Privacy Policy

It is the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s  policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s visitors use its website. From time to time, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s member sites. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that site commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s websites choose to interact with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in ways that require the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. Those who engage in transactions with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania may monitor the most popular member sites on the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania site. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s behalf or to provide services available at the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of a Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania website and have supplied your email address, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and our products. We expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania uses cookies to help the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania identify and track visitors, their usage of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s website, and their website access preferences. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Google Analytics

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania uses first-party and third-party cookies such as Google Analytics to optimize and serve ads based on past visits to our website. We also use this data to remarket Google Ads to specific audiences.

If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics for display advertising, you may do so by using the Google Ads Settings.

There is also a Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on that you can download at: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Email

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania maintains a list of email addresses of users who have specifically opted to receive mailings and newsletters from us relating to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, services and events. Participation in this mailing list is strictly voluntary, and any user may opt out at any point by emailing pafreemason@masonicvillages.org a message with a subject of “unsubscribe” from the email address they wish removed from the list. Email addresses from this mailing list are only used for these notifications, and will not be distributed to any third party.

Business Transfers

If the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania’s sole discretion. The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Rights and Changes to this Notice

We are required to provide you with a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices at admissions. You can also request a copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices, by contacting the Admissions Office or Marketing Office at any time. You have the right to request a paper copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices, if you have previously agreed to receive the Notice of Privacy Practices electronically.

We reserve the right to change or revise the terms of the Notice of Privacy Practices at any time. We will post the most recent copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices on pertinent bulletin boards and our website https://pagrandlodge.org/.

Questions and Complaints

If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint with our Chief Compliance Officer at 717-367-1121 ext. 33223. We will take no retaliatory action against you if you file a complaint about our privacy practices.

If you have questions concerning this notice, or would like to know how to file a complaint, please contact our Chief Compliance Officer at 717-367-1121 ext. 33223.