Mobile App Privacy Policy

This privacy policy governs the use of this mobile application (from hereon referred to as “application”) created by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (from hereon referred to as “Foundation”, “we,” or “us”).  

NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Program (from hereon referred to as “NOAA”) contributes content to this application, but the application is funded, managed, and otherwise controlled by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. NOAA does not collect, store, or control any information collected by this application, including the information described in this Privacy Policy.


The Foundation, publishers of this mobile application and its related content and services, believes that electronic privacy is crucial for the ongoing success of the Internet as a communications medium.


User-Provided Information 

The application does not collect any personally identifiable (PI)  information. 


What We Collect and Store Automatically 

The application collects and stores certain information about your mobile device automatically. This information is anonymized and does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and temporarily store only the following information in raw data format that is not searchable and not identifiable to you:

  • the IP address of your mobile device;
  • information about your mobile device—including the type of device, the operating system running on it, and internet browser(s) used (if any);
  • the location from, date and time the mobile application accesses the application; and
  • information about the way the mobile application uses the application, such as which sections of the application are visited.


We use the information we collect to count the number and device information to help us improve the application. 


Real-time Location Information

When you use the mobile application, we use Global Positioning System (GPS) technology (or other similar technology) to determine the current location of the device being used to access the application in order to determine where it’s located and display a location map with relevant information. 

If you do not want us to use the location of the device for the purposes set forth above, you should turn off location services for the application in the device’s settings and/or within the application’s settings. Disabling the location will limit the functionality of the application.


If You Send Us Email 

You may choose to provide us (the Foundation) with personal information, as in email with a comment or question. This information will not be associated with the information collected on your mobile device. We use the information to improve our service to you or to respond to your request. 


Links to Other Sites 

The application may have links to our partners, especially other federal agencies. In a few cases we link to private organizations. When you click one of these partner links, you are no longer viewing content from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation or NOAA and are subject to the privacy policy of the new site. NOAA and the U.S. Department of Commerce do not endorse this website or the information, products or services contained therein.


Childrens’ Privacy

This application does not ask for or collect personal individually identifiable information from children. 


Be careful on the web! 


This application is just a gateway to NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. That means that when you click on a link, you will be leaving our site. Government sites that we provide links to also have to follow special rules for their childrens’ sites, but non-government sites do not have to follow the same rules. You may click to a site that will ask you for personal information like your name, address, telephone number, or email address. Before you provide any information, show your parent or some other responsible adult what you are doing. 

Changes to this Statement:

The Foundation will occasionally update this Statement of Policy to reflect customer feedback. When changes to this Statement are made, you will see the word “updated” next to the Privacy Statement link on the front page of the Site. If there are material changes to this Statement or in how the Foundation will use your personally identifiable information, The Foundation will post changes prior to implementing the change. The Foundation encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how the Foundation is protecting your information.


Other Disclaimers

While we make every effort to ensure that the information presented on this mobile application is error-free, errors may occur. We ask that you notify us immediately of any errors that you discover in our data. We will make every effort to correct them.

Boundaries are approximate.  Regulations vary greatly by area. Multiple authorities and regulations may apply at once at a particular site, and regulations cited on this website may not be up-to-date.  Users are responsible for being aware of the latest regulations, and should obtain the applicable rules and regulations directly from the appropriate management agency prior to using or accessing any marine managed area.  Any regulatory summaries provided on this website do not represent the United States Government’s construction or interpretation of the regulations and may not be used for enforcement and compliance purposes.

With respect to documents, databases, regulatory citations, and other information available on this website, neither the United States Government nor any of its employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose; nor assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.  The views and opinions of authors expressed on this web site do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government. This web site relies on publicly available NOAA data, but the use of NOAA data does not constitute the United States Government’s endorsement of any policy or editorial statements on this web site.

The appearance of external links on this web site does not constitute endorsement of external web sites or the information, products, or services contained therein by the Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Ocean Service/Office of National Marine Sanctuaries or any other federal or state agency. The inclusion of the NOAA logo on this website reflects NOAA’s role in providing boundary data and collaborating with the Foundation to expand geographic and program coverage of sanctuary boundaries and attributes, but does not indicate endorsement of the presentation or summary of this data set or associated regulatory summaries by NOAA or any other federal or state agency.


The data on this website does not represent and should not be construed to represent any agency determination, view, or policy.