Privacy Policy

Updated June 25, 2019

Who we are

We are The Mars Society — an international movement — legally, we are a non-profit 501(c)(3) registered in Colorado in the United States.  Our EIN is 31-1585646.  Our Guidestar profile is here. Our main website address is: https://www.marssociety.org.

What personal data we collect


We do not collect comments on our main website.  We collect comments on our Youtube channel but we use the standard Youtube service with no customizations.


If you are a Mars Society member, and you have registered an account with us, and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information. Login cookies last for two days. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

Our site is fully functional if you block cookies or delete cookies.  The cookie are only used for our Members Area which is an optional feature.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We use Google Analytics on our site to analyze user activity in order to improve the Website. For example, using Cookies we can look at aggregate patterns like the average number of job searches that users perform. We can use such analysis to gain insights about how to improve the functionality and experience of the website.  Google Analytics makes use of cookies.

You can opt out of Google Analytics using their opt-out browser add-on.  This add-on instructs Google Analytics’ Javascript code on our site to prohibit sending information to Google Anayltics.  Updates to your browser or operating system may affect the functional of the opt-out add-on.  If you are not using Chrome, please check with your browser manufacturer to determine whether add-ons will function properly on the version of the browser that you are using.  The Google Analytics opt-out add-on does not prevent data from being sent to our website, but we don’t do anything with it such as saving it or using it for any other purposes.

We do not use Google Analytics Advertising tools or Remarketing tools at this time.

Who we share your data with

We do not and will never share our data with anybody.  We’ll repeat this: We do not and will never share our data with anybody.

How long we retain your data

If you register as a Mars Society member, we retain the information you registered with permanently, unless you contact us and ask to edit or delete it.

If you leave a comment on Youtube, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.  So please leave any comments at your own risk!

For members that register on our website, we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All members can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments on Youtube, you can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. We will comply with your request as expeditiously as possible. However, our compliance will not include any data we are required by law to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

As stated above, we do not and will never share your data with anybody.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service, and through Youtube’s standard spam protection services. We have no control over the information that may be passed to these services for the purposes of spam protection.


Additional information

How we protect your data

Only a couple of people that are officers of the Mars Society have access to all membership data, and we have safeguards to prevent others from accessing that data. At the time of this writing, this only includes the president, webmaster, treasurer of the Mars Society.

What data breach procedures we have in place

We have a confidential data breach contingency plan created by our IT Director, who has a lot of experience with creating this type of contingency plan for established tech companies.  In this unlikely event, it would involve notifying all affected individuals about the details of the data breach immediately (as soon as we discover it) and providing them with details on how they can fully safeguard of all of their personal information across all services.

What third parties we receive data from

We do not receive any data from any third parties.

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

We do not conduct any automated decision-making or profiling on our member data or any indivuduals that access our services.

Industry-specific regulatory disclosure requirements

We have no industry-specific regulatory disclosure requirements.