Welcome to the soundBYTE Platform ("soundBYTE," "our," "us," or "we"). soundBYTE provides a micro-podcasting social media platform for you to share and consume short audio recordings.
Our Services instantly connect people everywhere to what's most meaningful to them. Any registered user of the soundBYTE Services can send an audio clip (or "byte"), which is an audio message of 14 seconds or less that is public by default and can include other content including but not limited to text captions, location, and links to other websites. What you say on the soundBYTE Services may be viewed all around the world instantly.
Whether you live in the United States or outside of the United States, your information is controlled by soundBYTE, LLC, P.O. Box 46164, 5424 West Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646, U.S.A. Irrespective of which country you reside in or supply information from, you authorize soundBYTE to use your information in the United States and any other country where soundBYTE operates.
Information Collection and Use
We collect and use your information below to provide our Services and to measure and improve them over time.
We collect the following types of information.
Information you provide us directly:
Your username, password, e-mail address, phone number, and possibly your Facebook or Twitter login when you register for a soundBYTE account.
Profile information that you provide for your user profile (e.g. first and last name, picture). This information allows us to help you or others be "found" on soundBYTE.
User Content (e.g. bytes, comments, and other materials) that you post to the Service.
Communications between you and soundBYTE. For example, we may send you Service-related emails (e.g. account verification, changes/updates to features of the Service, technical and security notices). Note that you may not opt out of Service-related e-mails.
You may use your contact information, such as your email address or phone number, to customize your account or enable Services. If you provide soundBYTE with your phone number, you agree to receive text messages to that number from soundBYTE. We may use your contact information to send you information about our Services, to market to you, to help prevent spam, fraud, or abuse, and to help others find your account, including through third-party services and client applications. You may use your settings for email and mobile notifications to control notifications you receive from the soundBYTE Services. You may also unsubscribe from a notification by following the instructions contained within the notification. Your privacy settings control whether others can find you on the soundBYTE Services by your email address or phone number.
Finding your friends on soundBYTE:
If you choose, you can use our "Find Friends" feature to locate other people with soundBYTE accounts either through (i) your contacts list, (ii) third-party social media sites (e.g. Facebook or Twitter) or (iii) through a search of names and usernames on soundBYTE.
If you choose to invite someone to the Service through our "Invite friends" feature, you may select a person directly from the contacts list on your device and send a text or email from your personal account. You understand and agree that you are responsible for any charges that apply to communications sent from your device, and because this invitation is coming directly from your personal account, soundBYTE does not have access to or control this communication.
We use third-party analytics tools to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Service. These tools collect information sent by your device or our Service, including the web pages you visit, add-ons, and other information that assists us in improving the Service. We collect and use this analytics information with analytics information from other Users so that it cannot reasonably be used to identify any particular individual User.
When you use a mobile device like a tablet or phone to access our Service, we may access, collect, monitor, store on your device, and/or remotely store one or more "device identifiers." Device identifiers are small data files or similar data structures stored on or associated with your mobile device, which uniquely identify your mobile device. A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device's operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by soundBYTE. A device identifier may deliver information to us or to a third party partner about how you browse and use the Service and may help us or others provide reports or personalized content and ads. Some features of the Service may not function properly if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled.
You may provide us with profile information to make public on the soundBYTE Services, such as a short biography, your location, your website, or a picture. You may choose to upload your address book, Facebook friends, or Twitter followers or connections so that we can help you find users you know or help other users find you. If you email us, we may keep your message, email address and contact information to respond to your request. If you connect your account on our Services to your account on another service in order to cross-post between our Services and that service, the other service may send us your registration or profile information on that service and other information that you authorize. This information enables cross-posting, helps us improve the Services. Providing the additional information described in this section is optional.
Our Services are designed to help you share information with the world. Most of the information you provide us through the soundBYTE Services is information you are intending to make public. Your public information includes the messages you byte; the language, country, and time zone associated with your account; and the people you follow, bytes you mark as favorites or share a previously posted byte ("reBYTE"), and many other bits of information that result from your use of the soundBYTE Services. We may use this information to make inferences, such as what topics you may be interested in, and to customize the content we show you, including ads. Our default is almost always to make the information you provide through the soundBYTE Services public for as long as you do not delete it. The soundBYTE Services broadly and instantly disseminate your public information to a wide range of users, customers, and services. For instance, your public user profile information and public bytes may be delivered via SMS and our APIs to our partners and other third parties, including search engines, developers, and publishers that integrate soundBYTE content into their services, and institutions such as universities and public health agencies that analyze the information for trends and insights.
When you use our Services, we may receive information ("Log Data") such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, the referring web page, pages visited, location, your mobile carrier, device information (including device and application IDs), search terms, and cookie information. We receive Log Data when you interact with our Services, for example, when you visit our websites, sign into our Services, interact with our email notifications, use your account to authenticate to a third-party website or application, or visit a third-party website that includes a soundBYTE button or widget. We may also receive Log Data when you click on, view or interact with links on our Services, including links to third-party applications, such as when you choose to install another application through soundBYTE.
We may tailor the Services for you based on your visits to third-party websites that integrate soundBYTE buttons or widgets. When these websites first load our buttons or widgets for display, we receive Log Data that includes the web page you visited and a cookie that identifies your browser ("Widget Data"). After a maximum of 10 days, we may start the process of deleting, de-identifying, or aggregating Widget Data, which is usually instantaneous but in some cases may take up to several weeks. We may use Widget Data to tailor content for you, such as suggestions for people to follow and other content you may be interested in. Tailored content is stored with only browser cookies or device IDs and is separated from other Widget Data such as page-visit information.
soundBYTE may receive information about your location. For example, you may choose to publish your location in your bytes and in your soundBYTE profile. We may also determine location by using other data from your device, such as precise location information from GPS, information about wireless networks or cell towers near your mobile device, or your IP address. We may use and store information about your location to provide features of our Services, and to improve and customize the Services with more relevant content like ads, local trends, stories, and suggestions for people to follow.
soundBYTE may keep track of how you interact with links across our Services, including our email notifications, third-party services, and client applications, by redirecting clicks or through other means. We do this to help improve our Services, to provide relevant advertising, and to be able to share aggregate click statistics such as how many times a particular link was clicked on.
You may provide your payment information, including your credit or debit card number, card expiration date, CVV code, and billing address (collectively, "Payment Information"), along with your shipping address, to complete a commerce transaction through our Services. You may also provide your credit card or debit card number to register for card-linked services, such as offers. To facilitate future purchases, we store your Payment Information, excluding CVV code, and shipping address. We consider your Payment Information and shipping address private and do not make such information public. We collect and store information created by your purchases made through our Services ("Transaction Data"). If you register your credit card or debit card with soundBYTE for card-linked services, we receive information about the card transactions from a third-party payment services provider or card network ("Registered Card Data"). Transaction Data and Registered Card Data may include the merchant's name and the date, time and amount of the transaction. soundBYTE uses Registered Card Data to verify eligibility for card-linked services, and may also use Registered Card Data to limit the number of offers available to you and keep track of your offers.
Metadata is usually technical data that is associated with User Content. For example, Metadata can describe how, when and by whom a piece of User Content was collected and how that content is formatted. Users can add or may have Metadata added to their User Content including a hashtag (e.g. to mark keywords when you post a byte), geotag (e.g. to mark your location to a byte), comments, or other data. This makes your User Content more searchable by others and more interactive. If you geotag your byte using other's APIs then, your latitude and longitude will be stored with the byte and be searchable (e.g. through a location or map feature) if your byte is made public by you in accordance with your privacy settings.
soundBYTE may use a variety of third-party services to help provide our Services, such as hosting our various blogs and wikis, and to help us understand and improve the use of our Services, such as Google Analytics. These third-party service providers may collect information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, such as cookies or your IP address. Third-party ad partners may share information with us, like a browser cookie ID, website URL visited, mobile device ID, or cryptographic hash of a common account identifier (such as an email address), to help us measure and tailor ads. We may also receive information about you from our corporate affiliates in order to help provide, understand, and improve our Services and our affiliates' services, including the delivery of ads.
How Your Information Is Used
provide, improve, test, and monitor the effectiveness of our Service
monitor metrics such as total number of visitors, traffic, and demographic patterns
develop and test new products and features
diagnose or fix technology problems
automatically update the soundBYTE application on your device
help you efficiently access your information after you sign in
remember information so you will not have to re-enter it during your visit or the next time you visit the Service
provide personalized content and information to you and others, which could include online ads or other forms of marketing
How Information Is Stored
Your information collected through the Service may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which soundBYTE, its Affiliates or Service Providers maintain facilities. soundBYTE, its Affiliates, or Service Providers may transfer information that we collect about you, including personal information across borders and from your country or jurisdiction to other countries or jurisdictions around the world. If you are located in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use that may differ from U.S. law, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction.
You are responsible for maintaining the security of your password and account information, and for controlling access to emails between you and soundBYTE, at all times. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes the social media services you connect to soundBYTE make to their services. We are not responsible for the functionality, privacy, or security measures of any other organization.
Your Control Over Your Information
Update your account at any time by logging in and changing your profile settings. Unsubscribe from email communications from us by clicking on the "unsubscribe link" provided in such communications. As noted above, you may not opt out of Service-related communications (e.g. account verification, purchase and billing confirmations and reminders, changes or updates to features of the Service, technical and security notices).
Following termination or deactivation of your account, soundBYTE, its Affiliates, or its Service Providers may retain information (including your profile information) and User Content for a commercially reasonable time for backup, archival, and/or audit purposes.
Information Disclosure and Sharing
We may share or disclose your non-private, aggregated or otherwise non-personal information, such as your public user profile information, public posts, the people you follow or that follow you, or the number of users who clicked on a particular link (even if only one did).
Other Websites and Services
Modifying Your Personal Information
If you are a registered user of our Services, we provide you with as many tools and account settings as we can to access, correct, delete, or modify the personal information you provided to us and associated with your account. Keep in mind that search engines and other third parties may still retain copies of your public information even after your account is deleted or deactivated, like your user profile information and public bytes, even after you have deleted the information from the soundBYTE Services. You can also permanently delete your soundBYTE account by contacting us.
soundBYTE does not knowingly or intentionally collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for the Service. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13. In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under age 13 without parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us.
In the event of the death of a soundBYTE User, please contact us, as we can deactivate or delete the User's account upon request.
Effective: August 1, 2016