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Privacy Policy

May 7, 2013

This privacy policy governs your use of a software application (“Application”) on a mobile device that was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Coast Survey.  The Application allows users to download raster nautical charts and U.S. Coast Pilots for use on land and on the water.  With GPS built-in capabilities, the app lets users find their positions on a NOAA nautical chart.  The Coast Pilot has geo-tagged some of the major references and provides links to appropriate federal regulations.  Important caveat: the app does not fulfill chart carriage requirements for regulated commercial vessels under Titles 33 and 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

What information does the Application obtain and how is it used?
User Provided Information – The Application does not require, solicit, receive, transfer, or store any user-provided information.  The Google Play mobile application marketplace may require the user to provide information when you download the Application.  However, no data is transferred to the application, and NOAA does not store any of this information.   

Automatically Collected Information - The Application does not use or collect any automatically collected information.

Voluntary User Feedback Information – The Application has an option for users to voluntarily send feedback to NOAA via email.  If the user chooses to provide feedback, the Application generates an email pre-populated with the following information:

  • The device manufacturer and model number
  • MyNOAACharts application version
  • The Android operating system version number

The user’s email address will be visible to NOAA.

Does the Application collect precise real time location information of the
device?
This application uses, but does not collect, precise information about the location of your device.  When MyNOAACharts is used with location functions, your mobile device requests location information from your wireless network provider and/or GPS. This information is not passed on to NOAA, and NOAA has no record of your location.

Do third parties see and/or have access to information obtained by the
Application?
Yes. NOAA and its development contractor, and other Federal agencies may review voluntary user feedback, provided via email, in order to improve the Application, understand user preferences, and how the Application is being used.

Automatic Data Collection and Advertising
This Application does not support advertising, and does not collect data except voluntary user feedback via email.

What are my opt-out rights?
You may opt-out by uninstalling the Application; you can stop all use of information by the Application easily by uninstalling the Application. You may use the standard uninstall processes as may be available as part of your mobile device or via the mobile application marketplace or network.

Links to Other Sites
This Application has links to websites of federal agencies. These in turn may have links to private organizations, with their permission.  Once you go to another site, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of the new site. It is always a good idea to read the Privacy Policy of any website that you visit. MyNOAACharts does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained in a linked site.  We also do not endorse the organizations or individuals maintaining sites that we link to, any views they express, or any products or services they offer.

Data Retention Policy, Managing Your Information
We will retain voluntary user feedback information data.  No other information is retained by NOAA.

Interaction with Children
This Application may offer educational content to children under 13.  No personally identifiable information is collected from them.  We are aware of, and comply with, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Security
We are concerned about safeguarding this Application. We provide physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect information we process and maintain.  We limit access to this information to authorized employees and contractors who need to know that information in order to operate, develop, or improve our Application.  We endeavor to provide reasonable security for information we process and maintain; however, no security system can prevent all potential security breaches.

Changes
We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time for any reason. We will notify you of any changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy at http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/MyNOAACharts/privacy.html.

Your Consent
By using the Services, you are consenting to use the Application as set forth in this Privacy Policy now and as amended by us.  

Contact Us
If you have any questions regarding privacy while using the Application, or have questions about our practices, please contact us via email at mynoaacharts@noaa.gov.

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