How We Collect and Use Information

We collect the following types of information about you:

Information you provide us directly:

When you register for an account or if you correspond with us, we ask for certain information such as a username, name, and/or e-mail address. We may also retain any messages you send through the Pencil and Ink Reviews Service, and may collect information you provide in User Content you post to the Service. The information we retain is used to operate, maintain, and provide to you the features and functionality of the Service. If you choose to sign up, your username will be published publicly. Once published your username may not be able to be removed.

Information we may receive from third parties:

We may receive information about you from third parties.

This information could include, but is not limited to, the user ID associated with your account (e.g. Facebook User ID), an access token necessary to access that service, any information that you have permitted the third party to share with us, and any information you have made public in connection with that service. Please be sure to review, and if necessary, adjust your privacy settings on third-party websites and services before linking or connecting them to the Pencil and Ink Reviews Service if you do not wish for that information to be shared with us.

Cookies information:

When visiting, we may send one or more cookies — a small text file containing a string of alphanumeric characters — to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser and let’s Pencil and Ink Reviews help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the site. A cookie may also convey information to us about how you use the Service (e.g., the links you click, the pages you view, and/or other actions you complete on the Service), and allow us to track your usage of the Service over time.

You can reset your web browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent.

Please note some features may not function properly if the ability to accept cookies is disabled.

Log file information:

Your browser or mobile device automatically reports log file information each time you access Our servers automatically record certain log file information when using our service. These server logs may include anonymous information such as your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, web request, referring / exit pages and URLs, number of clicks and how you interact with links on the Service, domain names, landing pages, pages viewed, and other such information.

Analytics information:

We may directly collect analytics data, or use third-party analytics tools and services (e.g. Google Analytics), to help us measure traffic and usage trends for the Pencil and Ink Reviews Service. These tools collect information sent by your browser or mobile device, including the pages you visit and other information that assists us in improving the Pencil and Ink Reviews Service. We collect and use this information in accumulated form such that it cannot reasonably be manipulated to identify a specific individual user.

Clear gifs/web beacons information:

We may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to anonymously track the online usage patterns of our Users. Additionally, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track if emails are opened and which links are clicked by recipients. The use of clear gifs is to collect information for more accurate reporting and improvement of the Service.

Device identifiers:

We may access, collect, monitor and/or remotely store one or more “device identifiers,” such as a universally unique identifier (“UUID”) on any mobile device (including but not limited to smart phones or tablets) when accessing the Service.

A device identifier may be data stored in connection with the device hardware, data stored in connection with the device’s operating system or other software, or data sent to the device by A device identifier may convey information to us about how you browse and use the Service, or it may remain persistently on your device, to help you log in faster and enhance your navigation through the Service. Please note if use or availability of device identifiers is impaired or disabled some features of the Service may not function properly.

Location data:

We may access, collect, monitor, and/or remotely store “location data” when accessing the Service by or through a mobile device. This may include GPS coordinates (e.g. latitude and/or longitude) or similar information regarding the location of your mobile device. The location data we may collect conveys to us information about how you browse and use the Service.

Commercial and marketing communications:

We use the information we collect or receive, such as your email address, to communicate directly with you. We may send you emails containing newsletters, promotions, and/or special offers. If you do not want to receive such email messages, you will be given the option to opt out or change your preferences by emailing us and responding that you do not wish to receive emails from Pencil and Ink Reviews. We also use your information to send you Service-related emails (e.g., account verification, technical and security notices, etc.). You may not opt out of Service-related emails.

Sharing of Your Information

We will not rent or sell your information into third parties outside of Pencil and Ink Reviews and its group companies (including any parent, subsidiaries and affiliates) without your consent, except as noted below:

Instances where we are required to share your information:

Pencil and Ink Reviews will disclose your information where required to do so by law or subpoena or if we reasonably believe that such action is necessary to (a) comply with the law and the reasonable requests of law enforcement; (b) to enforce our Terms of Use or to protect the security, quality or integrity of our Service; and/or (c) to exercise or protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Pencil and Ink Reviews, our Users, or others.

What happens in the event of a change of control:

We may buy or sell/divest/transfer the company (including any shares in the company), or any combination of its services, products, assets, and/or businesses. Your information such as user names and email addresses, User Content and other user information related to the Service may be among the items sold or otherwise transferred. We may also sell, assign or otherwise transfer such information without giving notice to the User in the course of corporate divestitures, mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, dissolutions, reorganizations, liquidations, similar transactions or proceedings involving all or a portion of the company.

Ads on Pencil and Ink Reviews:

We may also share certain information such as your cookie, browser, location data, and/or other data relating to your use of our Service with our business partners to deliver advertisements (“ads”). Pencil and Ink Reviews may allow third-party ad servers or ad networks to serve advertisements on the Service. We are not responsible to the users for clicking on any or all of the third-party advertisements. If directed off of our Service, please read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy of the Third-Party Site.
Please note that an advertiser may ask Pencil and Ink Reviews to show an ad to a certain audience of Users (e.g., based on demographics or other interests). In that situation, Pencil and Ink Reviews or our Advertising Partners determine the target audience and Pencil and Ink Reviews serves the advertising to that audience and only provides anonymous data to the advertiser. If you respond to such an ad, the advertiser or ad server may conclude that you fit the description of the audience they are trying to reach.
Pencil and Ink Reviews may embed code from third parties on the Service to enhance user experience or help us improve our Site. Examples of such parties may include Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, and others. These third parties may collect information about you including IP address, cookies in ways Pencil and Ink Reviews does not control.
The Pencil and Ink Reviews Privacy Policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of third-parties. Once again, please consult the privacy policies of such third parties or contact such third parties for more information.

How We Store and Protect Your Information

Storage and Processing:

The information you provide to the Service may be stored and processed in the United States and/or any other country in which Pencil and Ink Reviews or its subsidiaries, affiliates, or service providers maintain facilities. Pencil and Ink Reviews may transfer information, including personal information, which we collect about you to affiliated entities, or to other third parties in other countries, your country, or jurisdictions around the world.

If you are located outside of the United States, specifically in the European Union or other regions with laws governing data collection and use, please note that we may transfer information, including personal information, to a country and jurisdiction that does not have the same data protection laws as your jurisdiction. By providing us the information we collect, you consent to the transfer of information to the United States or any other country in which Pencil and Ink Reviews or its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, or service providers maintain facilities and the use and disclosure of information about you as described in this Privacy Policy.

Keeping your information safe:

Pencil and Ink Reviews cares about your privacy and the security of your information, and uses commercially reasonable safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of all information collected through the Service. We take reasonable steps (such as requesting a unique password) to verify your identity before granting you access to your account. You are responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your password and account information, and for controlling access to your email communications from Pencil and Ink Reviews, at all times.

However, Pencil and Ink Reviews cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to Pencil and Ink Reviews or guarantee that information on the Service may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed. Your privacy settings may also be affected by changes to the functionality of third party sites and services that you add to the Pencil and Ink Reviews Service, such as social networks. Pencil and Ink Reviews is not responsible for the functionality or security measures of any third party.
Please take a moment to read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use from our forum site regarding your privacy and security when posting in our forums. We are not responsible for the functionality or security measures of

Compromise of information:

In the event that any information under our control is compromised as a result of a breach of security, Pencil and Ink Reviews will take the reasonable steps necessary to investigate the situation and where appropriate, notify those individuals whose information may have been potentially compromised or compromised and take other steps, in accordance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Your Choices about Your Information

We make every effort to promptly process all unsubscribe requests. As noted above, you may not opt out of Service-related communications (e.g., account verification, changes/updates to features of the Service, and/or technical and security notices). If you have any questions about reviewing or modifying your account information, you can contact us directly at

How long we keep your private profile information:

Following termination of your User account, Pencil and Ink Reviews may retain your private profile information for a commercially reasonable time for archival, backup, or audit purposes. Any information that you choose to make public on the service may not be removable.

Children’s Privacy

Pencil and Ink Reviews does not knowingly collect or solicit any information from anyone under the age of 13 (thirteen) or knowingly allow such persons to register as Users. The Service and its content are not directed at children under the age of 13 (thirteen). In the event that we learn that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13 (thirteen) without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe that we might have any information from or about a child under 13 (thirteen) years of age, please contact us at

Links to Other Websites and Services

We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites or services linked to or from the Service, including the information or content contained therein. Please remember that when you use a link to go from the Service to another website, our Privacy Policy does not apply to third-party websites or services. Your browsing and interaction on any third-party website or service, including those that have a link or advertisement on our website, are subject to that third party’s own rules and policies. In addition, you agree that we are not responsible and we do not have control over any third-parties that you authorize to access your User Content. If you are using a third-party website or service (like Facebook, Google groups, or other like-social media) and you allow such a third-party access to you User Content you do so at your own risk. This Privacy Policy does not apply to information we collect by other means (including offline) or from other sources other than through the Service.

Our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to update our Privacy Policy without giving any notification to the User. Please check back periodically for updates to the Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy was last updated on 08/18/2014.