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POLAR ICE is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Federal Government computer system. Any system activity may be monitored and any information stored within the system may be retrieved and used by authorized personnel for law enforcement, management, routine system operations, or other purposes. By using this computer system, you are consenting to such monitoring and information retrieval and use.

Unauthorized use of the system, including disclosure of information covered by the Privacy Act or other sensitive information, or attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, is prohibited and could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal, civil and/or criminal penalties. Users should be aware that they have no expectation of privacy when using the NSF-provided computer system (including any removable media used in conjunction with the system), accessing the Internet, or using electronic mail systems.

All information maintained within or retrievable through the NSF computer system, including electronic mail files, may be reviewed and retrieved by the Department of Homeland Security; NSF officials who have a legitimate reason to do so when authorized by the Director or Deputy Director; or by the Inspector General.
Special Notice Regarding Microsoft XP Sunset April 8, 2014
Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. It is important for all USAP participants to begin planning now to migrate to a newer OS such as Windows 7 or Windows 8. As of April 8, 2014, machines running Windows XP will not pass computer screening and will not be permitted to connect to the USAP network. Additional information is available from Microsoft at
Prohibited Protocols
Protocols that transmit data in the clear (i.e., Telnet and FTP) are not permitted for use on the USAP Network. These protocols must be replaced with secure versions such as SFTP.