PRIVACY POLICY

Last modified on October 31, 2021

 

As noted in the policy below, the English version of the PrivacyPolicy and Terms of Use will govern your relationship with Mount Zion AME. While the English version will govern, you can also use an automatic translation tool like Google Translate to view the documents in your language.

Important: Please Read This First

After asking several people to sell them an acre of land, they were successful in finding a man and his wife to sell them a piece of land. The group elected five men to be trustees of this land. These men signed a contract on January 9, 1855, before the Justice of the Peace of Baltimore County. The people of Mt. Zion Church purchased the tract of land for a church and cemetery that they could call their own and worship without any harassment. Today we continue to worship by bringing the gospel online.

 

Our place at the forefront of digital ministry has always been driven by our passion for seeing technology leveraged to help people find hope, peace, and joy in the incomparable love of Christ. The Mount Zion AME websites are tools we offer to serve our attendees and visitors by connecting them and equipping them on their journey to becoming disciples of Christ.

 

Since Christ Jesus is the Messiah of the world,  Mount Zion AME will depend on Him to build His Church through us to become a global headquarter for gospel-driven missions by the Kingdom family.

 

Every digital product and service we provide is created with great care and intentionality; our website is designed to help more people pursue a deeper relationship with God safely and securely. We craft these tools as an act of ministry to serve you, and you have choices in your experience. You choose what you access. You choose what you share and with whom. Your data is yours. Mount Zion AME does not sell your information, nor will we share it with others without your consent.

 

And every aspect of Mount Zion AME’s digital tools is completely free, with no strings attached and no advertising. We intend to remove every possible barrier, so you’re able to focus on getting to know God more intimately.

 

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully because it discusses how we collect, use, share and process your personal information. By using Mount Zion AME sites and services, you agree to this Privacy Policy and its terms. We welcome any questions or comments you may have about this Privacy Policy and our privacy practices. If you have any questions or comments, you may contact us by mail at Mount Zion AME, attn.: Virtual Support, 12728 Manor Road, Glen Arm MD 21057 or by email at life@mtzionlife.org

 

Definitions

LLC, together with its parents, affiliates, and subsidiaries, which we’ll refer to as “Second Episcopal District Church,” “us,” or “we” throughout this policy. To make this document easier to read, we’re going to use some shorthand throughout. For example, when we say “our sites” or “Mount Zion AME sites” (whether we reference them individually or collectively), we’re talking about the websites and applications offered by Mount Zion AME, including (but not limited to) Mount Zion AME, together with their subdomains and content. These are owned and operated by Mount Zion AME Operations. When we refer to persons interacting with Mount Zion AME in this policy, we’ll use the term “you.”

 

Brief Overview

This Privacy Policy outlines the data we collect from your interactions with Mount Zion AME and how we process that information. You have choices about how your personal information is accessed, managed, shared, and stored by Mount Zion AME, discussed below. We take the privacy of the information you provide and that we collect seriously and implement security safeguards designed to protect your data, which are also discussed below.

 

In general, the information we collect depends on the services you request. In addition to personal information that you provide (such as your name, email address, financial news, and other personally-identifiable information), we collect internet and additional network activity information with cookies and other automated technologies, as discussed below. We use the data we collect, and that you provide as well as inferences we make from that information as follows:

 

  • To provide, support, and personalize our sites and services;

  • To create, maintain, customize and secure a Mount Zion AME profile or account if any;

  • To process your requests and respond to your inquires;

  • To provide information on our products or services;

  • To maintain the safety, security, and integrity of Mount Zion AME sites and the infrastructure that facilitates the use of our sites;

  • For internal development and analysis of our products and services;

  • To fulfill any other purpose for which you provide it;

  • To carry out our obligations and enforce our rights;

  • As described in this Privacy Policy;

  • In a manner we may describe when you provide the information; and

  • For another purpose with your consent.

 

Your Profile and Information You Provide to Us

We collect personal data from you when you provide it to us both offline and online. You do not need to provide personal information to us to use the Mount Zion AME sites; however, we allow you to create a profile that will enable us to tailor our sites and services to be a more personalized experience. To create a profile, we require your first and last name, email address, and password to authenticate you when you try to access your profile. Beyond the personal information needed to create a profile, you have choices about what additional information you provide to us, which may include your zip code, the names of your family members, gender, social security number, and your marital status, all of which will be stored in association with your profile. Certain information may be required based on your specific requests, such as your social security number for employment inquiries and volunteer requests; we will notify you of this at the time of such a request. We also collect information about you when you send, receive, or engage in communications with us, including submitting personal information or requests by emailing life@mtzionlife.org. We retain those communications to process your inquiries, respond to your requests, and improve our sites and services.

 

If you have a profile with us, the information you provide us is generally associated with your profile and is stored internally in our third-party relationship management system or “CRM system.” We will use this information to authenticate you and allow you to access your specific profile. We create user profiles for offline purposes as well, which include volunteerism and inquiries concerning employment. We may combine the information you provide us for your profile and interactions with our sites with information you provide us through other Mount Zion AME sites, services, and products and inferences we make from the same for our internal development to improve the overall quality of our sites, services, and products. We may also recommend other Mount Zion AME services based on the information you provide, and we infer.

 

Your Posts

Our Mount Zion AME sites have a wide array of functionality, including streaming video, creating prayer requests, and identifying and communicating with your Mount Zion AME groups and teams. Some Mount Zion AME sites may allow you to publish, distribute and display certain content, which we will refer to as “posted” and the content as “posts.” Posts may be made on public areas of websites and social media accounts you access through our sites or may otherwise be transmitted to third parties. Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in a public manner, whether through collaborative postings, social media, message boards, or other public online forums, this information may be collected and used by others. We cannot control the actions of other users or third parties with whom you choose to share your posts. Therefore, we cannot and do not guarantee that unauthorized persons will not view your posts, nor do we accept any liability associated with your posts.

 

Giving

If you choose to provide a voluntary donation through those Mount Zion AME sites where you can donate, then and only then will you be prompted and required to provide credit card, bank account, and other payment information necessary to process the transaction. We will collect the designation for your donation, if you provide one, the Mount Zion AME campus designated for your donation (if any), and personal information such as your name, address, phone number, and email address to ensure that your gift is used for the purpose you request and to provide you with an “Annual Giving Statement” that itemizes your donation(s) for tax purposes or your personal use. This information (except for your financial information) is stored in connection with your profile if you have created one for another purpose; or, if you have no preexisting profile with us, we will use this information to create a profile for you in our internal CRM system. We will not store or otherwise process financial information provided to us online to donate. As of the date of this Policy, Aplos Software to take an online donation, you can refer to their policy here: https://www.aplos.com/privacy For contributions you provide to us in person or by mail, we store your financial information in our databases in an encrypted form for as long as necessary to process your donation and as required by applicable law and GAAP accounting principles.

 

Volunteers and Employment Inquiries

You may apply to volunteer for various activities and events in person at a Mount Zion AME campus, over the phone, and through our sites. You may also apply for employment in person and through our sites. The information we require for volunteer and employment applications is your first and last name, telephone number, address, social security number, date of birth, and your employment history in the case of a job inquiry. We will use this information to create a profile or associate it with your profile if one exists. We will use your social security number and date of birth solely for a background check in connection with your application to be a volunteer and employee and will not share either with any other party except for third-party service providers that enable us to perform background checks which are obligated not to share your information or use it for any other purpose. If you become an employee of Mount Zion AME, your personal information is also used in connection with your employment.

 

As a ministry volunteer, you may have access to third-party software, which you may be required to complete a background check from the 2nd Episcopal district site

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Automatic Data Collection Technologies

By agreeing to our Privacy Policy, you agree to the use of cookies and similar technologies (for example, web beacons, pixels, tags, and device identifiers which we collectively refer to as “cookies”) as described in this policy. If you use Mount Zion AME sites without changing your browser or device settings to disable cookies, we assume that you consent to receive all cookies provided through Mount Zion AME sites.

 

We use cookies to recognize you and your device(s) on, off, and across the different applications of our sites and devices. Cookies help facilitate the best possible user experience of our sites as they allow us to recognize you and maintain your user preferences from session to session, help us keep your account safe, and generally improve the functionality of the products and services offered through Mount Zion AME sites. They also help us ensure that profile information is used in association with the correct profile. Importantly, we do not use cookies to facilitate interest-based ads from third parties for third-party goods or services.

 

We log usage data when you use Mount Zion AME sites, including when you view or click on content, browser type, browser language, perform a search or request, the date and time of your request, install an update, seek new functionality, or use one or more tools offered through our sites. We use cookies to identify you and log your use. When you access or leave our sites, we receive the URL of both the site you came from and the one you go to next. We also get information about your IP address, proxy server, operating system, web browser, add-ons, device identifier and features, and ISP or your mobile carrier. If you use our sites from a mobile device, that device will send us data about your location based on your phone settings and access you have granted the Mount Zion AME sites, as discussed below.

 

We store this information and information about your use of our sites in connection with your profile. We do not share any of your personally identifiable information along with your device identification or location without your explicit permission. We advertise on third-party sites such as Facebook and Google and use third-party software development kits (“SDKS”) to attribute a download of a Mount Zion AME application to the advertisement placed on the third-party site. We may provide these third parties with aggregate information concerning ads placed on their sites and downloads that result from those ads.

 

We use this information to provide a tailored Mount Zion AME site experience and communicate with you more effectively. The data is also collected to determine the aggregate number of unique devices using our sites, track total usage, and analyze usage data to provide you with a better experience and improve our services’ quality. If you do not want us to collect this information, you should cease use of our sites.

 

Although most internet browsers accept cookies by default, you can control these types of technology through your browser settings and similar tools and agree to refuse all cookies altogether. If you refuse to accept cookies by activating the appropriate setting on your browser or smartphone, you may prohibit us from delivering the full capability of our sites.

 

Please note that we cannot regulate other sites, content, or applications of third parties, which may place their cookies or other files on your computer, collect data or solicit personal information from you. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) targeted content. We do not control these third parties tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

Mount Zion AME Content

We collect how you use the content available through our sites and the language in which you choose to utilize that content. We also may collect and store your posts. We process this information to allow you to access and use content and posts through each session of your use of our sites. It is your choice whether to create, access, or store information and content on our sites. If you do, we will store it in association with your profile for so long as you opt not to delete it. We may use information about your use of our sites and the inferences we make from that use to provide recommendations to you of other Mount Zion AME sites, products, services, and content.

Communications from Us to You

From time to time, we may contact you as set forth below. You may opt-out of receiving certain communications from us by modifying your application settings (where applicable) or contacting us at the information below.

 

Recommendations and General Information

We use the data we have about you and inferences we make from that data to recommend certain content and functionality and additional products and services offered by Mount Zion AME. We may contact you through push notification, email, mail, or in-app messages to discuss these recommendations, use our sites, and other news messages.

 

Giving

If you have donated to us, we use the data we collect about that donation to inform you of the impact of your giving. We will also contact you periodically in the future to inquire if you would like to give to another program or campus or purpose. We may contact you through push notification, email, mail, or in-app messages to discuss these opportunities.

 

Security, Legal and Technical Issues

We use your personal information to respond to and resolve technical issues and complaints concerning our sites. As necessary for security purposes or to investigate possible fraud, violations of law or agreement, or attempts to harm self or others. We may use your information to contact you about these accounts, security, legal, and other service-related issues. Please be aware that you cannot opt out of receiving such messages from us.

 

Notice

You consent to receive electronic communications from Mount Zion AME relating to your use and access to the services provided by Mount Zion AME. We may use your personal information to provide notice regarding a security incident or data breach, by: (i) sending a message to the email address you provide (as applicable); (ii) posting to a publicly facing page of Mount Zion AME sites or through an in-app messages; (iii) through major statewide media; and/or (iv) telephonic means, including calls and/or text messages, even if sent via automated means including automated dialers. Standard text and data messaging rates may apply from your carrier. Notices sent by email will be effective when we send the email, notices we provide by posting will be effective upon posting and by in-app messaging when the message is made, and notices we provide through telephonic means will be effective when transmitted or dialed. It is your responsibility to keep your email address and any other contact information you provide to us current so that we may provide these communications to you.

Analytics and Performance

We internally analyze the personal data available to us and the use of content found on our sites. In some cases, we work with trusted third parties to perform this research under controls designed to protect your privacy, as discussed below. We may disclose statistics concerning the use of our site in an aggregated manner with de-identified and anonymized information that does not disclose any particular user or that user’s personally-identifying information. For example, we may use your data to generate statistics about the overall usage of one of our sites worldwide or in specific geographic regions.

 

We use data, including data collected through the use of our sites, public feedback, and information inferred from this data to conduct internal research and development to provide a better overall experience on Mount Zion AME sites, measure the performance of our sites, and increase the use of our sites and their features. We also use de-identified and aggregate user data to market our sites, including communications that promote membership and network growth. We share stats of our growth publicly. We make sure to analyze and publish the data in an aggregated form, protecting your privacy and keeping your identity and personal information confidential. This is done by making changes to Mount Zion AME sites that are generally available and sending messages suggesting functionality and content.

Disclosure of Your Information

We do not share your data with any third-party advertisers or ad networks for third-party advertising purposes. We may disclose your personal information to third parties, as discussed below.

 

Disclosure on Your Behalf

We may disclose personal information that we collect or provide as described in this Privacy Policy to fulfill our obligations, the purpose for which you provide it, a goal you request, or a purpose for which we have your consent.

 

Disclosure by You

If and when you share information through our sites, that information is viewable by you and anyone else you choose to share it with. If you give access to your account to other applications and services, those services would then have access to your shared information based on your approval. The use, collection, and protection of your data by such third-party services are subject to those third parties policies.

 

Internal Disclosure

We will share your data internally within Mount Zion AME to help combine the personal information covered across the different aspects of Mount Zion AME sites and our other products and services to help provide services to you in a personalized and valuable manner you and others. For example, we can personalize possible services to recommend to you using cookies or similar technologies that track what functionality you have already opted to receive.

 

Service Providers

We may disclose personal information that we collect or you provide as described in this Privacy Policy to contractors, service providers, and other third parties we use solely to support our sites (such as cloud hosting, maintenance, analysis, audit, payments, fraud detection, communication, and development). These third parties will have access to your information as reasonably necessary to perform tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose it to others or use it for other purposes.

 

Content Providers

We utilize certain third parties to provide content on our sites. We do not share the personal information of users with these third parties. We may, however, give these third parties analytics concerning the use of their content using de-identified and anonymized data.

 

Legal Process and Subpoena

We may need to disclose information about you when required by law, subpoena, or another legal process. We may dispute third-party demands when we believe, at our discretion, that the requests are overbroad, vague, or lack proper authority, but we do not promise to challenge every demand. We may also need to disclose your information if we have a good faith belief that disclosure is reasonably necessary to (i) investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities or to assist government enforcement agencies; (ii) enforce our agreements with you; (iii) investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations; (iv) protect the security or integrity of our sites; or (v) exercise or protect the rights and safety of Mount Zion AME, our users, personnel, you, or others. We also reserve the right to confidentially disclose personal information about you in connection with a potential or actual merger or acquisition, such as the sale of all or substantially all of our assets.

Your Requests

Specific laws provide for requests concerning personal information. To make such a request concerning your personal information, you may send us an email to help@Mount Zion AME. You may also contact us at Life Church, Inc., attn.: Mount Zion AME Support, 4600 E. 2nd St., Edmond, Oklahoma 73034. Please indicate your name, address, email address, and what personally identifiable information you request to be accessed, corrected, or removed when contacting us. We may decline to process requests if we cannot verify the requestor’s identity. If we believe the proposal will jeopardize the privacy of others if we think the request would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect or for a similar legitimate purpose. We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights under applicable law. We do not charge a fee to process or respond to a verifiable request concerning your personal information unless it is excessive, unduly burdensome, repetitive, or manifestly unfounded. If we determine that the proposal warrants a fee, we will tell you why we decided and provide you with a cost estimate before completing your request.

 

Suppose you ask that we modify or delete some or all of your personal information. In that case, we will retain your data if reasonably necessary to comply with our legal obligations (including law enforcement requests and obligations concerning financial records and tax returns), meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, maintain security, prevent fraud and abuse, enforce our agreements or fulfill any others requests from you (for example, to opt-out of further messages or for a copy of your data). Additionally, third parties addressed in this policy may have their policies concerning data retention and deletion. We have no control over the information you have shared with others through one of our sites after you close your account, ask to delete data, or attempt to delete your account yourself. Your information and content you have shared may continue to be displayed in the services of others (for example, search engine results) until they refresh their cache.

Security and Protection

We implement security safeguards designed to protect data. These include using encryption for your data while it is being transmitted between your device or browser and our servers and while it is at rest. Data provided to us through our sites is also stored in an ISO 27017-certified infrastructure management system, meaning it has been audited and found in compliance with the requirements of the management system standards ISO 27017, an internationally recognized code of practice for information security controls for cloud services. However, given the nature of communications and information technology and that the use of the internet has inherent risks, although we monitor for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, we cannot warrant or guarantee that information provided to us through our sites or stored in our systems or otherwise will be absolutely free from unauthorized intrusion by others, nor can we warrant or guarantee that such data may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

 

Children

A parent or guardian may consent to the use of our sites or services by a minor. However, we ask that you discuss the risks of sharing personal information on the internet with your children and require that they refrain from communicating with any third parties or sharing any personal information online or otherwise without the supervision of a parent or guardian. Should you allow your minor child to use our sites or services, you shall be solely responsible for supervising the minor’s use of the same and assume full responsibility for processing any information provided to us by that minor. Where you associate your minor child’s information with your account, we will assume you consent to our processing of that information by this policy and other privacy notices and terms we may provide to you from time to time. Where we are provided a minor’s report by an adult or a minor while accompanied by an adult, we will assume that the parent or guardian consents to our use and processing of that information by this policy and other privacy notices and terms we may provide to you from time to time. If you believe we might have any information from or about a minor child without parental or guardian consent, please contact us at the information below.

 

Processing of Data

We will collect and process personal data about you where we have lawful bases. Lawful bases include consent, contract, and other legitimate interests. Such legitimate interests include protection to you, us, and third parties, to comply with applicable law, to enable and administer our internal processes, to manage corporate transactions, to generally understand and improve our relationships, and to allow us and other users of our sites to connect with you to exchange information, provided that the preceding adequately protects your rights and freedoms. Where we rely on your consent to personal process data, you have the right to withdraw or decline your consent at any time, and where we rely on legitimate interests, you have the right to object. If you have any questions about the lawful bases upon which we collect and use your data, don’t hesitate to contact us at the information below.

Third-party Information Collection

This Privacy Policy applies only to sites and apps that are owned and operated by Mount Zion AME. Please keep in mind that our sites may contain links to other websites or apps. You are responsible for reviewing the privacy statements and policies of those other websites you choose to link to or from one of our sites so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and store your information. We are not responsible for the privacy statements, policies, or content of other websites or apps, including websites you link to or from a Mount Zion AME site. Websites containing co-branding (referencing our name and a third party’s name) have content delivered by the third party and not us. Choose to link to other websites, applications, and services or profiles with third-party applications. You will provide the personal data stored on those applications to Mount Zion AME. For example, you may link your Facebook account to your profile, providing personal information you have opted to share through Facebook to Mount Zion AME. We are equipped with your Facebook (or other applicable social media) username when you do so. You may revoke the link with such accounts and third-party applications by modifying your settings with those applications. As noted above, third-party sites that link to or are associated with our sites may collect information through the use of automated technologies such as cookies. We have no control over such collection and use, which are subject to the privacy policies of those third parties.

Users From Outside the United States

We are based out of Maryland within the United States, and your use and this Privacy Policy are governed by the United States and the State of Maryland laws. If you are using one of our sites from outside this state or country, please be aware that your information may be transferred to, stored, and processed in the United States, where our servers are located, and our central database is operated. We process data both inside and outside of the United States and rely upon contractual commitments between companies and us transferring personal data that require the protection and security of such data for your privacy. The data protection and other laws of the State of Maryland might not be as comprehensive and may differ from those in your state or country. By using a Mount Zion AME site, you consent to your information being transferred to our facilities and to the facilities of those third parties with whom we share it as described in this Privacy Policy.

 

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect changes in our practices. If we collect materially different personal data or materially change how we use your data, we may modify this Privacy Policy. As we improve our sites, this may also mean collecting new data or new ways to use data. We will post any changes to our Privacy Policy on this page. The date the Privacy Policy was last modified is identified at the top of the page. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date active and deliverable email address for you concerning any changes and for periodically visiting this Privacy Policy to check for any changes.

 

Contact Information

To ask questions or comment about this Privacy Policy and our privacy practices, you may contact us at Mount Zion AME, 12728 Manor Road, Glen Arm MD 21057, or life@mtzionlife.org