Privacy Policy

Mission of the Website

The NORAD Tracks Santa® (hereinafter "NTS") program is a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Public Affairs (N-NC/PA) community engagement program. It supports the relationship between NORAD and the civilian populace by enhancing and supporting understanding about the mission of NORAD while simultaneously increasing goodwill and community awareness during the December holiday season. To that end, the missions of USNORTHCOM are also enhanced through this program. In existence since 1955, NTS is one of DoD�s largest community outreach programs. NTS, through the years, has expanded exponentially through the no-cost support of commercial enterprises.

If you are looking for the official source of information about NORAD, please visit and for USNORTHCOM, see

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Privacy and Security Policy

NORAD Tracks Santa® (NTS) website ( is operated by Microsoft Corporation as a Licensee of NTS and is not a government website although NORAD has created the text for the website. NORAD�s privacy policy (see ) does not apply to this website. More information about the mission of NORAD can be found at

This website does not knowingly collect personal information from children or adults. Neither NORAD nor any of the other Official Licensees who have helped create and support this website or applications will maintain, use or share any personally identifiable information inadvertently obtained through the NTS website or the NTS applications.

The NTS site is in strict compliance with DoD 5400.11-R, Department of Defense Privacy Program, May 14, 2007 and DoD Directive 5400.11, DoD Privacy Program, May 8, 2007, as amended.

For site management, information may be collected for statistical purposes. This computer system uses software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, software programs are employed to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.

Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

All practices on this site are in compliance with the Children�s Online Privacy Protection Act, 15 USC 6501, et seq. We recognize the need to provide additional privacy protections when children visit our site. Children can enjoy content and features on this site without directly providing contact information. Any information provided by users of this website or its applications for the purposes of interactive features such as games, or entering trivia contests, will not be used for any purpose other than to enhance the user�s ability to interact on the website. Depending on the application, we may during the course of the NTS program use information provided to respond to a communication requested by the child. If we knowingly collect, use, or disclose contact information collected from a child, we will provide notice and obtain parental consent in accordance with applicable law.

Visitors to this website are invited to view for tips from the Federal Trade Commission on protecting kids� privacy online.


Visitors to this website and any of its applications will not be "tracked" for marketing purposes pursuant to Official Licensee�s voluntary compliance with the February 2012 White House Policy entitled "Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World".

External Links Disclaimer

The appearance of external hyperlinks or logos, or the use of trade, firm, or corporation names on this website (or any of its corresponding applications) does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), or United States Northern Command of non-U.S. Government sites or the information, products, or services contained therein. NORAD, U.S .Northern Command, and NORAD Tracks Santa� do not exercise editorial control over the information that you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this website. Please note that the privacy policies of these other websites will be different from this privacy policy.

Alerts and/or pop-ups are provided to provide additional notice of this disclaimer.

Third-party websites and applications used on this site or by NTS are integral to the NTS "tracking Santa" experience. Various third-party applications are used on this website by our Official Licensees. For example, Radiant Blue created the interactive countdown calendar and interactive games.

Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (WMCT)

In accordance with OMB Memorandum M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (2010), this site may use WMCT (e.g., cookies) for the purpose of improving DoD services online through conducting measurement and analysis of usage or through customization of the user�s experience.

This website may use measurement and customization technology known as "cookies." Cookies are used to remember a user's online interactions with a website or online application in order to conduct measurement and analysis of usage or to customize the user's experience. There are two kinds of cookies used on this website. A single-session cookie (Tier 1) is a line of text that is stored temporarily on a user's computer and deleted as soon as the browser is closed. A persistent or multi-session cookie (Tier 2) is saved to a file on a user's hard drive and is called up the next time that user visits a website.

The information is not used to track users� individual-level activity on the internet outside of this site. It is not shared with other agencies or partners. It is not used to collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

Copyright and Trademark Information

All content of this website pertaining to the "mission" of tracking Santa Claus (to include the map links, games, applications, and artwork) are protected by copyright and trademark laws within the United States. Please contact NORAD Public Affairs if you desire to further distribute or copy the information for profit. If the information (such as videos, images, or photos) is used for entertainment, NORAD Tracks Santa® respectfully requests that you properly credit NORAD Tracks Santa® by using an appropriate byline.

Bing Maps Privacy Policy

The Bing Maps Service may collect certain information as set forth in the Microsoft Online Privacy Statement, a current copy of which is available at

Questions or Comments?

If you have any questions or comments about this website, please forward them to NORAD Public Affairs.

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