Church of the Open Door


Privacy Policy

Church of the Open Door Website Privacy Policy

Welcome to the Church of the Open Door website, located at www.cod.org. This Privacy Policy will inform you about how Church of the Open Door collects and uses your personally identifiable information, or PII, and other information in operating the Website.

How does the Website Work?

The Website offers anonymous visitors the ability to learn about Church of the Open Door, our ministries, services and programs for people of all ages.

By using the Website, you consent to the collection and use of your information by Church of the Open Door as described herein. Church of the Open Door reserves the right to change how we handle the information we collect through the Website at any time.

We will update this Privacy Policy to reflect any changes in our privacy collection and handling practices, and such changes will take effect immediately once posted to the Website.

What type of personally identifiable information does Church of the Open Door collect from you and how do we use it?

If you register for certain events or programs like Awana Clubs, adult or youth retreats, etc., you must provide certain personally identifiable information (“PII”) to Church of the Open Door to register and participate in these.

Such PII includes basic biographical information, such as your name, phone number, and email address. In the case of Awana or youth group registrations, we may also ask you for specific health-related information in order to ensure the safety and well-being of your children. For survey polling, we may also ask you for general statistical information about yourself and your interests.

In addition, we use cookies that collect information about your computer and web browsing habits on www.cod.org so we can understand visitors’ content and preferences.

How will we use your personally identifiable information?

Church of the Open Door may provide your PII to internal leadership teams who work on behalf of our ministries. These entities may use your PII to help fulfill your requests in connection with the Website and to help us communicate with you about different resources offered as part of the Website.

Under no circumstances does Church of the Open Door sell or rent your PII to anyone for any reason.

Under what circumstances may we release PII?

We may release your PII if we believe such release is necessary to comply with the law (e.g., a legal process or a statutory authorization), to protect our rights or property, to protect members and/or visitors from fraudulent, abusive, or unlawful activities, or if we reasonably believe that a danger to any person requires disclosure of such PII.

What other information does Church of the Open Door collect?

We also collect anonymous and aggregate information from you about your preferences in navigating the Website by using cookies, action tags and other methods.

Cookies are small text files that identify your computer. We may use cookies to, among other things, monitor Website usage, customize Website features, and identify your computer’s operating system and browser.

An action tag is a small, graphic image on a webpage that is designed to allow the website owner or a third party to monitor who is visiting a website by collecting the IP address of the computer to which the tag is sent, the URL of the webpage that the tag comes from and the time that such webpage was viewed.

Do I have the ability not to be identified by Church of the Open Door?

Yes. If you do not want to be identified by us, you can set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies and refuse cookies when your browser alerts you to their presence. You can also adjust the settings in your browser to refuse all cookies.

If you do not want us to have any of your PII, do not submit any of your PII to us.

How do we store information?

Church of the Open Door takes steps consistent with commercially reasonable industry standards to secure any PII collected from you from loss, misuse, unauthorized access and destruction while under our control.

Please note that despite our efforts to protect information provided to us, we cannot guarantee that such information will not be lost, disclosed or accessed by accidental circumstances or by the unauthorized acts of others.

Does Church of the Open Door provide links to other websites?

Church of the Open Door may provide links to other websites or resources of possible interest to you. Because we have no control over such websites or resources, the collection and use of your PII and other information by such websites shall be subject to the policies and procedures of such websites and not this Privacy Policy.

What are our policies regarding children?

Church of the Open Door does not knowingly collect PII from anyone under thirteen (13) years of age.

Is providing PII mandatory to use this Website?

Providing personally identifiable information is not mandatory to view articles or other information on the Website. However, entering your PII is necessary to register for certain events, programs and ministry-related activities, or to comment on the content on the Website.

Do we have a mechanism to address the removal of PII and complaints about the handling of information that we collect?

If you wish to remove PII that you have submitted to Church of the Open Door, please send us an email requesting such removal to webmaster@cod.org.

If you have questions or concerns about any of our information collection or handling practices, please contact us at webmaster@cod.org.

Church of the Open Door
1260 Fort Washington Ave.
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Last Updated: May 2018