1. Security and Anonymity
Security is of the highest importance to Connect for Music. Connect for Music undertakes all efforts to protect the data that is entrusted to it by its customers from unauthorised access. With the help of sophisticated systems of authorised access and technical protective measures like SSL-encryption and firewalls, the maximum data security is sought. The data in your Connect for Music profile visible to other users is only linked to your anonymous cipher. Establishing contact with others is done via an internal mailbox. The names and email addresses of the customers are kept secret at all times. Accordingly, the customer’s identity remains protected and the customers themselves decide if and when they disclose their identity to other members.
2. Consent and withdrawing consent
2.2 Withdrawing consent
Subject to legal requirements, the customer may at any time withdraw its consent to the use of its data in whole or in part, as set out below. This applies also with respect to the use of anonymous or pseudonymous data.
To withdraw consent, it is sufficient to fill in the contact form below with the following details:
(1) Connect for Music stored email address
(2) Connect for Music username (your login name)
(3) Please state clearly that you withdraw consent
2.3 Tying-in prohibition
Connect for Music does not make the use of its services dependent on the customer consenting to the use of its data for purposes other than the conclusion and performance of the contract.
3.1 Collecting, processing and using personal data
For the proper carrying out of the services (described in detail in the general terms and conditions), it is necessary for Connect for Music to collect, process and use the personal data provided by the customers during the registration process.
Personal data is information concerning the personal or factual circumstances of a specific or identifiable natural person.
During the registration, the customer will be asked to provide certain minimum information without which the application cannot be completed. This mandatory information includes:
• Email address
• Musical instrument
Each time the Connect for Music service is accessed, the usage data is sent through the respective web browser and saved in log files, in the so-called server log files. This data includes:
• IP address (internet protocol address) of the computer accessing the service
• Username on the Connect for Music platform
• Name of the requested page
• Date and time of the request
• The referrer-URL (source URL) from which the user has accessed the requested page
• Status message indicating whether the request was successful
Every time the customer logs into the network, the following usage data will be saved in the so-called login data records:
• Date and time of the login
• Username on the Connect for Music platform
• IP address (internet protocol address)
• Number of the session cookies
• Session identification number
Connect for Music does not collect sensitive information.
Connect for Music’s main purpose for collecting personal data is to allow the customer the safe, smooth, efficient and personal use of the Connect for Music service. For example, the personal data of customers is used to:
- provide the results and services desired by the customer;
- adapt, measure and improve the Connect for Music services, content and advertising;
- offer Connect for Music services based on the given circumstances;
- send targeted marketing communications and promotional offers by Connect for Music or its partners (see section 3.4) based on the customer’s given circumstances;
- provide information about new or additional Connect for Music products based on the customer’s given circumstances;
- prevent, detect and investigate possible prohibited or illegal activities and enforce Connect for Music’s general terms and conditions;
- settle disputes and troubleshoot problems.
3.3 Providing personal data to third parties
Connect for Music does not sell or exchange personal data or information or use them in any other unauthorised way. Connect for Music also does not pass on the personal data of customers to third parties, unless the customer has given their consent to do so or there is a legal obligation requiring Connect for Music to disclose the information.
A third party does not include external service providers of Connect for Music that provide services for and on behalf of Connect for Music. This may include, for example, payment providers, collection agencies, and email or newsletter senders. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others’ rights, property, or safety.
3.4 Use of personal data for advertising
Connect for Music will send tailored information about new or additional Connect for Music products to customers. Newsletters and information about products and services from commercial partners will be sent to customers only if they expressly wish to receive them. If the customer no longer wishes to receive the material, they can unsubscribe at any time – there is a clear notice and corresponding link for this at the end of every email / newsletter.
Connect for Music also uses tailored advertising for its customers on its homepage and in its emails. For this targeted advertising Connect for Music uses parts of the customer data in order to decide whether a particular advertisement should be displayed. The choice of target groups takes place anonymously. When advertisers choose the target groups of their advertising based on demographic data, Connect for Music automatically uses the advertisements relevant to the corresponding audience. Connect for Music’s advertisers will only receive anonymous reports from which reference to an individual cannot be made.
3.5 Use of analysis programmes
Connect for Music carries out or has others carry out analyses regarding the way its customers use its services. For this purpose anonymous or pseudonymous user profiles are created. Creating these user profiles is for the sole purpose of continuously improving the services provided by Connect for Music.
Connect for Music has taken measures to reduce the traceability of visitors to this website as much as possible. We have a Data Processing Agreement with Google (Analytics), your IP address is truncated by the last octet prior to its storage using the “_anonymizeIp()” method and no data is shared with Google (the options for sharing dating are turned off).
Connect for Music uses so-called cookies in order to design and optimise the individual experience and time spent online. A cookie is a text file that is stored on the hard disk of the computer either temporarily (“session” cookie) or for a longer pre-defined period of time (“persistent” cookie). Cookies contain, for example, information about the previous hits of the user on the relevant server and which offers have been accessed up to now. Cookies are not used to run programmes or load viruses to your computer. The main purpose of cookies is to provide specially tailored offers to the customers and make using the service as convenient as possible.
Connect for Music uses session cookies, partner and affiliate cookies, and persistent cookies.
(1) Session cookies
Connect for Music primarily uses “session cookies”, which are temporarily stored on the customer’s hard disk and automatically deleted when the browser is closed. Session cookies are used for login authentication and load balancing (balancing the system load).
(2) Persistent cookies
Connect for Music uses so-called “persistent” cookies to store the personal usage settings entered by a customer when using Connect for Music services for the purpose of personalizing and improving the Connect for Music services. Persistent cookies are used to ensure that the customer’s personal settings can be applied each time the customer visits the website. Persistent cookies are also used to automatically distinguish which membership status the customer has, whether they have already seen particular information and advertisements or participated in a survey. In addition, the service providers that Connect for Music has engaged to analyse user behaviour use persistent cookies for the purpose of identifying repeat users. These services only store the data transferred from the cookies anonymously. References to the IP address of a customer are not kept.
Cookies on Connect for Music
According to the law we are allowed to store cookies on your device if they strictly necessary for the use of the website. For all other cookies we need your permission.
3.7 Use of Facebook and Google social plugins
(1) Connect for Music uses social plugins (“plugins”) provided by the social network facebook.com, operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). The plugins are identifiable by a Facebook logo (white letter f on blue background or a thumb up icon) or the notice “Facebook Social Plugin”. For a full list of all social Plugins please see https://developers.facebook.com/products/social-plugins/.
When you visit a page of Connect for Music’s website that contains a social plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to Facebook servers. Facebook directly transfers the plugin content to your browser which embeds the latter into the website, enabling Facebook to receive information about your having accessed the respective page of our website. Thus Connect for Music has no influence on the data gathered by the plugin and informs you according to our state of knowledge:
The embedded plugins provide Facebook with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of Connect for Music’s website. If you are logged into Facebook, your visit can be assigned to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by clicking “Like”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to Facebook and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into Facebook, there is possibility that the plugins transmits your IP-address to Facebook.
If you are a Facebook member and do not want Facebook to connect the data concerning your visit to Connect for Music’s website with your member data already stored by Facebook, please log off Facebook before entering our website. Further you can block Facebook social Plugins by using add-ons for your browser, like the “Facebook Blocker“.
(2) Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.
(3) Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution in regard to their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.
(4) This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.
(5) This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default some social media platforms shorten lengthy urls [web addresses] (this is an example: http://bit.ly/zyVUBo).
(6) Users are advised to take caution and good judgment before clicking any shortened urls published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine urls are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.
3.8 Information about stored data
The customer may at any time request information about the data that has been stored about his or her person, its origin, the purpose for which it is stored and the recipient to whom the data will be given.
To request this information, fill in the forms in My personal data. We shall respond to your request within 4 weeks.
3.9 Verifying personal data
To prevent people from misusing the Connect for Music service (sometimes with fraudulent intent), Connect for Music, without having a legal duty to do so, uses different automated monitoring tools to analyse the random activities on the platform and check the plausibility of customer input.
Further, Connect for Music carries out – also without any legal obligation to do so – automated, random filtering of messages. Accordingly, customers’ written texts can be checked against word lists to make sure they comply with applicable laws and the general terms and conditions. For example, words of a pornographic or clearly offensive nature can be automatically matched to a customer’s text. As part of the so-called anti-scamming scans, customers are sought to be protected from scams.
Should a random / automated audit result in suspected abuse of the Connect for Music service, the legal consequences with respect to the membership are set out in paragraph 7 of the general terms and conditions. Connect for Music may also refuse to accept or deliver incoming and outgoing messages where the automated screening process suggests there is a high probability that the relevant message is unlawful and / or violates the general terms and conditions. Messages already sent will be placed in a separate “spam folder” and deleted after 90 days. The customer will not receive any notification that the message was deleted or not delivered.
3.10 Duration of cookie storage
Personal data may not legally be stored for longer than is necessary. The duration depends on the nature of the obtained data and any legal obligations of storing the data. If you have any questions on this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Current state of technology
The customer is aware that, based on the current state of technology, data security cannot be guaranteed during the transfer of data over the internet. In particular, emails do not provide secure communication, because “eavesdropping” cannot technically be prevented. The customer is responsible for the security of their own data transmitted by them over the internet.
5. External websites
There may be references to external website on the website Connect for Music. Connect for Music can’t be held liable for the use of your data by these organisations and the contents of these websites. Connect for Music advises you to read the Privacy Statement of these websites carefully.
Your ultimate goal in using Connect for Music is to exchange knowledge and ideas and/or find someone to make music with, in any genre and at any level.
Connect for Music’s members
We make as much effort as possible to ensure that the Connect for Music member database does not include individuals who will abuse the service. In Connect for Music’s Terms & Conditions you will find a section (Members’ Obligations) which outlines the levels of legality, decency and community respect that Connect for Music’s members must observe.
1. Secure online systems
Our secure online systems give you control over your anonymity.
Connect for Music will never reveal your personal details to other members. On the Connect for Music website you are known exclusively by your alias. Your name and your email address are concealed and protected by the website’s secure infrastructure.
When using the site, members can only communicate through Connect for Music’s anonymous contact and messaging system. At all points, it is for YOU to choose whether you supply another member with further personal details (such as your name and email address).
Likewise, you choose whether to include a photograph or photographs on your profile. If you do choose to upload a photo to Connect for Music’s secure server, it is then for you to decide exactly who sees it – and when. If, at any time, you do NOT wish another specific member to see your photo, then you simply withhold the photo.
2. Communicating through the site – points to remember
1. Don’t give out personal contact details immediately. Remember you are the one in control. Don’t put personal contact details in your profile or in the first messages you send to another member.
2. You can contact/reply to other members via Connect for Music’s secure, anonymous contact system. Take your time to learn more about each member and to feel comfortable about communicating with him/her. It is for you to decide if and when you want to take things further – for instance by supplying your name, your personal email address or your mobile phone number.
3. You may wish to set up an email account exclusively for activities connected to your search. Free, web-based email services like Hotmail or Gmail are ideal for this – and you don’t have to reveal your name in the email address.
4. If you want to talk to another member on the phone, remember that a mobile phone number gives you more flexibility and anonymity. It’s also easier, if necessary, to change a mobile number than a fixed line number. When calling another member, in some countries you can key a number first to prevent your number appearing on the other person’s caller ID.
5. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable about another member, stop contacting them. You can delete their profile instantly from your Connect for Music friends list, which means they will be unable to contact you through the website. If you feel someone is abusing the service, tell us immediately.
6. Always use your common sense and remember you are the one in control.
3. Arranging to meet another member – points to remember
We sincerely hope that you reach the point of deciding to meet other Connect for Music members face to face, but at all times the choice is clearly yours.
4. Protecting yourself from fraud and scams
Like you, the vast majority of Connect for Music members are genuine people who have joined the service to find other musicians. Like you, they appreciate everything Connect for Music does to provide a secure environment for members. For instance:
• all Connect for Music member profiles are checked as they go live on the site;
• your identity is kept private with a neutral codename;
• the payment system is safe and reliable … and so on.
But on the Internet, as in any other area of life, there is the rare dishonest individual who finds a way past security measures and who will use deception to obtain money or valuable personal details. These people are known as scammers.
4.1 Scammers – the signs
• Photos that look ‘professionally’ shot and where the person (male or female) is of ‘model’ quality
• Emails that do not address your questions but rather seem to go down a structured path of pre-meditated content conveying an ever increasing attraction to you
• Asking you to deposit money on their behalf into a bank
• Poor grammar and spelling in emails
• No spaces between the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next (blocks of text)
• Use ‘webspeak’ or text abbreviations such as ‘pls’, ‘u r’ etc
• Try to get you onto an instant messenger service quickly
4.2 Fraudulent job offers
It is possible that individuals may email you with offers of employment with Connect for Music. These fraudsters are using Connect for Music’s name illegally in an attempt to obtain money or personal details from you.
• All genuine job opportunities at Connect for Music are advertised on a dedicated page on the site, e.g. connectformusic.org/jobs
• Connect for Music will never contact you from webmail addresses such as yahoo, hotmail, gmail, gmx etc.
• Any contact from Connect for Music will always be made via an email address ending ‘@connectformusic.org’. We will never request your bank account/card details and any request for the transfer of money (see previous section) should be regarded as potentially fraudulent activity.
• If you receive a suspect email (as described above) you should not click on any links or open any attachments. They might expose you to viruses which could severely damage your computer.
4.3 Scammers – protect yourself
• Report a suspicious profile or behaviour by using the contact form.
• Never send money to anyone you have encountered on the Internet, but have not met personally.
• If you have any doubts or suspicions, delete the member from your Connect for Music mailbox.
4.4 Setting standards in the industry
• Check if the site is offering any safety advice or even pro-actively advises its members of common online safety do’s and don’ts
• Check if the site is offering an easy and customer friendly route to reporting suspicious profiles, for example an alert button at the bottom of every profile
• Check if the site does any profile checks (photos, about me entries, payment or even IP checks)
We are pleased to advise that we are ticking all these boxes.
If you suspect anyone on this service then report them to us immediately through the contact form.