So the news broke just now that user data held by Coachella Festival has been stolen and is now being sold to anyone who deals in this business.
It seems, therefore, that the small print in the terms and conditions tucked away at bottom of the festival website – you know, that stuff they say you should read, but you never do – was very accurate in this case:
…please remember that “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet, and accordingly we cannot provide any guarantee that your Personal Information or any other information you provide us will remain secure.
Coachella’s small print goes on to say: “…we cannot be held liable for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the use and/or misuse of your Personal Information by any third parties who receive your Personal Information.”
So that sounds like they have the cards stacked in their favour if it comes to anyone seeking compensation or redress for this data loss.
We’re not experts however – so it will be interesting if this catch-all get out clause holds legal water.
What hasn’t been asked yet (we’re about to do it) is whether any of AEG’s other festivals might have had their data compromised.
The entertainment giant runs 18 big festivals – largely in the USA. However they are also behind Barclaycard Presents British Summertime in the UK.
Their roster is:
- Barclaycard presents…
- Bayou Country Superfest
- Carolina Rebellion
- Florida Country Superfest
- Fort Rock
- FYF Festival
- Jazz in the Gardens
- Lakeside Country Bash
- New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
- Northern Invasion
- River City Rockfest
- Rock on the Range
- Stagecoach Country Music Festival