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Privacy Statement

Effective Date: February 25, 2013

Welcome to AxisPhilly, a service of Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network, Inc.. This Privacy Statement describes the types of information that we collect through our website and what we do with that information.

Our site is designed to permit you to access our content without registering or providing personally identifying information. However, as described in more detail below, if you wish to post comments to our site, you’ll need to register with Disqus, a third party online comment sharing platform, which provides our commenting tool.

This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected online through the AxisPhilly website and does not apply to any information you may provide to us, or that we may collect, offline or through other means (for example, via telephone or through the mail).

If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us.


Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. Our website is not directed at children under the age of 13 and we won’t knowingly allow anyone under the age of 13 to provide us any personally identifying information. If you’re under 13, please don’t provide any information about yourself on this website.


The information we gather falls into two categories: (1) information voluntarily supplied by visitors to the site, for example, when they subscribe to our email newsletter, make a donation online to support AxisPhilly, or use the “Contact Us” function on the site to communicate with us; and (2) tracking information gathered as visitors navigate through our website, review our email newsletters and other email messages, and “like” or share content through Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ (“Social Media Services”). This information may be collected directly by us or it may be collected by third-party service providers on our behalf.

Information You Voluntarily Supply

We may collect and store information that you voluntarily supply to us while on our site. This may include personally identifying information if you choose to provide it. In accessing and using AxisPhilly, you may have the opportunity to voluntarily submit some or all of the following types of information:

  • Contact information, such as your name, email address, postal address, and phone number;
  • Payment information (such as credit card type, number, expiration date, security code, and billing address) necessary to process a requested transaction (for example, if you make a donation to AxisPhilly through our site; and
  • Information included in correspondence you send to us through the “Contact Us” function available on our site.

You are not required to provide information about yourself to access our site. However, if you wish to post comments on our site, you will have to register with Disqus, which provides our commenting tool. To register with Disqus, you must either connect with Disqus through Twitter or Google or provide Disqus your email address and create a username and a password. When you post a comment though Disqus, Disqus may be collecting information, including personal information, about your interaction with AxisPhilly, a process we don’t control. We encourage you to review the Disqus privacy policy before you register. If you connect to Disqus through Twitter or Google, Twitter or Google may also be collecting information, including personal information, about your interaction with AxisPhilly, a process that we don’t control. We encourage you to review the Twitter privacy policy and the Google privacy policy before you connect to Disqus through one of these services.

You’ll find the Disqus “comment” box on discussion pages on our site and on some columns. If you use the Disqus comment tool to post a comment on AxisPhilly, Disqus will provide us with the name and email address used in your Disqus registration.

You may interact with content on our site through social media plugins provided by Facebook and Twitter.  We do not control the information that these companies collect when you use their social media tools, nor do we control how these companies use any information they collect. We encourage you to review their privacy policies before interacting with our site through these social media tools. Facebook’s privacy policy can be found here; Twitter’s privacy policy can be found here.

If you wish to receive our email newsletter, you must provide us your email address; we’ll use your email address to send you the email newsletters you have requested.

Information That Is Automatically Collected

We also may collect and store, and our service providers may collect and store, information that doesn’t identify you personally that is generated automatically as you navigate through our site. For example, we and our service providers may collect limited information about the device you use to access our site, including the type of device you’re using (computer, mobile phone, tablet, etc.), the operating system running on that device, the type and version of browser software you’re using, the resolution of your computer monitor or other device display, the screen colors available on your device, the website that referred you, and your IP address. (Your IP address is a numerical address that is used by computers and other devices connected to the Internet to identify your device so that data – such as the web pages you want to view – can be transmitted to you.) We use this information to make our site as useful and visually appealing as we can for as many users as possible. We may also use IP address information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes.

We may use “cookies,” a standard feature found in browser software, to enhance your experience on the site. Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. We also may use web beacons (sometimes referred to as “clear GIFs” or “pixel tags”) to collect non-personally identifying information about how our visitors use our site and how they interact with our email newsletters and with our stories that appear on other websites. By showing how and when visitors use the site and review our news stories, cookies and web beacons help us deliver more relevant content to users, identify how many unique users visit our site, various pages within our site, and our stories that appear on other news sites, and track user interests, trends and patterns. For example, we may use these technologies to collect information about the time visitors spend on each page of our site, the number of visits made to each page or section of our site, whether they open the email newsletters we send them, and whether they click on particular links contained in these emails. Providers of web analytics services, such as Google Analytics, may use cookies and web beacons to gather this sort of information on our behalf. To learn more about Google Analytics, click here. To install a browser add-on (available for most standard browsers) that communicates with Google Analytics to indicate that information about your website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics, click here.

We and our commenting tool provider, Disqus, also may use cookies to determine that a visitor to our site has previously visited the site or another site that uses the Disqus comment sharing platform and to record the type of device that a visitor has used to access to the site.

The help function on most web browsers contains information on how to set your browser to notify you before accepting a cookie or to disable cookies entirely. However, if you don’t accept cookies, you won’t receive the benefits that cookies provide to other users of our site, such as allowing Disqus to recognize you as a registered Disqus user.



We use the information we collect from visitors to our site to communicate with our users, to better understand and serve our audience, and to heighten user engagement with our site. For example, if you sign up to receive our email newsletter, we’ll use your email address to deliver our newsletters to you. If you request updates on the status of AxisPhilly, we’ll use your email address to send you those updates. We also use the information we gather to send you other communications (such as solicitations for contributions), to deliver our site content to you, to measure site traffic, to measure user interests and traffic patterns, and to improve the site and the services and features offered via the site.

In addition, we may use your personal information to contact you for customer service purposes, to inform you of important changes or additions to our site or the services offered through our site, and to tell you about other products or services offered by AxisPhilly or the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network that we think may be of interest to you.

Email Addresses

If you provide us your email address (for example, when you subscribe to our newsletter or sign up for status updates), we’ll use your email address to send you the newsletter or status updates you requested and/or to acknowledge receipt of your donation for tax purposes. In addition, we may email you with information about our website or other products, services, or events offered by AxisPhilly or the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network.  From time to time, we may also email you to request your financial support.  Although we hope you’ll find these communications informative and useful, if you don’t, you can always unsubscribe from recurring communications (but not from receiving donation receipts) by following the simple instructions included in each email.

We also may use your email address to contact you from time to time for customer service purposes, or to send you administrative notices or other information about our site, as described above in the section titled “Generally.”

Information You Provide When Making a Donation

When you make a donation to AxisPhilly or the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network through our site, we collect personal information, such as your name, email address and billing address, and your credit card information. We will use your personal information to acknowledge receipt of your donation for tax purposes and to identify you as a donor on our website and our annual report and other printed materials. If you provide us your email address when you contribute, we’ll send our email newsletter to the email address you provide. We also may use your personal information to contact you from time to time for other purposes, as described above in the section titled “Generally.” AxisPhilly does not store your credit card information; it is sent directly from you to our third-party credit card processor and is secured during transmission over the Internet using industry-standard secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption. Our credit card processor is authorized to use your credit card information only to process your donation and for no other purpose.


We may share the information that is collected through this site with our third party service providers for purposes related to site administration and operation. In some cases, we may permit our third-party service providers to collect such information directly on our behalf. For example, this website uses third-party web analytics services, such as Google Analytics, to help analyze how users use the site. These services use cookies and web beacons to collect non-personally identifying tracking data from our site on our behalf, and then use that data to provide us with statistical reports on website activity. If you use a credit or debit card to complete a transaction on our site (for example, to make a donation to AxisPhilly or the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network), your personal information and credit card number will be sent directly to our credit card processing service provider to complete your transaction. We also may share your email address [and name] with third-party email service providers that send newsletters and other communications on our behalf, but our contracts with these providers prohibit them for using this information for any purpose other than sending out these emails on our behalf.

We also may occasionally release information about our visitors and registered users if required to do so by law or if, in our judgment, such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, to enforce our User Agreement, or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of visitors to our site, our employees, our donors, or others. In the unlikely event that we sell some or all of our assets, or our site is acquired by another company, information about our visitors to our site may be among the transferred assets.

Storage of Information

The information that we collect through AxisPhilly is stored within databases that we control (or databases hosted on our behalf) on servers maintained in protected environments. Any credit card information you provide on our site is secured for transmission over the Internet using industry-standard secure sockets layer (SSL) encryption. However, no physical or electronic security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our servers or databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us or our third-party service providers over the Internet. Our databases are located within the United States. If you access our site from outside the United States, by providing data to us, you consent to transfer of that data to and storage of that data in the United States.


AxisPhilly participates in the Public Insight Network, a service of American Public Media designed to help journalists connect with members of the public to add context, depth, humanity and relevance to their news stories. If you sign up to be a Public Insight Network source, journalists authorized by American Public Media, including ours, may contact you via telephone, text message, survey forms, email and social media to ask editorially relevant questions about topics related to their reporting. Click to learn more about the Public Insight Network.

If you join the Public Insight Network (through a link from our site or by visiting the Public Insight Network directly), the network will ask you for your name and contact information, personal background information (such as your age and educational background) designed to provide context for your insights, and your insights on relevant topics. We encourage you to review the Public Insight Network section of American Public Media’s privacy policy before you sign up as a source.

If you sign up as Public Insight Network source through a link on the AxisPhilly website, if you designate AxisPhilly as your “Primary Newsroom” when you sign up, or if you identify AxisPhilly on the Public Insight Network website as a newsroom you want to hear from, we’ll have access to your Public Insight Network profile information and the insights you provide to the network. We may contact you to invite you to participate as a source in news stories we’re working on. If we’re hoping to use in our story your response to our email requesting your participation, we’ll let you know that in our email. We’ll only use your name, the personal information in your Public Insight Network profile, and the insights you provide in connection with our reporting. We won’t send you marketing messages based on this information and we won’t sell, rent, or trade it to other organizations for their use in marketing.


The web is an evolving medium. If we need to change this Privacy Statement in the future, we will post the revised Privacy Statement on our site and update the “Effective Date,” above, to reflect the date of the changes. By continuing to use this website after we post such changes, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement, as modified.