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Web Site Privacy Policy

This privacy policy describes the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s current policies and practices with regard to personal data collected by LSTC through this web site. This privacy policy does not apply to information collected offline or in any other way. The term "personal data" refers to personally identifiable information about you, such as your name, birth date, e-mail address or mailing address, and any other information that identifies you personally.

Your Consent. By using this web site or any LSTC Web site, you consent to our use of your personal data as described in this privacy policy.

Notification Of Changes To This Policy. LSTC is continually improving and adding new functionality and features to this web site and improving and adding to its existing services and programs. Because of these ongoing changes, changes in the law and the changing nature of technology, LSTC’s data practices will change from time to time. If and when our data practices change, LSTC will post the changes on this web site to notify you of the changes. We encourage you to check this page frequently.

Personal Data Collected Through This Web Site. The only personal data LSTC currently collects through this web site is the information you give us when you use our site. This includes, for example, the information you provide when you register for a newsletter or other program or service or when you send us your comments or requests for information.

LSTC uses the information you provide for the purposes for which it was originally collected, for example, to respond to your e-mail or provide the programs or services you requested. LSTC also uses this information to help us improve the content and functionality of our web site, to better understand the needs and interests of the people and organizations that use our web site, and to improve our programs and services. LSTC may use this information to contact you in the future to tell you about organizations, programs, services, and other things we believe will be of interest to you or to ask for your support.

LSTC may share the personal information you provide to us with consultants and other third parties who act for or on behalf of LSTC, for further processing or analysis. In addition, there may be some other, limited circumstances in which LSTC may share or transfer the personal information in its databases, for example, to comply with a legal requirement, for the administration of justice, to protect your vital interests, to protect the security or integrity of our databases or this web site, to take precautions against legal liability, or in the event of a corporate merger, reorganization, dissolution or similar event.

Anonymous Data Collected Through LSTC Websites. In addition to the information you provide when you use our web site, LSTC may use technology to collect anonymous information about the use of our web site. For example, we use technology to track how many visitors access our web site, the date and time of their visit, the length of their stay, and which pages they view. We also use technology to determine which web browsers our visitors use and the address from which they accessed our site.

This technology does not identify you personally. It simply enables us to compile statistics about our visitors and their use of our site. LSTC uses this anonymous data and shares it with third-parties for various reasons, for example, to improve the content and functionality of our web site, to better understand the needs and interests of our visitors, to improve our programs and services.

About cookies. Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we may transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser. This is how we can identify who is an online subscriber. Cookies by themselves cannot be used to discover the identity of the user. They do not damage your computer. The Help portion of the tool bar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. However, cookies allow you to be identified as a subscriber and take full advantage of membership benefits. We recommend that you leave them turned on. In order for certain applications on LSTC’s website to function properly, if at all, it is necessary for your computer to accept cookies.

Secure information. We work to protect the security of your information during transmission by using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input. We transmit your credit card number to the appropriate credit card company during order processing. It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer.

Children. LSTC does not knowingly collect personal data from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under thirteen, please do not give us any personal data. If you have reason to believe that a child has provided personal data to LSTC, please contact us, and we will endeavor to delete that information from our databases. As we develop online programs for children, we will adopt appropriate policies and practices to protect the privacy of children.

Links to Other Sites. This privacy policy applies only to this web site. This site contains many hyperlinks to web sites that are not operated by LSTC. These hyperlinks are provided for your reference and convenience only and do not imply any endorsement of the activities of these third-party web sites or any association with their operators. LSTC does not control these web sites and is not responsible for their data practices. We urge you to review the privacy policy posted on any site you visit before using the site or providing any personal data about yourself.

Governing Law. This privacy policy forms part of our web-site Terms of Use and as such shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois.

Questions About Our Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this privacy policy or concerns about the way LSTC uses personal data, please contact us: webmaster@lstc.edu

Page last modified Jun 27, 2012