Privacy policy

Privacy and confidentiality policies of Willow Loves Thexlogy!

Privacy and confidentiality policy

Last revised: June 8, 2019

Willow Loves Thexlogy! (WLT) is a global media ministry with primary purposes of providing the general public with educational materials in the fields of theology and studies of religion. Most such materials are published and broadcast with a presumption that they are for public consumption, not as a form of personal and private communication.

Any comments and questions received in response to WLT's publications, including blog articles, newsletters, podcasts, and live events, are considered to be of public nature. Unless otherwise stated as "confidential" and/or "anonymity requested," any user-submitted contents (such as online comments, emails, and social media responses) will imply user consent for WLT to use such materials in subsequent publications. It is therefore very important that you do not include any personally identifiable information in your comments. (If you do, we will do our best to anonymize your questions and comments, but we cannot guarantee that your privacy will be fully protected.)

Online confidentiality and privacy policy

Cookie policy

Our cookie policy is found here.

Google Analytics

WLT uses Google Analytics for statistical purposes. Google's privacy policy is found here.

JSEcoin

This web site makes use of JSEcoin's in-browser mining feature and display advertising. JSEcoin's privacy policy is found here.

Tawk.to

This web site includes an in-browser live agent chat feature from Tawk.to. By utilizing this feature, you attest that you have read and understood Tawk.to's privacy policy and consent to be bound by it. Any data, including any private information, sent through Tawk.to's messaging feature will be processed by Tawk.to and may be stored on its servers. Incoming messages sent through Tawk.to are also automatically forwarded to us as non-encrypted email. In particular, the following pieces of information are automatically collected when you are on www.willowlovestheology.com whether or not you engage in live chat: (1) your IP address; (2) the country in which your IP address is likely located; (3) your browser type; (4) your operating system. In order to prevent abuse, we require people who utilize this feature to submit a "pre-chat" form, which includes your name, your email address, and a brief note about your question or support needs. These data are transmitted to Tawk.to, processed and stored on Tawk.to's servers, and are visible to the operator and agents of www.willowlovestheology.com.

To block this feature and to stop Tawk.to from automatically collecting the non-personally-identifiable data, disable JavaScript on your browser. Please note that disabling JavaScript will prevent you from using the in-browser live chat, and may affect other functionalities of www.willowlovestheology.com.

Social media channels

Willow Loves Thexlogy! maintains social media presence on Openweb.social (a Mastodon instance), Kapper (a Diaspora* instance), Twitter, and Pinterest. Each platform has its own privacy policy and practices. By using any of these channels, you agree to be bound by the respective privacy policy of that particular channel. We have no control over this. If you are subscribing to, or interacting with, WLT's fediverse presences (Mastodon and Diaspora), be aware that you are being bound by the privacy policy and data security practices of your own instance/pod, in addition to those of Openweb.social and diaspora.kapper.net. In general, any communication or interaction made over the social media are not to be considered private or confidential.

Accessing this web site from public Wi-Fi hotspots

Many open Wi-Fi hotspots at a public location, such as libraries, public buildings, shopping malls, and coffee shops, are entirely unencrypted. Your browsing can be intercepted by anyone, and some operators of free Wi-Fi hotspots are known to surreptitiously collect usage data for marketing research and targeting purposes. Please use VPN (see below) if you are interacting with us from such locations.

Note: Some public Wi-Fi hotspots block access to VPN if connecting via UDP ports. Choose TCP when connecting.

Government and/or corporate surveillance and censorship

We are aware that some people live in a jurisdiction where religious liberties and free thought are censored and suppressed. Even in a "free" country, often a great leeway is given to non-state actors (private entities) when it comes to restricting and monitoring your access to information. Accessing this web site and/or communicating with us from a censorship- and surveillance-happy environment may pose a significant risk to your safety.

  • Cryptostorm offers one of the most secure and private virtual private network (VPN) services, for only $52 USD per year (can be paid with Bitcoin). There is also a free version of this service, which is speed-limited, but with the same advanced security measures.
  • ProtonVPN is another great VPN service. It has a free version with a limited selection of servers (3 in Tokyo, 2 in Amsterdam, 2 in Northern Virginia) but with the same advanced security measures.
  • Tor browser is also a great tool to protect your privacy and overcome any censorship.
  • DNS leak test - Did you know that your Internet service can monitor which web sites you visit using the DNS servers it owns? Unfortunately, some older VPN software leaks your browsing data. How to fix DNS leak
  • WebRTC leak is another privacy issue you should be vigilant against. Using VPN alone does not, unfortunately, stop WebRTC. Using WebRTC Shield (for Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi, Opera, and Brave and Firefox Quantum) is a simple way to prevent WebRTC leak.
  • ipv6 leak can also pose a danger to you if you live in a censorship-heavy environment.

Privacy policy related to pastoral care, spiritual direction sessions, and other private consultations (over the internet, by correspondence, or in person)

WLT may provide extended private pastoral care, spiritual direction, and prayer support to those who request, through a private, end-to-end encrypted online communication platform (such as Discord, Telegram, and Keybase), or through encrypted email (using PGP keypair, ProtonMail, or Tutanota), as well as in person. Communications made through these channels are considered confidential communications between a minister and a congregant.

Please do not use the Tawk.to in-browser messaging for pastoral care communications or any privacy-sensitive matters (see above).

Due to limitations of time and resources, any pastoral care provided by WLT cannot be a substitute for a local church membership or pastoral counseling offered by a local church near you.

Mandatory reporting laws

WLT is a ministry of a member of clergy as defined by the laws of the State of Oregon (where WLT is based in). Therefore, we fall under Oregon's "mandatory reporting" law, ORS 419B.005(3). While, as a matter of religious conscience we do not actively cooperate with the police forces under any circumstance, if it comes to our attention that someone who is believed to reside and/or work in Oregon is engaging in a suspected abuse or neglect of children, elderly, and other vulnerable population (as defined by law), an appropriate reporting will be made with the Oregon Department of Human Services.

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