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Privacy Statement

The St. Matthew's Parish Community, including but not limited to St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church, St. Matthew's Catholic School and/or St. Matthew's Religious Education Program (hereinafter referred to as "St. Matthew", "St. Matthew's", "us" or "we") maintains high standards for the protection of the privacy of users of our Web site and various related services that we provide (together referred to as the "Site"). This Privacy Policy contains important information about how we may use and disclose personal information about you. Please read it carefully. You should also read our Terms of Service, which governs your use of the Site.

You can browse this Web site with confidence, knowing that St. Matthew's is fully committed to protecting your privacy. We are so serious about this issue that every St. Matthew's employee, volunteer, agent and/or designee is bound to follow and enforce the privacy guidelines outlined herein.

We will periodically review and revise our privacy practices. Please bookmark and visit this link often to review this page for updates to our Privacy Policy. To contact us about privacy issues, to report a violation of our Privacy Policy, or to raise any other privacy-related issue, please do so by any of the following methods:

St. Matthew's Catholic Church
901 E. Newport Pike
Wilmington, DE 19804
ATTN: St. Matthew's Communications Committee

Phone: 302-633-5850
Fax: 302-633-6022
Email: cc@saintmatthewsparish.org

St. Matthew's will not sell, rent, or otherwise share or disclose personally identifiable information about you to or with others except as allowed by this Privacy Policy. The term "Third Party" used in this Privacy Policy means any entity other than St. Matthew's.

Children's privacy is of special concern to us all. Therefore, St. Matthew's voluntarily complies with the Children's On-line Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and the US Federal Trade Commission's Children's On-line Privacy Protection Rule (16 C.F.R. Part 312). St. Matthew's does not collect, maintain, use or post information on our Web site from anyone we know is under the age of 14, without the express written consent, permission, authorization and/or release of the child's parent or legal guardian.

Information We Collect
When you use the Site, St. Matthew's is able to collect certain information based on how you utilize the Site. For example, when you use the Site, we may collect your IP (Internet Provider) address, operating system, and browser version used for that visit. We also use "cookies", which are small text files placed on your computer's hard drive. Only St. Matthew's management team can access a cookie that we place.

In general, you don't need to have your browser set to accept cookies to use the Site, but you won't be able to access certain areas of the Site if your browser is set to not accept cookies. The cookies we place serve several purposes: 1) to recognize you when you return to the Site, and as you move within the Site. This lets us customize your visit and offer convenience; 2) to authenticate you as a Site user, which is necessary for security; and 3) to better understand how our users utilize the Site. This allows us to make the Site more useful for you.

How We Use Information About You
St. Matthew's Catholic Church Parish Community DOES NOT AND WILL NOT divulge information obtained, posted and/or published on this Web site regarding any: (a) past and/or present parishioners; (b) former and/or current students, parents and/or teachers of St. Matthew's Catholic School; (c) former and/or current students, parents and/or teachers of St. Matthew's Religious Education Program; (d) former and/or current employees and/or volunteers of any part of St. Matthew's to any outside party. St. Matthew's will continuously strive to provide services of the highest quality and usefulness to you by providing you with prompt and effective service and supporting the operation of the Site, troubleshooting problems, resolving disputes and enforcing our Terms of Service.

Despite the stringent precautions we take to protect your personal information the unfortunate fact is that there is simply no such thing as a perfect security system. Also, we have no control over the Internet in general. As a result, even though the risk is extremely low, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized persons will never gain access to private transmissions or information, or that private information will never be disclosed in ways not covered by this Privacy Policy.

Third-Party Use of Personal Information
St. Matthew's encourages all entities with which we do business to act in a manner consistent with our Privacy Policy, and otherwise to handle personal information in a responsible manner. However, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Privacy Policy, we cannot be responsible for any acts or omissions of any Third Party, including the manner in which they use personal information received from you, St. Matthew's, or elsewhere. If you do encounter any Third Party associated with St. Matthew's (or who claims association with St. Matthew's) who, you feel is improperly collecting or using information about you, please contact us promptly.

St. Matthew's JCC will not inspect or disclose to others (the contents of messages sent through any private e-mail function of the Site except with the specific consent of the sender or recipient) or (where necessary) in the narrowly defined situations established under law.

Security of Your Personal Information
We also protect your personal information off-line. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (such as our webmaster) are granted access to personally identifiable information.