Privacy Statement

In today's technological world, where one's privacy is threatened more than ever before, we, at KCTS Television (KCTS 9) and Pacific Coast Public Television Association (Pacific Coast), which represents our supporters in Canada, are constantly committed to protecting the privacy of our members and visitors. Our complete privacy statement is explained in detail below.

SUMMARY

* Collection and use of information
* Tracking and use of cookies
* Credit card transactions
* Children's online privacy protection
* Acceptance of KCTS 9 Online Privacy Statement Terms and Conditions

KCTS 9 takes the privacy of visitors to our web site very seriously. We have developed a strict policy to ensure that KCTS9.org remains a safe haven for our members, donors, viewers and other site visitors. The privacy policy below describes how we collect information online, what we do with that information, and what controls you have as a visitor for regulating the information you choose to share with us.

This privacy statement does not apply to unaffiliated third party web sites to which we link. You should check the privacy policies of those web sites to understand how they may collect or use your personal information.

COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION

Visitors to the KCTS 9 web site may voluntarily supply certain personally identifiable information in connection with the following:

* Contest or sweepstakes registration
* Subscription registration for sites or services which require subscription (such as our e-newsletter, event RSVP, etc.)
* Requests for membership information
* E-commerce transactions

Like many other nonprofits, KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast occasionally exchange some of our donors’ names with carefully selected educational, cultural, health, and social service organizations. KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast engage in these exchanges in order to reach out to other potential supporters of public television and to acquire new donors in a cost-effective manner. Those organizations that KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast authorize to mail to KCTS 9 or Pacific Coast donors, may only do so one time and then must destroy our donors’ information. Neither KCTS 9 nor Pacific Coast exchange email addresses nor phone numbers. Our exchange programs provide other organizations with only names and postal addresses. If you wish not to be included in such exchanges, please email membership@KCTS9.org. If you already have opted out of having your name and address exchanged, rest assured that we will continue to honor your request.

KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast also disclose some personal information to carefully-screened third party service providers such as mailing houses and fundraising organizations who are contracted for the express purpose of assisting KCTS 9 or Pacific Coast with internal marketing and promotional activities. All contracted vendors and service providers who have access to KCTS 9 or Pacific Coast member, donor, viewer or website visitor information are carefully monitored and are required to adhere to KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast’s stringent privacy statement.

If you do not wish to provide personally identifiable information when requested, you will always have the option to "opt out." However, in some circumstances, opting out may prevent you from participating in activities for which personal information is needed, such as contests. If you want to remain completely anonymous, you may still take advantage of the wealth of content available on our site that does not require registration.

TRACKING AND USE OF COOKIES

KCTS 9 uses a standard feature of browser software called a cookie to help make our site more responsive to the needs and preferences of visitors. A cookie assigns each visitor a unique code that resides on the visitor's computer. We use cookies to measure user traffic and to provide personalized services.

If you do not want any information to be collected through cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to deny or accept the cookie feature. Please check your browser to exercise this option.

CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION

KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast both offers you the convenience of making online donations with a credit card. We take the security of your credit card information very seriously. All information from financial transactions made on KCTS9.org are stored and served from a secure server. This means that each page you view on our web site and any financial information you submit is encrypted on its way between your computer and ours. Even in the highly unlikely event that your transmission is intercepted, the data will not be usable by a third party.

Your credit card information is used only for your intended purpose — be it a membership contribution or a purchase — and nothing else. However, please be advised that KCTS 9 has no control over the privacy statements of sites that are linked to ours. For all online financial transactions you make through organizations that link to our site, be sure to review those organizations' privacy policies. If you have any questions regarding how the organizations use your personal information, please contact them directly.

CHILDREN'S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION

We will not collect personally identifiable information from your child without first obtaining your permission. If your child submits stories, artwork, comments or anything else to us which is posted at our site, he or she will be identified only by first name, age or grade level, city and state. No other personal information will be displayed unless you give us permission to do so.

Again, please be advised that KCTS9.org has links to third party sites. Since we are not responsible for the content or safety and privacy practices of those sites, we encourage adults and children to discuss these choices together before giving out any information at these outside sites.

ACCEPTANCE OF KCTS 9 ONLINE PRIVACY STATEMENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by KCTS Television. If you do not agree to these Terms and Conditions, please do not use the site. For further details on our Terms and Conditions, please click here.

We may make periodic changes to add, remove, or modify portions of this statement at any time. Please check this page from time to time for any changes.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK

Your comments and questions help us serve you better and make your visit a pleasant one. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this statement, please send them to viewer@KCTS9.org.