Privacy Policy

Last modified: June 2020

Introduction

       The Yogananda Seva (the “Organization” or “We”) respects your privacy and are committed to protecting it through our compliance with this policy.

       This policy describes the types of information we may collect from you or that you may provide when you visit the Organization’s website https://yoganandaseva.org (the “Website”) or utilize the Organization’s mobile application (the “Mobile App”) (the Website and Mobile App may be collectively referred to as the “Services”) and our practices for collecting, using, maintaining, protecting, and disclosing that information.

      This policy applies to information we collect:

  • From this Website and Mobile App.
  • In E-mail, text, and other electronic messages between you and this Website.
  • Through the Mobile App and desktop applications you download from the Website, which provide dedicated non-browser-based interaction between you and the Website.
  • When you interact with our advertising and applications on third-party websites and services, if those applications or advertising include links to this policy.

      It does not apply to information collected by:

  • Us offline or through any other means, including on any other website operated by Organization or any third party (including our affiliates and/or subsidiaries); or
  • Any third party (including our affiliates and subsidiaries), including through any application or content (including advertising) that may link to or be accessible from, or on, the Website.

       Please read this policy carefully to understand our policies and practices regarding your information and how we will treat it. If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use our Services. By accessing or using the Services, you agree to this privacy policy. This policy may change from time to time (see Changes to Our Privacy Policy). Your continued use of the Services after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the policy periodically for updates.

Children Under the Age of 18

       The Services are not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen (18) (“Children” or “Child”). No Child may provide any personal information to, or on, the Website or Mobile App. We do not knowingly collect personal information from Children. If you are a Child, do not use or provide any information on Website or Mobile App, or on or through any of its features/functionality, make any purchases through the Website or Mobile App, use any of the interactive or public comment features that may be available on the Website or Mobile App, or provide any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, E-mail address or any screen name or user name you may use.

       If we learn that we have collected or received personal information from a Child without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware or suspect that your Child provided us with personal information, please contact us at support@yoganandaseva.org.

       California, European Union, and UK residents may have additional rights regarding the collection and sale of their personal information. Please see Rights Applicable to California, European Union and UK Residents for more information.

Information We Collect About You and How We Collect It

       We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Services to you, including the following:

  • Personal Information – Personal Information is data that can be used to contact or personally identify you, such as name, postal address, E-mail address, telephone number, credit card number, and any other identifier by which you may be contacted online or offline.
  • Usage Data – Usage Data may include, but is not limited to, information about your internet connection, the equipment you use to access our Services, such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address browser type, browser version, the pages of our Services that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
  • Location Data – We may use and store Location Data if you give us permission to do so. We use this data to provide features of our Service, to improve and customize our Services. You can enable or disable location services when you use our Service at any time by way of your device settings.
  • Tracking & Cookies Data – We use Cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and we hold certain information. Cookies are files with a small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Other tracking technologies are also used such as beacons, tags and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Services. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Services. Examples of Cookies we use are Session Cookies, to operate our Services; Preference Cookies, to remember your preferences and various settings; and Security Cookies, for security purposes.

      We collect this information:

  • Directly from you when you provide it to us.
  • Automatically as you navigate through the site. Information collected automatically may include usage details, IP addresses, and information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies.
  • From third parties, for example, our business partners.

Information You Provide to Us

       As part of the nature of our business, we use the information provided by you to extend the services we offer. The information we collect on or through our Services may include:

  • Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website or Mobile App. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our Services, subscribing to our Services, posting content or material, or requesting further features. We may also ask you for information when you enter a contest or promotion sponsored by us, and when you report a problem with our Services.
  • Information you post, publish or display on public areas of the Service, or transmitted to other Users of the Service or third parties (collectively, “User Contributions”).
  • Records and copies of your correspondence (including E-mail addresses), if you contact us.
  • Details of transactions you carry out through our Services and the fulfillment of your orders. You may be required to provide financial information before placing an order through our Services.
  • Your responses to surveys that we might ask you to complete for research purposes.
  • our search queries from the Website or Mobile App.

Information We Collect Through Automatic Data Collection Technologies

       As you navigate through and interact with our Services, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information about your equipment, browsing actions, and patterns, including:

  • Details of your visits to our Website or Mobile App, including traffic data, location data, logs, and other communication data and the resources that you access and use on the Website or Mobile App.
  • Information about your computer and internet connection, including your IP address, operating system, and browser type.

How We Use Your Information

       The Organization uses the collected data for various purposes:

  • To provide and maintain our Services;
  • To notify you about changes to our Services;
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Services when you choose to do so;
  • To provide customer support;
  • To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service;
  • To monitor the usage of our Services;
  • To detect, prevent, and address technical issues;
  • To provide you with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or inquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information;
  • For any other purpose with your consent; and
  • In any other way we may described when you provide information.

       We may use your personal information to communicate with you and send you information as part of the Services regarding your requests for information, contests you entered into, newsletters and surveys, technical notices, security alerts, support and administrative messages, significant updates to the Services or policies, as well as relevant notifications regarding your account or job application, job suggestions, or the status of your background check or assessment. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or the instructions provided in any E-mail we send. For text message notification you can reply with “OPTOUT” to stop receiving texts. To learn more about how to manage these communications, see Rights Applicable to California, European Union and UK Residents.

Storage of Your Information

       The Organization will retain your personal information only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Policy. We will retain and use your personal information to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

       The Organization will also retain usage data for internal analysis purposes. Usage data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Services, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer periods.

Transfer of Data

       Your information, including personal information may be transferred to – and maintained on – computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ from those of your jurisdiction.

       If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including personal information, to the United States and process it there.

        Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

        The Organization will take all the steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your personal information will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your personal information.

Disclosure of Your Information

       We may disclose aggregated, anonymized and/or non-identifying information about our users, without restriction.

  • To our subsidiaries and affiliates, including but not limited to Self-Realization Fellowship of Los Angeles, California (“SRF”).
  • To contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business and who are bound by contractual obligations to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
  • To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution or other sale or transfer of some or all of the Organization’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by the Organization about our users is among the assets transferred.
  • To third parties to market their products or services to you if you have consented to/not opted out of these disclosures. We contractually require these third parties to keep personal information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
  • We may provide SRF with your personal data in order to verify your SRF membership or your participation in certain SRF programs such as SRF Lessons Study. Some Organization programs are designed to serve SRF members and students, and require such verification.
  • To fulfill the purpose for which you provide it to us.
  • For any other purpose disclosed by us when you provide the information.
  •  With your consent.

      We may also disclose your personal information in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • To comply with any court order, law, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.
  • To enforce or apply our Terms of Use and other agreements, including for billing and collection purposes.
  • To comply with a legal obligation.
  • To protect the rights, property, or safety of the Organization, users of the Services, or others.
  • To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Services.
  • To protect against legal liability.

We also may share your information, including your Personal Information, with our subsidiaries and affiliates, including but not limited to SRF, for direct marketing purposes. You may have the right to request additional information regarding the “sale” of your personal information. Please see Rights Applicable to California, European Union and UK Residents for more information.

Service Providers

       We may employ third-party service providers and data processors to facilitate our Services, provide the Services on our behalf, perform services related to the Website or Mobile App or assist us in analyzing how our Services are used.

       These third parties have access to your personal information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

Analytics

       We may use third-party service providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

  • Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.
    You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity. For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en

Data Security

             The security of your data is important to us but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. The safety and security of your information also depends on you. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password for access to certain parts of our Services, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone. We urge you to be careful about giving out information in public areas of the Services like message boards. Any other users of the Services may view the information you share in public areas.

Payments

       We may provide paid products and/or services within the Services. In that case, we use third-party services for payment processing (e.g. payment processors).

       We will not store or collect your payment card details. That information is provided directly to our third-party payment processors whose use of your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.

       The payment processors we work with are:

Links to Other Websites

       Our Services may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. We do not control third parties’ collection or use of your information or the privacy policies or practices of these websites. We strongly advise you to review the privacy policy of every site you visit. We provide these links solely for the convenience and information for the users of our Services. The Organization assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third-party sites or services.

Third-Party Use of Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

       Some content or applications, including advertisements, on the Website and Mobile App may be served by third-parties, including advertisers, ad networks and servers, content providers, and application providers. These third parties may use cookies, alone or in conjunction with other tracking technologies, to collect information about you when you use our Services. The information they collect may be associated with your personal information or they may collect information, including personal information, about your online activities over time and across different websites and other online services. They may use this information to provide you with interest-based (behavioral) advertising or other targeted content.

       We do not control these third parties’ tracking technologies or how they may be used. If you have any questions about an advertisement or other targeted content, you should contact the responsible provider directly.

Accessing and Correcting Your Information

       You can review and change your personal information by logging into the Website and visiting your account profile page.

       You may also send us an E-mail at support@yoganandaseva.org to request access to, correct or delete any personal information that you have provided to us. We cannot delete your personal information except by also deleting your user account. We may not accommodate a request to change information if we believe the change would violate any law or legal requirement or cause the information to be incorrect.

       If you delete your User Contributions from the Website, copies of your User Contributions may remain viewable in cached and archived pages, or might have been copied or stored by other Website users. Proper access and use of information provided on the Website, including User Contributions, is governed by our Terms of Use.

       California, European Union, and UK residents may have additional personal information rights and choices. Please see Rights Applicable to California, European Union and UK Residents for more information.

Rights Applicable to California, European Union and UK Residents

       California, European Union, and UK residents may have further rights in addition to those mentioned above. This Privacy Policy reflects our compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) of the European Union and state statutes including California’s “Shine the Light” law (Civil Code section 1798.83) and the California Consumer Privacy Act.

“Do Not Track” Signals Under the California Online Protection Act (CalOPPA)

       We do not support Do Not Track (“DNT”). DNT is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked. You can enable or disable DNT by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser.

Right of Access
       You have the right to obtain from us confirmation as to whether or not your personal information is being processed, and where that is the case, to request access to the personal information. The accessed information includes – among others – the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal information concerned, and the recipients or categories of recipients to whom the personal information have been or will be disclosed. You have the right to obtain a copy of the personal information undergoing processing. For further copies requested by you, we may charge a reasonable fee based on administrative costs

Right to Rectify and Complete Personal Information
       You can request the rectification of inaccurate data and the completion of incomplete data. We will inform relevant third parties to whom we have transferred your data about the rectification and completion if we are legally obliged to do so.

Right to Rectify and Complete Personal Information
       You can request the rectification of inaccurate data and the completion of incomplete data. We will inform relevant third parties to whom we have transferred your data about the rectification and completion if we are legally obliged to do so.

Right to Erasure (Right to be Forgotten)
       You have the right to obtain from us the erasure of personal information concerning you in limited circumstances where:

  • it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected;
  • you have withdrawn your consent (where the data processing was based on consent);
  • following a successful right to object;
  • it has been processed unlawfully; or
  • the data has to be erased in order to comply with a legal obligation to which the Organization is subject. We are not required to comply with your request to erase personal information if the processing of your personal information is necessary for:
    1. compliance with a legal obligation; or
    2. the establishment exercise or defense of legal claims.

Right to Restriction of Processing
       You have the right to request restrictions to the processing of your personal information. In this case, the respective data will be marked and can only be processed by us for certain purposes. This right can only be exercised where:

  • the accuracy of your personal information is contested, to allow us to verify its accuracy;
  • the processing is unlawful, but you do not want the personal information erased;
  • it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected, but you still need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or you have exercised the right to object, and verification of overriding grounds is pending. We can continue to use your personal information following a request for restriction, where
    1. we have your consent;
    2. to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or
    3. to protect the rights of another natural or legal person.

Right to Data Portability
       You have the right to receive the personal information which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and you have the right to transmit those data to another entity without hindrance from us, but in each case only where:

  • the processing is based on your consent or on the performance of a contract with you; and
  • the processing is carried out by automated means.

Right to Object
       You have a right to object at any time to the processing of your personal information which has our legitimate interests as its lawful basis. If you raise an objection, we have an opportunity to demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate interests which override your rights and freedoms. The right to object does not exist, in particular, if the processing of your personal information is necessary to take steps prior to entering into a contract or to perform a contract already concluded.

Right to Object to How We Use Your Personal Information for Direct Marketing Purposes
       You can request that we change the manner in which we contact you for marketing purposes. You can request that we not transfer your personal information to unaffiliated third parties for the purposes of direct marketing or any other purposes.

Right to Withdraw Consent
       If you have given us your consent for the processing of your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, without affecting the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

Right to Obtain a Copy of Personal Information Safeguards for Transfer of Data Outside Your Jurisdiction
       If you are a resident or citizen of the EU or UK (as applicable), you can ask to obtain a copy of, or reference to, the safeguards under which your personal information is transferred outside the EU or the UK (as applicable). We may redact data transfer agreements to protect commercial terms.

Right to Lodge a Complaint With Your Local Data Protection Authority
       If you have concerns about how we process your personal information, you have a right, at any time, to lodge a complaint with your local data protection supervisory authority (i.e. your place of habitual residence, place or work or place of alleged infringement).

       We ask that you please attempt to resolve any issue with us first, although you have a right to contact your supervisory authority at any time. If you have any questions or concerns, or wish to exercise your privacy rights, please call us at (760) 417-6080 or E-mail support@yoganandaseva.org or writes us at:

Yogananda Seva
Attn: Data Custodian
2014 Woodmoss Court
Encinitas, CA 92024

Changes to Our Privacy Policy

       We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page. We will let you know via E-mail and/or a prominent notice on our Services, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy. You are responsible for ensuring we have an up-to-date active and deliverable E-mail address for you, and for periodically visiting our Website and this privacy policy to check for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

Contact Information

       To ask questions or comment about this privacy policy and our privacy practices, please contact by E-mail at support@yoganandaseva.org or by visiting this page on our Website at https://yoganandaseva.org/contact.

       All feedback, comments, requests for technical support and other communications relating to the Service should be to support@yoganandaseva.org.