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This Privacy Policy sets out how Sony Group Corporation, (of 7-1 Konan 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0075, Japan) collects or processes information about you as more specifically explained below (your "personal data"). It also describes your data protection rights, including a right to object to some of the processing which Sony carries out. More information about your rights, and how to exercise them, is set out in Section 9 below.

In this Privacy Policy, we use "Sony" "we," "us," "our" and "ourselves" to refer to Sony Group Corporation. "Sony Affiliates" shall mean any legal entities controlled by Sony Group Corporation. The term "control" in this context means the direct or indirect ownership of at least fifty percent (50%) of the voting interest in such corporation or the power in fact to control the management decisions of such entity.

  1. Summary of Key Points
    • When you contact us in connection with an inquiry or request for information about source code of Linux / OSS, we collect and use your personal data necessary to be able to contact you and respond to your inquiry or request. Please read here to learn more.
    • This Privacy Policy also describes your data protection rights, including a right to object to some of the processing which Sony carries out. Please read here to learn more about your rights.
    • We disclose your personal data when we engage a third party to process data on our behalf, when such sharing is required by law, or in certain other situations. Please read here to learn more.
    • Depending on where you are located, your personal data may be transferred out of your home country/region to the United States of America, Japan and other jurisdictions that may not provide the same level of data protection as your home country/region. Please read here to learn more.

  2. What personal data is obtained about you when you contact Sony?
  3. When you contact Sony through contact form or e-mail in connection with an inquiry or request for information about source code of Linux / OSS;

    1. Sony may collect your e-mail address
    2. Sony may also automatically collect your IP address or other unique identifiers for the computer, mobile device, technology or other device you use to access the contact form or e-mail. Such identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your device when you access a contact form or its servers, and our computers identify your device by its device identifier.
    3. Sony may collect the following personal and/or business contact data from you only in case you spontaneously fill out it in the contact form or e-mail:
      • Name
      • Your company (including division and attention)
      • Your address (including zip code and country)
      • Telephone number

  4. Purposes and legal basis for processing your personal data
  5. Sony uses your personal data only in order to:

    1. send message to you directly regarding your inquiry; or
    2. dispatch source code of Linux / OSS in the form of physical media to you.

  6. Who else has access to your personal data?
  7. Your personal data may be made available to Sony Affiliates and to other third parties, as follows:

    1. Sony Affiliates
    2. Your personal data may be shared with and used by other Sony Affiliates to pursue the activities related to the purposes set out in Section 3 above.

    3. Service providers
    4. Sony and Sony Affiliates may use third-party service providers to process your personal on their behalf for the purposes set out in Section 3 above. Such third-party service providers include, but are not limited to, IT service providers and data hosting providers.

    5. Business transfer
    6. In the event that Sony or Sony Affiliates transfer a portion or all of our business, your personal data may be transferred by Sony or Sony Affiliates to the purchasing or acquiring entity as part of the transaction.

    7. Compliance and enforcement
    8. Sony may disclose any of your personal data if required or permitted by law, regulation or order, or if we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary for us to protect or enforce the rights, property, safety or security of ourselves or others, to third parties including government authorities and law enforcement officials, and auditors and similar external consultants like lawyers and tax advisors.

  8. Data Retention, Managing Your Information
  9. Sony will keep your personal data long as it is necessary for the relationship with you or the purposes detailed in Section 3, or necessary to protect ourselves from legal claims, to administer our business, or to the extent permitted by applicable law, which may require us to hold the relevant data for specific periods.

  10. International Transfer of Your Information
  11. Your personal data may be transferred in harmony with Section 3 and Section 4 to countries/regions outside your country/region of residence, including in particular Japan and the United States of America, in which the privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as those in your home country/region. Where information is transferred out of the EEA, we will, to the extent that no statutory level of data protection comparable to the European data protection laws exists in such countries, adopt appropriate measures to ensure that your personal data will be adequately protected in those countries. In particular, we may apply the standard contractual clauses published by the European Commission. Where your personal data is transferred to Japan, the adequate level of data protection is confirmed by the European Commission's adequacy decision.

  12. Security
  13. Sony undertakes reasonable security measures designed to protect against the unauthorized access, loss, misuse or alteration to/of your personal data. Although we strive to protect your personal data , we cannot guarantee or warrant the complete security of any your personal data transmitted to us through the contact form or that we store on our systems or that is stored on systems of those third party contemplated in Section 4 .

  14. Children
  15. We are committed to respecting children's privacy. We will not collect personal information (as defined by applicable law) from anyone we have actual knowledge is under the age of 16 or equivalent legal age in their province, territory or country/region, without verifiable consent of their parent or guardian. If you are a parent or guardian and are concerned that your child has provided us with personal information without your consent, you should contact us as indicated in Section 11 below.

  16. Privacy Rights (including EEA and California Privacy Rights)
  17. In some countries, you have certain rights with respect to the personal information Sony holds about you. These may include the right to request a copy of your personal data that Sony or Sony Affiliates holds about you and/or you may request that Sony or Sony Affiliates provides a copy, corrects, amends, deletes, erases, destroys, objects or blocks/restrict processing and/or use of your personal data if it is inaccurate. In some countries, you may also ask us to provide some types of the Information to you in a structured, machine-readable format and ask us to share (port) such data with another controller. These rights may be limited, for example if fulfilling your request would reveal personal data about another person, or if you ask us to delete Information which we are required by law to keep, or have compelling legitimate interests in keeping. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us as described in Section 11 below. If you are not satisfied with how we have handled your questions, concerns or have any complaints about how we process personal data, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the local data protection supervisory authority.

    [Notice to EU and UK residents]
    For the purposes of the EU General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), Sony is the "data controller" of your personal data.
    You have certain rights with respect to the personal information Sony holds about you. These include:

    • the right to request a copy of your personal data that Sony or Sony Affiliates holds
    • The right to request that that Sony or Sony Affiliates change or delete your personal data

    These rights may be limited, for example if fulfilling your request would reveal personal data about another person, or if you ask us to delete Information which we are required by law to keep, or have compelling legitimate interests to keep that information.

    [Notice to California Residents]
    Consistent with Section 2 above, we may collect the following categories of information about California residents ("CA Personal Information") for the purpose described in this Privacy Policy, specifically:

    Identifiers: Such as e-mail address, other contact information
    Sources of CA Personal Information. Consistent with Section 2 above, we may collect CA Personal Information from you.


    CA Personal Information Disclosed for Business Purposes.
    • Sharing your CA Personal Information for Business Purposes: In the preceding twelve months, we may have shared the following categories of CA Personal Information for business purposes: Identifiers and contact information. This information may be shared for the purposes described in Section 2 above, for legal compliance, or to protect legitimate interests, in compliance with law.
    • Sale of CA Personal Information: In the preceding twelve months, we have not sold (as defined under the California Consumer Privacy Act ("CCPA")) CA Personal Information.

    California Consumer Rights. Subject to certain exceptions, as a California resident, you may have the following rights to your CA Personal Information: (i) Access. Request access to your CA Personal Information that we collect, use, or disclose; (ii) Deletion. Request deletion of your CA Personal Information; provided that to the extent permitted by applicable law, we may be required to retain some of your CA Personal Information; and (iii) CA Personal Information Disclosed for Business Purposes. Request information about the CA Personal Information we have disclosed for business purposes within the preceding 12 months. If you are a California resident and wish to exercise any of these rights or if you have questions regarding the CA Personal Information collected or shared with third parties, please: (a) contact us as described in the Section 11 below with the specific nature of your request; or (b) call the following toll-free number 1-833-681-9900.

  18. Changes
  19. Sony may revise this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the new Privacy Policy here. You are advised to consult the posted Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.

  20. Contact Information
  21. If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or our use of your personal data, please contact us using the web form below:
    Sony's address : https://webform.secure.force.com/sony/OSS_Inquiry1?lang=en

    Otherwise, if you wish to exercise any legal right you have in respect of your personal data, please contact us at the point of contact below:

    [For residents in the EU and UK]:
    Sony Europe BV, who is Sony's representative in the EU and UK, at: privacyoffice.seu@sony.com
    You can also get in touch by writing to Sony Europe BV, The Privacy Office, The Heights, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey KT13 0XW, United Kingdom, or you can contact your local Sony Affiliates at https://sony-europe.com.

    [For residents in other countries or regions]:
    You can find our contact details below or on the website of your local Sony Group Companies at:

    The US and Canada: privacy@am.sony.com
    For Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean:
    Regional Latin American Privacy Office at https://www.sony-latin.com/locale-selector
    Africa, Middle East: https://www.sony-mea.com/en/locale-selector
    Asia & Oceania: https://www.sony-asia.com/countryselector.html
    Korea: Sony Korea Corporation who is Sony's representative in Korea, at: sokprivacy@sony.co.kr

Last Updated: August 5, 2020


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