Philips believes strongly in protecting the privacy of thepersonally identifiable information you share with us. We alsobelieve it is important to inform you about how we will use yourpersonal data, and to give you choices about how those datawill be used. Therefore, we encourage you to read this PrivacyPolicy carefully.
Why should you share your personal data with Philips?
Sharing your personally identifiable information enables us to offer you a number of benefits. It will make it easier and more convenient for you to:
- Register your purchase so you can receive all the benefits to which your purchase entitles you;
- Request information specific to your interests;
- Participate in online communities;
- Receive personalized messages and special offers that are relevant to your interests;
- Save time by storing your preferences;
- Buy Philips products online (if applicable).
It will also allow us to conduct market research to help usdevelop better products, to provide more responsive customerservice, and to improve our websites. You may choose to shareyour information with us in a number of ways online, such ascompleting an registration form to become a member of ClubPhilips, ordering a product, entering a contest, registering apurchase, participating in a promotion, or subscribing to anewsletter. You can also share your personally identifiableinformation with us by returning the reply card that comes withthe product you purchased or by communicating with one ofour customer care representatives by e-mail, telephone, or inwriting. Sometimes Philips obtains your personal data fromother parties outside Philips. This includes the buying of abusiness of which you already are a customer or the disclosureof your personal data by one of our partner companies. If you do not want us to use your personal data, which you have notprovided to us yourself, you can let us know by contacting us atthe address listed below.
We want to know you better so we can serve you better. However, the choice of whether you want this kind of service is up to you. You should know that your personally identifiable informationmay be transferred from your home country to other Philipscompanies around the world, who may communicate with youabout our products or special offers you may find useful. If youdo not want us to send you personalized offers or information,you can let us know by checking the appropriate box on the registration form or reply card. Philips will only share your datawith third parties outside Philips in the following circumstances:
- Sometimes Philips sells you a product or offers you a service in a joint marketing effort with other companies.
- In such cases, your personal data will be shared with these companies.
- We will always let you know that such relationship exists and who these companies are prior to your registration.
- Note that these companies often have their own privacy policies that apply to the way they use your personal data.
- Philips sometimes uses outside companies for handling your purchase or request or for processing your data.
- Philips requires these companies to adequately safeguard your personal data and not use your data for any other purpose not authorized by Philips.
- Philips sometimes sells a business to another company.
- Such transfer of ownership could include the transfer of your personal data directly related to that business to the buyer.
- Philips will release personally identifiable information if compelled by law.
“Cookies” and Website Logging
Some of our Web Sites will send a "cookie”, a small text file, to your computer. This allows us to recognize your computer the next time you visit, without bothering you with another request to register. In addition, if applicable, if you use an online “shopping cart”, cookies allow us to keep track of the products you purchase. If you do not wish to receive cookies, please refer to the "Help" file of your Internet Browser to learn how to either block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. To learn more about cookies we encourage you to visit www.cookiecentral.com. Note, Philips is not responsible for the information provided on this external site. We only offer it as a resource.
If you visit our Web Sites to browse, read, or download information, we collect and store some "visitor information" from you, such as the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet, the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using, the date and time you access our Web Site, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our Web Site. We use this information to measure the traffic on our Web Sites and to help us make our Web Sites more useful. We delete this information after some time.
How We Protect Social Security Numbers
Philips may collect Social Security numbers (“SSNs”) from you in the course of business. We strive to protect the security of SSNs in our possession, custody, or control. We maintain confidentiality through reasonable safeguards designed to protect against the loss, misuse or unlawful disclosure of SSNs, including, but not limited to, limiting access to SSNs.
Safeguarding the Information You Share with Us
We recognize our responsibility to protect the information you entrust to us. Philips uses a variety of secure techniques to protect your information, including secure servers, firewalls, and encryption of financial data. Philips websites also may make chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or newsgroups available to you. Please remember that any personally identifiable information you provide in these areas is also available to other users, and you should exercise caution before deciding to disclose it.
Once you have provided us with your personally identifiable information, you will have reasonable access to that information so you can change or delete it. You may do this by accessing your online profile, or by requesting a copy of your profile at the contact address listed below. Because Philips sells thousands of products in hundreds of countries, you may have previously provided us with personally identifiable information through reply cards, our call centers, or in some other manner.
Your decision not to register now will not affect the information you have already provided to Philips. Of course, you will always have the option to unsubscribe to any online contact from Philips or change your personal profile information.
Special Information for Parents
While Philips Web Sites are generally not targeted at children under the age of fourteen, it is Philips policy to comply with the law when it requires that a parent or guardian's permission be secured before knowingly collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under the age of fourteen.
We strongly recommend that parents take an active role in supervising the online activity of their children.
You may contact us through the feedback form if you would like to:
- Request a copy of your personal data, or change or delete your personal data;
- Opt-out from receiving any future personalized offers or information from Philips.
You can find our address by clicking the Company link found at the bottom of each page of this Web Site. If you have a problem with our use of your information, please let us know and we will make all reasonable efforts to correct it.
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Revision: March 2013