GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European privacy law. The GDPR regulates how individuals and organisations may collect, use, and retain personal data. The regulation affects organisations based in the EU and organisations involved in processing EU citizens' personal data. 

The TGS site is hosted by PhotoShelter, a US-based company. Since people in the EU can visit sites hosted by PhotoShelter,  PhotoShelter and its customers are subject to the GDPR. 

PhotoShelter has been working to ensure compliance with the GDPR. This work includes reviewing how PhotoShelter stores and uses data about and on behalf of its customers. PhotoShelter is also doing the following:

> Updating its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy to be more transparent about PhotoShelter's use and treatment of data. These updates will include the addition of a data processing agreement.

> Implementing internal processes to help PhotoShelter's customers comply with EU data subject rights.

> Implementing any product changes that need to take place subject to the GDPR.

The GDPR requires that certain safeguards be put in place when transferring personal data outside the EU. PhotoShelter is already self-certified to the EU-US Privacy Shield, which allows the company to lawfully transfer EU personal data to our US-based datacenters.

Data Collection and Licensing

TGS Photo does not collect or store any customer financial data. Rights managed licence and personal use transactions are facilitated by PhotoShelter in conjunction with PayPal. No details are passed to TGS other than address and e-mail information where required to complete a transaction.

TGS Photo does not operate a mailing list of any kind. We do not send unsolicited e-mails or practice other bulk messaging strategies. We will only contact you by e-mail if you have requested notification that a particular gallery is online or to complete/facilitate a transaction.

TGS does not operate its own online server hosting customer data. Any such data is hosted securely via PhotoShelter's servers or, if held locally, offline. TGS only collects the following information:

> Contributor contact/payment details. These details are held so that we are able to process payments promptly and in order to communicate with our contributors.

> Our images contain industry standard IPTC metadata. The caption/description field of the metadata includes details of events and, in some cases, those participating in the events.

> The IPTC data is stored on the secure PhotoShelter servers to allow for editorial usage of our images and complies with the standard requirements of regional, national and global media companies.

> Please note that our images are NOT available for commerical use, i.e. they are not used in any advertising context.

> A limited amount of customer data may be stored locally (offline); specifically e-mail addresses where you have asked for notifications to be sent and address details if you have placed an order that requires a postal address.

TGS, in conjunction with PhotoShelter and partner sites, will comply with any request to delete data that it holds on its system.

TGS partners with two other photographic sites, namely Shutterstock Editorial (formerly Rex Features) and Alamy, mirroring a subset of the images available on our PhotoShelter site. When contacted, both of these sites will comply with any requests to delete data that they hold on their respective systems.

Some editorial (news) websites have access to our images for non-commercial usage ONLY. These images will only be used in an editorial context, supporting relevant content. Other sites do NOT have permission from TGS to host/display any TGS images. Please contact these sites directly if you require deletion of data.

Privacy, Cookie and Copyright Policy

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