Our policy, your privacy
Sonos, Inc. Privacy Statement
Last Updated: April 2018
We respect privacy and your rights to control your personal data. Our principle guidelines are simple. We will be clear about the data we collect and why. Your data is sacredly protected by us. We do not and will not sell your data to third parties.
The prime purpose of collecting your data is to improve your listening experience. Whether we're collaborating with music services to make sure you have access to your favorite playlists and can discover new artists, giving you the ability to play music with your voice or the touch of your smart home system, or offering you highly responsive customer support when something goes wrong, our aim is for you to listen as effortlessly as possible.
This Privacy Statement (the 'Statement') explains the personal information we collect from you, either directly or indirectly, and how we use it. Personal information is any information that can be used to identify you or that we can link to you. The Statement also covers the choices you can make about the data we collect, and how you can control these decisions. It applies to all products offered by Sonos ('Sonos Product(s)'), including our Sonos control app ('Sonos app' or 'app'). It also applies to any Sonos-controlled websites, as well as other offline interactions, such as visiting a Sonos store or attending a Sonos event (collectively referred to as, 'Services'). Please read this Statement carefully to understand how Sonos may collect, use and share your personal information. The terms 'we', 'us', or 'Sonos' are each intended as reference to Sonos, Inc.
The Types of Personal Information We Collect
Information you provide to us
We collect information you voluntarily provide to us, such as your name, phone number and email address; for instance, when you want to learn more about Sonos Products and Services or when you contact our Customer Care group for assistance with your Sonos Products.
Information we collect automatically
We automatically collect information about you, such as Functional Data and Additional Usage Data about your use of your Sonos Product or information collected by using cookies and similar technologies when you use, access or interact with us via our websites or app. We may, for example, collect information about the type of device you use to access our websites, the operating system and version, your IP address, your general geographic location as indicated by your IP address, your browser type, the webpages you view on our websites, and whether and how you interact with content available on our websites.
Information obtained from other sources
We may receive information about you from other sources, including third parties, such as music service partners and partners with whom we offer co-branded services or engage in joint marketing activities. We may also receive information about you from social media platforms, for instance, when you interact with us on those platforms. We protect data obtained from third parties according to the practices described in this Statement and we also apply any additional restrictions imposed by the source of data.
Information of children
Sonos does not target and is not intended to attract children under sixteen. Although visitors of all ages may navigate through our websites or use our app, we do not knowingly collect or request personal information from those under the age of sixteen without parental consent. If, following a notification by a parent or guardian or discovery by other means, a child under sixteen has been improperly registered on our site by using false information, we will cancel the child's account and delete the child's personal information from our records.
Customer Interactions with Sonos
To make the information in this Statement easy to understand, we have highlighted different occasions when Sonos could potentially collect personal information from customers. The customer interactions with Sonos are broken down into the following segments:
Learning about Sonos
As you gather more information about Sonos, you may virtually or physically visit a site that we own. Examples include browsing our website, calling our in-house sales representatives, physically visiting a Sonos-owned store or attending Sonos-sponsored events. To learn more about Sonos Products, you may voluntarily provide personal information, such as your name and email address during these interactions. We may also collect information about you online via cookies or similar technologies when you visit our websites.
We collect: name, email address, IP address, and information provided by cookies or similar technology.
Why: We use this information to share news about events and products offered by Sonos. Additionally, the IP address helps us to understand geographic information about our websites’ visitors better so that we can improve our websites for everyone. It is our legitimate interest to process your personal data for these purposes.
Buying Sonos Products
Once you have decided to buy a Sonos Product, we offer a way for customers to buy directly from us at www.sonos.com or at a Sonos retail store. When you buy from us, you will be asked to provide information so that we can complete your purchase.
We collect: your name, phone number (optional), email address, delivery/shipping address, and payment information.
Why: We use this information to complete your transaction, follow up with you about your purchase, help with any delivery issues, handle returns, and other issues related to the purchase of your Sonos Products. Processing your personal data for this purpose is necessary for the performance of the agreement we have with you. Please note, we do not store any payment or credit card information. We only use payment information in connection with the purchase of Sonos Products.
Registering your Sonos System
Once you receive your Sonos Products, you will be required to connect your Product to a network at home. Each Sonos Product needs to be connected to the internet for setup. As part of the initial setup, you will be asked to download the Sonos control app from either our website or a third-party website, such as the Google Play Store. The Sonos app allows you to control your Sonos system from the device of your choice (for example your phone or tablet). During the setup process, the Sonos app will ask you to set up an account and register your system with Sonos. You must register your Sonos Products in order for them to work.
As part of registering your Sonos Product, the app will prompt you to enter information such as an email address and location data (country, postcode). It is required to provide this information to register your Sonos system. Your Sonos system will then establish a unique alpha-numeric identification number which we use to help identify your specific Sonos system in a less personal manner. This identification number will be associated with the email address that you provide along with the Product serial number and the IP address from where the Product connected. As part of registration, you will need to set up a Sonos account. We collect your password to your Sonos account which is only used for authentication and Sonos account access.
We collect: your name, phone number, email address, location data, your password and IP address. Please note, your password is stored using one-way hash, which means that it cannot be recovered (or disclosed) by anyone, including Sonos.
Why: We collect this information to help get your Sonos Product working securely (which helps prevent unauthorized access to your Sonos Products or home network) and to make sure that we enable you to select the right music service options based on your geographic location (e.g. radio stations available in your country). This processing is necessary for the performance of the contract we have with you. We also use your email to send you Sonos-related notifications, such as promotional messages, software updates, information about Sonos Products and/or Services, and to share exciting Sonos news and Product offerings. It is our legitimate interest to process your personal data for these purposes.
Using Sonos Products
There are three main reasons we collect information from your Sonos Products: (1) to offer you music services or other audio content choices (e.g. tv or games) which is necessary for the performance of the agreement we have with you, (2) to offer you control over your Sonos system which is necessary for the performance of the agreement we have with you, and (3) to make your Sonos Products better over time which is our legitimate interest.
Using Sonos Products involves selecting audio content to play in the rooms of your choice. Although you can play free internet radio or music files stored locally on your home network (for example on your computer’s hard drive), most Sonos owners prefer to add a streaming music service for playback via their Sonos Products. Examples include Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, and other audio content services. The addition of any of these music services requires you to link your individual music service to your Sonos system. Once you have started playing music or other audio content on your Sonos Products, the data we receive is dependent on your preferences.
This data is absolutely necessary for your Sonos Product to perform its basic functions in a secure way and you will not be able to opt out from this data collection, sharing and/or processing if you want to continue to use your Sonos Products.
- Registration data. This data includes your email address, location, language preference, Product serial number, IP address, and Sonos account login information (as described above).
- System data. This data includes things like Product type, controller device type, controller operating system, software version, content source (audio line in), signal input (e.g. whether your TV outputs a specific audio signal such as Dolby to your Sonos system), information about WiFi antennas, audio settings (such as equalization or stereo pair), Product orientation, names of the music service(s) you added/enabled on your Sonos product, the names you have given your Sonos Product in different rooms, whether your Product has been tuned using Sonos Trueplay technology, and error information.
Why we collect Functional Data: We collect this information to help ensure that your Sonos Products are working properly, to provide you with customer support and to honor your audio preferences which is necessary for the performance of the agreement we have with you. We also collect this information to guide product improvement and customer support decisions which is our legitimate interest.
Additional Usage Data:
In order to improve your experience with Sonos Products and to offer better Sonos Products and Services that meet the needs and expectations of our customers, we collect the following Additional Usage Data. You can opt out of sharing this data by following the steps listed here.
- Performance Information. This includes things like the temperature of your Product, WiFi information like signal strength, how often you use music services you have connected to your Sonos system (including, for some services, your login username, but not password), information about how often you use the Sonos app versus other control mechanisms, flow of interactions within the Sonos app, how often you use the physical controls on the unit, and location data when the Sonos app is in use, flow of interactions within the Sonos app, and duration of Sonos Product use.
- Activity Information. This includes duration of music service use, Product or room grouping information, command information (such as play, pause, change volume, or skip tracks), information about playlist or station container data; and Sonos playlist or Sonos favorites information; each correlated to individual Sonos Products. If you enable voice control we will additionally collect information about track data.
Why: We collect this information so that we can help ensure Sonos Products are functioning properly, to determine what types of Product or feature improvements would please our customers most and to help predict potential problems with Sonos Products. Collecting this data is our legitimate interest to help you with issues you may experience. It is your choice if you want us to collect this information, and therefore you can opt out of sharing this data by following the steps listed here. Note that Voice Control and Direct Control functionality cannot be used if you opt out of this data collection as these functionalities require this Additional Usage Data to operate.
Direct Control or Voice Control Functionality:
As the world and our homes become more connected, we realize that our customers may prefer to control their Sonos Products by means other than their Sonos app, for example by using a voice-enabled product (such as Amazon Alexa), through a home control mechanism (for example, a Lutron Pico remote), or through the app offered by their favorite music service.
To enable this function, you will be prompted to allow such devices to connect with your Sonos system (similar to the process you go through to connect a music service). Once this function is enabled, we collect and process the Functional Data, the Additional Usage Data and Audio Data.
Sonos will share a subset of this data with partners that you have specifically authorized to receive such data, in order to ensure that the voice or direct control function is working properly. If you wish to stop us from gathering this information or sharing it with the parties you have authorized, simply disable the feature (for example, disable voice control) or unlink the feature (for example, unlink your home automation remote) from your Sonos Products. However, the voice control function or other direct control functionality will not work unless you authorize us to collect and process the data as outlined in this section.
We collect: Functional Data, Additional Usage Data, and certain Audio Data
Why: This information is needed to fulfill the agreement we have with you, to ensure proper functionality and to help improve these features which is also our legitimate interest.
Sonos is not continuously capturing sound in your home. There are two occasions when we will capture sound from within your home: (1) when you enable voice control technology on the voice-enabled Sonos Product (such as Sonos One); and (2) when you utilize our innovative Trueplay room tuning technology.
Voice control. Voice control works by your voice-enabled Sonos Product 'listening' for a key wake-up word. Please note, not all Sonos Products are voice enabled, and if your Sonos Product is voice enabled, you will have to actively enable your Sonos Product to the start 'listening.' In greater depth, this 'listening' means that the voice-enabled Sonos Product buffers and re-records locally, without transmitting or storing any information, until it detects the word or phrase (such as “Alexa”) that triggers the device to begin actively recording. If the Product does not detect the wake-up word, it continues to record over itself in a never-ending loop lasting a few seconds. This is all done locally on your Sonos Product and is not sent to Sonos or any third party. If a wake-up word is detected, the Sonos Product begins recording. In other words, it does not record or retain any audio data, or begin to transmit any data until it is 'woken up.' You are notified that it is recording by a visual element, such as a light on the Sonos Product, and a specific sound. The Sonos Product will record until your voice command is finished. The actual recording of your voice command is then sent to the voice partner you have authorized to receive such recording (for example, Amazon). Sonos does not retain a copy of your voice recording. Concurrent with the voice recording, your Sonos Product will collect data (for example, decibel level at each frequency) about the ambient noise in the room. It is not possible to extract any speech from this type of data. We collect this data to help us improve our speech recognition technology which is our legitimate interest. If you are trying to state a voice command while music is playing, for example, Sonos may improve the technology by lowering the music so that your voice command can be understood properly.
Trueplay room tuning. Innovative Trueplay analyzes acoustic factors that can impact sound quality in the room where your Sonos Product is placed. You will have to actively enable Trueplay. The purpose of the Trueplay analysis is to alter your Sonos Products in a manner that enhances the sound. To do this, a user goes through an interactive process (watch the video here) that gathers certain data about your room (for example, the number of speakers and speaker placement), including information about background noise levels (for example decibel level at each frequency). This information is used to help make sure that the tuning gives you the best outcome possible. For example, if your dog barks during the Trueplay testing, the Sonos Product knows to ignore the background noise of a barking dog during the testing. The collection of this data is necessary for the fulfillment of the agreement we have with you if you activate Trueplay.
Getting Help from Sonos
From time to time, you may decide to contact our Customer Care group for assistance with your Sonos Products. To be able to offer you the best service possible, we may collect certain data from you or your Sonos Products.
We collect: This may include contact information, such as your name, email address, phone number, social media identifiers (if you contact us using a social media channel), and the content of your chats and other communications with Sonos Customer Care (including voice recording if you call Customer Care). In certain situations, it is useful for the Customer Care team to have a 'Diagnostic' of your Sonos system. This is essentially a technical system snapshot of all relevant information leading up to the incident and includes information such as the music service being used, volume level, Product configuration, WiFi signal and router information, error codes, device information (e.g. the operating system, and version of the Sonos app being used). Collecting the above described information is necessary to provide customer support. You will be informed in advance before we make a snapshot. We do not capture snapshots without telling you first. If you are a Beta tester, we take a daily diagnostic of your Sonos system automatically (per the terms of the Beta tester agreement).
Why: We collect this information to give you the best and most efficient customer support possible. For instance, for customer inquiries and technical questions, we use contact information to respond to the customer in their preferred channel (phone, email, social). For technical problems, we use system diagnostic data to effectively troubleshoot the issue. For product returns and/or exchanges, we use contact information to ensure successful product receipt and/or delivery. Using these types of your data is necessary to fulfill the agreement we have with you.
How We Use Personal Information
Sonos uses the data we collect to provide you with the Sonos Products and Services we offer, which includes using data to improve and personalize your experiences. We also use the data to communicate with you, for example, informing you about your account, new Sonos Products or Services available, security and other types of updates.
Sonos uses the data for the following purposes:
- Providing our Product Experience
- Customer Support
- Product Improvement
- Security, Safety, and Dispute Resolution
- Business Operations
- Communication, Marketing and Advertising
Providing our Product Experience
We use data to provide, operate, support and improve the Sonos Products and Services we offer to ensure our customers can listen as effortlessly as possible. This processing is necessary for the performance of our agreement we have with you.
We use data to respond to customer inquiries, diagnose Product problems, repair customers' Sonos Products and provide other customer care and support services. This processing is necessary for the performance of our agreement we have with you, as well as to serve our legitimate interest.
We continually use data for research purposes and to develop and improve our Sonos Products and Services, including maintaining and improving the performance of our Sonos Products and Services, developing and adding new features or capabilities, such as using error reports to improve security features, using search queries and clicks to improve the relevance of search results and using usage data to determine what new features to prioritize. This processing is necessary to serve our legitimate interest.
Security, Safety and Dispute Resolution
We use data to protect the security and safety of our Sonos Products and our customers, to detect and prevent fraud, to resolve disputes and enforce our agreements. This processing is necessary to serve our legitimate interest.
We use data to develop aggregate analysis and business intelligence that enable us to operate, protect, make informed decisions, and report on the performance of our business. This processing is necessary to serve our legitimate interest.
Communication, Marketing and Advertising
To give you a better understanding of the personal information we collect and use in different occasions you may interact with Sonos, please see the sections below.
How We May Share Personal Information
Sonos does not and will not sell personal information about our customers. We only disclose your data as described in this Statement. We may share information with the following types of third parties.
Third Party Vendors
Sonos uses a variety of third-party vendors to carry out services like websites management and hosting, online Product purchases and shipping, credit card processing and email communications. We only share your personal data as necessary, such as to complete a transaction or to provide a Product or Service you have requested or authorized and only with vendors or agents working on our behalf for the purposes described in this Statement. In this case, your personal information will be shared with these agents or contractors but only for the purpose of performing services on behalf and under instructions of Sonos and in accordance with this Statement. It is our legitimate interest to share information with these parties for these purposes. For questions about third-party vendors, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To ensure the best customer experience and that music services function properly, Sonos may share relevant Product Activity Information and your instructions with music services that you have authorized to interact with your Sonos Products. For instance, if you use a music service on your Sonos Products or to control your Sonos Products, we will have to share certain information with that music service to enable you to do this. Sharing data with music services as instructed by you is necessary to fulfill the agreement we have with you.
Once you have enabled direct control of your Sonos system, we may share relevant Product Activity Information with control partners that you have authorized to interact with your Sonos Products. Sharing data with control partners as instructed by you is necessary to fulfill the agreement we have with you.
Once you have activated speech recognition, we may share relevant Product Activity Information and Audio Data with voice control partners that you have authorized to receive such data, in order to control your Sonos system. Sharing data with voice partners as instructed by you is necessary to fulfill the agreement we have with you.
Sonos-controlled affiliates and subsidiaries
We share information with Sonos-controlled affiliates and subsidiaries for business purposes such as internal administration, promoting Sonos Products and providing customers with our Sonos Products and Services. It is our legitimate interest to share information with these parties for these purposes.
When legally required, strictly necessary for the performance of the services or to protect our rights, or the rights of our affiliates or users, we disclose your personal information to law enforcement authorities, investigative organizations, our affiliates or in legal proceedings.
Sale or Merger
We may share your personal information in the event of a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of our assets. Of course, we shall notify you via email and/or a prominent notice on our website and inform you of your rights.
Sharing and Disclosure of Aggregate Data
We share data in aggregate form and/or in a form which does not enable the recipient of such data to identify you, with third parties, for example, for industry analysis.
Please note, our Sonos Products include links to products or applications of third parties whose privacy practices may differ from Sonos. If you provide personal data to any of those third parties or their products, your data is governed by their privacy statements, and we encourage you to read these privacy statements carefully.
When sharing data with third parties, your personal information may be transferred to countries where data protection laws may provide a lower standard of protection for your personal information than your country. We take great care in protecting your personal information and have put in place adequate mechanisms to protect it when it is transferred internationally. We will transfer your personal information in compliance with applicable data protection laws and will implement suitable safeguards to ensure that your personal information is adequately secured by any third party that will access your information (for instance, by using the Standard Contractual Clauses as approved by the European Commission). If you have questions or wish to obtain more information about the international transfer of your personal information or the implemented safeguards, please send us an email to email@example.com.
The Legal Bases for Using Personal Information
There are different legal bases that we rely on to use your personal information, namely:
Performance of a contract
The use of your personal information may be necessary to perform the agreement you have with us. For example, to complete your purchase of your Sonos Product, to register and maintain your account, to help with delivery issues, to handle returns, to register your Sonos system and to make sure that your Sonos Product performs its basic functions in a secure way or to respond to your requests.
We may use your personal information for our legitimate interests. For example, we rely on our legitimate interest to analyze and improve our Sonos Products and Services and the content on our websites and app, to send you notifications about software updates or information about Sonos Products and Services or to use your personal information for administrative, fraud detection or legal purposes.
Where we process your personal information based on our legitimate interest and no opt-out mechanism is available to you (e.g. in your Sonos Product settings), you may exercise your right to object by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Security, Storage and Retention of Personal Information We Collect
Sonos is committed to protecting the security of your personal information. However, while we take reasonable precautions to guard the personal information we collect, no security system is impenetrable.
We use a variety of appropriate technical and organizational measures and industry standards to protect your personal information and help prevent information about you from loss, theft, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. For example, we store the personal data you provide on computer systems that have limited access and are in controlled facilities. Additionally, we ensure that our third-party data center vendors provide adequate security measures. Additionally, your data is protected with encryption, such as Transport Layer Security (TLS), during transmission over the Internet. Moreover, your password is stored using one-way hash, which means that it cannot be recovered (or disclosed) by anyone, including Sonos (it can only be reset).
You can only access your Sonos account information and our service through the use of an individual user login and password. To protect the confidentiality of your personal information, you must keep your password confidential and not disclose it to any other person. Please alert us immediately if you believe your password has been misused. Additionally, always log out and close your browser when you finish your session. Please note, we will never ask you to disclose your password.
If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us at email@example.com.
Personal data collected by Sonos may be stored and processed in your region, in the United States (for instance in our major data centers), or in any other country where Sonos or its affiliates, subsidiaries or service providers are located or maintain facilities. Sonos has put in place adequate mechanisms to protect personal information when it is transferred internationally, for example by using the Standard Contractual Clauses as approved by the European Commission.
Sonos will retain your personal information for as long as we deem it necessary to enable you to use the website and your Sonos Product, to provide services to you, to comply with applicable laws (including those regarding document retention), resolve disputes with any parties and otherwise as necessary to allow us to conduct our business. All personal information we retain will be subject to this Privacy Statement and our internal retention guidelines. If you have a question about a specific retention period for certain types of personal information we process about you, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Rights and Choices
We want you to be in control of how your personal information is used by us. Subject to local law, you can do this in the following ways:
- you can ask us for a copy of the personal information we hold about you;
- you can inform us of any changes to your personal information, or if you want us to correct any of the personal information we hold about you;
- in certain situations, you can ask us to erase, block or restrict the personal information we hold about you, or object to particular ways in which we are using your personal information; and
- in certain situations, you can also ask us to send the personal information you have given us to a third party.
Where we are using your personal information on the basis of your consent, you are entitled to withdraw that consent at any time. Moreover, where we process your personal information based on legitimate interest or the public interest, you have the right to object at any time to that use of your personal information.
We rely on you to ensure that your personal information is complete, accurate and current. Please inform us promptly of any changes to, or inaccuracies of, your personal information by contacting email@example.com.
We will respond to your request as soon as possible but certainly within 30 days. For more information about how you can control the collection and use of Additional Usage Data and your Communication, Marketing and Advertising Preferences, please visit Your Choices sections below.
We are committed to working with you to obtain a fair resolution of any complaint or concern you may have about our use of your personal information. If, however, you believe that we have not been able to assist with your complaint or concern, you may have the right to lodge a complaint with the data protection authority in your country (if one exists in your country) or supervisory authority.
Sonos Account and Sonos App
If you wish to access, edit or remove profile information, change your password, close your account or request deletion of your personal data, you can do it by logging in to your Sonos account or Sonos app or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot access certain personal information collected by Sonos via the Sonos account, the Sonos app or directly via the Sonos Product that you use, you can always contact us by sending an email to email@example.com. We will respond to any request to access or delete your personal data as soon as possible but certainly within 30 days.
Additional Usage Data
You can always opt out of Additional Usage Data collection by logging in to your Sonos app for iOS or Android. Do it in just a couple of clicks. To opt out please follow the instructions below.
Using the Sonos app for iOS or Android:
- From the Sonos music menu, select Settings
- Open Advanced Settings
- Untick the box that reads Turn usage data sharing on to help Sonos improve its products
Using the Sonos app for Mac:
- From the menu bar at the top of your screen click Sonos then Preferences
- On the left side of the window, click Advanced
- Click Improve Sonos
- Untick the box that reads Yes, turn usage data sharing on to help Sonos improve its products
Using the Sonos app for PC:
- From the menu bar at the top of the Sonos app click Manage then Settings
- On the left side of the window, click Advanced
- Click Improve Sonos
- Untick the box that reads Yes, turn usage data sharing on to help Sonos improve its products
You may change your preferences at any time following the same steps.
Your Communication, Marketing and Advertising Preferences
You can opt out of receiving direct marketing communications from Sonos by following the instructions included in every email sent to you via the “Unsubscribe” tab. You can also opt out of email subscriptions or in-app messaging by updating your Profile and Contact Options in your Sonos account. We respect your choice, and we will stop sending you promotional emails once you unsubscribe or change your communication settings.
Please note, regardless of your communication settings, we will continue to communicate with you regarding changes to terms and conditions, policy updates, Sonos Product software updates, routine customer service messages such as information about current or past purchase, delivery of products, service interruptions, data breaches or other significant information about a Product you own such as discontinuation of support or safety issues.
A 'cookie' is a small data file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. When you visit the website again, the cookie allows that site to recognize your browser. The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a "persistent" or "session" cookie. Sonos uses both types of cookies. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted. We use the following types of cookies on our website.
- Strictly necessary cookies. These cookies are essential for you to browse our website and use its features. Without these cookies, services like shopping baskets cannot be provided.
- Performance cookies. These cookies collect information about how you use our websites. This data may be used to help optimize our website and make it easier for you to navigate.
- Functional cookies. These cookies allow our websites to remember choices you make and personalize your experience. We may store your geographic location in a cookie, for instance, to ensure that we show you the websites relevant to your area.
- Third Party cookies. Third-party cookies are those placed by websites and/or parties other than Sonos. These cookies may be used on our websites to improve our products or services or to help us provide more relevant advertising. These cookies are subject to the respective privacy policies for these external services, for example, Facebook Data Use Policy.
- Analytics cookies. We use analytics cookies, like those offered by Google Analytics, to help us understand things like how long a visitor stays on our websites, what pages they find most useful and how they arrived at sonos.com. To learn more about Google Analytics and your data, visit this Google webpage.
How to control cookie settings
Most web browsers allow you to control cookies through their settings preferences. However if you limit the ability of websites to set cookies, you may impact your overall user experience. Some browsers offer a “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) signal whereby you may indicate your preference regarding tracking and cross-site tracking. Although we do not currently employ technology that recognizes DNT signals, we will only process your personal data in accordance with this Statement. Below you can learn about how to control cookie settings on popular web browsers:
In addition to cookies, we sometimes use small graphic images known as 'pixels' (also known as web beacons, clear GIFs, or pixel tags). We use pixels in our email communications to you (if you have selected to receive such communications) to help us to understand whether our email communication has been viewed. We also use third-party pixels (such as those from Google, Facebook, and other advertising networks) to help us provide advertising that is relevant to your interests. Learn more about our advertising and marketing activities below.
When you use our app, we collect a unique ad-tracking identifier from your device (the Advertising Identifier or “IDFA” on iOS devices and the Google Ad ID or “AID” on Android devices) so that we can learn more about users of our app and provide the most relevant messaging and marketing. Although these identifiers are unique to your device, they do not contain any of your personal information such as name or email address.
How to Control Identifier Settings
You can control how these identifiers are used, including the ability to reset them, through your device settings. Below you can learn about how to control cookie settings on popular web browsers:
Advertising and Modern Marketing Tools
To help more people listen to more music on Sonos, we use several modern marketing tools in support of our advertising efforts.
If you have opted out of receiving communications from us, we will not use your email for interest-based advertising.
How to Contact Us
If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless otherwise stated, Sonos, Inc. is a data controller for personal data we collect through the Sonos Products and Services subject to this Privacy Statement. Our address is 614 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA.
Sonos Europe B.V. is our data protection representative for the European Economic Area and Switzerland. The data protection officer of Sonos Europe B.V. can be contacted at the following address: Schuttersweg 10, 1217 PZ Hilversum, The Netherlands or via email at email@example.com.
Changes to Our Privacy Statement
Sonos may modify or update this Statement when necessary to reflect customer feedback and changes in our Sonos Products and Service. Please review it regularly. When we update this Statement, we will revise the 'Last Update' date at the top of the Statement. If there are material changes to the Statement or in how Sonos uses your personal data, we will notify you either by posting a notice of such changes before they take effect or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to regularly review this Statement to learn more how Sonos is using and protecting your information.
The following are basic questions you may have about our privacy statement. We encourage you to read the detailed statement above for additional details.
Why is Sonos updating its privacy statement?
We now meet the high standard required by the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and have updated our privacy statement to reflect that. We also continue to simplify language and remove jargon, to make our privacy statement easier to understand and read.
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR is a regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for everyone within the European Union (EU). And because we believe that all our customers can benefit from its mandates, we're implementing it globally. The GDPR requires greater openness and transparency from companies on how they collect, store and use personal data, while also imposing tighter limits on the use of personal data. You can learn more here.
How often do you anticipate updating your privacy statement?
We will update our privacy statement as necessary to ensure that our policies are in line with international regulations, our product and business practices.
What information does Sonos collect about me?
Sonos collects your name, phone number, email address, shipping address, payment information, location data, IP address, social identifiers, data provided by cookies and similar technologies, functional data such as registration and system data, as well as additional usage data; for instance, performance and activity information. We also collect audio data once you enable the voice control or Trueplay room tuning technology.
Why does Sonos need my information?
Sonos uses the data we collect to provide you the best experience within products and services we offer, which includes using data to improve and personalize your experiences. We also use the data to communicate with you, for example, informing you about your account, new products or services available, security and other types of updates.
How is my information used?
Sonos uses the data we collect for the following purposes:
- Product Improvement
- Future Product Development
- Customer Support
- Security, Safety, and Dispute Resolution
- Product Performance Analysis
- Communications and Marketing
How does collecting my information help Sonos improve its products?
We use the information to help get your product working and to make sure that we are offering you the right music service options based on your geographic location. We also collect error reports, so we can make improvements to eliminate potential bugs and problems. And finally, understanding how and when our customers collectively use their systems helps us design new ways to fill homes with music.
Do I need to register my Sonos products for them to work?
Yes. This is fundamental to providing a secure internet–based home sound system.
Does Sonos sell information to third parties?
No. We never have. And we never will.
Can I opt out of sharing my information to Sonos?
Yes, you can opt out of submitting certain types of personal information to Sonos; for instance, additional usage data such as performance and activity information. However, certain categories of the data that we collect, referred to as functional data, are necessary for your Sonos product to perform its basic functions in a secure way and you will not be able to opt out. For more information, visit How to Access and Control Your Personal Information.
How do I delete my personal data from Sonos and what are the consequences?
You can always send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Customer Care team and request that your data be deleted. Please note, however, that by deleting your personal data your Sonos products will stop working.
Does Sonos provide my information to music services?
Sonos shares data necessary to facilitate your music service experience on Sonos, for example, when to pause, play, or skip track, and only with the music services you have authorized. An exception would be when you have an issue that requires us to engage with the music service, with your permission, to troubleshoot your problem.
Does Sonos keep or share my credit card information?
No. It’s only used to process your payment at the time of purchase.
When it becomes available, what information obtained via voice control technology will be shared with third parties?
Sonos will share the voice recording and certain activity data; however, we’ll share it only with the partners whose voice assistant you have authorized. We share this to ensure that the connected service is working properly and to ensure the best user experience.
What information gets shared with my home automation provider?
We share “now playing” information and information about your Sonos playlists and favorites.
How long does Sonos keep my information?
Sonos retains personal data for as long as necessary to provide the services, support your product and fulfill the transactions you have requested, or for other essential purposes such as complying with our legal obligations, resolving disputes and enforcing our agreements. Because these needs can vary for different data types in the context of different products or services, actual retention periods can vary significantly. For instance, we’ll keep all functional data on file as long as you have an active Sonos.
How is information stored and secured on Sonos’ servers?
Sonos is committed to protecting the security of your personal data. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal data from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. For example, we store the personal data you provide on computer systems that have limited access and are in controlled facilities. Any data we transmit over the internet is protected using encryption.
Is Sonos using cookies or pixels to gather information?
Does Sonos use interest-based advertising?
Yes. We work with third-party advertisers that utilize cookies and similar technologies to provide more relevant advertising about Sonos on our website and across the internet. To provide interest-based advertising, the advertisers combine non-personal data learned about your online activities over time to customize the advertising delivered to you. We do not share your personal information to do this.
What safeguards are in place for children who have access to Sonos products?
Sonos does not target and is not intended to attract children. Sonos does not knowingly solicit personal information from children or send them requests for personal information. Although visitors of all ages may navigate through our website, we do not intentionally collect personal information from persons under the age of sixteen. If following a notification by a parent or guardian, or discovery by other means, that a child under sixteen has improperly registered on this site by using false information, we will cancel the child's account and delete the child's personal information from our records.
How can I contact Sonos if I have questions regarding Sonos privacy statement?
If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, please send us an email to email@example.com.