Effective date: June 13, 2022
Latest Revision: June 23, 2022
Houston’s First Baptist Church (“HFBC,” “Church,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is a non-profit, Baptist Church located in Houston, Texas. Our websites serve many purposes including (1) communicating our values, mission, culture, and community involvement; (2) communicating details related to events and opportunities at Church; (3) providing electronic methods for contacting the church, planning in-person visits, and joining mailing lists; and (4) securely receiving online donations and registrations.
If you have an unresolved privacy or information use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact us at MemberServices@HoustonsFirst.org.
1. INFORMATION COLLECTION
Houston’s First Baptist Church only collects personal identifying information you provide. This could include your contact information, such as your name, address, phone number, and email address. We may also collect sensitive personal information, such as a credit/debit card numbers, the card’s expiration date, and other billing information if you donate or buy materials from us online. Sensitive personal information is used to process your donations or purchases.
Information Collected from Users Automatically
Like other online companies, we receive technical information when you use our Services. We use these technologies to analyze how people use our website, to improve how our website functions, to save your log-in information for future sessions, and to serve you better.
We and our third-party service providers, including analytics and third-party content providers, may automatically collect certain information from you whenever you access or interact with our website. This information may include, among other information, the browser and operating system you are using, the URL or advertisement that referred you to our website, the search terms you entered into a search engine that led you to our website, areas within our website that you visited, and other information commonly shared when browsers communicate with websites. We may combine this automatically collected log information with other information we collect about you. We do this to improve services we offer you, to improve marketing, analytics, and site functionality.
The information we collect also includes the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address or other unique device identifier (“Device Identifier”) for any device (computer, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) used to access our website. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned or connected to the device you use to access our website, and our servers identify your device by its Device Identifier. Some mobile service providers may also provide us or our third-party service providers with information regarding the physical location of the device used to access our website.
2. USE AND RETENTION OF INFORMATION
Houston’s First Baptist Church uses your personal identifying information to better connect with you and to connect you with others involved with our ministry. We use information collected through our website to provide and improve our website, process your requests, prevent fraud, provide you with information that may interest you, comply with the law, and as otherwise permitted with your consent.
WE USE INFORMATION WE COLLECT:
UNLESS YOU REQUEST THAT WE DELETE CERTAIN INFORMATION, WE RETAIN THE INFORMATION WE COLLECT AS LONG AS NEEDED FOR OUR BUSINESS AND LEGAL PURPOSES.
3. INFORMATION SHARING AND DISCLOSURE
Our ministry will not share your personal information with outside organizations that are not closely affiliated with us. Our ministry may provide your personal identifying information to third parties to process a transaction you have initiated with us. You have choices as to whether we share your personal information with third parties.
4. YOUR CHOICES AND OPTING OUT
You have certain choices regarding how we may communicate with you.
Registered CHURCH Users may update their choices regarding the types of communications you receive from us through your online account. You also may opt-out of receiving emails from us by following the opt-out instructions provided in those emails. Please note that we reserve the right to send you certain communications relating to your account or use of our website (for example, administrative and service announcements) via email and other means and these transactional account messages may be unaffected if you opt-out from receiving marketing communications. You may opt-out of receiving text messages by replying “STOP” to any text message received. Registered CHURCH Users who access our website by using a CHURCH mobile application may, with permission, receive push notifications. Similarly, registered CHURCH Users who access our website by using certain desktop browsers may, with permission, receive push notifications. Notification preferences can be modified in the settings menu for the mobile application or the applicable browser.
5. SECURITY – PROTECTION OF YOUR INFORMATION
We are committed to protecting your personal identifying and sensitive information. Our ministry has implemented security measures, including Internet encryption software, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol, and firewalls to prevent information from being compromised. Personal identifying information and sensitive personal information (including payment information) is accessible only by authorized individuals to process this information. In addition, HFBC commits to ensure that:
In the event a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access to, sensitive personal information, is discovered, Houston’s First Baptist Church will promptly assess the risk to people’s rights and freedoms and, if deemed appropriate, report this breach to the authorities.
It is the responsibility of individuals and organizations to ensure the personal information held by HFBC is accurate and current. Individuals should notify Houston’s First Baptist Church of any updates or changes, to ensure records are updated accordingly. Updates may be made at any time by emailing MemberServices@HoustonsFirst.org.
6. LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
Our website includes links to other websites such as social media and other platforms. We operate accounts on several social media and other web pages (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn). If you choose to click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party’s website. The fact that we link to a website is not an endorsement, authorization or representation of our affiliation with that third party, nor is it an endorsement of their privacy or information security policies or practices. We do not exercise control over third party websites. These other websites may place their own cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit Personal Information from you. We encourage you to read the privacy policies or statements of the other websites you visit.
7. CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
8. CONTACTING US
Telephone number: 713.681.8000
Houston’s First Baptist Church
Attn: Member Services
7401 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024