Privacy policy

Protecting your privacy begins with a complete understanding of what information can be collected from you and how that information is used. Should you have any questions regarding your privacy and our policy after reading this document, please contact us for clarification at: [email protected]. You are also encouraged to review our Terms and Conditions.

At Current our relationship with you is built on trust. We’re committed to preserving it.

Information automatically collected

All webservers generate log files that record basic information about website “traffic” — what files or “pages” are requested, when they are requested, how many requests were made, what browser requested it, etc. These logs serve to help us understand how successful our site is in serving you. These logs do not collect personal information about you and are only reviewed to create an aggregate demographic profile of our user base.

Information you provide

Visitors to may voluntarily supply personal information for the purpose of entering contests, when sending email, signing up for email newsletters, e-commerce transactions and conducting surveys or polls. Current may use this information for its own internal use solely to conduct the stated activities. In the instance when certain information is required for a particular activity it will be explicitly stated and explained at the time of submission.

It is Current‘s policy never to sell, rent, swap, exchange, trade or make available any information we gather from you, irrespective of the manner in which we obtain this information (e.g. on-line, through direct mail, by telephone, or through direct contact).

Owner and publisher

Current is an editorially independent publication of the American University School of Communication, and focuses on the public media sector. In addition to support from the University, Current is supported by its subscribers, advertisers and a grant from the Wyncote Foundation.

Additional information for Current members/donors

A principal foundation of publishing in the public media sector is our reliance on support from the people who rely on our content and information. Because we operate in the public interest, our future relies on a bond of public trust. This bond extends to thousands of readers living in hundreds of local communities of every size and description throughout Current‘s region of service. Current cannot afford, either in appearance or in fact, to undermine that bond. For these reasons, Current certifies that is meets the following public-interest standards:

Control: Current will maintain active control of membership and donor lists, and takes reasonable measures to insure against unauthorized use of such lists including requiring any third party (e.g. list brokers, mailing management organizations, fundraising organizations, prospect research/data screening services, online fundraising services, telemarketing agencies, inbound telephone services, and advertising/public relations agencies) to abide by Current/American University’s compliance requirements.

Privacy: Current will respect the privacy of all subscribers and donors by offering a means by which subscribers and donors may “opt out” by contacting Current Business Manager Laura Rogers at [email protected]. Requests from Current members to withhold their names and contact information from solicitation by Current-generated letter, telephone, or electronic fundraising efforts are recorded in each individual’s donor file and honored. Member and donor names and information are used to further the financial support of Current, and infrequently for confidential media research into Current reader trends and preferences.

Limits on use: Current policy forbids the renting, selling, leasing, loan, trade, giving, donating, transferring or exchanging of donor names with any other nonprofit agency.

Limits on political involvement: Current will not rent, sell, lease, loan, trade, give, donate, transfer, or exchange names to or with any candidate for public office, committees or organizations supporting a candidate, political parties, or organizations that solicit funds for use in political campaigns for any purposes whatsoever.

Record keeping: Current will maintain complete and accurate records of all uses of membership and donor lists for fundraising purposes. Upon your direct, personal request, we will provide you with the current information (e.g., email address, name, etc.) that we maintain about you through the most secure means available.

If you have any questions about giving or pledging your support to Current, do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail to [email protected], by telephone Monday through Friday between 10 AM and 6 PM Eastern time (excluding holidays) at 301-270-7240 x38, or by U.S. mail to:

6930 Carroll Ave., Suite 350
Takoma Park, MD 20912


Current may disclose personal information if required to do so by law or if Current believes that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law or with legal process, (b) protect against misuse or unauthorized use of the Current website, or (c) protect the personal safety or property of Current website users, the public or Current and its employees.

The Internal Revenue Service may revoke the 501(c)(3) status of any organization that fails to comply with its rules, and may levy fines in the nature of excise taxes on the organization and/or its leaders who knowingly engaged in activities in violation of its rules.

Financial information

All online financial transactions are processed through a secure (https://) server to ensure that any information you enter is safe.

Links to other sites

It is important to note that the Current website may contain links to other third party sites that may not follow the same privacy policies as the Current website. These sites may use cookies, collect data, and use the data in ways that Current would not. Current is not responsible for the privacy practices or any information or materials on these other sites.

Acceptance of this policy

By using this site, you signify your agreement to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use the site. We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for any changes. Your continued use of the Current web site following the posting of any changes to these terms shall mean that you have accepted those changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the managing editor at: [email protected].

Last modified on: August 7, 2012