Privacy policy

The Analyst's Notebook is hosted by the Planetary Data System Geosciences Node at Washington University in St. Louis. We are committed to protecting the privacy of all visitors to this web application. When you visit the Analyst's Notebook, you trust us with certain information. We share your interest in protecting your privacy and we endeavor to secure any information you provide to us.

This Privacy Policy governs your use of any of the Analyst's Notebook website. It is intended to help you understand our policies concerning the data we collect from our users, why we collect it, and how we use it.

Because the Analyst's Notebook is hosted on Washington University premises, network traffic passes through Washington University routing systems beyond our control. Some information, such as your IP address, may be collected external to the Analyst's Notebook by other parties at Washington University. The Washington University Internet Privacy Policy may also be applicable to Analyst's Notebook users.

The Information We Collect

The Analyst's Notebook does not typically require registration. However, you may not be able to use some of the features offered by the Analyst's Notebook unless you complete registration.

While you are using the Analyst's Notebook , we may ask that you provide us with certain personally identifiable information that could be used to contact or identify you. For example, when you register to use the Analyst's Notebook or place a request to download data, we may ask that you provide us your e-mail address and an Analyst's Notebook-specific password. Additional information we may collect includes, but is not limited, to your name and physical address.

How We May Use the Information We Collect

We use the information we collect from you in connection with your use of the Analyst's Notebook only for our purposes and in compliance with our policies and procedures.

Likewise, information that you voluntarily provide through the Analyst's Notebook website — such as email address, name or phone number — may be used by us to provide you with news and information that we believe would be of interest to you. We may also use your Personal Information to contact you with important information or required notices.

At your request, we will update your contact information and your email preferences.

Information you provide to us will not be sold to or traded with any commercial institution or business that is external or unrelated to the Planetary Data System Geosciences Node or Washington University. We will not disclose to any third party any of your Personal Information or any individual’s use of the Analyst's Notebook unless it is legally required to do so.

Information Gathered Automatically

Like most organizations, we follow standard Web analytics practices by tracking browsing patterns to inform our understanding of how our sites are used, what information is most important, and how best to serve the needs of our users. We analyze the information gathered so we can better serve both you and future users of the Analyst's Notebook.

The Analyst's Notebook may collect certain information automatically including (but not limited to) the type of device you use, your operating system version, and information about how you use the website.

Cookies are small files that are placed on your computer while browsing the Analyst's Notebook. The cookies used for analytics collect data from browsers and generic information based on the user’s IP address, which is the location of a computer or network, to provide meaningful reports about how our sites are used, but not information specific to the individuals who use them. We may use this information to evaluate usage patterns so that we can improve both content and distribution.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, doing so may prevent you from using the full functionality of the Analyst's Notebook.

Cookies placed by third parties will be transmitted to and stored by them on their servers. They will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Analyst's Notebook, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to Internet usage. They may also transfer this information to other parties if required to do so by law, or to parties that process the information on their behalf. By using the Analyst's Notebook, you consent to the processing of data about your website visits by third parties in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

External links

The Analyst's Notebook may contain links to external websites not owned by or affiliated with Washington University. The Analyst's Notebook provides links to third-party websites solely for the convenience of the user. Washington University does not endorse the information, content, products or services provided on any third-party sites linked to university websites. The university is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.


The security of your Personal Information is important to us. We employ reasonable physical, technical and organizational safeguards designed to promote the security of our systems and protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of Personal Information; however, we cannot guarantee that our safeguards will be effective or sufficient. In the event that we are required by law to inform you of any unauthorized access to your Personal Information we may notify you electronically, in writing, or by telephone, if permitted to do so by law.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy is effective as of June 1,2020, and will remain in effect except with respect to any changes in its provisions in the future, which will be in effect immediately after being posted on this page.

We reserve the right to update or change this Privacy Policy at any time. Therefore, you should check this Privacy Policy periodically. Your continued use of the Analyst's Notebook after we post any modifications to the Privacy Policy will constitute your acknowledgment of the modifications and your consent to abide and be bound by the modified Privacy Policy.

Contact information

If you have any questions about this privacy statement or the practices of the Analyst's Notebook, you can contact: