Collection and Use of Personal Information
Spark Science collects and uses personal information from Individuals in order to provide our services to individuals under agreements with them (or in order to enter customer agreements), or to support our business interest in providing services to our customers, their guests, and to administer, market and develop our services.
The personal information we collect, and the reasons for its collection, are:
Spark Science may collect and maintain personal information such as an Individual's name, contact information, payment information and purchase history when an Individual subscribes for services or purchases products on our website or at a franchise location.
Spark Science may collect personal information from an Individual where the Individual submits an application for programs operated by Mad Science or for an employment opportunity (such as that contained in a resume, cover letter, or similar employment-related materials). We use submitted personal information as is reasonably required to assess the Individual's eligibility in the Programs or to assess the Individual's suitability for employment at Spark Science as well as to process the application and respond to the Individual.
When participating in a contest or promotion, we may collect personal information, such as a contest winner's name, city of residence, and prize winnings in order to award prizes and promote such contests. This information may be published in connection with contests only.
We collect contact information of subscribers and enquirers through the Site and otherwise in order to provide periodic information and updates, announcements and promotions regarding Mad Science products and services. An Individual can notify us at any time that they do not want to receive such information and updates.
In order to use certain features on the Site(s) (such as to make publicly available personal information about yourself and others, including without limitation, photos and videos), an Individual may be required to register and provide personal information such as name, email address, location (i.e. city, province, postal code), date of birth and a user name and password that the Individual chooses. We use this information to identify you, provide the requested feature and, with respect to date of birth, to verify that you meet the minimum age requirement. Your username, city and province will be published with your posting. By making publicly available his or her personal information on the Sites, the Individual consents to the publication of such personal information. By publishing personal information about another individual, the Individual represents that he or she has, where required by applicable privacy laws, obtained the consent of such individuals to publish such information.
The "Send to a Friend", "Share", and other similar features on our Site(s) permit an Individual to send emails to others. This feature requires an Individual to submit his or her name and email address, as well as the name and email address of the recipient. We do not use the names or email addresses submitted in these circumstances for any other purpose without the consent of the Individual or the email recipient to do so.
When you contact us with a comment, question or complaint, you may be asked for information to confirm your identity along with additional information we need to help us promptly answer your question or respond to your comment or complaint (such as your name, address and a phone number). We may also retain this information to assist you in the future and to improve our customer service and product and service offerings.
Disclosure of Personal Information
Spark Science will not disclose, trade, rent, sell or otherwise transfer personal information for purposes other than as those set out herein, except with an Individual's consent or as required or permitted by law.
Spark Science may transfer or disclose personal information as follows:
Spark Science may transfer your personal information to third-party service providers or agents who provide services to or on behalf of Mad Science, such as hosting, data management and storage services, market analyses, and retention services. Either Spark Science or such third-party service provider may use servers for such purposes. We only transfer personal information in accordance with law, and the safeguards that the law requires in respect of such data transfers are provided.
Spark Science, our affiliates and other service providers may provide your personal information in response to a search warrant or other legally valid inquiry or order, or to an investigative body in the case of a breach of an agreement or contravention of law, or as otherwise required by applicable Canadian, US or other law. We may also disclose personal information where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
We may transfer any information we have about you as an asset in connection with a merger or sale (including transfers made as part of insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings) involving all or part of Spark Science or as part of a corporate reorganization or stock sale or other change in corporate control.
Storage and retention
If you have agreed to receive information and updates about our services, we will retain your information until you tell us you no longer wish to receive them.
Where we collect personal information through our Site or our performance of our services, we retain it for as long as legally required in relation to the operation of our Site or service performance.
Where we collect personal information about children, we retain it for [2 years], but you can ask us to delete it before that. We retain information in anonymized form about our service provision, but it is not possible to identify Individuals from that anonymized information.
At any time, you may consent or withdraw your consent to use of your contact information in relation to the provision by Spark Science to you of periodic newsletters or updates, announcements and special promotions regarding Spark Science products and services.
Third Party Providers/Users
All our third-party providers are required to comply with the law applying to their service provision to us and their processing of personal information.
Our mailing list, newsletter and direct marketing via email data may be captured, held and processed by third party providers.
Digital data may be stored via third party provider.
Physical copies of personal information are used by employees of Spark Science. They are held securely and used in the course of the services being provided and promptly destroyed once no longer required.
Cookies and IP Addresses
Spark Science collects and uses an Individual's IP address to help identify the Individual, gather broad demographic information about users of the Sites, diagnose problems with Spark Science’s systems, and administer the Sites.
Third party links
Spark Science has implemented measures designed to protect against the theft, loss, unauthorized access, use, disclosure and alteration of personal information in our custody and control, with security measures appropriate to the sensitivity of the information, including through the use of reasonable physical, organizational, and technological safeguards and appropriate training of employees. Spark Science’s third-party service providers are obligated to maintain confidentiality and security of the personal information transferred to them and are not authorized to use such information other than to provide the services or as otherwise permitted by law.
An Individual's online access to certain personal information may be protected with a username and/or password that the Individual chooses. Spark Science strongly suggests that Individuals do not disclose their username or password to anyone. Spark Science never asks for an Individual's password in any unsolicited communication.
Individuals are given the opportunity to opt-in/consent to receiving additional communications from Spark Science that are not related to the services that you have subscribed for.
An Individual may contact us to access, modify, correct inaccuracies, or delete any of his or her personal information that is under Spark Science custody or control. Individuals have other rights in respect of their personal information, which are described on the Information Commissioner’s website.
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the relevant data protection supervisory authority which, in the UK, is the Information Commissioner's Office. We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.