Privacy Policy

APDConnect (“APDConnect“) operates www.apdconnect.com and may operate other websites. It is APDConnect’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

APDConnect collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. APDConnect’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how APDConnect’s visitors use its website. From time to time, APDConnect may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

APDConnect also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on www.apdconnect.com blogs/sites. APDConnect only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that commenter IP addresses and email addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog/site where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to APDConnect’s websites choose to interact with APDConnect in ways that require APDConnect to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that APDConnect gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up at www.apdconnect.com to provide a username and email address. Those who engage in transactions with APDConnect are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, APDConnect collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with APDConnect. APDConnect does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities. You may choose to add information about yourself on your profile. The amount of information you wish to give depends on you; for example stating your age, location, gender etc.

Information we collect automatically

There is certain information that we collect automatically as the result of your use of the Platform, or through the use of web analytics services as described in our Cookies Policy. This information includes but is not limited to: the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device from which you access the Platform (this can sometimes be used to derive the country or city from which you are accessing the Platform), the specific actions that you take on the Platform, including the pages that you visit, posting a comment, liking a comment etc.

How we use your information

To: operate and maintain your APDConnect  account, and to provide you with access to the Website and any Services that you may request from time to time. Your email address and password are used to identify you when you sign into the Platform. Your device-IDs are used to ensure that you are in control of the devices that have access to your Subscription: identify you as the creator of the sounds that you upload, the comments that you post and/or the other contributions that you make to the Platform: seek your participation in surveys, and to conduct and analyze the results of those surveys if you choose to participate: provide you with technical support: respond to you about any comment or enquiry you have submitted: provide other users with data regarding people’s listening behavior of their sounds, i.e. streaming and downloading their sounds or playlists or following their profiles: prevent or take action against activities that are, or may be, in breach of our Terms of Service, Community Guidelines or applicable law: use your month and year of birth to enable age restriction: Any additional information that you provide as part of your public profile, such as your real name, and links to your website and other social media profiles (but not your email address), will be published on your profile page. This information will be publicly accessible and may be viewed by anyone accessing the Website, or using our API or other Services. Please bear this in mind when considering whether to provide any additional information about yourself; If you purchase a Subscription, your name, address and payment verification information will be used to process your account subscription and renewals and to collect your payment. All payment verification information is transmitted using industry-standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption. APDConnect also complies with the Payment Card Industry Security Standards: Your email address will be used to send you service updates and notifications regarding your account, and (if you have elected to receive them using your account preferences) newsletters, marketing messages and certain email notifications. For information about how to change your preferences, and to unsubscribe from newsletters, marketing messages and email notifications, please see the Choice and Control section, below; Improving and customizing the Platform and advertising; Analyze the use of the Platform, and the people visiting the Website and using the Apps and Services, in order to improve APDConnect  and customize it to your needs and interests; show you interesting APDConnect ads, when you visit third party websites. When you see our ads on a third party website or apps, we or third party services we engage for this purpose, may collect information your browser or mobile app makes available when seeing the ad (e.g. ip-addresses, referral URL, browser details, timestamp of request). Third party websites or apps may also allow us to measure the success of our ads on their websites. This may include e.g. whether a click converted to an actual purchase of a Subscription. Please see the privacy policy of such third party websites to understand what data may be collected and how to opt-out; show you ads on behalf of advertisers, we use information that you make available to us when you interact with the Platform (e.g. by listening, liking or creating playlists), including location data, together with information you provide to us through the Platform, e.g. demographic information, you choose to make available to us (such as your age or gender) directly or through third party services as well as information your browser sends us when using the Platform (e.g. referral URLs, device type or location data). This allows us to show you ads that are more relevant and interesting to you. Please note that we do not share personal data with advertisers. Instead, advertisers pre-define a specific audience by certain generic criteria (e.g. the city of residence, the age range, or the number of followers of an unidentified user) for a specific ad campaign. If your profile matches these generic criteria, we may choose to display a suitable ad to you. We may also display ads based on the content that you have recently viewed or searched. Before we may use location data from the app for the first time, your mobile device will generally ask you for permission first. In case you gave permission to do so, location based services in your device will collect location data for a couple of seconds. These will then be shared with us or a respective service provider. When we engage third party services such as ad-networks that enable us showing you interest based ads, we may also allow them to collect certain information such as cookie data from you. This information would allow these third-parties to deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. If you allow third party websites to collect and share data when you interact with their platform, ad-networks may use that information together with the information we allow them to collect on the Platform. Please see the privacy policy of such third party websites to understand what data may be collected and how to opt-out; customize your use of the Platform and/or the content of any email newsletter or other material that we may send to you from time to time.

Aggregated Statistics

APDConnect may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. APDConnect may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, APDConnect does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

APDConnect discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on APDConnect’s behalf or to provide services available at APDConnect’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using APDConnect’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. APDConnect will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, APDConnect discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when APDConnect believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of APDConnect, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an APDConnect website and have supplied your email address, APDConnect may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with APDConnect. If you send us a request (for example via email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. APDConnect takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. APDConnect uses cookies to help APDConnect identify and track visitors, their usage of APDConnect website, and their website access preferences. APDConnect visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using APDConnect’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of APDConnect’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If APDConnect, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that APDConnect goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of APDConnect may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.

Ads

Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by APDConnect and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, APDConnect may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in APDConnect’s sole discretion. APDConnect encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. If you have a www.apdconnect.com account, you might also receive an alert informing you of these changes. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change. If you have questions about this Privacy Policy, want to suggest changes to this Privacy Policy or want to know, what information we store about you, please contact us by email at contactapdconnect@gmail.com. If you decide that you do not want us to use your information in the manner described in the Privacy Policy (including our Cookies Policy), please do not use the Platform. If you have already registered an account, you can find out how to terminate or cancel your account here; By registering a APDConnect  account, you are consenting to the use of your information in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy. For your convenience, information relating to our use of cookies and similar technologies is set out in a separate Cookies Policy. The Cookies Policy forms part of the Privacy Policy, and whenever we refer to the Privacy Policy, we are referring to the Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to any of the provisions of this Privacy Policy, you should not use the Website or any of the Services. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact us at contactapdconnect@gmail.com.

Please note that this Privacy Policy only applies to the Website and the Services (together, the “Platform”). When using the Platform, you may find links to other websites, apps and services, or tools that enable you to share information with other websites, apps and services. APDConnect is not responsible for the privacy practices of these other websites, apps and services and we recommend that you review the privacy policies of each of these websites, apps or services before connecting your APDConnect  account or sharing any personal data.

Information from correspondence: You will provide certain personal data if you contact us by email, use any of the webforms on the Website, or contact us by mail, fax or other offline means. Survey information: If you participate in any survey, you will provide certain personal data as part of your response, unless you respond anonymously. Information that you post: You may provide personal data when you upload sounds to the Platform, or when you post comments, or contribute to community discussions.

We use the information that we collect about you for the following purposes:

Use of and interaction with the Platform:

For other purposes, provided we disclose this to you at the relevant time, and provided that you agree to the proposed use of your personal data.

Sharing of your information

We will not share your information with any third party, except as described in this Privacy Policy (including our Cookies Policy). There are circumstances where we may need to share some of the information we collect about you or which you provide to us – these circumstances are as follows:

Other users: Any information in your public profile (other than your email address) will be accessible by other users of the Platform, who may view your profile information, listen to and comment on any of your public sounds, add themselves to your list of followers, and send you messages. If you listen to any sounds uploaded by a pro user, the fact that you have listened to those sounds will be shared with that pro user as well as that you are following that pro user now, so that they can track the popularity of their sounds. Similarly, if you comment on any sounds on the Platform, your comments will be available to all users of the Platform.

With your consent: We will disclose your information if you have explicitly agreed that we may do so. We will make this clear to you at the point at which we collect your information.

Service providers: We use certain reputable third parties, some of whom may be located outside of the European Economic Area, to provide us with certain specialized services related to the Platform. These third parties will have access to certain information about you, but only where this is necessary in order for those third parties to provide their services to us. Where we transfer personal data to these third parties, we ask and require these third parties to implement appropriate organizational and technical security measures to protect against unauthorized disclosure of personal data, and only to process personal data in accordance with our instructions and to the extent necessary to provide their services to us.

Other networks and connected apps: If you choose to connect your APDConnect  account to other apps or social networks such as Facebook, Google+, Tumblr or Twitter, you will be sharing certain information with these apps or networks. In the case of Facebook, Google+, Tumblr or Twitter, any new public sounds that you post or listen to on APDConnect  or any new favourites will be shared to those networks and will be visible to your followers and friends on those networks. In the case of connected apps, you will need to provide the app developer with full access to your APDConnect  account in order to upload and download sounds, or comment on, favourite or repost sounds from within the app. This will mean sharing your public information, plus access to your private sounds. APDConnect is not responsible for these other apps or networks, so please make sure you only connect your account with apps or services that you trust. For information on how to control the information that your share, and how to disconnect your account from other networks or apps, please see the Choice and Control section below.

Advertisers may use third party services to ensure their ads are properly served and to measure the success of their campaigns on websites and apps. We allow these services to collect and use the information for such purposes.

As aggregated data: We may aggregate your personal data with similar data relating to other users of the Platform in order to create statistical information regarding the Platform and its use, which we may then share with third parties or make publicly available. However, none of this information would include any email address or other contact information, or anything that could be used to identify you individually, either online or in real life.

If required by law: We will disclose your information if we believe in good faith that we are permitted or required to do so by law, including in response to a court order, subpoena or other legal demand or request.

To protect our interests: We may disclose your information if we feel this is necessary in order to protect or defend our legitimate rights and interests, or those of our users, employees, directors or , and/or to ensure the safety and security of the Platform and/or the APDConnect  community.

In the context of a business transfer: We may transfer your information to any person or company that acquires all or substantially all of the assets or business of APDConnect, or on a merger of our business, or in the event of our insolvency.

Cookies and similar technology

In common with most websites, we use cookies and other standard Internet technologies to help us improve the Website and the Apps and Services we provide. We have included information about our use of cookies and similar technology in a separate Cookies Policy that forms part of this Privacy Policy. The Cookies Policy also includes information about how you can block or disable third party cookies (which we only use for the purposes of analyzing the use of our Platform and optimizing the content on our Platform), and how to opt out of other technologies such as bug reporting within our mobile apps.

Ads displayed to you are in some cases provided by third parties. These may and as far as allowed by your settings or your device, use information about your visit and interaction with the Platform in order to show you personalized ads of products and services that may be of interest to you. Personal information such as your name or email address will not be shared with these.

We have done our best to provide you with as much information as possible about our use of cookies and similar technology. If you choose to use the Platform without blocking or disabling these cookies or opting out of other technologies as described in our Cookies Policy, you will indicate your consent to our use of these technologies and to our use (in accordance with this Privacy Policy and our Cookies Policy) of any personal data that we collect using these technologies.

Choice and control

We do our best to give you as much choice as possible regarding the amount of information you provide to us, and the control you have over that information.

It is not necessary for you to provide us with any personal data in order to visit the Website, although certain information will be collected automatically by virtue of your visit (as described above). However, if you do decide to register a APDConnect  account, you can control your information in the following ways.

It is also possible to unsubscribe from email newsletters and notifications (other than essential account notifications) at any time by clicking on the link at the end of each email.

You can add additional or alternative email addresses that you may wish us to use to communicate with you in your Account Settings tab.

Please note that this Privacy Policy does not apply to any third party sites or applications, and we cannot control the activities of those sites or applications. You are advised to read the privacy policies of those sites or applications before sharing your information with, or connecting your APDConnect  account to, any of these third party sites or applications.

Sharing with other users

APDConnect  is a very social place, but if you would prefer to browse the Website anonymously, you can do so by checking the Anonymous Listening box in the Account tab within your Settings on the Website. By checking this box, other users will not be able to see the sounds that you listened to, but we will still have access to this information.

If any of your sounds contain any personal data or any other information which you would not like to share, you can control who has access to these sounds using the settings in the sound page (click on the pencil icon in the waveform player for the relevant sounds). By setting your sounds to “private”, rather than “public”, you can limit who has access to your sounds.

 

Customizing the Platform and personalized ads

We may also use third party services using cookies or similar technologies showing you personalized ads on our behalf. Please see our Cookies Policy for how to opt-out of those.

Please be aware that even if you opt out of interest-based ads, you may still see ads, which likely are not as appealing to you.

Cookies

Information on how to block or disable cookies is included in our Cookies Policy. Further information is available at http://aboutcookies.org.

Deleting your account

You can delete your account from the Account page within your Settings on the Website at any time. Please bear in mind that, if you delete your account, all data associated with your account, including the sounds that you have uploaded and the usage data associated with those sounds, will be deleted and may not be recoverable. You are therefore advised to copy or back up all content uploaded to your account before you delete your account.

Even if you delete your APDConnect  account, it is possible that your information may still show up in some internet search results for a short while afterwards, if the search engine maintains a temporary cache of web pages. Search engines’ caching processes are outside of APDConnect’s control and therefore we cannot be responsible for any information that remains cached by search engines after that information has been removed from the Platform.

Access to your data

As described above, most of the personal data and other information you provide to us can be accessed and updated in the Settings page of your APDConnect  account. If you wish to access, amend or delete any other personal data we hold about you, or if you have any objection to the processing of any personal data that we hold about you, please contact us at privacy@APDConnect.com, or the address provided below.

If you ask us to delete your account (either via the Settings page or by email), we will do so within a reasonable period of time, but we may need to retain some of your personal data in order to satisfy our legal obligations, or where we have a legitimate reason for doing so.

Children

APDConnect  is not intended for use by children. Anyone under the age of 13 is not permitted to use the Platform and must not attempt to register an account or submit any personal information to us. We do not knowingly collect any personal information from any person who is under the age of 13 or allow them to register an account. If it comes to our attention that we have collected personal data from a person under the age of 13, we will delete this information as quickly as possible. If you have reason to believe that we may have collected any such personal data, please notify us immediately at contact@APDConnect.com.