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Privacy Policy

Who are we?
This website is an activity of the Joint Christian Science Reading Room UK (Charity no. 1143776), which is sponsored by many of the Christian Science Churches throughout the UK. Its standard of privacy protection is based on the Golden Rule in Christianity (Matthew 7:12, Luke 6:31) and as written in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p 497:24) as our sixth tenet: "And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.". Read below to see how this idea plays out in the world of online privacy.

The UK Online Reading Room respects and protects the privacy of users. We also ensure that your data is protected in-line with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

What information do we collect and how do we collect it?
This site does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals, for instance, when signing up to our mailing list, through comments or e-mails you may send to this site and through purchasing items via our online shop.

Your email address will not be added to one of our mailing lists unless specifically requested by the individual, or the individual has signed up themselves. Our mailing lists are currently handled through MailChimp, and are all double opt-in - meaning a two step sign-up confirmation.

We will give an individual, either you or a Subscriber, access to any Personal Information we hold about them within 30 days of any request for that information. Individuals may request to access, correct, amend or delete information we hold about them by contacting us here. Unless it is prohibited by law, we will remove any Personal Information about an individual, either you or a Subscriber, from our servers at your or their request. There is no charge for an individual to access or update their Personal Information.

How will we use the information we collect?
Our policy regarding this information is simple: We will not sell, trade, rent to, or share with third parties any of your personal information without your permission. As an exception, to protect site visitors and the general welfare, The UK Online Christian Science Reading Room will release personal information about its users when the law requires us to do so. If you sign up your e-mail address to one of our mailing lists, we will use it to send you specifc information solely relating to that mailing list such as live-stream events, site updates, activities, and products of this site's shop and its affiliates. All such communications provide you the opportunity to unsubscribe or “opt-out” from receiving such communications at the bottom of the email.

The UK Online Reading Room may use, reproduce, distribute, and display in whole or in part, in any media, with or without name attribution, the statements, questions or comments you submit through any “Contact Us” pages.

We do collect anonymous, aggregated data for statistical purposes. We may use such information to help determine ways to improve our site and may share this unattributable information with our affiliates and suppliers.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding what is done with your information or would like such information deleted from our records, please use our Contact Us form.

Is the information we collect about you secure?
Your privacy is important to us, and we take precautions to protect our visitors’ information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline from unauthorized access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorized modification, and unlawful destruction or accidental loss.

When you sign up to one of our mailing lists, your email address and name (if applicable) are stored on our Mailling List provider's servers (MailChimp). To access your data a password to our account is needed, and only a few people on our team have this access. Each person with access will ensure that your data is handled in line with our data protection policy principles. To read more about MailChimp's privacy policy:

When you purchase something from our shop, your email address, telephone number and address are stored on the servers of our shop platform - Shopify. Only a limited number of staff has access to this password protected account, and each person with access will ensure that your data is handled in line with our data protection policy principles. Your card payment details cannot be accessed by us. Payment is either dealt through ShopifyPayments or PayPal.

What are cookies and how do we use them?
A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from’s web server and is stored on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies cannot be used to collect data from any user’s computer. Cookies can only be used in conjunction with visits within our site.

We may link to Sites which may use cookies. The Online Reading Room does not own or control these entities or sites, and this statement of policy does not cover how these companies use their cookies.

See for more information about cookies.
Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your browser to refuse cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent, but it may affect your viewing some website features. For further information on cookies and their use, see the help instructions delivered with your browser or contact the browser’s manufacturer.

What about your privacy on linked sites?
This website contains links to other sites and to affiliated sites which have their own privacy policies. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third-party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this web site.

By using this web wite, you consent to the collection and usage of information as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is subject to change without notice and such changes will be updated and reflected within our privacy statement here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy, please email using our Contact Us form.

Last updated: May 2018