Policies

Updated February 2019

Ethics Policy

We consider these guidelines to be a "living document" that we will continually modify and update on our feedback, from our readers, and from our perceptions of our changing needs.

Our commitment is to produce journalism that is accurate, fair and complete. Our journalists act with honesty, transparency and independence, including from conflicts of interest.

We believe in editorial independence and integrity, and never show any content we produce to their PR representatives prior to publishing.

Diversity Policy

Diversity is important to Pocket-lint. We do everything we can to seek out various voices, not only in our staff and freelancers, but also the people we interview and feature in the stories we cover. Race, class, generation, gender and geography are all equal in their status at Pocket-lint.

Privacy policy

We respect privacy and your rights to control your personal data. Our principle guidelines are simple. We will be clear about the data we collect and why.

We may change this policy to ensure that you are happy with any changes. By using our website, you're agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please contact us via our feedback form or our postal address. 

Who are we?

Unless we tell you otherwise, you're dealing with Pocket-lint Limited (the company that publishes Pocket-lint). 

Pocket-lint is a registered company incorporated in England and Wales (5237480).

Our postal address is: Pocket-lint Ltd, PO Box 4770, Ascot SL5 5DP, UK.

Ownership Structure

Pocket-lint is an independent media company that was founded in 2003. It is funded through advertising, native content and affiliate revenue. The company is privately owned by the Miles family. There are no outside investors.

Pocket-lint has complete editorial independence and our editorial staff and contributors take their roles seriously.

All stories carry an author byline. Paid for promotions will carry a "Pocket-lint Promotion" byline.

You can see a list of current Pocket-lint staff and key contributors on our Pocket-lint page.

How do we collect information from you?

We collect information about you when you use our website or if you register to receive one of our weekly newsletters.

What type of information is collected from you?

General Data:  The use of our services will be collected. For example, when you use our services, your geographic location, how do you use the services, information about your type of device, your Open Device Identification Number, date / time stamps for your visit, your unique device identifier, your browser type , operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address, and domain name are all collected. This information is used in the context of the website. In addition, in the event of your device, we will receive information about your mobile device model software version and device carrier, which allows us to identify and fix bugs and otherwise improve the performance of our App.
 
Log Files:  As is true of most websites, we gather information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes IP addresses, Internet service provider ("ISP"), referring / exit pages, operating system, date / time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information to maintain and improve the performance of the Services.
 
Analytics: We use analytics services (including, but not limited to, Google Analytics) to help us analyze how users use the Site. Analytics services use Cookies to collect information such as how often Users visit the Site and Services. The analytics services' ability to use and share information collected by them.

Cookies: "Cookies" are small pieces of information (text files) that a website sends to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing the website. These text files that can be used by websites to make a user's experience more efficient.

The law states that we can store these cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of this site. For all other types of cookies we need your permission.

To that end, this site uses different types of cookies. Some cookies are placed by third party services that appear on our pages. We and some third parties may use both session Cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent Cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our Services and to market the Services or other products.

Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers. This tracking is done on an anonymous basis and, while not an exhaustive list, some of the companies we work with are Google, AppNexus, Criteo, Rubicon, Pubmatic and DistrictM

To learn more about this practice, including the Self Regulatory Principles for Online Advertising, to which we adhere, you can visit

For more information on how to set your browser cookie restrictions, please refer to your browsers help function. Please be aware that restricting cookies could seriously restrict the functionality of our website. For a more detailed explanation of how to use cookies and other similar technologies, see our Cookies page.

Location Information:  If you have access to your mobile device, we collect your rental information. If you do not want this information you can not use your mobile device.

Newsletter:  Information you to get directly to Pocket-ltd through our weekly newsletter. 

Use of your personal information

In general, personal information you submit to us is used to help us in our service. We use your personal information in the following ways:

  • Operate, maintain, and improve our site (s), products, and services;
  • Respond to comments and questions and provide customer service;
  • Send information including confirmations, invoices, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative messages;
  • Communicate about promotions, upcoming events, and other news about products and services offered by our partners;
  • Link or combines information with other personal information we get from third parties, to help you understand your needs and provide you with better service;
  • Develop, improve, and deliver marketing and advertising for the Services;
  • Provide and deliver products and services
  • Identify you as a user in our system;
  • Facilitate the creation of and secure your Account on our network; and

We may store and process your personal information in the United States and other countries.

We may also create anonymous data records of your personal information by completely excluding information (such as your name) that makes the data personally identifiable to you. We use this information to analyze the application and use of the Web site. We reserve the right to use anonymous data for any purpose and disclose anonymous data to third parties in our sole discretion.

We may receive testimonials and comments from users who have had positive experiences with our Services. We may publish such content. When we publish this content, we can identify our users by their first and last name as well as the title, school or company, and major. We obtain the user's consent to this information along with the testimonial. We can post user feedback on the site from time to time. We can share your feedback with your first and last name as well as the title, school or company, and major. If we want to get your feedback on your feedback, we will get your consent to your feedback.

Disclosure of your personal information

We disclose your personal information in this Privacy Policy.

Third Parties Designated by You:  When you use the Services, the information you provide will be shared with the third party.

Third Party Service Providers:  We provide you with services to provide services to you; conduct quality assurance testing; facilitate creation of accounts; to provide technical support; market the Services; and / or to provide other services to us.

Information You Share:  Our Site and Services allow you to share content and information. Please be aware of your own privacy and make public. We can not control the privacy or security of information. If you share information about others, we suggest you contact us for more information. 

Information We Share:  We may disclose aggregated information about our users. In addition, we may disclose the following information:

  • To fulfill the purpose of providing you with information, or with your consent;
  • To third parties designated by you;
  • With our subsidiaries and affiliates;
  • Third parties to process payments made through the Services;
  • With contractors, service providers and other third parties we use to support our business;
  • With a Social Networking Site (SNS) if you choose to post an SNS through the Service;
  • To a buyer or other successor in the event of a merger, divestiture, reorganization, reorganization, dissolution or other sale of assets, or of a bankruptcy, liquidation or similar proceeding, which personal information held by us and

Other Disclosures:  Disclaimer : Disclaimer : Disclaimer : Personal Information Disclaimer (ii) to comply with, or to respond to, subpoenas or warrants served on our company; (iii) to protect or defend the rights or property of Pocket-lint ltd or users of the Services; and / or (iv) to investigate or assist in the infringement or violation of the law, this Privacy Policy, or our Terms of Use. 

What is the GDPR?

The GDPR is a regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for everyone within the European Union (EU). The GDPR requires greater openness and transparency of companies on the other hand, while also imposing tighter limits on the use of personal data. You can learn more  here .

What are the data subject rights?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides certain rights for EU data subjects. You may decline to share some personal information with us, in which case we may not be able to provide some of the features and functionality of Pocket-lint. These rights include, but not limited to, the right to object to the restriction of the processing of your Personal Data, and to your access to, rectification, erasure, and portability of your own Personal Data. Requests should be submitted by contacting us (using the contact instructions above).

If you have any unresolved privacy concerns, please contact the EU Data Protection Authority and lodge a complaint.

How do you work with third party online advertising?

Our Site or App may contain links to third party websites. When you click on a link to any other website or location, you will leave our Site, App or Services and go to another site. We have no control over, do not review, and are not responsible for, these websites or their content.

Please be aware that the terms of this Privacy Policy do not apply to these websites, or to any of your personal information. We encourage you to read the privacy policies. The links to third parties websites or locations for your convenience and their endorsement of such third parties or their products, content or websites.

The European Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA) has developed a guide to online advertising and has developed an approach to managing online advertising with EDAA member companies available at  www.YourOnlineChoices.com . To find out more about how to manage cookies and other similar technologies, see our Cookies page

Your choices regarding information

Choices: We offer you choices regarding the collection, use, and sharing of your personal information. We may periodically send you newsletters and emails that directly promote the use of our Services. When you receive newsletters or promotional communications from us, you may be interested in contacting us directly by contacting us directly. (please see contact information below). Despite your stated email preferences, we are in the business of providing you with information about your privacy.

Cookies: If you decide to accept any of the following information, then you may be instructed by your browser. cookie from the websites you visit. Consult your browser's technical information. If you do not accept cookies, however, you may not be able to use any portion of the Services or any functionality of the Services. If you have any questions about how to disable or modify cookies, please contact us.

A note about children

Our Services are not directed to children under the age of 13 and are not eligible for services. If a child under 13 submits personal information to us and we learn that the personal information is a personal information of a child under 13, we will take steps to remove the information from our databases. If you believe that we might have any personal information from a child under 13, please contact us via our feedback form.

Your rights

As a user of our website:

  • The right to ask what we are talking about. Extra requests (particularly repetitive) for data may be available to the user.
  • The right to ask and correct any out-of-date or incorrect data.
  • As set out above, the right to opt out of any marketing communications that we may send you.

Further information regarding your rights can be found at  https://ico.org.uk.

How can I contact Pocket-lint if I have questions regarding Pocket-lint's privacy statement?

If you have any questions about your personal information, please contact us via our feedback form or our postal address.