Privacy Policy

Cookie and Privacy Policy

LAST UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012

A.C. Nielsen Company Limited, located at Nielsen House, London Road, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX3 9RX United Kingdom, is a member of the Nielsen family of companies ("Nielsen"). Nielsen, is concerned about privacy issues and wants you to be familiar with how we collect, use and disclose information. This Privacy Policy describes our practices in connection with information that we collect through the website owned and controlled by us from which you are accessing this Privacy Policy (the "Site"). By providing Personal Information to us, you agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.

If you apply for a job through the Site, our use of the Personal Information you provide through our Career Center is governed by a separate privacy policy, not this Privacy Policy. Please click this privacy policy for job seekers who apply for jobs through the Site.

The information we collect on behalf of our clients via SiteCensus is governed by a separate privacy policy, not this Privacy Policy. Please click SiteCensus' privacy policy to review the privacy policy for SiteCensus.

COOKIES

Cookies allow a web server to transfer data to a computer for recordkeeping and other Purposes. We use cookies and other technologies to, among other things, better serve you with more tailored information and facilitate your ongoing access to and use of the Site during each browser session.

We use cookies at this website for three purposes. One of the cookies that we use is designed to remember you from page to page as you access our Site and to ensure that any information that you submit to us during each particular browsing session is remembered for the duration of that particular browsing session. This "session" cookie will be automatically deleted when you close your browser session once you have finished using the Site.

When you select a language preference upon entering the Site, another cookie remembers that setting. This cookie remains on your computer after you close your browser so that you do not have to choose a language the next time you visit.

Finally, we use a cookie for web analytics purposes, which enables Nielsen to compile statistical reports about the usage of the Site based on anonymous aggregate data, for example, a report of the number of unique browser sessions that requested content from the Site during a particular period of time. This helps Nielsen to understand how visitors use the site so that Nielsen can optimize it.

If you do not want information collected through the use of cookies, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to decline the use of cookies. Some features of the Site may not work properly if you decline the use of cookies. To learn more about cookies, please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ In addition, for more information about our website analytics products or to opt-out of these measurement services, please click here.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Personal Information We Collect

"Personal Information" is information that identifies you as an individual, such as:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Your request

We may use Personal Information:

  • To respond to your inquiries and fulfill your requests.
  • To send you important information regarding the Site, changes to our terms, conditions, and policies and/or other administrative information.
  • To send you commercial communications that we believe may be of interest to you.
  • To allow you to participate in sweepstakes, contests and similar promotions and to administer these activities. Some of these activities have additional rules, which could contain additional information about how we use and disclose your Personal Information, so we suggest that read these rules carefully.
  • To allow you to send messages to a friend through the Site. By using this functionality, you are telling us that you are entitled to use and provide us with your friend’s name and email address.
  • For our business purposes, such as data analysis, audits, developing new products, enhancing our website, improving our services, identifying usage trends and determining the effectiveness of our communications.
  • As we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.

How Personal Information is Disclosed

Your Personal Information may be disclosed:

  • To other members of the Nielsen family of companies for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy. The Nielsen Company is the party responsible for the management of the jointly-used Personal Information.
  • To our third party service providers who provide services such as website hosting, data analysis, infrastructure provision, IT services, customer service, email delivery services, auditing services and other similar services to enable them to provide services.
  • To third parties sponsors of sweepstakes, contests and similar promotions.
  • To identify you to anyone to whom you send messages through the Site.
  • By you, on message boards, chat, profile pages and blogs and other services to which you are able to post information and materials. Please note that any information you post or disclose through these services will become public information, and may be available to visitors to the Site and to the general public. We urge you to be very careful when deciding to disclose your Personal Information, or any other information, on the Site.
  • To a third party in the event of any reorganization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, transfer or other disposition of all or any portion of our business, assets or stock (including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings).
  • As we believe to be necessary or appropriate: (a) under applicable law, including laws outside your country of residence; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) to respond to requests from public and government authorities including public and government authorities outside your country of residence; (d) to enforce our terms and conditions; (e) to protect our operations or those of any of our affiliates; (f) to protect our rights, privacy, safety or property, and/or that of our affiliates, you or others; and (g) to allow us to pursue available remedies or limit the damages that we may sustain.

NON-PERSONAL INFORMATION

"Non-Personal Information" is any information that does not reveal your specific identity, such as:

  • Browser information
  • Information collected through cookies, pixel tags and other technologies
  • Demographic information and other information provided by you
  • Aggregated information

How We Collect and Use Non-Personal Information

We and our third party service providers may collect Non-Personal Information in a variety of ways, including:

  • Through your browser: Certain information is collected by most browsers, such as your Media Access Control (MAC) address, computer type (Windows or Macintosh), screen resolution, operating system version and Internet browser type and version.
  • Using pixel tags, web beacons, clear GIFs or other similar technologies: These may be used in connection with some Site pages and HTML-formatted email messages to, among other things, track the actions of Site users and email recipients, measure the success of our communications and compile statistics about Site usage and response rates.
  • From you: Information such as your location and industry, as well as other information, such as your preferred means of communication, is collected when you voluntarily provide this information. Unless combined with Personal Information, this information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Site.
  • By aggregating information: Aggregated Personal Information does not personally identify you or any other user of the Site, (for example, we may use Personal Information to calculate the percentage of our users within a particular geographic region).

Because Non-Personal Information does not personally identify you, we may use and disclose Non-Personal Information for any purpose. In some instances, we may combine Non-Personal Information with Personal Information (such as combining your name with your geographical location). If we combine any Non-Personal Information with Personal Information, the combined information will be treated by us as Personal Information as long as it is combined.

IP ADDRESSES

Your "IP Address" is a number that is automatically assigned to the computer that you are using by your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Why and How We Collect and Use IP Addresses

An IP Address is identified and logged automatically in our server log files whenever a user visits the Site, along with the time of the visit and the page(s) that were visited.

We use IP Addresses for purposes such as calculating Site usage levels, helping diagnose server problems, fraud detection and to help administer the Site. However, for website analytics purposes, we truncate and then encrypt IP Addresses so that they are completely anonymised.

THIRD PARTY SITES

This Privacy Policy does not address, and we are not responsible for, the privacy, information or other practices of any third parties, including any third party operating any site to which this Site contains a link. The inclusion of a link on the Site does not imply endorsement of the linked site by us or by our affiliates.

SECURITY

We use reasonable organizational, technical and administrative measures to protect Personal Information under our control. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or data storage system can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. If you have reason to believe that your interaction with us is no longer secure (for example, if you feel that the security of any account you might have with us has been compromised), please immediately notify us of the problem by contacting us in accordance with the "Contacting Us" section below.

CHOICES AND ACCESS

Your choices regarding our use and disclosure of your Personal Information

We give you many choices regarding our use and disclosure of your Personal Information for marketing purposes. You may opt-out from:

  • Receiving marketing messages from us: If you no longer want to receive marketing-related messages from us on a going-forward basis, you may opt-out of receiving these marketing-messages by: clicking on the link in each email; contacting us; or sending an email to your usual Nielsen contact.

In your request, please make clear what information you would like to have changed, whether you would like to have your Personal Information suppressed from our database or otherwise let us know what limitations you would like to put on our use of your Personal Information. We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable.

RETENTION PERIOD

We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or allowed by law.

USE OF SITE BY MINORS

The Site is not directed to individuals under the age of thirteen (13), and we request that these individuals do not provide Personal Information through the Site.

CROSS-BORDER TRANSFER

Your Personal Information may be stored and processed any country where we have facilities, and by using our Site you consent to the transfer of information to countries outside of your country of residence, including the United States, which may provide for different data protection rules than in your country.

SENSITIVE INFORMATION

We ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive Personal Information (e.g., information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background or trade union membership) on or through the Site or otherwise to us.\

SENSITIVE INFORMATION

We ask that you not send us, and you not disclose, any sensitive Personal Information (e.g., information related to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religion or other beliefs, health, criminal background or trade union membership) on or through the Site or otherwise to us.

UPDATES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may change this Privacy Policy. Please take a look at the "LAST UPDATED" legend at the top of this page to see when this Privacy Policy was last revised. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy on the Site. Your use of the Site following these changes means that you accept the revised Privacy Policy.

ABOUT NIELSEN

The Nielsen Company (NYSE:NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and related assets. The company has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA.

CONTACTING US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us or use the standard contact form on the Site.

Please note that email communications are not always secure; so please do not include sensitive information in your emails to us.

Nielsen Online Measurement Products Privacy Policy

Nielsen has several products that measure and analyze online activity to offer insights into consumer behavior.

Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings Measurement

Nielsen works with various data providers to measure the effectiveness and reach of online advertising campaigns. As a result, advertisers are able to better understand campaign performances across both a TV and online audience. With this system, advertisers can learn if their ads were shown to the right types of people, just like a TV ad.

Here’s how it works: Advertisers tag their ads and then place them on their chosen sites around the web. When the ads are displayed, the tags make a call to a data provider, which then searches its own user database to find the age and gender that it has on file for that member. This age and gender information is sent back to Nielsen in an aggregated form. Nielsen is then able to report to the advertisers the age groups and gender of users to whom their ads for a particular campaign were displayed. A sample report might be "the ad was viewed by 5 million females between the ages 24-30."

All of this happens while protecting the privacy of both the advertisers and data providers’ users. The ads do not pass identifiable information about the campaigns to the data provider and the data provider does not pass personally identifiable information about its users to Nielsen. The technology utilized in this process uses standard browser cookies and Web beacons that do not contain any personally identifiable information.

This aggregated demographic information is retained only as long as needed for the purposes described in this notice.

If you do not wish to participate in this measurement research, please click here.

We currently work with the following data providers. Please review each data provider`s privacy policy to learn more about their respective privacy practices.

Facebook. Please click here to read about Facebook’s participation in Nielsen’s Online Campaign Ratings, and here to learn how to opt out.

Yahoo! Inc. To understand your choices about use of this information by Yahoo!, please click here.

Nielsen Web Analytics Products

Nielsen provides various other analytics and online measurement services to understand, and to help others understand, how people use and interact with the Internet in the United States and throughout the world. We do this by gathering research data on the traffic and users on our clients' websites and about their advertising campaigns.

  • What information do we collect?
  • What technologies do we use to collect information?
  • How do we use this information?
  • With whom do we share information?
  • How do we protect this information?
  • Opting Out
  • Policy Changes
  • Contact Us

Nielsen is able to gather this research data in different ways.

What information do we collect?

We gather statistical information on behalf of our clients. This information may include:

  • The number of visitors to their websites
  • The total audience exposed to an ad campaign and the demographic composition of that audience
  • Which pages or portions of pages (such as Web videos) are visited
  • The duration of page/video views
  • Advertising click-through metrics and advertising effectiveness metrics
  • The sites the users were visiting before they accessed our clients’ websites, and
  • Details about the browsers the visitors were using

We also administer surveys to some users of our clients' websites while they are visiting those websites. These surveys request additional demographic, non-personally identifiable information. Participation in surveys is always voluntary, and users choose whether or not to provide the requested survey information.

What technologies do we use to collect information?

Most of our online measurement services use regular cookies to gather statistical information to help understand what users find interesting and useful on our clients' websites, what advertising campaigns are effective, and the aggregated demographic composition of a website’s visitors or of the users that viewed an ad campaign. You can control these cookies through your browser’s settings and can opt out as described below. Alterations to these settings may, however, affect the functionality of certain web sites. Our VideoCensus product uses Flash cookies to study users’ interactions with streaming video online, e.g., whether they pause or stop them. For information about how to delete the Flash cookie, please click here.

We also embed a piece of code (sometimes referred to as "1x1 clear pixel," "Web beacon" or "clear GIF") in the pages of certain client websites in order to gather additional statistical site usage information. These pieces of code may also be embedded in client ad campaigns appearing on ad placements across many websites.

How do we use this information?

We use statistical information to provide our clients with detailed reports and analyses of traffic to their websites, the audiences of their websites and advertising campaigns, and the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns. We use the information collected in surveys in conjunction with information gathered through our cookies and code, in order to provide our clients with an even more detailed understanding of their Internet audience.

Nielsen may also combine the information collected on our clients' websites with other online and offline data sources and research tools, including non-identifying Nielsen panelist viewing. The other data sources may also include social media or ecommerce sites. These additional sources allow us to perform more robust research and analyses concerning Internet audience demographics, behavior and use.

Only non-identifiable or aggregated data are included in our reports.

With whom do we share information?

We employ or contract with other companies or individuals to perform certain functions on our behalf. Such companies or individuals may be provided with access to your information needed to perform their functions, but are prohibited from using such information for any other purpose. In addition, we may release information to third parties when disclosure is required by law or when necessary or desirable to exercise or preserve our legal rights, or to take action regarding potentially illegal activities. If all or part of our company is sold, merged or otherwise transferred to another entity, your information, whether personally identifiable or otherwise, may be transferred as part of that transaction.

How do we protect this information?

We store the information described in this policy for as long as needed for market research purposes as described in this policy. We may store these data in the United States or we may transfer them to another country. Wherever we hold the data, we will apply the terms of this policy and any applicable law. Nielsen has implemented certain security measures to help protect the security and confidentiality of information while controlled by us.

We limit access to your information to employees and agents who we believe reasonably need to come into contact with that information, all of whom are bound by this privacy policy. Access or use of information for any purpose other than those explained in this privacy policy will not be authorized.

Opting Out

If you do not wish to participate in any of Nielsen’s online measurement research, please click here to receive an opt-out cookie.

Please note: if you regularly delete your cookies, you will need to opt-out each time you delete your cookies.

Policy Changes

Nielsen reserves the right to update and make changes to this privacy notice. If we materially change our practices in handling personally identifiable information, as described in this notice, we will post the changes on our website at least 30 days prior to their implementation. We encourage you to review this privacy notice frequently to ensure that you stay apprised of any changes.

Contact Us

If you have any comments or questions regarding this privacy policy, you may contact us. For more information about how our clients use the information collected on their websites, please see their privacy policies. To learn more about how Nielsen is shaping the future of the Internet, please visit our website at www.nielsen.com. This Privacy Statement was last updated on March 2, 2012.