Privacy Policy

Bethesda United Methodist Church (“BUMC“) operates bethesdaunited.org and may operate other websites. It is Bethesda United Methodist Church’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, BUMC collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Bethesda United Methodist Church’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Bethesda United Methodist Church’s visitors use its website. From time to time, BUMC may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

BUMC also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on bethesdaunited.org blogs/sites. BUMC only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Bethesda United Methodist Church’s websites choose to interact with BUMC in ways that require BUMC to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that BUMC gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at bethesdaunited.org to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with BUMC are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, BUMC collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with BUMC. BUMC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

BUMC may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. BUMC may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, BUMC does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

BUMC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Bethesda United Methodist Church’s behalf or to provide services available at Bethesda United Methodist Church’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Bethesda United Methodist Church’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. BUMC will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, BUMC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when BUMC believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of BUMC, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an BUMC website and have supplied your email address, BUMC may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with BUMC and our products. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. BUMC takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. BUMC uses cookies to help BUMC identify and track visitors, their usage of BUMC website, and their website access preferences. BUMC visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Bethesda United Methodist Church’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of Bethesda United Methodist Church’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

 

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, BUMC may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Bethesda United Methodist Church’s sole discretion. BUMC encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a bethesdaunited.org account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.