Privacy Policy

The Venuology Website provides this privacy policy to explain how information is used that you may provide while visiting this website (“Website”) and to demonstrate our firm commitment to Internet privacy. By using or accessing the Website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected online through the Website and does not describe the ways in which we may collect or use information obtained offline or through any means other than our Website. Venuology is a project of the American Federation of Musicians (“AFM”).

How and When We Collect Information

Activity That Doesn’t Require Registration. You can view content on the Website without registering or providing any personal information. When you visit in this manner, we automatically obtain information from you about the name of your Internet service provider, the browser and type of computer you are using, and the website that referred you to us. In addition, we use a “cookie” to identify you while you are on the Website, if cookies are enabled on your computer. This cookie terminates once you finish using the Website and close your browser.

Activity Requiring Registration. Certain activities on the Website require you to register. To become a registered user, we ask you to provide a user name and email address. The email address will not be displayed publicly. If you decide to register, we use a persistent cookie that stores certain information to make it easier for you to login when you come back to the Website. However, none of your personal information is stored in that cookie.

Usage Information. We may record information about your usage of the Website, such as when you use the site, the areas of the site you click on and/or participate in. If you are logged in, we may associate that information with your account. A persistent cookie may be used to track this information. We may use pixel tags and/or trackable links in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened and/or clicked on by recipients.Content Posted to Site. Any content that you voluntarily disclose online becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by others. Your user name (not your legal name or email address) is displayed to other users when you post any content on the site. When posting on Venuology, you should exercise caution not to provide any personally identifying information or other information that you would not want seen by others. Use of the community functions on the Website is at your own risk. Polls and Surveys. From time to time, we may conduct polls and surveys. Information collected through our polls, surveys, and questionnaires is used in the aggregate, unless we contact you to request permission to use your individual responses for a particular purpose.

We do not knowingly collect any information from children under the age of 13. We encourage you to talk to your children about safe and responsible use of their personal information while using the Internet. If you have any reservations, questions or concerns about your child’s access to this site or how information that your child provides is used by us, please contact us.

Uses of Personal Information
The personal information that we collect on the Website helps us, our sponsor, the American Federation of Musicians (‘AFM’) and the AFM’s local affiliates ( ‘Locals’) to efficiently and effectively further the interests of musicians.
We may use your email address to communicate with you about our activities, offerings or organizing efforts, including those of the AFM, unless you opt-out from receiving such messages. We will also use your email address for administrative purposes, such as notifying you of major Website changes, sending messages related to actions you have taken on the site or for customer service purposes. Although we hope you’ll find these communications informative and useful, you may opt out of receiving future information.
When you send email or other communications to us, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.

Personal messaging. In order to allow you to send and receive personal messages to other registered users of Venuology without revealing your email address, we record the messages that you send and receive using Venuology’s personal messaging feature. Users will not be able see your email address, but we will use your email address to notify you of new messages from our mail system, unless you opt out of receiving these emails.

We may also share your user-contributed content and user name with AFM Locals. We will allow Locals to contact you through the Venuology personal messaging system. Please also note that the personal messages you send or receive using Venuology’s personal messaging feature are only private to the extent that you and the sender/recipient keep them private. For example, we do not have any control over whether a recipient of one of your personal messages publicly posts the contents of such a message.

To the extent you include personal information in your submissions (such as an identifiable user name or a photo of yourself), third parties may be able to identify you, associate you with your user account, or contact you. If you are concerned about maintaining your anonymity, we encourage you to not post any information that might identify you.
We use both your personally identifying information and certain non-personally-identifying information (such as anonymous usage data, IP addresses, browser type, click data, etc.) to improve the quality of your user experience and the design of the Website and to create new features, functionality, and services by storing, tracking, and analyzing user behavior, preferences, trends, and actions.

Other Disclosures
We may be required to disclose user information pursuant to lawful requests, such as subpoenas or court orders, or in compliance with applicable laws. If we receive a subpoena requesting information about you and if you have provided us with your email address, we will attempt to notify you of the subpoena at the email address that you have provided. Additionally, we may share account or other information when we believe it is necessary to comply with the law, to protect our interests or property, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity perpetrated through the Website or using our name, to prevent bodily harm, to enforce our User Agreement, or to protect the rights, property or safety of visitors to our site, our members, the public or our union. In the unlikely event that we merge with another entity, information on our visitors would be among the transferred assets.

Information Security and Data Integrity
We take security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These measures include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data.

It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using a shared computer. If you send us an e-mail, you should know that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception. So, if your communication includes sensitive information like your bank account, charge card, or social security number, and you prefer not to use one of our secure online complaint forms, contact us by mail or by telephone rather than by e-mail.

More Information
Our Website may also permit you to access non-AFM sites. It is important to remember that, if you link to a non-AFM site from our Website, that party’s privacy policy and its user agreement apply to you. We encourage you to learn about each third party’s privacy policy before giving personal information to them. We reserve the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. We will post any changes to this Privacy Policy on this page, so we encourage you to check this page regularly. Your continued use of this Website following any changes to this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such changes.

Contact Us
If you have any questions, or experience technical problems with the operation of this website, contact us.