In general, you can visit our website without telling us who you are or providing any information about yourself. Within these programs we may ask you to provide information that will enable you to register for the event, as well as allows us to assist you with technical issues or to follow up with you. In some instances the information may include personal data.
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Use of personal data collected through this website
Information, including but not limited to personal data, that we collect will not be sold, rented, lent, exchanged or used by an individual or entity other than the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ("PC(USA)") entities and governing bodies of the PC(USA) unless otherwise indicated. This includes, for example, the information you provide when you register for an event or conference, order resource materials, request other services or when you send us your comments or requests for information.
We use the information you provide for the purposes for which it was originally collected, for example, to respond to your email or to provide the programs or services you requested. We may also use this information to help us improve the content and functionality of our website, to better understand the needs and interests of the people and organizations that use our website, and to improve our programs and services. This information may be used to contact you in the future to tell you about organizations within the PC(USA), programs and services.
We, and others with whom we share your personal data, may retain your personal data on file to better serve you. Any destruction of personal data will be done in a manner consistent with the intent of this policy.
Anonymous data collected through the PC(USA) website
In addition to the information you provide when you use this website, we use technology to collect anonymous information about the use of the website. For example, we use technology to track how many visitors access the website, the date and time of their visit, the length of their stay and which pages they view. We also use technology to determine which web browsers our visitors use and the address from which they accessed the site.
This technology does not identify you personally. It simply enables us to compile statistics about our visitors and their use of our website. We use this anonymous data and may share it with third parties for various reasons; for example, to improve the content and functionality of the website, to better understand the needs and interests of our visitors, to improve our programs and services.
In order to collect the anonymous data described in the preceding paragraph, we may use temporary "cookies" that collect the first level domain name of the user. For example, if your email address is "email@example.com," the cookie collects the "xyz.com" portion of your email address and the date and time you accessed this website. Cookies by themselves cannot be used to discover the identity of the user. A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your browser and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies do not damage your computer. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. This enables you to decide if you want to accept it or not. Our website only uses temporary or "session" cookies. These "session" cookies expire when your browser window is closed.
In order for certain applications on this website to function properly, if at all, it is necessary for your computer to accept cookies.
Because Big Tent is an intergenerational event, and we require some personal data from all participants, we will collect personal data on children under the age of 18. It is expected that the data will be provided by an adult (parent, legal guardian or youth group sponsor) and not by the child or youth directly. This data will be used only for Big Tent and will not be shared with anyone or any organization not directly related to the children and youth programs of Big Tent.
Photography, recordings and use of participants’ images, speeches, and documents
Photography and Media Use Release: Photographers, reporters, videographers, historians, scrapbookers and many others will be capturing cherished moments at this gathering of the church. By being a part of this event, you may find your image, voice, or quotes used in reporting or promotion. The Open Meeting Policy of the PC(U.S.A.) calls on us to conduct our ministries in this spirit of openness, trust and public scrutiny. By attending and participating, you give Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, its affiliated institutions, related entities, and ecumenical partners permission to use your image, voice, feedback, and quotes on a perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable basis in any and all media including, but not limited to, websites, print, cable and broadcast media without submission or re-submission to you for approval. You understand that third parties accessing web pages can download your image, voice, and quotes, and you release Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, its affiliated institutions, related entities, and ecumenical partners from any liability to you, your heirs, or your assigns in connection with or arising out of such downloading by third parties.
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