Sondz follows a standard procedure of using log files. These files log visitors when they visit websites. All hosting companies do this and a part of hosting services’ analytics. The information collected by log files include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), date and time stamp, referring/exit pages, and possibly the number of clicks. These are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable. The purpose of the information is for analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movement on the website, and gathering demographic information.
Cookies and Web Beacons
Like any other website, Sondz uses ‘cookies’. These cookies are used to store information including visitors’ preferences, and the pages on the website that the visitor accessed or visited. The information is used to optimize the users’ experience by customizing our web page content based on visitors’ browser type and/or other information.
For more general information on cookies, please read “What Are Cookies” from Cookie Consent.
Advertising Partners’ Privacy Policies
Note that Sondz has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.
Third Party Privacy Policies
You can choose to disable cookies through your individual browser options. To know more detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers, it can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.
Google & Youtube
With regards to specific third parties, Sondz collaborates with Youtube, a Google company, with the use of its API services. Sondz does not collect any of your information: Google account, credentials… when accessing and using Google’s API. However, Google collects information to provide better services to all its users — from figuring out basic stuff like which language you speak, to more complex things like which ads you’ll find most useful, the people who matter most to you online, or which YouTube videos you might like. The information Google collects, and how that information is used, depends on how you will use its services and how you manage your privacy controls.
When you’re not signed in to a Google Account, Google stores the information it collects with unique identifiers tied to the browser, application, or device you’re using. This helps them do things like maintain your language preferences across browsing sessions. When you’re signed in, Google also collects information that is stored with your Google Account, which is treated as personal information.
Google collects information about the apps, browsers, and devices you use to access Google services, which helps them provide features like automatic product updates and dimming your screen if your battery runs low. The information collected includes unique identifiers, browser type and settings, device type and settings, operating system, mobile network information including carrier name and phone number, and application version number. Google also collects information about the interaction of your apps, browsers, and devices with its services, including IP address, crash reports, system activity, and the date, time, and referrer URL of your request.
Google collects this information when a Google service on your device contacts its servers — for example, when you install an app from the Play Store or when a service checks for automatic updates. If you’re using an Android device with Google apps, your device periodically contacts Google servers to provide information about your device and connection to their services. This information includes things like your device type, carrier name, crash reports, and which apps you’ve installed.
- Please find Youtube’s terms of service here: https://www.youtube.com/t/terms
Other Third Party Applications
Besides Google and Youtube, Sondz also collaborates with or incorporates content from other websites. Please find below a non-exhaustive list of third party applications whose content is present on our platform:
- MusicBrainz for core musical & artist information — using the CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) license which allows for free and unlimited use of the platform’s content;
- Wikipedia for page overviews — using the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0 which allows for free use of attributed content under the same license;
- Wikimedia Commons & Wikidata for images — using the license specified under each displayed image on the platform;
- Soundcloud for embedded audio content, which is a freely available option as is the case with Youtube.
User Information & GDPR Compliance
Sondz being a company based in the European Union, we fully comply with GDPR:
1. All our data is stored on EU servers;
2. The comprehensive list of Artists’ personal data that is made available by Sondz is the following:
- family name,
- given name,
- date of birth,
- place of birth.
This information falls under the Lawfulness of processing of Chapter 2, Art.6 of GDPR 1.e : “the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest”. As such, no right to erasure of this data will be granted for Artists. There are two exceptions to this:
- We will remove your date of birth upon request. Keep in mind, though, that unless you’ve also made sure the date was removed from wherever the original source of the data was, there’s a possibility a user will find it and add it to MusicBrainz again, and we shall therefore add it to Sondz. Also, consider leaving the birth year up and requesting a removal of only month/day: that makes the data still interesting for music research purposes while making it much less useful as personal identification info. Note that a proof of identity will be required to perform any such change.
- Note that MusicBrainz will also often remove your legal name upon request if there is no public source for it elsewhere (e.g. because you just added it yourself on MusicBrainz in the first place).
3. Users’ personal data may be shared willingly to Sondz by logging in. We use Auth0 software to enable access to the Sondz user section. By signing up or logging in to Sondz using Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter or email, and while you are connected to the platform, you hereby consent to sharing via the Auth0 application your:
- family name,
- given name,
- email address,
- avatar/picture from the source platform.
Your family or given name will be displayed next to the reviews and trivia that you post on the website for content attribution as well as give us the possibility to moderate published content.
4. Users have a full right to erasure of their personal data by contacting us. As part of this process, their personal data will be erased by removing their family name, given name, email address and avatar. They will be replaced with anonymised information (e.g. user XXXX) in order to keep the ratings, reviews and trivia published, but to remove any personal information related to those.
Another part of our priority is adding protection for children while using the internet. We encourage parents and guardians to observe, participate in, and/or monitor and guide their online activity.
Sondz does not knowingly collect any Personal Identifiable Information from children under the age of 13. If you think that your child provided this kind of information on our website, we strongly encourage you to contact us immediately and we will do our best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.