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Joint Christian Science Reading Room UK - Registered Charity #1143776

Privacy Policy


This website (Site) ( is an activity of the Joint Christian Science Reading Room UK (UK Charity number: 1143776) (collectively written as ‘us’, ‘we’ and ‘our’), which is sponsored by many of the Christian Science Churches and Societies in the UK. Its standard of privacy protection is based on the Golden Rule (The Bible: Matthew 7:12). 

“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (King James Version)

Read below to see how this idea plays out in the world of online privacy.

The UK Online Christian Science Reading Room (Online Reading Room) is an activity under the umbrella of the charity the Joint Christian Science Reading Room UK, which respects and protects the privacy of users.

This Site does not collect personally identifiable information about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals, for instance, when registering for an account on the shop, by purchasing items from the shop, signing up for our newsletter, in discussion forums or through comments or e-mails you may send to this Site.

To help with spam detection, we may automatically collect the IP address (a unique identifier for your computer or other access device) and browser user agent string from users to our comments pages and from any contact through the ‘Contact Us’ page. We will not use your IP address to identify you in any way. We may also record the type of browser and the operating system that you use to access the website, any pages accessed during your visit and the number of visits you make to the website, in order to help improve how our website works.

While you visit our Site, we’ll track:

  • Products you’ve viewed: we’ll use this to, for example, show you products you’ve recently viewed
  • Location, IP address and browser type: we’ll use this for purposes like estimating postage costs
  • Shipping address: we’ll ask you to enter this so we can, for instance, estimate postage costs before you place an order, and send you the order!

We’ll also use cookies to keep track of basket contents while you’re browsing our site.

For more details on our cookie policy, see below.

When you purchase from us, we’ll ask you to provide information including your name, billing address, shipping address, email address, phone number, credit card/payment details and optional account information like username and password. We’ll use this information for purposes, such as, to:

  • Send you information about your account and order
  • Respond to your requests, including refunds and complaints
  • Process payments and prevent fraud
  • Set up your account for our store
  • Comply with any legal obligations we have
  • Improve our store offerings
  • Send you marketing messages, if you choose to receive them

If you create an account, we will store your name, address, email and phone number, which will be used to populate the checkout for future orders.

We generally store information about you for as long as we need the information for the purposes for which we collect and use it, and we are not legally required to continue to keep it. For example, we will store order information for 10 years for tax and accounting purposes. This includes your name, email address and billing and shipping addresses.

We will also store comments or reviews, if you choose to leave them.

If you purchase an item from our shop without using an account, we are able to see your name, email address, shipping and billing address as given in the order.

This information is secure and only accessible to a small and limited number of administrators to this website, with a unique password. 

We are unable to see your account password and your payment card details.

Our shop uses Stripe Payments to collect payment. Stripe will generally not collect any personal data from you. Here is their privacy policy

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 (Online Reading Room) will release personal information about its users when the law requires us to do so.

If you register for our newsletter with your e-mail address, we will use it to send you information about our online events, Site updates, activities, and products of this Site. All such communications will provide you with the opportunity to unsubscribe or “opt-out” from receiving such communications.

The Online Reading Room may use, reproduce, distribute, and display in whole or in part, in any media, with (only with your permission) or without name/personally identifiable attribution, the statements, questions or comments you submit through forums and/or 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 non-attributable information with our affiliates and suppliers.

Once you place an order with our shop, your name, telephone number, email address and shipping address, along with the details of what you ordered will be sent to myWarehouse, who store and ship our products. This personal information is ONLY used by myWarehouse to address parcels and packages on behalf of us. MyWarehouse NEVER uses this data for any other purpose but in the act of fulfilling our orders, some data is shared with couriers and postal services both within the UK and internationally. MyWarehouse operates internationally and there may be occasions when transient or incidental information that you submit to us, which may include personal information (such as name, work phone and email), is processed by us outside of the country you engaged us in. By submitting information to us, you agree to this. 

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.

Inactive accounts data will be retained for 5 years.
Pending orders information data will be kept for 6 months.
Failed order information data will be kept for 6 months.
Cancelled order information data will be kept for 1 year.
Completed order information data will be kept for 10 years.
Stripe data (for purchases via our shop) will be kept for 10 years.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

If you have signed up for our newsletter, you can opt-out of mailings in every email at the bottom or ask us to remove your email address from our list.

We will only disclose your Personal Information to third parties for any of the
following reasons:
1. If you have consented for us to do so
2. If we are under a legal or regulatory obligation to do so
3. When we use third-party service providers to provide services that involve data processing (where we use service providers we will ensure the
appropriate safeguards are in place to protect your Personal Information).

By using our website, or requesting information from us, placing an order with us, writing a comment on our website or signing up for our newsletter, you consent to us collecting and using the data in the way set out above.

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 to our site.

We may link to Sites that 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.

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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 of some of our website’s features. For further information on cookies and their use, see the help instructions delivered with your browser or contact the browser’s manufacturer.

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.

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. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by this website.

By using this website, 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.

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