Privacy Policy

At The Ministry Market, we care deeply about privacy. We believe in transparency, and we’re committed to being upfront about our privacy practices, including how we treat your personal information. We know you care about your privacy too, so we provide settings that allow you to control how certain information is used by The Ministry Market.

This policy explains our privacy practices for TheMinistryMarket.com (the “Site”), mobile applications and services provided by The Ministry Market.

This policy is a part of our Terms of Use. By visiting the Site or using apps, you consent to our use of your personal information in the ways set out in this policy and in our Terms of Use. This policy only applies to The Ministry Market’s Site, apps and services. We are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies of any third-party websites or apps.

The Ministry Market’s Terms of Use require all account owners to be at least 18 years of age (or have the permission and supervision of a responsible parent or legal guardian), therefore, this policy does not discuss use of our Site, our apps, or services by minors.

Information Collected or Received

To use our platform, you will need to provide us with a valid email address and you may be able to choose a username. Depending on the services you choose, we may collect additional information, for example: billing or payment information, a telephone number, and a physical address.

Your username is publicly displayed and connected to your activity. Other people may see the date you joined; ratings, reviews and related photos for items you purchased or sold; your profile information; items you listed for sale; your shop pages and policies; your favorites, followers and those you follow; sold item listings and the number of items sold; and comments you post in our community spaces. You may optionally choose to provide and publicly display your full name and other personal information (such as birthday, gender, and location).

You may connect to The Ministry Market with an external application, in which case The Ministry Market may receive information from that other service, as explained below.  We use technologies such as cookies, clear gifs, log files, and flash cookies for several purposes, including to help understand how you interact with our site and services, in order to provide a better experience.

Uses and Sharing

We use the information that we gather from users in a number of ways. For example, if you purchase an item, we’ll share your shipping information with the seller; we could use your suggestions to improve our services; we use data analytics for targeted online and offline marketing; and of course, we use your email address to communicate with you. We also partner with service providers and other third parties that collect, use, and analyze information about The Ministry Market members and visitors.

The Ministry Market will not sell or disclose your personal information to third parties without your consent, except as specified in our Privacy Policy.

Choices

You may review and change your information in your account settings, and you may remove certain optional pieces of information.  You may control the receipt of certain types of communications from your account settings. You also may limit certain tracking by disabling cookies in your web browser.

Information Collected or Received

As a member you are required to provide a valid email address at registration and you may be able to choose a username or alias that represents your identity on The Ministry Market.

Depending on which services you choose to use, The Ministry Market may require additional information to provide the service, such as a shop name, billing and payment information (including billing address, telephone number, credit card information), a telephone number, and/or a physical postal address. As a seller, if you choose to use our virtual wallet or credit card payment, The Ministry Market may require information such as your social security number, identification ID or tax ID, date of birth, bank account information, credit card information and/or other proof of identification in order to verify your identity and provide this service to you and to comply with applicable law. We may store credit card information and use it for both billing and payment purposes. The Ministry Market may contact individual shop owners to confidentially request more information about their shops or items listed on the Site, or to ensure compliance with our rules and applicable law. Certain products or services on The Ministry Market may require you to complete an application; information you submit through the application processes will not be displayed publicly and will only be used internally by The Ministry Market, unless otherwise specified.

Your username, ID or alias is publicly displayed and connected to your activity. Other people may see the date you joined, reviews, ratings, profile information, items listed for sale, shop pages, sold item listings, and comments in community spaces.

The Ministry Market automatically receives and records information from your browser or your mobile device when you visit the Site or use the apps, such as your IP address or unique device identifier, cookies and data about which pages you visit on the Site or on the Apps. This information helps us to prevent fraud and keep the Site and Apps secure, analyze and understand how the Site and the Apps work for members and visitors, and provide a more personalized experience for members and visitors.

When you use the apps, you may choose to share your geo-location details with The Ministry Market in order to use our location-based services. If you have provided your location details but would no longer like to share that information, you may opt out of those services through the settings on the Apps or on your mobile device. You may also enable the Apps to access your mobile device’s camera to upload photographs to The Ministry Market.

Some members or visitors may connect to The Ministry Market or register a account using an external third-party application, such as Facebook, or an app developed using The Ministry Market application programming interface (API). The Ministry Market may receive data from those connected third-party applications. Connecting your account to third-party applications or services is optional, and when you connect your account to an external app, you will be granting The Ministry Market permission to receive information from the third-party applications. You can also choose to share some of your activity on The Ministry Market on certain social media networks which are connected to your account.

The Ministry Market may receive or obtain information (for example: an email address) about a person who is not yet a registered member (a “non-member”) in connection with certain features, such as when a non-member subscribes to an newsletter, a member invites a non-member to visit the Site, a member uploads non-member information using the contact uploader feature, a non-member engages in a transaction, or a member sends a gift card code to a non-member. Non-member information is used only for the purposes disclosed when it was submitted to The Ministry Market. A non-member can contact The Ministry Market Support if they do not want The Ministry Market to retain their information.

Choice & Control

We know that members of our community value having control over their own information, and therefore The Ministry Market gives you the choice of providing, editing or removing certain information, as well as choice over how we contact you.

You may change or correct your account information (except your username) on the Site. You may also remove certain optional information on the Site that you no longer wish to be publicly visible on the Site, such as your full name.

For various reasons, The Ministry Market may send you messages about our services or your activity. Some of these messages are required, service-related messages for members (such as transactional messages or legal notices). Other messages are not required, (such as newsletters), and you can control which optional messages you choose to receive by changing your settings in your account.

If you no longer wish to use The Ministry Market’s services or receive service-related messages, then you may close your account.

Messages from The Ministry Market

On occasion, The Ministry Market will contact you. Primarily, these messages are delivered by email, and every account is required to keep a valid email address on file to receive messages. The Ministry Market may contact you by telephone to provide member support or for transaction related .  Additionally, The Ministry Market may send you an SMS message or physical mail in order to provide you with customer support or to provide you with information about products and features you may find of interest.

Some messages from The Ministry Market are service-related and required for members. Examples of service-related messages include an email address confirmation/welcome email when you register your account, notification of an order, and correspondence with The Ministry Market’s support team. You may not opt out of receiving service-related messages from The Ministry Market, unless you close your account.

The Ministry Market may also send you messages related to certain features or your activity on the Site or Apps. The Ministry Market may send you news or updates about changes to our Site, Apps, or services. From time to time, we may develop new types of messages and share them with you to inform you about our services.

Community

The Ministry Market is both a marketplace and a community. We offer several features that allow members to connect and communicate in public or semi-public spaces, such as conversations, blogs, and chats. Please use common sense and good judgment when posting in these community spaces or sharing your personal information with others on The Ministry Market. Be aware that any personal information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by others, or could be used to send you unsolicited messages. The Ministry Market generally does not remove content from community spaces, and your posts may remain public after your account is closed. You are responsible for the personal information you choose to post in community spaces on The Ministry Market.

Another member may follow your public activity on The Ministry Market to receive updates, such as when you create a public Treasury list or add an item to your public Favorites. You may choose to make certain activities private through your account settings on the Site. After a member has begun following your activity, you have the option to block that member through the Site if you do not wish to share your updates with that specific person.

Information Uses, Sharing & Disclosure

We respect your privacy. The Ministry Market will not disclose your name, email address or other personal information to third parties without your consent, except as specified in this policy. We generally use the information to provide and improve our services and products, for billing and payments, for identification and authentication, for targeted online and offline marketing, to contact members or interested parties, and for general research and aggregate reporting.

The Ministry Market limits access to your personal information by personnel to those whom we believe reasonably need that information to provide products or services to you or in order to do their jobs.

As part of the buying and selling process, The Ministry Market will facilitate the sharing of information between the two members involved in the transaction, such as the other member’s email address, shipping address, and payment information. By making a purchase on The Ministry Market you are directing us to share your information in this way. We expect you to respect the privacy of the member whose information you received. As described in The Ministry Market’s Terms of Use, you have a limited license to use that information only for The Ministry Market -related communications or for The Ministry Market -facilitated transactions. The Ministry Market has not granted you a license to use the information for unsolicited commercial messages or unauthorized transactions. Without express consent from that person, you must not add any member to your email or physical mailing list or misuse any member’s personal information. Remember that you need to comply with all relevant legal rules when you use The Ministry Market. This includes applicable data protection and privacy laws which govern the ways in which you can use another member’s information.

The Ministry Market may release your personal information to a third party in the following circumstances: to protect, establish, or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims; to comply with a subpoena, court order, legal process, or other legal requirement; or when we believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary to comply with the law, prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss, or investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, threats to our property, or violations of The Ministry Market’s Terms of Use.

The Ministry Market is affiliated with a variety of businesses and works closely with them. These businesses may offer promotions (including email promotions) or sell items or services to you through The Ministry Market’s services. The Ministry Market may also provide services or sell products jointly with affiliated businesses. When an affiliated business is associated with your transaction, we may share information related to the transaction to facilitate the transaction.

The Ministry Market may share demographic information with business partners, but it will always be aggregated and anonymized, so personally-identifiable information is not revealed.  The Ministry Market may engage third party companies and individuals (such as payment processors, research companies, analytics and security providers) to help provide our services. These third parties have limited access to your information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated to The Ministry Market not to disclose or use your information for other purposes.

In some cases, The Ministry Market may choose to buy or sell assets. In these types of transactions (such as a sale, merger, liquidation, receivership or transfer of all or substantially all of The Ministry Market’s assets), member information is typically one of the business assets that is transferred. If The Ministry Market intends to transfer information about you, The Ministry Market will notify you by email or by putting a prominent notice on the Site and the App, and you will be afforded an opportunity to opt out before information about you becomes subject to a different privacy policy.

Third-party plug-ins also may collect information about your use of the Site. For example, when you a load a page on The Ministry Market that has a social plug-in from a third-party site or service, such as a “Like” or “Send” button, you are also loading content from that third-party site. That site may request cookies directly from your browser. These interactions are subject to the privacy policy of the third-party site. In addition, certain cookies and other tracking mechanisms on our site are used by third parties for targeted online marketing and other purposes. These technologies allow a partner to recognize your computer or mobile device each time you visit The Ministry Market, but do not allow access to personally identifiable information from The Ministry Market. The Ministry Market does not have access or control over these third-party technologies, and they are not covered by our Privacy Policy. If you prefer to prevent third parties from setting and accessing cookies on your computer, you may set your browser to block cookies.

We can only speak for ourselves; this policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that The Ministry Market does not own or control, or individuals that The Ministry Market does not employ or manage. If you provide your information to others, different practices may apply to the use or disclosure of the information you provide to them. The Ministry Market does not control the privacy policies of third parties, including other members. The Ministry Market is not responsible for the privacy or security practices of The Ministry Market members or other websites on the Internet, even those linked to or from the The Ministry Market Site or Apps. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.

Security

The security of your personal information is important to us. Your account information is protected by a password. It is important that you protect against unauthorized access to your account and information by choosing your password carefully, and keeping your password and computer secure, such as by signing out after using our services.

The Ministry Market encrypts sensitive information (such as credit card numbers) using secure socket layer technology (SSL). The Ministry Market follows generally accepted industry standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once The Ministry Market receives it. Unfortunately, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Data Retention

The Ministry Market will retain your information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this policy, for as long as your account is active, or as needed to provide you services. If you no longer want The Ministry Market to use your information to provide you services, you may close your account. The Ministry Market will retain and use your information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

You may inform us of any changes or requests regarding your personal data, and in accordance with our obligations under applicable data protection law, we may update or delete your personal data accordingly.

Privacy Policy Changes

We may update this policy from time to time. If we believe that the changes are material, we’ll definitely let you know by doing one (or more) of the following: (1) posting the changes on the Site and Apps, (2) sending you an email or message about the changes, or (3) posting an update in the version notes on the Apps’ platform. That way you can decide whether you want to continue using the Site or Apps. Changes will be effective upon the posting of the changes. You are responsible for reviewing and becoming familiar with any changes. Your use of the Site or App following the changes constitutes your acceptance of the updated policy.