NPR Get My Vote
Effective Date March 11, 2008
Gathering of Information
NPR collects personally-identifying information (such as name, e-mail address, phone number, city and state, date of birth and photographs) from visitors to the Get My Vote site for such purposes as managing and administering the Get My Vote site, maintaining the integrity of the site and, in some cases, responding to or contacting users of the site in connection with their submissions of materials, comments or questions.
NPR asks visitors to provide certain personally-identifying information when they create a profile to join the Get My Vote community, when they email a commentary to a friend or invite a friend to join the Get My Vote Community, and when they send a message to us through http://www.npr.org/getmyvote/contact.html. NPR also may ask visitors to provide personal information in other limited circumstances specified at the time the information is gathered. NPR also gathers other personal information that you may provide when you share your story (and upload audio, video and/or text), rate or comment upon a posted commentary, upload a photograph, or send a message to us through the site.
Like all other Web servers, NPR's Web server for the Get My Vote site automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses our 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, e-mail address, date of birth, 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 using files.
- Any errors encountered.
NPR 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 information that the site already has. It cannot, for example, be used to read other information from the user's hard drive.
Use of Information
The use of personally-identifying information is limited to the following: managing and administering the Get My Vote site, responding to user messages, listing name and location (city, state and/or country) information provided by users when broadcasting or publishing user messages or other submissions, contacting users or contributors under certain circumstances, sending communications, including marketing or promotional communications, to users who have opted in to the receipt of such communications, other internal purposes of NPR, NPR member stations, or other public media participants in the Get My Vote project (for example, other Corporation for Public Broadcasting-funded public radio and television stations, producers, and web sites) in the Get My Vote project; and other purposes specified at the time the information is gathered.
NPR, NPR member stations or other public media participants in the Get My Vote project may contact users regarding their contributions (for example, to confirm the user's identity prior to using part of a commentary on the radio).
Personally-identifying information collected by NPR is not provided to outside parties except NPR member stations and other public media contributors to the Get My Vote project, NPR service vendors (such as the site administrator), 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 commentary to that friend). When information is disclosed to NPR member stations and other public media contributors to the Get My Vote project, the information may be used solely in connection with the Get My Vote project, other editorial efforts, and for internal business purposes, and sending communications, including marketing or promotional communications, to users who have opted in to the receipt of such communications . In the case of NPR service vendors, the information may be used solely for providing the services for and on behalf of NPR and for internal business purposes.
NPR 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 Get My Vote site, or (c) protect the personal safety or property of Get My Vote site users, the public, NPR or 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 join the Get My Vote community or otherwise participate in the Get My Vote site). You also can 'opt out' according to the process described below.
NPR and its service vendors use non-identifying aggregate information to analyze use of and better design the Get My Vote site 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 commentary on the site. However, we will not disclose any information that could be used to identify those users.
NPR 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 or e-mail transmission is ever fully secure or error free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from the site may not be secure. Therefore, you should therefore take special care in deciding what information you send to us via e-mail.
Under 18: You must be at least 18 years old in order to join the Get My Vote community, share a story (or upload any audio, video and/or text), rate or comment upon a posted commentary, upload any photograph, email a commentary to a friend or invite a friend to join the Get My Vote community, send a message to NPR, or otherwise provide or post any content or personally-identifying information on the Get My Vote site. If you are under 18 years of age, please do not submit any User Materials or send any information about yourself.
Under 13: 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.
Corrections to Personal Data; Opting Out
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