Aroundsound Privacy Policy

Last update: 10 April 2019

Our privacy policy will help you understand what information we collect via the Aroundsound app, how we use it, and what choices you have.

When we talk about “Aroundsound”, “we”, “our” or “us” in this policy, we are referring to the mobile application and supporting web services ‘Aroundsound’ as produced and serviced by the company Gritstone Studios Limited, registered in the United Kingdom. When we talk about the “Services” in this policy, we are referring to our sound recording and collection platform. Our Services are currently available for use via an Android application and an Apple iOS application with some web browser integration. When we talk about “you” or the “User” in this policy we are talking about the user of the Aroundsound application on any or all of the available operating systems.

Information we collect and receive:

  1. Audio Data

    Audio content or sound recordings created by the User are referred to in this policy as “Audio Data”. We collect Audio Data on behalf of the User when the User is signed in to the AroundSsound app, by saving copies to cloud storage (specifically Google’s Firebase productGoogle Cloud storage). We store this data because it supports the syncing mechanism which allows you to manage and replay recordings independent of which device they were recorded. If you are signed in to the Aroundsound app and Additionally if you share Audio Data with another person by means of the sharing mechanism within Aroundsound, then that Audio Data may be accessible to anybody who has access to the unique web address generated by Aroundsound. Additionally, if that web address is shared outside of Aroundsound, then the Audio Data is accessible by visiting that web address. Data is shared with Google Cloud Services under their service agreement and according with the Google Cloud GDPR Policy.

    You can delete Audio Data at any time from within the service after which it is immediately unavailable to you or anybody with whom you have shared the Audio Data. We will delete it within a reasonable length of time from our back-up Data. If you have deleted Audio Data in error you can contact us and we will try our best to retrieve it from a back-up.

  2. Metadata

    We may store and associate Metadata with Audio Data. Metadata includes: recording title; recording description; recording duration; geographic name captured as the recording was started (only captured when location services are explicitly enabled by you); latitude and longitude captured as the recording was started (only captured when location services are explicitly enabled by you, and as provided by the device); recording date; recording start time; recording owner username; recording owner avatar (if set); collection to which recording is associated (if applicable); collection title (if applicable); comment text associated with the collection (if applicable); actions associated with the sharing and commenting of recordings (if applicable); and whether the recording has been edited / formatted. Some Metadata is visible at or accessible from the web address of the Audio Data if the Audio Data has been shared.

  3. User Authentication Data

    All Aroundsound users are required to sign in to use the application. User Authentication Data includes any data associated with signing in to the Aroundsound service that is available to us.

    We currently use two third party authentication providers, which are Google and Facebook. When signing in using one of the third party providers, you are subject to their Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. These external services are not operated by us. We have access to some personal information from these third party services and we only choose to collect your email address, name and avatar. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these services. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

    On our Apple iOS application you can choose to use an email authentication service supported by Google Firebase. When signing in using your email address, we only choose to store your email address and your password is not visible or available to us or Google Firebase.

    Your User Authentication Data is stored securely and in line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

    After you have signed up to Aroundsound we may use your email address to contact you directly, however you are free to opt out any time by unsubscribing or contacting us directly at feedback@aroundsound.com.

  4. Email address

    If you contact us using our feedback service within the Aroundsound application or via our Website then we will store the content of any emails received and the email address associated with the device, from which the email was sent. This is in order that we can reply to feedback and track enquiries.

  5. Log Data

    When you use the Services we automatically record information your mobile app sends when you are using it. This Log Data may include the data and time of your use of the Services, specific button taps, and language preferences. This data helps us understand and improve the usage of Aroundsound. Log Data is stored under a randomly generated User ID and is not directly connected to personal information (such as an email address) and can only be tied back to your User Authentication Data via a separate dataset with distinct access controls.

  6. Device information

    We may collect information about the device you are using the Services on, including what type of device it is, what operating system you are using, device settings, application IDs, unique device identifiers and crash data. This data helps us understand and improve the usage of Aroundsound. Whether we collect some or all of this information often depends on what type of device you are using and its settings.

  7. Geolocation information

    Precise GPS location from mobile devices is collected only with your permission, which we explicitly ask for when the app is first installed. If you decline to provide permission to use GPS location information, then certain features in the Service may not work. You are free to change this permission at any time within your device settings.

  8. Services integrations

    This Service may contain links to other services. For example, you may click on a link to use a service (e.g. Facebook, WhatsApp) to share Audio Data, and we will connect that service to ours. These external services are not operated by us. We do not receive or store your passwords for any of these third party services.We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these services. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

  9. Third Party Analytics Services

    We may employ third party companies to analyse how our service is being used (for example, Google Analytics). Such third party services have access to your information including but not limited to i) your use of this Service ii) your location iii) your device information iv) log data v) metadata, however they are obligated not to disclose use this information for any other purpose than to help us analyse how our service is being used. This data is not connected to your email address. They do not have access to your Audio Data.

  10. Cookies

    “Cookies” are files with small amount of data that is commonly used an anonymous unique identifier. These are sent to your browser from the website that you visit and are stored on your device’s internal memory. You have the option to either accept or refuse these cookies, and know when a cookie is being sent to your device. If you choose to refuse our cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of this Service.

    See our cookie policy for further details.

How we use your information:

We use your information to provide and improve the Services.

  1. User Data

    Aroundsound may access and use Information we collect and receive as reasonably necessary and in accordance with this Privacy Policy to a) provide, maintain and improve the Services, b) to prevent or address service, security, technical issues or in connection with user support matters, or c) as required by law (for example, to enforce our rights, prevent fraud and for safety).

    We may use Audio Data to determine whether it is offensive in nature (see Terms of Service) and then to take appropriate action, such as to pass your Data to any law enforcing organisations.

    Data is synced automatically and securely between the Aroundsound application and server side applications and cloud storage using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS).

  2. Other types of disclosure

    We may disclose or use aggregate de-identified information for any purpose. For example, telling a potential investor the average number of audio recordings taken in a day using Aroundsound.

Children’s information

Our services are not directed at children under 13. If you learn that a child under 13 has provided us with information without consent, or you have any related concerns, please contact us (see below).

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may change this policy from time to time and if we do we will post any changes on this page. Thus, you are advised to review this page periodically for any changes. These changes are effective immediately, after they are posted on this page. If you continue to use the Services after those changes are in effect, you agree to the revised policy.

Contacting us

Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our Privacy Policy or practices. You may contact us at feedback@aroundsound.com or at our mailing address below:

Gritstone Studios Limited,
Denby House Business Centre,
Loscoe,
Derbyshire,
DE75 7AB,
UK