Privacy Policy

Effective Date September 1, 2020

Welcome to the Protecting Our Students’ Online Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”). This Privacy Policy describes the information Protecting Our Students, Inc. and its affiliated organizations (owned or controlled by, or under common ownership or control with, Protecting Our Students, Inc.) (collectively, “POS,” “we” or “us”) collect or allow others to collect from you and your computer or device when you use or other sites, POS One or other applications, email newsletters, digital platforms or other interactive services provided by POS that link to or refer to this Privacy Policy (collectively, the “POS website” or “our website”). This Privacy Policy also explains how that information may be used and shared and the choices you have to limit or prevent certain uses or sharing of that information. Please note that this Privacy Policy does not govern the websites and services of third parties that may link to or be linked to from the POS website.

NOTICE TO EU RESIDENTS: This Privacy Policy does not apply to EU residents.

By using, registering for, or otherwise accessing our website, you agree to this Privacy Policy and POS Terms of Use (clickable) and you give your express “opt-in” consent to the collection, use, storage, sharing, transfer, and processing of information about you and your interactions with our website as explained in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy or POS’s Terms of Use, please do not use the POS website or provide us with your contact or other information.

If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us (make this clickable).


POS cares about protecting the privacy of children. If you are a parent or guardian, we encourage you to become involved in your children’s online experience, and to share your knowledge and experience with your young ones. If you are under 13, please do not register for our website or provide us with any contact or other information, including your name, postal address or email address. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you must obtain permission from your parent or guardian before registering for POS website or otherwise sending any contact or other information to POS.

Information Collected Through Our Website

Information You Provide Directly Through Our website

We and service providers working on our behalf will collect any information that you choose to provide directly through our website, including your name, email address, postal address, telephone number, password, age, payment card information, and country of residence. For example, such information may be collected when you:

  • Register for an POS account, or any POS email newsletter.
  • Email, text or otherwise share a story from any of the POS website links.
  • Contact us for information or to ask a question.
  • Post, upload, or otherwise submit to POS a comment, story idea, essay, photo, or other content or user-generated material (“User Materials”).
  • Register for an POS tour or event or any contest we sponsor.
  • Apply for a job, internship or fellowship at POS.
  • If you choose to participate in a survey, we may ask you to provide your date of birth, gender, education level, information about your employment, income level and other information.

Like other non-profit organizations, we also track donation activity on an individual basis. Accordingly, if you choose to donate to POS, or express interest in or request information about making donations, we may keep a record of these contacts that includes your name, contact information and other information about your donation or inquiry. If you choose to donate to POS, your information may be collected directly by POS and/or an affiliated company.

We also may ask you to provide other information about yourself for various other purposes that we specify or make apparent at the time of collection.

Information Automatically Collected Through Technology

We and service providers working on our behalf automatically collect certain information about your computer or device and your interactions with our website through access logs, cookies, pixel tags and other tracking technologies. Depending on which POS website links you use and how you access them, the information collected automatically may include:

  • The Internet Protocol address (IP address) of the computer or device you used to access the POS website or play podcasts or other media content downloaded through our website.
  • The domain name of your Internet Service Provider.
  • The website, application, platform or service you visited before and after visiting an POS website link.
  • Search terms you enter using the POS website or on a referring website.
  • Your approximate geographic location information (derived from request header information, such as your IP address) and/or more precise information about the specific location of your device if you have given POS explicit consent to receive this information for an POS application on your mobile device.
  • The make, model, carrier and unique device identifier for your mobile device, the unique advertising identifier (for example, the Apple IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers) or Google Advertising ID) that allows mobile applications running on your mobile device to gather data for purposes of serving targeted advertising or personalized or “interest-based” sponsorship credits, and other information about your computer or mobile device and its browser, operating system, settings and software.
  • Automobile make (for certain connected car platforms).
  • The dates, times, duration, and frequency of your interactions with our website.
  • Your navigation path through the POS website, including any “favorites” you select, and patterns in the paths you take.
  • A list of files you download, listen to, view, email, text or otherwise share and other content preferences.
  • The amount of time spent listening to or viewing media files or pages.
  • Listening data collected both when you download and listen to podcasts or other media files. Listening data includes descriptions of the title, episodes, segments and sponsorship credits included in a podcast or other media file, time and date stamps for download and playback events (for example, when a file is downloaded and when playback of a particular segment or sponsorship credit starts, stops, is skipped or is paused), the mobile advertising identifier for your device (for example, the Apple IDFA or Google Advertising ID), session IDs and information about the device or platform used to download or play a particular file. The producers of any independently produced podcasts we distribute may also collect the same types of listening data subject to their own privacy policies, which may differ from ours.
  • Information about your interactions with our email messages, such as links you click on and whether you open or forward a message, the date and time of these interactions, and information about the computer or device you use to read emails.
  • Any errors you encountered during your use of our website.

Further information about our use of cookies, pixel tags and other tracking technologies can be found here and in the section that follows.

Analytics Data Collection

Our website also makes use of third-party analytics, cookie data collection and linking services (collectively “Analytics Services”), including Google Universal Analytics, Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, Remarketing with Google Analytics, and DoubleClick for Publishers. These Analytics Services may use cookies, pixel tags, and other tracking and storage technologies to collect or receive information (not including your name or the email address you register with POS) from our website and elsewhere on the Internet and use that information to analyze and measure our audience and target and evaluate the effectiveness of sponsorship credits. For example, POS and Analytics Services may use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the Remarketing with Google Analytics and DoubleClick cookies) together to inform, optimize, and serve sponsorship credits based on your past interactions with our website and other websites. In addition, we may use analytics data, including but not limited to, geographic, demographic, and interest reporting information to recognize and understand user preferences, make improvements, and for other operational purposes. Each Analytics Service’s ability to use and share analytics information is restricted by such Analytics Service’s terms of use and privacy policy. To learn more about how Google uses data, visit Information about opting out of Google Universal Analytics is included in the Your Choices section below. For a full list of Analytics Services, please contact us (make this clickable).

How We Use the Information We Collect

We and service providers working on our behalf collect and use information to provide you with a customized interactive experience and to make our website more valuable to you. We also may use the information we collect for fundraising purposes to support our mission. POS and service providers working on our behalf also may use the information collected through our website:

  • To manage, administer and improve the POS website.
  • To respond to your questions or messages.
  • To provide you with personalized features and content that are associated with your account or located near you and other content that may be of interest to you.
  • To publish, broadcast, attribute and otherwise use and license any User Materials you submit according to our Terms of Use (make this clickable).
  • To fulfill your POS Shop orders and other requests.
  • To offer you access to POS tours and events.
  • To process applications for jobs, internships and fellowships at POS.
  • To process applications for volunteers for our POS Ambassador program.
  • To manage contests you enter.
  • To contact you for an online survey, or for other editorial purposes.
  • To recognize you as the same user when you access our website using different computers, devices and browsers.
  • To save and “remember” your registration information, settings and preferences so you do not have to re-enter this information each time you visit.
  • With your consent where required by applicable law, to send you POS email newsletters and other communications, including marketing, fundraising, membership and other messages from POS.
  • To understand whether and when you read our email messages and click on links in those messages.
  • To control the sequence and frequency of sponsorship credits you hear and see and tailor the content of those messages to your perceived interests.
  • To conduct market or audience analysis and related reporting.
  • To help us measure and analyze user traffic and usage patterns and improve the quality and effectiveness of our content, features, sponsorship credits, and other communications.
  • To prevent potentially prohibited or illegal activities, comply with applicable laws, and enforce our Terms of Use (make this clickable) or other legal rights.
  • To generate aggregate or other information that does not directly identify you as an individual or the devices you use to access our website and use and share that information for POS’s purposes.
  • In other ways and for other purposes that are described to you at the time we collect the information or for which we otherwise have your consent.

How We Disclose Information

POS is committed to maintaining your trust. We want you to understand when and with whom we and service providers working on our behalf may share information about you that is collected through our website.

User Materials. Any User Materials you submit through our Contact Us (make this clickable) page, social networking services or similar features can be seen, collected and used by us and anyone else who has access to the applicable service. Such information is likely to become public and we cannot be responsible for any unauthorized third-party use. Any User Materials you submit may also be freely used and shared by POS in accordance with our Terms of Use (make it clickable).

Authorized service providers. We may share any information we collect with service providers who provide us with specialized services or otherwise help us operate our website including, without limitation, service providers that provide customer support, email deployment, account sign-in services, payment processing, order fulfillment, analytics, marketing, suppression list management, contest management and data processing services. Our service providers include the service providers’ subcontractors that provide specialized services to us or otherwise help us operate our website. If you wish to make a payment or receive a refund through our website your information will be collected and controlled by the payment processor and not by us and will be subject to that payment service provider’s privacy policy and practices.

Authorized third-party applications. We may share with authorized third-party applications information that you provide directly through our website and information collected automatically through technology for the purpose of providing certain POS website links to you on the applications. In such cases, the information that we share may include your name. POS prohibits the third-party developers of those applications from accessing, storing or sharing any such non-public information. However, please be aware that your use of the third-party application is otherwise subject to the third-party application’s privacy policy, which we do not control, and which may differ significantly from ours. POS is not responsible for the privacy practices of any third-party application and we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the privacy policies of any third-party sites, applications, platforms, and services that you visit or access.

Business transfers. We may share any collected information in connection with a substantial corporate transaction, such as the sale of an POS Service or division, a merger, a consolidation, an asset sale, or in the unlikely event of bankruptcy.

Legal requirements. We and service providers working on our behalf may disclose any collected information to respond to subpoenas, court orders, legal process, and other law enforcement measures, and to comply with legal or regulatory obligations.

Protect our website and donors. We and service providers working on our behalf may disclose any collected information to enforce our Terms of Use (make this clickable) and to protect and defend the legal rights, interests, and safety of POS, their respective employees, agents, contractors, sponsors, and donors, members of the general public, or others.

With your consent. We and service providers working on our behalf may share any collected information when you expressly or implicitly consent to such disclosure. For example, if you use our website to email or text a story to a friend, we would disclose your name to that friend together with the content you directed us to send.

Wireless carriers and automobile manufacturers. Wireless carriers and automobile manufacturers also may collect contact and other information and precise location data from our mobile services users through processes we do not control. You should check the privacy policies of your wireless carriers and automobile manufacturers for additional information.

Podcast producers. We may share with third-party producers listening and other data that does not identify you that we collect through your interaction with the podcasts and other media files produced by those third-party producers.

Bitly. POS uses a service called Bitly to create shortened uniform resource locators (“URLs” – the “addresses” of individual web pages) for our content so that it can be shared easily, particularly through social media. Bitly collects information as our shortened URLs are shared and clicked on, including IP addresses, general location information, the time and day each shortened URL is accessed, and the social media or other channels through which our content is shared. If you have established a separate account with Bitly, Bitly may associate the foregoing information with personal information it has stored in your Bitly account in accordance with Bitly’s own privacy policy. To share our content without using Bitly, copy the full URL of the story you want to share from your browser and paste it into your email, text or social media message.

Aggregated and anonymous information. Subject to applicable law and your opt-out choices described below, and as we deem appropriate, we may share with third parties or allow them to collect directly any aggregated or other information that does not directly identify you as an individual. Such information may be used and combined with other information collected by the receiving parties pursuant to their own respective privacy policies, which we don’t control. For example, we may share or authorize the collection of such information by service providers that help us analyze and improve our website, provide us and other digital media organizations with ratings and ranking data, help us to create personalized content, or tailor sponsorship credits to your interests. We may also share or authorize the collection of such information by sponsors or their agencies to help them measure the impact of their sponsorship campaigns.

Your Choices

You have the following choices to update, correct and limit the collection and use of information gathered through our website.

Don’t volunteer information. If you do not consent to the collection, use or sharing of your contact and other information as described in this Privacy Policy, please do not use the POS website or provide information to us. By using the POS website or providing information to us through the POS website, you are “opting in” to the collection, use and sharing of that information as described in this Privacy Policy.

Registration information. Sign in to your POS account or Contact Us (make this clickable) to correct or update any registration information you provided to us, opt out of future email newsletters from us, or cancel your POS account, POS newsletter subscription or other POS registrations. For your protection, we may only act on requests with respect to the registration data associated with the particular email address that you use to send us your request, and we may ask you to verify your identity before implementing your request. We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. We may need to retain certain information for recordkeeping purposes and/or to complete any transactions that you began prior to requesting a correction, update or cancellation.

Cookies. You have the option to set your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, notify you when a cookie is set, or delete cookies. Each browser is different, so select the “Help” menu in your browser for instructions on how to use the relevant tools and settings. Note that if you disable or delete cookies, you may lose access to certain features of the POS website.

Google Analytics. To prevent data from being collected by Google Universal Analytics, use the opt-out browser add-on developed by Google for this purpose available here.

Interest-based messages. To opt out of receiving personalized or “interest-based” online sponsorship credits from our service providers and other participating companies, visit For information about controlling the collection of cross-app data from your mobile device for personalized or “interest-based” advertising or sponsorship credit purposes, visit UK users, other European Economic Area (EEA) users and Swiss users can learn more and access opt-out tools from You also may adjust the settings on your device. For iOS mobile devices, go to “Settings” from your device’s home screen, scroll down to “Privacy”, select “Advertising”, and turn on “Limit Ad Tracking.” For Android mobile devices, go to “Google Settings” on your device, select “Ads”; and check the box labeled “Opt Out of Interest-Based Ads” or “Opt Out of Ads Personalization.” (These device settings options may change in the future or otherwise may differ for certain devices; consult your device manufacturer’s support literature for the most current information).

Note that if you opt out, you may still receive the same number of sponsorship credits as before, but they may not be as relevant to your interests. Opting out of third-party interest-based sponsorship credits is a cookie-based process and will only affect the specific computer, device, and browser on which your opt-out choice is applied. If you subsequently delete your browser cookies, you will need to opt out again. For more information about opting out of interest-based messages, visit

Precise location information. If you consent to our collection of your precise device location through an POS mobile application, you can withdraw your consent at any time and prevent the further collection of your precise location by accessing the privacy settings of your mobile device and/or the settings of the POS mobile application.

Do Not Track

We do not currently respond to browser do-not-track signals. Instead, we adhere to the standards set out in this Privacy Policy and offer the choices described above.


We employ physical, electronic, and managerial safeguards in an effort to secure the information we collect. These safeguards vary based on the sensitivity of the information. Because no security system is impenetrable, however, we cannot guarantee the security of our databases or that information you supply will never be intercepted, accessed, or disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy. Because most email and mobile transmissions are not encrypted, you should take special care in deciding what information you send to us via email, text messages, or other mobile transmissions.

Links to and from Other Sites and Services

Our website contains links to other sites, applications, platforms and services operated by third parties whose privacy policies we don’t control and may differ significantly from ours. For instance, clicking or tapping on a sponsorship credit or some third-party logos on the POS website will take you to an entirely different site or service that may collect, use and share information in ways that POS would not. You also may access POS content and the POS website from a third-party site or service that may collect, use and share information in ways that POS would not. POS is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these third-party services and we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the privacy policies of any such sites or services you visit or access.

Social Networking Services Sign-in and Sharing Tools

Our website may allow donors and members to sign into their POS accounts using their credentials on social networking services such as Facebook and Google+ (each an “SNS”). If you sign into our website through an SNS, we will receive your email address and certain profile information from such SNS in accordance with its privacy policy and your SNS account privacy settings. Any information that we collect from your SNS account may depend on the privacy settings you have selected with that SNS, so please consult the applicable SNS’s privacy and data policies to learn how to manage these settings.

If you use tools on our website that allow you to share stories or other content with your friends and followers on an SNS such as Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, or Google+, that action and any information you share may be used by the SNS according to its own privacy policy.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

POS reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. Any changes will be posted to this page, so please check back periodically. Your use of our website constitutes consent to the Privacy Policy then in effect. Please read POS’s Terms of Use (make this clickable) to understand additional terms and conditions that apply to your use of our website.

Users Outside the U.S.

Our website is controlled and operated within the United States. Any information we collect may be transferred to, and processed, stored, and accessed by, us and our service providers in the United States and in other jurisdictions where we or our service providers operate. These jurisdictions may have data privacy laws that may not be as protective as those of your home jurisdiction, and courts and other authorities may, in certain circumstances, be entitled to access information about you subject to such data privacy laws. By using the POS website, you agree to this transfer, processing, storage, and access of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

NOTICE TO EU RESIDENTS: This Privacy Policy does not apply to EU residents.

For California Residents – Your California Privacy Rights

California residents can request and obtain from us once a year and free of charge a list of all third parties to which POS has disclosed certain information during the preceding calendar year for the third parties’ direct marketing purposes. If you are a California resident and want such a list, please Contact Us (make this clickable). For all requests, you must put the statement “Your California Privacy Rights” in the message field of your request, as well as your name, street address, city, state, and zip code. Please note that we will not accept these requests by telephone, mail or fax, and we are not responsible for notices that are not labeled or sent properly, or that do not have complete information.