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If you would like to register, purchase or sell books via our web sites or subscribe to our newsletter, the disclosure of personal data is necessary. This data includes your name, your address, your e-mail and other personal data which is requested by AbeBooks in individual cases.
The information we learn from customers helps us personalise and continually improve your shopping experience at AbeBooks.co.uk. Here are the types of information we gather:
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Information about our customers is an important part of our business, and we're not in the business of selling it to others. AbeBooks shares customer information only as described below, with our affiliates and with our parent corporation, Amazon.com, Inc., and the subsidiaries it controls. Amazon.com, Inc. and its controlled US subsidiaries are participants in the Safe Harbour programme developed by the US Department of Commerce and the European Union. These Amazon Group companies have certified that they adhere to the Safe Harbour Privacy Principles agreed upon by the US and the EU.
Our site may include third-party advertising and links to other websites. We do not provide any personally identifiable customer information to these advertisers or third-party websites.
AbeBooks.co.uk may also display personalised third-party advertising based on personal information about customers, such as purchases on AbeBooks.co.uk. Click here for more information about the personal information that we gather. Although AbeBooks.co.uk does not provide any personal information to advertisers, advertisers (including ad-serving companies) may assume that users who interact with or click on a personalised advertisement meet their criteria to personalise the ad (for example, users in the United Kingdom who bought or browsed for classical music books).
AbeBooks.co.uk gives you access to a broad range of information about your account and your interactions with AbeBooks.co.uk for the limited purpose of viewing and, in certain cases, updating that information. Click here to see some examples. This list will change as our website evolves.
If you're under 18, you may use AbeBooks.co.uk only with the involvement of a parent or guardian.
If you choose to visit AbeBooks.co.uk, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Policy and our Terms and Conditions, including limitations on damages, and application of the laws of Germany.
You provide most information when you search, register, buy, sell, post, participate in a prize draw or questionnaire, or communicate with customer service. For example, you provide information when you search for a product; make an order; provide information in Your Account (and you might have more than one, if you've used more than one e-mail address when shopping with us); communicate with us by phone, e-mail, or otherwise; complete a questionnaire or a prize draw entry. As a result of those actions, you might supply us with such information as your name, address, and telephone number; payment card information; names of people to whom purchases have been shipped, including address and telephone number; e-mails to us; and financial information.
Examples of information we receive from other sources include credit history information from our affiliates and credit bureaus, which we use to help prevent and detect fraud and to offer certain credit or financial services to some customers.
Examples of information you can currently access easily at AbeBooks.co.uk include up-to-date information regarding recent orders, personally identifiable information (including name, e-mail, password, and address book), and payment settings (including payment card information).