3M respects your right to privacy. This policy summarizes what personal information we may collect, how we may use this information, and other important topics relating to your privacy and data protection.
It is 3M policy to comply with all applicable privacy and data protection laws. This commitment reflects the value we place on earning and keeping the trust of our customers, business partners and others who share their personal information with us.
This Policy applies to all Internet sites and mobile applications operated by or on behalf of 3M and includes 3M entities worldwide (each a “3M Internet Site or App”). It also applies to personal information 3M may otherwise collect: (i) through our products and services; (ii) when you interact with us by means other than a 3M Internet Site or App, for example, in person, by telephone, or at a trade show or training; and (iii) from our customers, distributors, suppliers, vendors, and other business partners (collectively “Business Partners”).
However, different 3M Internet Sites, Apps, products, and services have different purposes and features. If additional or different disclosures are required for a specific 3M Internet Site, App, product, or service, then we provide those disclosures separately on, or with, the relevant Internet Site, App, product, or service. Each such specific privacy disclosure, policy, or statement (“Specific Privacy Statement”) supplements and amends this Policy.
To the extent required by applicable law, whenever 3M collects personal information, 3M will:
3M collects the following types of personal information:
You have choices about the personal information you provide 3M. You may choose not to provide information that we request, but if you do so, we may not be able to provide you a relevant service or a particular feature for a 3M Internet Site, App, or product.
3M may use your personal information to:
3M may also use your personal information for other uses consistent with the context in which the information was collected or with your consent.
3M may anonymize or aggregate any of the information we collect and use it for any purpose, including for research and product-development purposes. Such information will not identify you individually.
3M will not disclose your personal information except as described here:
3M may share anonymized or aggregated information internally and with third parties for any purpose. Such information will not identify you individually.
Your personal information will generally be stored in 3M databases or databases maintained by our service providers. Many of these databases are stored on servers located in the United States. 3M takes appropriate measures, by contract or otherwise, to provide adequate protection for personal information that is disclosed to a third party or transferred to another country, including transfers within 3M.
3M maintains reasonable safeguards to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of your personal information. Although we use security measures to help protect your personal information against unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or alteration, as is the case with all computer networks linked to the Internet, we cannot guarantee the security of information provided over the Internet and will not be responsible for breaches of security beyond our reasonable control.
3M Internet Sites and Apps may contain links to websites or mobile apps that are not operated by 3M and plugins from social media platforms and other third parties. An example of a social media plugin is the Facebook “Like” button. We provide these links and plugins as a service and do not imply any endorsement of the activities or content of the related websites, apps, or social media platforms, nor any association with their operators. To learn about the information collected by these third-party websites, apps, and plugins, please visit their privacy policies. We encourage you to review the privacy policies for the websites, apps, and social media platforms you visit before using them or providing personal information.
How long we keep your personal information will vary and will depend on the purpose and use of information collected. There are legal requirements that we keep some types of data for specific periods. Otherwise, we will retain it for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the data was collected.
Most 3M Internet Sites and Apps are not intended for children under 13 years of age. 3M will not knowingly solicit or collect personal information from or about children under 13, or the relevant minimum age under applicable local legal requirements, except as permitted under applicable law.
If you have any questions about this Policy or a Specific Privacy Statement or our use of your personal information, please contact 3M’s European data protection officer at:
Attn. EU Data Protection Officer
3M Belgium, Hermeslaan 7, B-1831 Diegem, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 7224594
This Policy was last revised in May 2018.