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Web Site Privacy

Welcome to LEARNERS' Signals of Spring. Our goal is to inform, inspire and involve young learners in the excitement of science and technology, using migration as a reason to learn about life and earth science. While we develop and encourage interactivity in learning, we strive to ensure the online safety and privacy of our users. Signals of Spring 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 Part 312.

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

Glen Schuster is the Signals of Spring Project Director.
Tara Alvarez is responsible for Web Development.
US Satellite Laboratory
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US Satellite Laboratory
2 Bobbie Ln
Rye Brook, NY 10573
(914) 921-5920
(ii) Information Collected (16 CFR Part 312.4)
A. General Collection Information
As with all Internet web sites, Signals of Spring 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 Part 312.5(c)(5)(i)).
  • Internet Addresses. Signals of Spring 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 Part 312.5(c)(5)(i)).
  • Use of Cookies  Signals of Spring 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 personally information is stored in a cookie from this web site. We may store a temporary number which help us understand traffic patterns or help us control access to restricted pages. Some features of Signals of Spring 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.
B. "Let Us Know" Information Collected
Signals of Spring "Contact Us" is a place for visitors to send us comments or ask questions about our site.
    The name is collected for the purpose of personally addressing our e-mail responses.

    The e-mail address is collected for us to respond to any questions.  E-mail addresses are deleted after we respond to the message or after 90 days  whichever comes first (see our policy  on system logging).

    The message is whatever your child is wanting to ask us.

    We do not disclose this information to third parties.

(iii) How information collected is used (16 CFR Part 312.4)
For brevity, the use of the collected information is described in the above section on explaining what is collection.
(iv) Third Party Disclosure (16 CFR Part 312.4)
Signals of Spring does not disclose information to third parties.
(v) Participation(16 CFR Part 312.4)
Signals of Spring 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 Section 312.4)
Signals of Spring 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

Signals of Spring tries to provide a safe, fun, and private environments for kids to learn about earth and life 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



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