Your privacy is critically important to us. At Sparks we have a few fundamental principles:
Like most website operators, Sparks collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Sparks's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Sparks's visitors use its website. From time to time, Sparks may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.
Sparks also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on Sparks.me topics and resources. Sparks only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.
Certain visitors to Sparks.me choose to interact with Sparks in ways that require Sparks to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Sparks gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for an account at Sparks.me to provide a username and email address. Sparks collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with Sparks. Sparks does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.
Sparks may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, Sparks may monitor the most popular topics and resources on the site. Sparks may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Sparks does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.
Sparks discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Sparks’s behalf or to provide services available at Sparks’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Sparks’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Sparks will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Sparks discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Sparks believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Sparks, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an Sparks website and have supplied your email address, Sparks may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Sparks and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Sparks takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.
If Sparks, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the event that Sparks goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquiror of Sparks may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.