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Sound Travels & Sound Forum - Your Privacy

Sound Travels complies with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR for short). This is a description of how we take care of your data and your privacy.


In summary, there are two parts to our website: Sound Travels - the shop, and Sound Forum - our Community.


At Sound Travels (the shop) we only use the data you provide us to send out your orders and we never share it except with organisations such as your credit card company which needs the information to approve your payment on your card.


Sound Forum is the largest community of its type in the world and exists to help you connect with the latest Sound Ideas, understand Sound Jargon, demystify Sound Concepts, offers you the latest Sound Articles and Sources, and connects you with other important Sound Sites. We work with key Sound Organisations whose events and activities we proactively support. Sound Forum was created by its Founder & Editor Andrew Hodges and gratefully supported by Jonathan Barnett of Sound Travels. Over the years the Sound Forum has become a huge library of material on the subject of Sound and its Transformative powers.   It consists exclusively of its participants - Members, Contributing Authors & Featured Authors. Every participant can advertise their Sound Events freely on Sound Forum's website. Authors can also publish articles and videos of their work. As such all Sound Forum's participants are potential clients of each other and Sound Forum helps facilitate connections between the participants.


SOUND FORUM WAS & IS CREATED BY ITS MEMBERS so this means that you own your data that you put up on the site. We don't use your data for any other purpose than to facilitate and support the Community's desire to promote Sound and its Powers of Transformation. Sound Forum has made it clear since we began over 10 years ago that the Forum does not 'own' your data. You do. It is important to state that Sound Forum member data is only used to create and send out articles, events and the information via the monthly newsletters. We don't use your private data in any other way.

This means that unlike many other organisations its members have always had the form of control that GDPR wishes every website to adopt. This is one of the reasons that Sound Forum has become by far the largest Sound Community in the world. We have adopted ethical practices from the very start. So whatever happens, we hope you want to stay part of this huge community to stay in touch with all those of a similar interest in Sound and its Power To Transform.

In practice this means that when events and articles are published by Sound Forum's users this information is then used to compile the monthly newsletter. The newsletter is Sound Forum's method of broadcasting information.   It would not be in Sound Forum's members' legitimate interests to have one without the other.

However in compliance with GDPR we have always (and will always) offer the opportunity to cancel membership. GDPR requires that you are made aware that Sound Forum is managed by its Editor: Andrew Hodges who is directly contactable at andrew@andrewhodges.com. An easy way to unsubscribe is to email him using the email address to which Sound Forum sends you its newsletter in the 'from' part of your email.

If you are not already a Sound Forum member you can use this button to join:


Below is our Privacy & Cookie Policy which provides details in more detail how we use personal data that we collect about you; how we share that information and the steps we take to protect your information. Please read below for further details.


1. Privacy policy


"Personal Data" is any personal information which relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. We will not collect any Personal Data unless you have chosen to provide it to us. You agree that the Personal Data which you supply to us will be true, complete and accurate in all respects, and you agree to notify us immediately of any changes to that Data. We will deal with your Personal Data in compliance with the Data Protection Act (1998). Please note this applies only to Sound Travels Ltd and associated companies, not to other companies or organisations’ websites to which we link. Sound Travels is not responsible for the content, or the privacy practices employed by other sites.


How do we use the Personal Data collected?


We will collect and process Personal Data for the purposes of providing our services to you and the other purposes mentioned below. Personal Data may also be processed by other organisations on our behalf for the purpose of providing Sound Travels services to you. The use of information will remain under the control of Sound Travels at all times. It may be necessary for your Personal Information to be processed outside the European Union.


Once you are a registered client, we will hold Personal Information relating to the transactions you enter into with us. We may disclose Personal Information to a party to the transaction, but only to assist your transaction, subject to your approval.


We may send letters and e-mail messages to you about new products and services which we consider may be of interest to you. When you call us we may monitor or record your calls to confirm your instructions or for training purposes. To correct or view your Personal Data, you can write to us at Gravel Pit Ln, Cheltenham GL52 3PG.. A fee may be payable for viewing Personal Information.


Sharing Information


We may disclose necessary Personal Data, acting in good faith if we believe such action is necessary, for example:



  • To service providers for the purpose of opening, operating and servicing your account.

  • To conform with a legal requirement or a request from authorities with which we will fully cooperate with

  • To protect and defend our rights or property

  • To enforce our Terms and Conditions, or to act to protect the interests of our registered customers or others.


2. Cookies Policy


Why are cookies essential to how customers use the Sound Travels Sound Forum website?


This website, along with the vast majority of other major websites, uses cookies. Cookies are small harmless files that are transferred to your computer's hard disk when you access a website. They are designed to:



  • Make your current and future visits to our website as user-friendly as possible

  • To enable us (where appropriate) to tailor the content to fit your needs

  • To prevent fraudulent activity and to measure the overall patterns of website usage

  • To track how visitors reach our site and the path they take through it to help us improve our service to you

  • To understand how marketing within the website is working to improve our site design, offers and promotions.


For example, we use Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google, which uses cookies to help us analyse how users use the site. Please note that none of the cookies used on our website collects personally identifiable information about you.


Why you should keep cookies switched on


We would like you to keep cookies active on your computer during your visits to our website because, without cookies enabled, we cannot guarantee that the website, and your experience whilst visiting it, is as we intend it to be.


How does Sound Travels use cookies?


At Sound Travels, we use two types of cookie on this website:



  • Session cookies - These are temporary cookies, which only exist in the period during which you access the website (or, more strictly, until you close the browser after accessing the website). Each time you revisit the website; these cookies will be stored and then removed when you close your browser. Session cookies help the Sound Travels website remember what you chose on the previous page, therefore avoiding your having to re-enter information. On our website, these cookies do not contain personal information and cannot be used to identify you.

  • Third party cookies - As well as using cookies from our advertising and affiliate partners, we may also embed external content from other third party websites within our website. These include sites such as Facebook and Twitter, whose cookie usage policy you can view on their own websites.


How to control and delete cookies


If you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by us, you can do so by editing your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how to do so.



  • For further information on how to delete cookies on your browser, visit www.aboutcookies.org

  • For further information on how to delete cookies on the browser of your mobile device, you will need to refer to your handset manual.

  • For further information on Sound Travels 's security and privacy measures, please read our Terms and Conditions.

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