Privacy policy

 This privacy policy is part of the terms of service for (the “Web Site” or “Site”), owned and operated by The First Church of Christ, Scientist and its affiliate, The Christian Science Publishing Society (“TFCCS”). respects and protects the privacy of users.

What information do we collect from our users and how do we collect it?

This Site does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals, for instance, when registering for discussion forums or through comments or e-mails you may send to this Site. 

You have the option of joining our online discussion forums (or communities) and when you register we will ask for the following information:


  • Name
  • E-mail address
  • Username/screen name

When you register, your username will be made visible to all public users of the Site, but you will have the option to make any other personal information private or public. Your privacy settings may be adjusted here.

How will we use the information we collect?

Our policy regarding this information is simple: We will not sell, trade, rent to, or share with third parties any of your personal information without your permission. As an exception, to protect Site visitors and the general welfare, will release personal information about its users when the law requires us to do so. If you submit your e-mail address, we will use it to send you information about online events, Site updates, activities, and products of this Site and its affiliates. All such communications will provide you the opportunity to unsubscribe or “opt-out” from receiving such communications. and its affiliates may use, reproduce, distribute, and display in whole or in part, in any media, with or without name attribution, the statements, questions or comments you submit through forums and/or any “Contact Us” pages.

We do collect anonymous, aggregated data for statistical purposes. We may use such information to help determine ways to improve our Site and may share this unattributable information with our affiliates and suppliers.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding what is done with your information or would like such information deleted from our records, please e-mail us at

What are cookies?  How do we use them?

A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from’s web server and is stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies cannot be used to collect data from any user's computer. Cookies can only be used in conjunction with visits within our site. uses cookies to track information about your activity on our site in order to deliver better and more personalized services.  Cookies allow us to track registration information you have submitted and anonymously identify which areas of the site you have visited.  A cookie assigned during a visit on the forums will be deleted once you log out, and another will not be added again until your next visit.

We may link to Sites which may use cookies. does not own or control these entities or sites, and this statement of policy does not cover how these companies use their cookies. 

See for more information about cookies.

Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent, but it may affect your viewing some website features. For further information on cookies and their use, see the help instructions delivered with your browser or contact the browser's manufacturer.

Is the information we collect about you secure?

We take precautions to protect our visitors’ information. When you submit sensitive information via the Web Site, your information is protected both online and offline from unauthorized access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorized modification, and unlawful destruction or accidental loss.

What about children using our site--is their privacy protected?

Yes. In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), this Site does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13 without parental consent. If it is learned that such information has been collected without parental consent, that information will be deleted from the Site’s database as quickly as practical or the child’s parent(s) will be contacted to obtain consent for the collection of the information.

We strongly encourage parents to get involved with their children’s online usage and to be aware of activities in which they are participating.

What about your privacy on linked sites?

This Web Site contains links to other sites and to affiliated sites which have their own privacy policies. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our Site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this Web Site.

By using this Web Site, you consent to the collection and usage of information as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is subject to change without notice and such changes will be updated and reflected within our privacy statement.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy, please email us at

Effective date: September 15, 2011