Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit the KGOU 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, and the web sites, applications and services that may link to or from the KGOU or StateImpact Oklahoma web sites.

Gathering of Information

KGOU collects personally-identifying information (such as your name, e-mail address, address, telephone number, or donation information) from the KGOU web site and the StateImpact Oklahoma web site for a variety of purposes.

KGOU asks visitors to provide certain personal information when they register for certain features or services of the KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma web sites, when they create a profile on the StateImpact Oklahoma blog, 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 KGOU web site, the KGOU Facebook page, KGOU Twitter account, or the StateImpact Oklahoma web site, 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. KGOU 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, KGOU's Web server automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses the KGOU web site and social networking sites, and the StateImpact Oklahoma web site. 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 KGOU or StateImpact Oklahoma web site.

• General location information (based on IP Address)

• Some demographic information associated with your IP address, such as age and gender.

• The date of the visit.

• The time of the visit.

• The path taken through the KGOU or StateImpact Oklahoma 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

KGOU 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.

KGOU uses cookies to track users' activity through the StateImpact Oklahoma 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 StateImpact Oklahoma web site. For example, cookies allow KGOU to remember your registration information while you are logged in. Our sponsorship service vendors, which serve sponsorship messages onto the StateImpact Oklahoma web site, and third party vendors that measure and analyze the use of the StateImpact Oklahoma web site for KGOU, may also use their own cookies.

KGOU and the third party vendors that measure and analyze use of the StateImpact Oklahoma web site also may use web beacons, alone or in conjunction with cookies, to help compile information about and facilitate usage of the StateImpact Oklahoma 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 StateImpact Oklahoma web site.

Google has information about how to opt out of data collection.

Use of Information

The use of personally-identifying information is limited to the following: managing and administering the KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma web sites; 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 KGOU e-mail newsletters and other communications, including marketing, promotional and fundraising communications, other internal KGOU, OPME, NPR or NPR member station purposes; and other purposes specified at the time the information is gathered. KGOU 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 KGOU and/or StateImpact Oklahoma web sites. In addition, KGOU, 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 KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma web sites, 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 KGOU or StateImpact Oklahoma web sites 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.

In addition, if you send User Materials to NPR through the StateImpact Oklahoma web site, we may print the User Materials, or an excerpt from the User Materials, on the KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma web sites, read them on air, or otherwise publish them in any other medium, together with your name and location (city, state and/or country) if you provide that information to us.

Excluding information provided by the user as discussed above, personally-identifying information collected by KGOU 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 KGOU to users who have 'opted in' to the receipt of these communications, providing services for and on behalf of KGOU, or serving other internal station purposes.

KGOU 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 KGOU’s or OPME’s products or services, or protect the personal safety or property of users of the KGOU or StateImpact Oklahoma web sites, the public or KGOU 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 KGOU or StateImpact Oklahoma web sites).

KGOU, 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 KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma web sites 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.


KGOU 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 KGOU 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 KGOU’s governing body. KGOU, 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 StateImpact Oklahoma 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 KGOU 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 KGOU or StateImpact Oklahoma web sites or otherwise sending any personally-identifying information.

Sharing Personal Data of Donors/Subscribers

KGOU does not sell, trade, or give its mailing, email, social media, text messaging or phone lists to any outside organization or for any purpose except to further the mission of KGOU. KGOU does not allow its lists, databases or contacts (including mail, email, social media, phone, text messaging, etc.) to be distributed or used for sales, promotion, trade or in any fashion not directly related to the activities of KGOU and controlled in accordance with its policies, procedures and legal requirements. Although KGOU may receive requests for list-related information or use thereof, KGOU has never participated in any arrangement that might compromise the security of its database information, allow use of its lists and distribution channels for commercial gain, violate the privacy of those persons on the lists, or subject KGOU to legal liability or ethical violation, nor does it intend to do so. Moreover, KGOU will not use its lists, databases, contacts or distribution channels in a manner that creates an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest.

Corrections to Personal Data; Opting Out

Please Contact Us to correct or update any personal information in the KGOU database, opt-out of future communications from KGOU, or request that KGOU make reasonable efforts to remove your personal information from KGOU’s databases. This will not necessarily remove previous public comments and other User Materials Submitted for public display on the KGOU or StateImpact Oklahoma web sites. 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

KGOU 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 KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma web sites 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 KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma web sites 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 on the StateImpact Oklahoma web site 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 StateImpact Oklahoma web site would not. KGOU 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 KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma 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 KGOU, and that your use of the third party services is subject to the terms and policies of those services.