Privacy matters

  • We believe that privacy is a fundamental right.
  • We keep privacy user-centric.
  • We see privacy as the default.
  • We embed privacy into our design.
  • We offer end-to-end security.
  • We are transparent.
  • We follow a positive-sum approach.

Privacy is about control

Privacy is about control – control over your data, over your communication, over your home. We respect your data. That is why we do not collect it.

You can use Tonio anonymously.

Data not collected

Accessing a user’s microphone requires trust. Tonio does not collect data, does not record or save audio. Listening with Tonio is anonymous. No strings attached.

We protect your privacy. We do not require a login. Our promise: Go ahead and anonymously receive embedded value-added information from a trusted audio source. You decide on the next steps. Be invisible, leave no trace.

Tonio lets creators enrich audio with additional information

At its core, Tonio lets creators enrich an audio stream with additional information, for example an internet address. This additional information is embedded in the audio stream as an inaudible code. Tonio’s technology lets a listener “read” this code and see what information was sent along with the audio stream. If you’re listening to a song, it might be a link to a page highlighting the musician’s next concerts. Cool stuff. It’s like augmented reality for audio.

This means that Tonio needs access to your microphone to work. And because this is your phone we’re talking about, we sat down with privacy engineers and designed our system from the ground up with your privacy in mind.
When you use Tonio, you do so privately. You do not reveal any information about yourself to us. We do not even know that you were using Tonio. Privacy is our design.

Tonio neither records nor saves audio – we process the audio stream in realtime to read the embedded codes and show you what’s in the audio. Nothing more, nothing less.

Reaching out to us

If you contact us by email, the data you have provided will be used for the for the purpose of processing the inquiry and in the case of follow-up questions for as long as is necessary to fulfill the respective purpose. We will not pass on this data without your consent.

When you contact us via a form on the website, your details will be transmitted to us via the customer support ticket system Zendesk.

Learn more about Zendesk’s privacy practices here.

We will only store and process your data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected. We will not share this information without your consent.

If you apply for a position at Tonio by e-mail, we process the personal data you provide in order to ensure that the position is optimally filled. This is necessary because we have a predominantly legitimate interest in an efficient application procedure and in the implementation of pre-contractual measures (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR).

We collect data when you as a candidate provide us with this information or in the form of notes during the interview. Your data will only be stored for as long as necessary to fill the advertised position. We will not share your data with third parties. If your application is successful, we will store your data for as long as legally required or until the expiry of any legal claims.

We take the protection of your personal data very seriously. For this reason we do not track or analyze our user’s visits on our website. As a rule, our website can be used without providing personal data.
If you voluntarily provide us with personal data, we are particularly concerned to protect it. We therefore process your data exclusively on the basis of the statutory provisions (GDPR, TKG 2003). In this data protection information we inform you about the most important aspects of data processing within the framework of our website.

When you visit our website, your IP address, the beginning and end of the session will be recorded for the duration of this session. This is due to technical reasons and thus represents a legitimate interest within the meaning of Art 6 Paragraph 1 lit f GDPR. Unless otherwise regulated below, we do not process this data further.

You have the possibility to subscribe to our newsletter on our website. To do so, we need your email address and your declaration that you agree to receive the newsletter. Your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing.

Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices here.

Once you have subscribed to the newsletter, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to confirm your subscription.

You can cancel your subscription to the newsletter at any time. Please send your cancellation to the following e-mail address: or follow the corresponding link in the footer of our emails. We will then immediately delete your data in connection with the newsletter dispatch.

This revocation does not affect the legality of the processing that has taken place on the basis of the agreement until the revocation.

Your rights

If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law or your data protection rights have otherwise been violated in any way, you can complain to us ( or the data protection authority.

With regard to your data, you are entitled to the rights of information, correction, deletion, restriction, data transfer ability, revocation and objection.

You can reach us at the following contact details: gmbh
Gonzagagasse 19/14, 1010 Vienna, Austria

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