Privacy Policy: www.oldephraim.org

As a district of The Boy Scouts of America, Old Ephraim district is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit its Web site. At present, we collect no personal information online.

The information that follows explains the kinds of information this web site collects, how it is used, the conditions under which it is made available to third parties, how information is maintained, and our compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

What information does this site collect?

The web server logs all connections. The type of information available is (1) your computer's IP address (more details later), (2) what kind of web browser accessing the server (Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc), (3) what file your computer is obtaining (web page, picture), (4) in some cases additional information such as what version of software is on your computer (such as Windows 98) and a "referer" showing where you just came from, typically another web page or a search page.

No attempt is made to covertly or "quietly" collect personally identifiable information, nor are cookies or any other tracking technology used on this site. It is possible, of course, that sites you visit after visiting this site may utilize various tracking technologies.

Definition: IP Address is your Internet Protocol address. It identifies, usually on a temporary basis (the duration of your log-on to the internet), either your computer or the router to which your computer is connected. Only the ISP to whom you have authenticated (provided log-on password), and who issued you an IP address (temporary or permanent), can correlate IP address to actual customer.

How does Old Ephraim use the information it collects?

The anonymous information collected is used to monitor the usage of this Web site and the interests of those who use it. From the server logs it is possible to determine the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month, and from the referer logs, we can discover which "search engines" have listed our web site.

With whom does Old Ephraim share the information that is collected?

Old Ephraim does not share personally identifiable information about its web site visitors with anyone. Since no personally identifiable information is collected at all, this is assured. But, if in the future we establish a method for you to communicate with the District, order materials or any other service that requires you to provide personally identifiable information, then this policy becomes effective.

Reports, statistics, and other analyses of aggregate anonymous information may be shared within the organization or provided to third parties at the sole discretion of the Boy Scouts of America. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.

Exception: the Boy Scouts of America reserves the right to use all information at its disposal and to share this information with ISPs and other third parties as necessary to investigate any incident of misuse or abuse of its site, server, or information systems.

How does Old Ephraim maintain the information it collects?

Personally identifiable information is not maintained, except of course on webpages designed to display such information (rosters, directories). System log files are archived on CD-ROM for historical traffic pattern analysis or the above mentioned cooperation with law enforcement investigations of site abuse.

How does Old Ephraim comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?

Old Ephraim district does not use its Web site to collect any personally identifiable information from anyone. Consequently, COPPA does not apply. If, in the future, we allow direct data entry to the website, we will follow the BSA national privacy policy. This page, in fact, is a slight modification of the National Policy since we are not collecting personal information at all.

Policy Modifications and Deviations

We may modify this privacy policy and will post those changes here. If the privacy policy changes in the future, we will not any personal information you have submitted to us under the current Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent.

It may be necessary to deviate from this general policy in unique instances and for specific purposes. In such instances, a link will be provided to a description of the deviation. This link will be placed where it can be reasonable expected to be noticed prior to submitting any information for which this privacy policy is modified or exempted in any way.