Even an initial site for your supporters might be set up to collect information. Most church websites offer some or all of the following data collection forms:
- Email newsletter signup
- Contact us
- Online donation
If someone signs up for your newsletter, do you make it plain what you’re going to do with their email address? Do you set a cookie on their browser (even ethically) so that they’ll see your online ad before a big event you’ll promote?
I’m a little torn on this – on the one hand it sounds a little over-the-top for small, startup, volunteer organizations to go to this kind of trouble. My first reaction was, “For real?!?”
Which is maybe a little contradictory because personally I’m pretty security and privacy cautious. I’m not prone to hand out my own info willy-nilly. And there are even mobile apps I won’t use because they grant themselves way too much access to every bit of sensitive info on my phone.
But let’s take it a step further – do you encourage everyone to fill out a connection card (paper or electronic) and then get that information into a church database? Would guests be creeped out to know you even have a church database that isn’t disclosed anywhere?
Resources for Creating Your Own
- FreePrivacyPolicy.com which I used to create mine
- Better Business Bureau
I’m interested to hear your take on this. Join the conversation on social media and let me know!