Privacy Statement - Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement Data protection on the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA welcomes you to our homepage, and also welcomes your interest in our company and products. The protection of personal data is important to us. All of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA’s online activities comply with the applicable privacy and data protection laws. This privacy statement tells you how Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA handles information generated during your visit to the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website.

Collection and processing of personal data

The Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website can generally be used without providing personal data. Personal data is information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, your email address, or postal address. Such data is only stored if you provide it to Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, e.g. if you request information material or subscribe to the newsletter.

Use and disclosure of personal data

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA uses your personal data exclusively for purposes of technical website administration, to give you access to special information, or to otherwise communicate with you. Without your permission, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA will neither disclose your personal data to third parties nor use it in any other way. Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA employees are obliged to maintain confidentiality.

Freedom of choice

You are free to decide what information you provide to Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. If you choose not to disclose any information, please be aware that you may not be able to access selected content on the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website. Subscribers to the newsletter or SMS Services may unsubscribe at any time in the press services section. If your personal details changes (e.g. zip code, email or postal address), you can inform Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA about the changes by sending an email to to correct or update your personal data.

Cookies

Cookies are small files that are temporarily stored on your hard drive. They are used only to collect information concerning usage of the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website, enabling our site to recognize your computer the next time you visit the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA site.

Cookies contain no personally identifiable data, so the protection of your privacy is ensured. Depending on your settings, your Internet browser will automatically accept Cookies. However, you can change your browser settings at any time and choose to access Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA's website without accepting Cookies.

Web analytics

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA uses Webtrends Inc.  (www.webtrends.com) web tracking software for statistical purposes and to ensure a user-oriented design of the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website. This software uses cookies to obtain information about usage of the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website (see above under "Cookies"). From this information, a user profile is created under a pseudonym. The information is not used to personally identify visitors to this website and is not aggregated with any personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym. The information is only stored on a Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA server and is not forwarded to Webtrends Inc.  or any other third parties. You can prevent the storage of cookies by making the appropriate adjustments to your browser settings.

Security

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA takes precautions to protect your personal information against loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation and unauthorized access. In doing so, the data protection laws of the Federal Republic of Germany are of course observed.

Minors

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA strongly advises all parents and guardians to instruct their children in safe and responsible handling of personal data on the Internet. Without the consent of parents or guardians, minors should not submit any personal data to the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website. Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA will never knowingly collect personal data from minors or use it in any way or disclose it to third parties without permission.

Links to other websites

This privacy statement applies to the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA www.bertelsmann.com homepage. The Web sites of this homepage may contain links to other providers within and outside the Bertelsmann Group, to which this privacy protection statement does not apply. When you leave the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA's website, it is recommended that you carefully read the privacy statements of each website that collects personally identifiable information.

Right to information

If you have any questions concerning the processing of your personal data, please contact our data protection representative.

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
Corporate Data Protection
Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 270
33311 Gütersloh
Email:

On request, you will be notified in writing in accordance with applicable legislation as to whether any of your personal data was stored during your visit to the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website, and if so what data was stored.

Notification of changes

Should these data protection guidelines be amended, the changes will be announced in this statement, on the homepage, and at other appropriate places.

Last updated: September 2013