Privacy Policy


This privacy policy is effective as of July 27, 2021.

Who we are

The SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention provides exciting and educational experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds through innovative programs and a world-class collection of artifacts representing the historic development of electricity, radio and early technology. SPARK embraces the wonder and mystery of electricity. Our website is located at Our mailing address is 1312 Bay Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. Our phone number is 360.738.3886.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Cookies: Google Analytics and Google Advertising features are installed on this website, potentially to include Remarketing with Google Analytics; Google Display Network Impression Reporting; Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting; and Integrated services that require Google Analytics to collect data for advertising purposes, including the collection of data via advertising cookies and identifiers.

Information collected by Google may include end user location, search history, YouTube history, and data from sites that partner with Google—and is used to provide aggregated and anonymized insights into users’ cross device behaviors.

Included here is Google’s explanation of how its Analytics platform uses cookies:

“Google Analytics mainly uses first-party cookies to report on visitor (aka. user) interactions on Google Analytics customers’ websites. Users may disable cookies or delete any individual cookie.

In addition, Google Analytics supports an optional browser add-on that – once installed and enabled – disables measurement by Google Analytics for any site a user visits. Note that this add-on only disables Google Analytics measurement.

Where a site or app uses Google Analytics for Apps or the Google Analytics for Firebase SDKs, Google Analytics collects an app-instance identifier — a randomly generated number that identifies a unique installation of an App. Whenever a user resets their Advertising Identifier (Advertising ID on Android, and ID for Advertisers on iOS), the app-instance identifier is also reset.

Where sites or apps have implemented Google Analytics with other Google Advertising products, like Google Ads, additional advertising identifiers may be collected. Users can opt-out of this feature and manage their settings for this cookie using the Ads Settings.

Google Analytics also collects Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to provide and protect the security of the service, and to give website owners a sense of which country, state, or city in the world their users come from (also known as “IP geolocation”). Google Analytics provides a method to mask IPs that are collected (detailed below) but note that website owners have access to their users’ IP addresses even if the website owners do not use Google Analytics.”

For more information, click here. In addition, please also read Google’s Privacy & Terms.

You may opt out of Google Analytics tracking by using the tools Google has made available here. In addition, you may view Google’s My Activity page to view and delete information Google has stored about you.

Most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. You may choose to remove and/or reject cookies, using your browser settings to do so. This may affect how the website functions for you.

Embedded content from other websites: Articles on this website may include embedded content (videos, images, articles, etc.) that behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Links to other websites: This website may contain links to external websites. If you visit those other sites, your use of those sites is subject to the privacy policies of those sites. You are encouraged to read the privacy policies of all sites you visit.

Membership and donation forms: Anyone may choose to donate to SPARK Museum or to become a member. This website uses Jotforms to collect identification and payment information for these purposes. Payment information is processed via our payment provider. Required information includes your email address, phone number, physical address and payment information. This information is collected only for the purpose of processing a donation or membership, communicating with donors or members, and facilitating membership at the museum.

Email newsletter: Users have the option of submitting an email address to join our mailing list. We use MailChimp for our mailing services. Any email address you submit via our form is sent to MailChimp and stored there for the purpose of our sending you our newsletter. MailChimp has shared some information online about how their policies protect your data. You can find that information in Section 3, Privacy for Contacts, of MailChimp’s policy. You may unsubscribe from the SPARK Museum mailing list at any time by following the links in the emails.

With whom we share your data

SPARK Museum does not share your information with anyone except as necessary to conduct a particular transaction. For example, we use a third-party payment processor to handle donations and membership payments.

How long we retain your data

As noted above, information submitted to us may be retained as needed to continue conversations without losing the context of what has been previously written and to facilitate memberships and donations.

What rights you have over your data

If you have submitted information to us via the membership form, donation form or email, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You also can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal or security purposes.

Many browsers allow users to send “do not track” signals to websites. However, according to, there is no consensus on how websites should interpret these signals. At present, the SPARK Museum website does not make any changes in response to DNT signals.

In addition, most browsers are set to accept cookies by default. From within your browser settings, you may choose to remove and/or reject cookies. This may affect how the SPARK Museum website works for you.

Where we send your data

Except as necessary to carry out specific transactions, such as payments for museum memberships, the SPARK website does not send your data to any third party.

How we protect your data

This website is protected with secure sockets layer (ssl) encryption, and we use security tools to help prevent unauthorized access to the website. Please keep in mind, however, that no method of online or electronic transmission or storage is 100% secure.

Contact information

If you have any questions related to this privacy policy, please contact SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention at