Privacy Policy

Government Information Request Transparency Report

As part of our ongoing mission to foster, support and incubate a sustainable and vibrant free press, the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation publishes transparency reports discussing any government demands/requests we receive for user information, how we respond to those requests, and what we do to protect our users’ privacy rights.

As of 6 November 2015:
  • Zero (0) warrants have ever been served to the Fourth Estate, or our principals or employees;
  • Zero (0) searches or seizures of any kind;
  • Zero (0) National Security Letters;
  • Zero (0) Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court orders;
  • Zero (0) gag orders that prevent us from from stating that we have received legal process seeking information.

If you do not agree to abide by this Privacy Policy, please do not access or use the Site or register as a Member of the Site or Services.

By submitting information to or the Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation, either by using the Site or registering for or using the Services, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use.

Your use of the site is governed by our Terms of Use and this Privacy Policy.

The purpose of this Privacy Policy is to disclose what services we provide, how the information you store at the MuckDocs may be used, and how such information is both protected and made available on our Web site.

This privacy policy may change from time to time, so you are encouraged to check the page regularly. The Fourth Estate will will operate MuckDocs according to the Privacy Policy that is posted at the time.

When you upload your files to the MuckDocs server, we will provide you with a unique URL to download your file and administrative link to remove, rename, add description, add password and perform some other operations with your file. MuckDocs will provide your file to any web browser requesting your unique URL. MuckDocs has the right to review your file contents for violations of our Terms of Use. If MuckDocs determines your file is in violation of MuckDocs Terms of Use the file will be removed and further actions can be taken in regard of such violation. We reserve the right to cancel your files from our systems.

IMPORTANT: By uploading files to you agree they become publicly available and confirm you have legitimate rights to make these files public. You are responsible for any possible violation of third party rights related to uploaded content in case if this content is not in public domain or you don't have legitimate rights to make the content publicly available.

MuckDocs will not attempt to access your files at any time unless explicitly instructed to do so by you. We do not own the contents. MuckDocs will only have access to your files for purposes of troubleshooting. We will allow your files to be downloaded according to your security settings. MuckDocs has extensive security measures in place to protect your files while stored on our servers and we will prosecute any attempt to access this information without authorization.

Web-Server Log and Cookies

MuckDocs collects information about the areas and pages of the MuckDocs website you visit. We also collect information such as your operating system, browser version and the size of your screen. We analyze this data to determine what is of interest to our users as a group, and thereby improve our website. This information is collected in the form of the usual web server logs and cookies. MuckDocs also collects this information to make the website viewable and useful for the majority of our clients.

Our website utilizes a non-persistent cookie to track your session with our web site. This is an encrypted number generated when you visit any site that supports sessions. This is a session cookie. It helps MuckDocs track your sessions and store persistent information to make your visit to our site smoother. This cookie is saved permanently at your PC. This data does not contain any secure information (just an encrypted string). At no time are cookies used to track where you have been either before or after your visit to our website. No other website can access any information about you from the cookies we may store on your local computer. We do not share cookies, as well as any type of information, with any other companies.

Access to your information

You have the right to access, upload and download your files at any time. You may also grant access to your files to other persons by providing the download link to your audience.

If for some reason you cannot access your file on MuckDocs, please contact us at [email protected]

How we protect your information

Any information collected and processed with MuckDocs is treated with the utmost confidentiality. MuckDocs will not sell or rent out any personal information gathered from clients. We will make no public release of any personal information that is collected through MuckDocs. All client-specific information gathered through MuckDocs will be the property of the user. To prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, to maintain data accuracy and to ensure the appropriate use of information, we have put into place physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard the information that we collect online. We use encryption when collecting or transferring data.

Automated and scheduled backups make reliability of the service much higher. Daily copying of the information will let you avoid any unpleasant consequence.

On-site security includes closed circuit video monitoring, alarmed doors with secure card-key access monitored 24x7.

MuckDocs Customer Support team may examine files for support and troubleshooting purposes. They also may examine the files stored by the users in case of abuse reporting.

Third Party Web Sites

MuckDocs website may contain links to Internet sites and services that are maintained by third parties. Those sites may have privacy and security policies that are different from those followed by MuckDocs. MuckDocs has no control over those sites and is not responsible or liable for the policies and practices followed by such third parties. When you visit any site outside this Privacy Policy is no longer valid, while the Privacy Policy of the current site you are visiting comes into force.