Privacy Policy

Updated: June 21, 2019

PhotoGuide Japan at has a firm commitment to protect the privacy of our customers and visitors.

Who we are

Our website address is:

Site is owned and operated by Philbert Ono in Tokyo, Japan.

Contact information is below or here.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


If you place an order for merchandise or digital content such as image licensing, you are asked to provide personal information such as your name, address, e-mail, and payment information. Such personal information shall remain confidential and will never be sold or revealed to any unrelated third party.

We use your personal information only for the following purposes:

  1. To process your order and payment for the merchandise, services, or digital content we offer to customers.
  2. To communicate with you. This includes essential e-mail notices to our customers. There will be no advertising-related e-mail messages.
  3. To confirm that you are eligible for the merchandise, service, or digital content we offer.

Contact form

You can contact us through the email address and other contact info given on our “Contact Us” page or under “Our contact information” below. The information you give us (your name, email address, etc.) when you contact us shall remain private and will never be sold or revealed to any third party. Your contact information will also never be used for marketing purposes or any non-essential emails from us.


If visitors are able to 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.

Note: The commenting function on our website is currently disabled.


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

Note: Image uploading by our users of our website is currently disabled.


We may use cookies (small text files that are stored on visitors’ computers when they access our website) to collect this information. Non-personal information is used for statistical purposes only, and they cannot be used to personally identify you.

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 visit our login page,* 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.

*Our website‘s login function for users is currently disabled.

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.


When you request pages from our Web site server, our server automatically collects some non-personal information such as your IP address, browser type, operating system, and the domain name from which you accessed the site. Such data is used for site analytics.

Who we share your data with

We do not sell or reveal your personal identifiable information to outside parties unless they are payment processors (such as PayPal) and other parties who assist us in operating our website or servicing you, as long as those parties keep such information confidential. We may also disclose your information in compliance with a legal authority or to protect our or others’ rights, property, or safety.

Non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for analytics, marketing, advertising, or other purposes.

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 any users that register on our website, 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.

Note: The commenting function on our website is currently disabled.

Our contact information

Contact address (private mailbox):
Philbert Ono
Kojima Bldg. SBC4-121
3-20-8 Ueno
Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005

In Japanese (私書箱):
小島ビル SBC4-121
オノ フィルバート

Email: philono at

Facebook – Photographers Japan Group

Additional information

How we protect your data

We follow the best-available precautions to maintain the security of our website and your personal information. Our entire website uses a secure connection as indicated by “https” in the URL.

Our payment processors also provide a secure website for you to browse or submit any personal information for ordering and purchasing merchandise or digital content. Our payment processors also maintain good security to protect any personal information that is stored.

Other policies

If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, please contact us.

By visiting this Web site, you are agreeing to the practices described in this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with our Privacy Policy, please leave now.

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