Effective Date: July 20, 2020
Click this link to submit an information privacy request, or call our Privacy Line at 1-877-214-7768.
Information Collection and Use
Information collected by SMC originates from SMC website user forms, SMC trade shows or marketing events, and SMC commercial sales. SMC US does not purchase bulk mailing lists or information generated outside of the organization.
We use this information to:
- Send requested product or service information
- Respond to customer service requests
- Administer user account
- Send you marketing communications
- Administer surveys entered through emails
- Enable upload of resume and to be contacted about job postings
- Download CAD files for SMC products
- To view images and catalogs related to SMC products
- When we believe in good faith that is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others or to investigate fraud.
We collect the following personal information from you:
- Contact Information such as name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and country location
- Unique Identifiers such as password
- Information about business such as company name
Some services provided by SMC require minimal information to complete transactions such as emailing a parts list from a drawing created in the complimentary CAD design center. Though the information is not required to use the service, the additional enhancements may not be available without the information.
We may send you marketing emails from time to time. Out of respect for your privacy, you may choose to stop receiving these marketing emails by following the unsubscribe/ opt-out instructions included in these emails, utilize the Consumer Privacy request tool, or you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We may provide you the opportunity to participate in contests or surveys on our site. If you participate, we will request certain personal information from you. Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and you, therefore have a choice whether to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code). We use this information to evaluate our customer service levels and satisfaction with various aspects of our business, to monitor site traffic, and to personalize our web site. We send participants an email newsletter on a periodic basis.
SMC US does not sell your personal information to third parties.
We may provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as shipping your order or offering customer service. In some cases, SMC may provide your information to our authorized distributors or other SMC entities. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.
SMC USA CRM and Email system providers maintain Privacy Shield certification standards. Data from these systems are used to send emails to interested parties, to provide account information, track sales opportunities, and identify project data for our sales personnel and distribution partners.
We may also disclose your personal information:
- as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process
- when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request,
- if SMC is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information,
To facilitate our operations, we may transfer, store and process your personal information in jurisdictions other than where you live, including in the United States. Laws in these countries may differ from the laws applicable to your country of residence. For instance, if you are a European Economic Area (EEA) data subject and your personal information is shared with our affiliates, partners, or third-party service providers acting on our behalf outside of the EEA, then it is done so pursuant to necessary means to ensure an adequate level of protection.
SMC makes every reasonable effort to ensure that adequate levels of protection are provided for the information by employing technical controls, being Privacy Shield self-certified, and/or direct SMC affiliate Data Processing Agreements.
SMC Corporation of America participates in and has certified its compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. SMC Corporation of America is committed to subjecting all personal data received from European Union (EU) member countries and Switzerland, respectively, in reliance on the Privacy Shield Frameworks, to the Framework’s applicable Principles. To learn more about the Privacy Shield Frameworks, and to view our certification, visit the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Privacy Shield List. https://www.privacyshield.gov/list
SMC Corporation of America is responsible for the processing of personal data it receives, under the Privacy Shield Framework, and subsequently transfers to a third party acting as an agent on its behalf. SMC Corporation of America complies with the Privacy Shield Principles for all onward transfers of personal data from the EU and Switzerland, including the onward transfer liability provisions.
With respect to personal data received or transferred pursuant to the Privacy Shield Frameworks, SMC Corporation of America is subject to the regulatory enforcement powers of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. In certain situations, SMC Corporation of America may be required to disclose personal data in response to lawful requests by public authorities, including to meet national security or law enforcement requirements.
If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact TRUSTe, our U.S.-based third party dispute resolution provider (free of charge) at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request
Under certain conditions, more fully described on the Privacy Shield website https://www.privacyshield.gov/article?id=How-to-Submit-a-Complaint, you may invoke binding arbitration when other dispute resolution procedures have been exhausted.
User Access and Choice
Upon request, SMC will provide you with information about whether we hold any of your personal information. If your personal information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, amend, delete/remove or deactivate it by making the change on your member account information page by logging in to your account, by emailing our SMC North America Privacy Dept (email@example.com), by using the Consumer Privacy request link, or by calling the SMC Privacy line at 1-877-217-7768. We will respond to your request within 30 days. Below is the link to submit SMC Consumer Privacy requests. Click on the logo to submit a detailed information privacy request or call our Privacy line at 1-877-217-7768 for further information.
We partner with a third party to either display advertising on our Web site or to manage our advertising on other sites, for example, we use Attribution / Analytics (Google Analytics). Our third-party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests. If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here (or, if located in the European Union, click here). Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads. You will continue to receive generic ads.
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
As is true of most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information could include items such as internal protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating systems, date/time stamp, clickstream data, and/or other data required to provide functionality and user experience.
We use this information, which may identify individual users to recognize and track the user’s behavior across multiple online properties, contact the users, protect the security and integrity of the user, website, or online service, ensure legal or regulatory compliance, develop a profile on a specific individual, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole.
We may link this automatically-collected data to personally identifiable information. IP addresses are tied to personally identifiable information to allow tracking and analysis of clickstream data, and to personalize our web site for users.
Social Media Widgets
Our website includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button, and Widgets, such as the Share This button or interactive mini-programs that run on our website. These Features may collect your Internet protocol address, which page you are visiting on our website, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our website. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy statement of the company providing it.
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements.
The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
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Changes to this Policy
SMC Corporation of America
10100 SMC Blvd.
Noblesville, Indiana 46060
SMC North America Privacy Dept. (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 1-877-217-7768 (US and Canada only)
If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact our U.S.-based third party dispute resolution provider (free of charge) at https://feedback-form.truste.com/watchdog/request.