All of the information collected by the website (hereinafter “the Website”) of Ash Inc. (hereinafter “the Company”) will be used to provide customers with the information they require and information that will be of interest to customers. The Company promises to make every effort to protect the privacy of customers. The information collected on the Company’s Website shall be used in order to ascertain more clearly the interests and trends in the market and among customers. In doing so, the Company believes that it will be able to provide a high level of services that will satisfy all its customers and business partners.
The original version of this Policy is in the Japanese language, and in the event that any discrepancy in its translation occurs, the Japanese language version shall prevail.
1. Regarding the Methods for Collecting and Using Information of the Website
Cookies are data assigned by the Web server to distinguish the browser that the customers’ PCs are using. Ordinarily, a website will use temporary cookies called “session cookies” to follow which pages on a website the customer moved between, and to memorize any information input on pages. For example, on e-commerce (shopping) websites that do not use session cookies even if one places items in the “shopping basket” they are not displayed until one goes to the checkout page. Furthermore websites also use a form of cookies known as “persistent cookies.” These cookies are used by the website to record customer information so that when a customer next visits the website the services and functions provided by that website can be speedily and effectively utilized. When a customer visits the Website their browser will attempt to install both session cookies and persistent cookies. This enables the Website to collate information about the patterns of movement among the web pages that customers make. It is possible for customers to configure their browsers to either accept or reject cookies. For detailed information, please refer to the ‘help’ menu on your tool bar. If a customer blocks or refuses the acceptance of cookies, or if they delete their cookies before revisiting the Website it is possible that they will not be able to use certain functions and services provided by the Website.
(ii) Server Statistics Information
The company collects general statistics information and tracks the varied behavior of customers to the Website. This statistical information includes the number of hits, the type of browser used to access the Website, page views and other behavioral patterns. The Company is not able to identify individual customers from the information thus obtained; the information is used to track from which web pages customers moved. By doing so, we can identify ‘high traffic’ areas and ascertain the most effective ways of using the Website as a communication interface with customers. As a part of our ongoing analyses, we use a mechanism that is known as a ‘web beacon.’ The web beacon enables us to tell whether or not the e-mail we have sent out to customers has been read or not. In order to prevent the Website from being infected by viruses or hacked by outside parties the Company collects information such as IP addresses in a log file and check to ensure that no hackers are concealing themselves within the Website.
(iii) Information Provided to the Company by Customers
2. With Regard to the Security Measures Adopted by the Company to Protect the Personal Information of Customers
3. Provision of Personal Information to a Third Party
The Company may, solely in the following instances, provide personal information to a third party.
- Cases in which the provision of personal information is based on laws
- Cases in which the provision of personal information is necessary for the protection of the life, body, or property of an individual and in which it is difficult to obtain the consent of the person
- Cases in which the provision of personal information is specially necessary for improving public hygiene or promoting the sound growth of children and in which it is difficult to obtain the consent of the person
- Cases in which the provision of personal information is necessary for cooperating with a state institution, a local public body, or an individual or entity entrusted by one in executing the operations prescribed by laws and in which obtaining the consent of the person might impede the execution of the operations concerned
- Cases in which personal information is converted, disclosed and provided in a data format in which it is impossible to identify the person in question.
4. Outsourcing to a Third Party
The Company may outsource part or all of the business it handles involving personal information to a third party. In such an event a basic agreement and the requisite agreement concerning the entrustment of personal information will be concluded between the Company and the outsourced party, and appropriate monitoring of the outsourced party will be conducted.
Enacted on December 20, 2015