COOKIE POLICY

This Cookie Policy governs the use of cookies and social media plugins by the IAS Administrations as part of your visit to our website www.iasmembership.org (hereinafter: “Website”). For more information about what cookies and social media plugins are, see Article 2.

By continuing to use our Website after having been informed of our use of cookies and social media plugins, you acknowledge that you have read all information about that use and that you unambiguously agree to this use as set out in this Cookie Policy below.

If you want more (general) information on how we process your personal data other than through cookies and social media plugins, including in relation to your communication with us via e-mail, phone, fax and social media or in relation to your order, purchase or payment of the membership fees or your contributions, you are kindly referred to our Privacy Policy.

  1. WHO ARE WE?
    1. Your personal data are processed by the IAS Administrations Inc., 4751 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States of America (hereinafter: “IASA”, “we”, “us”, “our”). IAS Administrations is a non-profit organization contracted to provide services to the members of the International Association of Scientologists (“IAS”). You can contact us via e-mail at privacy@iasadministrations.net.
    2. Where reference is made in this Cookie Policy to laws or regulations, possible amendments to these laws or regulations are implicitly included.
    3. We reserve the right to change and adapt this Cookie Policy on our own initiative. In that case, those changes and adaptations will be communicated to you via our Website at least two weeks before those changes and adaptations will become applicable. Any further use of our Website will be subject to the amended Cookie Policy.
  2. WHAT ARE COOKIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLUGINS?
    1. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your device’s hard drive which contain certain information or personal data.
    2. Social media plugins are small pieces of software developed and provided by social media service providers (such as Facebook and LinkedIn), which allow us to integrate social media on our Website.
  3. WHICH COOKIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLUGINS DO WE USE?
    1. When you visit our Website, a number of cookies are placed on your device and social media plugins are used. These generally allow us to identify you. We use this data to gain insight in how you and others use our Website by gathering statistical and usage data, enabling us to improve our Website, materials and services in order to offer you a better user experience. If you don’t like our use of cookies, see Article 7.
    2. We may use the following type of cookies:
      • Strictly necessary cookies which are required for the operation of our Website;
      • Functional cookies which are used to recognize you when you return to our Website;
      • Performance-enhancing cookies which are used to recognize and count the number of visitors to our Website and analyse how visitors move around our Website;
      • Promotion cookies which are used to record your visit to our Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed.
    3. Our Website uses Google Analytics. This web analytics service, provided by Google Inc., uses analytical cookies. This service helps us to collect and analyse visitor information (such as browser usage, new visitor numbers, response to marketing activity and browsing times) to improve our Website and your experience, and to make our marketing campaigns relevant.
    4. In the table below, we provide you with an overview of the cookies and social media plugins that we use on our Website.
       NAME:TYPEEXPLANATION / PURPOSESTORAGE PERIOD
      1._gaCookie (performance-enhancing)

      Cookies provided by Google Analytics to help us measure how users interact with our Website’s content (see Article 3.3).

      Learn more about Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites.

      2 years
      2._gatCookie (performance-enhancing)1 minute
      3._gidCookie (performance-enhancing)24 hours
  4. TO WHOM DO WE SEND YOUR PERSONAL DATA?
    1. We rely on third parties, for example:
      • To provide you our Website (such as a hosting provider); or
      • To target our promotional information (such as a marketing company); or
      • To process your order (such as a transport company to deliver you the materials); or
      • To process your payment (such as a payment service provider or a credit checking agency).
    2. We may share your personal data with the Church of Scientology International and other national, regional or local organizations of the Church of Scientology, such as local Churches, Missions, social betterment and humanitarian programs, Continental Membership Offices or IAS Field Disseminators. For example, we share your IAS membership status and your contact details with the Church of Scientology International (CSI) to let them know your eligibility to own a Hubbard Professional Mark Ultra VIII E-Meter or your eligibility to certain member discounts. However, we will ensure that all Scientology organizations will take due care that all processing of your personal data is in line with what is set out in this Cookie Policy.
    3. We may be legally obliged to share your personal data with competent law enforcement agents or representatives, judicial authorities, governmental agencies or bodies, including competent data protection authorities, to comply with a legal obligation as set out in Article 3 above.
    4. We do not send your personal data in an identifiable manner to any other third party than the ones mentioned in Articles 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 without your explicit consent to do so. However, we may send anonymized data to other organizations that may use those data for improving materials and services as well as to tailor the marketing, displaying and selling of those materials and services.
  5. WHERE DO WE PROCESS YOUR PERSONAL DATA?
    1. We process your personal data both within and outside the European Economic Area (EEA), including in the USA. In order to process your personal data for the purposes outlined in Article 3 above, we may also transfer your personal data to third parties who process on our behalf outside the EEA. Each entity outside the EEA that processes your personal data will be bound to observe adequate safeguards with regard to the processing of your personal data. For IASA, such safeguards result from the fact that we are directly bound by compliance with EU legislation in the context of personal data protection. For third parties, such safeguards may be the consequence of:
      • The recipient country having legislation in place which may be considered equivalent to the protection offered within the EEA; or
      • A contractual arrangement between us and that entity; or
      • An approved certification mechanism, such as the EU-US Privacy Shield decision adopted by the European Commission on 12 July 2016.
    2. We may transfer anonymized and/or aggregated data to organizations outside the EEA. Should such transfer take place, we will ensure that there are safeguards in place to ensure the safety and integrity of your data and all rights with respect to your personal data you might enjoy under applicable mandatory law.
  6. WHAT QUALITY ASSURANCES DO WE COMPLY WITH?
    1. We do our utmost best to process only those personal data which are necessary to achieve the purposes listed under Article 3 above.
    2. Your personal data are only processed for as long as needed to achieve the purposes listed under Article 3 above or up until such time where you withdraw your consent for processing them. Your withdrawal of consent may imply that you can no longer use the whole or part of our Website. We will de-identify your personal data when they are no longer necessary for the purposes outlined in Article 3 above, unless there is:
      • An overriding interest of IASA, or any other third party, in keeping our personal data identifiable; or
      • A legal or regulatory obligation or a judicial or administrative order that prevents us from de-identifying them.
    3. You understand that an essential aspect of our marketing efforts pertains to making our marketing materials more relevant to you. We do this by customizing your unique profile based on relevant characteristics and then use this profile to provide you with communications, promotions, offerings, newsletters and other promotional information about materials and services that may interest you.
    4. We will take appropriate technical and organizational measures to keep your personal data safe from unauthorized access or theft as well as accidental loss tampering or destruction. Access by our staff members or third parties’ personnel will only be on a need-to-know basis and be subject to strict confidentiality obligations. You understand, however, that safety and security are best efforts obligations which can never be guaranteed.
    5. If you are registered to receive promotional information, such as communications, promotions, offerings and newsletters, via e-mail or other person-to-person electronic communication channels, you can change your preferences for receiving such promotional information by clicking the opt-out link provided in such promotional information.
    6. If you are registered to receive paper promotional information, such as magazines, communications, promotions, offerings and newsletters, you can object to receiving further promotional information on paper by submitting a request to our Data Protection Officer in accordance with Article 8.8 of this Cookie Policy.
  7. WHAT IF YOU DON’T LIKE COOKIES?
    1. In order to prevent cookies from being placed on your device, you have to configure your browser settings. How to adjust these settings, to delete cookies and to withdraw your consent to our use of cookies depends on the browser you are using. However, keep in mind that modifying these settings or deleting cookies may result in certain features of this Website no longer working properly. Click on the browser you are using below to get more information about how to adjust the cookie settings:
  8. WHAT ARE YOUR RIGHTS?
    1. You have the right to request access to all personal data processed by us pertaining to you. We reserve the right to charge a reasonable administrative fee for multiple subsequent requests for access that are clearly submitted for causing nuisance or harm to us. Each request must specify for which processing activity you wish to exercise your right to access and must specify to which data categories you wish to gain access to.
    2. You have the right to rectification, i.e. to ask that any personal data pertaining to you that are inaccurate, are corrected free of charge. If you submit a request for correction, your request needs to be accompanied of proof of the flawed nature of the data for which correction is asked.
    3. You have the right to withdraw your earlier given consent for processing of your personal data.
    4. You have the right to erasure, i.e. to request that personal data pertaining to you be deleted if these data are no longer required in the light of the purposes or if you withdraw your consent for processing them. However, you need to keep in mind that a request for deletion will be evaluated by us against:
      • Our and a third parties’ interests which may override your interests; or
      • Legal or regulatory obligations or administrative or judicial orders which may contradict such deletion.
    5. You have the right to restriction instead of deletion, i.e. to request that we limit the processing of your personal data if:
      • We are verifying the accuracy of your personal data; or
      • The processing is unlawful and you oppose the deletion of your personal data; or
      • You require your personal data to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim, while we do no longer need your personal data for the purposes listed under Article 3 above; or
      • We are verifying whether our legitimate interests override your interests if you exercise your right to object in accordance with Article 8.6.
    6. You have the right to object to the processing of personal data if:
      • The processing is based on our legitimate interest; and
      • You are able to prove that there are serious and justified reasons connected with your particular situation that warrant such objection; and
      • Our legitimate interests do not override your interests.
    7. You have the right to data portability, i.e. to receive from us in a structured, commonly-used and machine-readable format all personal data you have provided to us if the processing is based on your consent or a contract with you.
    8. If you wish to submit a request to exercise one or more of the rights listed above, you can contact our Data Protection Officer by sending an e-mail to privacy@iasadministrations.net. An e-mail requesting to exercise a right will not be construed as consent with the processing of your personal data beyond what is required for handling your request. Such request should meet the following conditions:
      • State clearly which right you wish to exercise; and
      • State clearly the reasons for exercising your right if such is required; and
      • Your request should be dated and signed; and
      • Your request should be accompanied by a digitally scanned copy of your valid identity card proving your identity. If you use the contact form, we may ask you for your signed confirmation and proof of identity.
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