Updated: January 2020
We encourage you to read this Policy before using this website(s) and providing your personal data to us. SPARC knows that you care about how your information is used and shared and believe in protecting your privacy and the confidentiality of your Personal Information. Your use of our websites signifies that you understand and agree with all practices and terms of this Policy.
What Information Does SPARC Collect?
SPARC collects data from members and customers with the intention of providing the best level of service. It is our overall policy to collect only personally identifiable information that you knowingly provide. The types of personal information we collect may include your name, postal address, email address, phone number, gender, date of birth, education and employment information, and professional designations achieved. We may collect additional personal information from you on occasion as needs arise. Any personal data you provide will enable us to keep you informed, process your requests, or offer services to you with respect to our programs, products, and services.
SPARC always strives to use in-house and/or standard marketing analytic tools within our platforms to better serve our customers. We may collect non-personally identifiable information (i.e., information of an anonymous nature) such as device type, browser type, operating system, page views, usage, and similar data from your visits to our websites.
How Does SPARC Use My Data?
SPARC uses information voluntarily submitted by members in the following ways:
There are a number of different ways we will process your personal data, depending on the type of data and the purpose. Generally, we will process your personal data to provide you with the programs, products, services, and information that you have requested from us or where it is necessary to perform our contract with you (i.e., membership benefits). If none of these conditions apply, we may process your personal data in instances when it is in our legitimate interests and in alignment with the purposes defined in this Policy.
Unless a longer retention period is required by applicable laws or regulations, we will retain your information for as long as your SPARC account is active, as well as for an additional period afterwards to cover any outstanding issues or queries that may arise in relation to your account. This period of retention is subject to our review and alteration.
How Does SPARC Share or Disclose My Data?
SPARC will not sell your personally identifiable information to anyone. SPARC may disclose your personal data to third parties. Our third-party data processors are required to securely maintain your personal data, following regulations and best practices, and will use the data only as needed to support the delivery of services to you on SPARC’s behalf. Further, personal data will be disclosed only to contracted third-party service providers under the following categories:
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information, which SPARC uses for record-keeping purposes, which the Site transfers to us
and/or your computer’s Web-browser for storage on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies and
other related techniques enable SPARC to manage and/or customize your experience on the
Site. Cookies and other related techniques also make Web-surfing easier by automatically
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passwords or credit card information.
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cookies, you should understand that it is possible that some areas of our Site will not function
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Does SPARC Collect Personal Data from Children?
SPARC does not knowingly collect or post information from individuals under eighteen (18) years of age (“Children” or “Child”) to the extent that SPARC is able to determine the age of users by their submissions to or communications with SPARC.
International Data Privacy Protection
SPARC’s Security Measures
The security of a customer’s personal data is important to us. SPARC takes technical, contractual, administrative, and physical security steps to protect the personal data that you provide and we have implemented numerous security features to prevent the unauthorized release of or access to personal data. SPARC restricts access to your personal data by our employees by only allowing it on an as-needed basis for the purpose of providing benefits, programs, products, or services to you. In addition, SPARC staff are trained about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your personal data. While every effort is made to maintain the privacy and security of your personal data, our security practices, processes, or technology do not guarantee absolute security of your information. It is in your best interest to take all normal personal precautions as well. Examples of precautions you can take are, but are not limited to, not sharing passwords, closing browsers when not using them, and not using public networks (e.g., internet cafes, wifi, etc.).
Subject Access/User Rights
SPARC will provide you with access to your information and make every reasonable effort to ensure your rights are fully supported. Your rights are:
EU Data Subject Rights
You can exercise your rights or address any questions or concerns to info@SPARCassociation.org.
California Data Subject Rights
The California Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA”) requires select businesses to disclose policies relating to the sharing of certain categories of your Personal Data with third parties. If you reside in California and have provided your Personal Data to SPRC, you may request information about our disclosures of certain categories of Personal data to third parties for direct marketing purposes. Such requests must be submitted to us at info@SPARCassociation.org.
SPARC provides you with communications on educational products and services, networking opportunities, industry research, and other topics related to our mission. You can manage your communication preferences by visiting your account and maintaining the settings on our website(s). Members may opt-out of additional forms of communication used by SPARC for secondary purposes or used by SPARC to send any correspondence to the member.