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This Privacy Policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit the KOSU web site or the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange (OPME) StateImpact Oklahoma web site and how that information may be used. Please note that this Privacy Policy is separate and distinct from the privacy policies governing the web sites, applications and services of OPME’s partnering stations and organizations, NPR, NPR's member stations, Public Insight Network, and the web sites, applications and services that may link to or from the KOSU web site.

Gathering of Information

KOSU collects personally-identifying information (such as your name, e-mail address, address, telephone number, or donation information) from the KOSU web site for a variety of purposes. KOSU asks visitors to provide certain personal information when they register for certain features or services of the KOSU, when they make a donation, when they e-mail, send via SMS (Short Message Service) or text message, or otherwise share a story from the KOSU web site, the KOSU Facebook page, KOSU Twitter account, KOSU YouTube account, KOSU SoundCloud account, KOSU Instagram account, when they post, upload, transmit and/or otherwise submit ("Submit") a comment, message, story idea, essay, photo, image, or other text, content or material ("User Materials"), and when they register for any online contests. KOSU also may ask visitors to provide personal information in other limited circumstances specified at the time the information is gathered. Any information that you Submit on or through these web sites or other social networking features, as part of story or blog comments, or otherwise Submit may become public, including the full name or nickname that you provide when registering.

Like all other Web servers, KOSU's Web server automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses the KOSU web site and social networking sites. These "access logs" allow us to make our site more useful to our visitors. The access logs do NOT record a visitor's name, address, e-mail address, credit card numbers, 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 the KOSU web site.
  • General location information (based on IP Address).
  • The date of the visit.
  • The time of the visit.
  • The path taken through the KOSU web site.
  • The browser being used.
  • A list of files downloaded or viewed.
  • The amount of time spent listening to/viewing media files.
  • Any errors encountered.

Cookies and Other Technologies

KOSU 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, application or service. Only the web site, application or service that set the cookie can read it, and it can only be used as a record keeping device to store user IDs and information that the site already has. It cannot be used to read other information from the user's hard drive.

KOSU uses cookies to track users' activity through the KOSU web site in order to improve the site/application/service architecture, to offer the user interactive features that would not be possible without them, to offer local station content, and to recall specific information to save the user time during subsequent visits to the KOSU web site. For example, cookies allow KOSU to remember your registration information while you are logged in. Our sponsorship service vendors, which serve sponsorship messages onto the KOSU web site, and third party vendors that measure and analyze the use of the KOSU web site, may also use their own cookies.

KOSU and the third party vendors that measure and analyze use of the KOSU web site also may use web beacons, alone or in conjunction with cookies, to help compile information about and facilitate usage of the KOSU web site. A web beacon is an electronic image which can be used to recognize certain information on your computer, such as cookies, the time and date of a page viewed, and a description of where a Content Feed is placed.

If you wish to prevent certain or all cookies or web beacons from being set to your hard drive or device, or to clear existing cookies or web beacons from your browser’s or device’s cache, you may be able to disable them in your browser's preferences, although your browser might then be unable to accommodate certain functionalities on the KOSU web site.

Use of Information

The use of personally-identifying information is limited to the following: managing and administering the KOSU web site; responding to user messages; listing name and location (city, state and/or country) information provided by users when broadcasting or publishing User Materials; processing donations; contest management; editorial purposes such as contacting users for an online survey; sending KOSU e-mail newsletters and other communications, including marketing, promotional and fundraising communications, other internal KOSU, OPME, NPR or NPR member station purposes; and other purposes specified at the time the information is gathered. KOSU may contact users regarding their submissions in certain circumstances.

Any information that you disclose when participating in social media or submitting a comment to a story or blog or in a discussion thread, such as your full name and any nickname, is likely to become public. This information may be posted on the KOSU web site. In addition, KOSU, OPME partners, NPR, its member stations and their licensees may use, copy, sublicense, modify, transmit, publicly perform, display, create derivative works of, host, index, cache, tag, encode, and/or adapt any User Materials, and any information contained therein, in any and all media formats or channels, whether now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the KOSU web sitee, OPME partners’ web sites, NPR and NPR member station web sites and services, other third party web sites and services, over the air (on radio or television), and on mobile platforms. Further, other users of the KOSU web site may embed a widget or feed that allows your User Materials to appear on their personal, noncommercial web site, blog or other application, subject to conditions set forth in the Terms of Use.

Excluding information provided by the user as discussed above, personally-identifying information collected by KOSU is not provided to outside parties except as required In these circumstances, the information is provided for the sole purpose of -- and only to the extent necessary for -- delivering the requested goods to the user, delivering communications from KOSU to users who have 'opted in' to the receipt of these communications, providing services for and on behalf of KOSU, or serving other internal station purposes.

KOSU also may disclose personal information if required to do so by law or if it believes that such action is necessary to comply with the law or with legal process, protect against misuse or unauthorized use of KOSU’s or OPME’s products or services, or protect the personal safety or property of users of the KOSU web site, the public or KOSU and 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 use or participate in certain features of the KOSU web site).

KOSU, with the assistance from time to time of its third party service vendors, uses non-identifying aggregate information to analyze use of and better design for the KOSU web 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 audio stream on our Web site. However, we will not disclose any information that could be used to identify those users.


KOSU has in place what we believe to be appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. Because most e-mail and mobile transmissions are not encrypted, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to KOSU via e-mail, SMS or text message, or other mobile transmission. Online credit card donations are redirected to a secure web site operated by a third-party vendor with appropriate security certification(s) as required or recommended by KOSU’s governing body. KOSU, OPME and its partners assume no liability for the security of information gathered by this third-party vendor.


Under 13: You must be at least 13 years old in order to browse the KOSU web site. If you are under 13 years of age, please do not send any information about yourself, including your name, address or e-mail address.

13-18: You must be at least 18 years old in order to Submit any User Materials on or through the KOSU or StateImpact Oklahoma web sites, or participate in any online contests. Visitors between the ages of 13 and 18 must obtain permission from their parents or guardians before registering for e-mail newsletters or other features of the KOSU web site or otherwise sending any personally-identifying information.

Sharing Personal Data of Donors/Subscribers

KOSU does not sell, trade, or give its mailing and phone lists to any organization that is not directly associated with the station and its activities. KOSU does not allow its lists or databases to be used in any fashion that is not directly related to its activities and controlled by its procedures. Although KOSU may receive a number of requests for list-related information during the course of its business activities, KOSU has never participated in any arrangement that might compromise the security of its database information, nor does it intend to do so in the future.

Corrections to Personal Data; Opting Out

Please Contact Us to correct or update any personal information in the KOSU database, opt-out of future communications from KOSU, or request that KOSU make reasonable efforts to remove your personal information from KOSU’s databases. This will not necessarily remove previous public comments and other User Materials Submitted for public display on the KOSU web site. The user understands that it may be impossible to delete personal information entirely because of computer system backups and records of deletions.

Acceptance of Privacy Policy Terms

KOSU 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 KOSU web site constitutes consent to any policy then in effect. Please make sure that you read the Terms of Use to understand additional terms and conditions which apply.

Links to other Sites and Services

It is important to note that the KOSU web site contain links to other sites, applications and services maintained by third parties that may not follow the same privacy policies. For instance, clicking on a sponsorship notice or some third party logos will take you to an entirely different site, application or service. These sites, applications and services may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that the KOSU web site would not. KOSU is not responsible for the privacy practices or any information or materials on these other sites. Please visit these sites if you wish to review their privacy policies.

The KOSU social networking pages include a tool that allows you to sign in using information from your account with a third party service, such as Facebook or Twitter. Please be aware that those third party services are unrelated to KOSU, and that your use of the third party services is subject to the terms and policies of those services.