Privacy Statement

theSkyNet is about involving you and your computer in the scientific process to help us better understand the Universe we live in through the science of radio astronomy. We will never misuse the resources you so kindly make available to this project and similarly we will never allow personal information provided by you to be used for purposes beyond the scope of the project.

What we collect

If you choose to set up a user account we will collect the following information from you:

  • Name
  • Contact information including email address
  • Other information relevant to the operation of the site, such as your IP address, date, time, and pages visited.


What we do with this information

The information you provide makes it possible for us to track your contribution to theSkyNet. By providing us with this information it also means we can:

  • Customise theSkyNet site according to your preferences.
  • Send you updates and announcements that specifically relate to the project and the work being done. Users can opt out of such announcements during the account setup process or via the preferences page.
  • Contact you for the purpose of reviewing theSkyNet site and the experience of our users. Providing additional information on these occasions is entirely optional and will in no way affect your involvement in the project.
  • Compile and distribute statistical information for reporting purposes but only in a form that will not identify any person individually



We are committed to ensuring the information you provide is secure. To prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

The code you run has been written entirely by theSkyNet team, based on open-source software developed at the CSIRO. All executing code is contained inside the Java sandbox on your machine and therefore has no access to your data, or any other online resources other than theSkyNet server itself. The servers used for theSkyNet are supplied and maintained by Curtin University with the latest patches, highly controlled firewall(s) and institutional security policies applied. theSkyNet will create an anonymous cookie for machine identification purposes only, similar to most websites you use already. theSkyNet application has been extensively tested to ensure it does not interfere in any noticeable way with your normal computing use.

Links to other websites

theSkyNet website contains links to websites that we think might be of interest to our users. However, once these links are used to leave theSkyNet website the user should note that we are no longer in control of the experience, the content or the information you choose to provide. Therefore, we are not responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you provide whilst visiting these sites and users are encouraged to view privacy statements before providing any personal information.