Privacy Policy

Effective Date June 10, 2013

At WSHU.ORG, we recognize the importance of privacy to visitors. This privacy policy explains what type of information is collected from you when you visit our Web site and how that information may be used.

Gathering of Information

On various pages, WSHU.ORG collects personally-identifying information (such as your name, e-mail address, address, telephone number and/or credit card information) only if you choose to provide that information to us.

We ask visitors only for the information to conduct contests, verify compliance with contests rules and to maintain accurate donor, subscriber and listener comment databases.

Like all other Web servers, WSHU.ORG’s Web server automatically creates log files for each visitor who accesses our 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, phone number, 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 our Web site.
  • The date of the visit.
  • The time of the visit.
  • The path taken through our Web site.
  • The browser being used.

If listening to streamed programming, WSHU.ORG captures:

  • The Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) of the machine which accessed our Web site.
  • The date of the visit.
  • The time of the visit.
  • The path taken to our Streaming site.
  • What streams were listened to.
  • Length of time spent listening to our streams.
  • What pieces of Music were listened to (by comparing stream, time, and length of time).

This information is provided to Sound Exchange and other Royalty Rights groups to order to satisfy requirements on internet streaming and determine royalties due to Performers and Copyright Holders.

WSHU.ORG 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. Only the Web site that set the cookie can read it, and it can only be used as a record keeping device to store information that the site already has. It cannot, for example, be used to read other information from the user's hard drive.

WSHU does not share donor information you provide to any third parties other than for reporting royalities and providing analytical data about the use of our Website and Streaming. Other personally-identifying information collected by WSHU is not provided to outside parties, except when required as part of a transaction (Examples: Contest winner information is provided to the organization providing the tickets or CDs; Ticket purchase information is provided to the performance venue; complaints about NPR programming may be forwarded to NPR.) We do not share or sell mailing list, e-mail lists, or any donor information, other than provide statistical data to NPR, CPB and foundations in grant applications or reports.

WSHU does use email to respond to your e-mailed comments, to notify you of events to which WSHU is a party and in which we believe you might be interested, and for other fundraising purposes. WSHU maintains a data base of user preferences. At your request will suspend any and all e-mails or USPS mail to you.


WSHU.ORG has in place what we believe to be appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online. Credit card information provided to WSHU.ORG is protected against unauthorized use by 128-bit encryption and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) security features, which scramble your personal information so that only your web browser and our Web site's server can decipher it. As part of on-line transactions information you provide (name, address, credit card number, expire date, and email) is simultaneously transmitted to our Merchant Account Processor (Authorize.Net) via a 128-bit encryption and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection. Once the transaction is confirmed WSHU.ORG deletes the Credit Card Number, retaining only the last 4 digits.

WSHU.ORG reserves the right to change this policy. Any changes to this policy will be posted to this page before they become effective. Use of the WSHU.ORG Web site constitutes consent to any policy then in effect.

If you have any questions or comments concerning our privacy policy, please Contact Us via e-mail or send a letter to:

WSHU Public Radio Sacred Heart University 5151 Park Avenue Fairfield, CT 06825

Some of the links on the WSHU.ORG site are pointed to servers outside of WSHU’s control. WSHU.ORG is not responsible for the privacy practices or any information or materials on these other sites. Please review the privacy policies of these sites.