Effective Date: May 17, 2017

See related: Terms of Use

Summary

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org’s Privacy Policy is summarized here and applies to information gathered by ProtectMyPublicMedia.org (including its co-managers, American Coalition for Public Radio (ACPR) and APTS Action, Inc. (APTS)) or its predecessor website, 170millionamericans.org. Please scroll down to see the full Privacy Policy.

Children

Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers) via the web or mobile device, to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org or to anyone else. ProtectMyPublicMedia.org does not knowingly allow anyone under the age of 13 to provide any personally-identifying information to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. If you are under 13, please do not sign any petitions, take any actions, tell your story or provide any information about yourself on ProtectMyPublicMedia.org.

Gathering Information

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org collects contact information, such as name, address, email address, and phone number, that visitors voluntarily submit by, for example, signing up for email updates, uploading content to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, submitting a comment to a blog, inviting a friend to join ProtectMyPublicMedia.org or sharing the campaign with a friend, or signing a petition or submitting a letter to Congress through the website.

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org’s web server creates access logs for visitors, recording such information as IP address, date and time of visit, path taken, browser, list of files downloaded or viewed, and time spent using audio or video files.

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, through its third party analytics vendor, collects information from a visitor’s mobile device, including device identifier, operating system, phone model, and/or browser information.

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may collect a visitor’s other personal information (such as age or gender) (a) that the visitor has chosen to associate with the visitor’s social media account(s), or (b) in aggregated, non-identifying form through third-party vendors.

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org uses cookies and web beacons to track certain user activity. ProtectMyPublicMedia.org’s third party vendors that provide analytics services also use their own cookies or web beacons.

Using Information

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org uses or may use the personally-identifying information it gathers (a) to provide requested services, (b) to identify visitors when ProtectMyPublicMedia.org publishes material they submit, and (c) for internal ProtectMyPublicMedia.org purposes or for the internal, marketing, fundraising, membership and communication purposes of the co-managers of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org (ACPR and (APTSAI), National Public Radio, Inc. (NPR), America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), or local NPR and PBS member stations.

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org uses access logs, cookies, web beacons, and third-party analytics data to analyze use of the ProtectMyPublicMedia.org services, offer interactive features, and personalize the ProtectMyPublicMedia.org services, such as by recalling visitor information so that the visitor does not have to re-enter it.

Sharing Information

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org generally does not share personally-identifying information it gathers with third parties, except with: our service vendors (and only to the extent necessary for the vendor to provide the services), ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, national public media distributors and producers that participate in ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, and other third parties when the visitor consents.

• If you sign a petition or otherwise take action to urge your lawmakers to support public media, your name, email address, and address will be shared with lawmakers and/or their offices.

• Any content a visitor posts or shares through social media, blog, or content uploading features of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, including testimonials, photos and videos, may become available to the public.

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may share with anyone in ProtectMyPublicMedia.org’s discretion aggregated or other information about use of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org that does not personally identify our visitors.

• ProtectMyPublicMedia.org will release visitor information when required to do so by law or when it believes it is necessary to protect ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, PBS, NPR or PBS member stations, employees of these organizations, visitors to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, the public, or others.

• If you do not consent to the collection, use or sharing of your personally-identifying information as described in this Privacy Policy, please do not provide that information. By providing your personally-identifying information, you are “opting in” to the collection, use and sharing described in this Privacy Policy.

For California Residents – Your California Privacy Rights

California residents can request and obtain from us once a year and free of charge a list of all third parties to which ProtectMyPublicMedia.org has disclosed certain information during the preceding calendar year for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and want such a list, please Contact Us. For all requests, you must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the message field of your request, as well as your name, street address, city, state, and zip code. Please note that we will not accept these requests via the telephone, mail, or by facsimile, and we are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, or that do not have complete information.

Contact

If you have any questions, wish to correct, update, or remove any of your personal information, or wish to opt out of future communications from ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, please Contact Us.


Full Version of Privacy Policy

At ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, we (ProtectMyPublicMedia.org and co-managers American Coalition for Public Radio (ACPR) and APTS Action, Inc. (APTSAI) (collectively “we” or “ProtectMyPublicMedia.org”)) recognize the importance of privacy to visitors of our website. This Privacy Policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit the protectmypublicmedia.org website, features, and services (collectively, “ProtectMyPublicMedia.org”) and how that information may be used and shared. This Privacy Policy also applies to information gathered from ProtectMyPublicMedia.org’s predecessor website, 170millionamericans.org. Please note that this Privacy Policy is separate and distinct from the privacy policies governing the websites, applications, features, and services of ACPR, APTSAI, National Public Radio, Inc. (NPR), America’s Public Television Stations (APTS), Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and local NPR and PBS member stations, and the websites, applications, features, and services that may link to or from ProtectMyPublicMedia.org.

By using, registering for, or otherwise accessing ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, you agree to this Privacy Policy and the ProtectMyPublicMedia.org Terms of Use and you give your express consent (or “opt in”) to the collection, use, sharing and processing of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy or the Terms of Use, please do not use, register for or otherwise access any of the ProtectMyPublicMedia.org services or provide personally-identifying information.
ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may update this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use from time to time in our sole discretion. Any changes to the Privacy Policy will be posted to this page, with an updated Effective Date noted at the top of the Privacy Policy; visitors to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org are responsible for reviewing the Privacy Policy for any changes before using, registering for or accessing ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. Use of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org constitutes consent to and acceptance of the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use in effect at the time of such use.

Gathering of Information

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org collects personally-identifying information (such as your name, address, email address, and telephone number) through ProtectMyPublicMedia.org for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. ProtectMyPublicMedia.org collects personally-identifying information from visitors whenever visitors provide it to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. ProtectMyPublicMedia.org asks visitors to provide certain personally-identifying information as they interact with the website, for example: when they register for certain features or services of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, including signing up for email updates, uploading content to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, inviting a friend to join the Protect My Public Media campaign, sharing the campaign with a friend, signing a petition or submitting a letter to Congress through the website, or when they post, upload, transmit and/or otherwise submit (“Submit”) a testimonial, blog comment, message, essay, video, photo, image, or other text, content or material (“User Materials”) through the website. When accessing ProtectMyPublicMedia.org from a mobile device, ProtectMyPublicMedia.org collects that device’s device identifier, operating system, phone model, and/or browser information through its third party analytics vendor. ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may also ask visitors to provide personally-identifying information in other limited circumstances specified at the time the information is gathered.

Any content that visitors Submit to or through ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, as part of a testimonial, blog comment, message or otherwise, may become public. Any information that visitors Submit on or through Protect My Public Media’s social networking pages, including comments on our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or YouTube pages, also may become public. Please be aware that third party services such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube are unrelated to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org and your use of those websites, applications, features, and services is subject to the terms and policies of those third parties.

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org also may collect other personal information (such as age, gender or other demographic information) (a) that the visitor has chosen to associate with his or her own social media account(s), or (b) in aggregated or other non-identifying form through third-party vendors that provide analytics services. This information may be stored on ProtectMyPublicMedia’s servers with other information previously received or collected from the visitor.
Like other web servers, ProtectMyPublicMedia.org’s web server automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. These “access logs” allow us to make our website and services more useful to our visitors. The access logs do not record a visitor’s name, address, email address, or other similar personally-identifying information. Rather, they contain some or all of the following information:

• The Internet Protocol address (IP address) of the machine accessing ProtectMyPublicMedia.org;
• General location information (based on IP Address or latitude and longitude);
• Device type and unique device identifier (for mobile visitors) and other technical information about your device, system and application software;
• The date and time of the visit;
• The path taken through ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, as well as patterns in the paths taken by visitors;
• The browser and operating system being used;
• A list of files downloaded or viewed;
• The amount of time spent listening to or viewing media files;
• Any errors encountered.

Cookies and Other Technologies

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org uses “cookies” to collect information. A cookie is a string of characters that can be written to a file on the visitor’s hard drive when the visitor visits a website, application, or service. Only the website, application, or service that set the cookie can read it, and it can only be used as a record keeping device to store visitor IDs and information that the website already has. It cannot be used to read other information from the visitor’s hard drive.

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org uses cookies to track visitors’ activity through ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, and uses information gathered through ProtectMyPublicMedia.org and third-party vendor cookies, for purposes including improvement of the site/application/service architecture, offering the visitor interactive features that would not be possible without them, and recalling specific information to save the visitor time during subsequent visits to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org.

Third party vendors that measure and analyze the use of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org and facilitate the delivery of letters to Congress through ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may also use their own cookies. For example, ProtectMyPublicMedia.org’s third-party analytics vendors use cookies across multiple sites to collect visitor data (such as data related to age, gender and visitor interests). This Privacy Policy does not cover the cookies used by these third-party vendors.

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org and its third-party vendors also may use web beacons, alone or in conjunction with cookies. A web beacon is an electronic image, also known as a single-pixel (1×1) or clear .gif., which can be used to recognize certain information on your computer, such as cookies, or the time and date a page is viewed. We may use web beacons on this website from time to time for these and other purposes.

Opting Out of Cookies

If you wish to prevent certain or all cookies from being set to your hard drive or device, or to clear existing cookies from your browser’s or device’s cache, you may be able to disable them in your browser’s or device’s preferences, although your browser or device might then be unable to accommodate certain functionalities on ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. Visitors desiring to prevent data from being collected by Google Analytics, including user ID information collected through Google’s Universal Analytics service, may use the opt-out browser add-on developed by Google for this purpose.

Use and Sharing of Information

The use of personally-identifying information by ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may include the following: managing and administering ProtectMyPublicMedia.org; responding to visitor messages; contacting visitors for an online survey; sending ProtectMyPublicMedia.org email updates, newsletters, and other communications, including marketing fundraising, membership and other communications, from ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, and NPR and PBS member stations; providing petitions, letters and other communications to lawmakers and/or their offices; identifying visitors who submitted testimonials and other User Materials that are published by ProtectMyPublicMedia.org; internal ProtectMyPublicMedia.org purposes; internal purposes of ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, and national public media distributors and producers that participate in ProtectMyPublicMedia.org; and other purposes specified at the time that the information is gathered. ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, and national and public media distributors and producers that participate in ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may contact visitors regarding their submissions in certain circumstances.

If you sign a petition or otherwise take action to urge your lawmakers to support public media, your name, email address, and address will be shared with lawmakers and/or their offices. Any information that you disclose when participating in the ProtectMyPublicMedia.org social networking features, forums or discussions, or when uploading content to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, submitting a comment to a blog, or otherwise Submitting User Materials, may become public. This information may be posted on ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, and the websites, applications, features, and services of ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, PBS, or local NPR and PBS member stations. In addition, ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, and national and public media distributors and producers that participate in ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may use, copy, sublicense, modify, transmit, publicly perform, display, create derivative works of, host, index, cache, tag, encode, and/or adapt any User Materials, and any information contained therein, in any and all media formats or channels, whether now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, the websites, applications, features, and services of NPR, APTS, PBS, and local NPR and PBS member stations, other third party websites, applications, features, and services, over the air (on radio or television), and on mobile platforms.

In addition, if you Submit User Materials to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, the User Materials, or an excerpt from the User Materials, may be printed on ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, or the websites, applications, features, or services of NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, national and public media distributors and producers that participate in ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, read on air, or otherwise published in any other medium, together with your name and location (city, state, and/or country) if you provide that information to us.

Excluding content provided by the visitor when participating in ProtectMyPublicMedia.org social networking features, forums, or discussions, or when uploading content to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, submitting a comment to a blog, or otherwise Submitting User Materials to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, which may become public as discussed above, personally-identifying information collected by ProtectMyPublicMedia.org is not provided to outside parties except NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, national and public media distributors and producers that participate in ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, ProtectMyPublicMedia.org service vendors, and other third parties when the visitor specifically consents to such distribution (such as the disclosure of your name, email address, and address to a lawmaker or their staff when you sign a petition or otherwise to urge lawmakers to support public media, or the disclosure of your name to a friend when you send a friend an invitation to join the Protect My Public Media Campaign through the website). In these circumstances, the information is provided for the sole purpose of, and only to the extent necessary for, delivering the emails to your friend, delivering petitions and letters to lawmakers and their staffs, providing services for and on behalf of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, or serving other internal purposes and marketing, fundraising, membership and communication purposes of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, or participating national public media distributors and producers. Visitors to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org using a mobile device should be aware that the wireless carrier for mobile device or the automobile manufacturer may collect personally-identifying information and geolocation data. Visitors should check the privacy policies of their wireless carriers and automobile manufacturers for additional information.

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org also may disclose personally-identifying information if required to do so by law or if it believes that such action is necessary to: (a) comply with the law or with legal process; (b) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org; or (c) protect the personal safety, property or rights of visitors of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, or ACPR, APTSAI, NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, participating national public media distributors and producers, and their employees, officers, directors, agents and contractors, the public, service providers or others.

If you do not want your personally-identifying information to be collected or used for any of these purposes, please do not provide it (although if you do not provide it, you may not be able to use or participate in certain features of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org). You can also “opt out” from the use of your personally-identifying information for certain direct communications purposes by following the process described below titled “Corrections to Registrations; Opting Out of Communications.”

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may share with any third parties information that does not personally identify its visitors. The use and disclosure of such information is not subject to restrictions under this Privacy Policy.

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, with the assistance from time to time of its third party service vendors, uses non-identifying information (in aggregated and non-aggregated form) to analyze use of and better design ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. ProtectMayPublicMedia.org may share information with third parties in aggregate, non-identifying form as appropriate. For example, we may tell a third party that a certain number or category of visitors accessed a particular page of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. We may share non-identifying information, in aggregated or non-aggregated form, with third-party vendors to help ProtectMyPublicMedia.org analyze and improve ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. However, we will not disclose any personally-identifying information about those visitors.

We also may share with NPR, APTS, PBS, local NPR and PBS member stations, and participating national public media distributors and producers information that does not personally identify our visitors, as described in this Privacy Policy.

Security

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org employs physical, electronic, and managerial procedures in an effort to secure the sensitive information we collect. Because no security system is impenetrable, however, ProtectMyPublicMedia.org cannot guarantee the security of our databases or that information you supply will never be intercepted or disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy. Because most email and mobile transmissions are not encrypted, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to us via ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, email, text messages, or other mobile transmissions.

Children

Under 13: Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers) via the web or their mobile device, to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org or to anyone else. ProtectMyPublicMedia.org does not knowingly allow anyone under the age of 13 to provide any personally-identifying information to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. If you are under 13 years of age, please do not send any information about yourself, including your name, address, email address or telephone number. If we discover that we have collected any personally-identifying information from a child under the age of 13, we will remove that information from our database as soon as possible.

13-18: You must be at least 18 years old in order to Submit any User Materials on or through ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. Visitors between the ages of 13 and 18 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before registering for email updates or newsletters, writing a letter or signing a petition to Congress through ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, sharing the Protect My Public Media campaign with others, or any other ProtectMyPublicMedia.org service that requires submitting any personally-identifying information.

Corrections to Registrations; Opting Out of Communications

Please Contact Us to: (a) correct or update any information that you have provided to us; (b) opt-out of future communications from ProtectMyPublicMedia.org; or (c) request ProtectMyPublicMedia.org to cancel your registration for updates and other ProtectMyPublicMedia.org services.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy Terms

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy. Any changes to this policy will be posted to this page as soon as reasonably possible, so please check this page periodically. Use of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org constitutes consent to any policy then in effect. Please make sure that you read ProtectMyPublicMedia.org’s Terms of Use to understand additional terms and conditions that apply to the use of ProtectMyPublicMedia.org.

Links to Other Sites and Services

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org contains links to other sites, applications, features, and services maintained by third parties that may not follow the same privacy policies as ProtectMyPublicMedia.org. These sites, applications, features, and services may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that ProtectMyPublicMedia.org would not. ProtectMyPublicMedia.org is not responsible for the privacy practices of, or any information or materials on, these other sites. Please visit these sites if you wish to review their privacy policies.

ProtectMyPublicMedia.org includes a tool that allows you to share the Protect My Public Media campaign using a third-party service, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or YouTube. Please be aware that those third-party services are unrelated to ProtectMyPublicMedia.org, and that your use of the third-party services is subject to the terms and policies of those services.

In some cases, ProtectMyPublicMedia.org may include embedded tools provided and controlled by third-parties and governed by the terms and policies of the third parties. You should only use these third-party tools if you agree to their respective terms and policies.

International User Notice

For international visitors, please note that it may be necessary to transfer your information internationally and, in particular, your information may be transferred to and processed in the United States. For residents of the European Union: the data protection and other laws of countries outside of the European Union may not be as comprehensive as those of the European Union. Please be assured that we take steps to ensure that your privacy is protected as described in this policy. By using this website, you agree to have your information used and transferred to the United States as set forth in this policy.

Questions

If you have any questions or comments concerning our Privacy Policy, please Contact Us.