The Mercy Community is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the The Mercy Community Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the The Mercy Community website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.
Collection of your Personal Information
The Mercy Community collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number. The Mercy Community also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.
There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by The Mercy Community. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by The Mercy Community for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the The Mercy Community Web site.
Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through The Mercy Community public message boards, this information may be collected and used by others. Note: The Mercy Community does not read any of your private online communications.
The Mercy Community encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from The Mercy Community so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. The Mercy Community is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the The Mercy Community and The Mercy Community family of Web sites.
Use of your Personal Information
The Mercy Community collects and uses your personal information to operate the The Mercy Community Web site and deliver the services you have requested. The Mercy Community also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from The Mercy Community and its affiliates. The Mercy Community may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.
The Mercy Community does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties. The Mercy Community may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external business partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, The Mercy Community may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to The Mercy Community, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
The Mercy Community does not use or disclose sensitive personal information, such as race, religion, or political affiliations, without your explicit consent.
The Mercy Community keeps track of the Web sites and pages our customers visit within The Mercy Community, in order to determine what The Mercy Community services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within The Mercy Community to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.
The Mercy Community Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The Mercy Community or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of The Mercy Community; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of The Mercy Community, or the public.
The The Mercy Community Web site use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize The Mercy Community pages, or register with The Mercy Community site or services, a cookie helps The Mercy Community to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same The Mercy Community Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the The Mercy Community features that you customized.
The Mercy Community uses Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer (version 9) you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block All Cookies” using the sliding selector. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.
Security of your Personal Information
The Mercy Community secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. The Mercy Community secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.
Changes to this Statement
The Mercy Community will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect company and customer feedback. The Mercy Community encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how The Mercy Community is protecting your information.
The Mercy Community welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that The Mercy Community has not adhered to this Statement, please contact The Mercy Community at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.