Effective July 1, 2013

The Hindu Educational and Cultural society of America (HECSA) Portland Balaji Temple respects the privacy of every individual who visits our website. We do not disclose any private information of the visitors to third parties for marketing purposes. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully to learn more about the ways in which we use and protect the private and personal information. By visiting our website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

There are 2 ways to access information on our web site. One is as an anonymous user and the second is by creating a user profile. Please see details below for each of the above scenarios.

Visit Web site as an Anonymous user:

In general, one can visit our website without disclosing any personally identifiable information. Our web servers collect the domain names, not the e-mail addresses, of visitors.

In some cases, we may collect information about the site visitor that is not personally identifiable. This information is collected using a “cookie” that enables us to learn which advertisements bring users to our website. Cookies are small files placed on a user’s hard drive that allow us to collect the information. This is an industry standard process used by web servers worldwide. The HECSA uses this information to help us manage online advertising. No information collected by a cookie is personally identifiable, i.e., does not contain your name, address or e-mail address.

The HECSA also utilizes a third party company to analyze web site usage data and generate statistical information to constantly improve the quality of our website and provide better service to our visitors. No data collected by a third party on behalf of The HECSA shall be owned or used by the third party company. The HECSA reserves the right to publish generic data (not tied to any private user information) summary information regarding its website customers for promotional purposes as a representative audience for advertisers.

Visit Web site by creating a user profile:

One can create a user profile and register with the web site. This is purely voluntary and the information that is collected typically includes user name, street address, email address, phone number, and birth date, any other information an user would like to voluntarily provide.

It is our policy not to distribute, sell, rent or in any way make available, your name, e-mail address or any other personally identifiable information.

When you participate in site features such as newsletters, etc., we may use the personally identifiable information in the user’s profile provided by the user, by presenting customized user interface and communicate any updates to the registered users. This is again a very typical industry standard practice user by web site worldwide. Following are some examples of using data from user profiles:

• We may store and process that information to better understand user needs and how we can improve our services to meet user needs
• we may send information via e-mail or postal mail.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

The HECSA has no intention of collecting any personally identifiable information (name, address, telephone number, birth date, or e-mail address) from individuals under 13 years of age. If a child has provided us with personally identifiable information, a parent or guardian of that child should contact us at the e-­-mail address or phone number listed at the bottom of this Statement if they would like this information deleted from our records. We will use all efforts to delete the child’s information from our existing files.

Policy Changes

The HECSA, reserves the rights, at any time, to amend the provisions in this Privacy Policy. Changes to this policy will be identified by the “Effective Date” as displayed in the upper left hand corner of this policy.

The HECSA is not responsible for typographical errors that may occur on this website. All event details or donation amounts are subject to change without prior notice.

The materials on this Website are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as religious, spiritual advice, personal guidance  or any  other form of advice on any specific facts or circumstances. Readers should not act or refrain from acting upon this information without seeking professional advice. Transmission of information on or by use of this Website is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, a client relationship between the sender and receiver. Photographs and other graphics used on this website may be for dramatization purposes only, and may include models or stock photos. Likenesses do not necessarily imply current client, membership and partnership or employee status.

Parents are responsible for the children accessing the web site. HECSA is not responsible for any loss, damage or injuries on the temple premises.

Links to external, or third party Web sites, are provided solely for visitors' convenience. Links from our site directing to other external sites are done at your own risk and HECSA accepts no liability for any sites links from our web site or their associated content. When a user accesses an external Web site, one should keep in mind that HECSA has no control over its content.

Any link from HECSA to an external Web site does not imply or mean that HECSA endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content or the use of such an external Web site. HECSA is not responsible for the quality, safety, suitability, or reliability of any external Web sites or the content or materials contained in them. HECSA will not be responsible for any virus contained in the sites referred to by the external links from our site. It is important for users to take necessary precautions, especially to ensure appropriate safety from viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other potentially destructive items.