Welcome to the Thomson Web Site
We are pleased that you have visited our web site and would like to thank you for taking an interest in our company, products and web offerings. Protection of your privacy when using our web site is important to us. Therefore, please note the following information.
Anonymous data collection
You can visit the Thomson web site without telling us who you are. We only learn the name of your Internet service provider, the web site from which you visited us, and the pages that you access at our site. This information is analyzed for statistical purposes but, as an individual user, you remain anonymous in this process.
Collection and processing of personal data
No personal data will be collected on you unless you specifically provide us with it, for instance in order to take part in a survey or to register for personalized services. Thomson may collect information in connection with your use of the site. For example, we may retain the content of, and metadata regarding, any correspondence you may have with us or our representatives, regardless of the mode of communication by which such correspondence was made. This information helps us to improve the site and the products, materials and opportunities and services that we feature or describe on the site, and to more effectively and efficiently respond to both current and future inquiries.
In the course of personalized services by Thomson your registration data will be processed for the purposes of advertising, market research and arrangement of suitable electronic services, providing you consent to this.
The web servers used to operate the Thomson web site may collect certain data pertaining to you and the equipment and communications method that you use to access the Internet and the site. Without combining these data with other sources of information, they do not readily identify you. They do reveal such things as the Internet protocol ("IP") address assigned to your computer, specific pages that you accessed on the site, or immediately prior to visiting the site, and the length of time you spent at the site. The purposes for which this information is collected and used include facilitating site operation and system administration, generating aggregate, non-identifiable statistical information, and improving the content and content delivery with regard to the site and the features, materials, opportunities and services that we describe or make available on the site.
We may also use "cookies" (small text files stored on your computer) to help track and customize your access and use of the site. Cookies store and retain information that helps us recognize you when you return to the site following a previous visit. Most popular Internet browser packages allow you to configure the browser so as not to accept cookies. However, setting your browser to reject cookies may prevent you from taking full advantage of the site and the materials, products and services that Thomson makes available on the web site.
Use and disclosure of personal data
Any personal data that is collected at the Thomson web site will only be used to process your inquiries unless you consent to its use in other circumstances. Thomson will not sell your information. To ensure you receive the best service possible we may forward your information to authorized Thomson selling agents and distributors for follow-up. In addition to the uses mentioned or described above, we may use the information that we collect from or about you to improve the content, features, materials and opportunities that we make available on the site, to notify you of changes made to the site or new opportunities made available on or through the site, to evaluate your needs and customize site content delivered to you according to those needs, to send you promotional materials that you request from us, and for other legitimate and lawful business purposes of Thomson.
Consenting to the use of your personal data for the above-mentioned purposes may make it necessary to communicate your data within the Thomson group so we reserve the right to pass it on to these units. Your personal data will not be forwarded to any third parties. In each case you are, of course, entitled to revoke your consent at any time with effect on future activities. Personal data will be communicated to state organizations and authorities only as and when required by national rules. We have obligated our employees, agencies and dealerships to confidentiality.
Protection of Information
Thomson takes actions to secure and protect information transmitted via or stored on our site. However, no security system is impenetrable. We cannot guarantee that information site users may happen to supply will be totally secure.
We would like to use your data to be able to inform you about our products and services, and possibly to ask you about them. Of course, participation in such activities is entirely voluntary. If you do not agree with this you can tell us at any time so that we can block your data.
Your right to information
Upon request Thomson will, in accordance with applicable law, notify you in writing as soon as possible whether any personal data is stored on you and, if so, which data is involved. If incorrect data has been stored despite our efforts to ensure that it is right and up to date we will rectify it if you request us to do so.
In addition, when corresponding with Thomson representatives, or when making a request for information through our site, you choose what information to supply, what questions to pose and comments to make, whether you wish to receive further information from us, and by what method of communication such information should be delivered.
Please contact us at the numbers and addresses given below with any questions about Thomson, our products, services or privacy practices.
Thomson Industries, Inc.
1500 Mittel Blvd.
Wood Dale, IL 60191