Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Summary for mynasa.nasa.gov
Date of this Submission: (12/15/2005)
NASA Center: Headquarters, NASA Office of Public Affairs
Application Name: http://mynasa.nasa.gov/ (the NASA Portal)
Is this application or information collection new or is an existing one being modified? No
Mission Program/Project Supported: All,through the NASA Office of Public Affairs
Identifying Numbers (Use N/A, where appropriate)
Privacy Act System of Records Number:N/A
OMB Information Collection Approval Number and Expiration Date: N/A
Other Identifying Number(s): N/A
1. Provide an overview of the application or collection and indicate the legislation authorizing this activity.
http://mynasa.nasa.gov/ is NASA’s public application portal. It hosts the dynamic application content for the NASA Portal, a secure system provided to allow web publication of NASA’s public content to a broad public audience. http://mynasa.nasa.gov/ interacts with other NASA Portal applications including www.nasa.gov and mediaservices.nasa.gov, each of which is designed to securely accomplish the requests of web users who voluntarily provide information. It also allows voluntary user registration that when completed allows users to personalize what they want to view on NASA’s portal. This IIF is not disseminated to any other location or system.
2. Describe the information the agency will collect, maintain, or disseminate and how the agency will use the information. In this description, indicate whether the information contains IIF and whether submission is voluntary or mandatory.
http://mynasa.nasa.gov/ stores web user IIF directly through user registrations which are submitted voluntarily. In addition, through a “contact us” page provided for each NASA Center, Mission Support Office, and Mission Directorate that is hosted within http://www.nasa.gov/, and through a special event registration system for Goddard Space Flight Center called SpaceChat, first name, last name, email address, and in the case of SpaceChat, certain demographic information is collected and stored. The information is submitted voluntarily by the web user. This information is maintained in secure systems and used for personalization of the user experience and to respond to user queries and requests.
3. Explain how the IIF collected, maintained, and/or disseminated is the minimum necessary to accomplish the purpose for this effort.
The information collected and stored by http://mynasa.nasa.gov/ will be used only for its intended purpose as described above. Information collected is the minimum required accomplish the user’s voluntary request.
4. Explain why the IIF is being collected, maintained, or disseminated.
Information is voluntarily provided by the user who chooses to register on mynasa.nasa.gov for the sole purpose of customizing their “view” of NASA content. These preferences are stored so that the user is always presented with their customized view when the return to the site. MyNASA, also serves as the repository for requests submitted to contact a NASA Center, Mission Support Office, and Mission Directorate that is hosted within http://www.nasa.gov/, and through SpaceChat, an special event registration system for Goddard Space Flight Center. The information is collected to respond to a user’s request or register them for a NASA special event.
5. Identify with whom the agency will share the IIF.
The agency does not share this information with anyone other then NASA, its agents, or as otherwise required by law. Information is accessible only by the system administrators as required for them to perform their day to day jobs and to specific individuals who are designated by NASA management to respond to user’s requests for information. Registered users can access their registration information through a user id and password that is only known to them.
6. Describe how the IIF will be obtained, from whom it will be collected, what the suppliers of information and the subjects will be told about the information collection, and how this message will be conveyed to them (e.g., written notice, electronic notice if a Web-based collection, etc.). Describe any opportunities for consent provided to individuals regarding what information is collected and how the information will be shared.
7. State whether personal information will be collected from children under age 13 on the Internet and, if so, how parental or guardian approval will be obtained. (Reference: Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998).
8. Describe how the IIF will be secured.
All IIF information is stored in systems protected by security as described in the security plan that requires annual certification, frequent auditing and constant monitoring. Any IIF information collected by http://mynasa.nasa.gov/ stored in a secure Oracle database where access is limited to mynasa.nasa.gov system administrators. Information is accessible only by the system administrators as required for them to perform their day to day jobs. We protect IIF information consistent with the principles of the E-Government Act of 2002, and as applicable, the Freedom of Information Act.
9. Describe plans for retention and destruction of IIF.
Logon Ids and passwords are retained for a period of time that the user wishes to use http://mynasa.nasa.gov. These are deleted if the user requests deletion. Where information is collected for a request or question through email, NASA stores the user’s email address for a sufficient time to allow research to be completed and to properly respond to the user. In any case, the email address is retained for no longer than ninety days. Other information is retained for a period of time to carry out the request of the user and in no case longer than the time allowed by the General Records Schedule. Where information is maintained for backup purposes on magnetic tapes, these tapes are overwritten, erased, or destroyed within 120 days.
10. Identify whether a system of records is being created under section 552a of Title 5, United States Code (the Privacy Act), or identify the existing Privacy Act system of records notice under which the records will be maintained.
Identify a point of contact to whom a member of the public can address questions concerning this information system and the privacy concerns associated with it:
NASA Associate CTO
NASA Office of Chief Information Officer
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Submitted by: (Signature on Record)
NASA Office of Chief Information Officer
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Patti F. Stockman Scott Santiago
NASA Privacy Act Officer Deputy CIO for IT Security
Date: _________________ Date: _________________
Approved for Publication:
Patricia L. Dunnington
Chief Information Officer