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NPR's Statement Regarding Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

We and our service providers and vendors use cookies to collect information. A cookie is a string of characters that can be written to a file on the user's computer or device when the user visits a site, application, platform or service. When you visit a website or use a mobile application, a computer asks your computer or mobile device for permission to store this file on your computer or mobile device and access information from it. Information gathered through cookies may include the date and time of visits and how you are using the website.

Cookies can be 'first-party' or 'third-party' depending on the domain that sets them.

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First-party and third-party cookies can be either 'session' or 'persistent' cookies depending on their duration, and our website uses both persistent and session cookies.

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We use the following types of cookies for the purposes set out below:

Essential Cookies

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Functionality Cookies

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Analytics and Performance Cookies

These cookies are used to collect information about traffic to our Services and how users interact with the NPR Services. The information collected includes the number of visitors to the NPR Services, the websites that referred visitors to the NPR Services, the pages that they visited on the NPR Services, what time of day they visited the NPR Services, whether they have visited the NPR Services before, and other similar information. We use this information to help operate the NPR Services more efficiently, to gather broad demographic information and to monitor the level of activity on the NPR Services.

Targeted and Sponsor Cookies

These cookies track your browsing habits or other information, such as location, to enable us to show sponsorship credits which are more likely to be of interest to you. These cookies use information about your browsing history to group you with other users who have similar interests. Based on that information, and with our permission, we and our sponsors can place cookies to enable us or our sponsors to show sponsorship credits and other messages that we think will be relevant to your interests while you are using third-party services.

Social Networking Service Cookies

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Third-Party Cookies

Third-party service providers and vendors that measure and analyze the use of the NPR Services for NPR and serve sponsorship credits and other messages onto the NPR Services also use their own cookies. For example, NPR's third-party analytics service providers and vendors use cookies across multiple sites to collect visitor data (such as data related to age, gender and visitor interests). In addition, NPR works with third-party vendors that may serve sponsorship credits or other messages to you on other websites after you visit the NPR Services. These third-party vendors use their own cookies to recognize you as an NPR Services visitor and to serve you sponsorship credits or other messages on other websites that they believe you will find most relevant. This Privacy Policy does not cover the cookies used by these third-party vendors.

Additionally, we use these technologies:

Metadata tags

NPR, its sponsors and content producers may use ID3 tags or other metadata containers embedded in podcasts and other media files to collect listening data when these files are played using a compatible Internet-connected media player platform.

Pixel tags

NPR and its service providers and vendors also may use pixel tags, alone or in conjunction with cookies. A pixel tag, also known as a web beacon or clear GIF, is an electronic image that can be used to recognize certain information on your device, such as cookies, the time and date a web page is viewed, or a description of where API content is placed. Cookies and these other tracking technologies enable us to assign a unique number to a user's device, and relate information about a user's use of the NPR Services to other information about the user, including personal information. These technologies also enable NPR and its service providers and vendors to recognize you when you access the NPR Services using different computers, devices or browsers.

Flash technology

We also may use Flash cookies (which are also known as Flash LSOs) on the NPR Services to collect and store information about your use of the NPR Services. Unlike other cookies, Flash cookies cannot be removed or rejected via your browser settings. If you do not want Flash cookies stored on your device, you can adjust the settings of your Flash player to block Flash LSO storage using the tools contained in the Website Storage Settings Panel. You can also control Flash LSOs by going to the Global Storage Settings Panel and following the instructions. Please note that setting the Flash Player to restrict or limit acceptance of Flash LSOs may reduce or impede the functionality of some Flash applications, including, potentially, Flash applications used in connection with certain of the NPR Services.