Precept Ministries International Social Media Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Introduction 

These Terms of Use and Privacy Policy describe the standards of use of the Precepts Ministries International (“PMI”) Online Properties, including this web site.  By using a PMI website, you agree to these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (“Agreement”).  If you do not agree to these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, you should immediately cease all use of this site.  We reserve the right, at any time, to modify, alter or update the terms and conditions of operation and use of this web site without prior notice.  Modifications shall become effective immediately upon being posted on this web site.  Your continued use of a PMI web site after amendments are posted constitutes an acknowledgement and acceptance of the Agreement, as so modified.  Except as provided in this paragraph, these Terms of Use and Privacy Policy may not be amended.

PMI exists to establish people in God’s Word and to assist them in living as exemplary followers of Jesus Christ, studying the Bible inductively, viewing the world biblically, making disciples intentionally and serving the church faithfully in the power of the Holy Spirit.  This social networking, blog, and events website is designed to provide a technological platform for people who share one or more of PMI’s values to network, communicate, organize, and mobilize. You decide how much information you want to share in your profile and with whom you want to share that information.

We request that minors who are less than 18 years old, receive parental permission prior to sending any information about themselves to anyone over the Internet, and we encourage parents to teach their children about safe Internet use practices.

Information We Receive and How We Use It 

When you sign up for an account, you provide us with your name and location. During the registration process, you may provide further information, including a picture of yourself, to help others connect with you. One of the primary purposes of this networking tool is to share information, blogs, and events with others. If you do not want to include metadata associated with the content you share, please remove metadata before uploading the content.

Site Activity Information. We keep track of the actions you take while on the site, such as adding a friend, joining groups, and creating events.

Access Device and Browser Information. When you access this site from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, we may collect information from that device about your browser type, location, and IP address, as well as the pages you visit.  We reserve the right to use this information, which may at times be usable to specifically identify you, for any lawful purpose, including without limitation to help diagnose problems with our servers, to gather broad demographic information, and to otherwise administer our web site.

Cookie Information. We use “cookies” (data we store on your device) to make the site easier to use and for your protection. Cookie information makes it easier and quicker for you to log onto the site and allows you to retrieve a forgotten password. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but removing them may impact your ability to use the site.

Information You Share

It is our desire that individuals use the information you share in a manner that is consistent with your privacy settings and with the purpose of the networking site. However, we cannot guarantee that users will comply with our purpose and guidelines. Please check your privacy settings to ensure you are sharing information in a way that best suits your desires, and please understand that information you share may be copied and shared with others and may remain viewable, even after your account is deleted.

“Everyone” Privacy Setting. Information set to “everyone” is publicly available information, may be accessed by everyone on the Internet (including people not logged into the site), is subject to indexing by third party search engines, may be associated with you outside of this site (such as when you visit other sites on the internet), and may be imported and exported by us and others without privacy limitations. The default privacy setting for certain types of information you post on the site is set to “everyone.” You can review and change the default settings in your privacy settings. If you delete “everyone” content that you posted on the site, we will remove it from your profile, but have no control over its use outside of the site.

Ownership of Content. You own all of the content and information you post on the site; however, in posting any information covered by intellectual property rights, you grant us a nonexclusive, transferrable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use and to sublicense any third party to use any content that you post on or in connection with the site. When you provide feedback regarding the site, we may use that feedback without providing you any compensation.

Exporting Information. You may use tools like RSS feeds to export information from the site, including your information and information about you.

Links. When you click on links, you may leave the site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or for the security of any information you may provide them, and we encourage you to read their privacy statements. 

Representations and Warranties.  By uploading or otherwise submitting any information or materials to this website (“Content”), you represent and warrant that (a) you own or otherwise have all necessary rights, including but not limited to copyrights, to the Content and have the right to use it as provided in this Agreement; (b) all Content submitted by you is true, accurate, current and complete, and does not violate this Agreement; (c) you have the full right, power and authority to enter into and perform this Agreement, and have secured all third party consents, licenses, waivers and permissions necessary to enter into and perform this Agreement, including, without limitation, waivers of rights of privacy, publicity and personality from any third parties whose names, likenesses, photographs, animated portrayals, or actual or imitated voices are depicted in the information ; (d) PMI shall not be required to make any payments with respect to the authorized use of any Content submitted by you, including, without limitation, any payments to you, third parties claiming through you or otherwise, publishers, rights agents, performance rights societies, persons who contributed to or whose names, likeness, photographs, animated portrayals or actual or imitated voices appear in such Content, your licensors, unions or guilds; and (e) the information submitted by you will not (i) infringe upon or misappropriate any rights of others, including, without limitation, any copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets or other intellectual property rights, rights of publicity, rights of privacy, moral rights or any other proprietary rights of third parties, (ii) violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation, (iii) be defamatory, libelous, trademark disparaging, fraudulent, harassing, abusive, threatening, harmful, lewd, pornographic or obscene, (iv) disrupt, place unreasonable burdens or excessive loads on, interfere with or attempt to facilitate any unauthorized access to any portion of the this website, PMI’s computer systems, servers or networks; (v) transmit junk mail, chain letters, or other unsolicited bulk e-mail, spam or duplicative messages to other users of this website; (vi) collect information about other users of this website without their consent or otherwise systematically extract data or data fields, including, without limitation, any financial data or e-mail addresses, from this website or PMI’s computer systems; or (vii) contain any viruses, trojan horses, time bombs or other programming routines or elements that detrimentally interfere with computer systems or data. You agree that, upon request, you will provide us with evidence, in a form and format reasonably acceptable to us, indicating that the information submitted by you complies with the foregoing warranties.

How We Use Your Information 

To manage the service. We want to provide the most safe and efficient site possible for your use. We also use your information to help us detect and address abuses of the site, such as to identify and eliminate spam or other activity that is inconsistent with the purpose of the site.  Although we endeavor to protect your personally identifiable information, we reserve the right to use, transfer and share aggregated, anonymous data about our users as a group for any business purpose.

To provide you with information. There are many issues around the world we face today that directly impact our shared values. We want this site to be an educational tool in order to help you address these issues. Therefore, we may contact you with articles, information, courses and events that are occurring in your area.

To enable you to share information with others. This will occur primarily when you invite other individuals to join the site and when other individuals search for you to be their friend.

To respond to legal matters. We may disclose your information pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other documentation that, according to our understanding, requires such disclosure by law. We may also share your information when we have a good faith belief that doing so will prevent fraud or other illegal activity, including the prevention of bodily harm. Additionally, we may use your information to ensure that you and others are using our site in conformance with its purpose.

How We Protect Information

We do our best to keep your information secure, and your help is appreciated. In assisting us, we ask that you make the following commitments:

  • You are 18 years old or older, or you have obtained your parents’ specific permission to use this site.
  • You will not send or post unauthorized commercial communications (such as spam) or engage in multilevel marketing activity.
  • You will not engage in commercial activity, including but not limited to soliciting purchasers for products or services.
  • You will not collect users’ content or information or otherwise access the site using automated means (such as harvesting bots, robots, spiders, or scrapers) without our permission.
  • You will not upload viruses or other malicious code.
  • You will not solicit login information or access an account belonging to someone else.
  • You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.
  • You will not post content that is libelous, slanderous, threatening, obscene, pornographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.
  • You will not develop or operate a third-party application containing alcohol-related or other mature content or otherwise advertise or market such content.
  • You will not offer any contest, giveaway, or sweepstakes (“promotion”) without our prior written consent. If we consent, you take full responsibility for the promotion.
  • You will not use the site to do anything unlawful, misleading, or malicious.
  • You will not do anything that could disable, overburden, or impair the proper working of the site, such as a denial of service attack.
  • You will not facilitate or encourage any violations of this Statement.

Your account information is kept on a secure server behind a firewall. It is against our policy to allow for spam, and we have in place measures to prevent spam from being distributed. We reserve the right to remove any inappropriate content, or links to inappropriate content, and may suspend or disable accounts that violate the purpose of the site. We ask you to be conscientious about the information you share, because we cannot control the actions of other users with whom you share your information, and we are not responsible for the circumvention of your privacy settings. We encourage you to choose passwords that include characters and numbers, to use different passwords for different services, and to use up-to-date antivirus and spyware software. 

If you are aware of violations of our security measures and policies, please contact us at webmaster@precept.org.

Other Terms

Changes in the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Any changes in the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy will be posted in an updated version of this Statement and will be effective immediately upon posting. 

Consent to the collection and processing of data in the United States. In signing up for the site, you consent to having your personal data collected, transferred and processed in the United States.

Registration and account security. In joining the site, you must commit to maintain your account with accurate information, meaning:

  • You will provide your real name and real information, and you will not create an account for someone else without his or her permission.
  • You will not use the site for your commercial gain.
  • You will keep your contact information accurate and up-to-date.
  • You will not share your password or do anything else that might jeopardize the security of your account.
  • You will not use the site to infringe on the rights of others.
  • You will not post the identification documents or sensitive financial information of others.
  • You will not use our copyrighted materials or trademarks, or any marks similar to our trademarks, without our permission.
  • You will not collect the information of other users without their consent.

Transfer of ownership of the site. If the ownership of this site changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner, in order to continue the provision of the services provided by our site. Please remember that removed or deleted information may persist in backup copies.

Termination. If you violate this statement or otherwise expose us to legal action, we may stop providing services to you.

Disputes.

  • Any claim, cause of action, or dispute (“claim”) arising out of or relating to the use of this site shall be resolved through non-binding mediation or binding arbitration, in accordance with the decision of PMI. Any such mediation or arbitration shall be conducted in Hamilton County, Tennessee. If PMI waives in writing its right to mediation or arbitration, then any claim may be resolved in a state or federal court located in Hamilton County, Tennessee. The laws of the State of Tennessee will govern with respect to any claim that might arise between you and PMI, without regard to conflict of law provisions. You agree to submit to the personal jurisdiction of the courts located in Hamilton County, Tennessee, for the purpose of litigating all such claims.
  • If anyone brings a claim against PMI related to your actions, content, or information on this site, or to the access of or use of this site from your personal computer or similar device, or arising from any breach of this Agreement by you or by any person accessing this site from your personal computer or similar device, you will indemnify and hold PMI, its directors, officers, employees and agents harmless from and against all damages, losses, and expenses of any kind (including reasonable legal fees and costs) related to such claim.
  • We try to keep the site bug-free and safe, but you use it at your own risk. PMI IS PROVIDING THE SITE “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NONINFRINGEMENT. PMI DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT THE SITE WILL BE SAFE OR SECURE. PMI IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ACTIONS, CONTENT, INFORMATION, OR DATA OF THIRD PARTIES, AND YOU RELEASE PMI, ITS DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, AND AGENTS FROM ANY CLAIMS AND DAMAGES, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, ARISING OUT OF, OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH, ANY CLAIM YOU HAVE AGAINST ANY SUCH THIRD PARTIES. IF YOU ARE A CALIFORNIA RESIDENT, YOU WAIVE CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE §1542, WHICH SAYS: “A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.” PMI WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, INDIRECT, OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, OR IN CONNECTION WITH, THIS STATEMENT OR THE SITE, EVEN IF PMI HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. PMI’S AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF THIS STATEMENT OR THE SITE WILL NOT EXCEED THE GREATER OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100) OR THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE PAID PMI IN THE THREE MONTHS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING THE CLAIM. APPLICABLE LAW MAY NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY OR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH CASES, PMI’S LIABILITY WILL BE LIMITED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

If you have any questions or concerns about our terms of use or our privacy policy, please contact webmaster@precept.org.