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Privacy Policy:
Welcome to the Iowa Public Radio, Inc. (“IPR”) Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”). This Privacy Policy describes the information IPR collects or allows other entities to collect from you and your computer or device when you use www.iowapublicradio.org, IPR’s mobile application (“app”), the IPR Shop, and email newsletters (collectively, “IPR Services” or “Services”). This Privacy Policy also explains how that information may be used and shared and the choices you have to limit or prevent certain uses or sharing of that information.

As part of its content production and distribution, IPR publishes to or makes available content on other sites or platforms, which may include certain social media sites, podcasting aggregators, smart devices, assorted streaming devices, and other public media websites or applications (collectively, “IPR Digitally Distributed Content” or “Digitally Distributed Content”). Please note that this Privacy Policy does not govern the separate websites or devices where IPR Digitally Distributed Content may be hosted or linked. When you consume Digitally Distributed Content on separately hosted sites, you agree to the Privacy Policies and Terms & Conditions of those separately hosted sites, even though IPR may receive data about you from those sites.

Additionally, this Privacy Policy does not apply to information collected through any other means, including in person, by phone, by mail you send to IPR, or data acquired from third parties that is not a result of your interaction with our services. Most of the information we collect is voluntary, and you can always decide whether to provide certain personal information.

By using, registering for, or otherwise accessing our Services, you agree to this Privacy Policy and give your express “opt-in” consent to the collection, use, storage, sharing, transfer, and processing of information about you and your interactions with our Services, as explained in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use the IPR Services or provide us with your contact or other information.

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at digitalservices@iowapublicradio.org.

Purpose of Data Gathering:
Iowa Public Radio is a nonprofit entity. The work we do and content we produce is completed in fulfillment of our mission, which is to “…enrich the civic and cultural life in Iowa through high quality news and cultural programming.” We use your data to make our Services more valuable to you. We may also use your information for fundraising purposes in support of the fulfillment of our mission.

Children’s Privacy:
While we hope that you – as a parent or caregiver – will share your passion for IPR with children, we do not knowingly collect personal information about children. IPR cares about protecting the privacy of children.

If you are a parent or guardian, we encourage you to become involved in your children’s online experience, and to share your digital knowledge and experience with your children. If you are under 13, please do not provide us with any contact or other information, including your name, postal address, or email address. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you must obtain permission from your parent or guardian before sending any contact or other information to IPR.

Information IPR Collects:
Iowa Public Radio collects two types of information: information that can identify you individually (“personal information”), and aggregate or non-identifying information that does not identify you personally (“non-personal information”).

Personal information:
Personal information includes information you choose to provide directly through our Services, including your name, email address, postal address, telephone number, payment card information, country of residence, and communications and content preferences. Personal information may be collected when you:

  • Contact us by email (for any reason, which may include submitting questions or comments, submitting application materials, etc.)
  • Make a purchase from the IPR Shop
  • Make a financial contribution or donation
  • Register for an IPR tour, event, or any contest we sponsor
  • Participate in a survey

We also may ask you to provide other information about yourself for various other purposes that we specify or make apparent at the time of collection. In all instances, personal information is collected only by you intentionally providing it.
Non-personal information:
We, and service providers working on our behalf, automatically collect certain information about your computer or device and your interactions with our Services. This information is collected through access logs, cookies (cookies are small amounts of data that are stored within your Internet browser so it may save and recognize your earlier browsing), pixel tags and other tracking technologies. Depending on which Services you use and how you access them, the information collected automatically may include:

  • Internet Protocol (“IP”) address of the computer or device you used to access our Services or play podcasts or other media content downloaded through our Services
  • The domain name of your Internet Service Provider (“ISP”)
  • Pages that you visit on our site
  • The website, application, platform or service you visited before and after visiting an IPR Service
  • Your approximate geographic location information
  • The make, model, carrier and unique device identifier for your mobile device, the unique advertising identifier, and other information about your computer or mobile device and its browser, operating system, settings and software
  • The dates, times, duration, and frequency of your interactions with our Services
  • Your navigation path through our Services, including any patterns in the paths you take
  • The amount of time spent listening to or viewing media files or pages
  • Listening data collected both when you download and listen to audio, including podcasts, or other media files. Listening data includes descriptions of the title, episodes, segments, time and date stamps for download and playback events, session IDs and information about the device or platform used to download or play a particular file
  • Information about your interactions with our email messages, such as links you click on and whether you open or forward a message, the date and time of these interactions, and information about the computer or device you use to read emails

As noted above, our Services also make use of third-party analytics, cookie data collection and linking services (collectively “Analytics Services”), including Google Universal Analytics, Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, and DoubleClick for Publishers. These Analytics Services may use cookies, pixel tags, and other tracking and storage technologies to collect or receive information (not including your name or the email address you register with IPR) from our Services and elsewhere on the Internet and use that information to analyze and measure our audience. In addition, we may use analytics data, including but not limited to, geographic, demographic, and interest reporting information, to recognize and understand user preferences, make improvements, and for other operational purposes. Each Analytics Service’s ability to use and share analytics information is restricted by such Analytics Service’s terms of use and privacy policy. To learn more about how Google uses data, visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners. Information about opting out of Google Universal Analytics is included in the “Your Choices” section below.

How We Use the Information We Collect:
We collect and use information to provide you with an interactive experience and to make our Services more valuable to you. We also may use the information we collect for fundraising purposes to support our operations and the fulfillment of our mission. IPR also may use the information collected through our Services:

  • To manage, administer and improve the Services
  • To respond to your questions or messages
  • To fulfill your IPR Shop orders and other requests
  • To fulfill your thank you gift selection
  • To offer you access to IPR tours and events
  • To process applications for jobs, internships, or/and fellowships at IPR
  • To process applications for volunteers
  • To manage contests you enter
  • To contact you for an online survey, or for other editorial purposes
  • To recognize you as the same user when you access our Services using different computers, devices and browsers
  • To offer you information, products, services, newsletters, or promotions, of ours, our affiliates, or our third-party business partners that may be of interest to you
  • To understand whether and when you read our email messages and click on links in those messages
  • To control the sequence and frequency of sponsorship credits you hear and see and tailor the content of those messages to your perceived interests
  • To conduct market or audience analysis and related reporting
  • To help us measure and analyze user traffic and usage patterns and improve the quality and effectiveness of our content, features, sponsorship credits, and other communications
  • To prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, comply with applicable laws, and enforce our Terms of Use or other legal rights
  • To generate aggregate or other information that may be based in whole or in part on your information, but does not directly identify you as an individual or the devices you use to access our Services, and use and share that information for IPR’s purposes, in IPR’s sole discretion
  • In other ways and for other purposes that are described to you at the time we collect the information or for which we otherwise have your consent

How We Disclose Information:
Iowa Public Radio is committed to maintaining your trust. We want you to understand when and with whom we may share information about you that is collected through our Services.

In each case when we disclose your information to third parties, your information will become subject to the information use and sharing practices of such third parties, and such third parties will not be restricted by this Privacy Policy with respect to their use and further sharing of your information.  To opt-out of our sharing of your information with such third parties, see the Your Choices section.

User Materials:
Any User Materials you submit through our Contact Us page, social networking services or similar features can be seen, collected and used by us and anyone else who has access to the applicable service. Such information is likely to become public and we cannot be responsible for any unauthorized third-party use. Any User Materials you submit may also be freely used and shared by IPR in accordance with our Terms of Use.

Authorized Service Providers:
We may share any information we collect with service providers who provide us with specialized services or otherwise help us operate our Service including, without limitation, service providers that provide customer support, email deployment, account sign-in services, payment processing, order fulfillment, analytics, marketing, data enhancement, suppression list management, and data processing services.

Other Nonprofit Entities:
From time to time, IPR exchanges mailing lists with other nonprofit groups to help us acquire new Members. We do not share phone numbers, email addresses, or donation information. IPR will not sell, rent, lease, lend, trade, give, donate, transfer, or otherwise exchange or make available IPR’s membership or donor lists to/with, or acquire such lists from, any candidate for public office, political parties, or committees or organizations that solicit funds for use in political campaigns.

Business Transfers:
We may share any collected information in connection with a substantial corporate transaction, such as the sale of an IPR Service or division, a merger, a consolidation, an asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.

Nothing in this Privacy Policy is intended to interfere with our ability to transfer all or part of our business, equity interests, or assets (including the Services or our customer information on a standalone basis) to an affiliate or non-affiliated third party at any time, for any purpose, without any limitation, and without notice or any compensation to you, whatsoever.

Legal Requirements:
We may disclose any collected information to respond to subpoenas, court orders, legal process, and other law enforcement measures, and to comply with legal or regulatory obligations.

Protect Our Services And Users:
We may disclose any collected information to enforce our Terms of Use and to protect and defend the legal rights, interests, and safety of IPR, its employees, agents, contractors, sponsors, listeners and users, members of the general public, or others.

With Your Consent:
We may share any collected information when you expressly or implicitly consent to such disclosure. For example, if you use our Services to email or text a story to a friend, we would disclose your name to that friend together with the content you direct us to send.

Wireless Carriers And Automobile Manufacturers:
Wireless carriers and automobile manufacturers may also collect contact and other information and precise location data from our mobile services users through processes we do not control. You should check the privacy policies of your wireless carriers and automobile manufacturers for additional information.

Iowa Public Radio uses a service called Bitly to create shortened uniform resource locators (“URLs” – the “addresses” of individual web pages) for our content so that it can be shared easily, particularly through social media and email communications. Bitly collects information as our shortened URLs are shared and clicked on, including IP addresses, general location information, the time and day each shortened URL is accessed, and the social media or other channels through which our content is shared. To share our content without using Bitly, copy the full URL of the story you want to share from your browser and paste it into your email, text or social media message.

Aggregated and Anonymous Information:
Subject to applicable law and your opt out choices described below, and as we deem appropriate, we may share with third parties or allow them to collect directly, any aggregated or other information that does not directly identify you as an individual. Such information may be used and combined with other information collected by the receiving parties pursuant to their own respective privacy policies, which we do not control. For example, we may share or authorize the collection of such information by service providers that help us analyze and improve our Services, provide us with ratings and ranking data, help us to create personalized content, or tailor sponsorship credits to your interests. We may also share or authorize the collection of such information by sponsors or their agencies to help them measure the impact of their sponsorship campaigns.

Your Choices:
You have the following choices to update, correct and limit the collection and use of information gathered through our Services:

Do Not Volunteer Information:
If you do not consent to the collection, use or sharing of your contact and other information as described in this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Services or provide information to us. By using the Services or providing information to us through the Services, you are “opting in” to the collection, use and sharing of that information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Donation Information:
If you are a donor to IPR and do not want us to share your name, contact information or other information, you can opt out of such sharing by contacting us at any time.

Opting Out:
Most of the personal information IPR collects is voluntary. For example, if you do not want us to collect your email address, you may communicate with us via phone instead. You may also opt out of various communications and information practices by doing the following:

  • To opt out of receiving automated emails from IPR, you can follow the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of each email
  • To opt out of membership mailings or phone calls, you may contact our Membership team at 1-800-861-8000
  • To opt out of IPR sharing your mailing address with other nonprofit organizations, you may contact our Membership team at 1-800-861-8000
  • California residents have additional opt out rights, as described below

You have the option to set your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, notify you when a cookie is set, or delete cookies. Each browser is different, so select the “Help” menu in your browser for instructions on how to use the relevant tools and settings. Note that if you disable or delete cookies, you may lose access to certain features of the Services.

Google Analytics:
To prevent data from being collected by Google Universal Analytics, use the opt out browser add-on developed by Google for this purpose available here.

Interest-Based Messages:
To opt out of receiving personalized or “interest-based” online sponsorship credits from our service providers and other participating companies, visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices. For information about controlling the collection of cross-app data from your mobile device for personalized or “interest-based” advertising or sponsorship credit purposes, visit http://youradchoices.com/appchoices.

UK users, other European Economic Area (EEA) users and Swiss users can learn more and access opt out tools from http://www.youronlinechoices.eu. You also may adjust the settings on your device.

For iOS mobile devices, go to “Settings” from your device’s home screen, scroll down to “Privacy,” select “Advertising,” and turn on “Limit Ad Tracking.” For Android mobile devices, go to “Google Settings” on your device, select “Ads,” and check the box labeled “Opt Out of Interest-Based Ads” or “Opt Out of Ads Personalization.” (These device settings options may change in the future or otherwise may differ for certain devices; consult your device manufacturer’s support literature for the most current information).

NOTE: If you opt out, you may still receive the same number of sponsorship credits as before, but they may not be as relevant to your interests. Opting out of third-party interest-based sponsorship credits is a cookie-based process and will only affect the specific computer, device, and browser on which your opt out choice is applied. If you subsequently delete your browser cookies, you will need to opt out again. For more information about opting out of interest-based messages, visit www.aboutads.info/choices.

Precise Location Information:
If you consent to our collection of your precise device location through the IPR app, you can withdraw your consent at any time and prevent the further collection of your precise location by accessing the privacy settings of your mobile device and/or the settings of the IPR app.

Do Not Track:
Your Internet browser and mobile device may allow you to adjust your browser settings so that “do not track” requests are sent to the websites you visit. Websites that are configured to respond to “do not track” requests may disable certain behavioral advertising technologies when a user enables “do not track” features on various web browsers. However, IPR does not respond to “do not track” signals at this time.

We employ physical, electronic, and managerial safeguards in an effort to secure the information we collect. These safeguards vary based on the sensitivity of the information. We meet PCI requirements required around the storage of personal information, and this information is encrypted when sent to our payment processor.

Because no security system is impenetrable, we cannot guarantee the security of our databases or that information you supply will never be intercepted, accessed, or disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy. Because most email and mobile transmissions are not encrypted, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to us via email, text messages, or other mobile transmissions.


Changes to This Privacy Policy:
Iowa Public Radio reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. Any changes will be posted to this page, so please check back periodically. Your use of our Services constitutes consent to the Privacy Policy then in effect. Please read IPR’s Terms of Use to understand additional terms and conditions that apply to your use of our Services.

Users Outside the U.S.:
Our Services are controlled and operated within the United States. Any information we collect may be transferred to, and processed, stored, and accessed by, us and our service providers in the U.S. and in other jurisdictions where we or our service providers operate. These jurisdictions may have data privacy laws that may not be as protective as those of your home jurisdiction, and courts and other authorities may, in certain circumstances, be entitled to access information about you subject to such data privacy laws. By using the Services, you agree to this transfer, processing, storage, and access of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

For California Residents – Your California Privacy Rights:
If you are a California resident, beginning on January 1, 2005, California Civil Code Section 1798.83 may entitle you to receive additional information from us regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes and your right to opt out of such disclosure. If you are a California resident and want such a list, please contact us. For all such requests, you must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the message field of your request, as well as your name, street address, city, state, and zip code. Please note that we will not accept these requests by telephone or fax, and we are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, or that do not have complete information.

Cooperation and Compliance:
This Privacy Policy and any disputes related thereto shall be governed by the laws of the State of Iowa and you consent to the state and federal courts located in Iowa as the exclusive venues for resolving any conflicts related to this Privacy Policy, without regard to Iowa’s choice of law provisions. To the maximum extent permitted by law, you agree that any damages resulting from any breach of this Privacy Policy shall be limited to $100.

If you wish to access personally identifiable information that we have stored about you, or you have any questions about this Privacy Policy please contact us via mail at:

Iowa Public Radio
2111 Grand Avenue, Suite 100
Des Moines, IA 50312