Baptist Global Response: Privacy Statement
Baptist Global Response (BGR) believes that information personal to our website users and constituents should be respected and protected. We are committed to protecting your nonpublic personal information and using it only as appropriate or necessary to provide you with the best service possible. For that reason, we have created this PRIVACY STATEMENT in order to demonstrate our commitment to privacy.
This Privacy Statement explains BGR’s approach to privacy on BGR’s website, www.GoBGR.org, as well as other websites owned and controlled by BGR. BGR’s Privacy Statement describes only BGR’s practices for gathering, using, and disclosing personally identifiable information collected by BGR solely at BGR’s website. BGR’s website may contain links to other websites that are not operated by BGR. BGR is not in any way responsible for the privacy practices, collection, use, or disclosure of personally identifiable information by such other websites, nor is BGR responsible in any way for the content of such other websites.
For purposes of this privacy statement, the term “BGR” includes all BGR offices worldwide, all BGR employees and contractors subject to BGR control and partner entities owned by BGR.
BGR encourages its users to be aware when they leave BGR’s website and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects any personally identifiable information.
The Collection, Use, and Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information
As used in BGR’s Privacy Statement, the phrase “personally identifiable information” is personal information that identifies a specific natural person and means: (a) a first and last name; (b) an address, including a street name, city or town, and zip code (but excluding a post office box); (c) an e-mail address; (d) a telephone number; (e) a Social Security number; and/or, (f) an account number or credit card number (including but not limited to, banking account and routing numbers). In BGR’s Privacy Statement, the phrase “personally identifiable information” is abbreviated as “PII”.
BGR is the owner of all PII that is collected by BGR on BGR’s website. BGR may collect PII from users, constituents, and in responses to online surveys and group discussions at several different points on BGR’s website.
BGR will not sell or rent PII to other organizations in ways that are different from what is disclosed in this Privacy Statement.
BGR may use PII to contact the user about BGR, the goods and services available on BGR’s website, and to provide information about other topics and discussion groups.
BGR may disclose PII to third parties as required or permitted by law.
BGR may share aggregate demographic information that does not contain PII.
Government and Legal Requests
It may be necessary − by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside a user’s country of residence − for BGR to disclose PII. BGR may share PII if BGR has a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce applicable terms of service, including investigations of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of BGR, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.
Users may provide information to be published or displayed (hereinafter, “posted”) on public areas of BGR’s website, or transmitted to other users of the website or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”). User Contributions are posted on and transmitted to others at user’s own risk. Although BGR limits access to certain pages, users must be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. Additionally, BGR cannot control the actions of other users of BGR’s website with whom a user chooses to share his/her User Contributions. Therefore, BGR cannot and does not guarantee that User Contributions will not be viewed by unauthorized persons.
BGR’s website uses IP addresses to help BGR analyze trends, administer BGR’s website, track user movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses do not contain PII.
BGR’s website uses “cookies”. A “cookie” is a piece of data stored on a user’s hard drive that contains information about the user. A cookie does not contain and is not linked to PII while a user is on BGR’s website. For instance, by setting a cookie on BGR’s website, a user would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on BGR’s website. If a user rejects the cookie, the user may still use BGR’s website, but would be limited in some areas of BGR’s website. Cookies can also enable BGR to track and target the interests of users to enhance their experience on BGR’s website.
In order to receive certain updates or use certain features on BGR’s website, a user may have to complete a registration form. During registration a user may be required to provide PII, such as the user’s name and/or an e-mail address. If requested, it is optional for a user to provide demographic information (such as income level and gender) and unique identifiers which enable BGR to provide a more personalized experience on BGR’s website.
A user may subscribe to BGR’s newsletters or other publications on BGR’s website. In that case, BGR will request PII, such as the user’s name, mailing address, and/or an e-mail address. PII may be used to send such newsletters and may be used to contact the user about BGR, the goods and services available on BGR’s website, and to provide information about other topics and discussion groups.
BGR’s website includes an online gift catalog for constituents to order goods and services related to BGR’s ministry, and contact forms for constituents to request information and services. In such instances, BGR collects constituent PII, such as a name, an e-mail address, a mailing address, an account number and/or credit card number.
Online Surveys and Discussion Groups
BGR may conduct online surveys, which may request PII, such as a name, an e-mail address, and/or a mailing address.
Information collected by BGR’s online surveys may be used to help BGR understand the interests and concerns of BGR’s supporters and website users, and how they perceive BGR and BGR’s mission.
BGR may provide opportunities for e-mail discussion groups. Information collected by BGR from such discussion groups may be used to contact users about BGR, the goods and services available on BGR’s website, and to provide information about other topics and discussion groups.
Third Party Contractors
BGR may contract with third parties to provide services to BGR, including services relating to the internal operations of BGR’s website, the storage and retrieval of information, including PII, and other services. PII, on-line survey information, discussion group information, and aggregate demographic information may be maintained on BGR’s servers or on BGR’s third party contractor’s servers. BGR may use a third party contractor to facilitate the serving of targeted content and may transmit data to the third party to facilitate this service. Except as may be required by law, BGR is not responsible for the acts of any such third parties with regard to their handling and treatment of PII.
Use of Shipping Companies and Credit Card Processing Companies
BGR may use shipping companies to ship orders and credit card processing companies to process and bill constituents for goods and services related to BGR’s ministry. BGR may affiliate with other organizations to provide goods and services related to BGR’s ministry. When a user or constituent signs up for or orders goods or services, BGR may share PII as necessary to provide such goods and services, and to provide information about BGR, the goods and services available on BGR’s website, and information about other topics and discussion groups. Except as may be required by law, BGR is not responsible for the acts of any of the entities discussed in this section with regard to their handling and treatment of PII.
BGR’s website has security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of information, including PII, that is under BGR’s control.
However, because of the nature of the threats to the security of information, BGR cannot guarantee that it can prevent security breaches that could compromise information, including PII, which is under BGR’s control.
The safety and security of PII also depends on the actions of the user. Where the user has been given (or where user has been chosen) a password for access to certain parts of BGR’s website, the user is responsible for keeping this password confidential. BGR urges users to be careful about giving information in public areas of the website, such as message boards. The information users share in public areas may be viewed by any user of the website.
Protection of Children
BGR is committed to the protection of children. BGR works to voluntarily comply with applicable provisions of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) and its accompanying Federal Trade Commission regulations, which establish United States Federal law that protects the privacy of children using the Internet.
BGR develops materials for children, including pre-teens. At times, we maintain Web pages that are specially geared to the interests of younger children, and publish electronic newsletters and prayer letters in an effort to inform and develop their interest in all that God is doing around the world, including through the prayers and ministries of young children. We intend to have many activities on the BGR site that children can participate in and enjoy without having to share personally identifiable information.
For those activities that require PII, such as newsletters or other resources, in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission’s Online Privacy Protection Act, BGR will require verifiable parental consent before collecting or using PII from children under the age of 13. With these activities, BGR will notify the respective parent of our Privacy Statement and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting PII from the child, unless we collect only the child’s name and online contact information to (1) obtain parental consent or provide parents with notice; (2) respond directly on a one-time basis to a child’s specific request; (3) respond more than once to a child’s specific request along with providing parental notice of such use; (4) protect the safety of a child; or (5) comply with legal requirements. When we provide parents with notice and/or seek consent, we also give parents the ability to let us know if they do not want any further use made of the personally identifiable information we have collected from their child. Parents can request to review or have deleted their child’s PII from BGR’s records, and refuse to permit further use of a child’s PII by writing to us at: Contact Center, BGR, Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230.
The BGR will not condition a child’s participation in an activity on that child disclosing more PII than is reasonably necessary to administer the activity.
The BGR does not share PII from children under the age of 13 with any third party.
BGR opposes the use of unsolicited commercial email and mass posting to inappropriate newsgroups (spam) as a way to promote or advertise. BGR attempts not to send email to persons who are not related to our ministries or who have not otherwise requested contact from us, nor do we post advertisements to unrelated newsgroups. If you receive any unsolicited commercial email that appears to be from BGR or an employee of BGR, please notify us immediately.
BGR will reasonably investigate instances of unsolicited commercial email that appears to originate from BGR. If we find persons or entities using BGR’s name inappropriately, we will contact our lawyers and take reasonable steps, which may include legal action, to stop the unauthorized use of BGR’s name.
BGR has measures in place to attempt to require double opt-in, which means if someone receives a forwarded email or is added to an email list by another person or entity, the receiver of the forwarded email must nonetheless still agree to a subscription for themselves before they become a subscriber to that list.
Correcting Updating, and Removing Personally Identifiable Information
BGR will use reasonable efforts to provide a way for BGR’s website users and constituents to request that BGR correct, update, or remove that respective user’s or constituent’s PII in or from BGR’s database. If a user’s or a constituent’s PII changes, or if a user or constituent no longer desires BGR’s goods or services, such user or constituent may contact BGR as directed in this Privacy Statement and request that BGR correct, update, or remove that respective user’s or constituent’s PII in or from BGR’s database.
BGR’s website provides users and constituents the opportunity to opt-out of receiving further mailings and e-mailings from BGR at the point where BGR requests information about the user, constituent, survey participant, or discussion group participant.
BGR’s website also provides users, constituent, survey participants, and discussion group participants with the following options for removing their PII from BGR’s database and for notifying BGR that they do not want to receive future communications or services from BGR’s website by contacting BGR as directed in this Privacy Statement.
Users or constituents wishing to contact BGR to update or removing their PII, to opt-out of newsletters or other mailings, to report a suspected breach of this Privacy Statement, or to inquire about any other of BGR’s privacy practices, should contact BGR in either of the following ways:
(a) The user or constituent can contact BGR at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (b) The user or constituent can send BGR a request by United States mail to the following postal Address:
Baptist Global Response
402 BNA DR STE 411
Nashville, TN 37217
Changes to BGR’s Privacy Statement
BGR may revise this Privacy Statement at any time without prior notice to users or constituents and will post the revised Privacy Statement on the BGR website under “Privacy Statement”.
Updated May 18, 2017