Privacy Policy

The following policy applies to AUBURNSEMINARY.ORG and any other site owned and/or operated by or on behalf of Auburn Theological Seminary or any of its parts, that states that it is governed by this Privacy Policy and/or links to this Privacy Policy (the sites and entities collectively referred to herein as ”AuburnSeminary.org“ and/or ”Auburn” respectively).

Auburn is committed to protecting the privacy and security of its online visitors. This policy statement provides our visitors (e.g., clergy, students, and laity) with an overview of the measures we have taken to provide a safe online environment.

This Privacy Policy applies to our online practices only, except the Opt-Out procedure below also applies to our offline collection of personal information.

Auburn shall have the right at any time to change or modify this Policy, or any part thereof and to impose new conditions. Such changes, modifications, additions or deletions shall be effective immediately.

Visitors to the Site should periodically check for changes to the Policy. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this Policy on the site means you accept those changes.

PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION
Here are some of the ways our adult visitors may provide their information and the types of information they may submit. We also describe how we may use the information.

Personal Information
We consider the following, among other things, to be personal information: first and last name, e-mail address, street address and phone number. You may choose to provide personal information on this Web site in the following ways:

• Contact Us
If you email us through the “Contact Us” link on this site, we ask you for information such as your name and email address so we can respond to your questions and comments. You may choose to provide additional information as well.

On AuburnSeminary.org, we provide a phone number, a postal address, and an email address so visitors can report comments or complaints. If you email us, please be aware that you will be providing us with your email address and any other information you include in your email.

• E-mail Alerts
If you would like to receive alerts from Auburn, we ask for your name and email address so we can send them to you.

• Questionnaires and Surveys
We occasionally may ask visitors to our Web site to complete online surveys and opinion polls about their activities, attitudes, and interests. These surveys help us serve you better and improve the usefulness of our site. In conducting these surveys your name and email address will always be optional.

• Send Content to a Friend
You can send certain content to your friends. To do so, we ask you to provide your name and your friend’s email address. We use this information to send the content to your friend.

• Order Reports
If you would like to receive any of the printed CSTE reports by postal mail, you may request to purchase them by following the instructions on our Web site. We may ask for your contact information so we can send you the instructions in fulfillment of your request.

• Register For A Program
If you would like to register for an Auburn program on line, we ask for payment and contact information so we can process your request.

• Make a Donation
If you would like to make a donation to Auburn on line, we ask for payment and contact information so we can process your gift.

• User Generated Content
When you post comments or content to AuburnSeminary.org, we may ask you to provide your name and email address in order to create a login account. All user generated content is moderated.

Non-Personal Information
We collect certain aggregate and non-personal information when you visit this web site. Aggregate and non-personal information does not relate to a single identifiable visitor. It tells us such things as how many users visited our site and the pages accessed. By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor our web site to our visitors. We collect this information either through “cookie” technology or with “web beacons,” as explained below.

• Cookies
Like many companies, we use browser cookies on this web site. Browser cookies are bits of text that are placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit certain web sites. We use browser cookies to tell us, for example, whether you’ve visited us before or if you’re a new visitor and to help us identify site features in which you may have the greatest interest. Browser cookies may enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you are visiting a particular site. The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new browser cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new browser cookie, and how to disable existing browser cookies. Remember though, without browser cookies, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our web site features.

• Web Beacons
Certain pages on our site contain “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow third parties to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third party. We use log files to store the data that is collected through web beacons. Auburn also uses third party web beacons to help manage online advertising. These web beacons are provided by our ad management partners, Google Analytics. These files enable Google Analytics to recognize a unique cookie on your web browser, which in turn enables us to learn which advertisements bring users to our web site. The cookie on your web browser was placed by Auburn, or by another advertiser who works with Google Analytics. With both cookies and web beacon technology, the information that we collect and share is anonymous and not personally identifiable. It does not contain your name, address, telephone number, or email address. For more information about Google Analytics, including information about how to opt out of these technologies, go to www.google-analytics.com.

• Use of IP Addresses
We collect IP addresses to obtain aggregate information on the use of AuburnSeminary.org. An IP address is a number assigned to your computer by a Web server when you're on the Web. When you are on our site, we have a back-end server that logs your computer's IP address. We only use the information we find out from tracking IP addresses in the aggregate, such as how many users entered a specific area of our site, and not to track a specific IP address to identify an individual user. However, we may use such information to identify a user if we feel that there are or may be safety and/or security issues or to comply with legal requirements.

Information We Share
We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about our web site visitors, except as described here. We may share information provided by our visitors with service providers we have retained to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are contractually restricted from using or disclosing the information except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements. In addition, we may disclose information about you (i) if we are required to do so by law or legal process, (ii) to law enforcement authorities or other government officials, or (iii) when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

We reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we sell or transfer all or a portion of our business or assets. Should such a sale or transfer occur, we will use reasonable efforts to direct the transferee to use personal information you have provided through this web site in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Statement.

Information We Transfer
We may transfer the personal information we collect on this site to other countries where we do business, but we will do so only for the purposes described above. When we transfer your information to other countries, we will protect that information as described here unless otherwise required by applicable laws.

In addition, this personally identifiable information may be used to provide our visitors, via e-mail or other means, information about materials and activities that may be of interest to them, including products or services of third parties. For these reasons, we may share such information with third parties. If you are an individual who has provided us with your personal information online or offline and you do not want us to share your information with third parties, or if there is a media notification that you no longer wish to receive from us, please let us know by sending us your name, address, e-mail and phone number at: Opt-Out Request, Auburn Media & Communications, 3041, New York, NY 10027. If you are writing to request that you no longer receive a particular media notification from us, please include the name of the media notification. In addition, in every e-mail that we send, we provide a link that you can click on to enable you to opt out of receiving future e-mail notifications from the sender.

FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
There are events that Auburn administers on its Web site that minors may choose to participate in and enjoy without having to share personally identifiable information.

For those activities that require personally identifiable information, such as applications to programs or classes, in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission's Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, Auburn will not condition a minor’s participation in an activity on that child disclosing more personally identifiable information than is reasonably necessary to administer the activity.

It is Auburn’s policy 1) never to request or post information from a child under the age of 13; and 2) never to post on its site more than a child's first name, first initial of last name, state or country, and age or grade.

Parents can request to review or have deleted their child's personally identifiable information from Auburn’s records, and refuse to permit further use of a child's personally identifiable information by writing to us at: Auburn Media & Communications, 3041 Broadway, New York, New York 10027.

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Remember to be smart online. Do not give out your full name, e-mail address, home address, telephone number or any other personal information that would enable someone to contact you either online or offline, without first asking your parent or guardian for permission. Sometimes on our Auburn site we will ask you for your first name and e-mail address along with your parents' e-mail address. We do this so that we can contact your parents to let them know that you have communicated with us, and that we have collected this information from you.

THIRD-PARTY SERVERS
We use third-party companies to monitor traffic and provide other services to our Web site. These companies may (via cookies, gifs or otherwise) use aggregate information (not including your name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, or any other personally identifiable information) about your visits to this and other Web sites.

SECURITY
Auburn takes reasonable precautions to secure all personally and non-personally identifiable information that it receives via the Internet is secure against unauthorized access. This data is kept in a safe and secure system isolated from direct connection to the Internet. This means that no eyes but ours or those of contractors and agents performing services for us will ever see the information that our visitors send to us, unless we indicate otherwise. We will give out personal information as required by law, for example to comply with a court order or subpoena or to assist in criminal investigations. We may also give out personal information when we deem it advisable in order to protect the safety and security of our sites and visitors to our sites.

Credit Card Information
Auburn uses secure server software over a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) line to protect your credit card information. It encrypts all of your personal and credit card information so that this information cannot be read as it travels to our ordering system, and once it is received, it is stored in a location not accessible via the Internet.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES
Visitors will find links from AuburnSeminary.org to independently owned, controlled and/or managed World Wide Web or Internet sites whose content we have found of possible interest to our visitors. In many cases, but not always, the links represent cooperative projects or mutual links established with the organizations connected with these sites. While we initially visit these sites to which we directly link, please note that we do not monitor or control the content that appears on these sites and such content may be constantly changing. We recommend that children check with their parents or teachers before clicking off to any new sites, and we encourage all end users of AuburnSeminary.org to read the privacy policies of all linked sites before navigating through them.

Please note that we may revise our above policy without notice to users as the content on our sites continues to change and we will post all such material changes on this Privacy Policy.

AuburnSeminary.org is owned and operated by Auburn Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway New York, NY, 10027. We can be reached by e-mail at info@auburnseminary.org. If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or practices, or you wish to amend, update, or verify the information on file, or to notify us that you want your information deleted from our files, please contact us at this address.

YOUR CALIFORNIA PRIVACY RIGHTS
The following only applies to California residents:
If we collect your name or other personal information from you (whether online or offline), and you have given us permission to share your personal information, then we may occasionally make that personal information available to affiliated companies or to other third parties who have products or services that we believe will be of interest to you for their direct marketing purposes. If you later decide that you do not want us to share your personal information with these companies for their direct marketing purposes, please send an e-mail to optout@AuburnSeminary.org. Your opt-out request will be processed within thirty (30) days of the date on which we receive it. For more information on how your Personal Information is collected, used and shared, the effective date of the policy and how changes to the policy will be posted, please read the remainder of this Privacy Policy.

The effective date of this Privacy Policy is December, 2012.