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Effective Date: September 2018

We understand that you are aware of and care about your personal privacy interests, and we take that seriously. This Privacy Policy describes the policies and practices of The NPD Group, Inc., with its principal place of business located at 900 West Shore Road, Port Washington, New York 11050, U.S.A., and its affiliates ("NPD"), regarding personal information collected and used in connecting to or using a website managed by NPD (each, a "Website"), or as a current or potential NPD client or service provider. We recognize that information privacy is an ongoing responsibility, and so we will, from time to time, update this Privacy Policy as we undertake new personal information practices or adopt new privacy policies.This Privacy Policy does not apply to any website managed by NPD for the collection of consumer survey responses or other consumer information, or to the processing of personal data governed by the EU General Data Protection Regulation, or to personal information shared by you with, or collected by, other companies or organizations whose websites may be accessed from an NPD Website.Please read this Privacy Policy carefully.If you do not agree with our policies and practices, your choice is not to use the Website.By accessing or using the Website, you agree to this Privacy Policy.This Privacy Policy may change from time to time (see Changes and Updates to the Privacy Policy).Your continue use of the Website after we make changes is deemed to be acceptance of those changes, so please check the Privacy Policy periodically for updates.

What personal information we collect

NPD collects certain information about visitors to its Websites, and about its current and potential clients and service providers. This information consists of the kinds of information that can be found on a business card: first name, last name, job title, employer name, work address, work email, and work phone number. This personal information is required to enter into a contract with you (such as in anticipation of a services agreement) or to perform a contract with you (such as to provide services at your request), and failure to provide any information may result in our inability to provide requested services or products.

We also collect information automatically and store it in log files (see "Use of NPD Websites" and "Cookies and Web Beacons"). We do not want, or knowingly attempt to solicit or receive, information from children under the age of 18.

How we protect your personal information

NPD has implemented appropriate physical, technical and administrative safeguardsto protect personal information. We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis. We restrict access to your personal information to those employees who need to know the information. In addition, we train our employees about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your information. We commit to taking appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce our employees' privacy responsibilities.

How we use your personal information

The purposes for processing your personal information are:

to carry out NPD"s obligations under any contracts between you or a company you represent, and NPD, including by providing services, products and after-sales support;

to take steps to enter into a contract at your request, such as in order to fulfill your request to provide you with more detailed and relevant NPD communications or information in a manner other than through the Website (e.g., by email) after you have completed an online form and provided contact information.

to comply with a relevant legal obligation, such as keeping accounting records;

to use service provider, client and website user data to conduct and develop our business activities with them and with others while limiting the use of their personal information to purposes that support the conduct and development of our business. Those purposes include:

administering Websites, including for troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and statistical purposes (for further information regarding statistical purposes please see "Website Analytics");

deploying resources aimed at keeping the Websites safe and secure;

displaying content on the Websites in a manner most effective for you and your device;

operating, evaluating, maintaining, improving and developing the Website (including by monitoring and analyzing trends, access to, and use of the Website for advertising and marketing, for further information please see "Website Analytics" and "Advertising/Targeting");

evaluating, improving and developing our products and services generally;

customizing our Website to users' needs;

corresponding with users to resolve their queries or complaints;

protecting and ensuring the security of the Websites, NPD confidential and proprietary information, and NPD employees;

managing, protecting against and investigating fraud, risk exposure, claims and other liabilities, including but not limited to violation of our contract terms or laws or regulations;

sharing your personal information with third parties in connection with potential or actual sale of our company or any of our assets, or those of any affiliated company, in which case personal information held by us about our users may be one of the transferred assets;

providing information on the Websites concerning NPD-related news, events, activities and other services; and/or

to give you the opportunity to participate in interactive features of the Website.

Sharing your personal information with third parties

Your personal information will be treated as strictly confidential, and we do not sell your personal information to anyone.

We are part of the global NPD group, and from time to time it will be necessary to share your personal information with our affiliated businesses for the purposes described above.We may also appoint third party service providers (who will operate under our instructions) to assist us in providing information, products or services to you, in conducting and managing our business, or in managing and improving our products, services or the Website. NPD may share your personal information with these affiliates and third parties to perform services that the third parties have been engaged by NPD to perform on NPD's behalf, subject to appropriate contractual restrictions and security measures, or if we believe it is reasonably necessary to prevent harm or loss, or if we believe that the disclosure will further an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activities.

NPD reserves the right to share any information that you provide which is not deemed personal information or is not otherwise subject to contractual restrictions.

How long your personal information is kept

We keep your personal information for as long as there is a continuing need to keep it.This need will be assessed on a regular basis and data that is no longer needed will be disposed of.

If you have accessed NPD"s Website on behalf of a person or entity with whom NPD has a business relationship, your personal information will not be retained longer than reasonably necessary to investigate and respond to any actual or potential legal claims between NPD and such entity in light of the relevant statute of limitation.

If you have completed a form on NPD"s Website to receive information from NPD, your personal information will be kept while you are receiving such information and for five years after you unsubscribed to such information (or such shorter period as may be required by applicable law) to ensure we do not re-contact you and in order to defend us against legal claims.

We retain personal information for other periods of time where we are required to do so in accordance with legal, tax and accounting requirements, or if required to do so by a legal process, legal authority, or other governmental entity having authority to make the request, for so long as required.

Further processing

If we wish to use your personal information for a new purpose not covered by this Privacy Statement, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and when required, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

Use of NPD Websites

NPD operates several Websites to provide access to market research information, reports and other market data. As is true of most other websites, NPD"s Websites collect certain information automatically and stores it in log files. The information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, the region or general location where your computer or device is accessing the internet, browser type, operating system and other usage information about the use of NPD"s Website, including a history of the pages you view. We use this information to help us design our Website to better suit our clients" needs and for the purposes described above (see "How we use your personal information"). Except for NPD application systems accessed by clients, NPD will ensure that the IP address or other unique identifiers have been anonymized prior to such use. We may also use your IP address to gather broad demographic information that assists us in identifying visitor preferences (we don"t need your full IP address for this). NPD"s Websites may also use cookies and web beacons (see "Cookies and web beacons") directly below.

Cookies and web beacons

Our Websites use technologies that enhance user friendliness and engagement, to keep the Websites operating as smoothly as possible and to provide web services and functionalities for each visitor. Examples of these technologies are cookies, pixel tags, local storage and scripts (hereinafter collectively referred to as "cookies").

Cookies are used for a variety of purposes. For example, they calculate web statistics, provide online advertising and they improve visitor's experience on our Websites. As your privacy is important to us, we would like to inform you about which cookies are used on our Websites, as well as why we use them.

We may use the following types of cookies on our Websites:

Necessary cookies

These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our websites and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Websites, you cannot refuse them without impacting how our Websites function.

Performance/Functionality cookies

These cookies are essential in order to ensure that our Websites operate properly. They are used to save preferences, detect misuse of our Websites and services and to distribute the load on our servers, which keeps our Websites available. Certain services you may request cannot be provided without these cookies.

Website statistics cookies

These cookies are used to determine which parts of our Websites interest our visitors. This enables us to make the structure, navigation, and content of our Websites as user friendly as possible. These cookies are used to (i) keep track of the number of visitors to our web pages; (ii) keep track of the amount of time each user spends on our web pages; (iii) determine the order in which a visitor visits the various pages of our Websites; (iv) assess which parts of the Websites need to be changed; and (v) optimize the Websites. For further information on statistical analysis see "Website Analytics".

Social media cookies

Our Websites may integrate certain third-party plug-ins (such as LinkedIn).Even if you do not click on these plug-ins, they may collect information about you, such as your IP address and the pages that you view. These plugins are governed by the privacy policy of the third party providing them. For further information on social media plug-ins see "Social Media Plug-ins".

Advertising/Tracking cookies

Our Websites may also enable third-party tracking mechanisms to collect data over time and across unaffiliated websites for use in interest-based advertising. For example, third parties may use the fact that you visited the Websites to send you online ads for NPD products on third party websites.In addition, our third-party advertising partners might use information about you to send you targeted advertisements based on your online behavior in general.

We or our third-party service providers also may use collected information to establish connections among related web browsers and devices (such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and TVs) for targeted advertising, analytics, attribution, and reporting purposes. These third parties may match your browsers or devices if you log into the same online service on multiple devices or if your devices share similar attributes that support an inference that they are used by the same person or household. This means that information about your activity on Websites or apps on your current browser or device may be combined with information collected from your other browsers or devices. For further information on Advertising tools used by us see "Advertising/Targeting".

Unclassified Cookies

These are cookies that we are in the process of classifying, together with the providers of individual cookies.

The following detailed information is provided regarding cookies we may use on our Websites:

Necessary Cookies –First Party
Provider Name Description Expiry Type
www.npd.com JSESSIONID General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written in JSP. Usually used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server. Session HTTP
identity.npd.com .AspNetCore.Antiforgery.cJcMkybPYvc Necessary to monitor authentication forgery. Session HTTP
.npd.com LtpaToken2 Critical to domain functionality (authentication to Website and domain functionality) Session
www0.npd.com NSC_XXX0-OT-TTM This is a Netscaler cookie to maintain load balancing and security to ensure traffic and user data is routed to the correct locations so that the end user has a consistent experience.on Netscaler. 2 minutes HTTP
.npd.com datanav_auth This is needed to maintain a session with the server. Session HTTP
.npd.com datanav_auth_journey This is needed to maintain a session with the server. Session HTTP
checkouttracking.npd.com workgroup_session_id Necessary to maintain the session Session HTTP
.npd.com npdcorporate This is needed to maintain a session with the server and it?s used for navigation between different system modules. Session HTTP
Performance and Functionality Cookies-First Party
Provider Name Description Expiry Type
scentiments.npd.com has_js Determines whether or not JavaScript is enabled so that Drupal can more efficiently perform operations to enhance the user experience Session HTTP
www0.npd.com NSC_XXX0-OT-TTM This is a Netscaler cookie to maintain load balancing and security so that the end user has a consistent experience. 2 minutes HTTP
www.npd.com __atuvc Updates the counter of a website's social sharing features. 13 months HTTP
www.npd.com __atuvs Ensures that the updated counter is displayed to the user if a page is shared with the social sharing service, AddThis. Session HTTP
www.npd.com _at.hist.* Save user preferences for AddThis to the Website. Persistent HTML
Website AnalyticsCookies
www.npd.com _hjIncludedInSample This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels. Like most tracking tools, Hotjar stores first party cookies on our visitor's browser. This is needed to display the correct content to our visitors. 1 year HTTP
.npd.com _gid Google Analytics cookie to determine new sessions/visits. 24 hours HTTP
.npd.com _ga Google Analytics cookie to distinguish users and sessions. 2 years HTTP
.npd.com _gat Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate. 1 minute HTTP
www.npd.com _pk_id.* This Piwik (Matomo) open source web analytic cookie stores various analytic data like hits, visits per time, etc. 2 years HTTP
Advertising/TargetingCookies-First Party
.multiview.com To remove go here. datalakeUserUuid A beacon that can track your activities across multiple sites. NPD receives visitors from other sites but does not track users to other sites. 9 years, 12 months HTTP
.multiview.com partnersSync tbd 9 years, 12 months HTTP
go.pardot.com, .pardot.com visitor_* This cookie is set by Pardot tracking visitors and prospects. The value stored is the unique ID for the visitor. 365 days HTTP
go.pardot.com __distillery This Wistia cookie supports video functionality on some of our pages. 12 months HTTP
Performance and FunctionalityCookies-Third Party
go.pardot, pi.pardot pardot The session cookie named ?pardot? is only set if you?re logged into our app as a user. Session HTTP
Advertising/TargetingCookies-Third Party
Addthis.com To remove go here. _at.cww Used by the social sharing platform AddThis. Persistent HTML
Addthis.com _at.hist.* Stores user usage history Persistent HTML
Addthis.com bt Social Bookmarking 1 month HTTP
Addthis.com bt2 Anonymously store viewed content. 255 days HTTP
Addthis.com di2 Check the expiry dates of other cookies. 2 years HTTP
Addthis.com Loc Geolocation, which is used to help providers determine how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level). 13 months HTTP
Addthis.com uid Unique user ID that recognizes the user on returning visits 11 year HTTP
Addthis.com uvc Update the counter monitoring the sharing of content via social media sites. 13 months HTTP
Addthis.com vc Number of views seen from user. 1 year HTTP
Media6degress.com To remove go here. acs Performance cookie. 6 months HTTP
Media6degress.com clid Social bookmarking-Media6 Degrees is an analytics company that is part of a network of sites for AddThis 6 months HTTP
.bluekai.com To remove go here. bkdc Enables data aggregator/supplier, data management platform, tracker. 179 days HTTP
.bluekai.com bku Enables data aggregator/supplier, data management platform, tracker 179 days HTTP
adnxs.com To remove go here. sess AppNexus cookie used to check if the user's browser supports cookies. Session HTTP
adnxs.com uuid2 AppNexus unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads. 3 months HTTP
adnxs.com anj AppNexus cookie enables ads. 3 months HTTP
.adsrvr.org To remove go here. TDCPM Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads. 1 year HTTP
.adsrvr.org TDID Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device. The ID is used for targeted ads. 1 year HTTP
visitor-track.com cke109099 Visitor tracking across websites. 5 years HTTP
.ml314.com pi Registers a unique ID that identifies a user?s device during return visits across websites that use the same ad network. The ID is used to allow targeted ads. 1 year HTTP
Addthis.com Na_tc Sharing of pages/links from this website on various social networks 13 months HTTP
Social MediaCookies
.linkedin.com To remove go here. lidc Used for tracking the use of embedded services. 25 hrs HTTP
Unclassified Cookies
.ml314.com tp Unclassified 13 days HTTP
Addthis.com Na_tc Unclassified 13 months HTTP
www.npd.com _ccmaid Unclassified Persistent HTML
www.npd.com _ccmsi Unclassified Persistent HTML
www.npd.com at-lojson-cache-npdgroupmarketresearch Unclassified Persistent HTML
www.npd.com at-rand Unclassified Persistent HTML

How to manage cookies

If you do not want our Websites to store cookies on your device, you can change your browser settings so that you receive a warning before certain cookies are stored. You can also adjust your settings so that your browser refuses most of our cookies or only certain cookies from third parties. You can also withdraw your consent to cookies by deleting the cookies that have already been stored.

Please be aware that if you do not want to accept any cookies, you will be able to access our Websites but we cannot guarantee that they will function properly. It may be that several functions will be unavailable to you or that you will even be unable to view certain parts of the Websites.

Please note that you will have to change your settings for each browser and device you use.Moreover, such methods will not work with respect to certain non-cookie online tracking technologies.

The procedures for changing your settings and cookies differ from browser to browser. If necessary, use the help function on your browser or click on one of the links below to go directly to the user manual for your browser.

There are also software products available that can manage cookies for you. You can also use www.ghostery.com to accept or refuse each cookie used on our Websites.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage or delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

In the following sections we provide further information on tools that we use for website analytics and advertising purposes.

Website Analytics

We require statistical information about the usage of our Websites to design them to be user-friendlier and improve our services. For this purpose, we use the web analysis tools described in this section below. The providers of the tools process data only on our behalf and subject to our instructions. The usage profiles created by these tools using cookies or by evaluating so-called server log files (see above) are not combined with personal information; in particular, the tools either do not collect IP addresses or anonymize these upon collection.

You will find information on each tool's provider and how you are able to object to the collection and processing of data by the tool. Please note that tools may use so-called opt out cookies in order to remember your objection. This opt out function relates to a device or browser and is thus valid for the terminal device or browser used at this time. In case you use several terminal devices or browsers you must opt out on every device and in every browser used.

Additionally, you can generally avoid the creation of usage profiles by generally deactivating cookie usage.

Google Analytics is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, 94043 USA ("Google"). You may object to the collection or processing of your data via http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

Hotjar is provided by Hotjar Limited, Level 2, St Julian"s Business Centre, 3, Elia Zammit Street, St Julian"s STJ 1000, Malta. Find further information on this tool here. You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here.

Matomo Analytics (formerly Piwik Analytics) is licensed Innocraft Limited, 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand. Find further information on this tool go here. You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here.

Advertising/Targeting

We use tracking tools on this Website to better understand your preferences by analyzing your behavior on our Website and offering you products or services more in line with your interests. The tools either do not collect IP addresses or anonymize these upon collection.

You will find information on each tool's provider and how you are able to object to the collection and processing of data by the tool below. Please note that tools may use so-called opt out cookies in order to remember your objection. This opt out function relates to a device or browser and is thus valid for the terminal device or browser used at this time. In case you use several terminal devices or browsers you must opt out on every device and in every browser used.

Additionally, you can generally avoid the creation of usage profiles by generally deactivating cookie usage.

  • Addthis Services are provided by Oracle America, Inc. ("Oracle") located at 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065. Find further information on this tool here . You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here .
  • Media6Degress Services are provided by Dstillery, 470 Park Ave South, Floor 5S, New York, NY 10016. Find further information on this tool here.You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here.
  • Oracle Bluekai is provided by Oracle Corporation, 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA 94065. Find further information on this tool here. You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here.
  • adnxs.com social bookmarking is provided by AppNexus, 28 W. 23rd Street, NY, 10010, USA. Find further information on this tool here. You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here.
  • Adsrvr services are provided by The Trade Desk, 42 N. Chestnut St, Ventura, CA 93001, USA. Find further information on this tool here. You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here.
  • Multiview services are provided by Multiview, 7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Suite 800. Irving, TX 75063. Find further information on this tool here. You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here.
  • Pardot services are provided by Pardot Salesforce, The Landmark at One Market, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105. Find further information on this tool here. You may object to the collection or processing of your data by this tool by going here.

Social Media Plug-Ins

The Websites use social media plug-ins ("Plugins") by the following providers:

Twitter plugins; Twitter is operated by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA ("Twitter"). Find an overview of Twitter's plugins and their appearance here: https://twitter.com/about/resources/buttons; find information on data protection at Twitter here: https://twitter.com/privacy.

LinkedIn plugins: LinkedIn is operated by LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA ("LinkedIn"). Find an overview of LinkedIn plugins and their appearance here: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/cookie-policy; find information on data protection at Linkedin here: https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy .

Instagram plugins: Instagram is owned and operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA under www.instagram.com. Find an overview of Instgram"s plugins and their appearance here: https://www.instagram.com/developer/embedding/ ; find information on data protection at Instagram here: https://help.instagram.com/519522125107875.

To increase the protection of your data when visiting our Website plugins are embedded in a manner which ensures that a connection to the servers of the respective plugin provider will only be established if you click on the plugin.

Your internet browser establishes a direct connection to the respective plugin provider"s servers only when you activate the plugins. This way, the plugin provider receives information that your internet browser has accessed the respective site of our Website, even when you do not maintain a user account with the provider or are not logged in. Log files (including the IP address) are transmitted directly from your internet browser to a server of the respective plugin provider and may be stored there.

We have no influence on the scope of data gathered and stored by the plugin provider through the plugin. If you do not wish for the plugin providers to receive, save, and use data gathered through this Website, you should not use the respective plugins. You can also block the plugins from being loaded with browser add-ons (so-called script blockers).

Find out more about the purpose and scope of the data collection as well as about processing and use of your data by plugin providers and about your rights and possibilities to change settings to protect your data in the privacy statements of the respective providers.

Do not track requests

NPD does not track Website visitors when they cross to third party Websites, and NPD does not provide targeted advertising to such visitors, and therefore does not respond to Do Not Track (DNT) signals.

Updating your personal information and your rights

You can always update your personal information or contact us with questions by clicking here.You may request that we stop processing your personal information for direct marketing (including profiling) purposes by clicking on the available "unsubscribe" link.

Changes and updates to the Privacy Policy

As NPD"s services change from time to time, this Privacy Policy is expected to change as well. We will give notice to you prior to amending this Privacy Policy in a way that materially affects you or has an impact on you. Please check our Websites frequently to see the current Privacy Policy that is in effect and any changes that may have been made to it.

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