Privacy Policy

Last Revised: April 17, 2016

I. PRIVACY POLICY FOR ADVENTISTS FOR PROGRESS—GENERAL:

At AdventistsForProgress.com (known as “Adventists for Progress,” “AFP,” “Website,” or “Site”) the privacy of its visitors is of importance to the Site. Hence, please read the following Privacy Policy before accessing, using, or submitting  information or comment to Adventists for Progress, its social media sites at Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube (collectively, “AFP Social Media”), Amazon.com bookstore for AFP (“Amazon AFP“), or the third party PayPal site that handles and processes monetary contributions to AFP (“PayPal AFP“). AFP Social Media, Amazon AFP, and PayPal AFP  are also collectively known as “AFP Online Services.”

This Privacy Policy document outlines the types of personal information received and collected by AFP and how it is used. The following Privacy Policy also does not limit the Site’s Terms and Conditions. If you require more information or have any questions about the AFP‘s privacy policy, please send an e-mail to Adventists for Progress.

Note: This privacy policy applies only to AFP‘s online activities and is valid for visitors to Adventists for Progress website and regarding information shared and/or collected there. This policy does not apply to any information collected offline or through channels other than this Website. Additionally, Adventists for Progress and its owner, Gemelito Laluna (“Owner”), are not responsible for the privacy policies for AFP Social Media, Amazon AFP, PayPal AFP, or any they and Adventists for Progress link to.

A. CONSENT:

By accessing, using, or submitting any information or content to the Website, AFP Social Media, Amazon AFP, or PayPal AFP, you hereby consent to the Site’s Privacy Policy, and understand, acknowledge, and agree to its terms, including, without limitation, any and all disclaimers contained therein that does not limit, in any way, other legal provisions (that includes, but not limited to, disclaimers) as outlined in the Site’s Terms and Conditions.

B. MODIFICATION OF THE PRIVACY POLICY:

Adventists for Progress and its Owner reserve the right, with sole discretion, to change, delete, discontinue, edit, modify, remove, revise, update, or otherwise change, in part or in whole, any portion of this Privacy Policy at any time without prior and/or further notice. Your continued access or use of this Site, AFP Social Media, Amazon AFP, or PayPal AFP, after any modification to this Privacy Policy, will constitute your understanding, acknowledgement, and agreed acceptance of such change that binds you. Adventists for Progress and its Owner encourage visitors to frequently check this page for any modification(s) to AFP‘s Privacy Policy.

Modifications of the Privacy Policy log:

  • April 17, 2016: Replaced first paragraph, under “VII. CONTENT OR INFORMATION (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMMENTS) SUBMITTED TO ADVENTISTS FOR PROGRESS.” with a new paragraph.
  • October 29, 2015: Below paragraph four and above paragraph five of Section “III. COOKIES,” added subsection heading “A. DISABLING COOKIES.” Also, for the sake of simplicity and to remove confusion, “AdventistsForProgress.WordPress.com” has been deleted from this Privacy Policy as “AdventistsForProgress.WordPress.com” and “AdventistsForProgress.com” are the same Site. (Note: When typing the domain name of “AdventistsForProgress.WordPress.com,” the Site automatically redirects the same website to the custom domain name of “AdventistsForProgress.com” as this Website is a WordPress.com-based site. In other words, “AdventistsForProgress.com” and “AdventistsForProgress.WordPress.com are, as repeated earlier, the same website. As WordPress.com states [emphases in original]: “WordPress.com blog comes with a free address, like example.wordpress.com. You can get rid of the .wordpress.com part and use a custom domain name instead, like example.com.”) Finally, deleted the first mention of  the word “WordPress.com” (as there are two mentions of the same word) in the first sentence under Subsection “A. MORE INFO ON THE PRIVACY POLICIES OF AUTOMATTIC, WORDPRESS.COM’S ADVERTISING PARTNERS, AND OTHER THIRD-PARTY AD SERVERS” of Section “V. ADVERTISEMENTS” to prevent confusion so that it will be clear (Automattic’s Privacy Policy governs WordPress.com as the former is the web development company that owns the latter); relatedly also deleted the first mention of the word “WORDPRESS.COM” (there were two mentions of the same word), along with adding the words “AUTOMATTIC’S OR,” in the same Subsection heading of the aforementioned Section V for the same clarifying reason.
  • October 26, 2015:  Added new language in the first paragraph under Section “VII. CONTENT OR INFORMATION (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMMENTS) SUBMITTED TO ADVENTISTS FOR PROGRESS.”
  • October 15, 2015: Added new section, “IX. CONSENT TO THE PROCESSING, OF USER’S INFORMATION, IN THE UNITED STATES.”
  • October 14, 2015: Revised and added new language (and links) under Section “III. COOKIES.” Also, added new language regarding WordPress.com’s use of cookie as it pertains to advertising under Section “V. ADVERTISEMENTS.”
  • September 17, 2015: Added new language, “both known as,” in sentence one, paragraph one under Section “I. PRIVACY POLICY FOR ADVENTISTS FOR PROGRESS—GENERAL.”
  • August 28, 2015: Replaced link for “PayPal site” with an updated link.
  • August 10. 2015: Replaced every mention of “Amazon.com AFP” throughout the Privacy Policy with “Amazon AFP.” 
  • August 9, 2015Added a clarifying last sentence in paragraph one of Section “I. PRIVACY POLICY FOR ADVENTISTS FOR PROGRESS—GENERAL.” Also, added a clarifying last sentence in Section “II. LOG FILES.”
  • May 16, 2015: Replaced “AdventistsforProgress.com” in Section “I. PRIVACY POLICY FOR ADVENTISTS FOR PROGRESS—GENERAL” with “AdventistsForProgress.WordPress.com.”
  • April 12, 2015: Replaced the “Note” paragraph, under Section “III. COOKIES,” with a new paragraph containing new resources links on how to disable cookies in different browsers.
  • March 15, 2015Added link to an online resource (wikiHow), under Section “III. COOKIES,” on how to disable cookies in different browsers.

II. LOG FILES:

Like many other websites, Adventists for Progress makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes Internet protocol (IP) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the Site, track user’s movement around the Site, and gather demographic information. The log files may also contain other data or information other than those mentioned in Section II of the Privacy Policy. Finally, since Adventists for Progress and AFP Online Services are, respectively, a website and online services both intended for a general audience (since their founding, inception, and online debut, and thereafter), AFP and AFP Online Services‘ Owner does not knowingly collect, use or disclose personal information from children under the age of thirteen.

III. COOKIES:

Adventists for Progress does use cookies to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser. It is important to note that because this Website is a WordPress.com-hosted site, according to WordPress.com (“WP”), WP “make[s] use of cookies for a variety of different purposes. These include those that are ‘strictly necessary’ for technical reasons; those that enable a personalized experience for visitors and registered users; and those that allow the display of advertising from selected third party networks. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action, such as clicking the ‘like’ or ‘follow’ button on a post.”

Moreover, where applicable, the following areas related to how WordPress.com handles cookies on WordPress.com-hosted site, such as AFP, apply as articulated in this WP link.

(To learn more about what cookies are, please here for information provided by WordPress.com. Also, please click here for information about cookies as provided by Microsoft.)

Additionally, on Adventists for Progress, there may be third-party cookies that may function similar to, or different from or beyond, the cookies used by the Website. (To learn more about what third-party cookies are, please click here for information provided by Mozilla Support.)

A. DISABLING COOKIES:

If you wish to disable cookies and third-party cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management for specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites, at other web-based resources that contain such information, or by clicking at either these online resource (
here or here) from, respectively, USA.gov and wikHow, that provide detailed instructions on how to disable cookies in different browsers.

Alternatively, according to WordPress.com, it states the following:

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details on advertising cookies, and how to manage them, visit youronlinechoices.eu (EU based), or aboutads.info (US based).

It’s important to note that restricting or disabling the use of cookies can limit the functionality of sites, or prevent them from working correctly at all.

IV. LINKS:

Adventists for Progress may contain links to other sites. Please be aware that AFP and its Owner are not responsible for the privacy and security practices of other sites outside Adventists for Progress, and they encourage you to read their privacy and security policies before sharing your personal information.

V. ADVERTISEMENTS:

Since Adventists for Progress is hosted on WordPress.com, sometimes advertisement will be displayed on AFP by WordPress.com’s advertising partners. As such, advertisements on Adventists for Progress are governed by the privacy policy, as outlined by Automattic (the web development company that owns WordPress.com).

Automattic’s privacy policy states: “Ads appearing on any of our websites 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 Automattic and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.”

Furthermore, according to WordPress.com’s cookie policy, it states:

[C]ookies are used to display relevant advertising to visitors on WordPress.com sites. They track details about visitors such as the number of times particular ads have been displayed, the number of clicks they have received, and to measure the effectiveness of the campaigns by building up user profiles. These are set by Automattic and trusted third party networks, and are generally persistent in nature.

A. MORE INFO ON THE PRIVACY POLICIES OF AUTOMATTIC, AUTOMATTIC’S OR WORDPRESS.COM’S ADVERTISING PARTNERS, AND OTHER THIRD-PARTY AD SERVERS:

You should consult the respective privacy policies (that may include, if any, means to obtain the collection of your data) of Automattic and Automattic’s or WordPress.com’s advertising partners, that may also include other third-party ad servers, for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. Adventists for Progress‘ Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or websites.

VI. EXTERNAL WEBSITES:

Adventists for Progress and its Owner are not responsible for the content, privacy policies, security policies, and implemented security protocols of external Internet websites (including, without limitation, AFP Social Media, Amazon AFP, and PayPal AFP, as well as third-party links posted to the Website). You are advised to read the privacy and security policies of such sites before disclosing any personal information.

VII. CONTENT OR INFORMATION (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMMENTS) SUBMITTED TO ADVENTISTS FOR PROGRESS:

Although Adventists for Progress is transmitted over a HTTPS connection, AFP also includes HTTP content. Hence, AFP is only partially encrypted, even though the Site appears to be secure. As such, Adventists for Progress and its Owner does not guarantee the security and/or privacy of any content or information submitted to the Website (this includes, without limitation, e-mail address information that you submit to it when *following AFP by e-mail via electronic e-mail newsletters; submitting a name, username, e-mail address, website name, website url, password information, comment(s), and/or other types of information to the Site’s “Leave a Comment” section; submitting a name, e-mail address, website name, website url, comment(s), and/or other types of  information to the AFP’s “Contact” form; and/or submitting Material, as a Contributor, as defined, respectively in numbers 2 and 1 of Section III-A as outlined in the  Terms and Condition, to Adventists for Progress or its Owner). As such, you should be mindful of the risk before you submit such content or information to this Website.

(*Note: You may remove yourself from any or all of the electronic e-mail newsletters that you subscribed to, at any time, by following instructions for unsubscribing found at the end of every electronic newsletter e-mailed to you.)

Additionally, because Adventists for Progress is, again, a WordPress.com hosted site, content or information that you submit to the Website will be stored on WordPress.com’s server.

Furthermore, bear in mind, that Automattic’s privacy policy states the following: “Automattic collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on WordPress.com blogs. Automattic only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below [see its privacy policy], except that blog commenter IP addresses and e-mail addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.”

Moreover, because AFP utilises Automattic’s Akismet comment spam filter service on the Website’s comment section the following, as stated in Automattic’s privacy policy, applies: “Comments and other content submitted to our Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.” Also, stated by Automattic’s Happiness Engineer, Jeremy Herve: “subscribers’ e-mail addresses are also stored on WordPress.com servers, since the e-mails are sent from there.”

Finally, Adventists for Progress and its Owner disclaim any and all damages, loss, harm, liability, or injury resulting from any submission of content or information, by you, to the Website due to the non-encrypted nature of the Site, or for any other reason or cause.

VIII. “DO-NOT-TRACK” COMPLIANCE:

Users of the Internet have the ability to implement a “Do-No-Track” preference. According to Microsoft, “‘Do Not Track’ is a preference that users can set in web browsers to inform websites that they do not want to be tracked, which may help protect them against forms of tracking on the web.” (Please note that Microsoft also points out: “Today, there is no single definition of what it means to be “tracked,” so expressing a preference does not guarantee users that they will be able to block all web sites and content that they may view as being associated with tracking behavior.”)

Adventists for Progress, again, is a WordPress.com hosted website in which the latter sometimes places advertisements on AFP from its advertising partners. In light of all of this, WordPress.com currently does not honor the “Do-Not-Track” preference and it cannot guarantee all of its advertisers do (as stated here). As such, please be advised of the risk that by using the AFP, you may be tracked despite selecting the “Do-No-Track” setting on your browser.

As such, in light of what has been stated above (including a recitation of the risk involved), your use of this Website is an understanding, acknowledgement and acceptance of the risk that you may be tracked online, despite enabling the “Do Not Track” preference on your browser. And, as such, you further understand, acknowledge and agree that AFP and its Owner shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any and all damages, injury, harm, or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of the Adventists for Progress

Also, by using the Adventists for Progress, in circumstance where you do not enable the “Do-Not-Track” preference on your browser, your use of this Website is an understanding, acknowledgement and acceptance that you will be tracked online.

Finally, you further understand, acknowledge and agree that Adventists for Progress and its Owner shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any and all damages, harm, injury, or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of  the Adventists for Progress, regardless of whether you choose or not choose to select the “Do-No-Track” preference on your browser.

IX. CONSENT TO THE PROCESSING, OF USER’S INFORMATION, IN THE UNITED STATES:

Adventists for Progress is operated in the United States. All users, including but not limited to, those in Canada, in the European Union member states, or those outside of the United States, by providing or submitting information to the AFP, consents to, with full understanding of, the Privacy Policy outlined here. By accessing, interacting, and/or using the AFP, or by submitting one’s information to the Website, the user consents to the collection, gathering, processing, recording, storage, and/or transfers of his, her, or its information to and in the United States. By doing so, the user also waives any limitations or restriction on such collection, gathering, processing, recording, storage, and/or transfer of his, her, or its information as delineated, outlined, or stated by laws, regulations, or legal acts of any nation outside of the United States.

 

Advertisements