Founded in 1888, Columbia is the oldest surviving brand name in pre-recorded sound. Columbia Records went on to release records by an array of notable singers, instrumentalists and groups. From 1961 to 1990, its recordings were released outside the U.S. and Canada on the CBS Records label before adopting the Columbia name in most of the world. Today it is a premier subsidiary label of Sony Music Entertainment. Its roster features some of the most famous names in music history alongside some of the finest cutting edge artists in the world today. In the UK it is led by joint MDs Alison Donald and Mark Terry.
Last updated 1st January 2009.
Who We Are
We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and the following sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed. Please read the text carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
A Special Note to Children Under 13 Years of Age.
You must be 13 years of age or older to register with our site. Please do not register if you are under 13 years of age.
A Special Note to Parents
While we prohibit registration by children under the age of 13, parents should supervise their children's online activities and consider using parental control tools available from online services and software manufacturers that help provide a child-friendly online environment. These tools can also prevent children from disclosing online their name, address, and other personal information without parental permission. For additional information about parental control tools, please consult the "consumer assistance" page of the direct marketing association home page (www.dma.org.uk).
How We Collect Your Data
(a) from you
we may collect and process personal data relating to you by you providing such personal data by filling in forms on our site or by you contacting us. This includes, but is not limited to, information provided at the time of registering to use (or become a member of) our site, subscribing to any services (e.g. Newsletters), purchasing downloads, posting material or requesting further services.
(b) by using cookies
in addition, we may use 'cookies' to collect data relating to your general internet usage. This data may include ip-addresses, browser version, number of visits and similar such data relating to your navigation of the internet and our site. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer's hard drive. Cookies help us to improve our site and to deliver a better and more personalised service, for instance by storing information about your preferences and allowing us to recognise you when you return to our site.
You may refuse to accept cookies by activating settings on your internet browser. However, please note that if you select such settings you may be unable to access certain parts of our site.
Transmission of Your Data
unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Any transmission is therefore at your own risk.
Once we have received your data, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access. However, we cannot guarantee that any information you submit to us will be free from unauthorized third party intrusion.
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share the password with anyone.
Where Your Data is Kept or Transferred
The data that we collect may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the european economic area ("eea"), for instance if any of our servers from time to time are located outside the eea or if one of our service providers or suppliers is located in a country outside the eea or if we share your data (in accordance with the 'with whom we share your data' section below).
How We Use Your Data
We use the data collected from our site in the following ways:
- to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
- to provide you with information, products or services that you have requested from us (or third parties, where appropriate) or which, based on your musical preferences, we feel may interest you.
- to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
- to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
- to notify you about changes to our service.
With Whom We Share Your Data
We may share your personal data with the following:
(a) group companies, suppliers and artists
we may share your personal data with our affiliated or group companies worldwide, our service providers/suppliers and/or with our artists (including their management).
(b) third parties
we may transfer, sell or assign any data, including personally identifiable data, to third parties, in connection with the sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of substantial assets, reorganization or liquidation of Sony Music, or any part of it.
We may share with others, at our discretion, certain aggregate statistical data about purchases and the use of our content, which data may include demographic data such as the age range and/or geographic location of groups of users. No personal data (such as names or email addresses) will be identifiable from such statistics.
(c) in special circumstances
we may disclose personal data in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this data is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury to or interference (either intentionally or unintentionally) with the rights or property of those described above in paragraph (a) or (b). We may also disclose your personal data when we believe in good faith that the law requires us to do so.
Your Right to Obtain, Change or Remove Your Data
You can opt out of receiving any further messages from Sony Music or anyone with whom we share your data (as described above) at any time by following the unsubscribe instructions in any message sent to you or by sending an email to interact[at]sonybmg.com.
Third Party Cookies
Some of the advertisements you see on this and some artist sites are generated by third parties. Some of these third parties generate their own "anonymous cookies" to track how many unique users have seen a particular ad, and how many times they have seen it. These third party cookies cannot be used to identify an individual user, but only for statistical purposes, for example, in providing you with advertisements that are more relevant to your interests. Additionally, the companies that generate these cookies have their own, very strict, privacy policies but we don't have access to these cookies; other than allowing them to be served, we have no role to play in these cookies at all (although we may use statistical information arising from these third party cookies and provided to us by third parties, to improve the targeting of advertisements to users). If you wish to block third party cookies, you can do so in your browser's security settings - indeed, the majority of browsers will block them by default.