Privacy Policy

NPR Get My Vote
Effective Date March 11, 2008

At NPR, we recognize the importance of privacy to visitors of the Get My Vote Web site. This privacy policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit the Get My Vote site and how that information may be used. Please note that this Privacy Policy is separate and distinct from the privacy policies governing NPR.org and the web sites of NPR's member stations and the 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) that may link to or from the Get My Vote site.

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:

Cookies

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.

NPR 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 NPR to remember your user name and password when you create a profile to join the Get My Vote community. Our sponsorship service vendors, which serve sponsorship messages onto our site, and vendors that measure the use of the Get My Vote site, may also use their own cookies. If you wish to prevent certain or all cookies 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 Get My Vote site.

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).

When you share your story (and upload audio, video and/or text), rate or comment upon a posted commentary, or upload a photograph, the material that you submit ("User Materials") may be displayed, distributed, transmitted and/or performed publicly and used pursuant to the Terms of Use for the Get My Vote site. For example, NPR, NPR member stations, and other public media participants in the Get My Vote project may use, copy, sublicense, modify, transmit, publicly perform or display your User Materials in any and all media formats or channels, whether now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Get My Vote site, NPR.org, NPR member station web sites, other public media participant web sites, other third party web sites, over the air (on radio or television), and on mobile platforms. Further, other users of the Get My Vote site may embed a widget or a feed that allows your User Materials to appear on their personal, noncommercial web site, weblog or other application, subject to the conditions set forth in the Terms of Use. In addition, when you send a message to us through the site, the material that you include in that message may be displayed, distributed, transmitted and/or performed publicly and used pursuant to the Terms of Use for the Get My Vote site, since NPR reserves the right to read the message on the air and/or publish it on the Get My Vote site or NPR.org or in any medium now known or unknown, edit the message for clarity or brevity, and identify you by name and location.

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.

Security

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.

Children

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

Please Contact Us to a) correct or update any personal information in the Get My Vote database that you state is erroneous, b) opt-out of future communications from the Get My Vote Web site, or c) request NPR to make reasonable efforts to remove your personal information from the Get My Vote database, thereby canceling your Get My Vote community profile. The user understands that it may be impossible to delete personal information entirely because of backups and records of deletions. Note that correcting, updating or removing your personal information in the Get My Vote database or opting out of future communications from the Get My Vote site will not necessarily correct, update or remove personal data in the NPR.org database or result in opting out of communications from NPR other than from the Get My Vote site. To correct personal data in the NPR.org database or opt out of other NPR communications, please visit the NPR.org Privacy Policy.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy Terms

NPR 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 Get My Vote site constitutes consent to any policy then in effect. Please make sure that you read the Get My Vote Terms of Use to understand additional terms and conditions which apply to the use of our Web site.

If you have any questions or comments concerning our privacy policy, please Contact Us via e-mail or send a letter to:

Director, User Experience Delivery, Digital Media
National Public Radio, Inc.
635 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-3753

Links to Other Sites

It is important to note that the Get My Vote site contains links to other sites that may not follow the same privacy policies as the Get My Vote site. For instance, clicking on a sponsorship notice on the Get My Vote site will take you to an entirely different site. These sites may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that the Get My Vote site does not. NPR is not responsible for the privacy practices or any information or materials on third party sites. Please visit these sites if you wish to review their privacy policies. Furthermore, the privacy policy for NPR.org, which can be viewed here, is separate and distinct from the privacy policy for the Get My Vote Site.

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