Simon & Schuster U.K. Privacy Policy

Notice:  This Policy is updated effective May 25, 2018 to conform to the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Simon & Schuster recognizes the importance of respecting and protecting the privacy of visitors to www.simonandschuster.co.uk (the "Website"). This policy (together with our Terms of Use) explains how we may collect personal data from you and how we may use such data. We recommend that you read this policy to understand how we treat and protect your personal data.

If you visit this Website or provide information to us via this Website (i.e. by entering competitions, signing up for email newsletters or participating in the interactive features) then you are agreeing that we will collect and use your information as set out below.

If you do not agree to this policy, or if you are under 16 and your parent or guardian is not happy for you to provide information to this Website, then please do not use or submit information to this Website.

 

Topics

About us
Protecting your privacy
What is personal data?
Information that may be collected about you
How will we use your information?
Disclosure of information to others
Security
Cookies, collection of IP addresses and clickstream data
Links
Updating your information and your rights to the personal information we hold
Children
Changes to this privacy policy
Contact information

 

1. About us

The Website is provided on behalf of Simon & Schuster (UK) Limited of Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4DD ("Simon & Schuster," "us" or "we"). Simon & Schuster Digital, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. of 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10020 assists Simon & Schuster in providing this Website. Both companies are “controllers” of the personal data collected through this Website, as defined in applicable data protection laws.

We can be reached by email at: enquiries@simonandschuster.co.uk.

 

2. Protecting your privacy

Simon & Schuster is committed to safeguarding and respecting your privacy in compliance with applicable data protection laws, including the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). These laws provide a framework to ensure that personal data is collected and handled properly and give individuals the right to know what information is held about them, as well as certain other rights as summarized below.

If you are a resident of the United Kingdom, or of any country in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), you have the right to seek assistance from, or lodge a complaint with, a data protection supervisory authority. In the United Kingdom, that body is the Information Commissioner’s Office. Please see www.ico.org.uk for more information.

 

3. What is personal data?

Personal data is any information related to an identifiable person (a person who can be identified directly or in connection with other information we hold). For example, the following could be considered personal data: your name, address, phone number, date of birth, email address, and related information such as registering for a newsletter or entering a competition. 

 

4. Information that may be collected about you

  • When you register to receive email newsletters or alerts or enter a competition on our Website you will be asked to provide certain information about yourself which may include your name, email, gender and phone number;
  • If you are under 16, you may not submit any information about yourself without the permission of a parent or guardian.
  • If you contact us via the Website, for example by sending an email to privacyadministrator@simonandschuster.com, we may keep a record of that email or comment;
  • We may collect details of your visits to our Website including, but not limited to, IP address, traffic data, location data and other communication data and the areas of the Website that you access. Please see section 8 below for further details.

Note that registration with the Website is entirely voluntary, however you will be unable to access or use certain parts of the Website if you are not a registered user.

 

5. How will we use your information?

We may use your personal data for these purposes:

  • operate and administer the Website and allow you to participate in the interactive features of the Website (where you choose to do so) for example by running competitions and notifying winners;
  • identify you and provide you with access to certain parts of the Website;
  • send you email newsletters and other information which we think may be of interest to you and for related marketing purposes if you have requested that we do this (i.e., by submitting your contact details to us for these purposes or ticking any relevant consents);
  • market third party products and services, if you have consented to this;
  • prevent you from posting illegal, offensive or objectionable material on the Website;
  • notify you of any changes to our Website or our services;
  • improve the products and services we offer;
  • make the Website better and otherwise better meet the needs and preferences of Simon & Schuster customers. For example, we may look to see which is the most popular part of the Website or which features you like to visit on the Website.

We may also process your personal data to enter into or perform a contract with you (for example, to provide you with services you request and to identify and authenticate you so you may use the Website); to comply with legal requirements (for example, to comply with applicable accounting rules and to make mandatory disclosures to law enforcement); to meet our legitimate interests (for example, to protect against fraud, malware, and other security threats).

Please note that when you allow us to use your personal information based on consent, you may later withdraw that consent at any time by contacting us (using the contact instructions for Data Subject Rights requests set forth in Section 13).  This does not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before withdrawal.

 

6. Disclosure of information to others

We do not share your personal data with third parties except as set out in this policy.

We may disclose to, and share your information with, third parties in the following circumstances:

  • where you wish to use the "Email a friend" function on the Website, we will disclose your identity to the recipient of the email message;
  • we may disclose your personal data to any company within the Simon & Schuster group of companies, including Simon & Schuster, Inc. in the United States (see www.simonandschuster.com for information about the corporate group). We use best efforts to ensure that personal data is treated confidentially within the Simon & Schuster group, and where required, we transfer personal data to affiliates outside the European Economic Area under the terms of EU-approved standard contract clauses (you may obtain further information from the contact provided below);
  • in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets;
  • as Simon & Schuster is a responsible company, we may disclose your personal data in order to comply with court orders or when required to do so by law. We may also disclose such data in cooperation with a law enforcement or government request or in order to enforce or apply our Terms of Use;
  • to protect the rights, property or safety of Simon & Schuster, any company within the Simon & Schuster group of companies (including Simon & Schuster, Inc) or users of the Website;
  • to service providers who manage aspects of our operations (for example third parties who host the Website).

Please note that as Simon & Schuster Digital assists in the provision of the Website any information that is collected through the Website will be automatically transferred to the United States. In addition, please note that the information you provide to us will be held on our computers and may be accessed by our staff or by parties who help us publish the Website, provide the competitions, or perform the other functions described above, some of whom may be located in the US or elsewhere outside the European Economic Area. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing, or processing. Countries outside of the European Economic Area do not all have similar data protection laws, but we undertake to treat your data in accordance with this privacy policy wherever the processing takes place.

We may pass aggregate information on the use of this Website to third parties, but this will not include information which could be used to identify you.

Except as set out above or required by law or regulatory authority, we will not otherwise sell or give any personal information you provide to this Website to any other person unless you agree that we can.

Please remember that when you voluntarily post material to a public area of this Website that this may always be collected and used by others. Please do think very carefully about the type of information which you wish to provide to public areas of the Website.

 

7. Security

The transmission of information via the internet is never completely secure, and we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Website. However, we implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to provide a level of security appropriate to the risk, given the nature of the personal data we collect through the Website, to protect against accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, or disclosure of the personal data transmitted, stored, or otherwise processed by us, and we take steps to ensure that processors acting on our behalf are similarly careful with your data.

 

8. Cookies, web beacons, collection of IP addresses and clickstream data

Cookies

We use cookies on our Website, these allow us to collect data which assists us in improving the Website and enhancing your experience on our Website. Cookies are electronic tags that contain small amounts of information which are placed on your computer in the process of sending your computer a file, such as a web page. A cookie is a unique identifier that tells a website when a computer that has previously visited the website returns and what pages it requests on each of its visits. Cookies can track where you travel on a website and what you look at and compile statistical reports on website activity. We use persistent cookies which means that the cookie remains on your computer even after the browser has been closed.

For further information on cookies visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Cookies make it easier for you to log on to and use the Website during future visits. You may set up your computer to reject cookies by the privacy settings for your web browser, (usually located under the Tools menu - choose Internet Options, then Privacy) although, in that case, you may not be able to use a few features on our Website.

 

Web beacons

We may use web beacons (small graphic images or other web programming code, also known as "1x1 GIFs" or "clear GIFs") and similar technologies on our Website and within our communications to you. Web beacons can recognize certain types of information on your computer such as cookies, the time and date a page is viewed, and a description of the page where the web beacon is placed. Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including, without limitation, to count visitors to the Website, to monitor how users navigate the Website, to count how many e-mails that were sent were actually opened or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed and to improve your experience on the Websites, including to provide you with content customized to your interests. Our web beacons may collect some contact information (for example, the email address associated with an email message that contains a web beacon).

 

IP addresses and clickstream data

Our server automatically collects data about your internet address when you visit us. This information, known as an Internet Protocol address, or IP Address, is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer by your internet service provider whenever you are on the internet. When you request pages from our Website, our servers may log your IP Address and sometimes your domain name. Our server may also record the referring page that linked you to us (e.g., another website or a search engine); the pages you visit on this Website; the website you visit after this Website; other information about the type of web browser, computer, platform, related software and settings you are using; any search terms you have entered on this Website or a referral site; and other web usage activity and data logged by our web servers.

 

The information allows us to create a user profile that aids in understanding the types of people that visit our Website. We use this information for internal system administration, to help diagnose problems with our server, and to administer and improve our Website. Such information may also be used to gather broad demographic information, such as country of origin and Internet Service Provider.

 

9. Third party analytics providers, ad servers and similar third parties The Website may contain content served by third parties, including videos, and we work with third party service providers to serve our advertisements elsewhere online. In connection with serving content and providing analytics and advertising services, third parties may collect certain information about your visits to this or other web sites, and we may receive information regarding the use of the Website and the effectiveness of our advertisements. These third parties may set and access their own tracking technologies on your device (including cookies and web beacons) and may otherwise collect or have access to information about your visits to and activity on the Website as well as other websites or online services. We may also share non-personal, aggregated or de-identified or hashed information at our discretion, including to serve you with relevant advertising, and to allow others to do so.

Cookies and web beacons used by us and on the Website, including those set by third party network advertisers, may be used to, among other things, target advertisements, prevent you from seeing the same advertisements too many times and to conduct research regarding the usefulness of certain advertisements to you. We may share clickstream data about visitors with third party advertising companies, analytics providers and other third parties for similar purposes.

The European Digital Advertising Alliance (“EDAA”) has developed a guide to online behavioural advertising as well as an opt-out page for participating EDAA member companies, which is available at http://youronlinechoices.eu. For mobile apps, you may be able to limit certain advertising practices using the settings on your phone, tablet or other mobile device.. 

Please note that opting out through these mechanisms does not opt you out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic ads while online.

 

10. Social and Platform Integration

You may choose to participate in a social media application or similar application, skill or feature with a third party service (“Third Party Application”), through which you allow us to collect (or the third party to share) information about you, including personal information. The Third Party Application may be a feature on our Website (such as reviewing a product, logging into our Website with your credentials with a third party service, or otherwise linking the Website with another web site or interactive service).  Or, the Third Party Application may be a Pimsleur feature or Pimsleur content available through a third party web site, device or service. 

When you choose to participate, you may be opting to link your activity on our Website with that third party web site, device or service, which may then collect information about your visits to our Website and may publish that activity as you request to your profile or similar feature with that third party (such as if you choose to share an article you read on one of our Website with your connections on the third party web site).

We also may have links on our Website to our pages on a third party site, and those third parties may set cookies or web beacons on the Website, whether or not you link through to those pages. 

The information we collect is subject to this Privacy Policy. The information collected and stored by the third party remains subject to the third party’s privacy practices, including whether the third party continues to share information with us, the types of information shared, and your choices with regard to what is visible to others on that third party web site and service. The third party may allow you to remove the Third Party Application, in which case we will no longer collect information about you through it, but we may retain the information previously collected. In addition, we may receive information about you if other users of a Third Party Application give us access to their profiles and you are one of their “connections” or information about you is otherwise accessible through your “connections” web page, profile page, or similar page on a social networking or other third party web site or interactive service.

 

11. Links

This Website contains links to or from other websites. We are not responsible for the data collection practices of any websites linked to the Website, nor does our linking constitute association with, sponsorship or endorsement of the content or practices on these websites.

Linked websites do not necessarily follow our privacy practices. We do not control cookies placed on your computer by third parties whose links appear on our Website. When visiting linked websites, you should refer to each such website's individual privacy policy.

 

12. Your Data Subject Rights

You have certain rights as a “data subject” under the GDPR or other applicable laws.  You may decline to share certain personal information with us, in which case we may not be able to provide some of the features and functionality of our Website. In accordance with applicable law, you have the right to access your Personal Data, object to or restrict further processing, rectify or erase the data, or ask for it in a portable format where feasible. Requests should be submitted using the contact instructions below.

You may make some changes yourself to the personal information collected by our account registration pages by logging into the Website and updating the account settings page. We will make commercially reasonable efforts to provide you reasonable access to your personal information within 30 days of your access request to the contact address below. We provide this access so that you may review, make corrections, or request deletion of your personal information. If we cannot honor your request within 30 days, we will inform you when we will be able to provide such access. If for some reason access is denied, we will provide an explanation as to why access is denied. When technically feasible, at your request, we will provide your personal data to you or transmit it directly to another controller.

We retain your personal information while you have an account with us and while you are continuing to visit the Website.  We will retain your personal information for as long as it is reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in the Privacy Policy, considering the time period reasonably necessary to: provide the services to you; exercise the choices and rights you have requested; comply with our contractual obligations; enforce our terms for use of the services; and, comply with legal and regulatory requirements.

 

13. Children

The Website is for general audiences, and is not intended for use by anyone younger than the age of 16.  We do not knowingly collect personal information from individuals younger than age of 16.

 

14. Changes to this privacy policy

Our privacy policy may be changed because of changes in technology, laws, and business. Any changes we make to this policy will be posted here.

 

15. Contact Us

For all Data Subject Rights requests, please submit requests by completing the DSAR Form. If you need further assistance regarding the GDPR, please contact us at eu.dpo@cbs.com.

For all other feedback or enquiries, please contact us at SSonline.feedback@simonandschuster.com.