Information We Collect
As a general matter, we use information collected through this app to support the DECO project, whose goals and outcomes can be reviewed at any time at wipac.wisc.edu/deco. DECO data tools are designed to report, visualize, and analyze anonymous data about high-energy particles of cosmic or terrestrial origin. This information may be used to conduct research on cosmic rays detected at different locations on Earth. Images recorded with this app will also be used in a Zooniverse-based DECO project.
Registration of the app is optional and allows you to track your user statistics online. If you register after installing the app, DECO stores your email address and username.
Additionally, DECO records information relevant to the collection and analysis of cosmic-ray events. This information includes your unique device ID, device model, and operating system version. For each cosmic-ray event, DECO records the time, geographic location, device orientation, and magnetic field values. This information is stored in a database for analysis by our user base. However, the geographic location is degraded to ensure privacy.
DECO uses your cell phone's image sensor in order to detect cosmic rays. We recommend that you run the application with the camera facing down or in completely dark environments. If you have any concerns about images taken, please contact us at email@example.com.
DECO utilizes GPS in order to record the geographic location of each cosmic-ray event. The enabling of location-based services is required in order to run DECO.
Disclosure of Information, Including to Third Parties
Data collected by DECO users is made publicly available through the wipac.wisc.edu/deco website. Results may be viewed on the web site or downloaded from the web site for offline use.
We may occasionally use your e-mail to communicate DECO-related updates and news. Usernames and details about users’ DECO data-taking statistics—like number of events or locations—may be displayed on the DECO website and in the app, or in related news.
We do not sell, share, or disclose any of your personal information to third parties.
Changes to This Policy
We will maintain appropriate safeguards to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of any information we collect from you. Data are transmitted from your mobile device to DECO servers through an encrypted connection.
Children Under the Age of 13
Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to register with DECO.