Privacy Policy

(Science of Spirituality Public Website)

Who we are

The non-profit organization, Science of Spirituality, Inc. (“SOS”), is the controller of the personal data you submit to us and is responsible for your personal data under applicable data protection law.

SOS is a nonstock religious corporation registered in Delaware, Corporate No. 871450 and headquartered at 4105 Naperville Road, Lisle, Illinois, USA 60532, ph: 1-630-955-1200. SOS is recognized as a tax exempt religious organization by the United States Internal Revenue Service and is registered as a charitable organization in the State of Illinois.

Scope of this Policy

SOS is committed to protecting your personal data and respecting your privacy. This privacy policy (together with the terms of use of our website) sets out the type of information we collect from the public, what we use it for and the rights that you have in relation to this information.

This privacy policy is for the SOS public website www.sos.org. If you are a member and want to know what additional information we collect on our members who give it to us, go to our member website at sangat.sos.org and look for SOS’s member website privacy policy.

Who we collect information from

Anyone who is or says he or she is 18 or older and connects with us and volunteers their contact information, such as on our public website, by email, at our meetings and programs, or by calling us or talking to one of our members.

What information we collect

The type of information we collect from the public who volunteer it is generally limited to your contact information: Name and contact details (e.g. postal address, email address, telephone number, and mobile number). You can also email or talk to us to ask questions, send messages and receive answers.

How we use your information

For the public connecting with us, we use your contact information to deliver information to you about our programs, services, meetings, activities and spiritual messages and to answer your questions about SOS and what it offers.

How we obtain your information

By direct contact on our website, at our meetings and programs, by your calling or emailing us, by your speaking to one of our members, and where you otherwise volunteer it to us.

Purposes for which we use your information:

We may use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • Providing you with access to the information, services, spiritual messages in various media, and support you asked for or want to know from SOS;
  • Sending you communications about services, meditation sessions, events, programs, children’s activities, projects we are undertaking and uplifting messages in the field of spirituality
  • Registering you for attendance at and/or arrangements for, an SOS event, activity or program
  • Answering your questions about SOS and what it offers
  • We may also use your personal information for other purposes which we specifically notify you about and, where appropriate, obtain your consent.
  • Unless you are a member, we do not accept donations or offer to sell anything to you because we don’t solicit or accept and use financial information from nonmembers.

If you are a member, there is more information about you that we obtain and other purposes for which we use it. As noted above, the SOS privacy disclosure for members is on the SOS website for its members at sangat.sos.org.

Who we may share your information with

We will not sell your personal information to third parties or share it with other charities or religious organizations.

We may sometimes share your information with our trusted service providers who perform services and functions on our behalf to support our interactions with you, including, for example, cloud computing services and website administrators.

We may also have to disclose your information in order that we comply with a legal obligation imposed on us.

Where we will store your information

Your information may be stored by us or transferred and stored outside SOS’s own computers, for example on website host servers.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we maintain protections for your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use reasonable procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorized access.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that can be stored and accessed from your device when you visit our website. Cookies allow us to recognize you as a user when you return to our website using the same device and browser.

We use first party cookies on our website. First party cookies are cookies that are put on your device directly by the website provider and are often used to recognize your device when it revisits a site and to remember your preferences as you browse the site.

Sometimes we use cookies to see how our website is being used.

How do I refuse or withdraw my consent to the use of Cookies?

You can stop cookies from being downloaded on your computer by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. Most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies.

For more information on the development of user-profiles and the use of targeting/advertising cookies, please see www.youronlinechoices.eu if you are located in Europe or www.aboutads.info/choices if in the United States.

Links

Our website may include links to other sites not owned or managed by us such as Facebook and You-Tube. We cannot be held responsible for the privacy of information you give or which are collected by websites not managed by us.

How long will we keep your information

We will retain your information for as long as it is required to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it, and for as long as is necessary for the legitimate purposes of our legal rights and obligations. After that time, we will delete your data from our systems and require that anyone to whom we have passed your information also delete it.

Your rights.

If you are an EU resident or applicable state law requires them, you have a number of rights under data protection laws, these include the right to:

  • Access a copy of the information we hold about you
  • Rectify inaccuracies in information we hold about you
  • Have the information we hold about you erased in certain circumstances
  • Restrict the processing of your information
  • Object to your information being used for direct marketing
  • Transfer the information we hold about you to another entity
  • Withdraw any consent you have provided

If you would like access to your information, please send a description of the information you want to see and proof of identity to Science of Spirituality, 4105 Naperville Road, Lisle, Illinois 60532 Attn: Privacy Officer or email us at privacy@sos.org. If you would like to invoke any of your other rights, please contact us as at privacy@sos.org.

Cross border data transfers

Our member website is maintained in the United States. If you are visiting from regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from those in the United States, please note that you may be transferring your information to the United States and in other countries around the world. You freely and specifically give us your consent to export and use your information within the United States and in other countries as specified in this Privacy Policy. You understand that data stored in the United States may be subject to lawful requests by the courts or law enforcement authorities in the United States. If you are situated in the European Union, whenever we transfer your personal data to processors outside of the European Union, we use appropriate and suitable safeguards to protect the transfer, use and storage of your personal information. We may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in the European Union.

Contacting us with questions and complaints

If you have a complaint or question about the way we are using your information then initially you should contact us at privacy@sos.org. If you are located in the European Union and have any complaints regarding our privacy practices as data controller, you have the right to make a complaint at any time to your local Supervisory Authority. We would, however, appreciate the opportunity to deal with your concerns before you approach your Supervisory Authority so please contact us in the first instance.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data or to exercise any of the other rights. However, we may refuse or be unable to comply with your request if your request is unfounded, repetitive, excessive, unintelligible or we cannot verify its true origin and have concerns that it is not a legitimate request.

Changes to this policy

We may change our privacy policy from time to time so please check back periodically.
This policy was last updated: December 2018.