AFFN Privacy Policy

Ancient-Future Faith Network – Website Privacy Policy

The Ancient-Future Faith Network website (“Website”) is owned and operated by the Ancient-Future Faith Network, a California nonprofit religious corporation (“AFFN”). AFFN and Website are strongly committed to protecting the personal privacy of all Users. For purposes of this AFFN Website Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) any person accessing or using Website is a “User” whether or not the User has created a personal account or posted information on Website.

1. Purpose and Applicability. This Privacy Policy is incorporated into and subject to the Terms of Use. AFFN and Website have implemented this Privacy Policy to explain (a) information gathered from and about Users by AFFN and Website and potential uses of that information, (b) User options with regard to disclosure and use of Personal Information and (c) each User’s ability to correct, withdraw or delete the User’s own Personal Information. This Privacy Policy applies only to the Website. Other websites owned by AFFN and websites owned or operated by third parties may contain similar or different privacy policies. This Privacy Policy does not apply to any person, entity, organization, or website to which the Website links or from which the Website is linked. Users are strongly encouraged to read and regularly review posted privacy policies on all websites.

2. No Sale of Information. AFFN and Website will not sell, trade, or rent Users’ personal identifying information (“Personal Information”) except pursuant to the AFFN Website Terms of Use (“Terms of Use”), this Privacy Policy, or written permission from the relevant User.

3. No Unsupervised Minors. AFFN and the Website are concerned about safe, supervised use of the Internet by Minors. For purposes of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use “Minor” means any natural person under the age of eighteen (18) years. AFFN and Website do not knowingly collect information from Minors, permit Minors to register for membership or accounts with the Website or permit Minors to access the Website without adult supervision and the consent of a parent or legal guardian. Use of the Website constitutes a warranty that the User (a) is not a Minor or (b) is a Minor using Website with the full knowledge, supervision and consent of his or her parent or legal guardian. AFFN and the Website strongly encourage parents and legal guardians to review the Terms of Use and other posted Website policies, rules procedures and practices carefully and to monitor use of the Internet, including the Website, by their Minor children. AFFN and the Website reserve the right to block or terminate the account access of any User suspected or determined to be a Minor using the Website without the supervision and consent of his or her parent or legal guardian.

4. Cookies and Collection of User Information. Users may browse and read publicly available Website content without revealing Personal Information other than default information customarily logged by Website and its host server. AFFN, Website and the host server may automatically collect information from all Users who access Website, including without limitation (a) date and time of access, (b) the originating IP address from which the User accessed the Website, (c) the Internet address of third-party websites from which the User accessed or linked to Website, and (d) pages and portions of Website the User views or accesses. AFFN and Website collect this information through the use of Cookies. “Cookies” means text files with electronic identifiers which store and retrieve information from and about Users, permitting Website to recognize returning Users, track use of Website and maintain customized Internet webpages and preferences. Session Cookies expire when a User exits the Internet browser. Persistent Cookies remain on a User’s computer for a given time or until deleted. AFFN and Website use both session Cookies and persistent Cookies. The Cookies used by AFFN and Website do not collect personally identifiable information. AFFN and Website do not combine information collected from or through the use of Cookies with other Personal Information to determine the identity or email address of Users without the individual User’s express consent. Creation of an Account on the Website constitutes the User’s consent for AFFN and Website to collect and combine Personal Information. AFFN and Website collect and periodically review information collected using Cookies in order to provide access to Website and related services, to review and evaluate the usage and functionality of Website and related services, to establish priorities and allocate resources associated with Website and related services and for other internal informational purposes. AFFN and Website may also use Cookies, web beacons or other programs to determine, on an anonymous basis, which portions of Website are most frequently accessed by Users. Users who wish to create Blogs, post comments or actively use other services available through Website may be required to provide contact, identity and other Personal Information as part of the account creation, login and posting processes. Users always have the option to choose not to use services or features which require individuals to provide specific Personal Information.

5. Collection of Personal Information at Account Creation. AFFN and Website permit individual Users to register for personal accounts (“Accounts”) pursuant to the Terms of Use and other policies, rules, procedures and practices established, posted and modified by AFFN and Website from time to time. As part of the Account creation process AFFN and Website may ask for specific Personal Information about User, including without limitation the User’s name, age, address, e-mail address, login name and password. AFFN and Website require this information in order to create and maintain an Account for or on behalf of User and to provide User with access to certain services offered by or areas of Website. AFFN and Website may use Cookies and other available technology to remember User preferences and customized settings, facilitate User access to Website and verify User access to Accounts.

Compliance With CalOPPA.
In January 2014, California implemented the California Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires online businesses such as the Website to disclose, as part of company Privacy Policies, whether the company tracks and collects personally identifiable information about Users and whether or not the company recognizes mechanisms (often called DNT or “Do Not Track” mechanisms) that have been designed to prevent such tracking.

The Website collects personal information (also known as “personally identifying information” or “personally identifiable information”) about Users as described elsewhere in this privacy policy. Users may always decline to provide personal information, either by activating DNT mechanisms on the User’s computer or, in appropriate cases, by refusing to fill out relevant portions of forms and information requests on this Website. However, Users’ use of DNT mechanisms and/or refusal to provide personal information when requested will limit or prevent the User’s ability to utilize certain Website features and/or to access certain products, services, and information provided by AFFN and/or the Website. Users’ experience on Website will be limited and/or degraded, in some cases significantly, by the use of DNT mechanisms.

When a DNT signal is received by the Website, the Website receives and tracks only the information permitted by the DNT signal. Users are encouraged to investigate DNT options, and to use or not use DNT mechanisms at the User’s discretion, to provide or screen personal information in the manner the User approves of and desires.

6. E-Mail Contact. Users who register for an Account must provide AFFN and Website with a valid e-mail address and other identifying Personal Information. AFFN and Website may use this Personal Information from time to time in order to contact Users for purposes of updating required information and providing important information about (a) services offered by AFFN and the Website, (b) changes to AFFN and Website policies, rules, procedures and practices and (c) the User’s personal account. AFFN and the Website do not and will not sell or disclose User names or e-mail addresses to third parties and do not engage in “spamming” or other unsolicited e-mail contact for purposes of marketing, advertising or sales.

7. Nondisclosure of Private Information. AFFN and the Website will not sell or disclose Users’ Personal Information except as reasonably required (a) by law or to comply with legal process served on AFFN or the Website, (b) to comply with the Terms of Use, Disclaimer, Privacy Policy and other Website policies, rules, procedures and practices, (c) to develop, improve, operate, maintain and debug the Website or (d) to protect and defend the rights, property and personal safety of AFFN, the Website, Users or members of the public.

8. User Access to Personal Information. Each User may access the User’s own Personal Information and Account information for the limited purposes of viewing, verifying, altering or updating Personal Information provided to AFFN and the Website. AFFN and the Website reserve the right to keep copies of all information provided to AFFN and Website, even after Account termination or closure.

9. Links to Other Websites. Website may contain links to other Internet websites (“External Links”). External Links may be provided by advertisers, Users or other third-party content providers not related to or affiliated with AFFN or Website. AFFN and Website have no control over third-parties or their websites, whether or not those websites link to or from Website. This Privacy Policy, along with the Terms of Use, Disclaimer and other Website policies, rules, procedures and practices apply only to the AFFN Website and do not apply to any External Links or linked sites. Users are advised and strongly encouraged to carefully review and understand the individual privacy policies of other websites. AFFN and Website accept no responsibility or liability for the privacy policies or actions of third parties or for information provided to third parties, whether or not linked to or accessed through Website.

10. Privacy Rights. Personal Information and other information posted, linked to or otherwise incorporated in the Website may be owned by third parties and subject to a variety of legal rights, including without limitation privacy and publicity rights. Use of information appearing on Website is subject to the Terms of Use and applicable law. Use of information appearing on Website without the permission of the owner may result in liability for a variety of claims, including without limitation claims for violation of privacy rights. No person may use or commercially exploit the rights of the subject of an interview, document, article, Blog, e-mail, photograph, Website Content or other form of communication, whether or not containing visual representations, without the consent of the subject, except as permitted by the Terms of Use or applicable law.

11. Changes to Privacy Policy. AFFN and Website reserve the right to change the Privacy Policy from time to time, with or without cause or prior notice. AFFN and Website will post all changes to the Privacy Policy on the Website. Changes to the Privacy Policy are effective immediately upon posting. Users are responsible for reviewing the Privacy Policy regularly. Use of Website indicates User’s full and complete agreement to the terms of the Privacy Policy, as in force and as subsequently amended, modified or restated, as if User had signed a written document agreeing to the Privacy Policy. Use of information gathered by or in the possession of AFFN and the Website is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of use.