Your Information Is Protected
We realize how important your privacy is to you, and it's important to us, too. That is why GoldenRuleMusic.com and Plank Road Publishing do not sell, trade, or in any way disseminate personal information you enter on our web sites to any outside party.
Any personal information provided voluntarily by customers/visitors to GoldenRuleMusic.com or its affiliated web sites is used for internal purposes only by Plank Road Publishing, publisher of GoldenRuleMusic.com, Music K-8 magazine, and Recorder Classroom magazine. The information is kept strictly confidential.
The information you submit to us in an Internet order is placed in a secure database (which is protected by a firewall), so that our Customer Service representatives can better help you. For example, we ask you to provide a telephone number when you place an order so that a Customer Service representative can contact you, should there be any questions regarding your order.
Personal data, including Credit Card Numbers submitted as part of an Internet order through our Secure Store are transmitted in an encrypted format, protected by industry-standard security software. Cards are charged at the time the order is placed, so we do not store your credit card number.
When you place an online order with us, we send you an email confirmation of your order. We do not, however, send unnecessary email messages, or "spam."
We do not collect personally identifying information about you without your knowledge or permission. We do, however, use an external analytics app to gather non-identifying statistical information (see below). This information helps us with web design decisions and allows us to gauge what type of information is most popular with or useful to visitors. In short, it helps us make the web site more useful to you.
To make this site work properly, we sometimes place small data files called cookies on your device. Most big websites do this too.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don't have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
Without these cookies, you will not be able to use this site as intended. These are session cookies, meaning that they are deleted from your computer as soon as you quit your browser or after a certain period of inactivity.
- We set cookies so that you can remain logged in to your online account as you navigate through the web site.
- We set cookies so that you can add items to your cart and check out.
- We set cookies if you voluntarily take part in our Refer-A-Friend rewards program to track rewards.
Google Analytics / Other Google Services
We use the online advertising program Google AdWords and the Google Remarketing technology, both operated by the company Google Inc.
For measuring conversion with Google AdWords, a conversion tracking cookie is placed when a user clicks on an advertisement delivered by Google ("Ads"). Conversion tracking cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. Google uses a different cookie for each Google AdWords customer, and there is no consolidation of the cookie data with other data. If you click on one of our Ads and proceed to a page equipped with a conversion tag and the cookie has not yet expired, the conversion is documented. With the help of the conversion tracking cookie we see the total number of conversions and are able to review the performance of our Ads.
When you click on one of our Ads, a Google Remarketing cookie is placed. This cookie helps to serve our Ads to you at a later time when you browse pages of the Google content network. Remarketing cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification.
Google cookies are those beginning "__ut," "_ga," "_gid," and "_gat"
Click to opt-out of analysis by Google Analytics on our website and other websites.
Checkout / Security
GoDaddy, from whom we obtain our security certificate, sets cookies wherever the GoDaddy secure site logo is shown.
PayTrace, our credit card processor, sets cookies wherever the PayTrace Secure Payments logo is shown.
AddThis may set cookies on our product detail pages. AddThis allows liking or sharing a product from our site on social media.
In the Video Network, the Help Videos page, Video Sample page, School Music Matters Video Resources page, and elsewhere that let you view embedded YouTube videos, YouTube may set cookies.
How to control cookies
You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org or Cookies & You. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work. On our web site, for example, you would not be able to log in to your account, and you would not be able to purchase from our store.
Accounts / Registration
We do not require you to register in order to purchase products from our online store, with the exception of downloadable magazine subscription components. You must register if you wish to use certain optional web site features, such as (but not limited to) the Wish List and Express Checkout.
Our web site contains links to other web sites which we believe may be of interest to you. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these web sites.