Effective date: May 1, 2020
Be a Freemason (“BAF”, "us", "we", or "our") operates the https://BeAFreemason.org website. We gather personal data through this website to direct enquiries to the appropriate Lodge, evaluate membership eligibility, to provide education and other materials that you have requested, and to publish information of interest to our members (the "Service").
This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.
We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection, and disclosure of information in accordance with this statement. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Statement, terms used in this Privacy Statement have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from https://BeAFreemason.org.
Information Collection and Use
We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.
Types of Data Collected
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Data") or as otherwise required to provide the Service. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
- Email address
- First name and last name
- Phone number
- Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
- Employment details and history
- Education details
- Cookies and site Usage Data
Purposes of Data Use
Be a Freemason uses the collected data for various purposes:
- To provide and maintain the Service
- Provide your information to an appropriate Lodge to respond to your inquiry
- Evaluate membership eligibility
- To notify you about changes to our Service
- Provide information to you about products or services that may be of interest to you
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
- To provide customer care and support
- To provide analysis or valuable information so that we can improve the Service
- To monitor the usage of the Service
- To detect, prevent and address technical issues
Transfer of Data
Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.
If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.
Your submission of personal information to us represents your agreement to that transfer.
Be a Freemason will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Statement and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.
Disclosure of Data
Be a Freemason may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
- To comply with a legal obligation
- To protect and defend the rights or property of Be a Freemason
- To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
- To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
- To protect against legal liability
Security of Data
BAF maintains reasonable standards of confidentiality and security for the Website and the Personal Information collected the Website. Physical, technical, electronic and managerial procedures have been employed to safeguard the security and integrity of Personal Information collected through the Website. The Personal Information you provide is secured using industry standard security technology. BAF also restricts its own employees’ access to Personal Information. However, it is possible that someone may intercept or access communications, transmissions and/or Personal Information. You should remember to log off of the Website once you have completed your activities on the Website or if you have decided to step away from your computer.
In the event that BAF determines that there has been a security breach that results in the unauthorized disclosure of Personal Information to a third party, we will promptly notify consumers whose Personal Information it reasonably believes has been compromised and where we believe there is a high risk to an individual’s privacy rights, by posting information on the Website and, if email contact is possible, then also by sending an email notification with respect to the situation.
You acknowledge that the security of the Personal Information you provide through the Website cannot be guaranteed. To the fullest extent permitted at law, BAF shall not accept responsibility for misuse or loss of, or unauthorized access to, your Personal Information.
Disclosure of Personal Information to Affiliates and Non-Affiliated Third Parties
We may engage third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
Disclosure for Marketing Purposes BAF does not sell or share users’ Personal Information, including but not limited to e-mail addresses, with third parties for their proprietary purposes such as marketing, unless BAF first obtains your consent. If you would like information about how we manage your Personal Information or to exercise your rights under any privacy or data protection law, you may send your request to us by using the “Contact Us” page privacy@BeAFreemason.org. For avoidance of doubt, this provision is made applicable to all users of the Website who want to request information about BAF’s use of their Personal Information
We may disclose aggregated statistics about visitors to the Website, along with anonymous information concerning individual users of the Website. We may combine anonymous information and/or aggregate information we collect with additional anonymous and/or aggregate information collected from other sources. We may share anonymous information (including aggregate information) we collect regarding our users with third parties (such as advisors, and/or consultants) for various business purposes including conducting general business analysis and developing website content and services.
Cookies and Device Identification Data
We may collect information about how the Service is accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.
You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.
Examples of Cookies we use:
- Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
- Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences (including marketing) and various settings on this site.
- Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.
We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our website. You can opt out of having your activity monitored by third-parties or having third-party cookies placed by your browser, with no effect to your use of the website or our Service. Such third-party Service Providers include the following:
- Google Analytics Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
We will update this Privacy Statement from time to time to inform you of changes or additional third-party Providers that we might engage with. While we take reasonable steps to inform ourselves of third-party privacy and data use practices, and to obligate them to use personal data fairly, these third-party providers are independent of Be a Freemason and we cannot control the actions of third-party websites. For more information on the privacy practices of such independent third-party Providers and how you can avoid such analysis by third-parties, we encourage you to visit their websites and ensure you are comfortable with their stated practices.
Your Privacy Choices - Limiting Information Sharing/Accessing Your Information
You have the right to access the Personal Information that we hold about you, which includes the right to amend or correct that information, as appropriate, and to receive an account of how it has been used and a list of the organizations to whom it has been disclosed. In some circumstances, you may have the right to object to our use of that Personal Information. If you wish to update, amend, or change your Personal Information, please contact us using the Contact Us link privacy@BeAFreemason.org. You also have the right to request a copy of the Personal Information you have provided to us by contacting us using the Contact Us link privacy@BeAFreemason.org.
To protect the confidentiality of your information and respect your wishes for how it is used, we offer “opt out” alternatives. If you have consented to the sharing of your Personal Information at any point, you may instruct us not to share Personal Information about you in the future. As noted above, you may also opt-out of receiving future electronic communications from us at any time. You may make your privacy choice at any time and it will remain in effect until you change it.
If you would like to check, change, or confirm your privacy choices please contact us using the Contact Us page.
Links to Other Sites
Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third-party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Statement of every site you visit.
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.
Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 ("Children").
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.
Changes to this Privacy Statement
We may update our Privacy Statement from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Statement on this page.
We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "effective date" at the top of this Privacy Statement.
You are advised to review this Privacy Statement periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Statement are effective when they are posted on this page.
If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us:
- By email: privacy@BeAFreemason.org