Thank you for coming to what is without a doubt the driest page on our website. How Focus Photography manages your information from cookies, and what you agree to by browsing our site.
In a nutshell (I’m thinking about putting walnuts in cookies), we use some services from Facebook, Google, and our hosting company that may track your browsing habits, and so we have to have a legal disclosure to say so.
For example, We use a Facebook App that lets you click a like button. I don’t think any other data is going to come from that, so I wouldn’t freak out. And Google analytics will tell us that of the 2,000 people a month that browse our website, X number are from the United States, X number are from Italy, etc. etc.
Also, this might seem self-explanatory, but if you send us an email or a contact form, we might reply back to you (not you, billionaire heiress who just needs my social security number and bank account to send me blessings).
That’s the crux of it, but obviously, it’s not nearly incomprehensible enough.
Let me present to you the required legalese:
SCOPE OF THIS POLICY
Some of the information we collect through this Site may be “personal information”—information that identifies you personally, alone or in combination with other information available to us. Other information may be nonpersonally identifiable, such as information collected by cookies.
By using this Site, you are consenting to the collection, use, disclosure, and transfer of your information as described in this Policy (and any Privacy Notices that apply to you). If you do not consent to the collection, use, disclosure and transfer of your information as described in this Policy (and any Privacy Notices that apply to you), you may not use this Site. If you have questions about this Policy, we probably can’t answer them.
That’s not me being sarcastic – that’s just truth.
WHY GATHER ANY INFORMATION ANYWAY?
Mostly we don’t, but since Facebook (formerly known as ‘THE BOOK”, and now knows as “META???”) and Google provide our analytic info, and since they track everything, and we use their tools, we have to have a disclosure page.
Generally, we use the information we collect through The Site:
To provide the information, products and services you request; to understand your needs and interests; to improve our marketing; and to entice you to hire us to make some pretty pictures for you.
How long is information retained?
I have no idea. If you send us a contact form it could linger in my inbox for years after we’ve replied to it. That’s just bad email management, really, but let’s not get on me for that. Our official policy is we keep it until it’s no longer useful or it’s taking up space.
How is information collected?
You might type it in. Send us an email, fill out a form, and we get some info. This one seems pretty evident. Some of the information you give us may be personal information, such as your name and contact information. You could give us a phony name and email address, but then we probably won’t be able to reply to you.
Some tools collect info from your browser or device. The Site might collect information that is sent to us automatically by your web browser or mobile device. That would typically include your IP address, the name of your operating system, the name and version of your browser, the date and time of your visit, and the pages you visit. Shocking! This isn’t like a spy show, where a super-hacker can find out where you live by your ip address – it’s just a weird series of numbers your browser sends us, and every web site you visit, really.
In addition to the cookies we deliver to your computer or mobile device through this Site, certain third-parties may deliver cookies to you for a variety of reasons. For example, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics tool that helps us understand how visitors engage with our Sites.
Other third parties may deliver cookies to your computer or mobile device for the purpose of tracking your online behaviors over time and across non-affiliated websites and/or delivering targeted advertisements either on this Site or on other websites.
Opting Out of Communications
If you do not wish to receive marketing communications from us, you can unsubscribe via the link in an email you have received. Of course, you wont’ get those unless you ask us for something in the first place, but the infrequent messages we send all have unsubscribe buttons.
You must be at least 13 years old to have our permission to use this Site. You have to be at least 18 to visit any of the NSFW pages, like the beauty and boudoir photos. Also, have you ever thought of what that acronym means? It means don’t look at steamy pictures while you’re around coworkers, or other passengers on an airplane.
We don’t have any pornographic images, but some of the shots can be a little racy, so use a little discretion. Oh, and kids, don’t look at those.
The Site may display personal testimonials of yours from time to time if you say nice things about us, and we received them via email, social media, written letter, or as otherwise received from you by the Site.
Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time our site requests information via surveys or contests. Actually, I don’t remember ever doing that, but let’s say I did. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you may choose whether or not to participate and therefore whether or not to disclose information sought by such surveys or contests. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and address), and demographic information (such as zip code, age level, high school, etc.). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Email addresses might be used to send requested pamphlets, information, web pages, etc.
This Policy shall be governed under the laws of Maine, United States of America without regard to its conflicts of law provisions.
Data Protection Inquiries
If you have any questions or concerns regarding our notice or if you believe our notice or applicable laws relating to the protection of your personal information have not been respected, you can file a complaint with our Data Protection Officer (that’s a joke, there is no DPO, as I would refer to myself if I were a Data Protection Officer).
Really, we won’t know what to do.
I’d say if you’re really worried about privacy, you probably already know how to use an incognito browser; an anonymous IP address; and an alias email address.
Actually, if you like the idea of binding, there’s maybe a naughty photo shoot in your future. But I digress.
OWNERSHIP OF THIS SITE AND ITS CONTENT
Focus Photography owns all intellectual property rights in (a) all images, text, logos, and web design elements, and all other protected elements on the Sites (except those licensed from others); (b) all things otherwise provided to you as a part of the Site’s services or Focus Photography’s services, and; (c) any other intellectual property rights afforded to the Site, either through state or federal registration or as otherwise available at common law (“Intellectual Property”).
Focus Photography does not grant you any rights to any Intellectual Property that may be available to you generally through the Site. You agree not to make unauthorized use of or otherwise infringe upon Focus Photography’s Intellectual Property in any way and understand that it is your responsibility to ensure you refrain from doing so.
THIRD-PARTY GENERATED CONTENT
The Site may contain content generated from third-parties, including but not limited to comments, testimonials, reviews, and ratings, and we do not guarantee the accuracy, integrity, or quality of third-party generated content. Focus Photography does not endorse, and is not responsible for, statements, advice and opinions made by anyone other than by Authorized Site Spokespersons (Will and Lucia).
We do not guarantee that this site, it’s servers, or any transmissions from us or through this site will be free of any harmful components (ie viruses).
We run security software at all times on the server, antivirus software on all company machines, update all software to try to minimize any risks, but hackers exist, and have tried to compromise our site before.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
To the fullest extent permitted by Maine laws we, on behalf of Focus Photography, it’s officers, employees, and owners, exclude and disclaim liability for any losses and expenses whatsoever arising from your use of this website. You assume personal responsibility for such procedures as data backup and virus checking as you consider necessary.
GOVERNING LAW, JURISDICTION AND VENUE
It’s common in long and boring documents like this to hide a hidden message, otherwise known as an Easter Egg, rewarding the reader for burrowing in really deeply to a page that makes others’ eyes glaze over.
You’re not going to find one here. Stop looking. Go on, find a gallery of pretty pictures to look at.
This isn’t a thing like Easter Eggs, but if it was, it might refer to wearing the patterned foot sweaters you’ve been given at a holiday or birthday for a special photoshoot.
You know who thinks wearing fancy socks to a photo shoot is a thing? Grooms and their men!