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Last updated: 23rd August 2022 – Effective as of: 01 January 2020

THIS DOCUMENT OUTLINES HOW WE COLLECT/ HANDLE COOKIES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!

As funny as Cookies may sound, they’re actually an incredibly important part of Our Service, not just for us, but You too. Call them a small but crucial detail that You should be aware of before You choose to use Our Service or any aspect of this Website. So do take 5 to familiarise yourself with Our Cookie Policy.

Definitions

The words throughout this Agreement which are (in bold) are defined & intended to be interpreted as follows. They shall also retain the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or plural forms…

  • Affiliate = a third party, who is compensated by the Company for advertising the Service to their audience. To learn more about how We work as an Affiliate + get more detail on our own affiliate program, please see Our Affiliate Policy.
  • Affiliate Cookies = a type of Cookies, which are accrued by Affiliates every time someone clicks on their affiliated links.
  • Agreement = the relationship entered into between You & the Company through your use of this Service. This Cookie Policy is just 1 of many Agreements present across this Website, which We would encourage You to read (links in the footer).
  • Browser = an application/ piece of software that is used for accessing the World Wide Web or any local website. Examples of which include: Safari, Google Chrome & Firefox.
  • Company = Music Lowdown (referred to as either the ‘Company’, ‘We’, ‘Us’ or ‘Our’ in this Agreement).
  • Cookies = small files that are placed on Your computer or any other electronic Device by this (& virtually all) websites.
  • Cookie Policy/ Policy = this Agreement specifically, which outlines what Cookies We collect via this Website + how the data collected is used to improve Our ServiceYou will be considered to have read & agreed with the Cookie Policy by any use of this Service. Use of this term also references any future updates to this Agreement.
  • Cookie Revisions = any additional revisions made to this Cookie Policy, which are published at anytime in the future by the Company in relation to this Service.
  • Device = any sort of device that can be used to access Our Service. Be that a computer, tablet or mobile phone.
  • Persistent Cookies = a type of Cookies which are stored on your Device.
  • Personal Data = any information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual. To understand what Personal Data is in relation to this Service, please see Our privacy policy.
  • Product = any item sold by the Company through the Service, including but not limited to: physical as well as digital products + any sales made through Affiliate links.
  • Related Parties = parties who are not directly related to/ part of the Company, but play a role in its ability to provide the Service. These include, but are not limited to: theme developers, hosting providers & guest contributors. As well as any companies which the Company is affiliated with, including those used to assist with the manufacture/ shipping of merchandise.
  • Service = this Website + any of its subdomains & any other third party services that are required in order to provide the Service. This includes, but is not limited to: third party payment portals, merchandise manufacturers, third party social media services & so on.
  • Session Cookies = a type of Cookies which are stored on your Browser.
  • Website = this website, accessible from: https://musiclowdown.co.uk
  • You = the specific individual, company or other legal entity accessing or using the Service.
  • Your Account = your own ‘area’ of this Website, that You gain access to when you enrol for the Service. 
  • Your User Information = the credentials you use to access Your Account. These are created when you first sign up to Our Service.

Cookies In A Nutshell

This Cookie Policy explains what Cookies are and how We use them. You should read this policy so You can understand what type of cookies We use, or the information We collect using Cookies and how that information is used.

Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that We store about You may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from Cookies. For further information on how We use, store and keep your Personal Data secure, see Our privacy policy.

We do not store sensitive personal information, such as mailing addresses, account passwords, etc. in the Cookies We use.

1. Types Of Cookies We Use

Across this Service We use 3 distinct types of Cookies

Session Cookies

These are essential Cookies that We administer to enable You to access all features of this Website. Aside from improving user experience, they also assist Us with authenticating users & preventing the fraudulent use of Your Account Your User Information. Without these Cookies, the Service cannot be fully provided. 
 
Session Cookies live on your Browser & expire once You close the Browser or log off. A good example of a Session Cookie is your shopping cart. Session Cookies in this respect allow items to remain in your shopping cart, while You navigate across different pages of our Website.
 

NOTE: Session Cookies are NOT tracking Cookies!

Persistent Cookies

These are Cookies that We use to remember choices You make when You use this Website. Their core purpose is to provide You with a more personal experience & improve the convenience of using this Service. Without these Cookies, browsing this Website would be a LOT less efficient.

Persistent Cookies live on your Device & come with a specific expiration date. Once this date is reached, You will either renew the Cookie or delete it altogether. Common examples of Persistent Cookies are the ability to: remember your language preference & your login details.

Analytics tools like Google Analytics & Google Search Console (used to monitor this Service) also rely on Persistent Cookies to measure metrics such as: your time on page, what pages You visit, the language You browsed those pages in, what Device You access the Service from & so on.

Affiliate Cookies

These are Cookies which are generated when You click on an affiliated link. This is a link that an Affiliate has been paid to advertise & may receive a commission from, should You make a qualifying purchase within a given time period after clicking it. Such links can be found in various places across this Website, as well as other third party sites.

In the case You make a qualifying purchase within this timeframe, We will receive a small commission. For more information as how we work as an Affiliate + our various Affiliate relationships, please see our affiliate disclaimer

2. Why Our Website Uses Cookies

We don’t just use Cookies for the sake of it. In fact, (just like a lot of websites) We have good reason to. Here’s 5 reasons why Our Service uses Cookies

Analytics & audience analysis – A major reason We administer Cookies is so We can better understand You & how You interact with Our Service. Data We can then use to adjust, tweak or fine-tune how We operate, so that You get the best user experience possible. Something We can only do if We have the data from Cookies to fuel our analytics.

Functionality & usability – Certain Cookies used across this Website are vital to ensuring its usability & proper function. This includes Cookies such as those used to determine in what language You view this Website, as well as other more convenient features, like recording passwords or payment details.

Ecommerce – Cookies are a HUGE part of the ecommerce system We use to sell Products via this Service. Without Cookies, features like the cart & logging into Your Account wouldn’t be able to properly function; items wouldn’t remain in the cart & there’d be no way of staying logged into Your Account, as Your User Information wouldn’t stay recorded. We also wouldn’t be able to show You recommendations based on your previous interaction with Our Service

Email marketing – Cookies are used by Our Service to determine how & when to display pop-up messages, regarding promotions & membership of our email list. Even some of the emails We send also rely on Cookies – for instance, abandoned cart messages.

Affiliate marketing – In order for both us & our Affiliates to earn commission off any qualifying sales/ referrals to & from this ServiceWe require Cookies to track these sales.

* BY REJECTING THE USE OF COOKIESYOU UNDERSTAND THAT SOME FEATURES OF THIS SERVICE WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY.

3. How To Opt Out

If You disagree with Our use of CookiesYou should select the ‘Reject All’ option on the pop-up which appears when You first visit this Website. If You wish to change your preferences in regards to CookiesYou can do so in your browser. Here’s guides for some of the most common…

If You do not accept Our CookiesYou may experience some inconvenience in your use of the Website and some features may not function properly. If You’d like to delete Cookies or instruct your Browser to delete or refuse Cookies, please visit the necessary Cookie advice pages…

4. FAQs About Cookies

Websites don’t just warn you about Cookies to ‘be nice’.

In fact, in today’s online landscape, it’s a part of legal compliance. Fail to ask a user’s Cookie consent & technically a site’s in breach of data protection law… that’s GDPR (across Europe) & CCPA (in California). Hence the intrusive box asking You about Cookie consent when You first visit this Website.

We respect your privacy. 

That depends what You classify as personal information. See, while Cookies do NOT remember your name (i.e. identifiable data), they can record a decent amount of information about You & your user activity. Cookies can record data such as your…

  • Recent search queries
  • Rough location (to nearest city) 
  • When You last saw a popup
  • Previous items You added to your cart
  • & a lot more. 
 
But does that make them intrusive? Not necessarily. See, when choosing whether to accept CookiesYou really need to think about their purpose. For the most part, Cookies are designed to make your life online easier & if not that, help marketers get a better ROI on their ad budget. Hardly bad news.
 

So while some may stick there noses up at Cookies (& there’s nothing wrong with that), We‘d encourage You to remember that there’s over 7 billion people in today’s world. So surely anything that can be done to make the internet a more efficient & user friendly place, is more positive than negative – right?

Don’t be afraid of Cookies – agreeing to them is perfectly safe. If it wasn’t then We are pretty sure they wouldn’t be allowed on the internet. Besides, it’s not Cookies on a whole that’s responsible for You asking this question. 

It’s the type of Cookies a website uses that you need to be aware of (below), as that’s what can affect your privacy. Last We heard, Google is on with developing a new type of Cookie to replace these so called ‘bad’ Cookies. We’ll update this page when they do. So if anything, Cookies are something to be even less worried about going forward.

& besides, We do NOT collect 3rd party Cookies via this Website – the type of Cookie that’s earned these small snippets of data such a bad reputation. So You can rest easy when browsing this Website.

On a technical level, both 1st & 3rd party Cookies are pretty similar. It’s only in what they do where they differ.

  • 1st party Cookies – These are created by websites to enhance your user experience. So this could be something like remembering what items You had in your cart, how far You got with filling out a form or saving your passwords.
  • 3rd part Cookies – These Cookies are created by advertisers & are responsible for giving Cookies a bad rep. Such Cookies analyse your online activities to help advertisers re-target You with their ads/ promotions. In other words, 3rd party Cookies are the reason behind those creepy ads that follow You over the internet.
FYI: We ONLY use 1st party Cookies on this Website!

Where Cookie Data is stored really all depends; Cookies are stored in 2 main places. 

The first being your computer (Persistent Cookies). These Cookies would be things such as passwords or other snippets of data, which are specific to browsing You have done on your Device. The second being your Browser (Session Cookies), which usually stores Cookies that help enhance your experience on a website that You have previously visited. So for instance, any items You added to your cart or how long ago You saw any popups.

NOTE: While Cookies are generated from your use of a website, NO Cookies are stored by a website.

5. Changes To This Cookie Policy

The Company reserves the right, at Its sole discretion, to modify, suspend, terminate or refuse this Cookie Policy at any time & for any reason (either permanently or temporarily) without notice or liability to YouYou give the Company expressed permission to modify any part of this Policy, including other policies or guidelines which affect the Service & understand that all revisions will become effective upon their posting on the Website &/ or being distributed by email.

For this reason, it’s advised that You check this page on a regular basis to ensure You are familiar with the most recent version of this Policy. An easy way to check is the ‘Last Updated’ date at the top of this page. By continuing to access &/ or use Our Service after the effective date (stated above) signifies that You accept & agree to be bound by all Cookie Revisions. Should You NOT agree with these Cookie Revisions, in whole or in part, You should cease using this Service immediately.

NOTE: We will make reasonable efforts to provide at least 30 days’ notice prior to any Policy Updates taking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at Our sole discretion.

6. Get In Touch

If You have any questions, queries or just want to talk to Us more about Cookies, don’t hide – contact us. It only takes a couple of clicks! To ensure your queries reach the right person, be sure to specify your reason for getting in touch as ‘Legal’.