The following summarizes the information collection and usage practices affecting visitors to the web site located at: www.stfrancispotomac.org
What Information Does St. Francis Collect and Why?
St. Francis collects from visitors to our web site only an Internet Protocol (IP) address and, where applicable, the other information specifically described below. We do not otherwise request or store personal information from our visitors. We do not sell personally identifiable information from our visitors. Except as required by law, or to protect the rights or property of St. Francis, or to complete a transaction or provide a service requested by a visitor to our site, we will not disclose the visitor’s information to any other person or entity, and in all cases we will use such information only for the purposes described below.
Collection of IP Addresses
We collect an IP address from each visitor to our web site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. IP addresses do not contain personally identifiable information. We use IP addresses to administer our web site, help diagnose problems with our server, analyze trends in use of our web site, and gather aggregate demographic information to help us improve the site. We may use IP addresses in the future to help us deliver customized content.
Use of “Cookies”
Security of Information Transmitted By Visitors
All information provided by visitors via the St. Francis web site is transmitted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. SSL is a proven, widely-used coding system that permits the visitor’s browser to automatically scramble, or encrypt, information before sending it to St. Francis. We protect any such information we receive by storing it on a secure portion of our server that is only accessibly by qualified employees of St. Francis.
When visitors provide St. Francis with personal information, we abide by any limitation as to its purpose that is expressed where it is collected.
Unfortunately, no information transmission over the Internet is 100 percent secure. While we strive to protect our visitors’ personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information.
Other Web Sites
Use of Your Photos & Media Opt-Out Form
We believe that using photos of friends of all ages in our print and web publications fosters a greater sense of community. Photography and video of our church members and friends help to display the vibrancy and joy of our church community. We use photos to enhance the quality of our print materials, newsletters, website, social media, publicity, and fundraising. As a participant in our church events, you have a right to opt out of inclusion in photographs/media, but unless an Opt-Out form is signed and on file , participation at our church events implies permission for the use of images taken at those events.
To opt-out, please complete and sign our Opt-Out-Form and turn in the completed form to the church office along with your photo. Individuals who have submitted an opt-out form should also inform event photographers of their decision to opt-out so that they are not accidentally captured in crowd shots.
Remember: participation in our church events implies permission for the use of images taken at those events unless we have a signed opt-out form on file at the church office with a reference image of the person opting out.