Who is Auckland Rainbow Community Church?

Auckland Rainbow Community Church (ARCC) is a Christian community for all people, especially those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or transsexual, their families and friends. ARCC is based in Auckland, New Zealand. We are a registered Charity. Our Charity number is: CC36357.

What information do we collect about you?

We may collect personal information from you, including information about your:

  • Contact information (name, phone number, email, address).
  • Work information (job title, company, location).
  • Online/digital information through Google Analytics (pages viewed, blogs read, mobile/computer, contact form submissions). More about online information is below.
  • Offline interactions with us (meeting notes).

Providing personal information is optional, but if you choose not to provide personal information, we may be unable to:

  • Respond to your queries regarding our services.
  • Customise our website to suit your browser or device.

How do we collect this information?

Personal information is collected on our website through four methods.

  • Filling in an online contact form
  • Emailing us from email addresses found on our website.
  • Calling us from numbers found on our website.
  • From cookies put in place by our marketing tools. More information about using cookies is included below.

Why do we collect this information?

We collect your personal information:

  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
  • To provide you with information that you request from us.
  • To notify you about planned activities and services.

Who do we share your information with and why?

We will not share your information with third parties except:

  • as required by law,
  • as necessary to protect the Churches interests,
  • in instances that you permit OR in accordance with your consent

What online/digital information do we collect through our marketing tools?

On our website, we have a number of online marketing tools that use a combination of cookies to track what you do on our website and other online interactions. These include:

  • Content Management Systems (WordPress). When you fill in forms on our website. As a result, we may be able to track your browser activity and link it back to your user profile.
  • Google Analytics. This uses cookies to let us know things like how you got to our website, what pages were viewed, blogs read, any interactions such as pages visited or filling in a form.
  • Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. Tells us your age, gender, potential interests, what you’ve been looking for online.

This information is still anonymous. We won’t know your name or address. But we can see a virtual “you”. This combination of data might have been more than you intended to give.

Why do we collect this online/digital information through these tools?

The data collected online is primarily used for research and advertising purposes.

Google Analytics is a tool that can be used to analyse visitor behaviour on a website. We analyse what people are doing and we guess why they are doing it. So, over time, changes to the website might be made as a result of that analysis. For example, we see people aren’t reading content on our website so we review content to make it more interesting to our intended audience.

We may also use the data to help optimise our website for search engines (SEO).

How do we control this online/digital information that we’ve been given?

We want to make it clear that you don’t have to give us this information. There are a number of ways to control the cookies on your website browser:

  • When you first visit this website cookies will begin to store (anonymous) information about you.
  • You can choose not to accept cookies, but be aware that the website may not work as it is meant to because of this. If you delete your cookies or clear your cache the information will be removed.
  • If you wish to revoke your consent to the use of cookies on this website you can either delete the cookies in your browser’s memory or clear your cache.
  • If you wish to prevent cookies being set before you visit this website (or most other websites) you can set your browser to block cookies. Most browsers allow you to do this in their settings.
  • Otherwise, cookie information set on your browser will generally update in some way each time you visit our website. It’s auto-updating based on its parameters.
  • If you would like to know more about cookies, please visit the ICO website

How do we keep your data secure?

  • We take appropriate steps to maintain our contact information in a secure environment to prevent unauthorised use.
  • Only Board members and those carrying out the work of the church (service preparers for instance) can access this data through password encrypted logins.
  • All those who access private information about you know what privacy practices are and how to process, record and maintain security for the data that we have.
  • We keep your information for four years at which point we destroy it by securely erasing all digital copies.
  • Any data breaches will be reported to the authorities within 72 hours of us finding out.

How can you access/update/delete/transfer your information?

In terms of the personal information that we have about you (like names, addresses, notes, emails, phone numbers), you have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you. You can ask for it to be updated, transferred or deleted. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it updated, transferred or deleted, please contact us at:

Email: aucklandrainbowchurch@gmail.com

Address: 187 Federal Street, Auckland, New Zealand

In terms of the data we have about you that has been collected through cookies and the marketing software we use, please refer to the cookie control section of the privacy policy above.

What happens when our privacy policy changes?

Changes may be necessary to this policy to reflect legal or data processing developments. If we change the policy we will provide information on our website so that users can review the changes. Any significantly different use of your data will be communicated to you and you will be able to choose whether you agree to the new usage.