Privacy Policy

The Hyogo Business and Cultural Center (HBCC) knows that strong relationships are built upon trust. Knowing fully how information you (“you” in this document being a user of the HBCC website, a person registered on the HBCC mailing list, or someone who contacts HBCC) provide to HBCC is used and stored is a matter of trust for our organization. Even though we are a small office, privacy is a big responsibility, and we take it very seriously. There are several fundamental principles we follow.

  • We only collect information necessary to offer you the information and programming you want.
  • Your information is never shared for commercial purposes, and is used only for things that you ask for.
  • We make every effort to ensure that your information is safe, both internally in our offices and when used to contact you online.



Now in greater detail:

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information
We collect only the information we need in order to provide you with information regarding programming our opportunities you express interest in when signing up for our mailing lists.  When you contact us directly for any purpose, we will only ask for information we feel is relevant in assisting you with your inquiry.  HBCC does not feel it necessary to collect information about your income level or favorite color in order to inform you of an upcoming cultural event.

Disclosure of Personally-Identifiable Information
HBCC discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on HBCC’s behalf or to provide services offered by HBCC, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others.  However, in the event disclosure of any of your information by HBCC is required by law, HBCC may disclose such your information without your consent.   When you register for an HBCC mailing list, and supply your email address, HBCC may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new programs, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with HBCC. If you send us a request or feedback (for example regarding one of our programs or an interest in future programs), we do reserve the right to publish it in order to help us develop and support our programming.

And above all else: HBCC will never sell or rent your contact information for commercial purposes, or share it with anyone beyond the reasons expressed above.

Protection of Personally-Identifiable Information
HBCC employs all reasonably-necessary security measures to safeguard information concerning, and submitted by, those who view our site and contact us. Despite the security measures employed by HBCC, you should be aware that it is impossible to guarantee absolute security with respect to information sent through the Internet.  In the event that our security is breached, or that personally-identifiable information is lost, you will be notified of the incident and the circumstances of the security lapse.

Website Visitors
Like most website operators, HBCC collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. HBCC’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how HBCC’s visitors use its website. From time to time, HBCC may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

HBCC also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. HBCC does not use such information to identify its visitors, however, and does not disclose such information, other than under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information, as described above

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. HBCC uses cookies to help HBCC identify and track visitors, their usage of HBCC website, and their website access preferences. HBCC visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using HBCC’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of HBCC’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Privacy Policy Changes
Although most changes are likely to be minor, HBCC may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and at HBCC’s sole discretion. We encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to our Privacy Policy

This privacy policy is loosely based on that of Automattic Inc, under the Creative Commons License.

Questions regarding this policy can be directed to us: