Last Updated: April 20, 2018
We (and, sometimes, “us,” meaning AccuRadio.com and its affiliate sites) receive information from and about you in three ways: (I) you provide it to us directly such as when you register, email us or participate in a promotion, (II) we receive it from all of the devices you use to access our channels and from websites and services you may use to connect to us, and (III) we receive it from collection technology such as beacons or cookies. AccuRadio makes every effort to ensure that the information we collect about you cannot be used to identify you personally, nor can it be used to spam or target you for viruses or other types of malware.
A. Information Collected From Our Listeners
I. Information We Receive or Collect from You Directly
Required Registration Information. When you register with AccuRadio, we request certain information including your email address, date of birth, gender and zip code, in addition to the password you must create (a “Registered Listener”). By registering with us you automatically subscribe to occasional AccuRadio emails announcing new features, channels, and promotions. You may limit the number of emails you receive at any time by clicking the Manage your preferences link on any email you receive and then following the instructions provided, or you may opt-out of receiving emails from us entirely by clicking the Unsubscribe link on any email you receive or opening a ticket with our Help Desk.
Information Provided Voluntarily By You. AccuRadio (or third parties acting on our behalf) also receives information about you (whether you are a Registered Listener or a Non-Registered Listener) whenever you voluntarily choose to email us, participate in a poll or survey, or respond to an advertisement appearing on our channels. For example, we collect information about you if you choose to submit music to us or open a ticket with our Help Desk.
Your Listening History. We also keep track of all Registered Listener’s listening activity including the channels you listen to, the 1- through 5-Star rating you make for songs, the songs you skip, the artists you ban, and how long you listen to our channels. In addition, we keep track of data necessary to create and maintain your “Favorite Channels” and your “5-Star Channel” if you have chosen to create one.
Technical Information. We also may collect Registered Listeners and Non-Registered Listeners non-personally identifiable technical information through the use of log files on web and application servers that automatically create log files that can include your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, date/time stamps, MAC address, file requested and other usage information and statistics.
Information about Your Devices. We may gather information about Registered Listeners’ and Non-Registered Listeners’ computers and browsers stored on our servers including Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser type and other related hardware or software information. If you access AccuRadio from a mobile phone, tablet, automobile or other electronic device, we may collect and store information such as device type, operating system version and type, unique identifiers (such as Android Advertising ID, VIN, MAC address, and IDFA), carrier, and other related information for that device.
Promotions Contact Information. AccuRadio occasionally sponsors contests or promotions (e. g., March Madness or Radiothon for Earthquake and Hurricane Relief) that, should you choose to participate, require you to become a Registered Listener. We will collect certain contact information including your name, mailing address and phone numbers. Each contest or promotion is governed by its own terms and conditions in addition to this Policy.
AccuRadio makes every effort to ensure that the information we collect about you cannot be used to identify you personally, nor can it be used to spam or target you for viruses or other types of malware.
II. Information Collected from Third Parties
What is Third Party Information? AccuRadio may collect or receive information about you from third parties (i.e., firms not directly affiliated with us) and store it on our servers with other information we may have already collected or received from you. These third parties include (a) marketing companies and data providers that create, maintain and distribute professional marketing lists or segments, or maintain and distribute marketing or similar data, (b) firms that work with us to serve advertising by collecting and maintaining information on customers and who may provide AccuRadio with information about those customers so that we can more effectively serve advertisements and marketing offers, (c) service firms that we hire to provide or make available advertising, features and functionality through the our channels or assist with email campaigns, and (d) social media websites (e.g., Facebook), applications or services that you use, or firms that interact on social media websites on our behalf through them, who we may permit to interact through AccuRadio and who may provide helpful personalization or information unless you opt-out of sharing such information by using the controls available on these websites. AccuRadio makes every effort to ensure that the information third parties may collect about you in the course of rendering services to us cannot be used to identify you personally, nor can it be used to spam or target you for viruses or other types of malware, nor will they share any such information with other third parties.
We also use Google Analytics Advertising Features to collect both Registered Listeners’ and Non-Registered Listeners’ information using Google advertising cookies and identifiers, in addition to information collected through standard Google Analytics implementation. AccuRadio will never identify either Registered Listeners or Non-Registered Listeners or facilitate the merging of personally identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information collected through any Google advertising product or feature, nor will we disaggregate data that Google provides to us. For more information about Google Analytics and for instructions on how to opt-out, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.
III. Information Collected from Technology
First-Party Cookies. AccuRadio, like most Internet-based firms, uses different kinds of “cookies” to improve our service and to make your listening experience and use of our website more user-friendly. In general, a “first-party cookie” is a file written by our servers to your hard drive containing an alphanumeric identifier that we use to manage and report on your interaction with us. For both Registered Listeners and Non-Registered Listeners, the information we gather from first-party cookies is used entirely to improve our level of service and listening experience, track your return visits to our website and to our advertisers’ websites, authenticate you when you log-in, collect and aggregate statistical information about all of our listeners, manage multiple instances of our music listening service in a single browser and, finally, identify the date and time you visited our website, update your current IP address and identify the page or site that referred you to AccuRadio.
A first-party cookie can be either a “session cookie” or a “persistent cookie.” Session cookies expire automatically when you close your browser, but persistent cookies remain on your hard drive for an extended period of time. You may control the use of persistent cookies through your browser’s tools or help sections, but your rejection of the use of first-party cookies may limit your full use and enjoyment of AccuRadio.
Third-Party Cookies. “Third-party cookies” are placed on both Registered Listeners and Non-Registered Listeners hard drives by advertisers and our third-party advertising partners who deliver ads to you on our website. These firms use third-party cookies to collect information about you including the number of times that you have seen an ad, whether you interacted with it, and to provide you with interest-based ads. You may control the use of third-party cookies using your browser’s tools or help sections, but we have no access to or control over third-party cookies placed on your hard drive by advertisers or third-party advertising partners.
Beacons and Tracking Pixels. “Beacons” or “tracking pixels” are one-pixel by one-pixel images embedded on HTML content used by AccuRadio or third-party advertising partners. The images are tiny (about the size of a period at the end of a sentence) and are used to transmit anonymous information to servers such as numeric count, unique identifier or IP address. We or our advertising partners use beacons and tracking pixels to manage content on our website to learn, for example, which emails you have opened (to understand the effectiveness of our communications and marketing campaigns delivered to you), and how many unique visitors have visited our website or any specific music channels.
Local Storage. In certain circumstances, we may use “local storage” (i.e., HTML5 or flash local storage) to keep track of the song playing when your browser window intermittently reloads, and our advertisers and third-party advertising partners to detect your bandwidth speed for optimal video playback. Your browser implements HTML5 local storage under its own protocols, along with the ability to manage content stored within this local storage. You may review your browser’s privacy settings to manage the content stored in your HTML5 local storage. You may also manage content stored on your local flash storage by visiting Adobe.
B. How AccuRadio Uses Listeners’ Collected Information
I. Information Collected by AccuRadio
In General. In the case of Registered Listeners, we may use your registration information and other data we collect about you (or some combination of date and/or information we can extrapolate from the totality of date and/or information we gather about you) and use it as follows to: (a) create and facilitate your personal “account” with us so that you can seamlessly listen to music on our website, (b) personalize or target advertising and other content to you so that the ads you see are relevant to you, (c) use tracking data and aggregate listener demographics to analyze and measure website and channel usage and patterns to continuously build and/or improve your listening experience, (d) send you information (including emails about our latest channels, developments and features, as well as information about support and maintenance activities) that you have previously agreed to receive, and (e) report listening information and pay royalties to rightsholder organizations (e.g., SoundExchange, BMI and ASCAP) who then pay artists and composers whose songs are played on AccuRadio. In the case of Non-Registered Listeners, we only collect the information in subsections (b), (c) and (e), above, but any such information is non-personal and cannot be used in any way to identify you personally.
Your Email Address(es). AccuRadio will never give or sell a Registered Listener’s email address to other companies or persons for their own marketing purposes without your prior permission. However, we may use your email address in the event that we need to inform you about technical issues, service updates or promotions that you have previously agreed to receive or to serve more relevant ads to you.
II. Information Collected by Third Parties
In General. AccuRadio will never share your personally identifiable information with third parties other than to: (a) comply when you have clicked “yes” in response to a message that specifically provides that your email address or other information will be shared, (b) permit you to participate in forums, playlist creation, channel sharing, review or opinions or other forms of communication which you have elected to make public, (c) measure and analyze your use of AccuRadio by us internally or by third-party firms to measure how long and how frequently you are using AccuRadio so that our advertising partners can measure advertising effectiveness, provided that any such measurement does not require, nor do we provide, any personally identifiable information about your to such third-party firms. We also take all reasonable precautions to ensure that any third party that handles non-personally identifiable information we collect cannot identify you personally, nor can such information to be used to spam or target you for viruses or other types of malware.
Your Personally Identifiable Information. AccuRadio will never share a Registered Listener’s personally identifiable information with third parties other than as specifically set forth in the Policy. There are rare cases, however, where we may share personally identifiable information if we need to: (a) protect against fraud or facilitate risk management, (b) comply with the law, legal proceedings or court orders, (c) ensure the safety or security of AccuRadio listeners, AccuRadio or even members of the general public in extenuating or urgent circumstances, or (d) protect and defend AccuRadio’s legal and contractual rights or the legal rights of our business or advertising partners or affiliates.
Your Device(s) Data. AccuRadio may share information about the devices you use to listen to use with third-party vendors such as advertising partners or service providers. This information may be shared so that we can track advertising conversion events, cap ad frequency or mobile listening, estimate our number of unique listeners, detect fraudulent activity, debug our service and provide you with more relevant advertising. If you use an iOS-based device to access AccuRadio and do not want to receive tailored-to-you ads, you may be able to limit them by enabling “Limit Ad Tracking” at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202074. Similarly, if you use an Android-based device and do not want to receive tailored-to-you ads, you may be able to limit them by visiting https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated.
Anonymized Aggregated Data. While our use of anonymized, non-personally identifiable information is not subject to restrictions under the Policy, AccuRadio may use anonymized, non-personally identifiable information aggregated from your and other listeners’ personal information to share with third parties, advertising and business partners. This information may include de-identified demographic data, information about the devices from which AccuRadio is accessed, de-identified location information, and information about the channels, artists, songs listened to, and the 1- through 5-star song ratings. We may use this information to analyze listening patterns or usage, improve your listening experience, and improve ad serving or other similar purposes.
AccuRadio Feedback, Forums & Surveys. If you provide or post information, observations or opinions on any of our listener forums or participate in one of our surveys, any such information, observations or opinions can be read, collected and used by others who access them. You are entirely responsible for the content of them. In the event that you request such information to be removed from a forum, we will attempt to do so, but in certain cases AccuRadio may be unable to remove this information.
Corporate Merger, Reorganization or Sale. In the event that AccuRadio enters into a corporate merger, reorganization or sale, we may be required to share your data, including any personally identifiable information, with our successor in interest in accordance with the Transfer Assurances policy below.
Transfer Assurances. We will request that any potential recipients of onwardly transferred personally identifiable information must agree, prior to such transfer, to contractually protect your information with confidentiality and non-disclosure clauses, and to commit to the same or similar level of protection of your information as provided in this Policy.
C. Do Not Track for Advertising Settings
In General. Your web browser and other devices may enable you to opt out or control whether or not you want to receive relevant ads from advertisers on our site, or to opt out of third-party measurement and analytics. AccuRadio does not currently respond to these opt-out preferences even if you have enabled them. Consequently, we and third parties will continue to collect personal information in accordance with the terms of this Policy.
D. How AccuRadio Manages Your Information
Registration Data. Registered Listeners may change or delete the information provided at any time. For detailed instructions on how to modify your registration data or to delete your account, visit AccuRadio Support.
Retaining Your Registration Data and Other Information. AccuRadio will use and retain Registered Listeners’ data and other information that we or third parties have collected while your account is active with us and afterward solely for the purposes set forth in this Policy so that we can provide the service, comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes and enforce agreements with other firms and persons.
E. Children Under 13 Years Old
AccuRadio does not permit children under 13 years of age to register and does not knowingly collect any personal information from them. If you are under the age of 13, please do not register with AccuRadio. In the event that we learn affirmatively that we have obtained or collected information from or about children under 13 years of age, we will use our best efforts to remove such information from our servers. If you are aware of any child under the age of 13 registered with us, please contact our Support Team by emailing them at email@example.com.
F. Data Integrity, Protection and Links to Other Websites
Data Integrity. No Registered Listener’s personally identifiable information will ever be used by us for purposes not specifically outlined in this Policy. We will take all reasonable measures to ensure that all of your personally identifiable information collected, processed or stored is protected from corruption, misuse or destruction and is always used solely for the purpose it was collected.
Other Websites’ Links. Some ads on our website may include links to other websites that we do not control and whose privacy policies may be more lenient that those outlined in this Policy. If you submit personal information to these websites, the privacy statements, terms and policies of these websites will control their use of your personal information. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the policies of any website you visit.
G. Listeners Outside of the United States
Non-EU Listeners. AccuRadio permits non-US persons to become Registered Listeners or Non-Registered Listeners and to use and enjoy our service. However, this means that the information you submit to us may be transferred to the U. S. and processed by servers located in the U. S. (or other jurisdictions) and used by us in conformity with and for the purposes set forth in this Policy. In you are not a resident of the U. S. and do not reside in the EU, you hereby consent and agree that AccuRadio may collect, process, use and store your information in conformity with this Policy, outside of your resident jurisdiction. In addition, U. S. laws and the laws of other jurisdictions where we or third parties may store information may provide different or more lenient levels of protection for your information than the laws of your resident jurisdiction.
EU Listeners. AccuRadio is currently evaluating its compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enacted by the European Parliament in 2016. In general, the GDPR provides that all services operating within the EU must comply with certain personal privacy and data collection rules at least as restrictive as those provided in this Policy, including a concept known as “the right to be forgotten.” The GDPR goes into effect on May 25, 2018 and we expect to be in material compliance with all of its provisions. Because we intend to comply with the GDPR, including the right to be forgotten, we will continue to collect data and personally identifiable information about EU residents in accordance with this Policy.
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