Last updated on Sept. 6th, 2013
1.1 Web Site(s) Covered
This Privacy Statement covers the information practices of http://www.gamesparks.com, http://portal.gamesparks.net and http://www.gamesparks.net
1.2 Information Collected
GameSparks offers a variety of services that are collectively referred to as the “Services.” GameSparks collects information from individuals who visit the Company’s Web site (“Visitors”) and individuals who register to use the Services (“Customers”).
When expressing an interest in obtaining additional information about the Services or registering to use the Services, GameSparks requires you to provide the Company with personal contact information, such as name, company name, address, phone number, and email address (“Required Contact Information”). When purchasing the Services, GameSparks requires you to provide the Company with financial qualification and billing information, such as billing name and address, credit card number, and the number of employees within the organization that will be using the Services (“Billing Information”). GameSparks may also ask you to provide additional information, such as company annual revenues, number of employees, or industry (“Optional Information”). Required Contact Information, Billing Information, and Optional Information are referred to collectively as “Data About GameSparks Customers.”
As you navigate the Company’s Web site, GameSparks may also collect information through the use of commonly-used information-gathering tools, such as cookies and Web beacons (“Web Site Navigational Information”). Web Site Navigational Information includes standard information from your Web browser (such as browser type and browser language), your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, and the actions you take on the Company’s Web site (such as the Web pages viewed and the links clicked).
1.3 Use of Information Collected
The Company uses Data About GameSparks Customers to perform the services requested. For example, if you fill out a “Contact Me” Web form, the Company will use the information provided to contact you about your interest in the Services.
The Company may also use Data About GameSparks Customers for marketing purposes. For example, the Company may use information you provide to contact you to further discuss your interest in the Services and to send you information regarding the Company and its partners, such as information about promotions or events.
GameSparks uses credit card information solely to check the financial qualifications of prospective Customers and to collect payment for the Services.
GameSparks uses Web Site Navigational Information to operate and improve the Company’s Web site. The Company may also use Web Site Navigational Information alone or in combination with Data About GameSparks Customers to provide personalized information about the Company.
1.4 Web Site Navigational Information
GameSparks uses commonly-used information-gathering tools, such as cookies and Web beacons, to collect information as you navigate the Company’s Web site (“Web Site Navigational Information”). This section describes the types of Web Site Navigational Information that may be collected on the Company’s Web site and how this information may be used.
If you have chosen to identify yourself to GameSparks, the Company uses session cookies containing encrypted information to allow the Company to uniquely identify you. Each time you log into the Services, a session cookie containing an encrypted, unique identifier that is tied to your account is placed your browser. These session cookies allow the Company to uniquely identify you when you are logged into the Services and to process your online transactions and requests. Session cookies are required to use the Services.
GameSparks uses persistent cookies that only the Company can read and use to identify browsers that have previously visited the Company’s Web site. When you purchase the Services or provide the Company with personal information, a unique identifier is assigned you. This unique identifier is associated with a persistent cookie that the Company places on your Web browser. The Company is especially careful about the security and confidentiality of the information stored in persistent cookies. For example, the Company does not store account numbers or passwords in persistent cookies. If you disable your Web browser’s ability to accept cookies, you will be able to navigate the Company’s Web site, but you will not be able to successfully use the Services.
GameSparks may use information from session and persistent cookies in combination with Data About GameSparks Customers to provide you with information about the Company and the Services.
1.4.2 Web Beacons
GameSparks uses Web beacons alone or in conjunction with cookies to compile information about Customers and Visitors’ usage of the Company’s Web site and interaction with emails from the Company. Web beacons are clear electronic images that can recognize certain types of information on your computer, such as cookies, when you viewed a particular Web site tied to the Web beacon, and a description of a Web site tied to the Web beacon. For example, GameSparks may place Web beacons in marketing emails that notify the Company when you click on a link in the email that directs you to one of the Company’s Web site. GameSparks uses Web beacons to operate and improve the Company’s Web site and email communications.
GameSparks may use information from Web beacons in combination with Data About GameSparks Customers to provide you with information about the Company and the Services.
1.4.3 Flash Cookies
GameSparks may use local shared objects, also known as Flash cookies, to store your preferences or display content based upon what you view on our site to personalize your visit. Third parties, with whom the Company partners to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity, use Flash cookies to collect and store information.
Flash cookies are different from browser cookies because of the amount of, type of, and how data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser will not remove Flash cookies.
1.4.4 IP Addresses
When you visit GameSparks’ Web site, the Company collects your Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses to track and aggregate non-personal information. For example, GameSparks uses IP addresses to monitor the regions from which Customers and Visitors navigate the Company’s Web site.
1.4.5 Third Party Cookies
From time-to-time, GameSparks engages third parties to track and analyze usage and volume statistical information from individuals who visit the Company’s Web site. GameSparks may also use other third-party cookies to track the performance of Company advertisements. The information provided to third parties does not include personal information, but this information may be re-associated with personal information after the Company receives it.
1.5. Public Forums, Refer a Friend, and Customer Testimonials
GameSparks may provide bulletin boards, blogs, or chat rooms on the Company’s Web site. Any personal information you choose to submit in such a forum may be read, collected, or used by others who visit these forums, and may be used to send you unsolicited messages. GameSparks is not responsible for the personal information you choose to submit in these forums.
GameSparks may post a list of Customers and testimonials on the Company’s Web site that contain information such as Customer names and titles. GameSparks obtains the consent of each Customer prior to posting any information on such a list or posting testimonials.
1.6. Sharing of Information Collected
GameSparks may share Data About GameSparks Customers with the Company’s service providers so that these service providers can contact Customers and Visitors who have provided contact information on our behalf. GameSparks may also share Data About GameSparks Customers with the Company’s service providers to ensure the quality of information provided. Unless described in this privacy statement, GameSparks does not share, sell, rent, or trade any information provided with third parties for their promotional purposes.
From time to time, GameSparks may partner with other companies to jointly offer products or services. If you purchase or specifically express interest in a jointly-offered product or service from GameSparks, the Company may share Data About GameSparks Customers collected in connection with your purchase or expression of interest with our joint promotion partner(s). GameSparks does not control our business partners’ use of the Data About GameSparks Customers we collect, and their use of the information will be in accordance with their own privacy policies. If you do not wish for your information to be shared in this manner, you may opt not to purchase or specifically express interest in a jointly offered product or service.
GameSparks uses a third-party service provider to manage credit card processing. This service provider is not permitted to store, retain, or use Billing Information except for the sole purpose of credit card processing on the Company’s behalf.
GameSparks reserves the right to use or disclose information provided if required by law or if the Company reasonably believes that use or disclosure is necessary to protect the Company’s rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process.
1.7. Correcting and Updating Your Information
Customers may update or change their registration information by logging in to their accounts at http://portal.gamesparks.net. Requests to access, change, or delete your information will be handled within 30 days.
GameSparks uses appropriate administrative, technical, and physical security measures to protect Data About GameSparks Customers.
2. The GameSparks Service
We do not require access to sensitive personal information, such as medical or health information; racial or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or philosophical beliefs; sexual orientation.
2.1 How We Use Your Information
We use User Data to make the GameSparks Service and its features available to our Developers, which includes allowing Developers to customise your online experience to your preferences and allowing Developers to target content to users based on in-game and in-app behavior.
We may use User Data to enhance the GameSparks Service. We may compare and review your personal information for errors, omissions and for accuracy. We use User Data in aggregate or anonymized form (such that users are not personally identifiable) for our business, research, product development and marketing purposes.
2.2 How We Share Your Information
We may share our data, including personal information about you, with our subsidiary companies.
In addition to the other purposes outlined in this policy, we may share:
- any information or data in response to a verified request by law enforcement, immigration, customs or other government officials relating to a criminal investigation or alleged illegal activity.
- User Data with our business partners or for product development, marketing or public relations – information shared is limited to aggregated or anonymized data.
- any information or data with our hosting provider who may only use the information to administer our Website and the GameSparks Services. The hosting provider is required to keep all information private and secure.
- any information in connection with any merger, sale of GameSparks’ assets, or a financing or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another entity.
2.3 How to Edit Your Information
You may ask us to delete any personal information you have provided directly to us at any time. We do retain the right to use the aggregate data we have collected, provided that such data does not personally identify you. You may also contact your game/application provider to edit or delete information held about you. When we receive a request from a Developer to amend or delete Personal Information, we shall promptly do so.
3. Policies Common to Both Our Websites and the GameSparks Service
3.1 Access to Persons Under 13 Years
The Website is not intended for persons under 13 years of age. The Website and GameSparks Services are not developed or directed at children, although some of the games and applications using the GameSparks Services may be directed at children under 13. We do not knowingly solicit or collect any personally identifiable from children under the age of 13, nor do we knowingly market the Website and GameSparks Services to children under the age of 13. If we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13 contrary to local laws, we will delete that information as soon as possible. Please contact us at privacy@GameSparks.com if you have reason to believe that any personal information from or about a child under 13 has been provided to us without the appropriate consent.
3.2. Changes to this Privacy Statement
GameSparks reserves the right to change this Privacy Statement. GameSparks will provide notification of the material changes to this Privacy Statement through the Company’s Web site at least thirty (30) business days prior to the change taking effect.
3.3 Contacting Us
If you have questions or complaints regarding our Privacy Statement or practices, please contact us by mail. Our mailing address is GameSparks Ltd, Ron Cooke Hub, York Science Park, York, YO10 5GE. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.