Effective Date: Sept 20, 2016
If you are a source, or have concerns about privacy, see section Secure Browsing Options.
Our Services are designed to permit you to access our content without registering or providing personally identifying information.
Measures we take to reasonably safegaurd your privacy
Secure browsing options
SecureDrop – for Sources
Field of Vision is serious about protecting our sources. Messages and files you send us using our SecureDrop servers will be encrypted. To learn more about using SecureDrop, click here.
If you are a concerned about privacy but need a more lightweight option, here are some browsing options that our site supports.
Privacy Badger Browser Add-On
Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that blocks spying ads and invisible trackers. About Privacy Badger.
Protecting the privacy of children
Children should always get permission from their parents before sending any information about themselves (such as their names, email addresses, and phone numbers) over the Internet, to us or to anyone else. Our Services are not directed at children under the age of 13 and we won’t knowingly allow anyone under the age of 13 to provide us any personally identifying information. If you’re under 13, please don’t attempt to post comments on our Services or provide any information about yourself.
Types of information we collect
The information we gather falls into two categories: (1) information voluntarily supplied by visitors to the Services, for example, when they contact one of the journalists whose work appears on our Services; and (2) tracking information gathered as visitors navigate through our Services, or “like” our content through Facebook or share our content through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or other social media platforms and services we use (“Social Media Services”). This information may be collected directly by us or it may be collected by third-party service providers on our behalf. Third parties whose sites or services are linked to from our Services or from the Social Media Services may be gathering information as well, through processes we don’t control.
Information You Voluntarily Supply
We may collect and store information that you voluntarily supply to us while on our Services. This may include personally identifying information if you choose to provide it. In accessing and using our Services, you may have the opportunity to voluntarily submit some or all of the following types of information:
Contact information, such as your username and email address; Information you include in correspondence you send to First Look or one of the filmmakers whose work appears on our Services; and Information you include in comments you post on any of our Services.
Information That Is Automatically Collected
We also may collect and store, and our service providers may collect and store, information that doesn’t identify you personally that is generated automatically as you navigate through our Services. For example, we and our service providers may collect limited information about the devices you use to access our Services, including the type of device you’re using (computer, mobile phone, tablet, etc.), the operating system running on that device, the type and version of browser software you’re using, the resolution of your computer monitor or other device display, the screen colors available on your device, the website that referred you, and your IP address. (Your IP address is a numerical address that is used by computers and other devices connected to the Internet to identify your device so that data such as the web pages you want to view can be transmitted to you.) We use this information to make our Services as useful and visually appealing as we can for as many users as possible. We may also use IP address information for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes, to help us manage the comments our users post, and to derive a rough estimate of your geographic location by country, city or town, and perhaps ZIP code.
We may use “cookies,” a standard feature found in browser software, to enhance your experience on our Services. Cookies are small files that your web browser places on your hard drive for record-keeping purposes. We also may use web beacons (sometimes referred to as “clear GIFs” or “pixel tags”) to collect non-personally identifying information about how our visitors use our site and with our stories that appear on other websites. By showing how and when visitors use our Services and review our news stories, cookies and web beacons help us deliver more relevant content to users, identify how many unique users visit our site or various pages within our site, and track user interests, trends and patterns.
We use a service called CloudFlare to accelerate the delivery of our web pages, images, and other content.
How we use collected information
We use the information we collect from visitors to our Services to better understand and serve our audience, and to heighten user engagement with our Services. For example, we use the information we gather to deliver our content to our users, to measure site traffic, to measure user interests and traffic patterns, and to improve our Services and the services and features we offer.
Disclosure to third parties
Transfer and storage of information
The information that we collect through these Services is stored within databases that we control (or databases hosted on our behalf) on servers maintained in protected environments. However, no physical or electronic security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee the security of our servers or databases, nor can we guarantee that information you supply will not be intercepted while being transmitted to us or our third-party service providers over the Internet. Our databases are located within the United States. If you access our site from outside the United States, by providing data to us, you consent to transfer of that data to and storage of that data in the United States.