Mt. Fuji view from Hakone
Autumn in Hiroshima
1. Basic Policy
Prince Hotels, Inc. and related group companies* (hereafter referred to as “the Group”), recognize that protecting the privacy of our customers and their personal information (hereafter referred to collectively as “personal information”) is the basis of the Group’s business and one of the Group’s social responsibilities. In order to responsibly protect our customers’ personal information, the Group has established the personal information protection policy set forth below. The Group has established an in-house system and strategies for protecting personal information, which it is committed to implementing, maintaining, and continuously improving. The Group’s personal information protection system and activities are designed to comply with all relevant legislation and in-house rules, and to be worthy of our customers’ confidence.
2. Obtaining personal information from customers
2-1.Obtaining personal information
In the course of providing services to our customers, the Group may obtain from customers such personal information as their name, address, and contact information. When obtaining personal information from customers, only the necessary information is obtained, and the purpose and extent of the utilization of the information is clearly explained.
2-2.How information is obtained
Personal information is obtained by the following means in the course of customer transactions with the Group, related to Group facilities or products (such as accommodation, banquet, or bar/restaurant facilities, product sales, the provision/sale of amenities, the provision of services, and the holding of events) and other transactions (referred to hereafter as “transactions”).
(1)Directly from the customer
By telephone, in writing, from business cards, verbally, or over the Internet
(2)From a person duly authorized by the customer
Such authorized persons may include those authorized to make a reservation on behalf of a customer or to introduce a customer, travel agencies, and package tour companies.
(3)From published information
Newspapers, Internet, telephone books, publications, and other written materials.
2-3.Types of personal information obtained by the Group
The personal information obtained by the Group may include the following information: name, place of work, home/work address, email address, telephone number, fax number, date of birth, gender, customer requirements regarding guest rooms, leisure activities, and other services, information required to fulfill special requirements, and the customer’s previous/subsequent night’s accommodation if required by bylaws or ordinances.
2-4.Right to refuse to provide personal information
The Group does not compel customers to provide personal information. At all times, the customer has the right to choose whether or not to provide personal information to the Group. However, in the event that a customer refuses to provide personal information such as his or her name, it may not be possible to provide certain services, such as making reservations.
2-5.Obtaining information from minors
The Group does not aim or intend to obtain personal information directly from minors. In the event that a minor provides the Group with personal information about the minor or the minor’s family without the agreement of the minor’s parents, please contact a Group representative. The Group will immediately cease use of the personal information and take any necessary action, including deletion of the personal information, in good faith.
3. Use of customer personal information
3-1.Purposes for which personal information is used
The Group uses a customer’s personal information only for the purpose(s) and within the scope made clear to the customer at the time the information is obtained. The Group makes absolutely no use of personal information for other purposes or beyond the indicated scope.
3-2.Types of personal information obtained by the Group and purposes of use
In principle, the personal information obtained and held by the Group is used to provide customers with information and services in relation to:
(1) Making reservations and using Group facilities such as hotels, restaurants, and leisure facilities
(2) Ordering products
(3) Joining various Group membership organizations
The personal information is also used for:Providing various types of information and services from Group companies.
Providing services from the Group and Group companies that are tailored to individual customer requirements
Providing information related to products and services provided by the Group and trustworthy third parties
Improving Group services on the basis of customer needs
Personal information is held for the abovementioned reasons.The provision of various types of information in the above cases is by such means as direct contact with the customer, direct mailings, or email.
When information is to be used for purposes other than the above, the purpose and limits of the proposed use are made clear to the customer prior to the acquisition or use of the personal information and is only obtained or used with the consent of the customer.
Cookies are a widely used technology on the Internet for identifying a customer’s computer. Group services may use information identifying the customer combined with information on pages browsed by the customer, which is collected using cookies. This information is used within the scope specified under “Purposes for which personal information is used”. Customers can disable cookies by changing their browser settings, but this may result in an inability to access some or all of the services provided on the website.
3-4.Stopping the use of personal information
Customers who wish to stop, entirely or partially, the use of personal information obtained and held by the Group, such as to stop the distribution of information via direct mail or email, should contact the Prince Hotels Personal Information Center. All such requests will be conscientiously complied with.
4. Provision to third parties and joint use of personal information
4-1.Limits to provision of information to third parties and joint use of information
Except in the following cases, the Group does not provide or disclose customer personal information to third parties or engage in the joint use of this information without the consent of the customer.
(1) Cases in which such disclosure or use is required by law
(2) In exceptional circumstances, to cooperate with governmental or administrative bodies
(3) In the subcontracting of Group work, within the scope of proper use
4-2.In all other cases in which a customer’s personal information is to be disclosed to a third party or jointly used, in whole or in part, prior consent from the customer is obtained. In such cases, the Group exercises due care in the selection of the third parties that will receive or jointly use the information, and the Group requires that all such parties comply with the relevant laws and regulations and exercise appropriate management of the information, as the Group does.
4-3.Monitoring of subcontractors
In using the customer’s personal information, the Group may entrust said personal information to third parties, within the approved scope of use.
The Group supervises said third parties’ use of the personal information as necessary and appropriate to ensure that such third parties manage the personal information in strict accordance with the same standards as the Group. The Group and said third parties conclude agreements stipulating careful management and supervision of the secrecy of the personal information, to ensure strict safety of the personal information. Moreover, the Group and said third parties may collaborate in the use of the personal information, within the stated scope.
4-4.Scope and purposes of joint use of personal information
As a rule, if personal information is shared with third parties for the purpose of joint use, the joint use relates to the following:
(1) Making reservations and using Group facilities such as hotels, restaurants, and leisure facilities
(2) Ordering products
(3) Joint use with companies providing comprehensive services related to joining membership organizations, recording and managing data, and managing point-based services
(4) Joint use with companies providing comprehensive services
In addition, the information may include customer requirements regarding hotel rooms, leisure activities, and other services, as well as information to allow the Group to meet special needs (such as health conditions requiring special measures at hotels), and lifestyle information such as information on customer hobbies and interests.
5. Handling of personal information
5-1.Maintenance of accurate personal information
The Group employs appropriate measures to ensure that customer personal information is kept accurate and up-to-date.
5-2.Disclosure, correction, and disposal of personal information
In order to facilitate customer requests to check, correct, or dispose of the customer’s own personal information held by the Group, the Group has established the Prince Hotels Personal Information Center to respond efficiently and in the required scope. In such cases, the Group takes appropriate measures, such as asking for any information as may be useful in identifying the customer’s data.
6. Secure management of personal information
6-1.Compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, and guidelines
The Group complies with the “Act on the Protection of Personal Information” as well as other relevant laws, regulations, and industry guidelines
The Group makes every effort to protect customer personal information with preventive and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, loss, destruction, tampering, and leaks.
The Group has an organizational system in place for the protection of personal information within the Group, which includes a Personal Information Protection Officer for the Group as a whole and a Personal Information Management Officer for each division. The system also includes an audit department for the implementation of internal audits.
6-4.In-house rules for the handling and management of personal information
The Group has established rules for the handling of personal information, to ensure that standards for the appropriate acquisition, maintenance, use, and disposal of personal information are established and adhered to. The Group has also defined a code of conduct and concrete rules for the activities of those handling personal information, to prevent unauthorized access, loss, destruction, tampering and leaking of personal information.
The Group implements staff training in relation to the protection of personal information and works to protect personal information by ensuring that the content of the training is thoroughly understood throughout the Group.
6-6.Continuous review of in-house rules relating to the handling and management of personal information
The Group continually reviews and improves its rules for the handling of personal information and the organizational system for implementing those rules, to ensure that their implementation continues to be effective and appropriate.
7. Revision and publication of this policy
This Personal Information Protection Policy is subject to revision at any time to respond to revisions and changes in related laws and regulations and to social needs related to personal information. Any revisions are published on this website without delay and the most recent revision date is clearly shown.
8. Contact for inquiries and complaints
The Group has established a center for responding to customer inquiries and complaints about the personal information obtained and held by the Group. This center responds conscientiously, efficiently, and in the appropriate scope to such inquiries/complaints after confirming the identity of the customer or the customer’s representative. In such cases, a service charge may apply. The charge for requests to disclose information is 600 yen per package up to 25g (responses are sent by Restricted Delivery Mail Service). Depending on the request, the response may require several days.
Prince Hotels Personal Information Center
0120-60-1036 (Direct) Mon. – Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (excluding year-end/New Year holidays)
Enacted: July 16, 2004
Revised: December 5, 2018