Effective Date: December 8, 2019
As a not-for-profit institution, our goal is to collect only the information about our users and their use of our services that will help us provide the best online experience possible and implement PBS’s mission.
The PBS American Portrait project is built from information submitted by Americans, telling their story using their own words, images, and creativity. You may be prompted to provide some or all of the following types of 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 AP Project:
You may choose to voluntarily submit other information to us through the AP Project that we do not request, and, in such instances, you are solely responsible for such information.
We also may collect certain information automatically when you use the AP Project, including:
We 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 the AP Project on those social media platforms.
Additionally, if you access third-party services, such as Facebook, Google, or Twitter to engage with the AP Project or to share information about your experience on the AP Project with others, these third-party services may be able to collect information about you, including information about your activity on the AP Project, and they may notify your connections on the third-party services about your use of the AP Project, in accordance with their own privacy policies.
Some parts of the AP Project may allow you to enter text and information in open fields, such as story submissions. If you choose to participate in these public areas of the AP Project, 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 story submissions to keep their content appropriate for the AP Project’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.
We generally use the information that we collect about you to fulfill our business purposes to:
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.
We may share information that is collected from you in the following circumstances:
We may share aggregated 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 AP Project; 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 the AP Project, 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 AP Project. For example, we use technologies from third party analytics providers, such as Google Analytics, to help us analyze your use of the AP Project, compile statistic reports, and provide us with other services relating activity on the AP Project and internet usage. 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 the AP Project 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.
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 AP Project but we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us.
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.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.