Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy“) is to inform you about the types of information that Country Music Association, Inc. (“CMA”) may collect from you in connection with your use of the websites located at www.cmaworld.com (“Sites“) and mobile applications related to the Sites (“Apps“). It also describes how CMA uses and discloses that information, and your rights in relation to that information.  Some of the information governed by this Privacy Policy is anonymous, whereas other information is personally identifiable, such as your first & last name, email address, telephone number, or credit card number (“Personally Identifiable Information” or “PII”).

By accessing, visiting or using the Sites or the Apps, you expressly consent to CMA’s collection, storage, use and disclosure of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy is part of, and is governed by, the terms and conditions set forth in CMA’s Terms of Use at CMAworld.com/terms.

By using any of CMA’s Sites, Apps and related services you are accepting the terms described in this Privacy Policy and explicitly consent to the use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy.

The procedures for modifying or changing this Privacy Policy are discussed in Section 9 of this Privacy Policy.

1.  European Union Users.  YOU EXPRESSLY CONSENT TO CMA’S PROCESSING OF YOUR PII ACCORDING TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY.  YOUR PII MAY BE PROCESSED BY CMA IN THE COUNTRY WHERE IT WAS COLLECTED AND/OR IN THE UNITED STATES — UNITED STATES LAWS REGARDING THE COLLECTION AND PROCESSING OF YOUR PII MAY BE LESS STRINGENT THAN THE LAWS IN YOUR COUNTRY.  If you represent an organization, you must ensure that each member of your organization (including employees and contractors) with respect to whom PII may be provided to CMA has given express consent to CMA’s processing of such PII according to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

2. Persons Under 13 Years of Age. CMA does not knowingly collect or distribute personal information from or about children under the age of 13. The Sites and the Applications are not intended for children under 13 years of age.

3. Information CMA May Collect.

3.1 Information You Voluntarily Provide to CMA. CMA may collect information that you provide to CMA when you communicate with CMA, such as if you participate in a survey CMA conducts through the Sites or the Applications or if you sign up to receive our press releases by email. Additionally, we may from time to time offer you the opportunity to participate in contests, giveaways and other promotions. Any information submitted in connection with promotions will be subject to the terms of the promotion, and, if indicated in the rules of the promotion, this Privacy Policy.

3.2 Information That CMA Automatically Collects Through the Sites and the Applications. In addition to information that you directly and voluntarily provide to us, CMA may automatically collect information about you when you use the Sites or the Apps. CMA may link information we gather automatically from you with information that CMA directly collects from you through the Sites or the Applications. CMA may automatically collect information from you in any of the following ways:

(a) Web Browsers. CMA may automatically gather information about you that your web browser, depending on your settings, may make available to CMA. This information includes your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, operating system and browser type, and the locations of the web pages you view right before arriving at, while navigating and immediately after leaving the Sites.

(b) Google Analytics. Visitors to the Sites who have javascript enabled may be tracked using Google Analytics. Google Analytics collects the following types of information from users of the Sites:

• Type of web browser used, software manufacture and version number.
• Type of operating system
• Color processing ability of the users screen
• Javascript support
• Flash version
• Screen resolution
• Network location and IP address
• Country, city, state, region, county, or any other geographic data
• Hostname
• Bandwidth (internet connection speed)
• Time of visit
• Pages visited
• Time spent on each page of the website
• Referring site statistics
•The website the user came through in order to arrive at the Sites
• Search engine query used

The data collected by Google Analytics is primarily used to optimize the Sites for CMA’s users; however CMA may also use this data for marketing purposes.

The data CMA automatically collects using Google Analytics is shared with Google. For more information on Google’s Privacy Policies, visit:http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html. You can also opt-out of having your information used by Google Analytics by following the instructions located at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.

CMA also uses Google Analytics for Display Advertising and, specifically, Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, on the Sites to help CMA display advertising for products or services that CMA thinks may be of interest to you. CMA will use demographic information CMA collects through CMA’s use of Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting for purposes of performing internal statistical analytics relating to the Sites. You can opt-out of receiving interest-based advertisements through the Sites, as well as customize the types of advertisements that will be displayed to you through the Sites, by following the instructions located at https://support.google.com/ads.

(c) Third Party Services. CMA may use other third party services to automatically collect information from you.

(d) Mobile Devices. If you access the Site through a mobile device, CMA may also be able to identify the location of your mobile device. You may choose not to share your location details with us by adjusting your mobile device’s location services settings. For instructions on changing the relevant settings, please contact your service provider or device manufacturer.

(e) California Do Not Track Disclosures. Your browser may allow you to adjust your browser settings so that “do not track” requests are sent to the websites that you visit. However, we will not disable tracking technology that may be active on the Sites in response to any “do not track” requests that we receive from your browser.

4. Information Collected by Third Parties. The Sites and the Apps may include third-party advertising, links to other websites, and other content from third party businesses. These third-parties or advertising companies working on their behalf, sometimes use “web beacons” (i.e. objects embedded in the third party web page(s) or emails that allows them to check whether you have viewed that page or email) and “cookies” (i.e. a string of information that is stored on your computer which your browser provides to the third party site each time you visit) to measure the effectiveness of their ads, personalize or optimize advertising content and to track users who link from their respective websites to the Sites or the Apps. These third-parties may use cookies and web beacons to track the actions of users online over time and across different web sites or platforms to deliver targeted electronic advertisements to an individual user. For information about how tracking works for online advertising purposes you can visit http://www.aboutads.info/choices. CMA does not have access to or control over web beacons or Cookies that these third parties may use, and the information practices of these advertisers and third-party websites or businesses are not covered by this Privacy Policy and are instead covered by each third party’s respective privacy policy. Before visiting a third-party website, whether by means of a link on the Sites or the Apps or otherwise, and before providing any information to any third party, you should inform yourself of the privacy policies and practices (if any) of the applicable third-party website.

5. Information You Post on the CMA Sites or the Apps. Some portions of the Sites and the Apps may allow you to submit comments, ratings and other information which may be displayed on the Sites or the Apps and viewed by others. CMA recommends that you do not post any information on the Sites or the Apps that you do not want to make available to other users of the Sites or the Apps or the public generally. YOU ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OF PRIVACY OR OTHER HARM RESULTING FROM INFORMATION YOU POST ON THE SITES OR THE APPS.

6. Facebook and other Social Media. If you post any comments, photos or other information on CMA’s Facebook, Twitter, or other social media pages, CMA may display those comments, photos or information on the Sites or the Apps. Note that your use of these social media services may result in the collection or sharing of information about you by these social media services. By logging in to Facebook and posting a comment on the Site or App, you give CMA permission to access, store and use any information that you permit Facebook to share with CMA in accordance with the privacy settings that are applicable to your account with Facebook. Information that CMA receives from Facebook is stored and used by us in accordance with this Privacy Policy. CMA encourages you to review the privacy policies and settings on the social media services with which you interact to make sure you understand the information that may be collected, used, and shared by those social media services.

7. How CMA Uses Your Information. CMA uses the information CMA gathers through the Sites and the Apps to better understand how the Sites and the Apps are being used. By identifying patterns and trends in usage, CMA is able to better design the Sites and the Apps to improve your experiences, both in terms of content and ease of use. CMA may also use this information to contact and communicate with you, including to send you information about products or services that might of interest to you and to respond to your communications and requests.

8. How CMA Shares Your Information with Third Parties. CMA will not disclose your information to third parties unless we obtain your permission to do so at the time we collect it, except as set forth below:

8.1 DMCA Infringement Notifications, Counter Notices, Notices of Violations of Site Terms of Use. CMA may share your information with third parties if you submit a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA“) infringement notification or counter notification as described in CMA’s Digital Millennium Copyright Notice Policy. In addition, CMA may share your information with third parties if CMA receives other notices regarding violations of CMA’s Terms of Use or other user’s rights (including communications about content stored on or transmitted through the Sites or the Apps). For notices other than DMCA infringement notifications and counter notices, upon request, CMA will edit out your name and contact information. However, DMCA infringement notifications and counter notifications must be forwarded as submitted to us without any deletions.

8.2 Employees, Third-Party Processors and Third-Party Service Providers. CMA may disclose your information to our employees, contractors, affiliates, vendors and suppliers (“Service Providers“) who provide certain services to CMA or on our behalf, such as operating and supporting the Sites and the Apps, or performing marketing or consulting services. These Service Providers are prohibited from using your information for any purpose other than the purpose for which the Service Provider was engaged by CMA and/or as stated in this Privacy Policy.

8.3 Responding to Legal Orders; Protection of CMA Rights and to Comply with CMA Policies. To the extent permitted by law, CMA will disclose your information to government authorities or third parties if: (a) required to do so by law, including in response to a court order, subpoena or other legal process; (b) CMA believes in its sole discretion that disclosure is necessary to protect against fraud, to protect the rights of CMA or other users, third parties or the public at large; or (c) CMA believes that you have abused the Sites or the Apps by using them to attack other systems or to gain unauthorized access to any other system, to send unauthorized or illegal communications (such as “spamming”) or otherwise to violate applicable laws. After disclosure to any third party, your information may be accessible by others as permitted or required by applicable law.

8.4 Business Transfers; Bankruptcy. In the event of a sale or transfer of all or a portion of our assets, user information owned or controlled by CMA may be transferred to third parties. CMAs reserves the right, as part of this type of transaction, to transfer or assign your information and other information we have collected from users of the Sites or the Apps to third parties. Other than to the extent ordered by a bankruptcy or other court, the use and disclosure of all transferred user information will be subject to this Privacy Policy, or to a new privacy policy if you are given notice of that new privacy policy and you affirmatively opt-in to accept it. Any information you submit or that is collected after a transfer, however, may be subject to a new privacy policy adopted by the transferee.

8.5 Marketing Communications. CMA may email you about products and services that we believe may be of interest to you. If you wish to opt-out of receiving marketing materials from us, please follow the instructions contained in each email you receive from us describing how you can opt-out or receiving further marketing communications from us.

8.6 Anonymous, Aggregated Information. CMA may share information relating to users of the Sites or the Apps with affiliated or unaffiliated third parties on an anonymous, aggregated basis.

9. Privacy Policy Amendments. CMA will notify you of changes to this Privacy Policy by posting the amended terms on the Sites at least thirty (30) days before the effective date of the changes. If you do not agree to the new terms, you should stop using the Site, and you will not be bound by the new terms. Otherwise, the new terms will take effect after thirty (30) days. If you are a user of one of the Apps, you will be asked to affirmatively accept the new terms in order to continue using the Application.

10. Contact Information. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, you may write to us by postal mail at: Privacy Policy; Country Music Association, Inc.; One Music Circle South; Nashville TN 37203 or by email at online@cmaworld.com.

This Privacy Policy is effective as of and was last updated on June 1, 2016.