The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit its web site. It is our policy to acquire personal information from users only by overt and voluntary means, only when it is in the interest of the user to provide it, and to utilize this information only for the purpose it was provided. The information that follows explains the kinds of information the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America 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?
This site collects anonymous data that is not indicative of and cannot be traced to an individual without the cooperation of their Internet Service Provider. This data includes information about the user's remote IP address, referral data (which page "linked" to the present request), and the browser software's user-agent string. This information is accepted passively from the HTTP headers that are sent from the user when requesting any file from the server. Other anonymous data entered by the user may be collected in a common repository.
Personally identifiable data is collected only by means of form interfaces on the site, into which the user must voluntarily enter the information requested. This information is requested only when it is necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated by the interface containing the form that requests it. Such interfaces require only the information reasonably necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated on the interface.
No attempts are made to covertly or quietly collect personally identifiable information, nor are cookies or any other tracking technology used for the purpose of coordinating information that a user may opt to enter in various interfaces on the site.
What organization is collecting the information?
Information entered by site visitors is retrieved directly by the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, 4568 West Pine Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri, 63108-2193 - Telephone: 314-361-0600.
How does the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America 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. Data such as the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month, or the most popular search terms are analyzed to derive general statistics about the site's reach and the audience's usage patterns.
Personally identifiable information is used only for the express purpose for which it was submitted. For example, if a user completes an online Scouting For Food commitment card, the information collected will only be used for purposes of that years Scouting For Food campaign.
With whom does the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America share the information that is collected?
The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, does not share personally identifiable information about its web site visitors with anyone.
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 Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.
Exception: the Greater St. Louis Area Council, 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 the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America maintain the information it collects?
In most cases, personally identifiable information is not maintained on the web server. Information that is collected via a form is used for the specified purpose and destroyed or maintained at a secure, internal location.
In cases where information is stored on a web server, such as an e-mail distribution list, access to the information is only available to key personnel, and individuals have the option to remove their personal information at any time.
How does the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?
The Boy Scouts of America does not use its web site to collect any personally identifiable information from children under 13 years of age. Any interface that requests personally identifiable information that appears on an interface that can be expected to be viewed by children under 13 years of age is accompanied by a notice that submissions cannot be accepted from users under 13 years of age. Where "age" or "date of birth" is requested, no information will be stored or transmitted unless the response indicates that the user is 13 years of age or older.
Providing personal information is never a prerequisite for accessing any of the content or resources on this Web site. Specifically, refusal to provide personal information via a Web interface will never result in a user being denied access to any on-line content or resource he or she would be able to access were the information submitted.
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