Privacy Policy

Effective Date: Sept 20, 2016.

If you are a source, or have concerns about privacy, see section Secure Browsing Options.

Welcome to Field of Vision, a service of First Look Media, Inc. This Privacy Policy describes the types of information that we collect through our website and the related mobile and tablet applications (the "Services") and what we do with that information. Our Services are designed to permit you to access our content without registering or providing personally identifying information. This Privacy Policy applies only to information collected online through the Field of Vision website and the related mobile and tablet applications and does not apply to any information that you may provide to us, or that we may collect, offline or through other means (for example, via telephone or through the mail). If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us.

Measures we take to reasonably safegaurd your privacy

  • Encrypt all traffic via HTTPS
  • Mask or disable IP and third party tracking with partners, where possible
  • Never sell your data
  • Refrain from third party - cross site tracking scripts (typically associated with interest based advertising)
  • Collect as little data as is needed to deliver our content or service

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.

TOR Browser Browsing with TOR is a simple and effective way of hiding your IP address / location. Our site supports Tor browser with out of the box settings (javascript enabled). About Tor.

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

On some pages within our Services, we may use online video playback software from a company called JW Player to embed video. JW Player may collect information including but not limited to IP address, browser type, operating system, the web address of the Field of Vision page on which content is embedded, the web address of the page that referred you to that page, information about the embedded video displayed, when and how long the video was played, and which advertising message(s) were inserted into the video. JW Player’s privacy policy can be found here.

You may interact with content on our Services through social media sharing tools provided by Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media platforms and services we use. We do not control the information that these Social Media Services collect when you use their sharing tools, nor do we control how these companies use any information they collect. We encourage you to review their privacy policies before sharing our content using these social media sharing tools. Facebook’s privacy policy can be found here; Twitter’s privacy policy can be found here; Google’s privacy policy can be found here. Other social media privacy policies can be found at those respective sites. If you’d prefer that these Social Media Services not collect information about the content you share, we’d suggest that you not use their social media sharing tools.

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 audience measurement service Google Analytics to help understand visitor traffic, audience segments, and patterns of behavior - in order to improve our Services.

Google Analytics may, on our behalf, collect anonymous data about your visits, including the web pages you view, the date and time of your visit, your browser, and your device type. Google Analytics may also correlate this information with your prior and future visits to the site. Google Analytics accomplishes this tracking through “web bugs” (as defined below), cookies, and navigational data like uniform resource locators (URLs). Web bugs are elements, such as Javascript code or images, included on one company’s web pages but sourced from a second company’s web servers, thus allowing the user to be tracked by the second company through cookies or other means.

We transmit information to Google Analytics servers using the encrypted HTTPS protocol, helping to prevent interception in transit. Furthermore, every analytics event we send to Google is appended with a request to anonymize the IP address, which according to Google’s documentation, masks a portion of a user’s IP address before storing any information to disk. View Google's privacy policy. Click here to learn more about your Google Privacy Choices.

We use a service called CloudFlare to accelerate the delivery of our web pages, images, and other content.CloudFlare says it collects cookies and information “similar to an Apache access log,” which typically includes IP address and information about the web addresses you visit. CloudFlare’s privacy policy is here.

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

We may occasionally release information about our visitors if required to do so by law or if, in our judgment, such disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, to enforce our Terms of Use, or to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of visitors to our Services, our employees, or others. If we receive a request to disclose information that identifies you personally, and if we believe that the circumstances of the request permit us to do so (and that we would otherwise be required to comply with that request), we will attempt to notify you of the request at the email address associated in our records with the comment that is the subject of the request. You may then challenge the request if you wish to do so. If you do not promptly challenge the disclosure request and notify us that you have done so, if your challenge to the disclosure request is rejected, or if, in our judgment, circumstances warrant, we may comply with the request. In addition, if we believe it appropriate to do so under the circumstances, we will independently object to requests for access to information about users of our site. In the unlikely event that we sell some or all of our assets, or one or more of our Services is acquired by another company, information about our visitors may be among the transferred assets

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.

Changes to this privacy policy

The Internet remains an evolving medium. If we need to change this Privacy Policy in the future, we will post the revised Privacy Policy on our Services and update the “Effective Date,” above, to reflect the date of the changes. By continuing to use our Services after we post such changes, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy, as modified.