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How HarperCollins uses your personal information
HarperCollins uses your personal information to:
- Improve customer service;
- Give better access to products/services of interest;
- Provide customers with product updates, benefits offers and announcements.
- Understand better your needs and provide you with better service;
- Help you complete a transaction with us;
- Communicate back to you; and
- Personalise the Website for you.
From time to time, we may use your information to contact you for market research or to provide you with marketing information and newsletters relating to our goods and services. We will always give you the opportunity to opt out of receiving such direct marketing or market research contact each time you receive a new item of information. We will not sell, rent or lease your personally identifiable information to others unless we have obtained your express permission or are required to do so by law.
We will keep a record of your details. If you sign up to our newsletters your details will not be passed on to third parties, unless:
- you have given us your express consent;
- we are obliged to do so by law (this would include police investigations).
- we need to protect customer interests (such as legal liability); or
- in unusual circumstances, such as a company merger.
We may store your personal information on our systems for as long as you use the Website. For security reasons we may additional store messaging transcript data (including message content, member names, times and dates) arising from the use of the Website.
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