We take your privacy very seriously. We have created this Notice to help answer questions you may have about how we protect and use your personal identifying information. Please note that this Notice, applies ONLY to your participation in Barna’s Pastor Panel.
A. What Information We Collect
B. How We Use the Information You Provide Us
C. When We Share Your Information
D. Your Choices and Access
E. About Children
F. Cookies and Other Digital Technologies
G. Third Party Sites
H. Data Security and Transfer
I. Data Retention
J. Updates to this Notice
K. Contacting US
A. WHAT INFORMATION WE COLLECT
Information you give us. During the recruitment process, the panel registration process, or as part of a research study or survey, you provide us with information. This may include:
“Personal identifying information,” which means information by itself – like your first and last name, home postal address or personal email address – or in combination with other information, that could identify a specific individual.
Demographic information such as gender, marital status, occupation and other information.
Information in connection with your participation in surveys and/or studies. These surveys request additional information such as your behaviors and preferences and help us better understand practices, attitudes, and trends.
Any content or material you choose to submit, upload or transmit, including without limitation, photos, videos, images, or the likeness of the individual submitting the content in connection with your participation in market research activities.
In addition to the above mentioned information, through certain surveys or studies, you may be asked to voluntarily provide or disclose Sensitive Information. “Sensitive information” means personal identifying information that discloses or reveals health or medical conditions, sexual orientation, use of pornography, political opinions/views, race/ethnic origin, religious and philosophical beliefs and membership in various associations.
Information collected from your use of our Site and software. When you use our Site or any of our software, and participate in market research activities, we may collect information about your device, system and network. This includes information such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, the type of browser you are using, the date and time of your visit, the web page you have visited immediately prior to visiting this Site, device identifier, device model, operating system, and language set. This information helps us to ensure data accuracy and design our surveys to be more visually appealing on our panelists’ screens. For information about cookies, pixel tags, web beacons, clear GIFs or other digital technologies that may be used in connection with your participation, please see section F on Cookies and Other Digital Technologies.
We may combine the information you provide with information from additional sources, such as Census Bureau figures based on the zip code in which you live or work. We will use the combined information only for the purposes of research analysis. By participating in our market research, you agree that we may obtain this information about you and combine it in these ways.
B. HOW WE USE THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE US
We use the information we collect to create a variety of research insights for our clients or for our own publishing activities. In research in which the participants are intended to remain anonymous, we use tools and methods to make sure that there is no reasonable possibility of identifying an individual participant in the reports that we create for our clients. For example, we combine the responses we collect from you with the responses of others to produce “aggregated” reports.
We may use the information you give us to contact you. When we contact you – by phone, email, or postal mail depending on what information you provide to us – we will usually do so for one of the following reasons:
• to respond to your inquiries;
• to validate answers you gave;
• to update our records to ensure your information is correct;
• to ensure that the software is working properly;
• to send you information regarding your participation such as how to redeem awards;
• to provide a statement regarding changes to our terms, conditions, and policies;
• to tailor survey opportunities to you; or
• to offer you additional research opportunities through studies and surveys.
If you provide your phone number, you agree that we may call you, and for efficiency and accuracy, you agree that we may use an automatic telephone dialing system or prerecorded voice to do so. You also agree to receive “push” notifications through our software and to be contacted as described above.
We may also use the information for business purposes, such as data analysis, audits, developing new products, enhancing our Site or software, improving our services, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of our communications. If we combine non-personal information with personal identifying information, the combined information will be treated by us as personal identifying information as long as it is combined.
C. WHEN WE SHARE YOUR INFORMATION
We may share your personal identifying information:
With third parties who provide services for us such as email delivery service and reward, incentive, and other similar services.
To identify you to anyone to whom you send messages through the Site.
In other ways for which we provide specific notice prior to, or at the time of initial collection.
To a third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).
As we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; or (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.
D. YOUR CHOICES AND ACCESS
Participation in the Panel is always voluntary. You can access, edit or correct the information in your profile on the panel member website at any time.
Panel members may terminate their panel membership by: (a) following the instructions set forth in the FAQs page available on the panel member website; (b) clicking on the unsubscribe link contained in a survey invitation and following the instructions on the “Unsubscribe” page; or (c) contacting us as set forth below.
E. ABOUT CHILDREN
The Site and our market research activities are not intended for children under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that children not provide personal identifying information through the Site. If we become aware that we have collected personal identifying information from a child under the age of 13, we will delete that information from our records.
F. COOKIES AND OTHER DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
We use long-standing digital technologies on our Site and in connection with our market research activities for the various purposes described below.
Digital technologies. We may use the cookies, pixel tags, web beacons, clear GIFs. Session cookies, persistent cookies, and Local Shared Objects (such as Flash cookies and HTML5) in connection with the Site and our research activities. These technologies are used for a variety of purposes, including, without limitation, to facilitate navigation, to display information more effectively, to better serve you with more tailored information, for security purposes such as to detect duplicate panel members and combat fraudulent participation, as well as for online tracking and monitoring for panelist online advertisement exposure. We may also use these technologies to gather statistical information about the usage of the Site in order to continually improve the design and functionality, to understand how users use the Site, and to assist us with resolving questions regarding the Site. For more information on the use of Flash cookies, please visit: www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html.
The cookies used on this Site and in connection with our market research activities may be grouped into the following types:
Essential cookies are strictly necessary in order for the Site to perform basic functions such as to prevent fraud and display the Site in the appropriate language. These cookies enable you to navigate around the Site and use the features that you have requested, such as accessing secure areas of the Site. Without these cookies, we cannot provide the services that allow this Site to operate.
Performance cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use the Site. These cookies help us understand how visitors interact with the Site by providing information about the areas visited, the time spent on the Site, and any issues encountered, such as error messages. This information helps us improve the performance of the Site.
Functionality cookies improve your experience at the site. These cookies can, for example, remember information such as your user name, language, or location preference. Remembering your choices helps the Site provide enhanced, more personal features.
Watermarking / Fingerprinting. Watermarking involves placing a technology or file on your device to identify that it has previously been used in connection with our market research activities.
Watermarking is used for quality control and validation purposes and fraud detection and/or prevention purposes. We may engage in watermarking activities directly or through a third-party vendor.
Please be aware that we do not respond to Do Not Track signals on our Site or in connection with our market research activities. As a participant in our market research activities, you consent to the use of the above technologies, and we request that you do not opt out for the duration of your membership.
G. THIRD PARTY SITES
Barna occasionally works with third-party research suppliers to conduct surveys with its church panel. All of our research partners operating in the EU are compliant with data privacy policies required by GDPR. For any questions, please contact the Site administrator at email@example.com.
H. DATA SECURITY AND TRANSFER
We use reasonable organizational, technical and administrative measures to protect your personal identifying information under our control. We may store and process your personal identifying information in your home country and/or we may transfer and export that information to any country where we have facilities or in which we engage service providers and processors, namely the US or UK.
By participating in our market research activities, you consent to transfer of personal identifying information to countries outside of your country of residence, as noted above. By way of clarification, by voluntarily disclosing sensitive information to Barna, you expressly consent to the transfer of sensitive information by us to any country where we have facilities or in which we engage service providers and processors.
I. DATA RETENTION
We will retain your personal identifying information for as long as long as needed for the purposes described in this Notice and in with accordance with law in your country.