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Privacy Policy

At Self-Realization Fellowship (“SRF,” “we,” or “us”), we know you care about your personal privacy and about the terms and conditions that govern your use of this website (“Website”). Because SRF is dedicated to respecting your privacy, we have adopted the policies and practices described in this Privacy Policy.

Our Collection and Use of Your Information

In general, SRF collects and uses information about you to provide the Website, to deliver subscription benefits (e.g., the SRF eNewsletter), to deliver services (e.g., to pray for you or your loved ones), to better allow you to share your experiences (e.g., “share your story”), and also to keep you informed of SRF programs and other resources we think may be of interest to you. We store that information subject to the terms herein. Except as described herein, we do not sell, rent or otherwise share or disclose your private, personally identifiable information to third parties.

Personal Information You Provide to Us

SRF primarily collects personal information where you specifically share it with us on the Website.

SRF collects personal information from users on a voluntary basis in the following categories: name, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and payment information. SRF never discloses the information except as provided herein. Information is provided voluntarily by users and is used by SRF only to the extent necessary to deliver items ordered from SRF, to subscribe to SRF publications, to subscribe to summaries of current SRF news stories, to submit information regarding news or events, to provide you with the Website and other services you may request from us, or to provide feedback regarding the site and as further detailed in this Privacy Policy.

Correspondence

If you correspond with SRF via e-mail, the postal service, or other form of communication, we may retain such correspondence and the information contained therein and use it to respond to your inquiry and/or share SRF news or other SRF-related information with you. If you do not wish to receive such notifications, you may express your preference to not be so contacted by sending a letter, calling or e-mailing SRF offices at the contact information below informing us of your preference.

Teachings and Spiritual Guidance

In the course of pursuing the SRF teachings and meditation techniques, you may provide other personal or familial health, financial, marital, and other information about matters of a confidential nature, for purposes of seeking spiritual guidance and requesting prayers. SRF monastics and their support staff may have access to such information in order to assist the monastics providing these services and support to the members. These parties, however, have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of any information of a confidential nature that is provided.

Usage Data and Site Activity

Like many other websites, we collect information about our users’ utilization and navigation of the Website. We automatically collect information regarding the actions you take on the Website. For example, each time you use the Website we automatically collect the type of Web browser you use, your operating system, your Internet Service Provider, your IP address, the pages you view, and the time and duration of your visits to the Website. This information helps us to design and operate the Website to better suit our users’ needs. We may also use this information to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer the Website, analyze trends, track visitor movements, and gather broad demographic information that assists us in identifying visitor preferences.

Cookies

Cookies are pieces of data that a website transfers to a user’s hard drive for record-keeping purposes.

The Website uses cookies to provide enhanced functionality on the Website (e.g., user ID and password prompts) and to aggregate traffic data (e.g., what pages are the most popular). The Website also captures limited information (such as the last URL requested by the user) about visits to the Website; SRF may use this information to analyze general traffic patterns, to perform routine system maintenance, and to prevent fraud. You have many choices with regards to the management of cookies on your computer. All major browsers allow you to block or delete cookies from your system. To learn more about your ability to manage cookies, please consult the privacy features in your browser.

The Website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyze how users use the Website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. By using the Website, you consent to the processing of data about you by us and by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above and in Google’s applicable privacy policies. For more information about how to opt out of having your information used by Google Analytics, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.

Disclosing Information to Third Parties

SRF may disclose all of the information (described above) that we collect, as stated above and in accordance with the terms set forth in this section. We do not reveal personally identifiable information about you to third-parties for their independent use unless: (1) you request or authorize the disclosure; (2) the information is provided to comply with the law (for example, to comply with a search warrant, subpoena or court order), or to protect our rights, property or safety, or the rights, property or safety of our employees or others; (3) the information is provided to our agents, vendors or service providers who perform functions on our behalf, such as our provider of e-commerce services and our credit card processor; or; or (4) to address emergencies or acts of God. SRF may also disclose aggregated data about visitors to the Website and disclose the results of such aggregated (but not personally identifiable) information to our service providers or other third parties for administration of the Website.

Our Security Measures to Protect Information

To help protect the privacy of personally identifiable information and other information you transmit through use of the Website, SRF maintains physical, technical and administrative safeguards. We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis.

We restrict access to your personally identifiable information, information about your practice, and other information of a sensitive nature to those SRF staff members who need to know that information to provide benefits or services to you or our business and as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy.

From time to time, we may establish a business relationship with other businesses whom we believe trustworthy and who have confirmed that their privacy practices are consistent with ours (“Service Providers”). For example, we may contract with Service Providers to provide certain services, such as hosting and maintenance and data storage and management. We only provide our Service Providers with the information necessary for them to perform these services on our behalf. Each Service Provider must agree to use reasonable security procedures and practices, appropriate to the nature of the information involved, in order to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Service Providers are prohibited from using personally identifiable information other than as specified by us.

In addition, we train all our staff members about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your personally identifiable information, information about your practice, and other sensitive information.

When you sign up for a bookstore account or make a purchase, the Website gathers credit card information using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information you input and transmit. We reveal only the last four digits of credit card numbers when confirming an order, but we do transmit the entire card number, using SSL, to our credit card processor and the appropriate credit card company. You may choose to store your credit card information to make subsequent transactions easier. If you choose this option, your credit card information will be encrypted and stored on the secure servers.

Children's Privacy

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 without written parental or legal guardian consent. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received personal information from a child under the age of 13 without written parental or legal guardian consent, we will delete such information from our records.

Linked Sites and Other Third Parties

This Privacy Policy only addresses SRF’s use and disclosure of your personally identifiable information. As the Website may contain links to other websites, please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other websites, and we are not liable for their misuse of personally identifiable information. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website to which you navigate.

Your Access to and Updating of Personal Information

Reasonable access to personally identifiable information will be provided promptly, at no cost to visitors to the Website, in response to a request sent to the contact information provided below. If SRF cannot provide access within that time frame, we will provide the requesting party a date when the information will be provided. If for some reason it is not possible to comply with the request, SRF will provide an explanation as to why it is impossible.

Conditions of Use, Notices and Changes to Our Privacy Policy

By using the Website, you agree to the terms and conditions contained in this Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions of Use and/or any other agreement that we might have with you. If you do not agree to any of these terms and conditions, you should not use the Website or any SRF online services.

As the Website changes from time to time, this Privacy Policy may change as well. SRF reserves the right to amend the Privacy Policy at any time, for any reason. We may email subscribers or account holders to notify them of material changes to the Privacy Policy, but you should check the Website frequently to read the current Privacy Policy and review any changes that may have been made to it. The provisions contained herein supersede all previous notices or policies regarding our privacy practices that govern the use of the Website.

Contact Information for Questions Regarding the Privacy Policy and Conditions of Use

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, any concern about privacy of personal data at SRF, please contact the Legal Department at Self-Realization Fellowship, telephone (323) 276-5663, and for all other information, including your to request access to your personally identifiable information or to opt out of our use of your personally identifiable information, please contact us at:

Email address: info@yogananda-srf.org
Physical Address: 3880 San Rafael Ave, Los Angeles, 90065
Attn: Website Content Manager

Telephone: (323) 225-2471 

Last Revised: February 27, 2017
 

 

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