SPARC Website Privacy Policy

SPARC is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. This privacy policy sets out how SPARC uses and protects any information that you provide when using the SPARC website at SPARC will not use or share your information with anyone except as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect by other means (including offline) or from other sources.

This policy is effective from January 11, 2016. SPARC may change this policy from time to time by updating this page.

Information SPARC Collects

SPARC collects information from you, to include: your name, email address, title, and the institutional affiliation when you complete a registration form on the site. If you correspond with us via email, we may retain your email address, the content of your email message(s), and our responses. We may also gather data you provide to us via third parties, such as Facebook or Twitter.


SPARC uses cookies on this website. A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer that allows us to identify repeat visitors to the site, identify which content is being used, and to improve your access to the site. Cookies also allow SPARC to track and target the interests of our members to enhance their experience on the site. Cookies are not linked to any personally identifiable information and do not give us access to your computer or any information about you other than what you provide. SPARC only uses the cookie data in aggregate for statistical analyses, after which the data is removed from our systems.

How SPARC Uses Your Information

SPARC uses your information to operate and maintain SPARC programs in support of our members and our mission. By providing SPARC your email address, you consent to SPARC using the email address to send you SPARC-related notices, including any notices required by law, in lieu of postal communication. We may also use your email to send you member communications, newsletters, event announcements, or other SPARC-related information.

How SPARC Shares Your Information

SPARC will not rent or sell your personally identifiable information to others. SPARC will not share your personally identifiable information with third parties. This does not include trusted third parties who assist SPARC on operating our website or providing services you request, as long as those third parties agree to comply with this privacy policy. SPARC may share limited personally identifiable information with allied organizations to provide you with information and opportunities related to SPARC’s mission. If we do this, such third parties’ use of your information will be bound by this Privacy Policy.

We may store personal information in locations outside the direct control of SPARC (for example, on servers or databases co-located with hosting providers).

Except as otherwise described in this Privacy Policy, SPARC will not disclose personal information to any third party unless required to do so by law or subpoena or if we believe that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the law, comply with legal process served on us or our affiliates, or investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities; (b) to enforce this policy, take precautions against liability, to investigate and defend ourselves against any third-party claims or allegations, to assist government enforcement agencies, or to protect the security or integrity of our site; and (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of SPARC members, website users, or others.

SPARC reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor the content you post on the website. We reserve the right to remove any such information or material for any reason or no reason, including without limitation if in our sole opinion such information or material violates, or may violate, any applicable law or to protect or defend our rights or property or those of any third party. SPARC also reserves the right to remove information upon the request of any third party.

Third Party Services

SPARC may use third-party service providers for network, security, email, hosting, plug-ins, and other services. Suppliers and service providers are required by contract to keep the information received on SPARC’s behalf confidential and may not use it for any purpose other than to carry out the services they are performing for us.

How We Protect Your Information

SPARC cares about the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to SPARC or guarantee that your information on the service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third-party providers, such as social networks. SPARC is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.

Compromise of Personal Information

In the event that personal information is compromised as a result of a breach of security, SPARC will promptly notify those persons whose personal information has been compromised, in accordance with the notification procedures set forth in this Privacy Policy, or as otherwise required by applicable law.

Controlling Your Personal Information

You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following ways:

  • Whenever you are asked to fill in a form on the website, you can click a box to indicate that you do not want the information to be shared by SPARC or used for general SPARC communications;
  • If you have previously agreed to SPARC using your personal information for general communication purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at

You can review and correct the information about you that SPARC keeps on file by contacting us directly at

Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of children is especially important. For that reason, SPARC does not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for SPARC activities. If you are under 13, please do not send any information about yourself to us, including your name, address, telephone number, or email address. No one under age 13 is allowed to provide any personal information to or on the SPARC web site. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at

Links to Other Web Sites

SPARC’s website may contain links to enable you to visit other websites of interest. SPARC is not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from SPARC’s website, nor the information or content contained on those sites. When you use a link to go to another website, SPARC’s Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. Your browsing and interaction on any other website, including those that have a link on our website, is subject to that website’s own rules and policies. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Notification Procedures

It is SPARC’s policy to provide notifications, whether such notifications are required by law or are for marketing or other business related purposes, to you via email notice, written or hard copy notice, or through conspicuous posting of such notice on the SPARC website, as determined by SPARC in its sole discretion. We reserve the right to determine the form and means of providing notifications to you, provided that you may opt out of certain means of notification as described in this Privacy Policy.

Questions Regarding SPARC’s Privacy Policy

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, please contact us at, or send mail to:

Attn: Nick Shockey, Re: Privacy Policy
21 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036 USA

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