Term and Conditions

Data Use Policy

Date of Last Revision: June 5, 2015

I. Information we receive and how it is used

Information we receive about you

Your information is the information that's required when you sign up for the site, as well as the information you choose to share.

We receive a number of different types of data about you, including:

  • Registration Information: When you sign up for InstrumentLife, you are required to provide your name, email address, birthday, and gender.

  • Information you choose to share: Your information also includes the information you choose to share on InstrumentLife, such as when you post a status update, upload a photo, or comment on a friend's story. This includes information you choose to share when you take an action, message a friend or add a place to your performances.

  • Information others share about you: When people use Instrument Life, they may store and share information about you and others that they have, such as when they upload and manage their performances and contacts.

Other information we receive about you

  • We receive data about you whenever you interact with Instrument Life, such as when you look at another person's timeline, send or receive a message, search for a friend or a Page, click on, view or otherwise interact with things, use a Instrument Life mobile app, or make other purchases through Instrument Life.

  • When you post things like photos or videos on Instrument Life, we may receive additional related data (or metadata), such as the time, date, and place you took the photo or video.

  • We receive data from the computer, mobile phone or other device you use to access Instrument Life, including when multiple users log in from the same device. This may include your IP address and other information about things like your internet service, location, the type (including identifiers) of browser you use, or the pages you visit. For example, we may get your GPS or other location information so we can tell you if any of your friends are nearby.

  • We receive data whenever you visit a game, application, or website that uses Instrument Life or visit a site with a Instrument Life feature, sometimes through cookies. This may include the date and time you visit the site; the web address, or URL, you're on; technical information about the IP address, browser and the operating system you use; and, if you are logged in to Instrument Life, your User ID.

  • Sometimes we get data from our advertising partners, customers and other third parties that helps us (or them) deliver ads, understand online activity, and generally make Instrument Life better. For example, an advertiser may tell us information about you (like how you responded to an ad on Instrument Life or on another site) in order to measure the effectiveness of - and improve the quality of - ads.

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people's data in a way that it is no longer associated with you, unless you elect to associate your profile with a specified vendor. We only share your data associated with your name to the manufacturers of the instruments you add to the Instrument Vault.

II. Sharing and finding you on InstrumentLife

Information that is publicly available

  • Name: This helps people find you. If you are uncomfortable sharing your real name, you can always delete your account.

  • Profile Pictures: These help people recognize you. If you are uncomfortable making any of these photos public, you can always delete it. Unless you delete them, when you add a new profile picture or cover photo, the previous photo will remain public in your profile picture or cover photo album.

  • Gender: This allows us to refer to you properly.

  • Username and User ID: These allow you to give out a custom link to your timeline or Page, receive email at your Instrument Life email address, and help make Instrument Life possible.

  • Usernames and User IDs: We use your User ID to identify your Instrument Life account. If someone has your Username or User ID, they can use it to access information about you through the Instrument Life.com website. Specifically, they can access your public information, along with your age range, language and country.

How we use the information we receive

We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use. For example, we may use the information we receive about you:

As part of our efforts to keep Instrument Life products, services and integrations safe and secure.
To protect Instrument Life's or others' rights or property.
To provide you with location features and services.
To measure or understand the effectiveness of ads you and others see, including to deliver relevant ads to you.
For internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.
Granting us this permission not only allows us to provide Instrument Life as it exists today, but it also allows us to provide you with Innovative features and services we develop in the future that use the information we receive about you in new ways.

While you are allowing us to use the information we receive about you, you always own all of your information. Your trust is important To us, which is why we don't share information we receive about you with others unless we have.
Received your permission.
Given you notice, such as by telling you about it in this policy, or removed your name or any other personally identifying information from it.

Deleting your account

When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted from Instrument Life. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days.

If you want to stop using your account, you can also deactivate it. Deactivating your account puts your account on hold. Other users will no longer see your timeline, but we do not delete any of your information. Deactivating an account is the same as you telling us not to delete any information because you might want to reactivate your account at some point in the future. You can deactivate your account at: https://www.instrumentlife.com/editaccount.php

Your friends will still see you listed in their list of friends while your account is deactivated.

Control each time you post

Whenever you post content (like messages, photo or check-in), you can select a specific audience, or even customize your audience. To do this, simply click on the sharing icon and choose who can see it. Always think before you post. Just like anything else you post on the web or send in an email, information you share on InstrumentLife can be copied or re-shared by anyone who can see it.

Although you choose with whom you share, there may be ways for others to determine information about you. For example, if you hide your birthday so no one can see it on your timeline, but friends post "happy birthday!" on your timeline, people may determine your birthday.

Finding you on instrumentLife

To make it easier for your friends to find you, we allow anyone with your contact information (such as email address or telephone number) to find you through the instrumentLife search bar at the top of most pages, as well as other tools we provide, such as contact importers - even if you have not shared your contact information with them on InstrumentLife.

Access on phones and other devices

Once you share information with your friends and others, they may be able to sync it with or access it via their mobile phones and other devices. For example, if you share a photo on InstrumentLife, someone viewing that photo could save it using InstrumentLife tools or by other methods offered by their device or browser. Similarly, if you share your contact information with someone or invite someone to an event, they may be able to use InstrumentLife or third party applications or devices to sync that information. Or, if one of your friends has a InstrumentLife application on one of their devices, your information (such as the things you post or photos you share) may be stored on or accessed by their device.

You should only share information with people you trust because they will be able to save it or re-share it with others, including when they sync the information to a device.

What your friends share about you

We cannot control what your friends write or tag. If you do not want someone to tag you, we encourage you to reach out to them and give them that feedback. If that does not work, you can block them. This will prevent them from tagging you going forward. If you are tagged in a private space (such as a message or a group) only the people who can see the private space can see the tag. Similarly, it you are tagged in a comment, only the people who can see the comment can see the tag.


Once you are in a Group, anyone in that Group can add you to a subgroup. When someone adds you to a Group, you will be listed as "invited" until you visit the Group. You can always leave a Group, which will prevent others from adding you to it again.

About pages

InstrumentLife Pages are public pages. Companies use Pages to share information about their products. Celebrities use Pages to talk about their latest projects. And communities use pages to discuss topics of interest, everything from baseball to the opera.

Because Pages are public, information you share with a Page is public information. This means, for example, that if you post a comment on a Page, that comment may be used by the Page owner off InstrumentLife, and anyone can see it. When you "like" a Page, you create a connection to that Page. The connection is added to your timeline and your friends may see it in their News Feeds. You may be contacted by or receive updates from the Page, such as in your News Feed and your messages. You can remove the Pages you've "liked" through your timeline or on the Page.

Some Pages contain content that comes directly from the Page owner. Page owners can do this through online plugins, such as an iframe, and it works just like the games and other applications you use through InstrumentLife. Because this content comes directly from the Page owner, that Page may be able to collect information about you, just like any website.

Page administrators may have access to insights data, which will tell them generally about the people that visit their Page (as opposed to information about specific people). They may also know when you've made a connection to their Page because you've liked their Page or posted a comment.

III. Other websites and applications

About the instrumentLife platform

InstrumentLife Platform (or simply Platform) refers to the way we help you share your information with the games, applications, and websites you and your friends use. InstrumentLife Platform also lets you bring your friends with you, so you can connect with them off of InstrumentLife. In these two ways, InstrumentLife Platform helps you make your experiences on the web more personalized and social.Remember that these games, applications and websites are created and maintained by other businesses and developers who are not part of InstrumentLife, so you should always make sure to read their terms of service and privacy policies.

Controlling what information you share with applications

When you connect with a game, application or website - such as by going to a game, logging in to a website using your InstrumentLife account, or adding an app to your timeline - we give the game, application, or website (sometimes referred to as just "Applications" or "Apps") your basic info, which includes your User ID, as well your friends' User IDs (or your friend list) and your public information.

Your friend list helps the application make your experience more social because it lets you find your friends on that application. Your User ID helps the application personalize your experience because it can connect your account on that application with your InstrumentLife account, and it can access your basic info, which includes your public information and friend list. This includes the information you choose to make public, as well as information that is always publicly available. If the application needs additional information, such as your stories, photos or likes, it will have to ask you for specific permission.

The "Apps you use" setting lets you control the applications you use. You can see the permissions you have given these applications, the last time an application accessed your information, and the audience on InstrumentLife for your timeline stories and activity the application posts on your behalf. You can also remove applications you no longer want, or turn off all Platform applications. When you turn all Platform applications off, your User ID is no longer given to applications, even when your friends use those applications. But you will no longer be able to use any games, applications or websites through InstrumentLife.

When you first visit an app, InstrumentLife lets the app know your language, your country, and whether you are under 18, between 18-20, or 21 and over. Age range lets apps provide you with age-appropriate content. If you install the app, it can access, store and update the information you've shared. Apps you've installed can update their records of your basic info, age range, language and country.

If you haven't used an app in a while, it won't be able to continue to update the additional information you've given them permission to access Sometimes a game console, mobile phone, or other device might ask for permission to share specific information with the games and applications you use on that device. If you say okay, those applications will not be able to access any other information about you without asking specific permission from you or your friends. Sites and apps that use Instant Personalization receive your User ID and friend list when you visit them.

Controlling what is shared when the people you share with use applications

Just like when you share information by email or elsewhere on the web, information you share on InstrumentLife can be re-shared. This means that if you share something on InstrumentLife, anyone who can see it can share it with others, including the games, applications, and websites they use.

Your friends and the other people you share information with often want to share your information with applications to make their experiences on those applications more personalized and social. For example, one of your friends might want to use a music application that allows them to see what their friends are listening to. To get the full benefit of that application, your friend would want to give the application her friend list - which includes your User ID - so the application knows which of her friends is also using it. Your friend might also want to share the music you "like" on InstrumentLife. If you have made that information public, then the application can access it just like anyone else. But if you've shared your likes with just your friends, the application could ask your friend for permission to share them.

You can control most of the information other people can share with applications they use from the "Ads, Apps and Websites" settings page. But these controls do not let you limit access to your public information and friend list. If an application asks permission from someone else to access your information, the application will be allowed to use that information only in connection with the person that gave the permission and no one else.

Logging in to another site using instrumentLife

The instrumentLife Platform lets you log into other applications and websites using your InstrumentLife account. When you log in using InstrumentLife, we give the site your User ID (just like when you connect with any other application), but we do not share your email address or password with that website through this process.

If you already have an account on that website, the site may also be able to connect that account with your InstrumentLife account. Sometimes it does this using what is called an "email hash", which is similar to searching for someone on InstrumentLife using an email address. Only the email addresses in this case are hashed so no email addresses are actually shared between InstrumentLife and the website.

How it works: The website sends over a hashed version of your email address, and we match it with a database of email addresses that we have also hashed. If there is a match, then we tell the website the User ID associated with the email address. This way, when you log into the website using InstrumentLife, the website can link your InstrumentLife account to your account on that website.

About social plugins

Social plugins are buttons, boxes, and stories (such as the Like button) that other websites can use to present InstrumentLife content to you and create more social and personal experiences for you. While you view these buttons, boxes, and stories on other sites, the content comes directly from InstrumentLife.

Sometimes plugins act just like applications. You can spot one of these plugins because it will ask you for permission to access your information or to publish information back to InstrumentLife. For example, if you use a registration plugin on a website, the plugin will ask your permission to share your basic info with the website to make it easier for you to register for the website. Similarly, if you use an Add To Timeline plugin, the plugin will ask your permission to publish stories about your activities on that website to InstrumentLife.

If you make something public using a plugin, such as posting a public comment on a newspaper's website, then that website can access your comment (along with your User ID) just like everyone else.

If you post something using a social plugin and you do not see a sharing icon, you should assume that story is Public. For example, if you post a comment through a InstrumentLife comment plugin on a site, your story is Public and everyone, including the website, can see your story. Websites that use social plugins can sometimes tell that you have engaged with the social plugin. For example, they may know that you clicked on a Like button in a social plugin.

We receive data when you visit a site with a social plugin. We keep this data for a maximum of 90 days. After that, we remove your name or any other personally identifying information from the data, or combine it with other people's data in a way that it is no longer associated with you. Learn more at: https://www.InstrumentLife.com/help/social-plugins

About instant personalization

Instant personalization is a way for InstrumentLife to help partners (such as Bing and Rotten Tomatoes) on and off InstrumentLife create a more personalized and social experience for logged in users than a social plugin can offer. When you visit a site or app using instant personalization, it will know some information about you and your friends the moment you arrive. This is because sites and apps using instant personalization can access your User ID, your friend list, and your public information.

The first time you visit a site or app using instant personalization, you will see a notification letting you know that the site or app has partnered with InstrumentLife to provide a personalized experience. The notification will give you the ability to disable or turn off instant personalization for that site or app. If you do that, that site or app is required to delete all of the information about you it received from InstrumentLife as part of the instant personalization program. In addition, we will prevent that site from accessing your information in the future, even when your friends use that site.

If you decide that you do not want to experience instant personalization for all partner sites and apps, you can disable instant personalization from the "Ads, Apps and Websites" settings page.

If you turn off instant personalization, partner third party sites and apps will not be able to access your public information, even when your friends visit those sites.

If you turn off an instant personalization site or app after you have been using it or visited it a few times (or after you have given it specific permission to access your data), it will not automatically delete your data received through InstrumentLife. But the site is contractually required to delete your data if you ask it to.

How it works: To join the instant personalization program, a potential partner must enter into an agreement with us designed to protect your privacy. For example, this agreement requires that the partner delete your data if you turn off instant personalization when you first visit the site or app. It also prevents the partner from accessing any information about you until you or your friends visit its site. Instant personalization partners sometimes use an email hash process to see if any of their users are on InstrumentLife and get those users' User IDs. This process is similar to searching for someone on InstrumentLife using an email address, except in this case the email addresses are hashed so no actual email addresses are exchanged. The partner is also contractually required not to use your User ID for any purpose (other than associating it with your account) until you or your friends visit the site. When you visit a site or app using instant personalization, we provide the site or app with your User ID and your friend list (as well as your age range, locale, and gender). The site or app can then connect your account with that partner with your friends' accounts to make the site or app instantly social. The site can also access public information associated with any of the User IDs it receives, which it can use to make them instantly personalized. For example, if the site is a music site, it can access your music interests to suggest songs you may like, and access your friends' music interests to let you know what they are listening to. Of course it can only access your or your friends' music interests if they are public. If the site or app wants any additional information, it will have to get your specific permission.

Public search engines

Your public search setting controls whether people who enter your name on a public search engine may see your public timeline (including in sponsored results). You can find your public search setting on the "Ads, Apps and Websites" settings page.

This setting does not apply to search engines that access your information as an application using InstrumentLife Platform. If you turn your public search setting off and then search for yourself on a public search engine, you may still see a preview of your timeline. This is because some search engines cache information for a period of time.

IV. How advertising and Sponsored Stories work

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Ads & social context

InstrumentLife Ads are sometimes paired with social actions your friends have taken. For example, an ad for a sushi restaurant may be paired with a news story that one of your friends likes that restaurant's InstrumentLife page. This is the same type of news story that could show up in your News Feed, only we place it next to a paid advertisement to make that ad more relevant and interesting. When you show up in one of these news stories, we will only pair it with ads shown to your friends. If you do not want to appear in stories paired with InstrumentLife Ads, you can opt out using your "Edit social ads" setting.

We may serve ads, including those with social context (or serve just social context), on other sites. These work just like the ads we serve on InstrumentLife - the advertisers do not receive any of your information. Only people that could see the InstrumentLife action (like on your timeline) would see it paired in this way. Your "Show my social actions in InstrumentLife Ads" setting only controls ads with social context. It does not control Sponsored Stories, ads or information about InstrumentLife's services and features, or other InstrumentLife content. Games, applications and websites can serve ads directly to you or help us serve ads to you or others if they have information like your User ID or email address.

Sponsored stories

Many of the things you do on InstrumentLife (like "liking" a Page) are posted to your timeline and shared in News Feed. But there's a lot to read in News Feed. That's why we allow people to "sponsor" your stories to make sure your friends see them. For example, if you RSVP to an event hosted by a local restaurant, that restaurant may want to make sure your friends see it so they can come too. If they do sponsor a story, that story will appear in the same place ads usually do or in your News Feed under the heading "Sponsored" or something similar. Only people that could originally see the story can see the sponsored story, and no personal information about you (or your friends) is shared with the sponsor.

Your "Show my social actions in InstrumentLife Ads" setting only controls ads with social context. It does not control Sponsored Stories, ads or information about InstrumentLife's services and features, or otherInstrumentLife content.

instrumentLife content

We like to tell you about some of the features and tools your friends and others use on InstrumentLife, to help you have a better experience. For example, if your friend uses our friend finder tool to find more friends on InstrumentLife, we may tell you about it to encourage you to use it as well. This of course means your friend may similarly see suggestions based on the things you do. But we will try to only show it to friends that could benefit from your experience.

Your "Show my social actions in InstrumentLife Ads" setting only controls ads with social context. It does not control Sponsored Stories, ads or information about InstrumentLife's services and features, or other InstrumentLife content.

V. Cookies, pixels and other similar technologies

Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored on your computer, mobile phone or other device. Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies. We use technologies like cookies, pixels, and local storage (like on your browser or device, which is similar to a cookie but holds more information) to provide and understand a range of products and services. Learn more at: https://www.InstrumentLife.com/help/cookies We use these technologies to do things like:

  • Make InstrumentLife easier or faster to use.
  • Enable features and store information about you (including on your device or in your browser cache) and your use of InstrumentLife.
  • Deliver, understand and improve advertising.
  • Monitor and understand the use of our products and services; and to protect you, others and InstrumentLife.
  • For example, we may use them to know you are logged in to InstrumentLife, to help you use social plugins and share buttons, or to know when you are interacting with our advertising or Platform partners.
  • We may ask advertisers or other partners to serve ads or services to computers, mobile phones or other devices, which may use a cookie, pixel or other similar technology placed by InstrumentLife or the third party (although we would not share any other information that identifies you with an advertiser).
  • Most companies on the web use cookies (or other similar technological tools), including our advertising and Platform partners. For example, our Platform partners, advertisers or Page administrators may use cookies or similar technologies when you access their apps, ads, Pages or other content.

Cookies and things like local storage help make InstrumentLife work, like allowing pages to load faster because certain content is stored on your browser or by helping us authenticate you to deliver personalized content. To learn more about how advertisers generally use cookies and the choices advertisers provide, visit the Network Advertising Initiative at http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp, the Digital Advertising Alliance at http://www.aboutads.info, the Internet Advertising Bureau (US) at http://www.iab.net or the Internet Advertising Bureau (EU) at http://youronlinechoices.eu/. You can remove or block cookies or other similar technologies or block or remove other data stored on your computer or device (such as by using the various settings in your browser), but it may affect your ability to use InstrumentLife or other websites and apps.

VI. Some other things you need to know

Safe harbor

InstrumentLife complies with the EU Safe Harbor framework as set forth by the Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union. To view our certification, visit the U.S. Department of Commerce's Safe Harbor website at: https://safeharbor.export.gov/list.aspx. As part of our participation in the Safe Harbor program, we agree to resolve disputes you have with us in connection with our policies and practices through TRUSTe. If you would like to contact TRUSTe, visit: https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.

Contact us with questions or disputes

If you have questions or complaints regarding our Data Use Policy or practices, please contact us by mail at PO box 18622 Erlanger KY, 41018.

Responding to legal requests and preventing harm

We may access, preserve and share your information in response to a legal request (like a search warrant, court order or subpoena) if we have a good faith belief that the law requires us to do so. This may include responding to legal requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law in that jurisdiction, affects users in that jurisdiction, and is consistent with internationally recognized standards.

We may also access, preserve and share information when we have a good faith belief it is necessary to: detect, prevent and address fraud and other illegal activity; to protect ourselves, you and others, including as part of investigations; and to prevent death or imminent bodily harm. Information we receive about you, including financial transaction data related to purchases made with InstrumentLife Credits, may be accessed, processed and retained for an extended period of time when it is the subject of a legal request or obligation, governmental investigation, or investigations concerning possible violations of our terms or policies, or otherwise to prevent harm.

Access requests

You can access and correct most of your personal data stored by InstrumentLife by logging into your account and viewing your timeline and activity log. You can also download a copy of your personal data by visiting your "Account Settings", clicking on "Download a copy of your InstrumentLife data" and then clicking on the link for your expanded archive. Learn more at: https://www.InstrumentLife.com/help/?faq=226281544049399

Notifications and Other Messages

We may send you notifications and other messages using the contact information we have for you, like your email address. You can control most of the notifications you receive, including ones from Pages you like and applications you use, using your "Notifications" settings.

Friend finder

We offer tools to help you upload your friends' contact information so that you and others can find friends on InstrumentLife, and invite friends who do not use InstrumentLife to join. If you do not want us to store this information, visit this help page at: https://www.InstrumentLife.com/contact_importer/remove_uploads.php If you give us your password, we will delete it after you upload your friends' contact information.


When you invite a friend to join InstrumentLife, we send a message on your behalf using your name, and up to two reminders. We may also include names and pictures of other people your friend might know on InstrumentLife. The invitation will also give your friend the opportunity to opt out of receiving other invitations to join InstrumentLife.

Memorializing accounts

We may memorialize the account of a deceased person. When we memorialize an account, we keep the timeline on InstrumentLife, but limit access and some features. You can report a deceased person's timeline at: https://www.InstrumentLife.com/help/contact.php?show_form=deceased. We also may close an account if we receive a formal request that satisfies certain criteria.

Service Providers

We give your information to the people and companies that help us provide, understand and improve the services we offer. For example, we may use outside vendors to help host our website, serve photos and videos, process payments, analyze data, measure the effectiveness of ads, or provide search results. In some cases we provide the service jointly with another company, such as the InstrumentLife Marketplace. In all of these cases our partners must agree to only use your information consistent with the agreement we enter into with them, as well as this Data Use Policy.

Security and bugs

We do our best to keep your information secure, but we need your help. For more detailed information about staying safe on InstrumentLife, visit the InstrumentLife Security Page. We try to keep InstrumentLife up, bug-free and safe, but can’t make guarantees about any part of our services or products.

Change of Control

If the ownership of our business changes, we may transfer your information to the new owner so they can continue to operate the service. But they will still have to honor the commitments we have made in this Data Use Policy.

Notice of Changes

If we make changes to this Data Use Policy we will notify you by publication here and on the InstrumentLife Site Governance Page. If the changes are material, we will provide you additional, prominent notice as appropriate under the circumstances. You can make sure that you receive notice directly by liking the InstrumentLife Site Governance Page.

Opportunity to comment and vote

Unless we make a change for legal or administrative reasons, or to correct an inaccurate statement, we will give you seven (7) days to provide us with comments on the change. If we receive more than 7000 comments concerning a particular change, we will put the change up for a vote. The vote will be binding on us if more than 30% of all active registered users as of the date of the notice vote.

Your California privacy rights

California law permits residents of California to request certain details about what personal information a company shares with third parties for the third parties' direct marketing purposes. InstrumentLife does not share your information with third parties for the third parties' own and independent direct marketing purposes unless we receive your permission. Learn more about the information we receive and how it is used and other websites and applications. If you have questions about our sharing practices or your rights under California law, please write us at 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025 or contact us through this help page: https://www.InstrumentLife.com/help/contact_us.php?id=173545232710000