How does Congregation Sharing work?

JW Scheduler Congregation Sharing allows you to automatically share and synchronize all JW Scheduler data with other approved brothers in your congregation.

Congregation Sharing does not store any confidential or sensitive data online, therefore is fully compliant with sfl. Congregation Sharing is also fully compliant with the strict European GDPR Privacy laws.

JW Scheduler maintains 5 Congregation Sharing Transfer Servers: North America East (located in South Carolina), North America Central (located in Oklahoma), North America West (located in Los Angeles), Asia Pacific (located in Sydney) and Europe (located in Frankfurt).

Standard Data

Before non-confidential standard data is shared, all personal information is fully removed, then the data is encrypted, and finally access is restricted to only those approved and authenticated by the congregation.

For example:

  • Elder A opens JW Scheduler on his own computer, and schedules a Christian Life and Ministry Meeting part.
  • JW Scheduler converts this to computer code.
  • JW Scheduler removes all personal information.
  • JW Scheduler encrypts the computer code.
  • JW Scheduler creates a secure connection to your selected Transfer Server.
  • JW Scheduler uploads this obfuscated and encrypted data to your secured congregation folder on the transfer server.
  • Elder B opens JW Scheduler on his computer. His computer authenticates with the Transfer Server using the Congregation ID and Congregation Password and his Member PIN.
  • If authenticated, his computer creates a secure connection to your congregation folder and checks for updated data.
  • If updated data is detected, the obfuscated and encrypted data is retrieved from the JW Scheduler Transfer Server.
  • JW Scheduler decrypts the data.
  • JW Scheduler updates his local data with the new data.
JW Scheduler Congregation Sharing How does Congregation Sharing work Diagram 1

Personal Information

Sharing Personal Information works differently. We use a simple and secure transfer system (similar to email, but with many advantages).

For example:

  • Elder A opens JW Scheduler on his own computer, and changes the address of a publisher.
  • JW Scheduler converts this to computer code.
  • JW Scheduler encrypts the computer code.
  • JW Scheduler creates a secure connection to your selected Transfer Server.
  • JW Scheduler uploads this encrypted data to the “mailbox” of all other Shared elders.
  • Elder B opens JW Scheduler on his computer. His computer authenticates with the Transfer Server using the Congregation ID and Congregation Password and his Member PIN.
  • If authenticated, his computer creates a secure connection to your congregation folder and checks his mailbox for updated data.
  • If updated data is detected, the encrypted data is retrieved from the JW Scheduler Transfer Server, and immediately and permanently deleted from his mailbox.
  • JW Scheduler decrypts the data.
  • JW Scheduler updates his local data with the new data.

This works similar to Email, with the following advantages:

  1. Email data is not encrypted, JW Scheduler data is.
  2. Even after an Email is received, the data remains on the Email server. JW Scheduler personal information data does not, it is immediately deleted.
  3. Even if you delete Email data, it stays on the email server for a period of time. JW Scheduler data doesn’t, it is immediately and permanently removed.
  4. Email company administrator staff have access to read all emails. JW Scheduler developers or support cannot.
  5. Many email servers have built-in “back doors” to allow governments and other agencies to read your data. (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, etc). JW Scheduler does not. No one can read your data except authenticated congregation members.

Sharing Security and Privacy

JW Scheduler takes data privacy and security very seriously. We feel that your congregation and member data is yours, and should be fully secure at all times.

Congregation Sharing implements the following security practises:

  1. All data is always encrypted, both when the program is open and closed, when data is sent or received, and when the data is stored.
    • Note: JW Scheduler uses a 128-bit key, CipherMode CBC and PaddingMode PKCS7.
    • Note: Data transfer uses HTTPS connections, so it’s encrypted on the transport layer (known as TLS).
  2. JW Scheduler developers or support personnel cannot view or edit your data.
  3. Our Sharing Transfer servers are fully secured by Congregation ID, Congregation Password and Member PIN, only allowing your approved congregation members to transfer data to other congregation members.
  4. If you Disable Sharing, all your encrypted data is permanently removed from the Sharing Server.
  5. Congregation Sharing has been designed to be fully compliant with sfl.
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