Privacy Policy


Last modified:  July 19, 2018

This Privacy Policy covers RealNetworks, Inc., its majority-owned affiliates and worldwide subsidiaries, and RealNetworks divisions operating under different trade names (collectively "RealNetworks"). RealNetworks is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. This Privacy Policy explains how RealNetworks collects and uses personal information when you use RealNetworks products, services and websites.

If you are looking for the SAFR™ Privacy Policy please click here.


RealNetworks collects information as necessary to operate effectively, provide and improve the products and services we offer, communicate with you, and provide effective customer support.  Such information can include:

  • Your name and contact details such as email address, mailing address, and phone number;
  • Billing information, such as credit card number, when you make a purchase;
  • Demographic information such as your gender or language preference;
  • Information relating to your use of our products and services, for example information relating to photographs or videos you upload to RealPlayer or add to RealTimes, content you download using RealPlayer including domains associated with such content, geo-location information or patterns associated with photographs or videos to enable features in RealTimes, and activities on our websites such as pages visited;
  • Information about your computer or mobile device such as your unique device ID (persistent/ non-persistent, MAC or IMEI), hardware, software, platform, and Internet Protocol (IP) address.

While most of this data come directly from you, such as information you provide when you sign up for the service or information we gather when you use our products and services, we sometimes receive information from third parties such as:

  • Social networks (like Facebook and Twitter) and similar third party services, that make users’ information available to others;
  • Partners with which we offer co-branded services or engage in joint marketing activities; and
  • Advertisers about your experiences or interactions with their offerings.
  • Service providers that help us determine your device’s location based on its IP address to customize certain products to your location;

We protect data obtained from third parties according to the practices described in this Privacy Policy, plus any additional restrictions imposed by the source of the data.  When you are asked to provide personal information, you may decline. But if you choose not to provide information that is necessary to provide a service, you may not be able to use that service.

RealNetworks does not intentionally or knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13.


RealNetworks uses information to enable our operations and to provide our products and services, including:

  • Deliver to you and bill you for RealNetworks products and services;
  • Verify access rights to premium content or other access-restricted services and software;
  • Determine if your device meets minimum system requirements to use our products, and provide information concerning compatibility and interoperability;
  • Auto-update downloaded products;
  • Provide personalized content recommendations, language and location customization, and/or personalized help and instructions;
  • Develop aggregated statistics that help us better understand how our products are used and to market them;
  • Improve our software and services, such as fixing problems and continually improving the performance of features you may use such as facial recognition or content recommendations;
  • Track content use for the purpose of paying royalties and license fees to third party providers; and
  • Communicate with you, such as sending you messages concerning your account and customer service issues; asking you to participate in surveys; and delivering news, updates, targeted advertising, promotions, and special offers.


RealNetworks is committed to protecting your personal information. We use the following controls to protect your personal information:

  • Use of secure connections using SSL to safeguard information when transmitted from your Web browser to RealNetworks;
  • Use of security controls to restrict access to databases housing personal information;
  • Use of encryption for sensitive personal information, such as credit card numbers and user names;
  • Limited employee access to databases containing personal information and confidentiality requirements imposed upon employees who do; and
  • Subcontractors bound by contractual, technical and organizational measures to honor RealNetworks’ Privacy Policy or equivalent privacy standards.

We retain personal information only as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes described in this Privacy Policy, such as providing the Services and fulfilling the transactions you have requested, or for other essential purposes such as complying with our legal obligations, resolving disputes, and enforcing our agreements, after which the information will be deleted or de-identified. Your content will be deleted from our Services when you remove content from our Services or five years from your last interaction with our Service, whichever occurs first although certain aggregated data derived from it may be retained for limited purposes such as product improvement. 


When you use a RealNetworks product or game through a Social Networking Site (“SNS”) such as Facebook, you allow RealNetworks to access certain information you provided to such SNS such as your user ID, first and last name, profile picture, and usage data for that product or service. By accessing a RealNetworks product or service through an SNS, you are authorizing RealNetworks to collect, store and use  information that you agreed the SNS could provide to RealNetworks through the SNS. RealNetworks' collection, storage and use of your information are governed by this Privacy Policy. RealNetworks may access videos, photographs, and other media you share on an SNS with the public and use such material in accordance with the terms and policies of that SNS.  If you do not want RealNetworks to have such access, adjust your SNS privacy settings so that the media is not shared with the public.


When you visit our website or use our products or services, certain third-party companies can collect information as part of serving ads, providing analytics services, or delivering content or plug-ins.

We work with  third-party advertising companies to help ensure the advertisements about goods and services you see are likely to be of greater interest to you. These third party partners currently include Google’s DoubleClick. The advertising companies we work with typically use third-party cookies and/or web beacons to collect a unique ID number in combination with information such as click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over during your visits to this and other websites in order. In order to enable a consistent browsing experience, the RealPlayer PC application may copy the DoubleClick cookie from your web browser to the app’s embedded browser.

Please review our Use of Cookies section to understand how we Use cookies and how you can change cookie settings.

On mobile devices, these advertising companies sometimes collect and use this cookie along with advertising IDs provided by the mobile operating systems – such as the Android advertising ID and/or Apple's ID for advertising. These advertising IDs can be controlled or reset through your mobile operating system settings. Settings vary from device to device but you will usually find the ad identifier settings under "privacy" or "ads" in your device's settings.

To learn more about third-party targeted advertising, you can visit either the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) or the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), which each provide an easy way to opt out of ad targeting from participating companies.  Similarly, for Europe you can visit the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA) and for Canada you can visit Ad Choices: Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada (DAAC) / Choix de Pub: l'Alliance de la publicité numérique du Canada (DAAC).

We also use third-party analytics providers such as Google Analytics to help us compile aggregated statistics about the operation and effectiveness of our websites. Analytics providers set or read their own cookies or other identifiers on your device, through which they can collect information about your use of our websites and those of other companies.  You can learn more about Google Analytics, including how to opt-out, by visiting Google’s Privacy & Terms for Partners.

When you search for specific content on RealNetworks websites, the search terms may be embedded in the "search string" that appears in the URL display window of your web browser. Certain advertising services or third-party content providers may associate these search strings with cookies they set or retrieve from our pages.


Please see RealNetworks’ Cookie Policy for more information about how RealNetworks and our business partners use cookies and similar technologies.


We will not share your personal information with third parties without your consent, except as necessary for the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy.

In some cases, access to certain products and services may require the provision of personal information to a third party. In such cases, this will be stated during the registration process, in the terms of use, through the distribution process, or in a similar manner. The third party's use of such information is governed by that party's privacy policy. Please visit the privacy policy of the third party to make sure you understand how they use the personal information you provide to them. If you do not wish for such a transfer to take place, you should not register for the applicable product or service. Additionally, RealNetworks may be required to provide specific access and usage information to certain content providers and rights holders as a condition of content licensing and royalties.

RealNetworks may disclose relevant information about our customers to our contractors in order for them to provide specific services for RealNetworks. For an example RealNetworks shares personal information with third party payment processors for billing purposes. RealNetworks contractors are bound to keep all personal information they process confidential.

RealNetworks may transfer personal information in connection with a sale, merger, transfer, exchange or other disposition (whether of assets, stock or otherwise) of all or a portion of a business of RealNetworks and/or its subsidiaries.

Finally, RealNetworks may disclose your personal information, including the content of files you upload using RealNetworks’ products or services, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law; (b) comply with the order of a competent judicial authority in any jurisdiction; (c) comply with legal process served on RealNetworks; (d) protect and defend the rights or property of RealNetworks; or (e) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of RealNetworks products or the public at large.

RealNetworks websites may link to third-party websites or services.  Certain RealNetworks products allow the addition of third-party plug-ins.  This Privacy Policy does not apply to any such third-party websites, services, or plug-ins. 


RealNetworks will send marketing e-mail messages to you only in accordance with your preferences. You may change your communications preferences at any time by either (a) selecting the opt-out option in any marketing message you receive or (b) if you have created an online account with RealNetworks, changing your account setting to select whether to receive marketing messages. Note that separate RealNetworks products, services and lines of business may send separate newsletters and marketing emails to you, which you may have to manage separately. We may also send you certain essential (non-promotional) e-mail about products or services you have previously purchased or to inform you about critical technical service issues relating to a RealNetworks product or service even if you have opted out of marketing messages.


To access your account information and preferences, select "Manage My Account" from the menus in the RealPlayer (usually under the "Help" menu) or other RealNetworks consumer software. Sign in to your account and modify your information and preferences as needed.

If you created an account with RealNetworks, you may review and update your account on the web at or by selecting "My Account" in your RealNetworks product, and logging in using your name and password. If you have forgotten your username or password, you can use our online help resources or contact us by clicking here.


We revise this Privacy Policy as needed to keep it up to date with RealNetworks products, services and Web pages. When we do, we will update the date at the top of this Policy. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this page. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices. 


RealNetworks processes information about our users on servers located in a number of countries. We may also subcontract processing or share your information to third parties located in countries other than your home country. Information collected by RealNetworks in the United States may, for example, be transferred to and processed in a country outside of the United States. Information collected within the European Economic Area and Switzerland may, for example, be transferred to, and processed in a country outside of the European Economic Area and Switzerland, some of which have not been determined by the European Commission to have an adequate level of data protection. Wherever we process personal information, we do so according to the provisions of this Privacy Policy and the requirements of applicable law.


RealNetworks complies with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework as set forth by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of personal information from the European Union and Switzerland, and has certified that it adheres to the Privacy Shield Principles. The subsidiaries of RealNetworks included in our Privacy Shield certification also adhere to the Privacy Shield Principles.  If there is any conflict between this Privacy Policy and the Privacy Shield Principles, the Privacy Shield Principles shall govern. 

In some cases, RealNetworks may remain liable if a third party processes personal data on our behalf in a manner inconsistent with the Privacy Shield Principles. To learn more about the Privacy Shield program, and to view our certification, please visit

If you have a question or complaint related to our participation in the Privacy Shield, we encourage you to contact us via our web form. For any complaints related to the Privacy Shield frameworks that cannot be resolved with RealNetworks directly, you may seek resolution of your complaint by contacting the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, the international division of the American Arbitration Association (ICDR-AAA). As further explained in the Privacy Shield Principles, binding arbitration is available to address residual complaints not resolved by other means. RealNetworks is subject to the investigatory and enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC).


We collect and process personal data about you with your consent and/or as necessary to provide the products you use, operate our business, meet our contractual and legal obligations, protect the security of our systems and our customers, or fulfil other legitimate interests.

If the processing of personal data about you is subject to European Union data protection law, you have certain rights with respect to that data:

  • You may request access to, and rectification or erasure of, personal data;
  • If automated processing of your personal data is based on a contract with you or your consent, you have certain rights to data portability;
  • If the processing of personal data is based on your consent, you have a right to withdraw consent at any time (without affecting the lawfulness of processing that occurred before its withdrawal); and
  • You have a right to object to, or obtain a restriction of, the processing of personal data under certain circumstances.

You may exercise those rights by using the controls described in the “HOW TO ACCESS AND UPDATE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION” section above, or by contacting us as described below. When we are processing data on behalf of another party that is the “data controller,” you should direct your request to that party. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, but we encourage you to first contact us with any questions or concerns.


If you have a question for us about this Privacy Policy, the privacy aspects of our products or services, the information concerning you that RealNetworks has retained, or would like to make a complaint, please contact us at the address or using the web form below.

Privacy Policy Group
RealNetworks, Inc.
P.O. Box 91123
Seattle, WA 98111-9233

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