NPS Park Ranger


Privacy Notice

What pages/sites does this policy cover?

This Privacy Notice covers all parts of the National Park Service Web Rangers Site. Other portions of, and other web sites to which we provide links may have varying privacy policies. Web Rangers recommends that you read these privacy documents before providing any information to organizations other than Web Rangers.

What information do we collect?

The Web Rangers site is designed to collect as little information as possible from all participants.

Any information we collect is “non-personally identifying.” This information may consist of a first name, a screen name, a password, and in some cases a birthday, gender, and state. This information is used for the purposes of accessing the site, playing online games, keeping track of scores, posting messages, etc.

Using this non-personally identifying information allows children to play and interact in a safe web environment.

We request only information that will allow a child to participate in the games and activities on the Web Rangers' site, and do not limit participation in any activity based on disclosure of personally identifying information.

What does the National Park Service do with the information they collect from Web Rangers?

Information collected from your child is kept on a secure server with restricted access. The National Park Service does not sell, give, trade or exchange this information with any other entity, governmental, private or non-profit.

If your child does not visit the site for a period of ninety (90) days, the information is automatically deleted.

Do you collect Cookies?

Yes. However, we only use "session" cookies and no personal information is
stored in the cookies.

A cookie is a file of information created through your web browser. Your
browser places the cookies on the hard drive of your computer when you visit
a site.

Some site cookies allow you to interact with that site, to play games, to
keep track of where you are, to allow the web site to ³remember² you when
you return to continue your activity. Some cookies last only as long as you
are at the site, others ³persist² on your hard drive to allow you to log in
to a site without a password, or find your place more easily.

Cookies cannot damage files on your computer, they do not read your hard
drive. You can deactivate cookies in your web browser by specifying ³No
Cookies² on the ³Preferences² menu.

The WebRangers web site uses session cookies, which are stored on the server
and usually expire when the browser is closed or the session time limit has
been reached. The Cookies stored on your computer are simply alpha-numeric
IDs that identify your browser so that the Sessions on the server know who
they belong to. The National Park Service does not create persistent
cookies. We do not store any personal information in cookies or collect
additional information about children through them.

Where is the information stored, and how is it kept secure?

We are committed to keeping all information collected from Web Ranger participants secure. All of the information is stored in a single data base located in Washington, DC. The database is protected with security and password systems to limit access, and only a few individuals have access to the room in which it resides.

An automated system of alarms sound if there is a break in, and the Webmaster is notified electronically if there are any irregularities with the server.