Effective Date: October 31, 2009

Sparklette has created this Privacy Policy to record and explain our commitment to privacy, and as an agreement with our website visitors about our data-handling. This policy outlines the types of data that is received and collected by Sparklette and how it is used. This Privacy Policy applies to the website: Sparklette.net.

THIS PRIVACY POLICY IS A BINDING AGREEMENT BETWEEN YOU AND SPARKLETTE. It forms part of a larger agreement between Sparklette and its website visitors. Your use of this website is voluntary; if you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy, you should not provide us with any personal information. By using our website, you signify that you agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy. We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time by posting a new version here (with a new Effective Date at the top), and the new version will become effective immediately.

The privacy of Sparklette’s visitors is important to us. Therefore:

Sparklette does not sell or rent personally identifiable information.

Sparklette does not spam.

Data Sparklette Collects

Blog Comments
A visitor may respond to an article or a comment posted on our website. If the author so chooses, the comment may include personally identifiable information, and that information will be posted online along with the rest of the comment. In general, however, we do not recommend that blog comments include personally identifiable information.

Contestant Information
Sparklette occasionally runs contests in collaboration with our partners. We may collect certain information from contestants, including personally identifiable information. We may list contestant names in online or other public notices of contest winners. We may also use contest entries (videos, photos, blogs, etc.) for public marketing purposes, and we may include contestant names and other personally identifiable information with those entries.

Visitor Number Tracking
Sparklette makes use of website traffic analytic tools to track the number of visitors to our website, as well as the pages they visit within the sites and the hyperlinks they use (if any) to leave. The information recorded includes IP addresses, type of browser, date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyse trends, administer the site, track user movements around the site, and gather demographic information. This does not involve collection of any personally identifiable information. We use this information to analyse interest in and usage of the website.

Data Provided Through Contact Forms
Website visitors can fill out a contact form on the website. This form requests individual name and email address. We use this information solely to respond to the visitors.

Cookies and Web Beacons
Sparklette uses cookies to store information about visitor preferences, record user-specific information on which pages visitors access, customise webpage content based on visitors’ browser types or other information that visitors send via their browser.

Use of Personally Identifiable Information

Sparklette does not share personally identifiable information under any circumstances, except: (1) to the extent that blog comments or contest sign-ups include personally identifiable information (per the contest’s rules, in the latter case); (2) as requested by law enforcement agencies or required by law; (3) to maintain the security of the website and data.

Not Applicable to Third Party Data Handlers

This Privacy Policy does not address use of data by our partners, advertisers or by other third parties. Sparklette is not responsible for use or misuse of data by any third party.

DoubleClick DART Cookie
Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on Sparklette. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to Sparklette and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Advertising Partners
Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our website. Our advertising partners include:
– Google AdSense
– Blogads
– ContextWeb

These third-party ad servers or ad networks send the advertisements and links that appear on Sparklette directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies (such as cookies, JavaScript, or web beacons) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalise the advertising content that you see.

Sparklette has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. Sparklette’s Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, third-party advertisers or websites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

If you require any more information or have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us by email at support@sparklette.net.