Effective December 2022
The Washington Satsang Society has a firm commitment to your privacy. You can visit our website www.eckwa.org without telling us who you are or sharing any personal information. The following questions and answers explain when and how personal information is collected and used.
What personal information does the Washington Satsang Society collect?
Washington Satsang Society collects personally identifying information, such as your name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and/or credit-card information, if you choose to provide that information by
- signing up to receive email or other mailings from Washington Satsang Society (no credit-card information requested);
- requesting a free book (no credit-card information requested);
- preregistering for a seminar or online event;
- making an online donation
We also receive your contact information from Eckankar’s parent church in Chanhassen, Minnesota, if you have requested information about local events from the parent church or if you are a member of Eckankar.
Does the Washington Satsang Society sell or rent my personal information?
Will I receive unsolicited email from the Washington Satsang Society?
We do not send unsolicited email.
You may unsubscribe from email from us or Eckankar at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided in the email.
How is my personal information protected?
Safeguarding the information you give us is a priority.
We take appropriate security measures to protect against loss, misuse, unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction of your information.
How long is my personal information retained?
Does the Washington Satsang Society share my personal information with others?
Washington Satsang Society does not share your personal information with others except in the following cases:
- Personal information may be shared as needed with third-party companies for the sole purpose of providing services that help us fulfill your request (e.g., a credit-card processor or a company specializing in emailing services). They are contractually required to provide strict security to the handling of personal information.
How can I tell when my online transactions are secure?
Your browser will show you when you are making a secure transaction in two main ways. When you access a form, a secure connection is indicated when “https” appears in the address bar of your browser. Somewhere in your browser window, you may also see a locked-padlock icon. These indicators tell you that all information entered on that page will be encrypted when you submit the form (e.g., by clicking “Submit,” “Send,” or “Place Order”).
How is my credit-card information protected?
Washington Satsang Society keeps your data secure with end-to-end encryption and tokenization.
Our credit-card processor, Bank of America, is legally responsible for the security of cardholder data.
Is there any automated data processing on the Washington Satsang Society’s website?
A cookie is a small text file that is stored on your computer when you visit a website.
Washington Satsang Society’s cookies identify your browser, which sends the cookie to our web server.
Cookies help us understand how you are using our website. This is purely statistical information and does not track your personal information or your web usage once you leave the Washington Satsang Society site. This information helps us provide a better experience for all users of our website.
A cookie is not harmful to your computer in any way. It cannot be used to spread viruses, nor can it read your hard drive to obtain personal information about you. It is a text file that you can delete at any time. When you revisit our website, we do not access the cookie from the previous session.
You can navigate the site even if you disable cookies in your browser (most browsers allow cookies by default). However, in order to make a donation or purchase, for example, you must have cookies enabled. If you prefer not to allow cookies, you can contact us to place your order by phone, fax, or mail.
Like all web servers, our web server automatically creates access logs for every visit to our site. Access logs include the time of your visit, the type of browser you are using, the IP address for the computer you are visiting from, and the Web page you came from. We analyze these logs to help us improve the user experience. We also use Google Analytics for the same purpose.
The IP address is not associated with any personally identifying information unless (1) you have filled out any forms on the website and (2) it is necessary to research possible harmful or illegal conduct in connection with the use of our websites, or to comply with the law.
Does the Washington Satsang Society collect information from children?
No, we do not knowingly collect information from visitors age 17 and under. If you believe your child has provided Washington Satsang Society with their personal information without your permission, please contact us so the information can be removed.
What are the bases for collecting and using my personal information?
- Your consent so that we can inform you about Eckankar news and events
- As necessary to fulfill your requests and transactions
- As a nonprofit religious organization and church, to administer membership records and matters
- If required by law or pursuant to legal process or other legal obligation
- When it is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or another person
What are my rights regarding personal information I give to Washington Satsang Society?
Washington Satsang Society provides you with reasonable access to the personal information you gave us as well as the ability to review, correct, and delete such personal information to the extent required by law.
Who do I contact with privacy questions or requests?
Washington Satsang Society
Att: Privacy Inquiries
P.O. Box 22811
Seattle, WA 98122