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Privacy Policy

This privacy policy discloses how we collect, protect, and use information you provide us online, as well as how we protect children's privacy. By using the pages on this site, you are accepting the practices described in the Privacy Policy. Troop 163 of the Boy Scouts of America is committed to respecting and protecting the personal privacy of its members and those who visit its Web site. It is our policy to acquire personal information from users only by overt and voluntary means, only when it is in the interest of the user to provide it, and to utilize this information only for the purpose it was provided. The information that follows explains the kinds of information the Troop 163 Web site collects, how it is used, the conditions under which it is made available to third parties, how the information is maintained, and our compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
 
What information does this site collect?
Except as noted below under "Interfaces That Collect Personal Information," this site collects anonymous data that is not indicative of and cannot be traced to an individual without the cooperation of their Internet Service Provider. This data includes information about the user's remote IP address, referral data (which page "linked" to the present request), and the browser software's user-agent string. This information is accepted passively from the HTTP headers that are sent from the user when requesting any file from the server. No attempts are made to covertly or "quietly" collect personally identifiable information, nor are cookies or any other tracking technology used for the purpose of coordinating information that a user may opt to enter in various interfaces on the site.
 
Interfaces That Collect Personal Information
Personally identifiable data is collected only by means of form interfaces on the site, into which the user must voluntarily enter the information requested. This information is requested only when it is necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated by the interface containing the form that requests it. Such interfaces require only the information reasonably necessary to accomplish the overt purpose indicated on the interface. 
 
What organization is collecting the information?
Information entered by site visitors is retrieved directly by Troop 163 of the Boy Scouts of America, Slater Iowa.
 
How does Troop 163 use the information it collects?
The anonymous information collected is used to monitor the usage of this Web site and the interests of those who use it. Data such as the volume of traffic to the server, the number of visitors a certain section of the site receives each month, or the most popular pages viewed are analyzed to derive general statistics about the site's reach and the audience's usage patterns. Personally identifiable information is used only for the express purpose for which it was submitted, as indicated on the interface itself and/or detailed in "Interfaces That Collect Personal Information," above.
 
With whom does Troop 163 share the information that is collected?
Troop 163 does not share personally identifiable information collected from site visitors with anyone. Reports, statistics, and other analyses of aggregate anonymous information may be shared within the organization or provided to third parties at the sole discretion of Troop 163. This information does not include any personally identifiable information.
 
Exception: Troop 163 reserves the right to use all information at its disposal and to share this information with ISPs, law enforcement agencies, and other third parties as necessary to investigate any incident of misuse or abuse of its site, server, or information systems.
 
How does Troop 163 maintain the information it collects?
Personally identifiable information is stored in a secure database.
 
How does Troop 163 comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) protects the personal information of children under the age of 13. This applies to individually identifiable information about a child that is collected online, such as full name, home address, email address, telephone number or any other information that would allow someone to identify or contact the child. The Act and Rule also cover other types of information - for example, hobbies, interests and information collected through cookies or other types of tracking mechanisms-when they are tied to individually identifiable information. It is important for you to understand this law; we encourage you to read more about COPPA. This legislation applies only to Web sites of a commercial nature. However, Troop 163 considers it to provide sound advice for any Web site that is intended for use by children. Therefore, the Troop 163 Web site does not request or store any "age" or "date of birth" information, and providing personal information is not a prerequisite for accessing any of the content or resources. Specifically, refusal to provide personal information via a Web interface will never result in a users being denied access to content or resources they would be able to access were the information submitted.

Links to Other Web Sites and Services
This site may be linked to other sites and services that are not maintained by Troop 163. These Web sites have their own privacy policies, which you should review prior to visiting them. We have no responsibility for linked Web sites and provide these links solely for the convenience and information of our visitors.
 
Policy Modifications and Deviations
We may modify this privacy policy and will post those changes here. If the privacy policy changes in the future, we will not use any personal information you have submitted to us under the current Privacy Policy in a manner that is materially inconsistent with this Privacy Policy, without your prior consent. It may be necessary to deviate from this general policy in unique instances and for specific purposes. In such instances, a link will be provided to a description of the deviation. This link will be placed where it can be reasonably expected to be noticed prior to submitting any information for which this privacy policy is modified or exempted in any way.
 
Thank you Troop 32 of Glenview, Illinois.
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