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Privacy Statement

Welcome to The Learning Technologies Project. Our goal is to inform, inspire and involve people in the excitement of science and space exploration. While we develop and encourage interactivity in learning, we strive to ensure the online safety and privacy of our users. The Learning Technologies Project 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"

Mark Leon is the responsible NASA official hosting this activity.
Tom Dyson is the Deputy Project Lead
Alan Federman is the Systems Engineer and Webmaster

Learning Technologies Project Manager
NASA Ames Research Center
MS 269-3
Moffett Field, CA 94035
(650) 604-6498
Systems Engineer and Webmaster
NASA Ames Research Center
MS 258-2
Moffett Field, CA 94035
(650) 604-1521

(ii) Information Collected (16 CFR 312.4)

A. General Collection Information

As with all internet web sites, NASA LTP collects 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 and e-mail 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. E-mail addresses of messages sent from our system are logged as well. 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. NASA LTP 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 address are never used to identify someone personally unless a security breach requires such an investigation (16 CFR 312.5(c)(5)(i)).

B. Email lists and surveys

Occasionally, people may wish to join e-mail distribution lists. The only information requested is the address, school name and zip code of the school. This information is used to document our success in reaching various geographic areas in our country.

  • The Email Address is collected for us to send messages about NASA or NASA's web sites.

  • The date of birth may be collected to let us know that the right age groups like our site. We also require the birthday so that we may comply with the requirements of the Children's On-line Privacy Protection Act. The age is not associated with a name in this analysis.

  • The format of the message is collected indirectly through the first e-mail message. The format can either be plain text or, like a web page, in color.

  • The date added to the list is collected indirectly. If your child subsequently is removed from the list, we use this information to determine how long a child enjoys our e-mail messages.

  • We do not disclose this information to third parties.

(iii) Customer Satisfaction Surveys (16 CFR 312.4)

  • Occasionally we collect customer satisfaction surveys.

  • Any personal information is supplied optionally

  • Personal information is not saved

  • Personal information is not supplied to third parties.

(iv) 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 collection.

(v) Third Party Disclosure (16 CFR 312.4)

NASA LTP does not disclose information to third parties.

(vi) Participation (16 CFR 312.4)

NASA LTP does not prohibit the participation in any activity based on requiring more personal information than is necessary.

(vii) Review or Deletion of Privacy Data (16 CFR 312.4)

NASA LTP will make a child's information available for review by the child's parent. Any parent wishing to review or have deleted personally identifiable information about their child should telephone one of the provided contacts.

Links to External Sites

NASA LTP tries to provide a safe, fun, and private environments for kids to learn about space and science. We may link to other sites for the convenience of your children. 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

Also read NASA's Privacy Statement for Web Sites

Curator: Randolph Kim
Responsible NASA Official: Mark Leon
Last Updated: 08/22/2002