Privacy and Cookie Policy


Who We Are

SonobeatRecords.com is operated by Sonobeat Historical Archives and hosted in the United States. We provide historical information about singers, songwriters, and musicians who Sonobeat Recording Company recorded in Central Texas during the period 1967-1976, as well as facts about and insights into the Central Texas music scene, and particularly that of Austin, Texas. We also reissue digital editions of phonograms originally released on vinyl by Sonobeat Records during the 1960s and 1970s, but we do not sell anything on our website. All of our digital reissues are offered through third party online services, such as Apple Music and Amazon Music, to which we provide links. Sonobeat Historical Archives, located in the United States, is a collective of the heirs of Sonobeat Recording Company and Sonosong Music Publishing Company co-founder Bill Josey Sr., who died in 1976.

You may contact us by sending an email to comments@sonobeat.com.

SSL Security

No data transmission over the internet is guaranteed 100% secure. But to provide a high level of data transmission security, we use industry standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology to establish an encrypted connection between our website and your web browser. Sonobeat.com and SonobeatRecords.com each redirects you to https://SonobeatRecords.com, which is secured by a Sectigo (formerly Comodo) SSL Certificate.

The Information and Data We Collect

We do not require you to sign up or enter a user name or password to access any pages on our website. We do not offer any newsletters or subscription services, send out marketing email, conduct surveys, or sell products or services on our website, so we never ask you to fill out any forms or submit any information to us except when you make an in-site search query. We do not directly collect any personally-identifiable information or data about you unless you initiate communication with us through email, in which case we will collect and store your email address and any other personally-identifiable information and data you voluntarily provide in or through your email communication with us. Although we are happy to receive email inquiries and comments, we do not solicit you to communicate with us.

We have access to certain non-personally-identifiable information and data that is collected when you visit our website. This information usually includes:

  • the IP address or proxy server IP address from which your connection to our website originated
  • the domain name you requested
  • the place – for example, the region, country, and locality – from which your connection to our website originated or through which it was routed
  • the name of your internet service provider
  • the date and time of your visits to our website
  • the length of your sessions on our website
  • the pages on our website that you visit and time you spend on each
  • the number of times you come to our website within any period of time, such as each day, week, or month
  • the website that referred you to our website (such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, or a link from a third party website)
  • the operating system and browser your computer uses (such as Windows 10, MacOS 10.15, iOS, iPad OS, Android, Edge, Outlook, Safari, Chrome, Firefox)

This information does not tell us your name, physical address, email address, or phone number.

We use Site Search 360 to enable to you search within our site (for example, to find pages on our site that contain the name of a person, band, or song Sonobeat recorded). Site Search 360 is operated by SEMKNOX GmbH, a company located in Germany. When you use the Site Search 360 search feature on our site, in addition to collecting some of the information listed above, Site Search 360 collects your search query and retains this information, which is available to us via Site Search 360 search reports.

In addition, Site Search 360 sets cookies for user-centric security and to store your last search query. These cookies do not store any personally-identifiable information. All communication between you, when you use the search function on our website, and Site Search 360's server is encrypted and secured via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer); however, your search queries are processed and the results provided by Site Search 360, not by us.

We use Google Analytics, a web page useage analysis service provided by Google LLC (“Google”), to provide the information mentioned above. Code that enables Google Analytics to work is embedded in each of our web pages. We also have access to some of the information and data mentioned above through logs kept by our web host, HostPapa Inc. ("HostPapa"). The information and data Google and HostPapa collect on our website are used to track and examine user interaction with our web pages and to prepare and share reports on those interactions with us and, in Google's case, with Google's affiliated services. Google may use the data collected here to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network; however, our website does not contain any Google-served ads and, therefore, we are not responsible for any of Google's data collection and sharing policies or procedures nor those of Site Search 360, HostPapa, or Cookiebot.

We use Cookiebot ("Cookiebot") to assure compliance with EU privacy laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy Directive (ePR). Cookiebot is operated by Cybot, a company located in Denmark. Cookiebot provides cookie consent, cookie monitoring, and cookie control for our website. When you first visit SonobeatRecords.com from any country in the European Union, Cookiebot presents you with information about and personal control over the cookies we use on our website. Please read our Cookie Declaration, which is collected, analyzed, and reported for us by Cookiebot and updated monthly.

How We Use the Information and Data We Collect

We use the information and data available to us from Google Analytics, Site Search 360, and HostPapa to better understand who visits our website and from what parts of the world, the number of unique visitors, how visitors navigate within our website, and the search queries visitors make within our website. This helps us improve the design, flow, and content of our website. We use the information and data collected by Cookiebot to assure compliance with website privacy laws around the world. However, none of the information or data we collect is used to serve you tailored avertising or personalize your experience on our website, except to direct you to pages on our website that contain your search query when you make a Site Search 360 search or to help you reach websites and online services, such as Apple Music, that we mention or link to.

When you contact us directly by email, we use your email address to respond to your inquiries and comments. We do not provide your email address or any other personally-identifiable information or data about you to any third party unless you expressly ask or authorize us to do so. Similarly, we do not initiate email contact with you for marketing purposes, but our responses to email you initiate to us may contain marketing information we believe to be responsive to your inquiries or comments.

Although we take appropriate measures to safeguard against unauthorized disclosures of information and data we receive from Google Analytics, Site Search 360, HostPapa, and Cookiebot and collect directly, we cannot assure you that this information and data will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with our privacy and cookies policy.

We do not use or transfer personally-identifiable information or data about you in ways unrelated to the uses described in this policy without first giving you the opportunity to opt out of these unrelated uses.

Although we may access and review the information and data collected by Google Analytics, Site Search 360, HostPapa, and Cookiebot when you visit our website, we do not retain that information. We retain only information and data you provide to us directly, for example, through email communications you send us. Although you can request that we erase any of your personal information and data in our possession, we do not control information collected by Google Analytics, Site Search 360, HostPapa, or Cookiebot. If you request us to erase your personal information in our possession, we will do so, except that we will not erase and will continue to retain information that is necessary for our legitimate business purposes (for example, we will retain information you provide us via email about artists Sonobeat recorded or that correct factual errors on our website) and to comply with law and regulations, prevent fraud, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, assist with investigations, enforce our terms of service and privacy and cookies policy, and take other actions permitted by law. The information we retain will be handled in accordance with this privacy and cookies policy.

Cookies

To enhance your experience while visiting our website, our web pages use "cookies" to, for example, help you navigate our site or navigate to third party websites we mention or link to, conduct in-site search queries, and provide us with web usage statistics. Cookies are text files placed and stored in your computer's web browser database. Cookies, by themselves, do not tell us your email address or other personally-identifiable information unless you choose to provide this information to us directly, for example, by sending us an email communication. However, once you choose to furnish us with personally-identifiable information or data, this information and data may be linked to the data stored in the cookie. Most web browsers have preference settings that allow you to turn cookies off and on. Learn more about website cookies at the independent Who Is Hosting This website.

As we mentioned above, we, Google Analytics, Site Search 360, HostPapa, and Cookiebot set cookies on our website. These cookies do not store any personally-identifiable information. Most modern web browsers provide tools to permit, deny, limit, and erase cookies set by websites.

“Do Not Track”

Most modern web browsers provide a means for you to automatically send a "Do Not Track" request to the websites you visit. California Business & Professions Code Section 22575(b) provides that California residents are entitled to know how our website responds to "Do Not Track" browser settings. Because there is not yet any internet industry consensus as to the meaning of "Do Not Track" in this context, like many websites and online services, we do not alter our practices when we receive a "Do Not Track" request from a web browser. Learn more about "Do Not Track" at the independent Do Not Track website.

Collection of Information and Data by Third-Party Websites

Our website contains links to websites and online services, such as the iTunes and Amazon Music stores, operated by or on behalf of third parties mentioned on our website, each of which may have information and data practices that are different than ours. You should consult the other websites' privacy notices, since we have no control over information and data that is submitted to, collected by, or used or shared by third parties.

Our Commitment to Security

We have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access to, maintain data security of, and correctly use the information and data we collect online or receive from the third party services we use.

Updates & Effective Date

From time to time, we may update our privacy and cookies policy. We will notify you about material changes in the way we treat personally-identifiable information and data by placing a notice on our website. We encourage you to periodically check back and review this policy so that you always will know what information and data we collect, how we use it, and to whom we disclose it.

Our privacy and cookies policy was most recently updated on November 10, 2019, to reflect that we use cookie compliance services provided by Cookiebot, but otherwise is in all material respects the same policy we implemented on February 20, 2012, as updated on January 6, 2016, November 25, 2017, May 6, 10, 12, and 18, 2018, April 23, 2019, May 15, 2019, June 15, 2019, and October 14, 2019.

How to Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy and cookies policy or its implementation, you may contact us at comments@sonobeat.com.