Privacy Statement | Ion Teen Science Café

The Ion Science Café is committed to protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of Privacy applies to the Ion Science Café Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the Ion Science Café website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement. Information submitted by users is voluntary. 

Collected Information

If you request information or services from NSF and submit personal information to facilitate response to your request, we use the information provided to respond to your message. Pressing the “submit” button indicates your consent to use the information you provide for this purpose. We will not share the information you give us with another government agency unless your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise provided by law. We do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or collect information for commercial marketing.

Interaction with Children

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) governs information gathering online from or about children under the age of 13. Verifiable consent from a child's parent or guardian is required before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from a child under the age of 13.

There are several exceptions that permit collection of a child's email address without receiving parental consent in advance:

To provide the parents with notice and to seek consent for communications with the child. Note: this may require collection of the parent's email addresses well.

To respond to a one time request from a child.

To respond more than once to a child's request; i.e., subscription to a newsletter. However, parental consent is required prior to the second communication.

To protect the safety of a child who is participating on the site; i.e., in a chat room.

To protect the site or to respond to law enforcement; i.e., in the case of a website compromise.

Personal information about children under 13 years of age may be needed to respond to their communication to us, such as to receive a publication. Personal information about your child will be destroyed immediately upon completion of its intended purpose.

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