Updated February 2017
Personal Information We Collect
We may collect personal information from individuals through our websites or by other means (such as email, fax, mail or phone). The principal ways you may provide the information and the types of information you may submit, as well as the ways we may use the information, are listed below.
Business Alerts, Newsletters and Other Communications – You may provide personal information to receive business alerts, newsletters and other communications (including emails) about. We use the information you provide to send you the communications and information you have requested and to communicate with you about our products and services.
Scholarships, Grants and Awards – You may provide personal information when applying for scholarships, grants or awards offered by Koch Industries. We use the information you provide in the selection process, to communicate with you and to publish a list of the recipients.
Incidents and Allegations – When you provide information about an incident or allegation, detailed personal information may be collected. We use these details to investigate and comply with any applicable company or legal requirement. We may transfer and disclose your information to third-parties as required in the course of the investigation or to comply with any legal obligation related to the information you provide.
Careers – Individuals from all over the world apply for jobs with Koch Industries through the Koch Careers website and other similar websites or through third-party job posting sites. The information job seekers provide through this process is maintained by third-party service providers, and may also be maintained in locations within the United States and accessible to our global recruiting team. The information submitted by job seekers is used to evaluate their qualifications for employment and to contact them regarding possible employment opportunities. Job seekers may also choose to provide information such as gender or ethnic background. Providing this data is optional and is not required to apply for a job with Koch Industries. This information will not be considered in evaluating candidates’ qualifications for employment.
Feedback – You may be able to submit feedback on our websites. If you choose to give us your feedback, we may ask you for your personal information. We may also ask you about your experience using our websites. We may use the information you provide to enhance our websites, evaluate the quality of our products, or to communicate with you about products and services.
Contact – You may contact us with questions, requests or comments through the “Contact” link on our website or by similar means on Koch affiliates’ websites. When you do so, we may ask you for your personal information. We use the information to respond to your questions, requests or comments.
Vendors and Contractors – If you are a vendor or a contractor, we may ask you to provide personal information to establish and administer your account, process payments, and for compliance with internal and legal requirements (which may include medical testing and monitoring requirements, where applicable).
Other Uses of Information – We may use the personal information you provide to us for internal general business purposes. These purposes include administration of our websites, data analytics and compliance with our legal obligations, standards, policies and procedures.
Information Technology Security – We may collect personal information when detecting and defending against security threats. We use various IT tools to detect and defend against security threats (e.g., attacks, viruses, malware, spam, phishing, malicious web content), to promote business continuity of our information systems and assets, and to maintain optimal performance of our IT systems.
Contests, Sweepstakes, and Other Promotions – We may collect personal information via a Koch company website, if you participate in contests, sweepstakes, and other promotions related to Koch Industries or our products or services. If you provide another person’s information to us, you must first obtain appropriate consent to provide this information to us and for us to use this information in the manner indicated.
Information We Collect by Automated Means
We collect certain information by automated means when you visit our websites. By collecting this information, we learn how to best tailor our websites to our visitors. We collect this information through various means such as “cookies,” “web beacons”, and “IP addresses” as explained below.
Cookies – Like many companies, we use “cookies” on our websites. Cookies are bits of text that are placed on your computer's hard drive when you visit certain websites. We use the information collected from these cookies to compile reports and help us improve the website. For example, a cookie might tell us whether you have visited us before, the number of visitors to the website, which site a visitor has come from, the pages they visited, and to help us identify site features in which you may have the greatest interest. Cookies may enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you are visiting a particular site.
Most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies. Please note, however, that without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of all our website features.
Web Beacons – Certain pages on our websites contain “web beacons” (also known as internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs). These web beacons allow us to obtain information such as the IP address of the computer that downloaded the page on which the beacon appears, the URL of the page on which the beacon appears, the time the page containing the beacon was viewed, the type of browser used to view the page, and the information in cookies set by the third-party.
IP Addresses – An IP address is a unique identifier that certain electronic devices use to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. When you visit our websites, we may view and/or store the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet. We use this information to determine the general physical location of the device and understand from what regions of the world our website visitors come from. We also may use this information to enhance our websites.
We may also collect information about your online activities on Koch companies’ websites to provide you with advertising about products and services tailored to your individual interests. For example, we may engage with third-party advertising networks or use the advertising features provided by Google as well as the remarketing features of Google AdWords, in order to track website visitors across different Internet sites while providing them with ads from us.
With Whom We Share the Information
Links to Other Sites
How We Protect Personal Information
In proportion to the sensitivity of the information, we maintain reasonable administrative, technical and/or physical safeguards and appropriate security measures to protect personal information from loss, misuse or unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction of the information you provide. However, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information, as no electronic data transmission or storage of information is completely secure. If an incident is reported affecting your information, we will conduct an investigation and comply with all required reporting obligations.
International Transfers of Personal Information
We operate in the United States and in other countries and we may transfer your personal information to the United States or other countries for storage and processing on the basis of established contracts between Koch companies and subcontractors who process data on their behalf. For transfers of data outside of the European Union, this includes standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission. By using the websites, or providing us with any personal information, you consent to the collection, processing, maintenance, and transfer of such information in and to the United States and other countries in which the privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as those in your country of residence.
How Long is Personal Information Retained
Since the purpose of collection determines how long personal data is retained, we are committed to ensure that such data is only retained for the length of time necessary to fulfill the purpose(s) for which it was collected or the minimum retention requirement as prescribed by applicable laws, whichever is greater. For specific retention times, please contact us as described below.
Access and Correction
Our services are generally not directed to children under 13. We do not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under 13 without parental consent. If you become aware that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13 without parental consent, please let us know so we can take appropriate action.
How to Contact Us
Koch Industries, Inc.
Compliance & Ethics Department
P.O. Box 2256
Wichita, KS 67201-2256, USA
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