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Privacy Policy

Last Updated on August 14, 2018


The SBC of Virginia strives to be completely transparent with how we collect and use information we gather about you on this site. We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy.

This Privacy Statement explains how the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia (“SBC of Virginia”, “we”, “us”, or “our”) uses personal information and applies to all users who access, view, visit, download, or otherwise interact with www.sbcv.org, and/or any related services, ministries, marketing, or events (we refer to them collectively in the Privacy Statement as the “Sites”).  If you do not agree to the SBC of Virginia practices, do not access, view, visit, download, or otherwise interact with our Sites. If you have any questions or comments concerning SBC of Virginia’s Privacy Statement, please contact us by sending an email to sbcv@sbcv.org.

Please read this Privacy Statement carefully as it will help you make informed decisions about sharing your personal information with us.


1. Personal Information the SBC of Virginia Gathers

Personal information is information that can be used to identify, locate, or contact an individual. The personal information that the SBC of Virginia collects depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Sites, the choices you make and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect can include the following:

Contact Information. Contact information allows the SBC of Virginia to communicate with you. Examples of contact information include, but are not limited to, your name, accurate postal addresses, valid email address, or other addresses at which you receive communications from or on behalf of the SBC of Virginia.

Credentials. The SBC of Virginia collects usernames, passwords, and similar security information use for authentication and account access.

Transaction Information. The SBC of Virginia automatically receives and records some information from your browser when you visit the site, such as your IP address, cookies and data about which pages you visit on the site using log files provided by our third-party tracking-utility partners. This information helps us analyze and understand how the site works for users. Information that is gathered includes, but is not limited to, information about how you interact with the SBC of Virginia, information about how you use the SBC of Virginia’s Sites, email, and other communications.

Posted Information. If you chose to post a comment on our articles, we may collect information regarding your name and the content of your post. It is important to note that any content you post on the blog is publicly displayed and will be seen by other users of the Site.

2. Tracking Technologies

To improve your experience on the Site, the SBC of Virginia may use cookies. Cookies are an industry standard and most major web sites use them. A cookie is a small text file that the Site may place on your computer as a tool to remember your preferences. This information does not reveal your specific identity (like your name or contact information) but may include device and usage information, such as your IP address, browser and device characteristics, operating system, language preferences, referring URLs, device name, country, location, information about how and when you use the SBC of Virginia’s Sites and other technical information. This information is primarily needed to maintain the security and operation of the SBC of Virginia’s Sites, and for the SBC of Virginia’s internal analytics and reporting purposes.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Google Analytics. The Site uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage. For more information on how Google uses data when you use our website, visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

3. Choice and Control

While the SBC of Virginia does not need to collect certain information to make your experience personalized and to conduct transactions for you, the SBC of Virginia wants to give you the ability to control how your information is provided and shared.

Opting Out of Email Marketing. For various reasons, the SBC of Virginia may contact you about our ministries and upcoming opportunities/events. If you no longer wish to receive emails from the SBC of Virginia you may opt out of, or unsubscribe from, the email as indicated on each email correspondence.

Cookies and Tracking Devices. You manage how your browser handles cookies and other tracking devices by adjusting the privacy and security settings on your browser. If accessing the SBC of Virginia by a mobile device, you may manage the information your mobile device shares, such as cookies, tracking technologies, and location information, by adjusting your mobile device privacy and security settings. You can opt out of the use of Google Analytics by clicking here.

4. Security of Personal Information

The SBC of Virginia strives to use appropriate technical and organizational security measures designed to protect your personal information, however, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure and therefore the SBC of Virginia cannot guarantee absolute security of your personal information. The SBC of Virginia strives to maintain a system that reasonably safeguards personal information. If you are directly impacted by such a security breach, the SBC of Virginia will contact you once we are made aware of any issues.

5. Privacy Practices of Third Parties

This Privacy Statement describes the collection, use, and disclosure of information by the SBC of Virginia through the Site. The SBC of Virginia utilizes third parties to provide services to users and provides links from the Site to other websites. These third parties may have their own privacy policies and may collect, use, and distribute information differently than the SBC of Virginia. The SBC of Virginia encourages all users to read the privacy policies of all third parties.

6. Changes to this Privacy Statement

The SBC of Virginia may, from time to time, in the SBC of Virginia’s sole, absolute, and unfettered decision update this Privacy Statement to clarify our practices or to reflect new or different privacy practices. We encourage all users to periodically review the Privacy Statement.

7. Contact SBC of Virginia

If you have any questions or suggestions, you may contact the SBC of Virginia by sending an email to sbcv@sbcv.org.

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