Information We Collect
Personal information: We collect readers’ email addresses with their consent. We collect this information by using a pop-up on various pages. You can opt-out of entering your email and still enjoy the site.
Usage information – website: Like most websites, we use automatic data collection technology when you visit our site to record information that identifies your computer, to track your use of the site, and to collect certain basic information about you and your reading habits. This information includes information about your operating system, your IP addresses, your browser type and language, referring and exit pages and URLs, keywords, date and time, amount of time spent on particular pages, what sections of a website you visit, and similar information concerning your use of the site, including information about your sharing habits and patterns.
We may collect usage information by using cookies and pixel tags (also called web beacons or clear gifs). Cookies are small packets of data that a website stores on your computer’s hard drive so that your computer will “remember” information about your visit. Clear gifs are tiny graphics with a unique identifier, similar in function to cookies, and are used to track the online movements of website users. You can reject cookies by following the directions provided in your browser’s help section. If you reject cookies, you may still visit the site, but you may have a less customizable experience.
Phire also works with advertisers that support the NAI. The NAI (Network Advertising Initiative) is a cooperative group of ad serving providers. The NAI has developed a set of privacy principles to which its members adhere. The NAI is committed to provide consumers with clear explanations of Internet advertising practices and how they affect you and the Internet generally. For more information about the NAI, third-party ad servers generally, and the opt-out opportunities available through the NAI, visit optout.networkadvertising.org.
Usage information – emails: When you view an email sent by Phire, we collect information regarding your device used to view the email such as: device operating system and web browser type and version. Emails sent by Phire include page tags (also known as web beacons) that provide us with additional information on your email activity (for example, when you open an email, click on a link, or share the email). The tracking of this information is the default behavior for all email participants. If you would like to turn off this tracking, see the How to Opt Out section below.
How We Use Your Information
We may use your personal and usage information in a manner that is consistent with this policy and the context of our relationship with you.
We will use emails collected on this site for the following purposes:
- To respond to your requests
- To contact you about changes to this site
- To send you notices (for example, in the form of emails and newsletters)
We may also use your usage information to:
- Improve our site and newsletters, and
- Enable us to customize your user experience through content and ads
We may disclose to third parties aggregate data regarding user behavior as a measure of interest in, and use of, our site, such as overall patterns or demographic reports that do not describe or identify any individual user.
We, like many businesses, sometimes hire other companies to perform certain business-related functions. Examples include maintaining databases, hosting services, and processing payments. When we employ another company to perform a function of this nature, we provide them with the information that they need to perform their specific function. We require such third parties to maintain the confidentiality of such information and use such information only as necessary to provide us with designated services.
We may disclose user information to government authorities, and to other third parties when compelled to do so by government authorities, at our discretion, or otherwise as required by law, including but not limited to in response to court orders and subpoenas. We also may disclose user information when we have reason to believe that someone is or may be causing injury to or interference with our rights or property, other users of the site, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.
How We Protect Your Information
We take commercially reasonable steps to protect the personal information and the usage information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Please understand, however, that no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our databases, nor can we guarantee that the information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to and from us over the internet.
How to Opt Out
If you wish to stop receiving emails, you may also choose to unsubscribe from our emails by following the instructions in the bottom of the email. If you would like to opt out of email tracking or request the information we store about you, please contact us using the information below.
As mentioned above, if you want to opt out of providing usage information, you can reject cookies by following the directions provided in your browser’s help section.
We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If you are under 13, please do not give us any personal information. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children’s internet usage and to help enforce our policy by instructing their children to never provide personal information without permission. If you have reason to believe that a child under the age of 13 has provided personal information to us, please contact us, and we will delete that information.
How to Contact Us
Spark Network, LLC
3112 Windsor Road, Suite A391
Austin, TX 78703
Last updated: October 20, 2020