This document was last updated: October 5, 2009

This privacy policy covers Nikoli Co., Ltd. ("Nikoli"), and its majority-owned affiliates and subsidiaries. Nikoli is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information. This Privacy Policy explains how Nikoli collects and utilizes your personal information when you use our products and services.

Nikoli Co., Ltd., created, maintains, and operates "WEB NIKOLI" (the "Site") as a service to provide puzzle-related content and products. The Site is designed to serve puzzle learners and lovers of all ages.

The Site, its products and services may contain links to other websites, and products and services. Because Nikoli does not manage such third party websites, products and services, they are not governed by this privacy policy. Nikoli is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Websites or products. Please visit the privacy policies of these third party sites in order to understand their privacy policies and data collection practices.

For Children

The basic principles of this Privacy Policy are safety, security, and appropriate use of your personal information. Parents, please read through this policy and note your role in ensuring a positive and safe experience for your child.

We have adopted this Privacy Policy to protect the privacy of our customers including our youngest puzzle lovers- especially for children under the age of 13. We believe that the best way to protect children is to give parents the means to control what information is collected from their children, how it is used, and with whom it is shared.

This Privacy Policy describes what personal information we collect from children who are authorized users of this Site or our services and how we use and share that information. It also describes the choices parents have about the ways we collect, use, and share their children's information.

We take reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality and security of the information we maintain about your child. It is important that you understand, however, that no Web site or database is completely secure or "hacker proof."

We believe that you, as a parent, have the right to know the specific types or categories of personal information we have collected from your child, to review the information your child has provided, and to request that your child's personal information be deleted. Contact us directly if you would like to access your child's personal information or have it deleted. Contact Us

Why do we collect personal information?

Nikoli collects personal information to improve the manner by which we operate and offer our products and services, communicate with you about our products and services, and provide effective, timely customer support when needed. Nikoli will never rent or sell any of the personally-identifiable information we collect from you to third parties, and will not share your personally identifiable information with third parties without your consent, unless such sharing is necessary for the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy.

What personal information do we collect?

Information gathered during accessing to particular products and services may differ based on the nature of the products or services. Information that you provide when accessing or using our products or services may include: name and email address; billing information; information concerning products and content purchased, accessed, downloaded and/or burned; location information; computer configuration; the IP Internet address and URL; and demographic information provided by you.

How do we keep your personal information secure?

Nikoli understands that it is a privilege to have you as a customer and is committed to protecting your personal information. Nikoli has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. These include a firewall to prevent unauthorized access to our system and maintenance of important information in a separate database. Although we will exercise reasonable care in providing secure transmission of information between your computer and our servers, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to us over the Internet and we accept no liability for any unintentional disclosure. We will protect the transmission of credit card information through industry standard, SSL (secure socket layer) encryption.

How do we use your personal information?

Nikoli uses your personal information to:

  • Deliver to you and bill you for Nikoli products and services, and communicate with you concerning your purchase, use and customer service issues. This may include verifying authorization of credit card usage before any purchase of our content and or services;
  • Improve our content and services by providing personalized content recommendations, language and location customization, and/or personalized help and instructions;
  • Determine if you meet the minimum system requirements to use our products or content, and provide information concerning compatibility and interoperability to you;
  • Provide you with news, free newsletters, updates, targeted advertising, promotions, and special offers;
  • Better understand how our products are used, including Web traffic patterns and what types of content are most popular with users of our products and services.

Email, Newsletters, and Advertising

Nikoli may collect and temporarily store personal information that you voluntarily submit to us via email when contacting our Customer Service. For example, we provide on our site a link through which an online visitor can send e-mail to customer service addressing any issue a user encounters with our products and services. Any personal information contained in such email is used by Nikoli for the sole purpose of responding to your question. Although most e-mail messages are deleted immediately after they are responded to, in certain cases, hard copies or data from certain e-mail correspondence may be kept on file for security purposes. Any such copy or data will also be stored in a secure location, and information from these messages will not be used for marketing purposes.

Ordering or using our products or services allows you to tell us how or whether you want Nikoli to communicate with you. Nikoli may send you our newsletters and marketing emails about our products, services, content, and any special offers. During accessing to our products and services, you may opt out of receiving Nikoli's marketing e-mails and/or newsletters for the relevant products or services. However, we may continue to send you e-mail about your status or other information concerning your purchase of our products and services.

When and how do we share your information with third parties?

Nikoli does not use your personal information for purposes incompatible with those listed above. Nikoli does not sell, rent, or share your personal information to a third party unless you consent to provide such information to a third party partner or content service.

Nikoli may disclose relevant information about our customers to our contractors (e.g. a customer service contractor or a credit card clearing system) in order for them to provide specific services for Nikoli, and to better serve our customers. Nikoli's contractors are bound by strict contractual requirements to keep all personal information they process strictly confidential and to use such information solely on behalf of Nikoli.

Also, Nikoli may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law; (b) comply with the order of a competent judicial authority in any jurisdiction; (c) comply with legal process served on Nikoli; (d) protect and defend the rights and properties of Nikoli; or (e) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of Nikoli's users or the public at large.

Use of Cookies

Like or other major Websites, we use cookies to provide you with a tailored experience when visiting our websites. We also use cookies to understand traffic patterns on our website. We treat any personal information that may be contained in cookies with the same level of confidentiality as other information you provide to us.

Nikoli does not require that you accept cookies, however, some functionality on our website, and products and services may be disabled if you decline to accept cookies. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We frequently revise this Privacy Policy to keep it up to date with Nikoli products, services and web pages. "Updated" may be used to alert users to recent changes and to the date of the last update.

Non-Japanese customer Information

If you are a customer who is logging on form outside Japan, the personal information you submit to Nikoli will be sent to and stored in our Japanese headquarters in Tokyo. The personal information practices set out in this Privacy Policy apply to all Nikoli customers worldwide.

No error free performance

Nikoli does not guarantee error-free performance under this privacy policy. We will use reasonable efforts to comply with this privacy policy and will take prompt corrective action when we learn of any failure to comply with our privacy policy. Nikoli shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential or punitive damages relating to this privacy policy. This privacy policy shall be governed by the laws of Japan.

Contact us about privacy

If you have any questions about the privacy aspects of our products or services, or would like to make a complaint, please contact us.