Privacy Policy

(Last updated: April 30, 2014)

WELCOME TO THE PITCHFORK REVIEW, which is owned and operated by Pitchfork Media, Inc. ("Pitchfork", "we", "us", and "our"). Pitchfork is the sole owner of the website, (the “Website”) and is the owner, licensee, or authorized party with respect to the "Material" (as defined in the Terms of Use), content, and all information collected and presented on the Website. Pitchfork is committed to respecting the privacy rights of all users of and visitors (“Users”) to Website.

We have established, updated, and implemented this Privacy Policy to assist our Users to enjoy the features of the Website with the necessary amount of notice, information, and guidance to understand and appreciate how the use of these features and services made available through the Website impact your privacy rights and the rights of our partners, sponsors, music labels, distributors, artists, bands, writers, and contributors. By visiting this and any other related Website, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use. If you do not agree with the terms of this Privacy Policy or the Terms of Use, please leave the Website immediately and do not provide any information or use any of the services or products offered or provided on this Website. By using this Website you are agreeing to be bound by the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. This Privacy Policy changes from time to time and changes are effective upon posting. Please check back frequently for updates as it is your sole responsibility to be aware of changes. We do not provide notices of changes in any manner other than by posting the changes at this Website. This Website is operated in the United States of America. If you are located outside of the United States, please be aware that any information you provide will be transferred to the United States. By using this Website you consent to this transfer.


Pitchfork may occasionally collect Personally Identifiable Information, including data that can be used to identify or contact a single person ("PII") from Users who voluntarily provide such information to: a) purchase The Pitchfork Review (the “Publication”); or b) through other information exchange methods, including email.

  • Purchasing the Publication. Pitchfork uses a program entitled Subscription Genius to facilitate a User’s purchase of the Publication (“Purchaser”). Subscription Genius is a secure, third party platform that collects the Purchaser’s PII, including, name, mailing address, email address, and credit card information. Subscription Genius provides Pitchfork only with the Purchaser’s name, email address, items purchased, and method of payment. Pitchfork uses the Purchaser’s PII to ship materials to the User, send the User free gifts and other special content via email. Pitchfork is not responsible for the information collection or privacy practices of Subscription Genius, which policies are set forth here:
  • Email. Emails received by Pitchfork from Users and Purchasers are stored for a period of time and then deleted. Pitchfork may sponsor contests and promotions on the Website. When you enter a contest or other promotion conducted on this Website, we may ask for your name, postal address, email address, and other PII so we can administer the contest/promotion and notify winners. Pitchfork may share this information with third parties serving as Pitchfork's partners in such contests or promotions.

Now, and in the future, you may be asked to participate in certain enhanced services through the Website. To participate in these services, we may ask you to provide a higher level of PII. Any PII we receive generally and for any special or enhanced service will be stored and managed by Pitchfork, which PII is not currently sold by Pitchfork to third parties. We take your privacy seriously. However, to provide our Users with better services, we may use the information we collect to share with our business partners for us to provide products or services that may enhance your experience on the Website.


Pitchfork may disclose PII in response to legal process (e.g., in response to a court order or a subpoena). Pitchfork may disclose such information in response to a law enforcement agency's request or where Pitchfork believes it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person, violations of our Terms of Use, or as otherwise required by law. Pitchfork may also transfer PII if Pitchfork is dissolved and its assets are sold or donated.

Third parties who provide hosting services or other day-to-day services that make possible the operation of this Website may have access to information that you provide to the extent they require access to our databases to service the Website. Pitchfork is not responsible for the information collection or privacy practices of any third party websites or applications. Pitchfork suggests that you read the privacy statements of each linked website to understand what, if any, PII may be collected by those linked websites. Certain linked websites operate on different business models and practices and may use your PII in a manner wholly different from Pitchfork, and it is up to you to understand the privacy practices of any third-party websites to which you choose to link to or visit through this Website.


Similar to other commercial websites, Pitchfork uses cookies or web beacon technology to collect non-personally identifiable information about how the Website is used. A "cookie" is a small data file that a website owner may write into your hard drive for record keeping purposes when you visit that site again but does not contain any PII. Cookies allow that site to measure activity on the site and enhance your experience by saving you from having to log in or provide information each time you re-visit the site and by customizing content based on your interests. Cookies do have positive attributes such as remembering what information you accessed on a web page to speed up your transactions on related web pages. Especially for video content and other similar data, you may be required to enable cookies from Pitchfork in order to utilize the Website. You can choose whether to accept cookies by changing the settings of your browser. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies, or allow your browser to show you when a cookie is being sent. If you choose not to accept these cookies, your experience at the Website and other websites may be diminished and some features may not work as intended. You should consult with your browser's provider/manufacturer if you have any questions regarding disabling cookies.

A "web beacon" is a programming code that can be used to display an image on a web page (by using a programming function), but can also be used to transfer an individual's unique user identification (often in the form of a cookie) to a database and associate the individual with previously acquired information about an individual in a database. This would allow a website owner to track certain websites an individual visits online. Pitchfork uses cookies and web beacon technology for non personally-identifiable information (including IP addresses) to analyze trends, administer the Website, track user movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate, non-personally identifying uses and analytics.


Pitchfork may, from time to time, publish a newsletter or other periodical document. In order to receive a copy of this document, Pitchfork will ask you for certain PII including, without limitation, your name, postal and email addresses, and possibly other demographic, and even personal financial information. In order to discontinue receipt of the newsletter, periodical, or such other document, simply unsubscribe through the manner prescribed in the last such document you received. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Pitchfork reserves the right to provide this PII to third parties, and to use this information for internal purposes to measure the readership of any given newsletter or periodical.


Residents of California have a right to request a detailed list of any third-party entities with which Pitchfork shares PII for their own marketing purposes. As mentioned above, the third-party web site, Subscription Genius, will collect PII when the Purchaser voluntarily provides that information through Subscription Genius to purchase the Publication. Pitchfork is not responsible for any additional PII that Subscription Genius may collect. You may opt-out of having your PII shared with third parties by sending your request including your full name, email address, and postal address to: Pitchfork Media Inc., 3317 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 ATTN: Privacy Officer.

Users may also contact Pitchfork’s Privacy Officer to review or modify the User’s PII through submitting a request to the same address listed above. Pitchfork does not respond to “do not track” signals from Users regarding the collection of PII. California resident Users are entitled to know that they may file grievances and complaints with the California Department of Consumer Affairs, 400 R Street, Suite 1080, Sacramento, CA 95814, by phone at 916-445-1254 or 800-952-5210, or by email to


Our site and services are directed to the general public. From time to time, content on the Website may be of interest to teenagers. Pitchfork, however, does not intentionally or knowingly gather information from children 13 years of age or younger. No information should be submitted to or posted on the Website by Users under the age of 13 years without consent of their parent or adult legal guardian. In the event Pitchfork collects information from a person between the ages of 14 and 17, that information will be subject to use as allowed by this Privacy Policy provided that the teenager, his/her parent, or his/her adult legal guardian may stop that use upon request. In the event Pitchfork becomes aware that a person 13 years of age or younger is providing Pitchfork with PII, Pitchfork will request parental permission or Pitchfork will delete the PII from its database. Pitchfork relies on Users to be truthful in responding to questions about age.


Pitchfork does not presently host message boards, chat rooms, or user comment sections but reserves the right to do so in the future. If a message board or other user comment feature is available on the Website, Pitchfork is not responsible for personally identifiable information you choose to submit, and any information you provide is voluntary.


Pitchfork and its data management team have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data security, and correctly use the information Pitchfork collects and distributes online. Nevertheless, despite our reasonable precautions, unauthorized access, hardware or software failure, and other technical and human factors may compromise the security of your information at any time. We cannot assure you that the PII that Pitchfork may collect in the future will never be disclosed in a manner that is inconsistent with this Privacy Policy.


If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, contact us by U.S. mail at Pitchfork Media Inc., 3317 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 ATTN: Privacy Officer.