Introduction and Who we are
The American College of Vedic Astrology, located in Sedona, Arizona, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to teaching the art and science of Vedic Astrology or Jyotisha.
The above lists the Owner, Operator and Data Controller (within the meaning of data protection laws applicable) of this website. References in this notice to “we” or “us” are to the above.
American College of Vedic Astrology is committed to protecting the privacy of our website visitors and customers. The purpose of this Privacy Notice is to outline how we collect and use any personal information about you (which is known as “personal data” under data protection legislation)
We have updated our Privacy Policies to account for the changes required by the European Union’s General Data Protection Law, with effect from 25th May 2018.
By law, you have a number of rights when it comes to your personal data. Further information and advice about your rights can be obtained from the data protection regulator in your country
Rights & Explanation
- to be informed
You have the right to know what personal data is being collected, our identity and your data protection rights (as per this Privacy Notice).
- access to your personal data
You have the right to request and obtain access to your personal data
- to have inaccuracies corrected
If your personal data is inaccurate or incomplete, you have the right to have the data rectified, without undue delay.
- to have information erased
This is also known as the ‘right to be forgotten’, you have the right to have your data erased, without undue delay.
- data portability
This right only applies where processing of personal data is carried out by automated means. You have rights to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services. For example, if you decide to switch to a new provider, this enables you to move, copy or transfer your information easily between our IT systems and theirs safely and securely, without affecting its usability.
- to restrict the processing of your information, including automated decision-making
You have a limited right of restriction of processing of your personal data by a data controller. You have the right to not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing.
Description of Information we collect
We collect the personal data that you provide us during the registration for courses and exams as well as while filling the contact form on our contact page and any further personal data you provide to update your registration details from time to time.
- Identity Data: name, email address, an online username,
- Contact Data: address, email address and telephone numbers, social media links.
- Website Data: internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access our website; information about how you use our website and services.
- Other: Like most websites, we also gather statistical and other analytical information collected on an aggregate basis from website visitors to our website. This data comprises information that cannot be used to identify or contact you, such as for example, user browser types and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of our website. We use this data in an aggregate form to get a better understanding of where our visitors come from and to help us better design, organize and market our website. Should you have any queries regarding this data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How We Collect Personal Data
- Via our contact page
- From 3rd Parties: We may receive your personal data from 3rd parties including but not limited to referees
How long we keep your personal data for
We will not keep your personal data for any purpose for longer than is necessary and we will only retain the relevant personal information that is necessary in relation to the purpose.
If you tell us, at any time, that you no longer want to have an account, then we will delete your personal data from our records.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
A cookie is a text file that a Web browser stores on a user’s machine. They are used to remember settings and preferences between visits to the site, as well as information between different pages on the same site.
For security reasons, cookies can only be read by the site that set them. To find out more about cookies in general, you might find the following link useful.
Currently, there are three types of cookies that may be generated as you browse our site: preference cookies, analytics cookies and reCAPTCHA specific cookies.
- Preference Cookies
Currently, we only set one type of preference cookie, when you click OK to signify that you have accepted cookies. If this cookie is set, we will not display the banner at the bottom of the page.
How do I control preference cookies?
These cookies are set as a direct result of your choice, and function solely as indicators of what that choice was. We do not believe they pose any risk to your privacy. However, you can always disable them from the widget displayed at the bottom left of our website or use your browser settings to control whether or not our site can set cookies on your computer.
- Analytics Cookies
In order to monitor how our sites are performing, we collect data about page visits. This information is completely anonymous — we cannot determine who it came from. When we use this data, we look at numbers of visitors overall rather than individual visits.
Analytics information is used in reports and to improve our site. For example, we have used analytics data to add, remove or change features of the site based on how popular they are with users.
We track, for example:
- the numbers of visitors to individual pages;
- when pages were visited;
- how long users stayed on the page;
- the page they came from;
- technical data about the device being used to browse the site (such as browser and operating system version, and display size) — we use this data to ensure that the technology our site uses is appropriate for the majority of our users, and how best to display the site for users who have less capable browsers.
You can enable or disable analytics cookies from the widget bar we provide at the bottom of our pages. Alternatively, Google provides a tool to opt-out of Google Analytics. This is available for all modern browsers in the form of a browser plugin.
- re CAPTCHA specific cookies.
In order to filter out spam and for security purposes, we are using Googles’s reCAPTCHA on our Contact page. We give you the option to contact us directly by email, should you not agree with Google’s privacy terms and information it collects.
Controlling cookies within your browser
A browser is a program you use to view web pages. Your browser allows you to control what cookies are set on your computer, and how long they are stored. You may have more than one browser installed on your computer. In this case, you will need to change the settings for each browser you use.
Registration & Purchases
To visit our websites, registration is not required.
However, you may be asked to complete a registration form if you wish to avail yourself of personalized services or make a purchase. We use third party services for selling materials and courses and that all the shopping experience falls under their privacy policies http://contentshelf.com/privacy
At the time of registration (optional) or purchase, a user is required to provide contact information (such as name, email and shipping address) if you wish to make a purchase.
When we receive and transfer sensitive information such as credit card numbers, we redirect visitors to a secure server, and will notify visitors accordingly. Credit card details are directly transferred to the Credit Card Processor and no sensitive information is held by our server.
We use third party services for donation processing and that falls under their privacy policies https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/gdpr-readiness-requirements
ACVA shopping section powered by third party services Content Shelf is in the process of updating their policies for GDPR. If the user is an EU resident and has concerns of using store for buying ACVA courses and materials may contact ACVA via https://acvaonline.org/contact/
Alternatively, you can reach us via email email@example.com
Personalization and Surveys
We never sell or share our faculties’, donors’, customers’ or guests’ email address or other personal details to anyone outside of our organization.