PhotoSecrets Terms of Use

Effective 7/27/06

PhotoSecrets is operated by Photo Tour Books, Inc.

“We”, “Our” and “PhotoSecrets” refer to Photo Tour Books, Inc. (dba PhotoSecrets).

PhotoSecrets knows that you care how information about you is used and shared, and we appreciate your trust that we will do so carefully and sensibly. This notice describes our privacy policy. By visiting PhotoSecrets, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.

Our Commitment To Privacy

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.

The Information We Collect

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the PhotoSecrets website. On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

Name
Ship-to Address
Bill-to Address
Email address
Phone number
Credit/Debit Card Information

On some pages, you may be referred to outside websites, such as Amazon.com. At these sites, you can submit information about other people. For example, if you order a gift online and want it sent directly to the recipient, you will need to submit the recipient’s address. In this circumstance, the types of personal information collected are:

Name
Address
Phone Number

Information submitted to outside websites is not known to or recorded by us.

Cookies

Cookies (small pieces of identifying code) may be left on your browser to remember your preferences. The “Theme” switcher utilizes a cookie. Google’s advertising uses cookies.

Notes from Google:

  • Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site.
  • Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to you based on your visit to this site and other sites on the Internet.
  • You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Notes from the Network Advertising Initiative:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies click here.

The Way We Use Information

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order only to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order. For example, with orders for photo guides, information is shared with the publisher who wil complete the order, such as Photograph America and Photo Traveler Publications.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties, except when your email is about an outside partner company, such as Photograph America and Photo Traveler Publications.

We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with advertisers. For example, we may tell an advertiser that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment To Data Security

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

How To Contact Us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please send an email here or call us at 858-780-9726.

Thank you.

Photo Tour Books, Inc.
dba PhotoSecrets
9582 Vista Tercera
San Diego CA 92129


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Reply by Toni Torras

February 11, 2013

I requested photos permissions for use in our new Web Site to some US Departments (like EPA) and building materials manufacturers (like Andersen, Fypon, etc.)

Some of them have get the permission. But others don’t answer to me. What can I do in these cases?

Thank you


Reply by Andrew Hudson, PhotoSecrets

March 5, 2013

US DEPARTMENTS

Hi Toni:

Photos by the U.S. Government are free to use without permission (they are “in the public domain”) as U.S. copyright law specifically excludes such work.

“Copyright protection under this title is not available for any work of the United States Government...”

17 USC 105

So for general photos created by the EPA or other US departments, you do not need to get permission.

Photos taken by corporations (such as Andersen, Frypon, etc.) do have copyright. However, you might not need permission if the photos are general marketing product shots and your use is fair, since marketing shots are generally provided for the purpose of showing and advertising those products.

If the company photos are not marketing materials, and your use is not fair use, then you should not use the photos if you are unable to get permission to do so.

For specific advice, consult a lawyer.

Best wishes,

Andrew


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