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Nikkei BP's Personal Information Protection Policy

We collect and use certain personal information submitted by a number of people through the process of selling our magazines, books and other merchandise and providing data via the Internet. Meanwhile as a member of news media, Nikkei BP is in a position to report on and increase public awareness for the significance of personal information protection and the risks of information leakage. We are keenly aware of the role as media house as well as the responsibility to set strict and appropriate control systems for protecting all personal information submitted to us.
We therefore stipulate our privacy policy as follows. For the sake of safeguarding our users accessing Nikkei BP publications and services, all of our employees comply with the policy stipulated herein, and are committed to handle, manage and sustain personal information in an appropriate manner.

  1. Nikkei BP collects, uses, and provides your personal information in an appropriate manner, and only to the extent necessary for our business activities. In principle, we do not collect any personal information exceeding to fulfill the purpose of usage without your prior consent, and we take all necessary measures to comply with the principle.
  2. Nikkei BP complies with applicable laws, ordinances, and regulations of Japan, pertaining to personal information protection.
  3. Nikkei BP takes actions to prevent and correct such illicit acts as unauthorized access to, and loss, destruction, falsification, and leakage of, personal information.
  4. Nikkei BP offers customer support services for complaints and/or inquiries regarding our policy for handling and protecting personal information.
  5. Nikkei BP continually reviews its compliance program and makes proper modifications where necessary.

Kohei Osada
President & CEO
Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.

For any inquiry about our privacy policy, please contact here:

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Handling of personal information collected for news stories

Nikkei BP handles personal information collected for news stories according to the following policy.  
The Article 50 under the Act on the Protection of Personal Information of Japan stipulates that the provisions of “Obligations of the businesses handling personal information and other matters” shall not apply to personal information collected “for the purpose of utilizing for news stories”. The Article 35 of the aforementioned law also defines that the competent Minister shall not exercise its authority with respect to the act of business operator handling personal information to provide a business operator mentioned in the Article 50 (which includes news media) with personal information. Accordingly, the cases of news coverage are exempted from the provisions under the Article 23 which stipulates “A business operator handling personal information shall not provide personal data to a third party without obtaining the prior consent of the person”. Therefore, if an interviewed company provides personal data to news media, it does not constitute the breach against the Act on the Protection of Personal Information of Japan.

While at the same time, the Article 50 of the aforementioned law also urges news media to “take by themselves the necessary and appropriate measures for controlling the security of personal data”. Nikkei BP therefore sets the following privacy policy for information collected for the purpose of utilizing for news stories.  

  1. Disclosure: We disclose and explain our “Personal Information Protection Policy” to the public in an easy-to-understand manner.
  2. Voluntary control: Nikkei BP’s “code of conduct for editorial departments” stipulates that (1) information obtained through covering news should never be used in a manner violating the privacy policy of Nikkei BP, (2) personal data obtained through covering news should be handled with appropriate measures in full respect of the provisions stipulated under the Act on the Protection of Personal Information of Japan, (3) information sources should be kept secret for the purpose of protecting freedom of the press and trusted relationships with our interviewees. All of our staff (including outside staff as well as Editors-in-Chief, Deputy Editors and staff writers) involved in editorial activities must comply with the code of conduct.
  3. Security control: All of our staff, regardless of whether they are involved in editorial activities or not, are subject to check their day-to-day operations, make improvements, and receive trainings for protecting personal data. Specifically, we promote company-wide efforts in strengthening measures for protecting privacy, such as prohibiting unintended use of personal data and complying fully with internal rules to maintain and dispose personally identifiable data.

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Handling of personal Information in general

Nikkei BP uses the personal information that it collects for the following purposes. In all cases, we will abide by our compliance program and handle the information with utmost care under this privacy policy.

 

(1) When we may ask for and use your personal information...

In order to confirm your purchase/order of our products and your registration to our services, and for delivering your purchase

We may change your registered personal information in case there are changes in the information that may affect the delivery of our merchandise or our invoicing, such as the name of municipality, postal code, name of financial institution or the expiration date of your credit card.

In order to provide and improve the merchandise and services that you use, and to develop new services

In order to send information that are relevant to the merchandise and services that we provide

We may relate your personal information to other information that Nikkei BP and its group companies administer. For example, we may compare your personal information with information in our periodicals administration system to see if you are our subscriber.

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(2) We do not disclose your personal information to a third party.

Without your express permission, we will not disclose your registered personal information to a third party.

Even when we are sending you information from companies/organizations other than Nikkei BP and its group companies that we believe to be of value to you, we will not disclose or provide your personal information to such companies/organizations without your permission.

In the cases that you requested other companies/organizations, via Nikkei BP, to provide information or services; or if you are buying merchandise, making applications, making contacts, asking for intermediation from such companies/organizations; or if you have applied for attendance to exhibitions or seminars that are related to other companies/organizations; or if you requested Nikkei BP to obtain information from our advertisers on your behalf, we may disclose and provide your personal information to such companies/organizations.

We may share your personal information with financial institutions when settlement of payment is required after you placed an order for merchandise or used a paid service. The purpose is to confirm your bank account or the validity of your credit card. We may disclose your personal information when we are obliged to do so by law, or when we have reason to believe that your personal information is necessary to protect and defend the rights/properties/security of you and Nikkei BP.

 

(3) We strictly administer your personal information...

We handle your personal information that we collect in a secure manner under our compliance program and under strict administration.

From time to time we may decide to entrust a third-party company, which we deem to be trustworthy and with whom we have signed a confidentiality agreement, to administer your personal information. In such cases as well, your personal information will be protected under the compliance program of Nikkei BP.

 

(4)Access and correction to your registered information

We administer your personal information as accurately as possible and in the most up-to-date manner. Upon your request, you can access to, and add, correct, update or remove your personal information from our database. Please note, however, that we may not be able to provide some of our products and services if you remove your personal information.

To correct and update your registered information regarding delivery of our periodicals, please contact Nikkei BP Fulfillment Services (phone: 03-5696-1111, Mon-Fri 9:00-17:00 on weekdays only) or use the inquiries page of our website.

To correct, update or remove your registered information regarding Nikkei BP Passport Service (e-mail news services, membership web services) which is one of our membership services, please visit the member exclusive page.

Regarding other merchandise and services, please follow the individual instructions.

 

(5) Please note...

Some of our websites offer chat rooms, forums, message boards, news groups, comment posting and e-mail exchange services. Please note that any information that you disclose at your own will in these areas will become public information.

Our websites have links to other third-party sites. Please note that we cannot bear the responsibility for protection of your personal information or for the content on such linked websites.

 

(6) Nikkei BP Personal Information Administrator

Mr. Nobuyuki Tanaka
Managing Director
Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.
1-17-3, Shirokane, Minato-ku
Tokyo 108-8646 Japan

 

(7) Contacts

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy, please click here.

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Information collection on the Internet

(1) Some information may be collected automatically on the Internet…

When you visit Nikkei BP’s websites and internet services, we may automatically collect your non-personal data stored automatically in the log files with help of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, cookies, web beacons and other mechanisms. The types of automatically collected data are; browsing history on our web pages and contents, browsing time per web page, types/versions of your browser and computer OS, screen sizes, referrers, and mouse trajectories. We may use such information mainly for analyzing trends of traffic to our websites, identifying and solving problems occurred on our web servers, and better managing our websites and online services.

In principle, Nikkei BP uses the data on traffic to our websites mainly for the following purposes.

 

(2) How we use cookies…

Our websites may use cookies to collect data on traffic to our websites. A cookie is a small size of information that a website sends to your browser, which may then be stored in a file on your hard disk drive. Use of cookies allows us to record which pages of our websites you visited. In a member exclusive site, we may combine cookies with your registered personal information when providing you with our services.

Information collected through the use of cookies may be published as aggregate user statistics. Such statistics will not contain information that allows individual users to be identified.

 

(3) How we use web beacons…

Some of Nikkei BP websites and e-mail services in HTML format may use a tracking technology called “web beacon” in combination with cookies and other mechanisms. Web beacons are used to collect data on traffic to our websites.

 

(4) How we use cookies and web beacons from a third party...

We use, in part, measuring systems from third-party companies in order to manage our websites or to measure the traffic. Some advertisements that are shown on our websites or in our e-mail magazines may use, in part, ad distribution servers of third-party companies.

These third-party companies may use cookies/web beacons in order to distribute advertisements more efficiently, to measure the effect of advertisements or to measure traffic. In such cases as well, we will conduct preliminary research to make sure that all such mechanisms conform to our usage standards – that is, individual users will not be identified.

 

(5) Opt-out of cookies

You can change the setting of your browser to disable the cookie function at your own responsibility. If you turn off the cookie feature, however, you may not be able to access some or all services provided on Nikkei BP websites. You may also have to see the same advertisement repeatedly on your computer monitor.

For more information on how to disable the cookie function, please visit here.

 

(6) Contacts

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our privacy policy, please click here.

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Sharing of personal information among Nikkei BP Group

Nikkei BP may share your personal information among our group companies.

 

(1) Types of personal information shared among our group

All personal information collected by Nikkei BP may be used and shared within our
group. Our group companies, however, will use only the minimum items of
personal data that are essential for their business activities.

 

(2) Group companies sharing personal information

Your personal data may be used and shared only among Nikkei BP group
companies

 

(3) Purpose of sharing personal information

Nikkei BP group companies use your personal information in accordance with the purpose of usage stated under Nikkei BP’s “Personal Information Protection Policy” and “About Personal Information Collection”. We will not provide any personal information collected by Nikkei BP to any third party.

 

(4) Our Shared Personal Information Administrator

Nikkei BP Personal Information Administrator
For more information, please contact Nikkei BP Fulfillment Services at the
following address.

 

(5) How we collect personal information

Your personal data used and shared among our group companies are information collected by Nikkei BP via the Internet, post card, fax and other means.

 

(6) Contacts

Nikkei BP Fulfillment Services, Customer Support
Address: Japan Post, Kasai Branch P.O. Box No. 20, zip code 134-8729

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy on shared use of personal information, please click here

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