St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

WEB Site Privacy Statement 

25 Westminster Road
Rochester, New York 14607

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church web site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement. Hereafter in this statement, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will be referred to as SPEC.

Collection of Your Personal Information
SPEC collects personally identifiable information for internal communication purposes only, such as your name, street address, city, ZIP code, e-mail address, and related telephone numbers. SPEC may collect other demographic information such as your date of birth or interests.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through SPEC public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: SPEC does not read any of your private online communications.

SPEC encourages you to review the privacy statements of other web sites you choose to link to from SPEC, so that you can understand how those web sites collect, use and share your information. SPEC is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on web sites outside of the SPEC web site.

Use of Your Personal Information
SPEC collects and uses your personal information to operate the SPEC web site and deliver church services, programs, forums, and etc. you have requested. SPEC also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other opportunities available from SPEC. SPEC may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

SPEC does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. SPEC may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external Episcopal Church partners (such as the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester or another parish) about a particular opportunity that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, SPEC may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, or provide parishioner support. All third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to SPEC, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

SPEC does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.

Through the use of Google Analytics, SPEC reviews its web site and pages our parishioners’ visit within the same web site, in order to determine what SPEC services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within SPEC to parishioners’ whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

SPEC Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on SPEC or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of SPEC; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of SPEC, or the public.

Use of Photographs
All photographs of minors used on the SPEC web site will not identify the minors by name. Group photographs of minors may only reference the name of event or date.
Reference: (CIPA – 2001) Children’s Internet Protection Act

Use of Cookies
The SPEC web site uses "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize SPEC pages, or register with SPEC site or services, a cookie helps SPEC to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same SPEC web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the SPEC features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the SPEC services or Web sites you visit.

Security of Your Personal Information
SPEC secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. SPEC secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other web sites, it is protected through the use of the PayPal service and its security protocol.

Changes to this Statement
SPEC will update this Statement of Privacy as needed. You are encouraged to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how SPEC protects your information.

Contact Information
SPEC welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that SPEC has not adhered to this Statement, please send your e-mail to SPEC at or call the Church Office at (585) 271-2240.

Revised:  October 17, 2012