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 firstname.lastname@example.org to correct or update your personal data.
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.
This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", text files which are stored on your computer and which enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. On this website, the Google Analytics code is supplemented by “gat._anonymizeIp()” to ensure the anonymous collection of IP addresses. The last two digits of the IP address are cut before transmission, so that it is not possible to identify the user.
On behalf of the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activity for the website’s operators, and to provide other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the website operator. Google will not associate or conflate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
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.
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
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