Privacy Statement

KCTS Television (KCTS 9) and Pacific Coast Public Television Association (PCPTA), which represents KCTS 9 supporters in Canada, are committed to protecting the privacy of our donors, members, viewers and site- visitors (collectively “You” or “Yours”). We value Your trust, which means that we will properly collect any personal information that You give us, that we will only use it for the purposes for which it is collected and that we will dispose of it in a secure and timely manner when it is no longer needed. For purposes of this Policy “personal information” means Your name, acknowledgment name, financial information associated with payment for a product, donation, address, telephone number, fax number and email address. Unless there is a specific legal requirement we do not collect Your Social Security Number.


Personal information may be collected by KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast when You call us, email us, mail us or visit the KCTS 9 web site in connection with the following:

  • Contest or sweepstakes registration
  • Subscription registration for sites or services which require subscription (such as our e-newsletters, event RSVP, etc.)
  • Requests for donor information
  • E-commerce transactions
  • Donations of any kind

This privacy policy applies to Your personal information whether you give it to us by phone, mail, in person or over the internet.


You may use a credit card, EFT/ACH information, or check when making a donation to KCTS 9 or PCPTA or making a purchase. All information from financial transactions made through is 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 may not be usable by a third party. If You send us a check the financial information on it may be entered into the same secure computer system.

While the information technology systems of KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast are secure we cannot guarantee that they will not be hacked by outside parties. If that happens we will make reasonable efforts to notify You so that You can contact Your credit card company or bank.

Your credit card information will be used only for Your intended purpose — be it a donation or a purchase — and nothing else.

KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast have no control over other sites that are linked to ours and we cannot tell you how those sites will treat your personal information. 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.

KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast will maintain Your financial information only as long as necessary to satisfy the purpose for which it was is obtained or as legally required. Thereafter it will be destroyed via appropriate, secure methods.


Like many other nonprofits, KCTS 9 occasionally exchanges some of our donors’ names and postal addresses with carefully selected educational, cultural, health, and social service organizations in order to reach more potential supporters of public television in a cost-effective manner. We allow those organizations to mail KCTS 9 or Pacific Coast donors only once after which they must destroy our donors’ information. KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast do not exchange email addresses or phone numbers. KCTS 9 and Pacific Coast may also disclose some personal information to carefully-screened third party service providers such as mailing houses and fundraising organizations. We may contract with them for the limited purpose of assisting KCTS 9 or Pacific Coast with marketing and promotional activities. We carefully monitor their use of Your personal information and require them to adhere to this Policy . We also ask any volunteer who might collect Your personal information to review and agree to abide by this privacy policy.

In addition, we may use Your personal information to:

  • Distribute receipts and send You a “thank You” for donations
  • Inform You about upcoming fundraising and other activities they might be interested in
  • Internal analysis, such as research and analytics
  • Record keeping
  • Reporting to applicable government agencies as required by law
  • Surveys, metrics and other analytical purposes
  • Other purposes related to fundraising operations

Anonymized donor information or donor comments may be used for promotional and fundraising activities. We may ask You during the donation process for Your consent to use Your name publicly in connection with Your donation. You can always refuse consent or let us know that You do not wish to allow us to use Your personal information as we describe in this section either by e-mail at or over the phone when you call to donate.

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.


KCTS 9 uses a standard feature of browser software called a cookie to help us respond to the needs and preferences of visitors. A cookie assigns each visitor a unique code that resides on the visitor's computer. We may use cookies to measure user traffic or obtain other analytics, to provide personalized services or to improve our website’s functionality.

You can prevent or delete our cookies by adapting Your browser settings, but this can affect the functionality of the website.


KCTS 9 uses third party service providers to place advertisements to market KCTS 9 on sites across the web. The third party service providers may collect anonymous information about Your visits to KCTS 9 and may use that information to target ads for products and services. They may collect web log data or place or recognize a unique cookie on Your browser to enable You to receive customized ads. No personally identifiable information is collected in this process. They do not know You name, address, email address, phone number or any personally identifiable information.

The NAI (Network Advertising Initiative) allows for the central opting out of all its members’ cookies from a single opt-out page. If you prefer not to receive relevant advertising on web pages or are concerned about third party cookies served by networks, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.


The KCTS 9 web-site is not targeted at children. Sometimes children do access it and we will give parents notice about their child’s participation on the KCTS 9 web-site, by contacting parents through the online contact information that must be provided by the child in order to participate. If Your child submits stories, artwork, comments or anything else to us which is to be posted at our site we will first contact the parent for permission to use the submission. If permission is granted the child will be identified only by first name, age or grade level, city and state. has links to third party sites and we are not responsible for the content or safety and privacy practices of those sites. Therefore we encourage adults and children to discuss these choices together before giving out any information at these outside sites.

We may make periodic changes to add, remove, or modify portions of this Policy at any time. This Policy was last updated on December 19, 2014. Please check this page from time to time for any changes.


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