Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Welcome to NASA Space Place. Our goal is to inform, inspire, and involve children in the excitement of science, technology, and space exploration. While we develop and encourage interactivity in learning, we strive to ensure the online safety and privacy of our users. The Space Place is committed to complying fully with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). Notice of our information practices are explained below as required by the Federal Trade Commission's Children's Online Privacy Protection Regulations, located at 16 CFR § 312.

(i) Contact Information  (16 CFR § 312.4)  "Operators"

Kristen Erickson is the responsible NASA official hosting this activity.

Nancy Leon is the responsible NASA curator of this activity.

Jessica Stoller-Conrad is the lead content author, systems engineer, and content developer.
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA 91109

(ii) Information Collected (16 CFR § 312.4)

A. General Collection Information

As with all internet web sites, The Space Place may collect some information indirectly from all users visiting our web site.  What is collected and how it is used is explained below.

  • System Logging.  Our web server systems keep log files about network transactions.  NASA policy is to destroy these logs after they are 30 days old.  We do analyze our web log files to calculate statistics on which pages are visited and how long visitors stay on our site.  We do not track individuals with this information.  We are required to retain this information for the security of our website and online service.    These logs are not viewed unless necessary for security reasons and are deleted after 30 days (16 CFR § 312.5(c)(5)(i)).

  • Internet Addresses. The Space Place gathers Internet Protocol Address (IP Addresses) and pages viewed as part of the logging system within our web server.  When calculating statistics on visits and pages viewed IP addresses are used in broad calculations.  IP addresses are never used to identify someone personally unless a security breach requires such an investigation (16 CFR § 312.5(c)(5)(i)).

  • Use of Cookies. The Space Place may use session cookies for visitors to our site.  A session cookie is a temporary file stored in a web browser that is deleted when it either expires or the browser is closed.  No privacy or personal information is stored in a cookie from this web site. We may store a temporary number which helps us understand traffic patterns or helps us control access to restricted pages.  Some features of The Space Place may not function properly without session cookies being enabled.  The Office of Management and Budget currently does not permit government web sites to store any permanent cookies on your system without explicit permission to do so.

(iii) How information collected is used (16 CFR § 312.4)

For brevity, the use of the collected information is described in the above section on explaining what is collected.

(iv) Third Party Disclosure (16 CFR § 312.4) 

The Space Place does not disclose information to third parties.

(v) Participation16 CFR § 312.4) 

The Space Place does not prohibit the participation in any activity based on requiring more personal information than is necessary.

(vi) Review or Deletion of Privacy Data (16 CFR § 312.4) 

The Space Place collects no data associated with any individual child.

Links to External Sites

The Space Place tries to provide a safe, fun, and private environment for kids to learn about space science and technology.  We link only to other NASA or other government agency sites and our own partners (Caltech, ITEEA) and to sites that have given us web awards for our educational merit. We are not responsible for the content or collection practices of these sites and recommend you read their privacy policies before providing them information.

Additional Information

article last updated June 28, 2016
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