Website Privacy Policy

Updated:  April 12, 2022

Who We Are

This is a website for the Beach United Methodist Church located in Fort Myers Beach, FL.  We post information about the church, about our beliefs, about church events, and what the church does.  Our website address is:

What Personal Data We Collect and Why We Collect It


When visitors leave comments on our site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.  This data includes the commenter’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided via the comment form), timestamp, and IP address. Additionally, a IFrame receives the following data: blog ID attached to the site, ID of the post on which the comment is being submitted, commenter’s local user ID (if available), commenter’s local username (if available), commenter’s site URL (if available), MD5 hash of the commenter’s email address (if available), and the comment content.

If you use a Gravatar service, an anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to that service. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:


Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enable the site’s or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information.

If you leave a comment on our site, the comment author’s name, email address, and site URL (if provided during the comment submission) are stored in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies and delete any previously-set cookies. This is managed through your browser settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.


To set up and process subscriptions, we collect the subscriber’s name and email address, as well as the ID of the page.  In the event of a new subscription being initiated, we also collect some basic server data, including all of the subscribing user’s HTTP request headers, the IP address from which the subscribing user is viewing the page, and the URI which was given in order to access the page. This server data is used for the exclusive purpose of monitoring and preventing abuse and spam.  Your email address is only used to send you a notice of church news, a church request, or church events.

Functionality cookies are set for a duration of 347 days to remember a visitor’s blog and post subscription choices if, in fact, they have an active subscription.

You may manage or opt out of existing subscriptions by clicking on the Subscription tools at the bottom of any subscription e-mail. There are links to “unsubscribe” as well as links to change your e-mail settings under “manage subscriptions”You may also clear all functionality cookies through your browser settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser’s Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies.

Embedded content from other websites

Pages on this site may include embedded content (e.g. YouTube videos). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics & Website Services

This website makes use of services that collect data for analytics and security purposes.  These services include (statistics), Wordfence (security), Jetpack (statistics, spam filtering), and Google Analytics (statistics). The data that is typically collected is server log type information which may include, URL requested on our domain, referring URL, IP address, browser, language and operating system used, and time and date.  These services may also use cookies.  We use summaries of this data to see and monitor our website traffic, spam counts, hacking attempts, and specific page counts.  These service providers use of the data they collect is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

Who We Share Your Data With

We do not sell, trade, transfer, or otherwise make available to outside parties any of your personally identifiable information. The website service providers that we use such as, Wordfence, Jetpack, Mailchimp, and Google may share non-personal server data with third party vendors.  These service providers use of the data they collect is dictated by their respective privacy policies.

How Long We Retain Your Data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.  Subscription data is held until a user unsubscribes from the website.

How We Protect Your Data

Data transmitted to this website is protected with HTTPS encryption.  We use security software to help block malicious attacks on our website.  This software also monitors our website for any changes, hacking attempts, or inappropriate activity and alerts us of this activity.

What Rights You Have Over Your Data

If you have subscribed to 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.

Where We Send Your Data

This site has a spam checking service enabled.  The following information is sent to the service for the sole purpose of spam checking: commenter’s name, email address, site URL, IP address, and user agent.

Third party links

Our site may contain links to other web sites.  .These web sites and have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites.

Our Contact Information

If you have privacy specific questions or inquiries, please click on this contact form link – Contact.  Please fill out the form and click send.  We’ll get an email with your question.