WKAR maintains lists of names, addresses, giving history, programming interests and other pertinent data for those who have supported us financially, indicated an interest in our programming, or attended station events or activities. WKAR-AM/FM/TV is licensed to Michigan State University (MSU), with an administrative home in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. As such, MSU’s University Advancement also has access to WKAR’s list of names, addresses and giving history. View MSU’s University Advancement Data Policy here (PDF). WKAR adheres to all University regulations and policies.
Neither WKAR, nor MSU, will sell or exchange its lists with any other organization, including political organizations or candidates. On occasion, WKAR may provide lists of names and contact information to vendors who conduct work for, or plan an activity on behalf of WKAR. WKAR requires all vendors to maintain the confidentiality of these files, and to adhere to a policy of not exchanging, selling, or otherwise disclosing station member, donor, or underwriter lists. Specific financial information is never shared. Credit card transactions are handled under strict standards and are PCI compliant.
September 1, 2014
This policy discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for WKAR.org and ivs.msu.edu, as well as any other Web sites owned or operated by MSU Broadcasting Services.
We will do our very best to ensure the privacy of any identifiable information (such as full name, address, e-mail address, telephone number and/or other identifiable information) you may provide to us.
Information We May Gather:
1. Our Web servers will create log files which contain all or some of the following information:
- The date, time and length of your visit.
- The path taken through our Web site and the browser being used.
- The list of files downloaded and the amount of time spent viewing any video or audio files.
- The Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) of the computer accessing our Site. We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site.
- Any errors encountered.
- Your connection speed as it relates to your optimal speed for listening or watching video online (stored via a cookie)
2. We will not collect personally identifiable information from you, other than what you supply to us on a voluntary basis. However, in order to participate in some activities, you might be asked to provide some personally identifiable information. This could be in connection with the following:
- Contest registration.
- Subscription registration for sites or services which require subscription (such as e-mail newsletters).
- Requests for membership information.
- Fulfillment of your orders for merchandise.
- Gathering your editorial comments and feedback.
- Content submissions, comments and suggestions, or voting.
- Online surveys. The information you may provide in these surveys is used only on an aggregate basis to describe our audiences and assist us in better serving you.
- Participation in community postings, bulletin boards or "chat rooms."
3. WKAR/MSU Broadcasting will not willfully disclose your personal information received online to any third party without first receiving your permission.
4. WKAR/MSU Broadcasting may use your personally identifiable information for the activities explained above and for internal and marketing promotional purposes.
5. We do not share, exchange, rent or sell any of our lists to political parties or candidates for political office.
6. If you do not want personal information which you voluntarily supply used by us for these purposes, you can simply "opt out." Please note, however, under certain circumstances, opting out may prevent your participation in activities for which personal information is needed, such as in contests.
7. When you engage in financial transactions at our Site, you may be asked for a credit card number. The server that processes your credit card information is secure and your credit card number will be encrypted as it passes through the Internet. Such information is also saved in an encrypted format or in internal systems that are protected by an internal firewall system. Michigan State University complies fully with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.
As you visit Web sites associated with WKAR/MSU Broadcasting Services, it is possible that several cookies* will be set on your computer. WKAR/MSU Broadcasting Services uses the information from cookies to deliver relevant resources, remember browser preferences, and improve our visitors’ experiences on the site. WKAR/MSU Broadcasting Services does not sell or, in any way, share information collected by cookies.
*What's a cookie? A cookie is information a Web site puts on your computer's hard drive so that the site can remember your preferences or which pages you visited on that site.
You Should Also Know:
This site contains links to other sites. WKAR/MSU Broadcasting Services is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other Web sites.
This site makes chat rooms, forums, message boards available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information in these areas. Also, please note that we do not accept any responsibility for the information or content presented in such areas by users.
Please Contact Us:
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact us by either e-mail or by letter to
WKAR/MSU Broadcasting Services
404 Wilson Road Room 212
East Lansing, MI, 48824-1212
Published 12/22/08. Updated 9/15/14.