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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how (the “Site” or “we”) collects, uses, and discloses your Personal Information when you visit or make a purchase from the Site. By using our online store, you consent to the collection and usage of information as described in this Privacy Policy.

What information do we collect?

“Personal Information” means the following types of information that we may gather, store, and use relating to you to provide you with access to the Site:

  • “Registration Information” means any information provided when you voluntarily subscribe through the Site to email newsletters, bulletins, and other communications, including, but not limited to, username, password, and email address, or register for use of the online shops, if applicable.
  • “Customer Service Communications” means any information that you report to us about the operation of the Site, including bug reports or requests for enhancements.
  • “Log Information” means information that your browser sends when you use the Site. Our servers automatically record basic information that your browser sends. These server logs may include information such as your message, Internet Protocol address, other addressing information, the date and time of your request and an authentication token used to validate your identity and that of your computer. We will use this information to assist us in providing you with a quality user-experience on the Site and for our statistical information.
  • “Payment Information” is any information provided when making purchases in the Online Store. For payment transactions, we use third-party banking organizations and other providers of payment services. These services collect necessary payment-processing information to process your payments. You are providing the necessary payment -processing information directly to such provider(s).


The Site is not intended for individuals under the age of 16. We do not intentionally collect Personal Information from children. If you are the parent or guardian and believe your child has provided us with Personal Information, please contact us at the address below to request deletion.

Sharing Personal Information

Except as provided below, we shall not sell, rent, trade or otherwise transfer any Personal Information to any third party without your express permission unless we are obliged to do so to comply with applicable laws, regulatory requests, and orders from competent authorities.
We share your Personal Information with service providers to help us provide our services and fulfill our contracts with you, as described above. For example:

  • We use BigCommerce to power our online store. You can read more about how BigCommerce uses your Personal Information ere:
  • We use Square as our in-store point-of-sale system. Purchases made through our online store sync to Square. You can read more about how Square uses Personal Information here:
  • We may share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

Using Personal Information

Our primary purpose in collecting information is to provide you with an efficient user-experience. We may also use the information defined in this Privacy Policy to:

  • inform you about Site updates.
  • inform you about online events, promotional offers, activities, and products; (When you provide us your email address, such as when you subscribe to a newsletter, you agree that the Reading Room may use your email to send you messages about online events, promotional offers, activities, and products of this Site. You may revoke your consent at any time by email to
  • provide the services, receipts, and any customer support you request or other services as described when we collect information.
  • resolve disputes, and troubleshoot problems.
  • enforce our Terms.
  • customize, measure, and improve the Site, content and layout.
  • compare information for accuracy and verify your identity.

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Privacy Policy or the Terms, we may access, use, preserve, or disclose any information we have access to if we have a good faith belief that such access, use, preservation, or disclosure of any information is reasonably necessary to:

  • satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
  • enforce these Terms.
  • detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues.
  • protect against imminent harm to the rights, property, or safety of the Christian Science Reading Room in Laguna Beach, Site users, or the public.

Your rights


If you are a resident of California, you have the right to access the Personal Information we hold about you (also known as the ‘Right to Know’), to port it to a new service, and to ask that your Personal Information be corrected, updated, or erased. If you would like to exercise these rights, please contact us through the contact information below.
If you would like to designate an authorized agent to submit these requests on your behalf, please contact us at the address below.


"Cookies" are text files stored on a user’s hard drive that are used to collect information about the user’s visits to the Site. We use cookies to help us create an overall profile of how a user uses our Site, and how often visits occur. Our cookies are not used to collect personal data from any user's computer - cookies are only used in conjunction with visits within our Site.
A cookie is downloaded to your computer or device when you visit our Site. We use several different cookies, including functional, performance, advertising, and social media or content cookies. Cookies make your browsing experience better by allowing the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login and region selection). This means you don’t have to re-enter this information each time you return to the site or browse from one page to another. Cookies also provide information on how people use the website, for instance whether it’s their first time visiting or if they are a frequent visitor.
The length of time that a cookie remains on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies last until you stop browsing and persistent cookies last until they expire or are deleted. Most of the cookies we use are persistent and will expire between 30 minutes and two years from the date they are downloaded to your device.
You can control and manage cookies in various ways. Please keep in mind that removing or blocking cookies can negatively impact your user experience and parts of our website may no longer be fully accessible.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can choose whether or not to accept cookies through your browser controls, often found in your browser’s “Tools” or “Preferences” menu. For more information on how to modify your browser settings or how to block, manage or filter cookies can be found in your browser’s help file or through such sites as
Additionally, please note that blocking cookies may not completely prevent how we share information with third parties such as Google.


Please note that because there is no consistent industry understanding of how to respond to “Do Not Track” signals, we do not alter our data collection and usage practices when we detect such a signal from your browser.

No rights of third parties

This Privacy Policy does not create rights enforceable by third parties.

How do we protect your personal information?

We take reasonable administrative, technical, and physical security measures to protect against the unauthorized access, destruction, or alteration of your information, and do not retain it any longer than permitted to perform our services or as required under relevant law.

You should be aware that Internet communications are not always secure. Despite our best efforts, no security measures are completely effective. Therefore, we cannot promise you that third parties cannot access your Personal Information, and you agree we are not liable for any such disclosure(s).


We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal, or regulatory reasons.


For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at or by mail using the details provided below:
Christian Science Reading Room
284 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Phone 949-494-4503
Last updated: May 27, 2023

If you are not satisfied with our response to your complaint, you have the right to lodge your complaint with the relevant data protection authority. You can contact your local data protection authority, or our supervisory authority here: