Effective Date: August 2, 2015
These current privacy policies and the privacy practices described herein apply to personal information previously collected from you by Barnes & Noble, Inc. and each of its subsidiaries, including BNED, as well as personal information that they may collect from you in the future.
Clarity: We strive to communicate clearly about your privacy and how we handle your personal information.
Security: We follow security standards, processes and procedures that are designed to protect your personal information.
Integrity: We do not sell or rent your personal information and respect your preferences with respect to your personal information.
Below you will find answers to the following frequently asked questions about how we collect, use and share your personal information:
Depending on how you choose to interact with the BNED enterprise, we may collect personal information from you, for example your name, e-mail address, billing address, shipping address, phone number, credit card or bank account information, date of birth and other persistent identifiers that can be used to personally identify you. If you rent, purchase or otherwise place orders for textbooks or e-textbooks from us, we may also collect your student or faculty identification number, financial aid number, your driver license number, information regarding courses you enroll in or teach, your program of study and graduation year. We may also collect other personal information regarding your interaction with BNED Websites and Apps, including usage information, the items that you browse, purchase, download, read, watch and otherwise access, and your geographic location.
We collect your personal information in an effort to provide you with a superior customer experience and, as necessary, to administer our business. It allows us to provide you with easy access to our products and services, with a particular focus on the items and programs that may be of most interest to you. For more information as to why we collect personal information, please see the section below entitled: "How do we use your personal information?"
Your personal information also allows us to communicate with you about special offers, promotions, and other marketing programs and news that may be of interest to you. You always have the opportunity to unsubscribe from promotional emails by following the instructions included in each marketing email or by changing your preferences in your account. You may unsubscribe from mobile notifications by changing your settings in the Apps or on your mobile device.
(a) Information that you provide to us
However, there are a number of circumstances in which you may need to provide us with your personal information. The most common of these circumstances include:
For your convenience, we have provided a summary description of each of these circumstances below.
Making a purchase or placing an order
When you make a purchase, rental or place an order in our stores, place an order online or purchase or rent digital books, textbooks, periodicals, and other digital content ("Digital Content"), you may need to submit personal information to us.
Creating an account
In order to use certain Apps and features of BNED Websites, or to purchase or access Digital Content, you may be required to create a password-protected user account and provide us with personal information when you do so.
Using BNED Websites and Apps
BNED Websites and Apps may provide you with the ability to enter (either directly, or by authorizing BNED to access the information from a third party such as a social networking site or application) certain information such as your contacts, calendar entries or photos, or images you may submit to us to help us locate products for you.
Contacting Customer Service
When you contact customer service, we may ask you to provide, or confirm, personal information so that we can better serve you.
Entering a sweepstakes or contest
If you enter a sweepstakes or contest we offer, we may ask you to provide personal information so that we can consider your entry and, if you win, so that you may redeem your prize.
Interacting with social networking sites
Our Apps may provide you with the ability to enter (directly, or by authorizing us to download the information from a third party such as a social networking site or application) personal information such as contacts or lists of friends. These or related applications may also allow you to provide information directly to social networking sites including information about your purchases, physical location, or comments.
Signing up for promotional communications
If you sign up to receive promotional communications or notifications from us, we may ask you to provide personal information so that we can provide these to you.
(b) Information automatically collected
There are circumstances in which we automatically receive and collect information from you. The most common sources of this information include:
For your convenience, we have provided a summary description of each of these circumstances below.
Web server logs
When you visit a BNED Website, our web servers may automatically log information that your browser sends us. For example, we may receive and collect: 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 the BNED Website; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to the BNED Website. We may also collect information regarding search queries run on the BNED Website. We use this information to monitor the usage of the BNED Websites and as necessary for our business.
Browsers are typically set to create cookies automatically. You can choose to have your browser notify you when cookies are being written or accessed, or you can disable cookies entirely. If you disable cookies, however, you will not be able to place items in a BNED Website shopping bag, and therefore you will not be able to place an order with us online. Also, by not using cookies, some BNED Website features and services may not function properly.
Pixel tags or clear GIFs
We may use sensing technologies that use pixel tags or clear GIFs (which are also called web beacons). These technologies allow us to determine the effectiveness of our e-mail and advertising and marketing efforts. For this purpose, we tie the pixel tags and clear GIFs to personally identifiable information. We may also collect information regarding the links within such marketing materials that you click on and purchase statistics regarding items you buy following receipt of such marketing.
Third party web analytics services
We work with third party service providers, including but not limited to IBM Coremetrics and Google Analytics, to help us better understand how you use the BNED Websites. These third party service providers will place cookies in your browser to collect information such as how you were referred to the BNED Website, how you navigate around the BNED Website, what you purchase and what traffic is driven by various marketing methods. This information will help us to better serve you and provide you with more personalized information and product offerings. We do not allow third party service providers to collect your credit card information, e-mail address or password information. These third party service providers may only use your personal information to perform services for us and may not share your personal information with anyone else, or use it for any other purpose, except on an aggregated, non-personally identifiable basis.
Apps you use, including geolocation
When you use our Apps, we automatically collect information through the App when it is connected to the Internet. For example, we may receive and collect information concerning operating system, settings, usage, search queries, network interaction, the name of the network from which you access the Internet, the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device you are using, unique device identifiers (UDIDs), downloads, configuration, or service information relating to any malfunction of the App. This may include information regarding your activity on such Apps, such as books or textbooks opened, date and time of use, time elapsed, page turns, bookmarks, annotations, customer reviews, and quiz or test answers.
In addition, to provide location-based services through Apps, BNED may automatically collect real-time geographic location information or other location-based information about you and the mobile device on which the App is installed. This information may be used to provide certain device or application functionality or to offer, provide and improve products and services.
Wireless networks operated by BNED in retail stores
Social networking sites
Your college or university
If you rent or purchase textbooks or e-textbooks from us, we may also collect information about you from your college or university, including but not limited to your mailing and email addresses, class registration information and other course information. This information may be used for a number of purposes including providing our services to you and your college or university, sending postal mail and email, fulfilling orders, removing repetitive or unnecessary information from customer lists, analyzing data, providing marketing support, customer authentication, providing search results and links (including paid listings and links), providing customer service and processing credit card payments.
Business partners, contractors, and other third parties
We may collect personal information and other information about you from business partners, contractors and other third parties. This includes, but is not limited to, instances in which you affirmatively authorize third parties to provide us with information. Such information may be collected via, but not limited to, software applications that you download that otherwise allow you to interact with the BNED enterprise.
BNED uses your personal information across our enterprise to provide you with a superior customer experience and, as necessary, to administer our businesses. For example, we use your personal information to:
Protecting the privacy and security of your personal information is a priority at BNED. BNED DOES NOT SELL OR RENT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES.
Please note that your data may be transferred to or shared with a third party as part of a sale, merger, or acquisition of BNED or one of its affiliates (see "Sales, Mergers, and Acquisitions" below).
BNED shares your personal information with:
We take significant and appropriate security measures, including physical, technological and procedural measures, to help to safeguard your personal information and to prevent unauthorized access and disclosure. In addition, we use industry-standard technology, such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology in the transmission of certain sensitive personal information, designed to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to your personal information, and, as technology develops, we intend to take additional measures to improve security.
We want you to feel confident whenever you visit us in our stores, on the BNED Websites, or use BNED Apps. While we are focused on the security of your personal information and follow strict standards, processes and procedures that are designed to protect your personal information, you must remember that the Internet is a global communications vehicle open to threats, viruses and intrusions from others and so we cannot promise, and you should not expect, that we will be able to protect your personal information at all times and in all circumstances.
You may choose to opt out from receiving marketing and promotional communications from BNED by clicking on the opt out link provided at the bottom of each marketing email and following the instructions. Please be aware that even if you opt-out of receiving promotional communications, you may continue to receive emails and notifications relating to order confirmations, back order notifications and/or other business-related communications.
Analytics & Targeted Advertising
You may choose to opt out of collection of automatically collected information, including cookies, IBM Coremetrics, Google Analytics and targeted advertising, by following the instructions given in Section 3(b) above, or by using the functionality in your browser to reject cookies.
Online Community Users
BNED provides you with the ability to access, correct, change or request deletion of the personal information in your community profile(s) at any time by following the instructions below. We will respond to all access requests within 30 days. However, you cannot currently change your profile name although you may re-register and choose a new name. To review or modify your profile information, please visit the website of the BNED service with which you have registered . Please be advised that BNED may archive information it collects on its community and visitors. Additionally, by participating in the BNED online interactive community, and using BNED's various interactive offerings, including, the submission of customer reviews, you agree to receive communications from BNED, other users, and moderators related to the provision of these services.
Policies for Minors, including children under the age of 13
BNED is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations regarding the collection, storage and use of personal information of Minors under the age of 13, including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.
Our products and services are marketed for and directed towards purchase by adults or with the consent of adults. Individuals under the age of 18 ("Minors") are not permitted to use BNED Websites or Apps without the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for an online account or to post personal information on the BNED Websites or Apps. Should we learn that someone under the age of 13 has provided any personal information to or on any of the BNED Websites or Apps, we will remove that information as soon as possible.
If you are a parent or guardian who believes that your Minor under the age of 13 has submitted personal information or other information to us without your consent, please contact email@example.com. Once we verify that you are the parent or legal guardian, at your request, we will promptly provide to you information regarding what, if any, personal information we have collected about your child and how it has been used or shared. We will, at your request, remove personal information about your child from its database and instruct our affiliates and third party partners to do the same.
If you are a Minor under the age of 18, you may request and obtain removal of certain content or information posted on BNED Websites and Apps by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Privacy Rights for Minors" in the subject line. Please be advised that our removal of your post(s) does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you have posted on BNED Websites or Apps.
Data retention policy
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you with services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.
Accessing your information
You have the right to ask us not to use your personal information for direct marketing purposes. You also have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies rectified. Please note that, as permitted by law, we may charge a nominal fee for information requests and may require you to prove your identity. Following a request, we will use reasonable efforts to supply, correct or delete personal information about you in our files. Please address written requests and questions about this to email@example.com. We will respond to all access requests within 30 days.
Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request a notice from us describing which categories of personal information we have shared with third parties or corporate affiliates for those third parties or corporate affiliates' direct marketing purposes within the last calendar year, and the name and address of such parties. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "California Privacy Rights Request" in the ubject line.
Do Not Track Disclosure
Important information about third party devices, ISPs, websites and applications
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