The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is committed to protecting individual privacy and securing any information made available to us when you visit our web site or use our online applications. This policy describes what information is collected and how we use and store that information.
This policy is organized into the following sections:
|Information we collect||We collect basic information about your visit in order to understand who uses our site ( read more ).|
|Information you supply||Some of our services require personal information such as name, affiliation, or email address ( read more ).|
|Information you share||Some of our services allow you to share information with others ( read more ).|
|Monitoring||We actively monitor to prevent malicious or unauthorized activity ( read more ).|
|Email subscriptions||We use email lists to communicate with subscribers ( read more ).|
|Links to external sites||We have links to external sites which we do not control ( read more ).|
|Social websites||We have a presence on some social websites ( read more ).|
|Data retention||We may indefinitely retain the information we collect ( read more ).|
|Notification||We will provide notification of a data breach ( read more ).|
|Accessibility||We strive to ensure that our resources are accessible to individuals with disabilities ( read more ).|
|Disclosure||We may release information to law enforcement agencies in response to a lawful court order ( read more ).|
|Children||Our services are not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13 ( read more ).|
Information We Collect
In order to understand who uses our online resources and how they are used, when you visit the STScI website or use online applications, we collect basic information such as the date and time, internet protocol (IP) address, information about your web browser and computer (computer type, browser type), the resources you visit on our site, the amount of data transmitted, etc. We use this information to generate aggregate statistics on the usage of our site. We share this aggregate information with NASA and with our parent organization (AURA). Some of this aggregate information will be made available to the public. We will not use this information to identify or track usage by individuals, except as necessary to provide user support and maintain our systems. Non-aggregated information is only available to STScI and authorized contractors.
We do not sell or rent this information to anyone outside of the STScI. We use this information only for the purpose of understanding how our resources are used and how they may be improved.
Information You Supply
Some of our web pages and applications may ask for personal information such as your email address or institutional affiliation. We may also require you to create an account to use some of our resources. We may share this information with NASA, ESA, AURA and other astronomical institutions. Some of this information is publicly available in order to foster scientific collaboration. Some information for Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators of observing and archival programs is public, including name, institution and contact information.
Information You Share
Some of our services (e.g. blogs, wikis) allow you to contribute information which will be seen by other users of those pages, or by the public. This information may be indexed by search engines such as Google or Bing. You should exercise discretion to not reveal personal information.
The STScI monitors computer and network systems to ensure that our services are available to the intended users. We monitor the computer and network systems to identify attempts to deny service or make unauthorized changes. Anyone using our systems expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement officials. If we see evidence of improper access, we may, without notice, remove access for some or all users in order to further investigate the situation. We will restore the service as quickly as possible and provide the community with information about the situation.
STScI maintains lists of subscribers who have asked to receive email updates. A recipient may unsubscribe from future messages via a link at the bottom of each email message. We do not sell, rent or otherwise disclose our subscriber lists to persons or organizations outside STScI.
Note that your participation in an email subscription may expose your email address to other subscribers.
Links to External Sites
The information we collect may be retained indefinitely.
In the event of a breach, or reasonable suspicion of a breach which allows an unauthorized person to access personally identifiable information, we will inform you as soon as possible. This notice may be sent to you individually, or we may notify you via STScI applications or our social media presence.
We strive to ensure that our resources are accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. If you have any difficulty viewing any page with adaptive technology, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
We will share any information we have, including personal information, with organizations or individuals outside of STScI if we have a good-faith belief that this is reasonably necessary to:
- meet applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.
- enforce applicable policies, including investigation of potential violations.
- detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues.
- protect against harm to the rights, property, or safety of STScI, our users or the public as required or permitted by law.
Children and Privacy
We believe in the importance of protecting the privacy of children online and do not knowingly contact or collect personal information from children under the age of 13. Our services are not intended to solicit information of any kind from children under 13. To notify us of our receipt of information from children under 13, please contact email@example.com .
If you have questions about this policy, or you have a privacy concern, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Date: 11 June 2014