Handling of Personal Information on the ECC group website

■Collection of Information
・Customers using the ECC group website (herein after “ECC website”), may be asked to submit their personal information to process their request for information. The personal information requested will be limited to that which is necessary for providing ECC group service (hereinafter “ECC service”).
・The ECC website automatically collects and stores various information from our customers, such as the customer’s Internet protocol (IP) address, cookie data, and internet history.

What are Cookies?
Cookies are mechanisms that enable websites to store information on a person’s computer when they visit a website. Stored information includes browsing activity and typed information sent between one’s browser and the server. When the user visits the website again, cookie data enable the website owners to provide each individual user with a customized display. If a user’s browser settings allow it, websites may acquire cookies from a user’s browser. For security reasons the browser only shares cookies that have been sent or received with the website that sent or received them.

Types of Cookies Used on the ECC Website
Category 1: Statistics cookies. These cookies help us to understand how visitors interact with our website by collecting and reporting information anonymously. We use this category of cookie on the ECC website.
Category 2: Marketing cookies. These cookies allow us to track visitors across the website. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third-party advertisers. We use this category of cookie on the ECC website.

Cookie Settings
・Users may choose to “Allow all cookies,” “Block all cookies,” or “Indicate when cookies are sent.” The user’s browser settings will differ according to which browser is being used.
The user can access their browser’s “Help” menu for details on how to change the cookie settings.
・Users should be aware that choosing to disable all cookies may prevent the user from using services which are secured under user authentication or have restricted internet service.

How ECC Uses Cookies
ECC uses cookies for the following purposes:
・To provide personalized service by referring to stored customer information when signing in to authenticated services
・To show the most relevant ads on other websites based on the customer’s interests and search activities
・To analyze the number of users and the traffic related to the ECC website
・To improve the quality of ECC services
・To advise customers to reenter their password (for reauthorization) after a certain amount of time has passed from the start of use (for security reasons)
ECC may store and reference cookies from the ECC website through ECC’s advertising partners.

Third Party Cookies
Please note that the ECC website may link through to third-party websites. Third parties (including, for example, providers of external services like web-traffic analysis services) may also use cookies. ECC has no control over this.

Several of the cookies we use are provided by third-party providers as specified above. The third-party-operated services may be used to track your browsing habits in addition to the information specified and without our knowledge. Please refer to the privacy and/or cookie policy of the listed services for detailed information.

By using the ECC website, you consent to the processing of data about you by the relevant third parties set out above in the manner and for the purposes described.

Managing Cookies
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. It is also possible to delete cookies that have been installed in the past. However, if you use your browser setting to block all cookies (including essential ones), you may not be able to access all or parts of the ECC website

We reserve the right to amend this Cookie Policy from time to time. Any changes will be posted on this page and shall become effective as soon as they are posted.

■IP Address
When a customer’s browser requests information from the ECC website, the website automatically receives its IP address. Since the browser automatically sends the IP address to the website, every time a customer uses the website their IP address is collected. The IP address of every customer’s PC is stored in the ECC website when the customer accesses a service.

How ECC Uses IP Addresses
・To help solve technical problems reported by customers associated with IP addresses managed by corporations or ISP (Internet Service Providers)
・To provide accurate information based on location and other relevant information obtained from a customer’s IP address.

・When asking customers for personal information, ECC encrypts communication using SSL.