External Links Policy: http://www.stmartinsmethodist.org.uk/external-links-policy/
Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and make use of personal information.
When accessing our website, St Martin’s Methodist Church will learn certain information about you during your visit.
The St Martin’s Methodist Church website does not in itself capture and/or store personally-identifying information about its users/viewers, unless you complete a comment form or send us an email, where we will capture and store sufficient information to allow us to reply to your comment or email message. However, in common with all other websites, it utilises standard technologies called “cookies” (see explanation below, “What Are Cookies). We use the following systems, which utilise cookies, to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered through cookies and Web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our website, and the websites visited just before and just after our website and your IP address:
· IP Addresses
· HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol
· The YouTube video sharing platform
· web server logs
What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a very small text file, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a website, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.
Please note that if you complete a comment form to comment on one of our blogs, articles or pages, that comment may be published on the page containing the blog or article. However, comments will not be published unless they refer to a specific blog, page or article on our website, contain offensive language or it is deemed by the Webmaster to be unsuitable for publication due it being not informative, helpful or constructive. When a comment is published it will also include whatever name has been provided on the comment form. Other information provided by the user on the Comment Form, such as email address, and website details are not published but retained by the Webmaster to allow further communication.
If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your name, email address and our responses. We provide the same protections for these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of information received online, mail and telephone.
IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers on the network to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as “traffic data” so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you.
HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)
HTTP is the technology by which all websites transmit their information from the web server to the web browser software on your computer. Your web browser software interprets the transmitted information and displays it as multi-coloured images and text. The HTTP technology itself may also utilise cookies.
YouTube is a platform which allows short videos to be shared across the Internet which we utilise to display videos on this website.
Web Server Logs
A web server is a computer, usually owned and run by a Web Hosting Provider and which is specially configured to run web server software. Web server software is a computer program or suite of programs which transmit the HTTP files which form website pages via the internet to the web browser software on a user’s computer. Both the web server computer and the webs server software will generate statistical reports regarding all the (usually) many websites served by the server. The nature of the reports will vary according to how the web server has been configured by the Web Hosting Provider.
How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?
Broadly speaking, we use personal information for purposes of administering the Church’s website facilites, providing Church member or user services and making available other items and services to our members, users and prospective members and users.
St Martin’s Methodist Church will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our website, unless you choose to provide such information to us, nor will such information be sold or otherwise transferred to unaffiliated third parties.
We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights.
A Special Note About Children
Children are not eligible to use our website and services and we ask that minors (under the age of 13) do not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you can use this site only in conjunction with permission and guidance from your parents or guardians.
How Do We Protect Your Information and Secure Information Transmissions?
Email is not recognized as a secure medium of communication. For this reason, we request that you do not send private information to us by email. However, doing so is allowed, but at your own risk.
St Martin’s Methodist Church may use software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing the number of visitors to the different sections of our website, what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, St Martin’s Methodist Church uses third party software tools to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.
If you have any questions regarding this Policy, or your dealings with our website, please contact us.
St Martin’s Methodist Church
Gig Lane, Woolston, Warrington, WA1 4EE