Live Music Exchange Privacy Policy

Live Music Exchange – Privacy Policy

This is the privacy notice of Live Music Exchange. In this document, “we”, “our”, or “us” refer to the Live Music Exchange We are a Knowledge Exchange organisation operated by researchers currently at the University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Newcastle University, University of Turku and McGill University. Live Music Exchange is not a limited company is not run for profit. We do not engage in marketing activities or commercial activities via our website and do not collect any financially sensitive information about site users.

Our site is hosted by, and information stored on, WordPress, which is compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that comes into effect from May 2018.

We take privacy seriously and this page explains how we collect and use the personal information you provide to us whether online or via phone, mobile, e-mail, letter or other correspondence. By using our website, any of our services, or providing us with any personal information we will assume you are agreeing to your information being used and disclosed in the ways described in this policy.

1) Personal data

Personal data is defined under the GDPR as follows:

The GDPR applies to ‘personal data’ meaning any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier.

This definition provides for a wide range of personal identifiers to constitute personal data, including name, identification number, location data or online identifier, reflecting changes in technology and the way organisations collect information about people.

The GDPR applies to both automated personal data and to manual filing systems where personal data are accessible according to specific criteria. This could include chronologically ordered sets of manual records containing personal data.

Personal data that has been pseudonymised – eg key-coded – can fall within the scope of the GDPR depending on how difficult it is to attribute the pseudonym to a particular individual.

We collect the following personal data:

  • Email addresses provided by subscribers to our blog email notifications on an opt-in basis.
  • Email addresses are stored on our WordPress page account, which is GDPR compliant, and is securely hosted by the University of Edinburgh.
  • IP addresses: As is common practice, blog comments require a name and email address (as entered by the commenter) which, with the IP address of the computer used to make the comment, are stored for approved comments. Only names – as entered by the commenter – or websites of the commenter (optional) are displayed on the site. None of this information is passed on to any third parties.

Google Analytics

Like many websites, the Live Music Exchange uses Google Analytics to track general site usage. This records data such as type of device, approximate geographical location, source of entry to our site (e.g. google search, facebook, twitter). But it does not provide us with any information that allows us to personally identify users to the site, only aggregate information.

2) Information sharing and disclosure

We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are required to do so through a legal obligation (for example to the police or a government body); to enable us to enforce or apply our terms and conditions or rights under an agreement; or to protect us, for example, in the case of suspected fraud or defamation.

We do not share your information for any other purposes.

3) Cookies

Like most websites, including WordPress sites, we use ‘cookies’. Cookies are small text files that websites place on visitors’ computers in order to facilitate the site operation via a unique number which recognises the visitor’s computer when it returns to a site that it has previously visited.

Our cookies do not contain any financial information or information that could be used to directly identify site users (e.g. name or address).

Web browsers will allow you to modify the browser’s cookie settings, including telling the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether.

There are numerous online guides for how to set and modify your browser’s settings regarding cookies. For instance:

4) Data breaches

In the event of a breach resulting in the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data, we will promptly assess the risk to people’s rights and freedoms and if appropriate report this breach to the ICO (more information on the ICO website). gdpr/personal-data-breaches/

5) Users’ rights

You have the right to:

  • Request details of any information that we hold about you
  • Request as to amend that information if it is incorrect
  • Request that we remove any information that we hold about you from our records
  • Raise a concern about the way in which your information is being used

If you have any queries or wish to request information or raise concerns about privacy, please get in touch at:

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