Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Online Lutherans we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don't ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We can't stand services that ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don't share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, or protect our rights, or provide the services you have requested.
  • We don't store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of one of our services.
  • In our blogging products, we aim to make it as simple as possible for you to control what's visible to the public, seen by search engines, kept private, and permanently deleted.
    Below is our privacy policy which incorporates these goals: (Note, we've decided to make this privacy policy available under a Creative Commons Sharealike license, which means you're more than welcome to steal it and repurpose it for your own use, just make sure to replace references to us with ones to you.)

If you have questions about deleting or correcting your personal data please contact our support team.

Online Lutherans is owned and operated by DM42.Net, LLC. DM42.Net, LLC (“DM42.Net”) operates several websites including OnlineLutherans.com, uaclutherans.com, and others. It is DM42.Net's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, DM42.Net collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. DM42.Net's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how DM42.Net visitors use its websites. From time to time, DM42.Net may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

DM42.Net also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on OnlineLutherans.com blogs. DM42.Net only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to DM42.Net’s websites choose to interact with DM42.Net in ways that require DM42.Net to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that DM42.Net gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a blog at OnlineLutherans.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with DM42.Net - for example, by purchasing upgrades or service credits - as well as those who request DM42.Net to take some action on their behalf - such as registering a domain name or - are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, DM42.Net collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with DM42.Net. DM42.Net does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

DM42.Net may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, DM42.Net may monitor the most popular blogs on the OnlineLutherans.com site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. DM42.Net may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, DM42.Net does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

DM42.Net discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on DM42.Net’s behalf or to provide services available at DM42.Net’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using DM42.Net’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. DM42.Net will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, DM42.Net discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when DM42.Net believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of DM42.Net, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an DM42.Net website and have supplied your email address, DM42.Net may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with DM42.Net and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. DM42.Net takes measures we believe are reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. DM42.Net uses cookies to help DM42.Net identify and track visitors, their usage of the DM42.Net website, and their website access preferences. DM42.Net visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using DM42.Net’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of DM42.Net’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If the OnlineLutherans.com service, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that DM42.Net goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of DM42.Net or the OnlineLutherans.com may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies on the Online Lutherans site only and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers or other DM42.Net sites.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, OnlineLutherans.com/DM42.Net may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in DM42.Net’s sole discretion. DM42.Net encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a OnlineLutherans.com account, you should also check your blog’s dashboard for alerts to these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.