Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of California and its Related Entities (“Masons of California,” “we,” “us”) know that you care how Personal Information about you is collected, used, shared and stored. “Personal Information” means information that personally identifies you or another. “Related Entities” includes Masonic Homes of California (including Masonic Outreach Services (“MOS”) and Masonic Center for Youth and Families (“MCYAF”)); Acacia Creek Retirement Community; California Masonic Foundation; California Masonic Memorial Temple; and Nob Hill Masonic Center, Inc.
Notices of Privacy Practices are posted for the Grand Lodge of California.
Personal Information Provided Here
If you are using our website to:
- Register, log on, and access member-specific information
- Register online to attend events, courses, and programs we offer
- Contribute money
- Participate in a survey
You provide us Personal Information:
- Your name
- Email and mailing address
- Telephone numbers
- Unique log-in identifier
- Member ID
- Lodge name and number
- Current lodge office held
- Bank account information (if paying by check)
- Other Personal Information, as requested
We may not collect or receive your credit card information.
When you attend an event, course, or program or make a contribution, your name, lodge, and the name of the event, course, or program, or amount of your contribution, may be posted on our website. We display personal testimonials on our website in addition to endorsements. With your consent, we may post your testimonial along with your name or may post your picture or voice. If you wish to update or delete your name, picture, testimonial or other data or information that may be posted, you can contact us using the information below.
Other Personal Information Collected
You may also provide the following Personal Information: family information, educational background, employment history, government-issued identification number(s), Masonic affiliations, financial and bank account information, health and health insurance information, criminal history, and other background information. We may obtain Personal Information about you from publicly or commercially available sources.
We may also collect Personal Information from you as a result of your email communications with us, which we may retain along with our responses.
When you use our mobile site, we may receive information about your location and your mobile device, including a unique identifier for your device. We may use this information to provide you with location-based services, search results, and other personalized content. Most mobile devices allow you to control or disable location services in the device’s setting’s menu. If you have questions about how to disable your device’s location services, we recommend you contact your mobile service carrier or the manufacturer of your particular device.
How We Use Your Personal Information
The Masons of California’s websites may use “cookies” to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a webpage server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenient feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie may be to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize the Masons of California pages, or register with the Masons of California’s website or services, a cookie helps the Masons of California to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same Masons of California website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customized.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Masons of California services or websites you visit.
Security Measures and Safety of Children
We use your Personal Information to provide services to you and conduct our business.
By way of example and not limitation, this includes to:
- Register as a member and identify you when you log in to your account
- Respond to your inquiries, member service requests, complaints, job application, scholarship application, or application for assistance or residency, or acknowledge your contributions
- Administer employment-related activities (e.g. payroll, workers compensation claims, health insurance, pension)
- Verify activity as we deem necessary
- Deliver programs or services
- Send you a newsletter or other marketing or promotional communications
- Conduct surveys, research, and analyze data to improve our services or customize our communications with you
- Communicate with you
How We Share Your Personal Information with Third Parties
We share your Personal Information:
- With other concordant Masonic bodies
- To perform services
- In connection with the administration of benefits, employment, or award of scholarship
- As required by law, such as to comply with clearance/reporting requirements, a subpoena, or similar legal process.
- To investigate and help prevent abuse, fraud, security threats, malicious activity, intellectual property infringement, or other unlawful activity
- To resolve disputes and enforce our agreements
- To protect the rights and personal safety of the Masons of California, its employees, members, residents, recipients, patients, and others
- In connection with a merger or corporate re-organization
- With your prior consent
We may provide your Personal Information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities, such as background investigations, payment processing, finance and accounting, accepting job applications, human resource management, fundraising activities, and marketing and communication initiatives. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us and are obligated to keep your Personal Information confidential.
Some of our pages utilize framing techniques to serve content to and from our service providers while preserving the look and feel of our site, such as when you enter credit card information or register for an event, course, or program. Please be aware that you are providing your personal information to these third parties and not to www.freemason.org.
How We Store and Protect Your Personal Information
We may store Personal Information in locations outside our direct control (for instance, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers).
We use Security Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology to encrypt sensitive Personal Information (such as your password) before it travels over the Internet. Credit card numbers are never stored on our database or servers.
The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100 percent secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. If you have any questions about security on our website, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compromise of Personal Information
We will promptly notify those persons whose Personal Information is compromised. Notwithstanding, the Masons of California do not accept liability for any unintentional disclosure or a disclosure that occurs due to a security breach of our systems or facilities.
User Access and Choice
You may, of course, decline to submit Personal Information to us; in which case, you may not be able to use certain features of the website or receive certain services.
If your Personal Information changes, you may correct, update, amend, remove, or ask to have it removed by contacting us at email@example.com by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your Personal Information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. We will respond to your request within 30 days.
We will retain your Personal Information for as long as needed to provide you services or as required by law.
Protecting the privacy of young children is especially important. The Masons of California do not knowingly collect or solicit Personal Information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register. If you are between the ages of 13 and 17, please use our website with adult supervision. If you are under 13, please do not send any Personal Information to us. If we learn that we have collected Personal Information from a child under age 13, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any Personal Information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at the contact information below.
Cookies, Analytics/Log Files and Clear GIFs
In addition to the information you provide, Masons of California may also collect information during your visit to the website through Automated Data Collection Tools. These Automated Data Collection Tools include Web beacons, cookies, and embedded Web links. These tools collect certain browser-based information your browser sends to a website, such as:
- Browser type
- Browser language
- Access times
- Address of the website from which you arrived
- Internet Protocol (IP) address
- Unique device identifier
- Clickstream behavior –
- The pages you view
- The links you click
- Other actions you take in connection with the website
The Masons of California may use some of the Automated Data Collection Tools in connection with emails and communications sent from us and, therefore, may collect information using these tools when you open the email or click on a link contained in the email.
Links to Other Websites, Blogs/Forums and Social Media Widgets
Our site includes links to other websites whose privacy practices may differ from those of the Masons of California. When you use a link to go from our website to another website, such as that of our payments processors or event management systems, the privacy statement for the other website governs. We encourage you to carefully read and understand the privacy statement of any website you visit.
Please be aware that any information you submit to any forum on the website, social network, or blog, can be read, viewed, collected, or used by the public or other users of these forums and could be used to contact you, send you unsolicited messages, or for purposes that neither you nor the Masons of California have control of without any expectation of privacy or confidentiality. The Masons of California are not responsible for the personal information you choose to provide in these public forums. To request removal of your personal information from our blog, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.