Updated January 8, 2024
1. INFORMATION WE COLLECT
We may collect information from you directly and/or automatically when you visit the Service. Some of this information may be considered “personal information” or “personal data,” and some of which may be considered “sensitive” under various applicable laws. We consider information that identifies you as a specific, identified individual to be personal information (such as your name, phone number, e-mail address), and we treat additional information, including IP addresses and cookie (defined below) identifiers, as “personal information” where required by applicable law. If we combine information, we consider to be non-personal with personal information, we will treat that combined information as personal information under this policy. Note that we may de-identify or pseudonymize personal information so that it is non-personal, such as by aggregating it or converting it to a code, sometimes using function commonly known as a “hash.” We will treat de-identified and pseudonymized information as non-personal to the fullest extent allowed by applicable law. Information we collect is characterized as follows:
Registration Data – When you register, we may ask you to provide certain information including, but not limited to, your email address, birth year, gender, and zip code (the “Registration Data”), as well as a password for your account.
Information You Choose to Provide to Church – You may have the ability to provide a variety of information during your interactions with us and the Service, such as by utilizing the feature “Contact Us” or signing up to receive emails. The Church or third parties acting on our behalf may receive data from you whenever you provide us with information (“Contact Information”). Church sites and/or apps may also collect data you decide to provide on message boards hosted on our sites or through online counseling services, including live chat or contact forms. Information provided may include text, links, audio, images, or videos.
Information We Collect Automatically – We as well as third-party companies we may have business relationships with may use a variety of technologies that automatically or passively collect certain information whenever you visit or use the Service or otherwise interact with us or our content (“Usage Information”).
General Usage Information – The Church may collect certain technical information through the use of log files and servers. Web and application servers create log files automatically as part of their setup and configuration. such as the hardware model, browser, internet service provider, operating system, the URL or advertisement that referred you to the Service you are visiting, the areas of the Services that you visit or use, access times, listening behavior, your time zone, and mobile network. In addition, we automatically collect your IP address and unique identifier (“Device Identifier”) for the device you use to access the Service.
Location Information – When you register for the Service, you may provide us with your zip or postal code. We may also collect approximate or precise location information from devices you use while accessing the Service. Your location may be roughly approximated from the IP address currently assigned to your device. Depending on the device and operating system, rough or approximate location information may be derived from nearby wireless signals such as cell towers, Wi-Fi networks, and Bluetooth beacons or determined precisely using the GPS function on your device. We will not collect precise location information unless you have consented to allow Church to collect and use location services from your device. You can disable access by the Church app to location services at any time in your system settings.
Web Beacons and Tracking Pixels – Church, third-party tracking-utility partners employ a technology known as “beacons” or “tracking pixels” (each, a “Beacon”). A Beacon is a one-pixel-by-one-pixel clear image that may be embedded in web pages or email messages. Web tags or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to a Service, to monitor how users navigate a Service, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular videos or links were actually viewed. The use of a Beacon may also allow us to gauge the effectiveness of certain communications and of our marketing campaigns.
Software Development Kits – Software Development Kits (“SDKs”) are a software package that contains a set of tools that can be used to help build applications and implement new features in existing apps. These tools can be used to create and operate features that collect information from your device. We use SDKs and similar tools to collect information from mobile devices such as the hardware model, operating system and version, identification numbers assigned to your mobile device, such as the ID for Advertising (IDFA) on Apple devices, and the Advertising ID on Android devices, mobile network information, and website usage behavior. In addition, we may use a variety of other technologies that collect similar information for security, fraud detection, and maintenance purposes. In addition, we may use a variety of other technologies that collect Usage Information and similar information for security and fraud detection purposes.
2. HOW WE USE INFORMATION
In Short: The Church may use your data for improving the Services, analyzing usage, and notifying you of developments.
Generally, the Church may use your Registration Data and other personal information or data we receive or collect, as well as data we derive or infer from combinations of the foregoing, for a variety of purposes, such as to:
3. HOW WE SHARE INFORMATION
In Short: Personal information is shared with your explicit consent for service-related tasks with trusted providers.
We may share non-personal information, which may include Usage Information or information that has been de-identified or pseudonymized, with third parties at our discretion, and as allowed by law, including to pay artists and rights owners by reporting aggregated or de-identified listening information to copyright owners and licensing agencies or for targeted advertising purposes. We may share personal information we have collected about you as disclosed at the time you provide your information, as described in this policy, with your consent, and in the following circumstances:
Service Providers – We may share information with third-party service providers or allow those third parties to collect information about you, to enable them to perform services on our behalf, such as web hosting services, website usage analytics, bulk email processors who send out emails on our behalf, merchandise order fulfillment, research surveys, marketing assistance and data analysis, processing payments, or other such services performed on our behalf. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us. They are not authorized to use your personal information for their own, unrelated purposes. Additionally, we may share various information relating to our users and fraudulent or potentially fraudulent activities with our fraud prevention and similar service providers, and they will use this information to help us and their other clients prevent fraudulent and illegal transactions.
Content management system (CMS)
Collection of Privacy-Related Preferences
Interaction with External Social Networks
Live Chat Platforms
Mobile App Development
Platform Services and Hosting
Spam and Bots Protection
Video and Media Hosting
Website Hosting & Security
Sharing of Device Information – We may share information we gather from devices you use to access the Service with its third-party service providers. We share this information for a variety of purposes such as mobile listening capping, estimating the number of users, security and fraud detection, debugging problems with the Service, and for providing you with more relevant information. We may also use device identifiers, including IP addresses, to identify users, and may do so in cooperation with copyright owners, Internet service providers, wireless service providers, or law enforcement agencies in our discretion. We also share device identifiers with third-party providers to measure and analyze Service usage, such as how long and how frequently you are using the Service.
Contests, Events, Promotions and Surveys – We may offer contests, live or virtual events, giveaways, and other promotions (each, a “Promotion”) that may require registration and/or providing certain personal information. By participating in a Promotion, you are agreeing to the provisions, conditions, or official rules that govern the Promotion, which may contain specific requirements (including, except where prohibited by law, allowing us, or a sponsor to disclose at the time of the Promotion, to use your name, voice, likeness or other indicia of persona in advertising or marketing materials). If you choose to engage in a Promotion, personal information may be disclosed to third parties or the public in connection with the administration of such Promotion, including, without limitation, in connection with winner selection, prize fulfillment, as required by law, or as permitted by the Promotion’s terms or official rules (such as on a winners list).
Administrative and Legal Reasons – We may disclose personal information to third parties:
4. THIRD-PARTY ADVERTISING AND ANALYTICS COMPANIES
In Short: We collaborate with third-party companies to track Service performance and usage, all in accordance with state laws.
We work with third-party companies such as analytics providers, data providers, and other entities with respect to the Service on other properties and applications and to provide us with information regarding the use and performance of the Service. These third parties may set and access their own tracking technologies on your device (including cookies and web beacons), and they may otherwise collect or have access to Usage Information and other information about you, some of which may be personal information under various state laws. Some of these parties may collect personal information over time when you visit the Service. We may share information, typically information that has been pseudonymized or de-identified (including hashed email addresses), Usage Information, and general location information with third-party analytics providers and other third parties for the purpose of delivering more relevant information on and off the Service.
5. MANAGING YOUR INFORMATION
In Short: You can update your Registration Data in the Service’s Settings. You have control over email preferences, account deactivation, and SMS opt-out.
Modification of Your Registration Data – We provide you with the ability to access and modify your Registration Data, which you may do through the Settings section of our Service. Note that when you edit your personal information or change your preferences, information that you remove may persist internally for certain administrative purposes or within backup media.
Retention of Personal Information – We will retain your personal information while you have an account with us or continue to use the Service, and for as long as it is reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy; to support your account and provide the Service to you; exercise the choices and rights you have requested; comply with our contractual obligations; resolve disputes and enforce our agreements; and comply with legal, financial and regulatory requirements.
Your Contact Preferences – When you register for the Service, you may elect to receive promotional, marketing, or other similar emails. You have the option to change this election in your account settings. Additionally, you may also follow the unsubscribe instructions contained in the promotional, marketing or other similar emails you receive. Please note that even if you opt out of marketing emails, we will continue to send you emails regarding Service-related announcements when it is necessary to do so. Generally, you may not opt out of these communications, which are not promotional in nature. If you do not wish to receive them, you have the option to deactivate your account. If you sign up to receive SMS or MMS or RCS messages from us, you may unsubscribe from any SMS or MMS or RCS messages received by replying “STOP”. With your consent, we may send promotional and non-promotional push notifications or alerts to the Church app. You can elect to stop receiving those messages by changing the notification settings on your device.
Cancellation or Deactivation of Accounts – If you would like to request the cancellation or deactivation of your account, you should contact us. Cancellation or deactivation of your account does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you may have made available publicly on the Service while you were a registered user. You should also contact us to request the deactivation of a profile you believe is fake or otherwise unauthorized.
Social Media – Where you choose to interact with us through social media, your interaction through these platforms typically allows the social media company to collect some information about you through cookies they place on your device and other tracking mechanisms. In some cases, the social media company may recognize you through its digital cookies even when you do not interact with their application. Please visit the social media companies’ respective privacy policies to better understand the data collection practices and the controls they make available to you.
6. THIRD PARTY CONTENT, WEBSITES & DEVICES
In Short: Our Service may include links to other websites or platforms with varying privacy practices, and the Church is not accountable for these third-party practices.
In Short: Despite our reasonable security measures, we cannot guarantee 100% security for your information as no online data transmission or storage is entirely secure.
We have implemented commercially reasonable security measures designed to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information we collect or receive from you. However, no data transmission over the Internet, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. The Church cannot ensure or warrant the security of the information we collect. You use the Service and provide us information at your own risk.
8. TERRITORIAL LIMITATIONS
In Short: Our services are primarily for U.S. residents and subject to U.S. law. For authorized use in limited areas like Mexico and Canada, your data may be transferred to the U.S. and other countries.
Church is based in the United States and the information we collect is governed by United States law. Church audio services and the Church app are intended for use by residents of the United States, only. For authorized use of certain limited Services outside the U.S., such as Mexico and Canada, by using such Service and/or providing us with information, you understand, acknowledge and agree that the information you submit to us may be transferred to the U.S. and such other countries to be processed by us or our service providers in order to provide the Service to you or for such other purposes as set forth in this policy. If you are not a resident of the U.S., you hereby consent and agree that we may collect, process, use, and store your information, as discussed in this policy, outside your resident jurisdiction, including in the U.S. Please be aware that U.S. law and the laws of other countries where we may store and process your information may offer different levels of protection for information than may be available in your country. Personal information processed or stored in other countries may be subject to access requests from governments, courts, or law enforcement in accordance with the laws of the applicable country.
In Short: We may change this Policy as allowed by law, and we’ll notify you of significant changes.
To the extent allowed by applicable law, Church reserves the right to change this Policy at any time. We will notify you of material changes by posting the changed or modified Policy on the Services and will otherwise notify you as required by applicable law. We may also provide notice to you in other ways, such as through an email address you use to access the Service, or by posting a message on the Service. Any changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Policy unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the Service after the effective date of the revised Policy will constitute your consent to those changes to the fullest extent allowed by applicable law. However, we will provide notice and obtain your consent (opt-in or opt-out) if required.
10. YOUR DATA PROTECTION RIGHT
In Short: You may exercise your rights concerning your personal data.
The Church would like to make sure you are fully aware of all of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, you may submit your request by completing our Data Request Form.
11. INFORMATION FROM CHILDREN
In Short: The Church does not allow registration for individuals under 13.
The Church prohibits registration and does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under 13 years of age. In the event we obtain actual knowledge that we have collected information from children under the age of 13, we will take measures to remove such information from our servers. If you believe that personal information has been collected from a child under 13, please contact us at the address provided herein below in Section 14.
12. TESTIMONIALS DISCLAIMER
In Short: Our Services may include user testimonials reflecting their personal experiences, but individual results may vary, and users are not financially compensated for sharing them.
Within our Services, you may encounter testimonials that reflect the real-life experiences and viewpoints of such users. However, the experiences are personal to those particular users, and may not necessarily be representative of all users of our products and/or services. We do not make any claims, and you should not assume, that every user will achieve the same results. Your individual results may vary.
The testimonials presented on our Services are shared in various formats, such as text, audio, and/or video. They are displayed exactly as provided by the users, except for grammar or typographical corrections. In some instances, testimonials may be abbreviated for brevity when the full testimonial includes information that isn’t pertinent to the general public.
We want to clarify that users are not financially compensated or otherwise rewarded for providing these testimonials.
In Short: The Church ensures data security, refraining from selling or leasing donor information to third parties.
The Universal Church, Inc. (“Church”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) highly values your personal information and is committed to keeping your data confidential. This Donor Policy outlines how we collect, use, and safeguard your personal information when you make a donation.
Information We Collect
If you opt to donate, whether in person, over the phone, online, or via mail, we may collect the following information you provide:
How We Use Your Information
Payment information will only be used to process the donation. We may also use your information to communicate with you regarding donation issues, updates or donation transactions.
The Church does not sell, rent or lease user data to third parties. Donations are processed by authorized services providers that adhere to the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).
We take data security seriously and implement reasonable security measures to protect donor information from unauthorized access or disclosure at all times.
13. CONTACT US
If you would like to exercise any of your data protection rights or have any questions about this Policy, please reach out to us.
(973) 474 -2222
The Universal Church, Inc.
100 Mulberry Street, 14th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102