Generally, this isn't something you should worry about, but this document is here regardless to make everything clear in case you have a privacy related question, as well as to let you know about your options if something happens to be against your choice. Throughout this document, terms like "AudioNodes", "we", and "us" refer to individuals (such as developers, managers, or moderators) maintaining AudioNodes, both as a website and as a software application. More specifically, AudioNodes is managed and maintained by John Weisz and Esther Szabo at this time, as individuals.
When you register either with an e-mail address and password pair, or through a social media network (e.g. Facebook or Twitter) on audionodes.com or a related website (such as the AudioNodes Community Discussion Board), your credentials are stored and used to identify you as a user on this site. Your credentials and personal data are never available to a 3rd party, except what you deliberately specify as public information (such as the "Write something about yourself" field). You may edit this information at any time, at your own discretion.
AudioNodes has access to your personal data, such as your e-mail address (but not your password), and may use this data to notify you about your activity or account. You may receive automated messages about your account, according to notification settings you configured. You may opt out of these notifications, except notifications which are directly related to the security of your account. You may request* the deletion of all your data on the AudioNodes Community Discussion Board, by posting a request on the AudioNodes Discussion Board, after which you will no longer receive notifications and no longer be able to login to participate in discussions (until registering again). You may also request* a copy of all personal data stored about you through the same routine.
Your personal data you specify when posting a comment is stored by Disqus, on the Disqus servers. You may request the deletion of all your personal data, as well as a copy of all your personal data, from Disqus. Although your data is stored by Disqus, AudioNodes has access to your basic personal data (e-mail address, name, and IP address) for moderation purposes, at the discretion of AudioNodes.
Data stored by AudioNodes Online
When using AudioNodes Online for its intended purposes (such as creating and editing audio, and creating music), your personal preferences, work project, as well as any opened files are stored on your computer only, and this data remains on your computer in all circumstances, unless explicitly stated otherwise, such as in the case of a cloud drive connected (see below). AudioNodes Online reads this data directly from your computer, and does not transmit it to a remote location, unless explicitly stated otherwise.
You can clear this data at any time through your browser settings (this data is often called stored application data). To view what data is stored exactly, you can use the Developer tools of any modern browser (instructions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge). Please consult a web developer if you require further assistance (this includes the option to ask us on the AudioNodes Community Discussion Board, we are always glad to help).
Downloads and purchases
When you download AudioNodes, your download is served through Gumroad, whether a payment was made (paid download) or not (free download). During this process, you specify your e-mail address, and a copy of the download (including your license key) is sent to this address.
We'll use this e-mail address to send notifications about available updates. This is anticipated to be approximately 1 per month, but can be more in rare cases (such as when a quick hotfix is available soon after a previous update). You can unsubscribe from these e-mails at any time using the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom of each e-mail, after which you will not get such notifications. Unsubscribing from notifications does not automatically delete your data.
Such personal data (your e-mail address, generated license key, as well as your name and website, if specified) are stored on Gumroad servers, and is accessible by AudioNodes for analytics purposes at the sole discretion of AudioNodes (and for the purposes of informing you about updates about AudioNodes). You can request* the deletion of your data stored on Gumroad**, or request* a copy of all data stored about you at any time on the Discussion Board.
Cloud drives and your files
AudioNodes Online (app) supports linking with your cloud storage on your behalf, to gain read/write access to all of your files and folders on your cloud drive (such as Dropbox and OneDrive) from your machine only, from inside your browser.
Unless clearly and explicitly mentioned in a specific feature or workflow, access to your cloud files is constrained only to the machine you used to link AudioNodes Online, cloud files you opened (or downloaded) will not leave your machine in any way, and will not be used while you are not using (running) AudioNodes Online (for example, they are not uploaded to the AudioNodes servers, or otherwise used in the background without your knowledge). Your files may be re-uploaded to your cloud drive from which they were downloaded, of course.
To link with a cloud storage, you will have to complete the authorization process offered by the used cloud platform.
During this process, you may first have to enter your login credentials, such as your e-mail address and password. AudioNodes Online itself does not store this information -- neither on the AudioNodes servers, or inside your browser. When logged in, your cloud drive will show you a list of permissions AudioNodes Online requests, and which you will grant to AudioNodes Online if completing the authorization process.
During this process, the authorization process itself or AudioNodes Online may access your profile data to display information about the account you are linking. This data is used for confirmation/presentational purposes only, and is not stored by AudioNodes Online. A unique access token however is stored by AudioNodes Online, which grants it access to your cloud account. You can invalidate this access token by logging out, or disconnecting your cloud account from AudioNodes Online on the "account" page of your cloud account provider.
If authorized, AudioNodes Online will have read/write access to your entire cloud drive, and will use that access to perform the tasks listed below.
AudioNodes Online will query the list of files and folders in a particular folder, to show you for browsing files from inside the app. In particular, this happens when you start browsing for a file from inside the app. This information may be cached by your browser, but does not leave your machine in any way (i.e. it is not uploaded to the AudioNodes servers). This includes the root folder of your cloud drive.
Read (or download) files
AudioNodes Online will read (download) the contents of a file to open (such as to open an audio file for playback) in 2 circumstances: once after you purposefully selected that particular file for opening, and then every time you re-open AudioNodes Online with the same project loaded (this is so that you don't have to manually open every file by hand when restarting the app, or re-opening an existing project). Depending on the size of files, especially audio files, this may use significant network traffic.
In addition to reading file contents, AudioNodes Online will periodically check if a specific file exists, or has been modified outside AudioNodes Online, to ensure the integrity of your project files. This has a negligible network traffic overhead.
Write (or upload) files
AudioNodes Online will write (upload) files to your cloud drive when you explicitly instruct it to do so. This happens when you save your project (either with "Save As" or simple "Save"), or when you save any other file (such as the output of exporting your project to audio, or the output of a Recorder Node).
When you save such a file, one copy of that file remains in memory (and in some cases, in your browser cache), and one copy is uploaded to your cloud drive. Your files don't go anywhere else.
*Deletion and data copy requests are processed manually, and may take up to 30 days.
**Your personal data stored on Gumroad is used to verify your download or purchase, and the corresponding software license key you were given. For technical reasons, deleting this data will also invalidate your AudioNodes license key, and may prevent you from accessing the software or some of its features. By completing a paid download process to acquire AudioNodes, you understand and agree that we may not be able to issue a refund on your purchase if you request your personal data stored on Gumroad to be deleted.