Privacy Policy


The “Be A Martian Site" ( is subject to the

JPL-Caltech Privacy Policy.

Parents and guardians: We take children's online privacy seriously.

Following guidelines in the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the policies and practices below also apply.


NASA/JPL-Caltech will only collect information for internal use related to activities on the “Be A Martian" domain (

Active Data Collection

For participants age 13 and older, data collected actively will include:

• user name

• password

• email address

• preference of avatar (from site-provided options)

• description of “avatar character" (from site-provided options)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (managed by the California Institute of Technology) take online privacy and security concerns seriously. For participants under age 13, data collected actively will include:

• child’s user name

• child’s password

• parent/guardian email

• preference of avatar (from site-provided options)

• description of “avatar character" (from site-provided options)

Special provisions are made for participants age 13 and younger. The parent/guardian email actively collected above will only be used for the following purposes:

to make you aware of your child’s participation on NASA’s “Be A Martian" website

to contact you in the case your child has an issue with his or her account (e.g., a forgotten user name or password).

We do not collect any other contact information from your child. Your information will not be further distributed to third parties.

Upon sign up, at the “enter user name" prompt, students who are age 13 or younger are instructed not to use their real name, but rather to choose a “Martian nickname" when entering their user name and password. When signing up to “Be A Martian," we encourage you to work with your child to select a username that does not identify your child by name. We also encourage you to remind your child of safe internet practices, such as never giving out personal information to strangers.

The username and password on this site are collected solely for the purpose of allowing students to be able to earn game points associated with their activities. If you would prefer your child to be able to participate without earning points, please have them sign in with a “Tourist Visa," which does not require any information to be submitted.

The website does not require or encourage children of any age to disclose personal information over and above what is reasonably necessary to participate in the “Be A Martian" experience.

Passive Data Collection

For all participants, data collected passively will be IP addresses of Website visitors and game points earned through a “Reputation System" for the science-related activities they complete as a record of their achievements.

USE OF PERSONAL DATA: NASA/JPL-Caltech will not use submitted personal information for purposes other than those for which the information was collected, without asking for permission.

Specifically, actively and passively collected data will primarily be used to enable the user to participate, using a recognition system that awards points for user accomplishments. Data may also be used in the following ways:

IP addresses may be used in aggregate for the purpose of general Website metrics (e.g., # of page views/week etc.). These aggregate metrics may be used for both media (print, online, and broadcast) and internal metrics purposes.

online, and broadcast) and internal metrics purposes.

Both actively and passively collected data will be maintained on a secure server that is regularly monitored to protect against loss, unauthorized access, use, modification, or disclosure.


NASA/JPL-Caltech and Microsoft will not sell or rent information relating to participants (or, if 13 or younger, their parents/legal guardians) to any company, nor will they otherwise disclose such information, without obtaining permission.

NASA/JPL-Caltech may hire third parties to assist in activities related to the “Be A Martian" Site, and such third parties will be under an obligation to keep any submitted personal information confidential.

Upon request, parents and legal guardians have the right to review their or their child’s personal information collected for the “Be A Martian" experiences, have it deleted, and/or refuse to allow the further collection or use of information. To make such a request, please contact us:

by email:

or by mail at:

ATTN: Jacklyn Johnson

Be A Martian Parental Review Request

4800 Oak Grove Drive MS 321-550

Pasadena, CA 91109-8099