Revised February 12, 2024
1. Managing Your Information Preferences
2. Information We Collect
We collect information that personally identifies you, such as your name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, e-mail address, payment information, and other personally identifiable information that you choose to provide us with or that you choose to include in your account (“Personal Information”). You may be asked to provide us with Personal Information when you make a purchase or donation, register with us for activities including youth programs, join an online meditation or service, volunteer with us, apply to study the SRF Lessons, use any of our Sites or Services, and at other times. In addition, we may collect Personal Information through your participation in online activities or your use of our Services. For example, if you or your child participates in a study program online or through our app, we will collect information about your attendance, progress and interaction with our materials, and communications with instructors and other participants. We may also make video and audio recordings of programs and meetings that are offered online.
Correspondence and Communications
Please note that we use third parties to provide the chat function on our website and help us take surveys. These third parties record and help us respond to the communications you enter into the chat windows, and record information you provide in response to surveys.
Spiritual Guidance, Lessons, Donations, and Payments
In the course of applying for the SRF Lessons, pursuing the SRF teachings and meditation techniques, participating in online or youth programs, or making an online donation or purchase, 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, pursuing the teachings, or making an online donation or purchase. SRF monastics, volunteers and their support staff may have access to such information in order to provide these services and support to you. These parties, however, have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of any information of a confidential nature that is provided.
Volunteering with SRF
Usage Data and Site Activity Information
We use Google Analytics on the Site and Services to analyze how users use the Site and Services and provide advertisements to you. Google may use the information collected for additional purposes which may include advertising. For more information about how to opt out of having your information used by Google Analytics, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.
3. How We Use Information and When We May Share and Disclose Information Generally
We use the information, including Personal Information, alone or in combination with other information that we may collect about you, including information from third parties, for the following purposes that are necessary for the performance of the contract between you and SRF to provide you with the services you requested or that we consider to be in our legitimate interests:
- to provide you with the Sites and Services, including allowing you to join an online meditation, participate in a program, or use a service and sending you alerts about your account;
- to better understand how users access and use our Sites, Services, and programs, both on an aggregated and individualized basis, to maintain, support, and improve our Sites, Services, and programs, to respond to user preferences, and for research and analytical purposes;
- to deliver subscription benefits (e.g., the SRF eNewsletter);
- to deliver services (e.g., to pray for you or your loved ones);
- to assist you with and process any purchase or donations, or to receive and handle your bequest documents;
- to better allow you to share your experiences (e.g., “Share your story”);
- to keep you informed of SRF programs and other resources we think may be of interest to you;
- to determine your suitability to study our Lessons, participate in a program or volunteer with us, as well as to manage your volunteer activities and communicate with you about volunteering; and
- to answer your questions and otherwise communicate with you about SRF.
We share Personal Information with our monastics, employees and volunteer staff in order to provide you with services and to accomplish our operational and religious purposes.
Additionally, please note that if you volunteer with SRF, we may share your contact information with other volunteers so that they may contact you in connection with your volunteer role and for organizational and administrative purposes.
4. Personal Information You Make Available to Others
By using the Sites or the Services, you may make certain of your Personal Information available to others. For example, if you provide information for public comment sections of our Sites or post information to the “Share your story” feature, or post a comment, photo, or other content on to our Sites, other users will see the information that you post or choose to make available.
5. Service Providers
We share Personal Information with our authorized service providers that perform certain services on our behalf (“Service Providers”). For example, we may contract with Service Providers to process payments or donations from you; host and maintain our Sites, Services and databases; provide data storage and management; or manage certain volunteer activities. We also use Service Providers to provide interactive learning websites. We provide our Service Providers with only 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 Personal Information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Service Providers are prohibited from using Personal Information other than as specified by us.
6. Online Tracking
We use third parties to enhance the functionality of our Sites and Services, including sending our e-mails, providing chat functionality, and helping to display video or social media content on our Site. The third parties we use may set cookies and use other tracking technology collect certain information when you visit the Sites and use the Services, or interact with our e-mails. These third parties may collect your IP Address; mobile device identifiers and advertising identifiers or other identifiers they may assign to you; information from cookies they set during your visits to the Sites and other websites; and other information including clicks and mouse movements, information you enter into forms, information you enter into our chat window, content and videos you view, your domain name, your browser type and operating system, specific web pages you view, links you click, searches you perform, the length of time you visit our Sites and/or use our Services, the referring URL, the webpage that led you to our Sites, and geolocation information. These third parties may track your activity over time and across different websites, and may use the information they collect to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of interest to you. Our systems do not recognize browser “Do Not Track” signals, but several of the third parties who utilize these cookies on our Sites enable you to opt out of targeted advertising practices. To learn more about these advertising practices or to opt out of this type of advertising, you can visit optout.aboutads.info and optout.networkadvertising.org.
7. Notice to California Residents/Your California Privacy Rights
We do not share your Personal Information with third parties for their direct marketing purposes.
8. Compliance with Laws and Law Enforcement
We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. We may disclose Personal Information and any other information about you to government or law enforcement officials or private parties if, in our discretion, we believe it is necessary or appropriate in order to respond to legal requests (including court orders and subpoenas), to protect the safety, property, or rights of SRF or of any third party, to prevent or stop any illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity, or to comply with the law.
9. Be Careful When You Share Information with Others
Please be aware that whenever you share information on any public area of the Sites or Services (such as through the “Share Your Story” feature, by publicly participating in a meditation session, or by posting a comment on our website www.awaketheyoganandamovie.com), that information may be accessed by others and the public. That information may be further passed along or further made public by others. This means that anyone with access to such information can potentially use it for any purpose, including sending unsolicited communications.
We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the confidentiality and security of information transmitted to us. Although no data transmission over the Internet or other network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, we strive to protect your personal data on or through the Sites or Services so that it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed. However, we cannot and do not guarantee the security of any information you transmit on or through the Sites or Services, and accept no liability for any unintentional disclosure or misuse.
12. Children’s Privacy
The Sites and Services are intended for users who are 13 years old or older. We do not knowingly or intentionally collect Personal Information from children under the age of 13. If we become aware that we have inadvertently received Personal Information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete such information from our records. California users under the age of 18 may request the removal of their content or information publicly posted on the Sites or Services by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that complete and comprehensive removal of the content may not be possible.
13. Processing in the United States
SRF is located in the United States. Please be aware that when you provide your Personal Information, visit our Sites, use our Services, participate in our online programs, or communicate with us, you are transferring your Personal Information to the United States. Thus, your Personal Information and communications may be transferred to and maintained on servers or databases located outside your state, province, or country. If you are located outside of the United States, we process and store all information in the United States. The laws in the United States may not be as protective of your privacy as those in your location. By using the Site or Services, you are agreeing to the collection, use, transfer, and disclosure of your Personal Information and communications being governed by the applicable laws in the United States.