Privacy and Security
Collection and Use
VTN recognizes the privacy concerns of users of our web site and the importance of protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information collected from them. As a general policy, no personally identifiable information, such as a visitor’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, or credit card information is automatically collected on our web site. Such information is collected only when knowingly and voluntarily submitted.
You may submit prayer requests for a third party. The name of such person is distributed to a VTN in-house Prayer Team but is not posted on the website.
We maintain reasonable and appropriate safeguards to ensure the security, integrity, and privacy of such information in our possession. VTN does not sell, trade or rent personally identifiable information to third parties. We reserve the right to monitor traffic patterns and web site usage.
Anonymous Data Collected Through This Website
In addition to the information you provide when you use this website, VTN uses technology to collect anonymous information about the use of the website. For example, we use technology to track how many visitors access the website, the date and time of their visit, the length of their stay, and which pages they view. VTN also uses technology to determine which Web browsers our visitors use and the address from which they accessed the site.
This technology does not identify you personally. It simply enables us to compile statistics about our visitors and their use of our website. VTN uses this anonymous data and may share it with third parties for various reasons; for example, to improve the content and functionality of the website, to better understand the needs and interests of our visitors, to improve our programs and services.
Cookies and Web Beacons
In order to collect the anonymous data described in the preceding paragraph, we may use temporary “cookies” that collect the first level domain name of the user. For example, if your email address is “firstname.lastname@example.org,” the cookie collects the “xyz.com” portion of your email address and the date and time you accessed this web site. Cookies by themselves cannot be used to discover the identity of the user. A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies do not damage your computer. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie. This enables you to decide if you want to accept it or not. The VTN web site only uses temporary or “session” cookies. These “session” cookies expire when your browser window is closed.
In order for certain applications on the VTN website to function properly, if at all, it is necessary for your computer to accept cookies.
Our third party service providers or advertisers may use web beacons (clear .gifs) or similar technologies, which are small pieces of code placed on a web page or in an email newsletter, to monitor the behavior and collect data about the visitors viewing the web page or email newsletter. For example, web beacons may be used to count the users who visit a web page, open an email newsletter or deliver a cookie to the browser of a visitor viewing a web page.
You have the choice to set your browser to accept all cookies, notify you when a cookie is set, delete cookies periodically, or reject all cookies. Generally, deleting or rejecting cookies also disables web beacons. Please be aware that rejecting all cookies may prevent you from enjoying the full features offered through the VTN and other websites. Check the “Help” section of your browser for more information.
We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under thirteen, please do not give us any personal data. If you have reason to believe that a child has provided personal data on this Web site, please contact us and we will endeavor to delete that information. If you are a child under the age of thirteen and using this website, please do not give any information about yourself, such as your name, address, birth date, phone number, school or email address. As we develop online programs for children, we will adopt appropriate policies and practices to protect the privacy of children.
When submitting sensitive data like credit card information, we use secure server technology to protect the information. The secure server software (SSL) encrypts the information you input before you send it to us. All of the data is protected against unauthorized access, as indicated by the secure icon on your browser.
This web site may be linked to or from other web sites that are not operated by VTN and we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these third party web sites. This web site may also be linked to web sites operated by organizations affiliated with VTN. Visitors to those web sites should refer to their separate privacy policies and practices.