Information Privacy Statement

Saint John's Seminary (SJS) respects and protects the privacy rights of all individuals that use www.sjs.edu (the “Site”). Any personally identifiable information that is provided on the Site will be kept private and only used for its intended purposes and to fulfill the mission and direction of SJS.

This Information Privacy Statement will fully disclose our policy about the collection, maintenance, use, disclosure, and security of personally identifiable information obtained from users of the Site. By personally identifiable information, we mean a user’s name, address, email address, telephone number, financial information or any other information that can be used to contact an individual, or which is identifiable of a specific individual (“Identifiable Information”). SJS uses commercially reasonable measures to protect Identifiable Information from unauthorized access, loss, misuse, disclosure, or alteration.

SJS may provide access to Identifiable Information to the Archdiocese of Boston (“AOB”), SJS employees, contractors, and stakeholders that have a need to know and have confidentiality obligations to AOB or SJS. SJS may also disclose your Identifiable Information as required by applicable law or pursuant to a subpoena, order and/or request of a court or other governmental, legislative or regulatory body. Lastly, SJS may modify your Identifiable Information such that it is not identifiable as yours, and SJS may store, analyze, manipulate, aggregate, display, disclose, distribute, retain and otherwise use such unidentifiable information without restriction. SJS may distribute unidentified information and aggregated statistical information for research and reporting purposes. Except as provided above, your Identifiable Information will not be disclosed, sold, traded or rented to any third parties.

SJS obligations under this Information Privacy Statement do not apply to any information or data that: (a) is not identifiable as yours; (b) is or becomes entirely in the public domain; (c) was known to SJS prior your provisioning of information or data; (d) received lawfully from a third party through no breach of any obligation of confidentiality owed to you; and/or (e) created by SJS independently of its access to or use of your Identifiable Information.

The security of the Site, servers and other computer equipment used to bring you the Site is a high priority of SJS. We maintain the Site and all associated data with technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect against loss, unauthorized access, destruction, misuse, modification, and improper disclosure of all information under SJS’s control. SJS follows reasonable industry-standard security procedures such as encrypted administrative communication, restricted access to underlying machines, and firewalls at network access points. However, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of the Site or databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to use through the Internet. To assist with maintaining your privacy, SJS requires you to keep any usernames and passwords you use to access the Internet and the Site strictly confidential.

SJS will collect certain technical information from your computer when you access or use the Site. Below we have summarized this technical information:

  • Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses are identification numbers assigned to a user’s computer by its Internet Service Provider each time the user logs onto the Internet, or are permanently assigned if a user has an open connection to the Internet.
  • SJS maintains standard web logs that record basic information about visitors to this Site. Our web logs contain the following information:
    • The type of browser you are using when you access this Site, for example, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc.;
    • The type of operating system you use, for example, Windows 10;
    • Your location through geo-location services;
    • The Internet domain from which you access this Site and/or the address of the website you linked here from; and
    • The date(s) and time(s) you visited this Site, and the pages you viewed and/or functions you used while you were at this Site.

SJS does not try to identify individuals or otherwise collect Identifiable Information from IP addresses or web log information. IP addresses and web log information are used by SJS to, among other things, administer the Site, help diagnose technical problems, to track and analyze aggregate data associated with the Site, to design the Site, identify popular features, and in similar ways. SJS may aggregate IP addresses and/or web log information, and may store, analyze, manipulate, display, disclose, distribute, retain and otherwise use such unidentifiable information. SJS may also provide IP addresses and/or web log information to law enforcement agencies if someone tries to alter, impair, or destroy the Site or use it in an unauthorized or illegal way.

“Cookies” are pieces of information that a website transfers to a user's computer for record-keeping purposes. SJS currently does use cookies via Google Analytics. Google Analytics does collect data about your traffic via Google advertising cookies and identifiers, in addition to data collected through a standard Google Analytics implementation. You can disable interest-based advertising via the advanced ads-personalization setting.

SJS has provided links to other sites on the Site, including but not limited to, links you may find useful, to facilitate donations, or enable transactions to be processed through the SJS Store and donation sites. These sites have different privacy policies and you should be aware of each site’s privacy policy before providing any information to those sites. SJS is not responsible for any information you provide to sites that we have provided links to.

If you believe that any of the information held by SJS is incomplete or inaccurate, you have the right to notify us and make any updates or corrections. To do so, contact us at 617-254-2610 or contact@sjs.edu.

SJS reserves the right to change the terms and conditions of this Information Privacy Statement at any time in its sole discretion. Changes to this policy will be made on this page of the Site. You are responsible for regularly reviewing this Information Privacy Statement and all such changes. Continued use of the Site after any such changes have been posted shall constitute your agreement to such changes.

Updated: 10/15/2020