Privacy policy

The SoundSnap website is publicly available on the world wide web and may be accessed by anyone who is online.

All visitors may listen to and download audio files according to the provisions set forward in the Terms of Use, Licence and Copyright Infringement Notice and according to all the laws and regulations that may apply.

Non-Member Visitors

SoundSnap does not collect any personal information (with the exception of IP Address) from visitors who are not registered. Nevertheless, all the activity information that may be recorded during the browsing, listening and downloading by the non-member visitors is used for the internal organization and uninterrupted function of the website.

Member Profiles

To support the community and networking aspects of SoundSnap we encourage visitors to provide profile information, such as geographic location, occupation, etc and become SoundSnap members. This information is provided voluntarily at the sole discretion of each member and in addition, a member has the ability to decline to submit, modify or delete their profile information. If a member decides to submit personally identifiable information, SoundSnap will use this information to operate, maintain, and provide visitors the features and functionality of SoundSnap.
Depending on how you use the Site, your user name may be displayed throughout the Site and is therefore available to the public. All of your activities on the Site, including the audio samples you provide, will be identifiable to your user name. Therefore, if you associate your name with your user name, the people you have revealed your name to will be able to personally identify your activities.
SoundSnap will not use visitors’ contact details or other personal information to send commercial or marketing messages without consent. Furthermore, SoundSnap does not share any personal information with third party companies for their commercial or marketing use without the visitor’s consent. Nevertheless, SoundSnap may use a visitor’s email address without further consent for non-marketing or administrative purposes.
SoundSnap uses submitted and collected information to improve the quality and design of the SoundSnap platform, to provide custom, personalized content and information, to monitor statistics and to track members’ audio submissions. In doing so, SoundSnap may share personal information with its business partners and affiliates for the purposes of processing this information.

International Visitors

SoundSnap is based in the European Union and is intended for and directed to visitors within the geographical boundaries of the European Union. Visitors accessing the website from other locations with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from the European Union laws, accept the transfer of their personal information to the European Union.

Under-Age Visitors

Children under the age of 13 are not permitted to use SoundSnap and no part of the website is directed to children under the age of 13. If at any point SoundSnap becomes aware that a child under 13 years of age has posted personal information on the website, it will be deleted from our records.

Data Collection & Security

SoundSnap makes every reasonable and consistent effort to protect and secure all visitors’ personal information and stores all information in limited access servers. SoundSnap uses technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of information.

In order to ensure maximum protection for recurring accounts, Soundsnap uses a state-of-the art tokenization system to manage payment information for recurring payments. This system uses a cryptographic key to store payment information but no credit card information is stored on the server.

However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards. No security system is impenetrable and risks of breach exist in any system.

If SoundSnap becomes aware of a security systems breach, then all necessary steps to correct such a breach will be taken and SoundSnap may attempt to notify visitors electronically so that they can take appropriate protective steps.

Cookies & Log Files

SoundSnap automatically receives and records information on our server logs from visitor’s browsers, including IP address, requested pages, sounds downloaded, number of clicks, time spent on pages, date and time, and other related information.

In order to uniquely identify visitors, SoundSnap collects information using both session cookies and persistent cookies. It is possible to remove these cookies or to adjust your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent, however, some features of SoundSnap may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.

We use all this information for the collective benefit of our visitors, service improvements, research, anonymous reporting, and to make the site more efficient and convenient.

Third Party Ads

SoundSnap may also allow third-party advertising companies to serve or track ads on the website. Such companies use technology (e.g. cookies) to send the advertisements and links that appear directly on visitors’ browsers and may use information (not including name, address, email address or telephone number) in order to measure advertising effectiveness and to provide advertisements about goods and services that may be of interest to the visitors. SoundSnap does not provide any personally identifiable information to these third-party ad servers or ad networks without visitors’ consent. However advertisers may use information regarding the use of SoundSnap, such as the number of times an ad was viewed or clicked on.

SoundSnap is not responsible for the privacy practices, policies or content of such other websites. SoundSnap does not have access to, or control of, cookies and/or other data collection tools that may be placed on any advertisement by a third-party, and this Privacy Policy does not cover the use of cookies and/or other data collection tools by any third party.

Promotions & Surveys

From time to time SoundSnap may ask for visitors’ participation in promotions, questionnaires or surveys that collect information for marketing, research or other purposes. In such cases SoundSnap will ask for visitors’ consent before the collection of any personal information outlining the uses that will be made. SoundSnap will not share any personal information collected for these purposes with third parties or companies without providing the ability for users to opt-in or opt-out.

Partner Sites & Links

The SoundSnap website may also contain links to other websites, including partner websites. SoundSnap is not responsible for the privacy practices, policies or content of such other websites and has no control over the personal information that is submitted to third party websites.

Forum, Comments & Public Information

Any personal information or file that you voluntarily submit or upload to the website forum as a comment or other public access areas of the website becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by others. SoundSnap may collect and use such information (including email addresses) in order to respond or send relevant information but may not restrict others from doing so as well.

Disputes & Disclosure

SoundSnap may use and disclose any personal or non-personally identifiable information, acting in good faith, when SoundSnap is required to do so. Such disclosure may be done in circumstances that would potentially mitigate its liability, or is necessary for SoundSnap to enforce its rights. Examples of these kind of circumstances would include the prevention or report of fraud and illegal activities, the resolution of disputes between members and third parties, the prevention of harm to any person, the enforcement of the SoundSnap Terms of Use, the protection of rights and property of its users etc.

Furthermore, in some circumstances, the authorities may compel the disclosure of information. SoundSnap will provide such information if required by the law when it is necessary to comply with the demands/requirements of the authorities or to respond to a court order, subpoena or search warrant.

Corporate Changes

SoundSnap reserves the right to sell, transfer, assign or otherwise reorganize a part or the whole of the Website or/and its assets, in which case all informtion that is attached to the Website will be transferred or reassigned accordingly. In the eventuality of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors' rights generally, we may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time for any reason. SoundSnap will notify visitors of any material changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on the website. Revised licences will be effective from the date of revision which appears within the Privacy Policy.

Your use of the SoundSnap website constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy, as they may be amended or revised by use.

Effective Date: June 30, 2007