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Privacy Policy
Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. and its related companies ("Britannica") recognize the importance of protecting the privacy of Personal Information collected about its Users. "Personal Information" includes, but is not limited to, usage data, along with the name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and credit card and salary information of Britannica.com Users. Therefore, Britannica does not sell or otherwise disclose any individually identifiable Personal Information about any User without an express and informed consent of such User. Nor does Britannica include in Britannica.com any functionality for performing "reverse searches" to identify Britannica.com Users from their e-mail addresses. However, Britannica reserves the right to analyze and utilize User data in order to more effectively optimize the User experience and to present certain opportunities to Users for their benefit. Britannica also reserves the right to share with its partners and third parties some Personal Information on the aggregate basis only and provided that such use of Personal Information does not violate any expectations of privacy of or agreement with any Britannica User. Britannica has adopted this Privacy Policy to inform Britannica.com Users how it does collect, store, and use Personal Information. Britannica's intent is to balance its legitimate business interests in collecting and using Personal Information against the reasonable expectations of privacy of its Users.

1. Collection
Britannica collects Personal Information during e-mail and site registration, store purchases, and other user registration processes. In addition, Britannica collects Personal Information from Britannica.com Users in the form of usage data (for example, length of session, pages viewed, etc.) for use as provided in paragraph 3 below.
2. Cookies
"Cookies" are pieces of information that Britannica transfers to the hard drives of Britannica.com Users for record-keeping purposes. Britannica places Cookies with Britannica.com Users visiting from advertising banners and hyperlinks on other websites to track the success of a particular advertising campaign or marketing program. In addition, Britannica places Cookies with Britannica.com Users to provide them with seamless access to Britannica.com, since storing their user name and password in a Cookie eliminates the need to reenter that information on every page. (Note: Browsers set to provide notice when a Cookie is placed will prompt Britannica.com Users to accept or reject the Cookie.) The use of Cookies is an industry standard and occurs at most major Web sites.
3. Usage
Britannica uses Personal Information for: developing enhancements to Britannica.com; marketing and promotional purposes (for example, offering Britannica.com Users the opportunity to take advantage of special promotions and acquire Britannica products and products, services and offerings of Britannica partners); and evaluating Britannica.com usage by analyzing and otherwise using Personal Information and related data in the aggregate, but not with respect to any individual Britannica.com User.
In addition, Britannica uses Personal Information to direct e-mail to Britannica.com Users who provide their e-mail address in connection with specific promotions (for example, receiving notice of winning a Britannica contest), or to direct e-mail regarding Britannica.com updates and service enhancements to Users who opt in either during the Britannica.com subscription process or afterwards.
4. Third Parties
Britannica may provide demographic information in the aggregate regarding Britannica.com Users to third parties in connection with Britannica advertising campaigns and marketing programs; however, no Personal Information relating to any individual Britannica.com User is disclosed without express consent of such User. In addition, any such User may withdraw his/her consent at any time.
5. Children
Children should always ask parents for permission before: providing any Personal Information to Britannica; or purchasing any products or services from Britannica. Britannica expressly adheres to all laws and policies related to children's privacy.
6. Security
Britannica only collects Personal Information to the extent deemed reasonably necessary to serve its legitimate business purposes, and it uses state-of-the-art security technology to ensure the security, integrity, and privacy of all Personal Information. In addition, Britannica uses security measures in connection with the collection and transmission of Personal Information during the Britannica.com registration process. Nonetheless, Britannica is not responsible for any breach of its security or for the actions of any third parties that may obtain any Personal Information.
7. Removal or Update of Personal Information
Britannica.com Users may update their Personal Information or remove their Personal Information from Britannica distribution lists via any of the means listed below. Please be sure to include the following information in your correspondence:
Your e-mail address
Your first and last name
The service or section of the site to which you are registered/subscribed
Via e-mail- Send an e-mail request via our Online Form.
Via fax- Send a fax to (312) 294-2104.
Via postal mail- Write to the following address:
Britannica Customer Service, Attn: Removal
310 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60604
8. Changes to Policy
Britannica reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time by notifying Britannica.com Users (through posting a notice at this location or by e-mail) of the existence of a new Privacy Policy or any updates.
9. Advertising
This site uses the services of third parties for the serving and/or targeting of ads, promotions and other marketing messages. To do this, such parties collect and store anonymous data typically through the use of cookies.
 
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