Privacy Policy

We have created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our commitment to the privacy of any information you may provide to us. This Privacy Policy discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for Sparticl, which is owned and operated by Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. (tpt). tpt’s Privacy Policy can be found here.

We are committed to ensure the privacy of any identifiable information (such as name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number) you may provide to us.

1. Activity Information we may gather: Like most contemporary websites, our web servers create log files which contain some or all of the following information:

  • The Internet Protocol Address (IP Address) of the computer accessing our website.
  • The date, time, and length of each visit from each IP Address, as well as all pages accessed and activities engaged in.
  • Certain technical information such as the browser being used.
  • The path taken through our website.
  • Clicks to links on our site that lead to other sites.
  • A record of files downloaded and/or the amount of time spent viewing any video or audio files.
  • Any errors encountered.

2. Personal Information we may gather: We will not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from any individuals under the age of 13. Visitors under 13 can explore site content but will not be allowed to register and/or earn points or participate in social functions.  For those over the age of 13, we will not collect personally identifiable information from you, other than what you supply to us on a voluntary basis and as indicated as part of the registration process.   However, in order to participate in some activities, you might be asked to provide personally identifiable information. For example, this could be in connection with such things as:

  • requests from you which require our direct response.
  • account registration, during which we ask for your email address and date of birth, user name and password. We also ask for first and last name to check against the chosen screen name to ensure the last name isn’t part of the screen name. Registration must be done in accordance with our Terms of Use.
  • sites services or features which require subscription (such as e-mail newsletters)
  • contest registration.
  • If you win a reward, we may ask for your mailing address to send a prize to you
  • gathering your comments and feedback.
  • content submissions and suggestions.
  • participation in community postings, bulletin boards, or other community areas.  This will require registration.
  • participation in surveys

3. How we use information we gather: We use the activity information we gather in order to facilitate continuous improvement of Sparticl. We do not willfully share Personal Information with any third party, nor do our third party vendors acting on our behalf, except in the event we need to if you violate the Sparticl Terms of Service or when we believe, in good faith, that such release is appropriate to comply with the law or to protect against fraudulent, abusive or unlawful use of our site or other rights or if we reasonable believe that a situation involving danger or death or injury to any person requires discloser.

4. Cookies:  Sparticl uses cookies – small text files that are stored on your computer – to personalize your experience and “remember” you when you return. We do not use cookies to store personally identifiable information, though.

5.    Information shared with Sparticl by users connecting via Facebook: When a user registers for Sparticl, they have the option of tying their Facebook account to Sparticl to simplify the process, as well as to share Sparticl content with friends on Facebook. If the user clicks to “Connect using Facebook,” Facebook requests authorization by the user to share the following information with Sparticl:

  • user’s basic info (name, profile picture, gender, networks, user ID, list of friends, and other information made public on Facebook by the user).
  • user’s e-mail address.
  •  user’s birthday.

The Sparticl site app also requests permission to post on behalf of the user, including status updates and photos. This permission is so that Sparticl users can easily share the Sparticl graphic and URL of a Sparticl topic or resource with friends on Facebook, with a message similar to:   

“Check out "Hurricane" on Sparticl at

When a user is logged into a Sparticl account associated with their Facebook account, logging out of Sparticl does not log the user out of Facebook. The user must visit Facebook to log out of it. Note that users have the option to remove the option of connecting with Facebook.


What Sparticl Does with Facebook Information

  • User’s basic info: Sparticl uses the name returned from Facebook to auto-populate the registration form, and it is saved on Sparticl for communications with the user. The user’s Facebook ID is also stored on Sparticl to make associating the user’s account possible, which allows Sparticl to post to Facebook on the user’s behalf.
  • User’s e-mail address: Sparticl uses the e-mail address returned from Facebook to auto-populate the registration form, and it is saved on Sparticl for future communications with the user. The e-mail address is also used to log into the site.
  • User’s birthday: Sparticl currently does not utilize the birthday returned from Facebook. Users must manually enter their birthday in the registration form, in order for Sparticl to check their eligibility to register. After submitting the registration form, the birthday inputted will be stored in the form of a cookie so as to prevent a user who is less than 13 years old, from returning to the Register page and trying a different birthday value. Users who are less than 13 years old are shown an explanation of the age requirement. This cookie will expire from the user’s browser after 24 hours.

You Should Also Know

Sparticl contains links to other sites. Twin Cities Public Television is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other websites.

Please remember that any information that is disclosed in comments and/or other interactive elements where users can post information becomes public information and you should not disclose personal information in these areas. While tpt may monitor posts and delete information that may contain personal information or that tpt believe is inappropriate, tpt does not accept any responsibility for the information or content presented in such areas by users.

By using websites operated by tpt, you signify your agreement to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, please do not use the site.

Twin Cities Public Television supports the Consumer Reports WebWatch guidelines to promote credible information practices on the Web and is listed as a "Praise Worthy" site by WebWatch. (Click here for more information on Consumer Reports WebWatch. The appearance of our site on the "Praise Worthy" list does not count as a certification or an endorsement by Consumer Reports.)

Effective Date
September 25, 2013