SPR Expanded Web Usage Privacy Policy

July 1, 2014

Spokane Public Radio recognizes the importance of privacy to visitors of our Web sites and services (the “Spokane Public Radio web sites” or “Service”). This Privacy Policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit the Spokane Public Radio web sites and how that information may be used. Please note that this Privacy Policy is separate and distinct from the privacy policies governing the web sites that may link to or from the Spokane Public Radio web sites.

Gathering of Information

Spokane Public Radio will not collect personally-identifying information (such as your name, e-mail address, address, telephone number, credit card information) from you, other than what you supply to us on a voluntary basis.

In order to participate in some activities Spokane Public Radio asks visitors to provide certain personally identifiable information, such as when they:

  • Register for certain features or services of the Spokane Public Radio web sites (for example, the Spokane Public Radio e-mail newsletter)
  • E-mail or share a page of the Spokane Public Radio web sites
  • Post, upload, transmit and/or otherwise submit (“Submit”) a comment, message, story idea, essay, photo, image, or other text, content or material (“User Materials”)
  • Complete the Spokane Public Radio online giving form

Spokane Public Radio also may ask visitors to provide personal information in other limited circumstances specified at the time the information is gathered. Any information that you submit on or through social networking features, as part of story or blog comments, or otherwise submit to the Spokane Public Radio web sites, may become public, including the full name and nickname that you provide when registering for these services.

Like all other web servers, Spokane Public Radio’s web server automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses the Spokane Public Radio web site. These “access logs” allow us to make our site more useful to our visitors. The access logs do NOT record a visitor’s name, address, e-mail address, phone number, credit card numbers, or any other personally-identifying information. Rather, they contain some or all of the following information:

  • The Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) of the machine which accessed our Web site.
  • The date of the visit.
  • The time of the visit.
  • The path taken through our Web site.
  • The browser being used.
  • A list of files downloaded or viewed.
  • The amount of time spent listening to/viewing media files.
  • Any errors encountered.

Cookies and Other Technologies

Spokane Public Radio also uses ‘cookies’ to collect information. A cookie is a string of characters that can be written to a file on the user’s hard drive when the user visits a web site. Only the web site that set the cookie can read it, and it can only be used as a record keeping device to store user IDs and information that the site already has. It cannot be used to read other information from the user’s hard drive.

Spokane Public Radio uses cookies to track users’ activity through the site in order to improve the site’s architecture, to offer the user interactive features that would not be possible without them, and to recall specific information to save the user time during subsequent visits to the site. For example, cookies allow Spokane Public Radio to remember your registration information while you are logged in. Local station customization from NPR and other interactive features also use cookies. Our sponsorship service vendors, which serve sponsorship messages onto our site, and third party vendors that measure and analyze the use of the Spokane Public Radio web sites may also use their own cookies.

Spokane Public Radio and the third party vendors that measure and analyze use of the Spokane Public Radio web sites also may use web beacons, alone or in conjunction with cookies, to help compile information about usage of the Spokane Public Radio web sites. 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 and the time and date of a page viewed. We may use web beacons on this site from time to time for this and other purposes.

If you wish to prevent certain or all cookies or web beacons from being set to your hard drive you may disable them in your browser’s preferences, although your browser might then be unable to accommodate certain functionalities on the Spokane Public Radio web sites.

Use of Information

The use of personally-identifying information is limited to the following: managing and administering the Spokane Public Radio web sites; responding to user messages; listing name and location (city, state and/or country) information provided by users when broadcasting or publishing User Materials; contest management; editorial purposes such as contacting users for an online survey; sending Spokane Public Radio e-mail newsletters and other communications, including marketing and promotional communications to users who have ‘opted in’ to the receipt of such communications; other internal Spokane Public Radio purposes; and other purposes specified at the time the information is gathered. Spokane Public Radio may contact users regarding their submissions in certain circumstances.

Any information that you disclose when participating on the Spokane Public Radio web sites (including creating a profile or submitting a comment to a story or blog or in a discussion thread), such as your full name and any nickname, is likely to become public. This information may be posted on the Spokane Public Radio web sites. In addition, Spokane Public Radio 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, the Spokane Public Radio web sites, other third party web sites, over the air (on radio or television), and on mobile platforms. Further, other users of the Spokane Public Radio web sites may embed a widget or feed that allows your User Materials to appear on their personal, noncommercial web site, blog or other application, subject to conditions set forth in the Terms of Use.

In addition, if you send User Materials to Spokane Public Radio through our web site, we may print the User Materials, or an excerpt from the User Materials, on the Spokane Public Radio web site, read them on air, or otherwise publish them in any other medium, together with your name and location (city, state and/or country) if you provide that information to us.

Excluding information provided by the user when sending User Materials to Spokane Public Radio, which may become public as discussed above, personally-identifying information collected by Spokane Public Radio is not provided to outside parties except Spokane Public Radio’s service vendors (for example: the NPR Online Shop and Spokane Public Radio’s email list manager), and other third parties when the user specifically consents to such distribution (such as the disclosure of your name to a friend when you email a story to that friend). In these circumstances, the information is provided for the sole purpose of — and only to the extent necessary for — delivering the requested transcript or goods to the user, delivering communications from Spokane Public Radio to users who have ‘opted in’ to the receipt of these communications, providing services for and on behalf of Spokane Public Radio, or serving other internal Spokane Public Radio purposes.

Spokane Public Radio also may disclose personal 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 the Spokane Public Radio web sites, or (c) protect the personal safety or property of users of the Spokane Public Radio web sites, the public or Spokane Public Radio and its employees.

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 the Spokane Public Radio web sites). You can also ‘opt out’ according to the process described below.

Spokane Public Radio, with the assistance from time to time of its third party service vendors, uses non-identifying aggregate information to analyze use of and better design the Spokane Public Radio web sites and to share with third parties in aggregate form only as appropriate. For example, we may tell a third party that a certain number of users accessed a particular audio stream on our web site. However, we will not disclose any information that could be used to identify those users.

Security

Spokane Public Radio has in place what we believe to be appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. Credit card information provided to Spokane Public Radio is protected against unauthorized use by 128-bit encryption and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security features, which scramble your personal information so that only your web browser and our web site’s server can decipher it. However, no Internet or e-mail transmission is ever fully secure or error free. Because most e-mail is not encrypted, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail.

Children

Under 13: You must be at least 13 years old in order to register for e-mail newsletters or other features of the Spokane Public Radio web sites. If you are under 13 years of age, please do not send any information about yourself, including your name, address or e-mail address. 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 the Spokane Public Radio web sites or participate in any online contests. Visitors between the ages of 13 and 18 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before registering for e-mail newsletters or other features of the Spokane Public Radio web sites or otherwise sending any personally-identifying information.

Corrections to Personal Data; Opting Out

Please Contact Us to a) correct or update any personal information in the Spokane Public Radio database that you state is erroneous, b) opt-out of future communications from Spokane Public Radio, or c) request Spokane Public Radio to make reasonable efforts to remove your personal information from the Spokane Public Radio Online database, thereby canceling your Spokane Public Radio newsletter registration and other Spokane Public Radio registrations. This will not necessarily remove previous public comments and other User Materials Submitted for public display on the Spokane Public Radio web sites. The user understands that it may be impossible to delete personal information entirely because of backups and records of deletions.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy Terms

Spokane Public Radio reserves the right to change this 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 the Spokane Public Radio web sites constitutes consent to any policy then in effect. Please make sure that you read Spokane Public Radio’s Terms of Use to understand additional terms and conditions which apply to the use of the Spokane Public Radio web sites.

If you have any questions or comments concerning our Privacy Policy, please contact us via e-mail at kpbx@kpbx.org or send a letter to:

Spokane Public Radio
2319 N Monroe St
Spokane, WA 99205
 

Links to other Sites

It is important to note that the Spokane Public Radio web sites contains links to other sites that may not follow the same privacy policies as the Spokane Public Radio web sites. For instance, clicking on a sponsorship notice on Spokane Public Radio.org will take you to an entirely different site. These sites may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that the Spokane Public Radio web sites would not. Spokane Public Radio is not responsible for the privacy practices or any information or materials on these other sites. Please visit these sites if you wish to review their privacy policies.