Privacy Policy

At Bethany Community Church Harpenden we collect different types of information about our users for the following main reasons:

To provide a useful resource in the form of an online directory of users.
To provide an interactive web site where email is used to communicate with the users.
To provide a security mechanism whereby we can restrict content to certain groups of users.
To help us to improve the service we offer.

Our Principles

We are absolutely committed to protecting your privacy. Our policy can be summarised in one sentence: we will not share your information with others without your consent.

We have established the following two principles:

We will respect your email privacy. You will only receive email from Bethany Community Church Harpenden in relation to areas you have expressly signed up for.
We will not share any individual user details (including your email address) to any third party without your consent.

What information do we collect using the website?

For mailing list purposes (provided by MailChimp) we collect information on our users through subscribing. The minimum information we need to register a user is your first and last name and your email address.

Who will have access to your information?

The Bethany Admin team and leadership team will have access to your information, but at any time you are able to unsubscribe from our mailing list and your details will be removed from our database(s).

ChurchApp

Who owns the data in ChurchApp?

At all times, BethanyCCH retain ownership of all data that has been provided to ChurchApp for importing, in addition to any data you enter or upload yourself into ChurchApp. BethanyCCH has control over the user accounts that can access ChurchApp, and it is our responsibility to ensure that those usernames/passwords are kept safe and secure, and are only granted to people we trust (Admin team and Leadership team).

What access do we at ChurchApp have to BethanyCCH’s ChurchApp account?

ChurchApp have the ability to access our account through a secure master login, which gives them Admin rights within our account. If ever a change is made to any data within our account from one of the team at ChurchApp, the record will have a note that it was modified by “churchapp”, along with the date and time the change was made.

What personal information do ChurchApp hold on me?

When you ask for an invitation to BethanyCCH’s ChurchApp, you provide your name and contact details, along with other basic information. We may use this information to:

  • Contact you
  • Place you on our mailing list (unsubscribe feature available)
  • Correcting and updating your personal information

If you wish to request a copy of the personal information ChurchApp or BethanyCCH hold about you, you can contact us through the website. (https://www.bethanycc.org.uk) or (https://churchapp.co.uk/) We may charge you an administration fee for providing this information.

How secure is my data in ChurchApp?

Maintaining the security of your data is one of their highest priorities, and to this end, all access to ChurchApp is over an SSL (https://) connection, which provides 256-bit military grade encryption to ensure that all data in transit between your web browser and ChurchApp is fully encrypted.

Where they are required to store any usernames or passwords for third-party integrations, such as social media or communication channels, they will always encrypt these details before they are stored on their servers.

Once they have received any data and stored it on their servers, they make commercially reasonable efforts to ensure its security on their system. To this end, they have chosen to host the ChurchApp servers in a data centre that meets some of the strictest of industry security requirements, and is classified as a Tier 2 data centre.

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, so whilst they strive to protect your personal information, unfortunately they cannot warrant the security of any information you transmit to them.

What about cookies within ChurchApp?

Cookies are used extensively throughout ChurchApp to remember your personal preferences and customise your experience. If you choose to disable cookies in your web browser, you will not be able to gain access to ChurchApp.

Will ChurchApp or BethanyCCH ever share my data with others?

We reserve the right to fully cooperate with law enforcement officers who provide the necessary documentation to gain access to any of our servers and the data held on them. We will have no legal liability for any such disclosure of your data.

We will not pass on your personal information or the details of any data held within your ChurchApp account to any third party.

What else you should know about privacy

Remember to close your browser when you have finished your user session. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet cafe. You as an individual are responsible for the security of, and access to, your own computer.

Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information over the Internet that this information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information in publicly accessible online forums, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your usernames and passwords and any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are using the Internet.

Our pages may contain links to other websites, and you should be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices on other websites.

Any Questions?

Contact us via email at info@bethanycc.org.uk