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PRIVACY & SECURITY

Effective Date: August 2, 2015

This Privacy Policy applies to personal and other information that may be collected when you interact with Barnes & Noble Education, which consists of (a) Barnes & Noble Education and its subsidiaries, including their respective businesses and operations (collectively, "BNED"); (b) businesses and operations managed or operated by BNED; (c) websites owned, operated and managed by BNED, including each website that links to this Privacy Policy, and any digital content stores operated by BNED (collectively, "BNED"); and (d), content, software and mobile applications operated by BNED ("Apps").

Protecting the privacy and security of your personal information is a priority at BNED, and we believe that a single, comprehensive privacy policy that is straightforward and clear is in the best interests of our customers and our businesses.

BNED completed its separation from Barnes & Noble, Inc. on August 2, 2015. To review Privacy Policy of Barnes & Noble, Inc. applicable to BNED prior to its separation, please click here.

By interacting with BNED in the manner described in this Privacy Policy at any time, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy and you consent to the application of this Privacy Policy to the collection, storage, use and disclosure of all your personal and other information as described.

These current privacy policies and the privacy practices described herein apply to personal information previously collected from you by Barnes & Noble, Inc. and each of its subsidiaries, including BNED, as well as personal information that they may collect from you in the future.

BNED reserves the right to modify or amend this Privacy Policy at any time, but you can be assured that, should it be necessary to do so, we will always do so in accordance with the BNED Privacy Principles of Clarity, Security and Integrity. You will be notified of any material changes to this Privacy Policy which are less protective of customer information prior to such changes becoming effective. We may notify you of these changes by email reminders, by notice on this site, or by other acceptable means. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.

Clarity: We strive to communicate clearly about your privacy and how we handle your personal information.
Security: We follow security standards, processes and procedures that are designed to protect your personal information.
Integrity: We do not sell or rent your personal information and respect your preferences with respect to your personal information.

Below you will find answers to the following frequently asked questions about how we collect, use and share your personal information:

  1. WHAT IS THE PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT WE COLLECT?
  2. WHY DO WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION?
  3. HOW DO WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
  4. HOW DO WE USE PERSONAL INFORMATION?
  5. WITH WHOM DO WE SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION?
  6. HOW DO WE SECURE PERSONAL INFORMATION?
  7. HOW DO WE RESPECT YOUR CHOICES ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?
  8. WHOM DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?
  9. WHAT OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BNED'S PRIVACY POLICY WOULD I WANT TO KNOW?

1. WHAT IS THE PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT WE COLLECT

Depending on how you choose to interact with the BNED enterprise, we may collect personal information from you, for example your name, e-mail address, billing address, shipping address, phone number, credit card or bank account information, date of birth and other persistent identifiers that can be used to personally identify you. If you rent, purchase or otherwise place orders for textbooks or e-textbooks from us, we may also collect your student or faculty identification number, financial aid number, your driver license number, information regarding courses you enroll in or teach, your program of study and graduation year. We may also collect other personal information regarding your interaction with BNED Websites and Apps, including usage information, the items that you browse, purchase, download, read, watch and otherwise access, and your geographic location.

2. WHY DO WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION?

We collect your personal information in an effort to provide you with a superior customer experience and, as necessary, to administer our business. It allows us to provide you with easy access to our products and services, with a particular focus on the items and programs that may be of most interest to you. For more information as to why we collect personal information, please see the section below entitled: "How do we use your personal information?"

Your personal information also allows us to communicate with you about special offers, promotions, and other marketing programs and news that may be of interest to you. You always have the opportunity to unsubscribe from promotional emails by following the instructions included in each marketing email or by changing your preferences in your account. You may unsubscribe from mobile notifications by changing your settings in the Apps or on your mobile device.

3. HOW DO WE COLLECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

(a) Information that you provide to us
As a general matter, you can browse in our stores and on the BNED Websites without submitting your personal information to us, although we may receive and collect certain personal information automatically, as outlined in Section 3(b) of this Privacy Policy, including site analytics regarding our websites, information your Internet browser automatically sends when you visit our websites, and information collected by cookies.

However, there are a number of circumstances in which you may need to provide us with your personal information. The most common of these circumstances include:

  • Making a purchase or placing an order
  • Creating an account
  • Using BNED Websites and Apps
  • Interacting with social networking sites
  • Entering a sweepstakes or contest
  • Signing up for promotional communications

For your convenience, we have provided a summary description of each of these circumstances below.

Making a purchase or placing an order
When you make a purchase, rental or place an order in our stores, place an order online or purchase or rent digital books, textbooks, periodicals, and other digital content ("Digital Content"), you may need to submit personal information to us.

Creating an account
In order to use certain Apps and features of BNED Websites, or to purchase or access Digital Content, you may be required to create a password-protected user account and provide us with personal information when you do so.

Using BNED Websites and Apps 
BNED Websites and Apps may provide you with the ability to enter (either directly, or by authorizing BNED to access the information from a third party such as a social networking site or application) certain information such as your contacts, calendar entries or photos, or images you may submit to us to help us locate products for you.

Contacting Customer Service
When you contact customer service, we may ask you to provide, or confirm, personal information so that we can better serve you.

Entering a sweepstakes or contest
If you enter a sweepstakes or contest we offer, we may ask you to provide personal information so that we can consider your entry and, if you win, so that you may redeem your prize.

Interacting with social networking sites
Our Apps may provide you with the ability to enter (directly, or by authorizing us to download the information from a third party such as a social networking site or application) personal information such as contacts or lists of friends. These or related applications may also allow you to provide information directly to social networking sites including information about your purchases, physical location, or comments.

Signing up for promotional communications
If you sign up to receive promotional communications or notifications from us, we may ask you to provide personal information so that we can provide these to you.

(b) Information automatically collected
There are circumstances in which we automatically receive and collect information from you. The most common sources of this information include:

  • Web server logs
  • Cookies
  • Pixel tags or clear GIFs
  • Third party web analytics services
  • Targeted advertising
  • Apps you use, including geolocation
  • Wireless networks operated by BNED in retail stores
  • Social networking sites
  • Your college or university
  • Business partners, contractors, and other third parties

For your convenience, we have provided a summary description of each of these circumstances below.

Web server logs
When you visit a BNED Website, our web servers may automatically log information that your browser sends us. For example, we may receive and collect: the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet; the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using; the date and time you access the BNED Website; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to the BNED Website. We may also collect information regarding search queries run on the BNED Website. We use this information to monitor the usage of the BNED Websites and as necessary for our business.

Cookies
Like many online retailers, we and/or our third party providers use cookies to recognize you as you use or return to the BNED Websites. This is done so that we can personalize and enhance your browsing and shopping experience. "Cookies" are small files that are placed in your browser to collect information about your activities on a BNED Website. Cookies help us to: (1) speed navigation, keep track of items in your shopping bag and provide you with content that is tailored to you; (2) remember information you gave us so that you do not have to re-enter it; (3) determine the effectiveness of some of our and our third party partners' marketing efforts and communications; and (4) monitor the total number of visitors, pages viewed, and the total number of ads displayed. 

Browsers are typically set to create cookies automatically. You can choose to have your browser notify you when cookies are being written or accessed, or you can disable cookies entirely. If you disable cookies, however, you will not be able to place items in a BNED Website shopping bag, and therefore you will not be able to place an order with us online. Also, by not using cookies, some BNED Website features and services may not function properly.

Pixel tags or clear GIFs
We may use sensing technologies that use pixel tags or clear GIFs (which are also called web beacons). These technologies allow us to determine the effectiveness of our e-mail and advertising and marketing efforts. For this purpose, we tie the pixel tags and clear GIFs to personally identifiable information. We may also collect information regarding the links within such marketing materials that you click on and purchase statistics regarding items you buy following receipt of such marketing.

Third party web analytics services
We work with third party service providers, including but not limited to IBM Coremetrics and Google Analytics, to help us better understand how you use the BNED Websites. These third party service providers will place cookies in your browser to collect information such as how you were referred to the BNED Website, how you navigate around the BNED Website, what you purchase and what traffic is driven by various marketing methods. This information will help us to better serve you and provide you with more personalized information and product offerings. We do not allow third party service providers to collect your credit card information, e-mail address or password information. These third party service providers may only use your personal information to perform services for us and may not share your personal information with anyone else, or use it for any other purpose, except on an aggregated, non-personally identifiable basis.

To learn more about the privacy practices of IBM Coremetrics, you may review its privacy policy located here. To exercise your choice with respect to their collection of information on BNED Websites, please click here.

To learn more about the privacy practices of Google, you may review its privacy policy located here. To disable the Google Analytics cookie and other third party web analytics service provider cookies, you can choose to have your browser notify you when cookies are being written to your computer or accessed, or you can disable cookies entirely.

Targeted advertising
We may partner with third party advertising networks that collect IP addresses, unique device identifiers (UDIDs), browser type, operating system, time zone, country, referring pages, and other information through the use of cookies, web server logs and pixel tags on BNED Websites, Apps, emails and on third party websites and emails. They use this information to provide you with advertisements that are customized to your particular preferences, including for companies that are not affiliated with us. You may see these advertisements on BNED Websites and third party apps and websites, and across different devices you use. We may use this process to help us manage and improve the effectiveness of our marketing efforts. If you would like to learn more about the third party advertisers that may be aware of the fact that you visit BNED Websites or use our Apps, and to understand your opt-out choices, please visit the website of the National Advertising Initiative here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served advertising. You will continue to receive generic ads.

Please understand that BNED does not control these third party cookies, and you should check the privacy policies of third party advertising networks to see whether and how it uses cookies.

Apps you use, including geolocation
When you use our Apps, we automatically collect information through the App when it is connected to the Internet. For example, we may receive and collect information concerning operating system, settings, usage, search queries, network interaction, the name of the network from which you access the Internet, the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device you are using, unique device identifiers (UDIDs), downloads, configuration, or service information relating to any malfunction of the App. This may include information regarding your activity on such Apps, such as books or textbooks opened, date and time of use, time elapsed, page turns, bookmarks, annotations, customer reviews, and quiz or test answers.

In addition, to provide location-based services through Apps, BNED may automatically collect real-time geographic location information or other location-based information about you and the mobile device on which the App is installed. This information may be used to provide certain device or application functionality or to offer, provide and improve products and services.

Wireless networks operated by BNED in retail stores
When you connect your computer or mobile device to wireless networks operated by BNED at store locations, we may collect information concerning your location, unique device identifiers (UDIDs), date and time of access and information regarding your interaction with the BNED enterprise through BNED Websites or Apps as permitted by this Privacy Policy.

Social networking sites
We may provide you the ability to sign into a BNED Website or App using a social networking account such as a Facebook, Twitter or Google account, or use your social networking accounts to share information from BNED Websites or Apps. In these cases, as well as when you use a BNED App on a social networking site or choose to join (or "like") a BNED page on a social networking site, the social networking site may provide us with certain information about you, including but not limited to your contacts and other "likes". Please see the privacy policy for the applicable social networking site to learn more about how these sites share your personal information.

Your college or university
If you rent or purchase textbooks or e-textbooks from us, we may also collect information about you from your college or university, including but not limited to your mailing and email addresses, class registration information and other course information. This information may be used for a number of purposes including providing our services to you and your college or university, sending postal mail and email, fulfilling orders, removing repetitive or unnecessary information from customer lists, analyzing data, providing marketing support, customer authentication, providing search results and links (including paid listings and links), providing customer service and processing credit card payments.

Business partners, contractors, and other third parties
We may collect personal information and other information about you from business partners, contractors and other third parties. This includes, but is not limited to, instances in which you affirmatively authorize third parties to provide us with information. Such information may be collected via, but not limited to, software applications that you download that otherwise allow you to interact with the BNED enterprise.

4. HOW DO WE USE PERSONAL INFORMATION?

BNED uses your personal information across our enterprise to provide you with a superior customer experience and, as necessary, to administer our businesses. For example, we use your personal information to:

  • Provide you with products, services and information across the BNED enterprise, including product and subject recommendations and other information in college or university bookstores we operate, through emails from our businesses, and on the BNED Websites and online interactive communities, your Digital Content, Apps and software, and display associated content and advertising;
  • Administer our programs;
  • Provide customer service in stores, by telephone and online;
  • Conduct research and perform analysis in order to measure, maintain, protect, develop and improve our products and services;
  • Administer sweepstakes, contests, promotions or surveys and provide appropriate notifications;
  • Communicate with you about special offers, events, or new products or services that may be of interest to you;
  • Customize and enhance the BNED Websites and advertising;
  • Make communications necessary to notify you regarding security, privacy, and administrative issues; and
  • Manage our business.

5. WITH WHOM DO WE SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION?

Protecting the privacy and security of your personal information is a priority at BNED. BNED DOES NOT SELL OR RENT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES. 

Please note that your data may be transferred to or shared with a third party as part of a sale, merger, or acquisition of BNED or one of its affiliates (see "Sales, Mergers, and Acquisitions" below)
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BNED shares your personal information with:

  • Other entities within the BNED enterprise. BNED owns and operates other operations and businesses and we may share your personal information with our other business units and operations, even if such business units or operations are sold.
  • Partners. We provide personal information to our partners that provide product and service offerings or technologies that we think may be of interest to you. Our partnerships may also result in products and services that allow you to publish Digital Content that may be shared with our partners. We may offer you the opportunity to opt-in to receive information from our partners, which may result in your personal information being shared with our partners. The use of your information by our partners and their vendors and contractors will be subject to the privacy policies of our vendors once such information is transferred.
  • Service providers, subcontractors and agents who perform services on our behalf. We provide personal information to third party service providers, subcontractors, and agents that work under contract on our behalf to provide certain services. These third parties do not have the right to use personal information we provide to them in any way that is not authorized by BNED. They are contractually obligated to use such information only as necessary to assist us and to maintain the confidentiality and security of such information.
  • Third party providers of products and services. These are third parties that provide products and services you may purchase or request from or through us. These third parties do not have the right to use personal information we provide to them in any way that is not authorized by BNED. They are contractually obligated to use such information only as necessary to assist us and to maintain the confidentiality and security of such information.
  • Third party membership programs. We work with certain third party entities to help them administer their own membership or rewards programs by providing them with purchasing information about their customers who make purchase from BNED. We disclose only the information that is necessary to make these third party programs work and to support your membership in them. This information usually includes your name and e-mail address as well as the dollar amount of the purchases made at BNED. We require such entities to obtain your consent before we provide them with this information, which they usually do as part of their own membership or participation rules.
  • Credit card companies. Credit card transactions are handled by third party financial institutions and their vendors and contractors who receive credit card numbers and other personal information from us to verify the credit card numbers and process transactions. Although BNED's treatment of this information is governed by this policy, the use of your information by the third party financial institutions and their vendors and contractors will be subject to their own privacy policies.
  • Law enforcement officials and as required by law. BNED may release personal information to third parties when we determine, in our judgment, that it is necessary to (a) comply with the law, regulation, legal process, or enforceable governmental request; (b)enforce or apply the terms of any of our policies or user agreements; or (c) protect the rights, property or safety of BNED, ouremployees, our customers, users, or others.
  • Co-branded offerings. In some instances, we may offer a service or feature that is co-branded by BNED and a third party company. If you provide information in connection with such co-branded service or feature, that information may be shared between BNED and the third party. Although BNED's treatment of the information is governed by this policy, the third party's treatment of your information will be subject to the third party's privacy policy
  • Other websites operated by BNED. In some instances, we may operate a BNED Website on behalf of a third party. If you provide information in connection with a BNED Website operated by BNED on behalf of a third party, that information may be shared between BNED and the third party. Although BNED's treatment of the information is governed by this policy, the third party's treatment of your information will be subject to the third party's privacy policy.
  • Your college or university. We may offer the ability to rent or purchase products or services through financial aid, student loans or similar programs. We may share your information with your college or university, lenders or other providers in order to process payments if you choose these payment methods. Additionally, certain BNED Websites and Apps may collect information regarding your interaction with certain content as described in this Privacy Policy, and we may share such information with your college or university so that they may administer and improve their programs and services.
  • Sales, mergers, and acquisitions. If BNED becomes involved in a merger, acquisition, restructuring, reorganization, or any form of sale or other disposition of some or all of its assets, personal information and your transaction history may be provided to the entities and advisors involved subject to a confidentiality agreement, and we will provide notice to you at your email address on file before any personal information is finally transferred and becomes subject to a different privacy policy. Such a transaction may involve us (i) retaining the right to continue to use transferred personal information in addition to the right of the transferee to use such information, and (ii) engaging in additional transfers of personal information (including new personal information) with the transferee from time to time following such a transaction.

6. HOW DO WE SECURE PERSONAL INFORMATION?

We take significant and appropriate security measures, including physical, technological and procedural measures, to help to safeguard your personal information and to prevent unauthorized access and disclosure. In addition, we use industry-standard technology, such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption technology in the transmission of certain sensitive personal information, designed to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to your personal information, and, as technology develops, we intend to take additional measures to improve security.

We want you to feel confident whenever you visit us in our stores, on the BNED Websites, or use BNED Apps. While we are focused on the security of your personal information and follow strict standards, processes and procedures that are designed to protect your personal information, you must remember that the Internet is a global communications vehicle open to threats, viruses and intrusions from others and so we cannot promise, and you should not expect, that we will be able to protect your personal information at all times and in all circumstances.

7. HOW DO WE RESPECT YOUR CHOICES ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION?

You may choose to opt out from receiving marketing and promotional communications from BNED by clicking on the opt out link provided at the bottom of each marketing email and following the instructions. Please be aware that even if you opt-out of receiving promotional communications, you may continue to receive emails and notifications relating to order confirmations, back order notifications and/or other business-related communications.

Analytics & Targeted Advertising
You may choose to opt out of collection of automatically collected information, including cookies, IBM Coremetrics, Google Analytics and targeted advertising, by following the instructions given in Section 3(b) above, or by using the functionality in your browser to reject cookies.

Online Community Users
BNED provides you with the ability to access, correct, change or request deletion of the personal information in your community profile(s) at any time by following the instructions below. We will respond to all access requests within 30 days. However, you cannot currently change your profile name although you may re-register and choose a new name. To review or modify your profile information, please visit the website of the BNED service with which you have registered . Please be advised that BNED may archive information it collects on its community and visitors. Additionally, by participating in the BNED online interactive community, and using BNED's various interactive offerings, including, the submission of customer reviews, you agree to receive communications from BNED, other users, and moderators related to the provision of these services.

8. WHOM DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS?

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us at privacy@bncollege.com or call customer service at 1-908-991-2629.

9. WHAT OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BNED'S PRIVACY POLICY WOULD I WANT TO KNOW?

Policies for Minors, including children under the age of 13

BNED is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations regarding the collection, storage and use of personal information of Minors under the age of 13, including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

Our products and services are marketed for and directed towards purchase by adults or with the consent of adults. Individuals under the age of 18 ("Minors") are not permitted to use BNED Websites or Apps without the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. We do not knowingly collect or solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 or knowingly allow such persons to register for an online account or to post personal information on the BNED Websites or Apps. Should we learn that someone under the age of 13 has provided any personal information to or on any of the BNED Websites or Apps, we will remove that information as soon as possible.

If you are a parent or guardian who believes that your Minor under the age of 13 has submitted personal information or other information to us without your consent, please contact privacy@bncollege.com. Once we verify that you are the parent or legal guardian, at your request, we will promptly provide to you information regarding what, if any, personal information we have collected about your child and how it has been used or shared. We will, at your request, remove personal information about your child from its database and instruct our affiliates and third party partners to do the same.

If you are a Minor under the age of 18, you may request and obtain removal of certain content or information posted on BNED Websites and Apps by sending an email to privacy@bncollege.com with "Privacy Rights for Minors" in the subject line. Please be advised that our removal of your post(s) does not ensure complete or comprehensive removal of the content or information you have posted on BNED Websites or Apps.

Data retention policy
We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you with services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.

Accessing your information
You have the right to ask us not to use your personal information for direct marketing purposes. You also have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies rectified. Please note that, as permitted by law, we may charge a nominal fee for information requests and may require you to prove your identity. Following a request, we will use reasonable efforts to supply, correct or delete personal information about you in our files. Please address written requests and questions about this to privacy@bncollege.com. We will respond to all access requests within 30 days.

Your California Privacy Rights
California Civil Code Section 1798.83 permits California residents to request a notice from us describing which categories of personal information we have shared with third parties or corporate affiliates for those third parties or corporate affiliates' direct marketing purposes within the last calendar year, and the name and address of such parties. If you are a California resident and would like a copy of this notice, please send an email to privacy@bncollege.com with "California Privacy Rights Request" in the ubject line.

Do Not Track Disclosure
Certain web browsers may provide an option by which you may ask your browser to inform websites you visit that you do not wish your activities to be tracked by cookies or other persistent identifiers, commonly called "Do Not Track Signals". Although BNED Websites are currently unable to respond to Do Not Track Signals, you may opt out of tracking activities by following the instructions in this Privacy Policy to opt out of IBM Coremetrics, Google Analytics and behavioral advertising.

Important information about third party devices, ISPs, websites and applications
This Privacy Policy applies solely to information collected by the BNED enterprise. Whenever you click on links and banners on any BNED Website that take you to a third party website, your use of those third party websites and/or software will be subject to the third party's privacy policies, not BNED's. Additionally, please note that when using BNED Websites or Apps, third party mobile device manufacturers and internet service providers (ISPs) may collect personal information about you and your use of such third party products and services will be subject to the third party's privacy policies.

In addition, our website includes links to other websites whose privacy practices may differ from those of BNED. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any website you visit.

Terms of Use
Any dispute between you and us regarding the privacy of your personal information is subject to this Privacy Policy and the terms of use or terms of service applicable to our product or service you use, including limitation on damages, resolution of disputes, and application of the law of the State of New York.

Contact Information
The address for BNED is 120 Mountainview Blvd., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920.

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