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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ("USCCB”) is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience.

This Statement of Privacy applies to this section of the USCCB web site and governs data collection and usage on this section. By using these pages of theUSCCB web site, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

When you enter this section of our web site, USCCB collects personally identifiable information, such as your e-mail address, name, home or work address or telephone number, or any information which identifies or can be used to identify the person to whom that information pertains. USCCB also collects anonymous demographic information, which is not unique to you, such as your ZIP code, age, gender, preferences, interests and favorites.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by USCCB. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used by USCCB for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the USCCB Web site.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through USCCB public messages or blogs, this information may be collected and used by others. Please notify us if you believe any of your intellectual property rights have been infringed by a User of the Site. Pursuant to Section 512 of the Copyright Revision Act, as enacted through the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), USCCB designates the following individual as its agent for receipt of notifications of claimed infringement:

Attn: Helen Osman, Secretary of Communications
3211 4th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017

To be effective, the notifications should include: (a) a physical or electronic signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the right being infringed; (b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at the site; (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity, and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material; (d) information sufficient to allow us to contact the complaining party; (e) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright or intellectual property owner, agent, or the law; and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the right being infringed. If you fail to comply with all of these requirements, your DMCA notification may not be valid.

USCCB encourages you to review the privacy statements of Web sites you choose to link to from USCCB so that you can understand how those Web sites collect, use and share your information. USCCB is not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on Web sites outside of the USCCB and USCCB family of Web sites, or the web sites to which USCCB has linked, such as YouTube, and the sites hosting videos such as those on the CCC section of the USCCB/s web site.

Use of your Personal Information

USCCB collects and uses your personal information to operate the USCCB Web site and deliver the services you have requested. USCCB also uses your personally identifiable information to inform you of other areas of interest or services available from USCCB and its affiliates. USCCB may also contact you via surveys to conduct research about your opinion of current services or of potential new services that may be offered.

USCCB does not sell, rent or lease its member lists to third parties. USCCB may share data {personal information/information automatically collected (see above)} with some of its vendors which perform communications or registration functions to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. USCCB makes efforts to inform all such third parties that USCCB does not intend that they use your personal information except to provide their services to USCCB.

USCCB keeps track of the Web sites and pages our member's visit, in order to determine what USCCB services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within USCCB to members whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

USCCB's Web sites will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on USCCB or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of USCCB; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of USCCB, or the public.

Requests for Submission of Remittances

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of National Collections (ONC) collects personal information only when Web site users knowingly provide such information while completing requests to make remittances or in submissions of voluntarily provided information. Web site user's information is used for internal USCCB ONC purposes and will not be shared with third parties. USCCB ONC does not sell, rent, loan, trade or otherwise disclose personal identifying information to any third parties unless release of the information is required by law. USCCB ONC may monitor and maintain statistics on the general usage of its Web site.

When making a request to remit funds to the USCCB ONC's Web site, users automatically create an account. For administrative purposes USCCB ONC may collect and store some or all of the following: Web site user's name, contact name, username, password, email address, and contact phone number(s)—"account information”—along with additional information user may provide, such as banking information. USCCB ONC will use account information and banking information to process requests to remit funds in Washington, D.C. USCCB ONC may use account information for future remittances, upon Web site user's instructions, and to contact user regarding the status of remittances. USCCB ONC may also maintain remittance history for internal records. All access to remitter's financial information is strictly limited to those who process it. USCCB ONC uses secure, encrypted, and authenticated online payment processing services; it will not share account information with anyone unless release of the information is required by law.

Use of Cookies

The USCCB Web site use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a Web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize USCCB pages, or register with USCCB site or services, a cookie helps USCCB to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same USCCB Web site, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the USCCB features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the USCCB services or Web sites you visit.

Security of your Personal Information

USCCB makes standard business efforts to secure your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

Changes to this Statement

USCCB will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect organizational and customer feedback. USCCB encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how USCCB is protecting your information.

Contact Information

USCCB welcomes your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that USCCB has not adhered to this Statement, please contact the USCCB Communication Office at We will use commercially reasonable efforts to promptly determine and remedy the problem.

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