Website Privacy Policy

Last modified: May 25, 2018

Your Privacy is important to us. This Privacy Policy is intended to tell you how we use personal information we collect about you on this website.

This Privacy Policy only applies to the personal information that you provided to us or that are collected through your use of this websites, www3.panasonic.biz, www4.panasonic.biz, ac-blog.panasonic.co.jp and ac-faq.industrial.panasonic.com, operated by Panasonic Corporation Automotive & Industrial Systems Company Electromechanical Control Business Division (the“Websites”). If you provide your personal information in Panasonic individual services or use other websites operated by its affiliates or subsidiaries, they have their own privacy policies or notices. Please review the individual privacy policies or notices when you use Panasonic individual services or other websites.

Please click on the links below for further information on our privacy practices on this Websites:

1. Who are we?

Panasonic Corporation having its registered office at 1006, Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma-shi, Osaka 571-8501, Japan (“Panasonic”, “we”, “us” or “our”)
We have a number of Affiliates who can be found here.

2. What is Personal Information?

For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, "Personal Information" consists of any information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual (such as you). For example, information which identifies you may consist of your name, address, telephone number, and online identifier (e.g. cookies and your IP address). Information which does not identify you on its own but that we link to you also qualifies as Personal Information.

3. What Personal Information does Panasonic collect about you?

A. Personal Information you provide directly about yourself

Some Websites we offer enable/require you to give us your Personal Information.

  1. When you create a Panasonic account or profile on our websites or eShops
    When you create an account or profile on a Panasonic website or application (such as a 'My Panasonic' Profile or eShop account), we ask you to provide certain personal Information, including your name, email address, your mailing address. You will use your email address and your password to login to your account/profile.
    Please note that your account information will be modified in order to keep it correct and the latest, if your private information we've got via the other ways which our sales have is not consistent with information you already registered on this page.
  2. When you register a product or device with Panasonic
    If you choose to register the relevant product or device with us in order to benefit from certain features (such as product/device warranty), we may collect personal Information about you such as your name, address, phone number, email address and information about the Panasonic product or device you purchased, such as its serial numbers (or other product/device identifier) and the date of purchase.
  3. When you communicate with Panasonic
    When you contact us or interact with our customer support representatives via email, telephone or in person, we may collect personal Information about you, such as your name, mailing address, phone number, email address and contact preferences, as well as information about the Panasonic products or devices you purchased, such as their serial numbers and date of purchase. We may also create logs/reports that are useful in diagnosing product or application performance related issues to capture information relating to such issues. We may access your 'My Panasonic' Profile, or other relevant Panasonic profile/account. We may also record and review your conversations with our customer support representatives (e.g. when you contact us by telephone) and also review any information you have provided in response to a voluntary customer survey(s). We will only record and/or review your conversations with us where we are permitted to do so by applicable laws and we will tell you that we are doing so at the latest at the start of the conversations.
  4. Subscriptions and newsletters
    Where you subscribe to our promotional communications and newsletters we will collect personal Information including your email address and postal address. We will only provide such subscription services to you in accordance with applicable laws and where you have expressly requested us to do so.

B. Information about your use of the Websites

We may collect information about your use of the Websites. For example, we collect:

  1. Product/device information - such as unique device identifiers, IP address, operating system details, and settings of the device you use to access the Websites;
  2. Log information - such as the time and duration of your use of the Websites, search query terms you enter through the Websites, and any information stored in cookies that we have set on your device (such as your pc, mobile phone or tablet).
  3. Voice information - such as recordings of your voice that we store on our servers when you use voice commands.
  4. Other information - about your use of the Websites, such as the online applications you use, the websites you visit and how you interact with content offered through our Websites.

4. On which legal basis do we process Personal Information?

We are not allowed to process Personal Information if we cannot rely on a valid legal ground. Therefore, we will only process your Personal Information when:

  1. we have obtained your prior unambiguous consent;
  2. the processing is necessary to perform our contractual obligations towards you or to take pre-contractual steps at your request;
  3. the processing is necessary to comply with our legal or regulatory obligations;
  4. the processing is necessary to protect your vital interests or those of another natural person; or
  5. the processing is necessary for our legitimate interests except where they are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms. Examples of such ‘legitimate interests’ include:
    1. to benefit from cost-effective Websites (e.g. we may opt to use certain platforms offered by suppliers);
    2. to protect the security of our IT systems, architecture and networks; and
    3. to meet our corporate and social responsibility objectives.

5. Why do we use your Personal Information?

We may use the Personal Information we collect for the following purposes:

  1. Create an Account/Log in on our Websites or eShops - to enable you to create a profile on our Websites or eShops and to enable you to log in to such Websites or eShops;
  2. Online Purchases - to enable online purchases of our Services through our eShop website or other application, to deliver the purchased products/devices, and to provide any checkout assistance that you may need, for example, to complete your purchase if you have technical difficulties;
  3. Registering products/devices - to register you or your device or product for any of our Websites;
  4. Provide our Services - to provide our Services or any specific feature that you request, including to enable us to fulfil our obligations under any contract with you. We will show individual privacy policies or notices for each Service where appropriate;
  5. Surveys - to ask for your opinions or comments on our Websites and to conduct other surveys;
  6. Customised, Targeting Content, Advertising and Newsletters - to provide customised content, make recommendations based on your past activities regarding our Services and advertising (directly or via our partners such as social media networks), as well as to provide you with newsletters and other communications by post, telephone, emails and/or other electronic communication means;
  7. Profiling - to make predictions about your interests and provide you with direct marketing on that basis;
  8. Analysis Purposes - for assessment and analysis of our market, customers, products, devices and Websites;
  9. Statistics - to create anonymous, aggregated statistics about the use of our Websites. This anonymised data may be shared with third parties;
  10. Service Improvement - to develop and improve new and existing Panasonic products and Websites, recommendations, advertisements and other communications and learn more about your preferences;
  11. Customer Support Services - to provide customer support services for your product or device, or to deal with any other support queries you may have;
  12. Legal Obligations - to comply with our legal obligations under European Member States laws or under European Union law;
  13. Security - to protect our customers (e.g. to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of our Websites); to operate and maintain the security of our Websites (e.g. to prevent or stop an attack on our systems or networks); or to protect the rights or property of Panasonic, including enforcing any terms or agreements governing the use of our Websites;
  14. Competitions and Promotions - to conduct Activities and record your participation thereto, as permitted by law as well as to provide your Personal Data to our partners and sponsors of such Activities;
  15. Training - for staff training and quality assurance purposes, particularly in relation to our customer support representatives;
  16. Updates - to communicate with you, including communicating with you about your account, profiles or transactions with us, giving you important information about our Websites, sending you notice about any material changes to our Privacy Policy;
  17. Combining Personal Information - to combine Personal Data we collect from you, for example to allow us to provide better support services and more personalised content;
  18. Corporate Transaction - to manage corporate transactions involving our company including reorganisation, merger, transfer, sale, joint venture, assignment or other disposition of all or any portion of Panasonic's business, assets or stock, including, without limitation, in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceeding.

6. To whom and where do we disclose your Personal Information?

We will not disclose your Personal Information to third parties for their own independent marketing or business purposes without your consent. However, we may disclose your Personal Information to the following entities:

A. Third party recipients of the Personal Information

We may disclose your information to the following entities:

  1. Panasonic Affiliates and Authorized distributors
    We may need to transfer your Personal Information to other Panasonic Affiliates or their authorized distributors to provide the services you require or any other assistance you request.
  2. Service Providers
    We use third party service providers to help us to administer certain activities and services on our behalf, such as fulfilling sending emails and text messages (such as SMS), providing advertisements, analysing usage of our Websites, tracking effectiveness of our marketing campaigns, allowing users to connect to their social network and providing customer support services. We share Personal Information about you with such third party service providers solely for the purpose of enabling them to perform services on our behalf and they will operate only in accordance with our instructions. Here are examples of third party service providers we use:
    1. Email Service Providers – Cloud services are used to assist us in sending emails to you in accordance with your marketing preferences;
    2. Analytics Service Providers – analytics providers are used to assist us in understanding the usage of our Websites, to enable us to improve our Websites. The analytics providers we currently use are Google Analytics. For further information, see our Cookie Policy.
  3. Third parties when required by Law or to Protect our Websites
    We will disclose your Personal Information to comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies; to protect our customers (e.g. to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of our Websites); to operate and maintain the security of our Websites (e.g. to prevent or stop an attack on our systems or networks); or to protect the rights or property of Panasonic, including enforcing any terms or agreements governing the use of our Websites.
  4. Other Parties in Connection With Corporate Transactions
    We may disclose your Personal Information to a third party (or other Panasonic Affiliate) as part of a reorganisation, merger, transfer, sale, joint venture, assignment or other disposition of all or any portion of Panasonic's business, assets or stock, including, without limitation, in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceeding.
  5. Other Parties With Your Consent or At Your Direction
    We may share Personal Information about you with third parties when you consent to or request such sharing.

B. International Transfer of Personal Information

The Personal Information that we collect from you may be stored and processed in your region, or transferred to, stored at or otherwise processed outside your region, including but not limited to Japan or in any other country and where Panasonic or its Affiliates, subsidiaries or service providers maintain facilities.

Where we transfer your Personal Information outside your region, we will ensure that suitable safeguards such as appropriate agreements and mechanisms are in place to help ensure that our third party service providers provide an adequate level of protection to your Personal Information.

7. What do we do to keep your Personal Information secure?

Panasonic have put in place appropriate physical, technical and organisational measures to keep the Personal Information we collect in our Websites secure. These measures take into account:

  1. the state of the art of the technology;
  2. the costs of its implementation;
  3. the nature of the Information; and
  4. the risk of the processing.

The purpose thereof is to protect against accidental or unlawful destruction or alteration, accidental loss, unauthorized disclosure or access and against other unlawful forms of processing.

However, please note that although we take appropriate steps to protect your Personal Information, no website, product, device, online application or transmission of Information, computer system or wireless connection is completely secure and therefore we cannot guarantee the security of your Personal Information.

8. What are your rights and how can you exercise them?

A. What are your rights?

Panasonic will collect, store and process your Personal Information in accordance with your rights under any applicable laws.
Your rights include the right to access a copy of your Personal Information, the right to request the correction or the update of any inaccurate Personal Information and the right to object to the processing of your Personal Information under the conditions set out in applicable laws.
You also have the right to request the erasure of your Personal Information, and where you have consented to the processing of your Personal Information, you have the right to withdraw such consent at any time (without this withdrawal affecting the lawfulness of the processing prior to such withdrawal). In addition, you also have the right to data portability in certain cases. This is the right to request the return of the Personal Information you have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to request the transmission of such Personal Information to a third party, without hindrance from us and subject to your own confidentiality obligations.

B. Exercising your rights

If you wish to exercise any of the above rights, please contact us by using any of the communication means described in the individual Privacy Policy or Notice in each Service you provide your personal information.

C. Complaints

If you are not satisfied with how we process your Personal Information, you may contact us using any of the communication means described in the individual privacy policies or notices or alternatively you may file a complaint with the competent supervisory authority, in addition to your rights outlined above.

9. How long do we store your Personal Information

We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes for which your Personal Information has been collected as outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required by law. When your Personal Information is no longer required for the purpose it was collected or as required by applicable law, it will be deleted to you in accordance with applicable law.
Please note that your account information will be deleted without prior notice under the following circumstances.
1. There is no activity in your account for a period of two years or more. (Including downloading files and updating account information.)
2. Your account information is not correct. (In case the information such as name, place of work and telephone number does not exist.)

10. Third party links and products on our Websites

Our Websites may contain links to other third party websites that are not operated by Panasonic, and our Websites may contain applications that you can download from third parties. These linked sites are not under Panasonic's control and as such, we are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of any linked websites and online applications. If you choose to use any third party websites or applications, any Personal Information collected by the third party’s website or application will be subject to any existing privacy policy of that third party. We strongly recommend that you take the time to review the privacy policies of any third parties to which you provide Personal Information.

11. Cookies

This Websites uses cookies to store your preferences and settings and to analyse your browsing experience on our Websites. For further information on what cookies are, how Panasonic and other third parties use them, and for details of how cookies can be disabled, please see our Cookie Policy.

12. Your Choices (opting out of marketing related emails)

We and other Panasonic Affiliates may use your Personal Information (such as your contact details (e.g. name, address, email address, telephone number)) to send you marketing-related correspondence by mail, email, telephone and/or text message (such as SMS) related to Panasonic products, devices and other Services in accordance with your email and contact preferences in your Member Profile or as you otherwise agree to.
When you purchase Panasonic products or device, contact our customer support representatives, create an account or profile for one of our Services (such as a ‘Member Profile’ or eShop account), or subscribe to one of our Services, you may be given the opportunity to opt-in to (or where permitted by applicable law, opt-out of) the receiving of such marketing-related correspondence.
We do not share Personal Information with third parties for the third parties' marketing purposes.
To opt out of receiving marketing-related correspondence from Panasonic, please update your email and contact preferences in your My Panasonic Profile or click "Unsubscribe" from any marketing or promotional email or text message (such as SMS) you receive from us.

13. Children's Personal Information

Panasonic considers a child to by anyone under the age of 16, or such younger age as many be specified by applicable data protection laws. We do not knowingly collect or try to collect Personal Information from or about children without the consent of a parent or guardian. Where we do collect Personal Information from children, we will always use reasonable efforts to verify that consent has been given or authorised by the child's parent or guardian.

14. Changes to this Privacy Policy

Panasonic may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. The “Last modified” at the top of this page states when the Policy was last modified and any changes will become effective upon our posting of the revised Privacy Policy.

15. Further Information

If you have any questions regarding the collection, processing, or use of your Personal Information, please contact us using any of the communication means described in the individual privacy policies or notices in each service.
If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Policy, please contact us by mail below:
1006, Oaza Kadoma, Kadoma-shi, Osaka 571-8501, Japan

<For residents of EEA>
Panasonic is represented in the European Economic Area (i.e. the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) for any information protection related matters by its German entity, Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH, having its registered office at Hagenauer Strasse 43, 65203 Wiesbaden, Germany.

 

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