us with an inquiry.

Security

We take commercially reasonable steps to protect the personally identifiable information we collect about you. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage of information is completely secure, and we do not guarantee the absolute security of your information. To help protect your information, please be careful to maintain the confidentiality of your login credentials, and always sign off and clear your information from any shared device used to access our Website.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or our information-handling practices, or if you would like to request information about our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes, please contact us.

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