OUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR PRIVACY
This site is owned and operated by Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School. Your privacy on the Internet is important to us. At Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School, we want to make your experience online satisfying and safe.
Because we gather certain types of information about our users, we feel you should fully understand the terms and conditions surrounding the capture and use of that information. This privacy statement discloses what information we gather and how we use it.
INFORMATION OUR LADY OF LOURDES SCHOOL PARISH SCHOOL GATHERS AND TRACKS
We gather two types of information about users:
- Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions. These are voluntary submissions to receive our electronic newsletters, to participate in our message boards or forums, to email a friend, and to participate in polls and surveys
- Information we gather through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views throughout our sites. This information allows us to better tailor our content to readers’ needs and to help us better understand the demographics of our audience. We divulge information about an individual user to a third party only when the request is properly made by government, law enforcement, the Archdiocese or other organizations entitled to the information.
We gather user information by the following methods:
Optional voluntary information
We provide the following services, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:
- Electronic newsletters (Dispatches)
We provide an electronic newsletter to users. We gather the email addresses of users who voluntarily subscribe. Users may remove themselves from this mailing list by following the link provided in every newsletter that points users to the subscriber page. Users can also subscribe to the newsletters at the time of registration.
- Message boards/Forums
Users of the site’s Message Boards and Forums must register separately for these services in order to post messages, although they needn’t register to visit the site. During registration, the user is required to supply a username, password and email address.
- “Email this to a friend” Service
Our site users can choose to electronically forward a link, page or documents to someone else by clicking “email this to a friend.” The user must provide his or her email address, as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.
We may offer interactive polls to users so they can easily share their opinions with other users and see what our readers think about important issues. Opinions or other responses to polls are aggregated and are not identifiable to any particular user. We may use a system to “tag” users after they have voted, so they can vote only once on a particular question. This tag is not correlated with information about individual users.
We may conduct user surveys to better target our content to our audience, but we share information about specific individuals only when required by law, or with the permission of the participant or when the survey specifically indicates that the information will be shared.
We track user traffic patterns throughout all of our sites. However, we do not correlate this information with data about individual users. We break down overall usage statistics according to a user’s domain name, browser type, and MIME type by reading this information from the browser string (information contained in every user’s browser).
We sometimes track and catalog the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. We use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas. We do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you.
In addition to Archdiocesan policies for creating safe environments for all minors, consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without requesting parental consent.
USE OF INFORMATION
We use any information voluntarily given by our users to enhance their experience in our network of sites, whether to provide interactive or personalized elements on the sites or to better prepare future content based on the interests of our users.
We use information that users voluntarily provide in order to send out electronic newsletters and to enable users to participate in polls, surveys, message boards, and forums.
When we use tracking information to determine which areas of our sites users like and don’t like based on traffic to those areas, we do not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall. This helps us continue to build a better service for you. We track search terms entered in Search function as one of many measures of what interests our users. But we don’t track which terms a particular user enters. We will not disclose any information about any individual user except to comply with Archdiocesan policies, applicable law or valid legal process or to protect the personal safety of our users or the public.
We operate secure data networks protected by industry-standard firewall and password protection systems. Our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorized individuals have access to the information provided by our users.
We give users options wherever necessary and practical. Such choices include:
- Opting not to register to receive our electronic newsletters.
- Opting not to participate in certain interactive areas, which completely alleviates the need to gather any personally identifiable information from our users.