Privacy Policy

Effective Date: July 15, 2013

See related:  Terms of Use

Summary’s Privacy Policy is summarized here and applies to information gathered by or its predecessor website,  Please scroll down to see the full Privacy Policy.

Gathering Information

  • collects contact information, such as name, address, e-mail address, and phone number, that users voluntarily submit by, for example, signing up for e-mail updates, uploading content to through the “Tell Your Story” feature, submitting a comment to a blog, inviting a friend to join, or submitting a letter to Congress through the website.
  •’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.
  •, through its third party analytics vendor, collects information from a visitor’s mobile device, including device identifier, operating system, and phone model.
  • uses cookies to track certain user activity.’s third party vendors that provide analytics services also use their own cookies.

Using Information

  • uses the personal information it gathers (a) to provide requested services, (b) to identify users when publishes material they submit, and (c) for internal purposes or for the internal purposes of the co-managers of (National Public Radio, Inc. (NPR) and APTS Action, Inc. (APTS)), or local NPR and PBS member stations.
  • uses access logs and cookies to analyze use of the services, offer interactive features, and personalize the services, such as by recalling user information so that the user does not have to re-enter it.

Sharing Information

  • does not share personal information it gathers with third parties, except with our service vendors (and only to the extent necessary for the vendor to provide the services), its co-managers NPR and APTS, local NPR and PBS member stations, and national public media distributors and producers that participate in, and other third parties when the user consents.
  • Any information a user posts or shares through, including through a comment posted to the blog or the “Tell Your Story” feature of the website may become available to the public.
  • will release user information when required to do so by law or when it believes it is necessary to protect, NPR, APTS, NPR or PBS member stations, and employees, users of, or the public.


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, please Contact Us.

Full Version of Privacy Policy

At, we recognize the importance of privacy to visitors of our site.  This Privacy Policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit the website and its features and services (collectively, “”) and how that information may be used.  This Privacy Policy also applies to information gathered from’s predecessor website, Please note that this Privacy Policy is separate and distinct from the privacy policies governing the web sites, applications, and services that may link to or from

Gathering of Information asks visitors to provide certain personal information (such as your name, e-mail address, address, and telephone number) when they register for certain features or services of, including signing up for email updates, uploading content to through the “Tell Your Story” feature, inviting a friend to join the Protect My Public Media campaign, 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, photo, image, or other text, content or material (“User Materials”) through the website, including through the “Tell Your Story” feature of the website.  When accessing from a mobile device, collects that device’s device identifier, operating system, and phone model through its third party analytics vendor. may also ask visitors to provide personal information in other limited circumstances specified at the time the information is gathered.

Any information that you include in User Materials that you Submit to, as part of a testimonial, blog comment, message or otherwise may become public.  Any information that you Submit on or through Protect My Public Media’s social networking pages, including comments on our Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube pages, also may become public.  Please be aware that third party services such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are unrelated to and your use of those sites is subject to the terms and policies of those third parties.

Like all other web servers,’s web server automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses  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, email address, or any other personally-identifying information.  Rather, they contain some or all of the following information:

  • The (IP Address of the machine accessing;
  • General location information (based on IP Address);
  • Device identified (for mobile visitors);
  • The date of the visit;
  • The time of the visit;
  • The path taken through;
  • The browser 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 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, application, or service.  Only the web site, application, or service 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. uses cookies to track users’ activity through in order to improve the service’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  For example, cookies allow to remember your registration information while you are logged in.

Third party vendors that measure and analyze the use of and facilitate the delivery of letters to Congress through may also use their own cookies.

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 preferences, although your browser might then be unable to accommodate certain functionalities on

Use of Information

The use of personally-identifying information is limited to the following: managing and administering; responding to user messages; contacting users for an online survey; sending email updates, newsletters, and other communications; identifying users who submitted testimonials and other User Materials that are published by; internal purposes; internal purposes of NPR, APTS, local NPR and PBS member stations, and national public media distributors and producers that participate in; and other purposes specified at the time that the information is gathered., NPR, APTS, and local NPR and PBS member stations may contact users regarding their submissions in certain circumstances.

Any information that you disclose when uploading content to through the “Tell Your Story” feature, submitting a comment to a blog, or otherwise Submitting User Materials, , is likely to become public.  This information may be posted on,,, or the websites of local NPR and PBS member stations.  In addition,, NPR, APTS and local NPR and PBS member stations may use, copy, sublicense, modify, transmit, publically 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 websites of local NPR and PBS member stations, other third party web sites, applications, and services, over the air (on radio or television), and on mobile platforms.

In addition, if you Submit User Materials to, we may print the User Materials, or an excerpt from the User Materials, on,,, the websites of local NPR and PBS member stations, 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 uploading content to through the “Tell Your Story” feature, submitting a comment to a blog, or otherwise Submitting User Materials to, which may become public as discussed above, personally-identifying information collected by is not provided to outside parties except service vendors, and other third parties when the user specifically consents to such distribution (such as 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 web site.  In these circumstances, the information is provided for the sole purpose of––and only to the extent necessary for––delivering letters written by a user to his or her Congressional representative, providing services for and on behalf of, or serving other internal purposes of, NPR, APTS, local NPR and PBS member stations, or participating national public media distributors and producers.   Visitors to using a mobile device should be aware that the wireless carrier for your mobile device may collect personally-identifying information and geolocation data.  Visitors should check the privacy policies of their wireless carriers for additional information. 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; or (c) protect the personal safety or property of users of, or NPR, APTS, local NPR and PBS member stations, participating national public media distributors and producers, and their employees, or the public.

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  You can also “opt out” according to the process described below., 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 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 page of  However, we will not disclose any information that could be used to identify those users.

Security has in place what we believe to be appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.  However, no Internet, email, or mobile transmission is ever fully secure or error free.  Because most Internet, email and mobile transmissions are not encrypted, you should take care in deciding what information you send to us via, e-mail or any form of mobile transmission.


Under 13:  If you are under 13 years of age, please do not send any information about yourself, including your name, address, e-mail 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, including the “Tell Your Story” feature of the site.  Visitors between the ages of 13 and 18 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before registering for e-mail updates or newsletters, writing a letter to Congress through, sharing the Protect My Public Media campaign with others, or any other service that requires submitting any personally-identifying information.

Corrections to Personal Data; Opting Out

Please Contact Us to: (a) correct or update any personal information in the database that you believe is erroneous; (b) opt-out of future communications from; or (c) request to make reasonable efforts to remove your personal information from’s database, thereby canceling your newsletter registration and other services.  It may be impossible to delete personal information entirely because of backups and records of deletions.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy Terms 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 constitutes consent to any policy then in effect.  Please make sure that you read’s Terms of Use to understand additional terms and conditions that apply to the use of

Links to Other Sites and Services contains links to other sites, applications, and services maintained by third parties that may not follow the same privacy policies as  These sites, applications, and services may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that would not. 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.

In some cases, 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 users, 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 site, you agree to have your information used and transferred to the United States as set forth in this policy.


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