Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At G7 Benefice we have a few fundamental privacy principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it.
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our services to you, or protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.

Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals.

Note: we are using a modified version of a privacy policy created by Automattic Inc. and available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license. This means, like us, you’re welcome to reuse it and repurpose it for your own use.

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our webmaster.

The Benefice of G7 (“G7 Benefice”) operates just one website g7benefice.org. It is G7 Benefice’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, G7 Benefice collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. G7 Benefice’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how G7 Benefice’s visitors use its website. From time to time, G7 Benefice may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

G7 Benefice also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on g7benefice.org. G7 Benefice only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the g7benefice.org website.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to G7 Benefice’s website choose to interact with G7 Benefice in ways that require G7 Benefice to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that G7 Benefice gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a newsletter at g7benefice.org to provide an email address. Those who engage in transactions with G7 Benefice – by making a donation, for example – are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, G7 Benefice collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfil the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with G7 Benefice. G7 Benefice does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

G7 Benefice may collect statistics about the behaviour of visitors to its websites. For instance, G7 Benefice may monitor the most popular pages on the g7benefice.org site or use spam and link-spam screening to help identify spam comments and to minimise malicious use of our website. G7 Benefice may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, G7 Benefice does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

G7 Benefice discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on G7 Benefice’s behalf or to provide services available at G7 Benefice’s website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using G7 Benefice’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. G7 Benefice will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, G7 Benefice discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when G7 Benefice believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of G7 Benefice, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of the G7 Benefice website and have supplied your email address, G7 Benefice may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new services, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with G7 Benefice and our activities. We primarily use our various website pages and our email newsletters to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a support or usage request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. G7 Benefice takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. G7 Benefice uses cookies to help G7 Benefice anonymously track visitors and enhance their experience of the site, and their website access preferences. G7 Benefice visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using G7 Benefice’s website, with the drawback that certain features of G7 Benefice’s website may not function properly without the aid of cookies. Information on deleting or controlling cookies is available at AboutCookies.org.

The cookies used on this website have been categorised below based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide.

Category 1: strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.

A list of cookies used on this website in this ‘strictly necessary’ category is set out below:

Cookie Name Cookie Category Description Duration
bb2_screener_ 1 This cookie store a random number and is essential for our website to: maintain spam and link-spam screening function, to help identify spam comments, and to minimise malicious use of our website. This uses the cookie for screening purposes – e.g. to identify that you are a human being (not a malicious spam-bot)! session
cookillian_opt_in 1 This cookie is set to ‘1’ after you give consent by clicking “Yes…” on the Cookillian user interface, or 0 if you click on “No…”. Not clicking on either implies your consent and will result in this being set to 1. 3 years
wp-settings- 1 WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies.
The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table.
This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
1 year

Category 2: performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

A list of cookies used on this website in this ‘performance’ category is set out below:

Cookie Name Cookie Category Description Duration
PHPSESSID 2 This cookie store a random number and is used by WordPress for logged in users. session
wordpress_ 2 WordPress cookie for a logged in user. session
wordpress_logged_in_ 2 WordPress cookie for a logged in user session
wordpress_test_ 2 WordPress cookie for a logged in user session
wordpress_test_cookie 2 WordPress test cookie session
wp-settings-time- 2 WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. 1 year
__qca 2 This site uses statistics functionality from WordPress which uses this cookie for anonymous traffic monitoring purposes. The _qca cookie may use your “computer’s IP address, pixel code, referring HTTP location, current HTTP location, search string, time of the access, browser’s time, any searches made on the applicable website, and other statistics” in order to “analyze Log Data from different websites and combine it with other non Personally Identifiable Information to produce the Reports that are made available on the Quantcast.com Site, to enable web publishers and advertisers to deliver audience segments that are appropriate for their products or services.” 5 years

Category 3: functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Cookies for commenting on our website

The G7 Benefice website is built on the WordPress platform. WordPress sets cookies so that you don’t have to fill in your name and email address every-time you want to comment on our website and so you can see comments you made that are awaiting moderation. By commenting on our website you consent to these cookies being placed on your device.

A list of cookies used on this website in this ‘functionality’ category is set out below:

Cookie Name Cookie Category Description Duration
comment_author_[random number] 3 User name entered 1 year
comment_author_email_[random number] 3 User email address 1 year
comment_author_url_[random number] 3 User website url entered 1 year
jetpack_comments_subscribe_[random number] 3 Typical content: “checked” or “unchecked” depending on user’s wish to be notified of further comments on the article 1 year
jetpack_blog_subscribe_[random number] 3 Typical content: “checked” or “unchecked” depending on user’s wish to be notified of further articles on the website 1 year

Cookies when you subscribe to one of our newsletters

The G7 Benefice website uses a third party MailChimp to deliver our email newsletters. If you sign up to one of our newsletters, your information (e.g. first name and e-mail address) and any other information you provide will be stored on a server controlled by MailChimp and their privacy policy will apply to this information. This is necessary to deliver your newsletter. This information may also be stored in one or more third-party cookies. By signing up to receive one of our newsletters you consent to these cookies being placed on your device.

MailChimp comply with the EU Safe Harbour framework as set forth by the US Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union. Details of MailChimp’s registration can be found here: MailChimp’s Safe Harbor Company Profile

Our newsletters always include a link in the footer to unsubscribe at any time.

Resetting your opt in/opt out preference

If you have opted in or out of cookies using the alert when you first visited the website, and you wish to revert this choice, you can click on this link.

Successor Transfers

If G7 Benefice, or substantially all of its assets are transferred to another legal entity (“successor”) for whatever reason, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred to a third party successor, in all likelihood a new grouping of churches within the Canterbury Diocese. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any successor of G7 Benefice may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Advertising

We do not currently show advertising (ads) on our website but if we do in the future: Ads appearing on our website may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by G7 Benefice and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Comments, Content and Information Submitted

Comments, content, or information submitted through our comment service on the website will become public domain information. Visitors submitting: comments, content, or information are responsible for making sure that this is not: confidential, sensitive or private in nature either for them or for any third party. By using any facility on this website to submit any information the visitor agrees to indemnify G7 Benefice with regard to any issue arising over the privacy or any other aspect of such information.

Application of this Policy

This policy applies solely to our website. Where we offer links to other sites, it should be understood that we do not endorse, nor can we be held responsible for, the privacy policies of those sites.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, G7 Benefice may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in G7 Benefice’s sole discretion. G7 Benefice encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a g7benefice.org account, you should also check your dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

This privacy policy was last updated on May 30, 2012.

Questions and Comments

We welcome any questions and comments regarding this site’s privacy policy. Please contact the G7 Webmaster.