Privacy Policy

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This privacy policy (“Privacy Policy” or “Policy”) explains the data protection practices of Esthetic Lens Publishing, LLC (collectively, “Esthetic”, “we” and “us”) when you visit or use the website, mobile-optimized version of our website, as well as when you visit or use third-party subscription pages, for print and digital magazines, websites and other editorial properties published by Esthetic (the “Publications”) that are linked to or contain the URL for this Privacy Policy (all of the foregoing, collectively, “Services”). Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, this Policy does not extend to information submitted to employees, former employees, candidates, contractors, service providers, or business contacts of Esthetic.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on October 25, 2020.


What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We obtain information about you through the means discussed below when you use our Services. Noting in this Privacy Policy addresses, or should be read to limit or restrict, how we collect, use, or process anonymous, de-identified, or aggregate information.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you send us images to post on the website, you should avoid sending images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

We track the content included in a contact form.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

We also track your actions on this site in Google Analytics.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

If you choose to access, visit, and/or use any third-party social networking service we may receive personal information that has been made available to those services, including personal information about your contacts on those services.


We track anonymous visitor traffic via Google Analytics and Jetpack.


Who we share your data with

We won’t share your data with anyone.


How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users who register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


Your contact information

We won’t share your contact information with anyone. That’s just gross.


How to opt-out of marketing messages from us

If you do not wish to receive future marketing or other commercial messages from us, simply follow the unsubscribe instructions contained within the message you receive. But note that you may continue to receive certain communications from us that are necessary for the Services, such as renewal notifications, invoices, technical notices, updates, security alerts, and support and administrative service bulletins.


Information Security and Notification

We take reasonable security measures to protect against unauthorized access to, or unauthorized alteration, disclosure, or destruction of, personal information.

Because no data transmission is completely secure, and no system of physical or electronic security is impenetrable, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information or the security of servers, networks, or databases, and by using the Service you agree to assume all risk in connection with your personal information. We are not responsible for any loss of such personal information or the consequences thereof.

In the event that we believe the security of your personal information in our possession or control may have been compromised, we may seek to notify you.