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Privacy Policy


Ritchie Petersen is an independent musician who promotes his music through the web-site:

What personal data is collected and why it is collected.

Data is only collected that is added by individual Users utilising the website.

Contact Forms

Subscribers’ names and emails addresses are collected to distribute promotional songs, newsletters and other material that Ritchie Petersen releases.

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Purchasing music and other music related merchandise

Website Users credit card details, who choose to purchase musical material, are transacted through Ritchie Petersen’s PAYPAL business account. These credit card details are handled by PayPal and are NOT made available to Ritchie Petersen.
PAYPAL has it’s own security for it’s website transactions.
Ritchie Petersen’s website: uses SSL certification for security of Users and transactions.


This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.

If you leave a comment on our site your name, email address and website may be saved in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Generally speaking, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers

Other websites.

Ritchie Petersen does not use data or information or embedded material from other websites.
No analytic packages, tracking, or otherwise, is collected or used.

Sharing your data.

Users data is not shared by any third party.

How long data is retained.

Subscribers’ names and addresses are kept until a subscriber chooses to unsubscribe, or Ritchie Petersen decides to cease releasing promotional music material.
Purchasers records are kept for a minimum of seven years, in accordance with the New Zealand Income Tax Regulations.
Comments and metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so they can be recognized and approved for any follow-up comment automatically, instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

What rights you have over your data

If you have a subscription on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data held about you, including any other data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

How we protect your data.

Users data is protected by the SSL Certified website used by:

Contact for privacy-specific concerns.

Any user who has any issue or query concerning their privacy of data may contact Ritchie Petersen directly at: