Privacy Policy

We strive to keep your information safe and secure. We'll never sell it or trade it, and we'll always keep it confidential and under lock-and-key. Please review our official privacy policy below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
GEM Online Privacy Policy
Last updated September 2015
Thank you for visiting a website of GREATER EUROPE MISSION (“GEM”). We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Our Privacy Policy outlines what Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”) we may collect on our website, how we use and safeguard the collected PII, and with whom we may share it.

By submitting your personal information to GEM, you accept our Privacy Policy.

This Privacy Policy only applies to this GEM website and does not apply to any other GEM websites, processes, forms, or policies, which are subject to their own respective privacy policies.  

Links to Non-GEM Web Sites

This website may contain links to other websites. Please be aware that GEM is not responsible for the security, the privacy practices and the materials of those Non-GEM websites. We encourage you to be aware of when you leave the GEM website, and to read the privacy statements of those Non-GEM websites. This Privacy Policy applies only to the GEM website.

Information That GEM Collects

You can inquire about an opportunity to serve, contact us about general questions, and sign up for our monthly newsletter when you visit/use our website. If you elect to engage in these completely optional activities, GEM may ask you to provide us with certain PII to perform the service requested. We may ask you for your first and last name, mailing/physical address (including zip code), e-mail address, telephone number, marital status, and other PII.

How We Use this Information

For your requested purposes, portions of your PII may be stored on our website or another GEM administered database. We store PII in a way that safely and securely retains your information.

We may use PII:
  • to contact you if you expressed interest in an opportunity to serve with GEM or one of its partners;
  • to respond to your inquiries when you submit feedback or questions; and
  • to send marketing information about our activities (stories, donation opportunities, news, etc.) if you choose to regularly receive such information. Any GEM subscription is optional and free; you may unsubscribe at any time.
GEM reserves the right to cooperate with law enforcement officials in the investigation of alleged unlawful activities committed on or through our websites. GEM may disclose PII in the course of officially authorized law enforcement investigations; or as required to comply with a current judicial proceeding, court order, warrant, subpoena or other legal process served on GEM; or to establish or preserve a legal claim or defense. In the event of a suspected attempt to deliberately circumvent our websites’ security, GEM may share PII about a suspected intruder with law enforcement officials. GEM shall have no legal liability for such disclosures. GEM reserves the right to challenge the validity of any subpoena, court order, warrant, or other legal process, in its sole discretion.

We will not sell or market your PII to any third parties. We will not use or transfer PII to third parties for any unrelated purposes—we do not sell, rent, or trade our email lists.

Anonymous Aggregated Information Collection

We may collect aggregated and anonymous usage and browsing history about your device, including IP address, web browser, domain name, referring website address, etc. while on our website, in accordance with your device’s anonymity and broadcast settings.

This aggregated information derived from browsing history helps us learn what parts of our website are most often used, and to improve the content and experience of visiting our website. It allows us to enhance user experience and correct problems.

Cookies and Web Beacons

Cookies are a technology that helps us serve you better. Our cookies collect no PII, but provide us with aggregated information about who visits our site. In addition, web beacons, which are small pieces of code placed on a web page or email newsletter, collect data about visitors to the page, such as counting the number of users, or deliver a cookie to a visitor’s browser. You have the choice to set your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or other options. Rejecting all cookies may prevent you from enjoying the full features of our websites and others.

Transfer of Personal Information to Different or International Locations

This website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of the United States of America. GEM makes no representation that this website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations. By using this website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside the USA acknowledge that this website is subject to USA law. They consent to transferring personal data to the USA, and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws. If you do not want your PII transferred to the USA, do not provide it on this website.

When you submit PII to GEM, you understand and agree that this personal information may be transferred between GEM offices and employees and/or contractors of GEM internationally, and may be stored and processed in any of the countries which GEM and employees and/or contractors of GEM locate in. All transfer, storage and use of your PII shall be subject to and protected by the Privacy Policy. In addition, PII transferred by GEM to another country will be handled in accordance with the privacy laws of that country.


We take precautions to protect your personal information against unauthorized access or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction. These include industry-standard encryption technology; internal reviews of our personal information collection, storage and processing practices; and physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store your personal information.

However, GEM cannot guarantee perfect security on the internet. When using the internet, we recommend that you use safe browsing techniques, change your passwords on a regular basis, and keep your computer up to date by applying the latest available security updates for your software and using such tools as virus/spyware scanners.

Additional Information Concerning Children’s Privacy

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children. We encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in their children’s online activities and interests while using the GEM.

If you are a child, please seek and verify your parent’s or guardian’s consent to visit and use the GEM website.

If you are a parent or guardian, and believe your child has submitted information to GEM, please contact us so that we can remove their information.

Sensitive Personal Information

In the beginning stages of your interest with GEM, will not ask you to provide sensitive personal information on our website such as information about your medical or health record, social security number, or other such information. Please refrain from providing us with such information on our website.

If you are applying for service as a missionary, we may, at different stages of the application, vetting, interview, and approval process, ask questions about social security number, religious beliefs, criminal conviction background, medical information, or other information pertaining to qualification for working at a religious institution. The storage of this information is subject to its own Privacy Policy.

Changes to The Privacy Policy

We may modify the Privacy Policy at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make substantial changes to it, we will notify you by means of a notice on our news and updates page. This Privacy Policy was updated on or about September 3, 2015.

Contacting Us

If you have any inquiries, questions, comments or complaints about the Privacy Policy, or if you believe that GEM did not comply with the Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us here.