The Hague Competition – Privacy Statement

This is the Privacy Statement of the website This site is operated and maintained by the AkzoNobel entity referred to in the "Website Owner" section of this website (hereafter "AkzoNobel”). AkzoNobel Specialty Coatings is the controller of the processing of all personal data collected through this website. AkzoNobel wants to give you the best experience possible. AkzoNobel uses the information you share with us to make our services and your experience even better. This Privacy Statement aims to give you a clear view of how AkzoNobel may use your personal data, its dedication to protect your data and your privacy. This Privacy Statement may be changed over time. Users of the Website are advised to regularly review the Privacy Statement for possible changes. This Privacy Statement was last changed on 29-06-2017.

When is this Privacy Statement applicable?

This Privacy Statement is applicable to the processing of personal data of users through this Website.

For what purpose does AkzoNobel process your personal data?

AkzoNobel uses your personal data for a number of different purposes. You will find an overview of the types of personal data and the purposes for which these are used below.

  • If you participate in prize contests, events, competitions, promotions and/or games of chance, to administer your participation

What does this purpose entail?

With your consent, AkzoNobel can send you emails with promotions and invitations to participate in prize contests, events, competitions or games of chance. If you choose to participate in one of these activities, AkzoNobel needs your personal data to be able to announce and organise these. Also, if you participate in any of these activities, AkzoNobel needs your personal data to announce when you are a winner, to distribute the prizes and to measure the response to prize contests, events, competitions, promotions and or games of chance. For this, AkzoNobel processes your name, address, email address and your entries in the activity.

Only if you have consented to this during your competition entry submission, for sending your personalized information about AkzoNobel.

What does this purpose entail?

You may choose to receive personalized commercial messages, including a personalized newsletters, from AkzoNobel that are tailored towards your personal preferences. For this AkzoNobel will create profiles and analyze your interactions with us. AkzoNobel will look at personal data such as:

  • your name, e-mail address, and geographical address;
  • your preferences and interests, such as those that you have actively shared with us, but also those inferred through your registered interactions with AkzoNobel websites and apps (for which AkzoNobel may use cookies);
  • the links you click in emails from AkzoNobel.

This way AkzoNobel learns about your interests and can ensure that you are provided with the information and promotions that are of most interest to you. AkzoNobel may also ask you for your opinion about our products and services. If you don’t want to receive any more messages or if you want to opt-out of receiving or seeing a particular form of communication with AkzoNobel (for example SMS, social media, e-mail or regular mail), just, follow the steps in that particular communication.

Who has access to your data?

AkzoNobel treats your data with care and confidentiality and does not share your data with third parties other than as explicitly addressed in this Privacy Statement.

With service providers

AkzoNobel uses various companies which process data on our behalf, such as hosting companies, delivery services, payment providers and credit scoring agencies. These companies use your information on AkzoNobel’s behalf, and are subject to strict rules they need to adhere to in order to process your information. AkzoNobel does not allow such companies to use the data in any other way than as per our instructions.

Other third parties

AkzoNobel may need to disclose personal information at the request of governmental or law enforcement agencies. AkzoNobel will only further share your information only with other companies or individuals when AkzoNobel has your valid consent to do so.

How to treat links to other websites and social media?

  • External websites

On the Website you will find a number of links to other websites. Although these websites are selected with care, AkzoNobel is not responsible for the processing of your personal data through these websites. Our Terms and Conditions and this Privacy Statement are therefore not applicable to the use of such websites.

  • Social media

Our Website and Apps may provide you with social plug-ins from various social networks. If you choose to interact with a social network (for example by registering an account), your activity on our Website or via our Apps will also be made available to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

If you are logged in on one of these social networks during your visit to one of our Websites or Apps, the social network might add this information to your respective profile on this network. If you are interacting with one of the social plug-ins, this information will be transferred to the social network. In case you do not wish such a data transfer, please log off from your social network before you enter one of our Websites or Apps.

Your social media platform will show you AkzoNobel advertisements through its social media pages to the extent you have allowed this via the privacy settings of your social media provider.

Please read the privacy policies of those social networks for detailed information about the collection and transfer of personal data, what rights you have and how you can achieve satisfactory privacy settings.

How does AkzoNobel secure the data?

Your personal data are treated strictly confidential and AkzoNobel has taken the appropriate technical and organizational security measures against loss or unlawful processing of this data. To this purpose AkzoNobel uses several security techniques including secure servers, firewalls and encryption, as well as physical safeguard of the locations where data are stored.

Retention of the data

AkzoNobel will not retain your personal data for a period longer than is necessary for achieving the purposes for which they were collected, or as long as the law prescribes.

What information does AkzoNobel collect?

Information on this website is collected in two ways: directly (e.g. when you provide information on various pages of this website) and indirectly (e.g. through our site's technology). This is further explained below.

AkzoNobel collects information that you voluntarily submit it to us, e.g. by completing forms on the website, by registering for a conference or by participating in an online survey. When AkzoNobel collects this type of information, AkzoNobel will notify you as to why this information is being asked for and how this information will be used. It is completely up to you whether or not you want to provide it. The following categories of personal data may be collected: name, contact details and other information that you enter on forms on the website.

One example of information AkzoNobel collects indirectly is through our Internet access logs. When you access this website, your Internet address is automatically collected and is placed in our Internet access logs.


AkzoNobel also collects information through the use of cookies. Cookies are small files of information which save and retrieve information about your visit to this website - for example, how you entered our site, how you navigated through the site, and what information was of interest to you. The cookies AkzoNobel use identify you merely as a number. If you are uncomfortable regarding cookies use, please keep in mind you can disable cookies on your computer by changing the settings in preferences or options menu in your browser. However, if your browser does not accept cookies from this website, you may not be able to access or use all features of this website.

How do we use this information?

AkzoNobel uses your personal data to maintain this website such as answering your questions, processing your enrolment for a conference and sending information to you regarding any current or future activities of AkzoNobel. If legally required, AkzoNobel will obtain your permission, before sending you such information. AkzoNobel analyzes the data which is collected indirectly to determine what is most effective about our site, to help us identify ways to improve it, and eventually, to determine how AkzoNobel can tailor this website to make it more effective. AkzoNobel may also use data for other purposes, which would be described to you at the point that information is collected.

Will AkzoNobel share this with outside parties?

As a global organization, data that AkzoNobel collects may be transferred internationally throughout AkzoNobel's worldwide organization. AkzoNobel will not sell individual information and will share it only with our advisors. There will be other times when AkzoNobel needs to share information, for example, in the case of an event where AkzoNobel needs to provide our caterer with meal preference information. But again, before you submit any information, we will notify you as to why we are asking for specific information and it is completely up to you whether or not you want to provide it.

Google Analytics terms of service

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States . Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

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