United Lutheran Seminary is fully committed to providing an engaging, informative and useful website for its visitors. We strive to serve you with helpful resources, invite you into our community and provide helpful interaction with our many programs and offerings.
The policy of United Lutheran Seminary regarding its officially controlled and operated websites is to respect and protect the privacy of its users. These users include faculty, staff, students, donors, alumni, and other visitors.
How we collect information
· Internet address information of visitors to our websites (IP addresses)
· Aggregate information on what pages people visit
· User-specific information on what pages people visit
· Information on browser capabilities
· Information on referring domains (what websites link to United Lutheran Seminary)
Personally identifiable information
· Email addresses of those who communicate with us via email
· Information volunteered by a visitor, such as survey responses
· Personal information such as names and phone numbers which are volunteered for specific purposes such as online event or course registration, online applications, online donations or information requests
United Lutheran Seminary websites may log IP addresses and browser types, but will not link IP addresses to personally identifiable information. This means that a user’s session may be tracked but their identity will remain anonymous unless personal information is specifically submitted. You can browse United Lutheran Seminary websites without entering any personal information and therefore remain anonymous during your visit.
Security and SSL
There are cases where United Lutheran Seminary websites may request or provide personal information such as username/password, address or credit card information. To provide for your privacy in these instances, United Lutheran Seminary utilizes a secure server which transmits and receives data in SSL-encrypted format.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a technology for managing the security of online message transmission. SSL encrypts any information sent from your browser to the server you are connected to. This technology protects your information from being viewed by an outside user.
United Lutheran Seminary also has appropriate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse or alteration of information that we have collected from you at our site.
Some United Lutheran Seminary websites utilize “cookies” to provide an enhanced online experience, enable e-commerce functionality and to facilitate login authentication to protected areas of the site.
Cookies store small amounts of data on your computer when you visit a website. The web server issuing the cookie is the only server that can read that particular cookie. Cookies cannot retrieve information from your hard drive or profile your system. You have the ability to disable some cookies by modifying the settings on your browser. Our websites are viewable even if you disable the cookie function on your browser. However, if you disable cookies, some advanced and customized features which rely on cookies to function on our site, as well as other websites, will not be available to you.
Third-party web beacons and pixels
We use third-party web beacons from Google to help analyze where visitors go and what they do while visiting our website. Learn more about this practice and know your choices about not having this information used by Google.
Tracking pixels, like cookies, can be written into websites and other digital marketing materials. Pixels are used to provide analytics and insight into web traffic, digital preferences, and digital activity. Data curated from tracking pixels is managed directly by the third-party platform responsible for providing the pixel (Facebook, Google, Twitter etc.). You can manage what these platforms can collect about your online activity by managing your personal privacy and advertising settings within those platforms.
Social Media Services
· Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/
· Instagram – https://instagram.com/about/legal/privacy/
· Twitter – https://twitter.com/privacy
· YouTube (Google) – http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy
Note: ULS regulates and removes any defamatory/inappropriate comments made by members of the public on its social media sites.
How we use information
The information collected by United Lutheran Seminary websites is used for internal purposes which include improving the content and usability of the United Lutheran Seminary websites, registering people for events or courses and fulfilling product orders or information requests. It will not be shared with other organizations. However, United Lutheran Seminary may use the information to contact visitors for marketing and fundraising purposes. If you do not wish to be contacted by United Lutheran Seminary for these purposes, please contact us at the email address below.
United Lutheran Seminary does not disclose any personally identifiable information collected online except wherre you have given us permission, or where the information is public information under the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act 65 P.S. 66.1 et seq., or other applicable laws. Visitors should be aware that information collected by United Lutheran Seminary on its websites may be subject to examination and inspection,if such information is a public record and not otherwise protected from disclosure.
United Lutheran Seminary does not sell, rent or distribute any personal information obtained from our visitors to groups not affiliated with United Lutheran Seminary, unless required by law. According to federal and state law, United Lutheran Seminary may provide personal information to outside parties if a criminal act is under investigation by authorities.
While United Lutheran Seminary strives to protect its users’ personal information and privacy, it cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online and you do so at your own risk. United Lutheran Seminary’s policy does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet, and therefore beyond our control, and is not to be applied in any manner contrary to applicable law or governmental regulation.