This policy explains what information we collect when you use Audio Concepts Inc.’s sites, services, mobile applications, products, and content (“Services”). It also has information about how we store, use, transfer, and delete that information. Our aim is not just to comply with privacy law. It’s to earn your trust.
Information We Collect & How We Use It
Audio Concepts Inc. doesn’t make money from ads. So we don’t collect data in order to advertise to you. The tracking we do at Audio Concepts Inc. is to make our product work as well as possible. This includes basic product functions like allowing our metered paywall to work and key features like personalizing what posts you see based on what we think you’ll like. So, to give you the best possible experience in using Audio Concepts Inc., we collect information from your interactions with our Services. Some of this information, you actively tell us (such as your email address, which we use to track your account or communicate with you). Other information, we collect based on actions you take while using Audio Concepts Inc., such as what pages you view (including how much of a given page and for how long) and your use of product features (like Save to Audio Concepts Inc., highlights, follows, and applause). This information includes records of those interactions, your Internet Protocol address, information about your device (such as device or browser type), and referral information (how you got to a particular page).
We use this information to:
- provide, test, improve, promote and personalize the Services
- fight spam and other forms of abuse
- generate aggregate, non-identifying information about how people use the Services
When you create your Audio Concepts Inc. account, and authenticate with a third-party service (like Twitter, Facebook, Apple or Google) we may collect, store, and periodically update information associated with that third-party account, such as your lists of friends or followers. We will never publish something through one of your third-party accounts without your express permission.
Audio Concepts Inc. won’t transfer information about you to third parties for the purpose of providing or facilitating third-party advertising to you. We won’t sell information about you to a third-party.
We may transfer your account information with third parties in some circumstances, including: (1) with your consent; (2) to a service provider or partner who meets our data protection standards; (3) with academic or non-profit researchers, with aggregation, anonymization, or pseudonymization; (4) when we have a good faith belief it is required by law, such as pursuant to a subpoena or other legal process; (5) when we have a good faith belief that doing so will help prevent imminent harm to someone.
If we are going to share your information in response to legal process, we’ll give you notice so you can challenge it (for example by seeking court intervention), unless we’re prohibited by law or believe doing so may endanger others or cause illegal conduct. We will object to legal requests for information about users of our services that we believe are improper.
Search engines may index your Audio Concepts Inc. user profile page, public interactions (such as claps or highlights), and post pages, such that people may find these pages when searching against your name on services like Google, DuckDuckGo, or Bing. Users may also share links to your content on social media platforms such as Facebook or Twitter.
Audio Concepts Inc. uses third-party vendors and hosting partners, such as Amazon, for hardware, software, networking, storage, and related technology we need to run Audio Concepts Inc.. We maintain two types of logs: server logs and event logs. By using the Services, you authorize Audio Concepts Inc. to transfer, store, and use your information in the United States and any other country where we operate.
Some of the content that you see displayed on Audio Concepts Inc. is not hosted by Audio Concepts Inc.. These “embeds” are hosted by a third-party and embedded in a Audio Concepts Inc. page, so that it appears to be part of that page. For example: YouTube or Vimeo videos, Imgur or Giphy gifs, SoundCloud audio files, Twitter tweets, GitHub code snippets, or Scribd documents that appear within a Audio Concepts Inc. post. These files send data to the hosted site just as if you were visiting that site directly (for example, when you load a Audio Concepts Inc. post page with a YouTube video embedded in it, that video appears because of a pointer to files hosted by YouTube, and in turn YouTube receives data about your activity, such as your IP address and how much of the video you watch).
When posting on Audio Concepts Inc., you may not embed a form that allows submission of personal information by users. You must link offsite to a page that allows such submissions by users, and that page’s appearance must be distinct enough from Audio Concepts Inc. to ensure it does not cause confusion among users over to whom they are submitting personal information. Failure to do so may lead Audio Concepts Inc. to disable the post or take other action to limit or disable your account.
Tracking & Cookies
We use browser cookies and similar technologies to recognize you when you return to our Services. We use them in various ways, for example to log you in, remember your preferences (such as default language), evaluate email effectiveness, allow our paywall and meter to function, and personalize content and other services. Without cookies, our metered paywall would not work, so they are necessary to Audio Concepts Inc.’s basic functionality.
Audio Concepts Inc. saves data about the URLs you Save to Audio Concepts Inc. (an optional feature that you may choose to use or decline to use), but we do not otherwise track your visits or activities off Audio Concepts Inc. Services. We track your interactions within the Audio Concepts Inc. Services (which encompasses audioconceptsinc.com, custom domains hosted by Audio Concepts Inc., and your interactions with our mobile application).
Modifying or Deleting Your Personal Information
If you have a Audio Concepts Inc. account, you can access, modify or export your personal information, or delete your account here.
To protect information from accidental or malicious destruction, we may maintain residual copies for a brief time period (generally several weeks). But, if you delete your account, your information and content will be unrecoverable after that time. Audio Concepts Inc. may preserve and maintain copies of your information beyond this time period when required to do so by law.
We use encryption (HTTPS/TLS) to protect data transmitted to and from our site. However, no data transmission over the Internet is 100% secure, so we can’t guarantee security. You use the Service at your own risk, and you’re responsible for taking reasonable measures to secure your account.
Email from Audio Concepts Inc.
Sometimes we’ll send you emails about your account, service changes or new policies. You can’t opt out of this type of “transactional” email (unless you delete your account). But, you can opt out of non-administrative emails such as digests, newsletters, and activity notifications through your account’s Settings page.
When you interact with an email sent from Audio Concepts Inc. (such as opening an email or clicking on a particular link in an email), we may receive information about that interaction.
We won’t email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please contact us so we can investigate.
Changes to this Policy
We won’t email you to ask for your password or other account information. If you receive such an email, please contact us so we can investigate. may periodically update this Policy. We’ll notify you about significant changes to it. The most current version of the policy will always be here and we will archive former versions of the policy here.
Consumer Privacy for California Users
If you are a California resident, the processing of certain personal data about you may be subject to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) and other applicable California state privacy laws. Beginning January 1, 2020, the CCPA gives you certain rights with respect to the processing of your personal data (known as “personal information,” as described in the CCPA).
This section provides additional privacy disclosures and informs you of key additional rights as a California resident:
Right to Know Request
Under the CCPA, you have a right to request information about our collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information over the prior 12 months, and ask that we provide you with the following information:
- Categories of and specific pieces of personal information we have collected about you.
- Categories of sources from which we collect personal information.
- Purposes for collecting, using, or selling personal information.
- Categories of third parties with which we share personal information.
- Categories of personal information disclosed about you for a business purpose.
- If applicable, categories of personal information sold about you and the categories of third parties to which the personal information was sold, by category or categories of personal information for each third party to which the personal information was sold.
To make a verifiable request for information about the personal information we have collected about you, please access your account profile to make a request by going to your Settings page here, scrolling down to Accounts section, and clicking on Download.zip button to make a request to download your information. You may contact us at https://www.desertvalleyaudiovideo.com/contact/.
Right to Delete Request
Under the CCPA, you also have a right to request that we delete personal information, subject to certain exceptions. You may exercise your right to delete if you have a Audio Concepts Inc. account by going to your Settings page here, scrolling down to ‘Delete account’ and clicking on ‘Delete account.’ You may contact us at https://www.desertvalleyaudiovideo.com/contact/.
We do not knowingly collect household data. If all the members of a household makes a Right to Know or Right to Delete request, we will respond as if the requests are individual requests.
General Requests under CCPA
If you do not have a Audio Concepts Inc. account, we will not have enough information about you to verify your Right to Know and Right to Delete requests since we do not keep sufficient information to reidentify and link you to a prior visit to Audio Concepts Inc.. You may make a verifiable consumer request related to your personal information twice per 12-month period. We will not discriminate against you for exercising any of your rights under the CCPA.
Requests made through Agents
You may designate, in writing or through a power of attorney document, an authorized agent to make requests on your behalf to exercise your rights. Before accepting such a request from an agent, we will require that the agent provide proof you have authorized them to act on your behalf, and we may need you to verify your identity directly with us.
Disclosures of Personal Information for a Business Purpose
In the last 12 months, Audio Concepts Inc. has disclosed certain data from the following categories of personal information to the categories of recipients listed above in the ‘Categories of Recipients’ for one or more business purposes:
Logged in users:
- Display name
- Avatar image
- Email address (non-public)
- Billing information and history
- Bank account for payments
- Business information, if applicable
No Sale of Personal Information
Under the CCPA, a “sale” means providing to a third party personal information for valuable consideration. Since Audio Concepts Inc. doesn’t make money from ads, we don’t collect data to facilitate nor enable third parties to advertise to you. At this time and pending final regulations and guidance interpreting the CCPA, we don’t believe any of our data practices constitute a “sale” under the CCPA.