Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy, as amended from time to time (the “Policy”), governs A4StockPhoto's collection and use of your personal information. By using the a4stockphotos.com Website you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Policy. This Policy is governed by the laws of England irrespective of your location. By using this Website, you agree to be bound by the English-language version of this Policy, found below, and acknowledge that, in the event of conflict between the English-language version and any translated version, the English-language version shall prevail. If you have questions related to our Policy, please contact us.


1. Users

This Website is intended for adults. If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, please ask your parent or legal guardian for permission before you enter a4stockphotos.com.



2. Type of information collected

When you visit this Website, we may collect certain non-personal information such as your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, and operating system. This type of information does not identify you personally. When you register with A4StockPhotos, we may also collect the personal information that you submit such as your name, address, email address and country of origin (“Registration Information”). For contributors (as identified on our Website), Registration Information may include verification of your identity with a government issued ID. Additionally, we may be required to collect certain information from our contributors for tax purposes.

Please Note: A4StockPhotos does not collect credit card information from customers. When paying by credit card you will be taken to a secure third party website (PayPal or 2CO). No financial information is stored on this site.

We may also collect non-Registration Information from our users, including the number of uploads and downloads on the Website, profile changes, content changes, and forum activity. A4Stockphotos uses an outside third party credit card processing company (currently Paypal) to bill you for your purchases or compensate you for your uploads, which may in some instances include the storage of your personal information by the third party, such as your credit card number. Additionally, A4stockphotos may track copyright infringement claims through its membership management services. Information related to copyright infringement claims may be stored by A4StockPhotos.

3. Cookies

When you visit our Website, you may search and review certain information without disclosing your identity. We may use cookies to manage a visitor’s session and to enable registered users to utilise the “remember me” function. Cookies may be used irrespective of whether you register with us or not. “Cookies” are small text files transferred by a web server to your hard drive and thereafter stored on your computer. The type of information a cookie collects includes the date and time you visited, your browsing history, your preferences, and your username.

In some instances, our third party service providers may use cookies on our Website. We cannot control or access cookies used by third party service providers. This Policy covers only cookies used by A4StockPhotos, and not any cookies used by third parties.

You have the ability to either accept or decline the use of cookies on your computer. Typically, you can configure your browser to not to accept cookies, however, declining the use of cookies may limit your access to certain features of the A4StockPhotos Website. For example, you may have difficulty logging in or using certain interactive features of our Website, such as our member-only areas, payment features, and A4StockPhotos Forum. You should be able to experience the basic functions on A4StockPhotos’ Website, even if you decline the use of cookies.

4. Third parties

A4StockPhotos uses third party service providers such as PayPal and 2CO to process purchases made on our Website. In addition, our Website may occasionally contain links to other sites. If you click on these links, you leave the A4StockPhotos Website and we are not responsible for the content or the security of your personal information when using the other site. These sites may have their own privacy policies governing the storage and retention of your personal information. They may collect information such as your name, mailing address, IP address, browser specifications, and credit card number. This Policy does not govern personal information provided to, stored on, or used by third party sites. We recommend that when you enter a third party site, you review the third party’s privacy policy as it relates to safeguarding your personal information.

5. How your information is used

Fotolia may use your personal information to:


  •  Verify a user’s identity for security purposes
  •  Create and manage your membership account
  •  Process your transactions
  •  Provide customer services
  •  Display services or offers that may be of interest to you.
  •  Monitor our users’ uploads, downloads, changes in profiles, and forum participation.
  •  If you are a contributor, to compensate you and prepare your tax forms.
  •  To communicate with you about your transactions, new products and services
  •  To run our interactive features such as the Blog or Forum.


We may also convert your information into anonymous data in order to help us monitor traffic on our Website. For example, we may also use the personal information disclosed to us to assist you with technical difficulties you may experience while using our Website. We may share your personal information and the demographic information we have collected with our third party service providers.

6. Protecting your personal information

As a valued customer, we recognise that protecting your privacy is important to you. For this reason, A4StockPhotos is committed to protecting your personal information in several ways. Our servers are only accessible to a small number of authorised personnel. Your Registration Information is protected by a unique customer password and user ID, and your password is encrypted. You should not disclose your password information to anyone and you should always remember to log off if using a shared computer. We also use secure socket layer technology (SSL) for specific types of information, such as your login and payment information. Lastly, when you register with A4StockPhotos, we allow you to utilise an “alias” so that your user ID cannot be seen by other users of A4StockPhotos. We may retain your personal information for as long as is required to fulfill our business objective.

Additionally, the personal information collected by A4StockPhotos may be stored and processed in a country other than your home country. By providing us with your personal information and using the A4StockPhotos Website, you are consenting to any such transfer of information outside of your home country.

We have taken certain security protections in safeguarding your personal information. However, as with most electronic transactions, no method is 100% safe. While we strive to use a commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its security. Therefore, A4StockPhotos assumes no liability regarding the theft, loss, alteration or misuse of personal or other information, including without limitation such information that we have provided to third parties, or with regards to the failure of a third party to abide by the privacy policy or agreement between A4StockPhotos and a third party.

As a registered user of A4StockPhotos, you may participate in A4StockPhotos’s Blog or Forum. Information posted to this Forum is only available for viewing by other registered members. Blog postings are visible to any guest of our Website. We strongly discourage posting any information that you do not want others to see on these features. In addition to whatever comments you post to the Blog or Forum, we will post the alias you selected when completing our comment form. Messages posted to the Blog or Forum may be retained so long as the A4StockPhotos Website is operational.

7. Your choice

You may review and change the information you provide to us by going to your profile. You may opt out of receiving our newsletters when you register with A4StockPhotos. By opting out, you will no longer receive certain special offers or promotions. We may continue to send you any legally required notifications and certain notifications, including but not limited to service related notices or notices regarding a change to any of A4StockPhotos' policies (“Required Notices”). For example, we may send you a notice regarding server problems or scheduled Website maintenance. In order to opt-out of receiving Required Notices, you may need to deactivate your account.

8. Disclosures

On rare occasions, A4StockPhotos may be required to disclose your personal information due to legal or regulatory requirements. In such instances, we reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required in order to comply with Fotolia’s legal obligations, including, but not limited to, complying with court orders, warrants, subpoenas, service of process requirements, or discovery requests. Customer information is not disclosed to any third party individual or organisation except for legal or regulatory reasons.

9. Notification of changes

We reserve the right to change this Policy from time to time, and at our sole discretion. You should make note of the “last updated date” at the top of this Policy. With this information, you should be able to identify if the Policy has been updated recently.

Please note that if you have limited your account preferences, we will not change your preferences without your consent. If substantially all of A4StockPhotos' assets are sold or merged with another company, we will notify you of the transaction. The acquiring company will be given access to your personal information without your consent. If A4StockPhotos sells only a part of its business, the acquiring entity will have access to your personal information without your consent and A4StockPhotos may send you a notice regarding this sale.

10. Disputes

Any disputes regarding your privacy are subject to this Privacy Policy and A4StockPhotos' Terms and Conditions, including but not limited to any provisions related to indemnification, limitations on damages, and choice of law.

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