Privacy Policy

Introduction

Bicontinental Group and its wholly owned subsidiaries are committed to protecting your privacy. This statement explains the steps we take to protect personal data collected on our websites. It describes what categories of personal data we collect, the purposes for which we use those data, your choices regarding use of personal data about you, our security measures, and how you can review and correct data about you. By accessing our websites, you consent to the data collection and use practices described in this privacy statement.

 

Data Collection

Data collected directly from visitors.In most instances, you can visit our websites without providing any personal data. However, on some pages, we may ask you for personal data to provide a service or carry out a transaction you request. The personal data that we collect may include:

  • contact details, such as your name, title, company/organization name, email address, telephone and fax numbers, and physical address
  • information about your company and job position
  • information such as your nationality and country of residence that allows us to determine your eligibility under export control regulations to receive information about certain technologies
  • your inquiries about and orders for our products and services, as well as information that assists us in identifying the best products and services for you
  • feedback from you about our products and services, including our websites

You are not required to provide this information. However, if you choose not to, we may not be able to provide you the requested service or complete your transaction.

Data collected automatically.  We collect certain standard information that your browser sends to every website you visit, such as your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type and capabilities and language, your operating system, the date and time you access the site, and the website from which you linked to our site. We do not link these data to your identity.

 

Our use of personal data

We will use personal data only for the purposes set forth below.

Services and transactions.We use personal data to deliver services or execute transactions you request, such as providing information about Bicontinental products and services. In order to offer you a more consistent experience in interacting with Bicontinental, information collected by our websites may be combined with information we collect by other means.

Website improvement.We may use data about you to improve our websites (including our security measures) and related products or services, or to make our websites easier to use by eliminating the need for you to repeatedly enter the same information, or by customizing our websites to your particular preference or interests.

Marketing Communications.With your permission, we may use personal data to inform you of products or services available from Bicontinental. When collecting information that might be used to contact you about our products and services, we give you the opportunity to opt-out from receiving such communications. Moreover, each email communication we send includes an unsubscribe link allowing you to stop delivery of that type of communication. If you elect to unsubscribe, we will remove you from the relevant list within 10 business days.

Employment Applications.In connection with a job application or inquiry, you may provide us with data about yourself, including your educational background, résumé or curriculum vitae, and other information, including your ethnicity where required or permitted by law. We may use this information throughout Bicontinental, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and its joint ventures for the purpose of employment consideration. We will keep the information for future consideration unless you direct us not to do so.

 

Our use of cookies and Web beacons

Cookies are small files that websites save to your hard disk or to your browser's memory. We may also use session cookies, which are deleted when you close your browser. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being placed on your computer. If you choose not to accept cookies, you may not be able to experience all of the features of our websites. Internet browsers also enable you to delete existing cookies, although this means that your existing settings (including stored user IDs and other preferences) will be lost.

Our sites also may contain electronic images known as Web beacons—sometimes called single-pixel gifs—that allow us to count the number of users who have visited those pages. We may include Web beacons in promotional email messages or newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon, including whether the recipient clicked on a link in the email or forwarded the email to another person.

 

Disclosure of personal data

Except as described below, personal data that you provide to Bicontinentl via our websites will not be shared outside of Bicontinental, its subsidiaries and affiliates and its joint ventures without your consent.

Disclosure to service providers.Bicontinental contracts with other companies to provide services on our behalf, such as hosting websites, sending out information, processing transactions, and analyzing our websites. We provide these companies with only those elements of personal data they need to deliver those services. These companies and their employees are prohibited from using those personal data for any other purposes.

Disclosure in connection with transactions.In connection with certain transactions, we may disclose some or all of the personal data you provide to financial institutions, government entities and shipping companies or postal services involved in fulfilling the transaction.

Disclosures in connection with acquisitions or divestitures.Circumstances may arise where for strategic or other business reasons Bicontinental decides to sell, buy, merge or otherwise reorganize particular businesses. Such a transaction may involve the disclosure of personal data to prospective or actual purchasers, or receiving it from sellers. Although it is Bicontinental's practice to seek protection for information in these types of transactions, we cannot guarantee that any entity receiving such data from Bicontinental in connection with one of these transactions will comply with all of the terms of this privacy statement.

Disclosure for other reasons.We may disclose personal data if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with legal requirements or with legal process served on us, to protect and defend our rights or property, or in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of any individual.

 

Security

Bicontinental is committed to protecting the security of personal data. While no security measure can guarantee against compromise, we use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect data from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For sites to which you log in, it is your responsibility to ensure the security of your password and to not reveal this information to others. If you are sharing a computer with anyone, you should always log out before leaving a website so that subsequent users will not be able to access your data.

 

International transfers of personal data

Personal data collected on our websites may be stored and processed in the United States or any other country in which Bicontinental or its subsidiaries, affiliates or joint ventures maintain facilities. By choosing to use our websites and to provide data to them, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country.

 

Links to other websites

Our websites may contain links to other websites, including those of other companies. Although we try to link only to websites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we do not control and are not responsible for the content, security or privacy practices employed by other websites. You should review the privacy statements of those websites to determine how they protect and use personal data.

 

Changes to this privacy statement

Bicontinental may occasionally update this privacy statement. When we do, we will revise the "updated" date at the bottom of the privacy statement. You should revisit this page periodically to become aware of the most recent privacy terms; your use of the site after such changes have been posted constitutes your agreement to such changes.

 

Updated: October 3, 2013