We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and the following sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed. Please read the text carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
YOU MUST BE 13 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO REGISTER WITH OUR SITE. IF YOU ARE UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE PLEASE ONLY REGISTER WITH OUR SITE AFTER THE PRIOR CONSENT OF YOUR PARENTS.
While we prohibit registration by children under the age of 13 without the prior consent of their parents, parents should supervise their children's online activities and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers that help provide a child-friendly online environment. These tools can also prevent children from disclosing online their name, address, and other personal information without parental permission.
(a) From you
We may collect and process personal data relating to you by you providing such personal data by filling in forms on our site or by you contacting us. This includes, but is not limited to, information provided at the time of registering to use (or become a member of) our site, subscribing to any services (e.g. newsletters), purchasing downloads, posting material or requesting further services.
(b) By using cookies and other tracking technologies
In addition, we use technology on our website to collect information that helps us to enhance your online experience, measure our audience and provide you with tailored advertising. We refer to this technology as "cookies" throughout this policy but this is intended to cover all similar technologies including web beacons, log files, pixel tags, gifs (also described below). We use our own and third party cookies to collect the information we require. Please note that we have no control over third party cookies.
What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device.
Cookies help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service, for instance by storing information about your preferences and allowing us to recognise you when you return to our site. You may refuse to accept cookies by activating settings on your internet browser. However, please note that if you select such settings certain parts of our site may not work properly.
The information we collect may include IP-addresses, browser version, number of visits, which pages you access and your viewing preferences.
We use the following categories of cookies on our website:
Category 1: Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, like any shopping basket items cannot be provided. We don’t use these cookies to gather information about you that could be used for profiling, advertising or remembering where you've been on the internet.
Category 2: Performance
Cookies These cookies collect information on how visitors use our website. For example, which pages visitors go to most often, and if you get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies you as a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
Category 3: Functionality Cookies
These cookies remember choices you make such as the country you visit our website from, language or the region you are in. These can then be used to provide you with an experience more appropriate to your selections and to make the visits more tailored and pleasant. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Category 4: Targeting cookies or advertising cookies
These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advert as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. The cookies are usually placed by third party advertising networks with the website operator's permission. They remember the websites you visit and that information is shared with other parties such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Category 5: Social Media Cookies
These cookies allow you to share what you’ve been doing on the website on social media such as Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. These cookies are not within our control. This information may be linked to targeting/advertising activities. Please refer to the respective social media’s privacy policies for how their cookies work. Cookies within the above Categories may include those shown on the table Cookie Grid together with their respective website locations showing you how to opt-out of them.
Use of Web Beacons
Some of our web pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons, among other things, that allow us to count users who have visited these pages. Web beacons collect only limited information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view, and a description of the page on which the web page resides. We may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign.
Consent to Cookies
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers. However, please note that if you select such settings you may be unable to access certain parts of our site or certain content or functionality may not be available.
If you'd like to opt out of other third party cookies relating to behavioural advertising, please go to www.youronlinechoices.eu. Opting out does not mean you will no longer receive online advertising. It does mean that the company or companies from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your web preferences and usage patterns.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Any transmission is therefore at your own risk.
Once we have received your data, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access. However, in acknowledgement that perfect or impenetrable security features or procedures do not exist, we cannot guarantee that any information you submit to us will be free from unauthorized third party intrusion.
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share the password with anyone.
The data that we collect may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination within the United States or some other country outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"), for instance if any of our, or any of our EEA based service provider’s, servers from time to time are located outside the EEA or if one of our service providers or suppliers is themselves located in a country outside the EEA or if we share your data (in accordance with the ‘With whom we share your data’ section below).
We use the data collected from our site in the following ways:
to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
to provide you with information, products or services that you have requested from us (or third parties, where appropriate) or which, based on your musical preferences or use, we feel may interest you.
to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
to notify you about changes to our service.
Subject to the other terms of this policy, we may share your personal data with the following:
(a) Group companies and third party service providers
We may share your personal data with our affiliated or group companies worldwide and third party service providers.
We may share your personal data with those artists (and their management companies) that you have expressed an interest in, who may then use your data, in accordance with this policy, to keep you updated with information about them.
(c) Other third parties
We may transfer, sell or assign any data, including personally identifiable data, to third parties, only in connection with the sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of substantial assets, reorganization or liquidation of Sony Music, or any part of it. We may share with others, at our discretion, certain aggregate statistical data about purchases and the use of our content, which data may include demographic data such as the age range and/or geographic location of groups of users. No personal data (such as names or email addresses) will be identifiable from such statistics.
(d) In special circumstances
We may disclose personal data in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this data is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference (either intentionally or unintentionally) with the rights or property of those described above in paragraph (a) or (b). We may also disclose your personal data when we believe in good faith that the law requires us to do so.
The use of Facebook-Plugins
THE USE OF TWITTER-PLUGINS
On certain websites social plugins provided by the microblogging network Twitter (Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA, 94103 USA) are used. When you visit one of our pages the plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Twitter server. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Twitter to your browser and embedded in the Website. Thus, Twitter receives the information that you (your IP address) visited our website even when you do not have a Twitter account or you are not logged in. These Information (including your IP-address) will be forwarded and stored to the USA from your browser to one of the Twitter server.
If you are logged in into your Twitter account, Twitter can associate your visit to our pages with your user account. If you interact with the plugins (click the “twitter” button), the information will be stored and forwarded to a Twitter server. The information will also be published in your Twitter account and will be visible for your contacts.
The use of Google Analytics
Our websites use so-called Re-targeting technologies. We use these technologies to create a website more appealing to you. This technology allows to target user with advertisement that already showed interest in our products. We are confident, that the overlay of personalized, interest-based advertising is more interesting to the user than advertisement without any personal reference. The overlay of the advertisement is based on a cookie technology and an analysis of the previous user behavior. The advertising is strictly anonymous. No personal data is collected and there will be no merger between the user profile and the personal data.
We only collect anonymous data via re-targeting while using anonymous cookies that keep a record of the following:
Events regarding your activities on the partner webpage (e.g. the number of websites viewed, the products viewed, the search request on the partner websites).
Information delivered by trustworthy partner that can include sociodemographic data like age span).
Events regarding Re-targeting activities, e.g. the number of advertisements shown to you.
We do not collect personal data while using Re-targeting technology. We do not know who you are. We do not know your address, your workplace, your day of birth or Email-address nor do we have other personal identifiable information. We use or store your IP- address not for Re-targeting purposes.
Within Re-targeting we do not create segments to approach children under the age of thirteen.
For questions concerning data privacy please contact:
Robert Niedermeier, Esq.
External Data Privacy Officer (DPO)
Sony Music Entertainment GSA
Fax: 49 89 89050994