Outside the Lens

Privacy Policy

Your personal privacy is very important to us. This page outlines what information we collect about you and how we use it.

Your privacy is critically important to us. At Outside the Lens, we have a few fundamental principles:

  • We don’t ask you for personal information unless we truly need it. (We won't ask you for things like your gender or income level for no apparent reason.)
  • We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our programs or to protect our rights.
  • We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the ongoing operation of one of our services.

Below is our privacy policy, which incorporates these goals:

Outside the Lens (“OTL”) operates this website. It is OTL’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, OTL collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. OTL’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how OTL’s visitors use its website. From time to time, OTL may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

OTL also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. OTL only discloses logged-in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to OTL’s websites choose to interact with OTL in ways that require OTL to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that OTL gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. Those who engage in transactions with OTL are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, OTL collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with OTL. OTL does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

OTL may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. OTL may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, OTL does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

OTL discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on OTL’s behalf or to provide services available at OTL’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using OTL’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. OTL will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, OTL discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when OTL believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of OTL, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an OTL website and have supplied your email address, OTL may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with OTL and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. OTL takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Payment Information Security

OTL has a number of safeguards in place to prevent the protect your credit card information from being compromised. Encryption, SSL certificates, physical security and a variety of other measures are in place to prevent your information from being intercepted. When we allow other companies, such as PayPal or ACTIVE, to process your payment information, we ensure they meet our security standards.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. OTL uses cookies to help OTL identify and track visitors, their usage of OTL website and their website access preferences. OTL visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using OTL’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of OTL’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If OTL, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that OTL goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of OTL may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by OTL and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, OTL may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in OTL’s sole discretion. OTL encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.