Visitor information collected by the web servers is necessary in order to share their contents with visitors. (View visitor rights under the Privacy Act ). The technical information collected (see example below) identifies what part of the website a visiting computer wishes to reach and where to send the requested information once it is found. For site management, this technical information is also used for statistical analysis. Summary statistics are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, identifying usage trends over time, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. This website collects no personally identifiable visitor information unless the visitor chooses to provide it.
Any additional visitor information collected on the site is for a specific purpose identified on the site. Submitting voluntary information constitutes visitor consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose.
Electronic mail sent to addresses listed on this website is treated no differently than any other electronic mail. All electronic mail transactions are handled by electronic mail servers, and do not pass through this website, nor are they monitored or recorded by this site in any way.
Retention of Information
We destroy the information we collect when the purpose for which it was provided has been fulfilled unless we are required to keep it longer by statute or official policy. Electronically submitted information is maintained and destroyed according to the principles of the Federal Records Act and the regulations and records schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration, and in some cases information submitted to us may become an agency record and therefore might be subject to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Sharing of Information
We may share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency. In other limited circumstances, such as responses to requests from Congress and private individuals, we may be required by law to disclose information you submit. Before you submit personally identifiable information, such as on an online form, you will be advised as to the purpose and how the information will be used.
We may also share information collected during your visit with non-federal entities, but only if your inquiry requires accessing data from that external entity. All of our sites that require such external access will be clearly identified to help you make an informed choice.
Specifically, information collected during your visit may be shared with the following specific non-governmental entities:
- Twitter. We offer a Twitter widget on our site that accesses a Twitter.com widget service in order to provide you with a current list of the latest Ocean Explorer 'tweets.'
- Flickr. We offer a Flickr widget on our site that accesses Flickr.com in order to provide you with a current list of the latest Ocean Explorer images posted on the Flickr service.
- Google. We offer a YouTube playlist on our site that accesses Google.com (the parent company of YouTube) in order to provide a current list of the latest Ocean Explorer YouTube videos.
Third-party Social Media Tools
We use third-party social networking/social media tools as a supplemental channel to promote awareness of Ocean Explorer and NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research activities, events, news, and information. Those tools include:
Google Analytics . This site uses Google Analytics, a third-party web measurement and customization technology as defined and organized by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), “Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies” (OMB M-10-22). Google Analytics places a small file on your computer, commonly called a "cookie," so that it can recognize your computer if you visit oceanservice.noaa.gov in the future. This cookie does not collect personal identifying information. This is considered a Tier 2 service in the OMB guidance.
Visitors who choose to disable this web measurement will still have full access to http://oceanexplorer.noaa.noaa.gov. While the details vary from browser to browsers, most modern browsers can be set up to accept, reject, or request user intervention when a site asks to set a cookie. Google Analytics uses a cookie that begins with: _utm
NOAA Ocean Explorer does not discriminate against any views; however, we do reserve the right to delete comments posted to our social media accounts that:
- Are violent, obscene, profane, hateful or racist
- Are sexually explicit or sexually harassing
- Threaten, harass, or defame any person or organization
- Spread misleading or false information/accusations
- Are inappropriate or offensive
- Are irrelevant or off-topic
- Suggest or encourage illegal activity
- Are copied and pasted multiple times
- Solicit, advertise, link to, or endorse any financial, commercial or nongovernmental agency
In short: We don’t edit comments to remove objectionable content, so please ensure that your comment contains none of the above. Please be respectful of others. Do not abuse the privilege of participating in our public, family-friendly forums. Repeat violators of any of these guidelines risk being blocked from commenting on all NOAA Ocean Explorer social media websites.
Reporters are asked to send questions to the OER’s Public Relations through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions as comments via social media outlets.
We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will generally occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted twice per week or as time is available during business hours.
To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment.
This website does not use persistent tracking technologies including web "cookies."
Cookie disclaimer: “Cookies” are small bits of text that are either used for the duration of a session (“session cookies”) or saved on a user’s hard drive in order to identify that user, or information about that user, the next time the user logs on the a website (“persistent cookies”). NOAA does not use persistent cookies or any other persistent tracking technology. However, for some videos that are visible on http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov, a “persistent cookie” is set by third party providers when you click to play a video. These videos are identified with a link to a cookie disclaimer under the video and are used by the third party provider to collect statistics on the number of unique web visitors viewing specific videos. A waiver has been issued by the White House Counsel's Office to allow for the use of these types of persistent cookies by third parties on the White House website and the Ocean Explorer website is following the White House example by providing an alternative method for viewing these videos. If you would like to view a video without the use of persistent cookies, click on the other links that read “download.” If you experience any difficulties, please contact email@example.com.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs hardware and software to monitor network traffic and to identify unauthorized attempts to add or alter information, or otherwise cause damage or interfere with information delivery. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no attempt is made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs may be stored indefinitely for use in statistical analysis or to protect the security and integrity of the computer system.
Unauthorized attempts to add information or alter information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Please note that other National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration websites may have different information collection practices. If interested, please consult their site-specific privacy statements for details on such policies.
If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web servers keep a record of their activity in a log file. Every time a visiting computer requests a file from the Web server, a log entry is recorded. A typical log file entry for the Ocean Explorer website looks like this:
10/04/00 13:19:18 OK 200 somemachine.somenetwork.com Mozilla/4.75 (Macintosh; U; PPC) http://othermachine.othernetwork.com/neatsites.html "oceanexplorer.noaa.gov" :welcome.html 15208
What this entry means:
- 10/04/00 13:19:18 -- Date and time of the request (24-hour clock).
- OK 200 -- Status code of the request. “OK” and a status code of “200” are equivalent; they mean the requested file was successfully found and delivered to the requesting (visitor’s) computer.
- somemachine.somenetwork.com -- Internet address (or IP address, in the form of 188.8.131.52) of the requesting computer. The last part of the address, .com, indicates the requesting computer is on a commercial network. Other commonly seen addresses end in .mil (U.S. military), .net (a different category of commercial network), .org (non-profit organization), .gov (U.S. government agencies, state and Federal), etc. Depending on how the requesting computer is connected to the Internet, this may not identify a specific computer.
- Mozilla/4.75 (Macintosh; U; PPC) -- Type of browser used by the requesting computer.
- http://othermachine.othernetwork.com/neatsites.html -- The Internet address of the last site visited by the requesting computer, useful in discovering how visitors found this Web site.
- “oceanexplorer.noaa.gov” -- The Internet address of this Web site. As it is possible to operate several Web sites on a single computer, the Web server uses this information to determine which Web site should handle the request.
- :welcome.html -- The name of the file requested by the visiting computer.
- 15208 -- Size of the requested file, in bytes.