Effective Date: May 25, 2018 (Update)
Collection of Personal Information
You may be prompted to provide some or all of the following types of personal information in order to register, access various content or features, submit photos and other content, directly contact us with questions or feedback, or access other features of the Services:
- Contact information, such as name or e-mail address;
- User name and password;
- Geolocation information;
- Other demographic information, such as city, state, and zip code;
- Communications preferences;
- Search queries;
- Comments and other information posted through interactive online features; and
- Correspondence you send to us.
We also may collect certain information automatically when you use the Services, including:
- Your browser type and operating system;
- Your Internet Protocol (IP) address, which is the number automatically assigned to your computer whenever you access the Internet and that can sometimes be used to derive your general geographic area (e.g., your zip code);
- Sites you visited before and after visiting the Services;
- Pages you view and links you click on within the Services;
- Unique identifiers, including mobile device identification numbers that can identify the physical location of such devices in accordance with applicable law;
- Information collected through cookies, web beacons, and other technologies;
- Information about your interactions with video content, such as the type of content viewed, and information about your interactions with e-mail messages, such as the links clicked on and whether the messages were opened or forwarded; and
- Standard server log information.
We may collect information about you from third-party sources. For example, we may receive information about you from third-party social media services when you choose to interact or connect with them through the Services.
Additionally, if you access third-party services, such as Facebook, Google, or Twitter, through the Services to login to the Services or to share information about your experience on the Services with others, these third-party services may be able to collect information about you, including information about your activity on the Services, and they may notify your connections on the third-party services about your use of the Services, in accordance with their own privacy policies.
Some of the Services may allow you to enter text and information in open fields, such as comment sections and message boards. If you choose to participate in these public areas of the Services, please be aware that any information submitted through these areas can be read, collected, or used by other users. Please use caution in disclosing personal information in these areas. Although we may, in some instances, moderate public forums to keep their content appropriate for the forum’s intended audience, we are not responsible for the information you submit in these open forums and public areas or for other users’ actions with respect to that information.
Use of Information
We use the personal information that we collect about you to:
- Fulfill your requests for services and information;
- Enable you to participate in interactive features, such as comment boxes and forums;
- Display content, sponsor information, and information about other PBS products and services that you may be interested in;
- Customize the content displayed when you use the Services;
- Analyze use of the Services to understand and improve our service offerings, such as determining which pages are most popular, which browsers are most used, how long users spend on the Services, and which websites they come from;
- Otherwise support the internal operations of the Services;
- For any other purposes disclosed to you at the time we collect the information or pursuant to your consent.
We may aggregate your information with information about other users so that it no longer identifies and cannot reasonably be used to identify an individual person, or otherwise anonymize data so that it cannot reasonably be connected to you. We may use this aggregated and/or anonymized data for other purposes, without prior consent.
Disclosure of Information
We may share information that is collected from you in the following circumstances:
- Authorized third-party service providers. We may share information with our third-party service providers to help us fulfill requests and perform various functions necessary to fully provide and improve the Services, including usage analytics, data processing, marketing, and account management, subject to their agreement to meet data protection standards that meet or exceed this policy.
- Business transfers. We may share information in connection with a substantial business transaction, such as the sale of the Services, a merger, consolidation, asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.
- Legal purposes. We may disclose information to respond to subpoenas, court orders, legal process, law enforcement requests, legal claims or government inquiries, and to protect and defend the rights, interests, property, safety, and security of PBS, users, or the public, to the extent permitted by applicable law.
- With your consent. We otherwise may share your information with your consent.
We may share aggregated and/or anonymized information with third parties, including to help us develop content and services that we hope you will find of interest or to help these third parties develop their own products and service offerings.
We use these technologies, for example, to help us recognize your browser as a previous user and save and remember any preferences that may have been set; to help us customize the content shown while you use the Services; to provide you with content customized to your interests and to understand whether users read e-mail messages and click on links contained within those messages so that we can deliver relevant content and offers; and to help measure and research the effectiveness of our Services, interactive online content, features, and other communications.
We may allow third parties to place and read their own cookies, web beacons, and similar technologies to collect information through the Services. These third parties may collect information about a user’s online activities over time and across sites, services, and devices to, for example, help us with traffic measurement, research, and analytics and serve you more relevant advertising on third party sites and services. These third parties may participate in programs that allow you to opt out of targeted advertising. To learn more and opt out, visit the Network Advertising Initiative and Digital Advertising Alliance.
You may be able to refuse or disable cookies by adjusting your web browser settings. Because each web browser is different, please consult the instructions provided by your web browser (typically in the “help” section). Please note that you may need to take additional steps to refuse or disable some technologies including local shared objects. For example, local shared objects may be controlled through the instructions on Adobe’s Setting Manager page. If you choose to refuse, disable, or delete these technologies, some of the functionality of our Services may no longer be available to you.
Some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” signals to websites the user visits, although web browsers incorporate and activate this functionality in different ways, and it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted. Consequently, we currently do not take action in response to these signals.
Protection of Information
We have adopted reasonable technical, administrative, and physical procedures to help protect your information from loss, misuse, and alteration. Please note that no data transmission or storage can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We want you to feel confident using the Services but we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.
Third-Party Services, Content, and External Links
Control Over Data
Under certain circumstances, you may have the right to:
- receive information about how we process your personal data
- object to or withdraw your consent for the continued processing of your personal data
- request erasure or correction of your personal data
- request that PBS Distribution provide your personal data in a portable form
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any such request.
Residents of the State of California may request a list of all third parties to whom we have disclosed certain information during the preceding year for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and want such a list, please send an e-mail to the address listed below. For all requests, you must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the subject matter of your request and include the name of the website or online service with respect to which you are requesting the information, as well as your name, street address, city, state, and zip code.
California residents should also be aware that some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” signals to websites the user visits, although web browsers incorporate and activate this functionality in different ways, and it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted. Consequently, we currently do not take action in response to these signals.
Information collected through the Services may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which we or our service providers maintain facilities. This may include countries that the European Union has determined does not have adequate safeguards for the protection of personal data. By using the Services and providing us with information , you acknowledge that you are transmitting your personal data out of your home country.
The Services may not be used by children under the age of 16. We do not knowingly collect information from children under the age of 16 through our Services. If a child has provided us with personal data through our website or online services, please contact us at email@example.com so that we may erase it to the extent possible.
Still Have Questions or Concerns?
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals located in the European Economic Area have a right to lodge a complaint about CCA data protection policies or practices with the data protection supervisory authority in their country of habitual residence. Contact information for most European data protection authorities is located here. Individuals located in other nations may have similar rights to lodge a complaint with their own local authorities.