Key Questions and Answers
NESTLE POLICY ON PRIVACY
To simply browse Nestlé websites, we do not ask you to provide any information. However, if you wish to participate in many of the features and services our websites have to offer, we may ask you to provide certain personal and/or demographic information. Personal information (as used in this Privacy Notice) refers to any information that can be used to personally identify you or contact you online or offline. This may include, for example, your name, postal address, e-mail address, phone number, ("personally identifiable information") as well as demographic information such as your date of birth, age, gender, habits or preferences when such information is tied to your personally identifiable information (collectively, "personal information"). Personal information is only collected with your consent (i. e. if you knowingly provide it to us through one of the many online forms available on our websites) and will usually take the form of:
|•||Registration or sign-up on a Nestlé website ("general website registration");|
|•||Sign up for a newsletter that is specific to an event, product, or website and that is not included under general website registration;|
|•||Sweepstakes, contests, or other promotions;|
|•||Surveys and polls;|
|•||Message boards and other interactive activities;|
|•||Purchasing a Nestlé product through one of our online stores;|
|•||E-cards, tell-a-friend, or other one-time use features;|
|•||Feedback, questions, or comments through one of our "Contact" or "Ask the Expert" forms;|
|•||Information submitted in a business capacity (e. g. resumes, media requests, etc.);|
|•||Online recruitment (e. g. apply for job vacancies at Nestlé by posting your CV);|
|•||Signing up a friend to participate in product-specific campaigns; or,|
|•||Any other request that requires the submission of personal information (e. g. consumer panel, product request, "Where to Buy," etc.).|
Note: depending on the Nestlé website that you are visiting, some or many of the activities listed above may not be available. The types and amount of information collected for the features listed above will vary depending on the activity. The requested personal information may include: first and last name, email address, home address, telephone number (work or home), and (for those purchasing products online) credit card information. For some activities, you may be asked to create a username and/or password and/or to provide additional, demographic information, including: (i) your age or date of birth, (ii) gender, (iii) frequency of use, purchase, and consumption of certain Nestlé products and/or other similar products, (iv) facts about your household or lifestyle, and/or, (v) other information relevant to the Nestlé product you've purchased or the specific website which you are visiting.
2. How do we keep your personal information secure?
Nestlé takes all necessary technical and organisational measures to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal information collected from our websites, including sensitive personal information and personal information from children under 18. These efforts include, but are not necessarily limited to: (i) storing your personal information in secure operating environments that are not available to the public and that are only accessible to authorized Nestlé employees, and our agents and contractors; (ii) using industry-standard SSL encryption to protect the security of certain sensitive personal information (such as credit card information, health or patient information) during transmission to our websites, and, (iii) verifying the identities of registered Website users before they can access the personal information we maintain about them. Please also see Question 4 below.
3. For what purposes do we use your personal information?
Generally, all information collected is used for the purpose provided for which you submitted the information to us or as otherwise identified at the point of collection or in this Privacy Notice. For example, if you sign up or register on a Nestlé website ("general website registration"), the information you provide is used to offer you the benefits and privileges that typically come along with registration. This may include access to and use of exclusive or personalized content or activities on the Nestlé websites (e. g. message boards, upload features, personalized recipe boxes, etc.), participation in special events and promotions (contests, sweepstakes, coupons, etc.), and the ability to receive the communications or marketing material you select at the time of registration or that automatically come with your registration. Similarly, if you contact us via an online contact form or through one of our "Ask the Expert" features, your information is used to respond to your inquiry or comment, and in some instances, post the answers to your question in anonymous form on the relevant website. And, of course, any credit card information you provide us is used to fulfil and process your online purchases. When registering or providing information on Nestlé websites, you may also be given the option (through a check box or otherwise) to have your information used for an activity or service different from the primary activity or service that you are requesting. For example, if you are signing up for a contest or other promotion, you may also be able to sign up for newsletters or alerts from the Website hosting the promotion or from other websites or Nestlé products. If you choose to receive these additional services, we will use your information to provide them to you. We may also use your personal and/or demographic information for our internal marketing and demographic studies, so we can constantly improve, personalize, and customize the products and services we provide you and to better meet your needs. This may include occasionally combining, updating, or otherwise enhancing the personal information collected through a Nestlé Website with data we receive from outside records or third parties. Generally, we retain your personal information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you the services requested. Of course, if you request that we no longer use your personal information to provide you services (e. g. opt-out of receiving email) or would like to cancel your membership or account, please Contact Us. Please note that your personal information will be retained for a reasonable period of time and as necessary to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, resolve disputes, enforce our agreements, and similar records management purposes. The following provides additional information about certain features on Nestlé Websites:
|•||Newsletters and EmailIf you provide us your email address and/or mailing address (whether as part of our general website registration or for a specific newsletter or communication), the contact information you provide will be used to send you the requested newsletter, communication, or literature. In addition, you may receive communications introducing you to other Nestlé brands or websites. These materials may come in the form of regular mail or email, depending on the Website you register on and the information you provide during registration.We may also use your email address to send you transactional or administrative communications (e. g. confirmation email when you purchase a product online or when you sign up for, or unsubscribe from, a specific registration or activity), as well as certain service-related announcements (e. g. notices about updates to our Privacy Notice, discontinued features or programs on our Websites, changes to our online services or technical support policies, or other related changes). Collectively, these types of communications are referred to in this Privacy Notice as "Administrative Communications."|
|•||Sweepstakes, Contests, and PromotionsTo enter an online sweepstakes, contest, or other promotion (collectively, "Promotions"), you may be required to first register on a Nestlé website. The information collected as part of a Promotion is used to determine your eligibility, notify you whether you are a winner, and/or fulfill and deliver prizes. If you are a winner, certain information about you (such as your name and picture) may get posted to the relevant Nestlé Website. If children under 18 are allowed to participate in a Promotion, we first obtain parental consent, if required. For more information about Promotions, please see the official rules or details posted with the specific Promotion.|
|•||Surveys and PollsThere are two types of surveys or polls that may be conducted on Nestlé websites. One is where purely demographic or survey information (e. g. age, gender, household information, and other interests, etc.) is requested and the information is not linked to any personal information about you. In other cases (such as during account registration), we may collect this same information and combine it with your personal information. If children under 18 are allowed to participate in surveys or polls that collect or are linked to personal information, a parent's prior verifiable consent will be obtained.|
|•||Message boards and other interactive featuresWe may provide interactive features that allow you to post or publish messages, stories, pictures, or artwork on our Websites. Although we strive to protect those who use and participate in these activities, we encourage you to be wary of giving out personal information or images about yourself in public areas such as on a message board or other online community-type feature. Such information can be collected and used by people you don't know. As such, we cannot guarantee the security and privacy of, and are not responsible for, any information you post in these areas. Your use of these features is at your own risk. To request removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, please Contact Us. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why.Please note that if we choose to post a picture or message that you provide us through one of these features, we may post, along with the picture or message, certain information about you, such as your username, first name, first initial of your last name, and/or city and state of residence.|
|•||E-cards, tell-a-friend, and other one-time use featuresPersonal information requested for an e-card, tell-a-friend or other referral feature, or other one-time use features (typically, names and email addresses) is used on a one-time basis (e. g. to send the communication) and is not further retained by us. If these kinds of features are made available to children under 18, they are designed in a way that prior parental consent is required.|
|•||Healthcare and Nutritional SitesSome of our Websites provide nutritional and/or health-related information and tools that are intended for healthcare professionals, consumers, or both. In addition to basic contact information (e. g. name, email address, etc.), these Websites may also collect specific or sensitive personal information about: (i) a healthcare professional's practice (e. g. practice name, medical/professional degrees, hospital affiliations, use of Nestlé nutritional products in treatment of patients, etc.); (ii) a consumer's interest in certain nutritional products (e. g. use of Nestlé nutritional products, diet and exercise habits, etc.); or (iii) a consumer's diagnosis with certain conditions.As with other websites, this information is used for the purposes identified at the time of collection, i. e. to provide and send the registered user relevant nutritional and/or health information and to give them access to member-only benefits and tools. Some tools on these Nutritional Sites may allow you to enter and display certain health or patient information on the website itself. This information is made available for online reference only and, unless otherwise noted, is not simultaneously collected or retained by us.|
4. What happens if you refuse to provide your personal information?
If you choose not to submit any personal information when requested, you may not be able to participate in certain activities and personalized features on our Websites and may limit the services and special offers we can provide you. For example, if you refuse to share your email address, you will not be able to receive any of our newsletters or otherwise register on our Websites. If you refuse to provide your credit card number, you will not be able to purchase products at a Nestlé Online Store. However, to simply browse our Websites and learn more about our products, you do not need to give us any personal information.
5. Who do we disclose your personal information to and why?
6. How can you access, modify, or make other choices regarding the use of your personal information?
The following outlines the choices you have with respect to the collection and use of your personal information by us.
|1.||You always have the option not to share any of your personal information with us. However, if you choose this option, you will be limited in the activities and features we can provide you, as mentioned in Question 4.|
|2.||If you do not want to receive newsletters, announcements, or other communications and/or services from a Nestlé website or brand, please do not opt-in for those communications or services at the time of registration. If you have opted-in and, at a later time, wish to opt-out, please visit the appropriate "Update Profile" section(s) on our website and amend your preferences.|
|3.||Along with every e-mail marketing communication sent to you, we provide you the opportunity to discontinue receiving future marketing communications (i. e. unsubscribe). Simply follow the unsubscribe process or directions provided in the email.|
|4.||You can always review or update any personal information that we may have collected about you for our general website registration. To do this, please visit the appropriate "Update Profile" section(s) on our website (if available).|
7. Which countries will your personal information be sent to and why?
Nestlé is a global company and your personal information may be transferred across international borders. It may be transferred to countries that have different levels of data protection laws to the country from where you submitted your personal information. Your personal information may also be transferred between different companies of the Nestlé Group located in different countries. Nestlé takes the appropriate measures to maintain security of the personal information both during transit and at the receiving location. The server that makes this website available may be located outside the country from which you have accessed this website. Our main hosting provider for most Nestlé websites is based in the United States and the United Kingdom. This provider is bound by a contract that ensures a high standard of privacy protection and requires (amongst other provisions) that it act only on Nestlé instructions and implements all technical measures necessary on an ongoing basis to keep your personal information secure.
8. Tracking Technology – How and why do we use them?
9. E Marketing - What is spamming and what is our position on spam e-mails?
Spamming is where unsolicited e-mails are sent to you containing advertisements or marketing related materials without your consent.We do NOT send spam e-mails. We use an anti-spam tool to protect our employees from spamming. Sending e-mails without consent is illegal in many countries. We will not use your personal information (including your e-mail address) for direct marketing or follow-up communications unless you give us your EXPRESS permission. This is called "OPT-IN" consent. Also, we do not share your personal information with any third party who will use your personal information for spam mails. Nestlé websites give you the opportunity to receive marketing information by e-mail. Every e-mail sent by Nestlé will give you the opportunity at any time to stop receiving marketing e-mailsIf for some reason you believe you have received spam e-mail from a Nestlé Group company please Contact Us immediately.
We may store the personal information that you send to us via this website in our databases such as our Customer Relationship Marketing database. Your personal information will be kept by the Nestlé Group only for as long as it is reasonably necessary taking into consideration our need to answer queries or resolve problems, provide improved and new services and comply with legal requirements under applicable law(s). This means that we may retain your personal information for a reasonable period after you stop using Nestlé services or stop using this website. After this period, your personal information will be deleted from all systems in the Nestlé Group.We remind you that we have a right to have your personal information deleted at any time. Please see Question 6.
|1.||Review your child's personal information by visiting the appropriate parental approval/review page. A link to this page will be available in the notice(s) we sent you when we originally requested and obtained your consent.|
|2.||Discontinue further use or collection of your child's personal information (i. e. unsubscribe). To do so, please visit the unsubscribe page available on the website where your child registered or follow the unsubscribe process or directions provided in the newsletter or email sent to your child's email account.|
|3.||Request that we delete your child's personal information by following the procedures in #2 above. Unsubscribing your child will delete his/her personal information from our records.|
If any of the options set forth above are not available or you wish to make a different request, please either: (i) refer to the documentation provided to you when you gave your consent; or, (ii) Contact Us. Please be sure to have the following information ready for verification purposes: your child's name and email address, your name and email address, and the name of the website at which your child registered. If you permit your child to register on a website or participate in other website activities available to children under 18, your child may also have the ability to review, modify, or delete his/her personal information associated with such registration or activity. This may include the ability to unsubscribe himself/herself from a feature that you've consented to.
12. Do we link to other third party websites?
We may link this website to other companies or organizations websites (collectively, "third party sites". This Privacy Notice does not apply to such third party sites as those sites are outside our control. If you access third party sites using the links provided, the operators of these websites may collect your personal information. Please ensure that you are satisfied with the Privacy Policies of these third party sites before you submit any personal information. We try, as far as we can, to ensure that all third party linked sites have equivalent measures for protection of your personal information, but we cannot be held responsible legally or otherwise for the activities, privacy policies or levels of privacy compliance of these third party sites.