Privacy Policy

 

General Online Privacy Policy

Stages, LLC (“Stages”) is committed to protecting your privacy. Any information you voluntarily provide to us through a Stages website, such as an email address, name, or phone number, will never be sold or traded to other music schools, recording studios, or other businesses or organizations.

1. Information gathered automatically

Unless you take steps to browse the Internet anonymously, Stages, like most organizations on the Internet, tracks web browsing patterns to provide us with information on how our sites are being used. Generic information is collected through the use of “cookies,” which are text files placed on your computer, to evaluate usage patterns so that we can improve both content and distribution. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, doing so may prevent you from using the full functionality of all of our websites. The generic information we collect is based on IP address, which is the location of a computer or network, and is not linked to your specific email address in any of the reports or other material compiled by Stages. Stages will not associate your IP address and web usage data with any other information held by Stages that can specifically identify you unless required to do so by law.

2. Information you provide to us

To communicate effectively with visitors to our website, we may ask you for personally-identifiable information that can include, by way of illustration, name, email address, or phone number. Stages will never sell or trade personally-identifiable information you voluntarily provide to us such as name, email address, or phone number, to other music schools, recording studios, or businesses unless one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • We have your consent to share the information.
  • We are sharing such information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal processes.

3. External links

Some Stages websites may contain links to external websites not owned by, or officially affiliated with, Stages in any way. Stages is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.

4. Changes to this policy

We reserve the right to make changes to this policy, with such prior notice as we deem appropriate.

5. Contact information       

If you have any questions about this privacy statement or the practices of this website, you may contact:


Stages, LLC

3600 Bulter Road

Reisterstown, MD. 21136

 

  1. Children’s Online Privacy Policy

Stages, LLC (“Stages”) is committed to protecting the privacy of children who use our site and applications. This Children’s Online Privacy Policy explains our information collection, disclosure, and parental consent practices with respect to information provided by children under the age of 13 (“child” or “children”). This policy is in accordance with the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), and outlines our practices regarding children’s personal information.

1. The Information We Collect From Children, How We Use It, and How and When We Communicate With Parents

Stages offers to its users various sites and applications that are intended for users of all ages. Some of our sites and applications may collect information from children. Below we summarize potential instances of collection and outline how and when we will provide parental notice and/or seek parental consent. In any instance that we collect personal information from a child, we will retain that information only so long as reasonably necessary to allow the child to continue to participate in the activity, and ensure the security of our users and our services, or as required by law. In the event we discover we have collected information from a child in a manner inconsistent with COPPA’s requirements, we will either delete the information or immediately seek the parent’s consent for that collection.

Registration

Children can, in many cases, register with our sites and applications to view content, and participate in special features, among other things. During the registration process, we may ask the child to provide certain information for notification and security purposes, including a parent or guardian’s email address, the child’s name and gender, the child’s member or account username, and password. We also may ask for birth dates from children to validate their ages. We strongly advise children never to provide any personal information in their usernames. We will not require a child to provide more information than is reasonably necessary in order to participate in an online activity.

About the collection of parent email address: Consistent with the requirements of COPPA, in any instance where we ask for age and determine the user is age 12 or under, we will ask for a parent or guardian email address before we collect any personal information from the child. If you believe your child is participating in an activity that collects personal information and you or another parent/guardian have NOT received an email providing notice or seeking your consent, please feel free to contact us at info@stagesmusicarts.com or 443-578-6687. We will not use parent emails provided for parental consent purposes to market to the parent, unless the parent has expressly opted in to email marketing or has separately participated in an activity that allows for such email contact.

About Verifiable Parental Consent:

Email Consent. In the event Stages wishes to collect personal information from a child, COPPA requires that we first seek a parent or guardian’s consent by email. In the email we will explain what information we are collecting, how we plan to use it, how the parent can provide consent, and how the parent can revoke consent. If we do not receive parental consent within a reasonable time, we will delete the parent contact information and any other information collected from the child in connection with that activity.

High-Level Consent. In the event Stages collects personal information from a child that will be posted publicly, we will seek a higher level of consent than email consent. Such “high-level” methods of consent include but are not limited to asking for a credit card or other payment method for verification (with a nominal charge involved), speaking to a Stages instructor or representative by telephone or video chat, or requiring a signed consent form by mail, email attachment, or fax. After providing high-level consent, a parent may have the opportunity to use a pin or password in future communications as a way to confirm the parent’s identity.

Email Contact with a Child

On occasion, in order to respond to a question or request from a child, Stages may need to ask for the child’s online contact information, such as an email address. Stages will delete this information immediately after responding to the question or request.

In connection with certain activities or services, we may collect a child’s online contact information, such as an email address, in order to communicate with the child more than once. In such instances we will retain the child’s online contact information to honor the request and for no other purpose such as marketing. Whenever we collect a child’s online contact information for ongoing communications, we will simultaneously require a parent email address in order to notify the parent about the collection and use of the child’s information, as well as to provide the parent an opportunity to prevent further contact with the child. On some occasions a child may be engaged in more than one ongoing communication, and a parent may be required to “opt-out” of each communication individually.

Persistent Identifiers

When children interact with us, certain information may automatically be collected, both to make our sites and applications more interesting and useful and for various purposes related to our business. Examples include the type of computer operating system, the child’s IP address or mobile device identifier, the web browser, the frequency with which the child visits various parts of our sites or applications, and information regarding the online or mobile service provider. This information is collected using technologies such as cookies, flash cookies, web beacons, and other unique identifiers. This information may be collected by Stages or by a third party. This data is principally used for internal purposes only, in order to:

  • provide children with access to features and activities on our sites and applications
  • customize content and improve our sites and applications
  • conduct research and analysis to address the performance of our sites and applications
  • generate anonymous reporting for use by Stages

In the event we collect (or allow others to collect) such information from children on our sites and applications for other purposes, we will notify parents and obtain consent prior to such collection.

2. When Information Collected From Children Is Available To Others

In addition to those rare instances where a child’s personal information is posted publicly (after receiving high-level parental consent), we also may share or disclose personal information collected from children in a limited number of instances, including the following:

  • We may share information with our service providers if necessary for them to perform a business, professional, or technology support function for us.
  • We may disclose personal information if permitted or required by law, for example, in response to a court order or a subpoena. To the extent permitted by applicable law, we also may disclose personal information collected from children (i) in response to a law enforcement or public agency’s (including schools or children services) request; (ii) if we believe disclosure may prevent the instigation of a crime, facilitate an investigation related to public safety or protect the safety of a child using our sites or applications; (iii) to protect the security or integrity of our sites, applications, and other technology, as well as the technology of our service providers; or (iv) enable us to take precautions against liability.

3. Parental Choices and Controls

At any time, parents can refuse to permit us to collect further personal information from their children in association with a particular account, and can request that we delete from our records the personal information we have collected in connection with that account. Please keep in mind that a request to delete records may lead to a termination of an account, or other service.

Where a child has registered for a Stages account, we use two methods to allow parents to access, change, or delete the personally identifiable information that we have collected from their children:

  1. Parents can request access to and delete their child’s personal information by logging on to the child’s account. Parents will need their child’s username and password.
  2. Parents can contact Stages to request access to, change, or delete their child’s personal information by sending an email to us at info@stagesmusicarts.com or 443-578-6687.

In any correspondence such as e-mail or mail, please include the child’s username and the parent’s email address and telephone number. To protect children’s privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify a parent’s identity before granting access to any personal information.