Sony Innovation Fund

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy sets out how Sony Group Corporation, (of 7-1 Konan 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0075, Japan) collects or processes information about you as more specifically explained below (your "personal data"). It also describes your data protection rights, including a right to object to some of the processing which Sony carries out. More information about your rights, and how to exercise them, is set out in Section 8 below.

In this Privacy Policy, we use “Sony” "we," "us," "our" and “ourselves” to refer to Sony Group Corporation. “Sony Affiliates” shall mean any legal entities controlled by Sony Group Corporation. The term “control” in this context means the direct or indirect ownership of more than 50% of the voting interest in such corporation or the power in fact to control the management decisions of such entity.

  • 1. Summary of Key Points
    • When you contact us in connection with an inquiry or request for information about Sony Innovation Fund (“SIF”), we collect and use your personal data necessary to be able to contact you and respond to your inquiry or request. Please read here to learn more.
    • This Privacy Policy also describes your data protection rights, including a right to object to some of the processing which Sony carries out. Please read here to learn more about your rights.
    • We disclose your personal data when we engage a third party to process data on our behalf, when such sharing is required by law, or in certain other situations. Please read here to learn more. Depending on where you are located, your personal data may be transferred out of your home country/region to the United States of America, Japan, and other jurisdictions that may not provide the same level of data protection as your home country/region. Please read here to learn more.
  • When you contact Sony through contact form in connection with an inquiry or request for information about SIF;
    • i. Sony may collect the following personal and/or business contact data from you only when you fill out it in the contact form at your own will:
      • o Name
      • o E-mail address
      • o Region/Country
      • o Industry
      • o Company name
      • o URL of your company
      • o The content of the inquiry or request
    • ii. Sony may also automatically collect your IP address or other unique identifiers for the computer, mobile device, technology or other device you use to access the contact form. Such identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your device when you access a contact form or its servers, and our computers identify your device by its device identifier.
    • iii. To analyze your use of our website, our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. Google Analytics uses Cookies which are pieces of information that a website transfers to a computer’s hard disk for record keeping purposes and collects access logs without personally identifying users. The access logs collected by Google Analytics are stored in accordance with the Privacy Policy of Google Inc. For Privacy Policy of Google Inc., please refer to or other URL(s) provided by Google Inc. from time to time.
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  • 3. Purposes for processing your personal data
    Sony uses your personal data only to reply to your inquiry or request, to contact you for investment opportunities, or to analyze the behavior of the visitors to SIF’s website.
  • Your personal data may be made available to Sony Affiliates and to other third parties, as follows:

    i. Sony Affiliates

    Your personal data may be shared with and used by other Sony Affiliates to pursue the activities related to the purposes set out in Section 3 above.

    ii. Service providers

    Sony and Sony Affiliates may use third-party service providers to process your personal on their behalf for the purposes set out in Section 3 above. Such third-party service providers include, but are not limited to, IT service providers and data hosting providers.

    iii. Business transfer

    In the event that Sony or a Sony Affiliates transfer a portion or all of our business, your personal data may be transferred by Sony or a Sony Affiliates to the purchasing or acquiring entity as part of the transaction.

    iv. Compliance and enforcement

    Sony may disclose any of your personal data if required or permitted by law, regulation or order, or if we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary for us to protect or enforce the rights, property, safety or security of ourselves or others, to third parties including government authorities and law enforcement officials, and auditors and similar external consultants like lawyers and tax advisors.
  • 5. Data Retention, Managing Your Information
    Sony will keep your personal data as long as it is necessary for the relationship with you or the purposes detailed in Section 3, or necessary to protect ourselves from legal claims, to administer our business, or to the extent permitted by applicable law, which may require us to hold the relevant data for specific periods.
  • Your personal data may be transferred in harmony with Section 3 and Section 4 to countries/regions outside your country/region of residence, including in particular Japan and the United States of America, in which the privacy laws may not be as comprehensive as those in your home country/region. Where information is transferred out of the EEA, we will, to the extent that no statutory level of data protection comparable to the European data protection laws exists in such countries, adopt appropriate measures to ensure that your personal data will be adequately protected in those countries. In particular, we may apply the standard contractual clauses published by the European Commission. Where your personal data is transferred to Japan, the adequate level of data protection is confirmed by the European Commission´s adequacy decision.
  • 7. Security
    Sony undertakes reasonable security measures designed to protect against the unauthorized access, loss, misuse or alteration to/of your personal data. Although we strive to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee or warrant the complete security of any your personal data transmitted to us through the contact form or that we store on our systems or that is stored on systems of those third party contemplated in Section 4.
  • In some countries, you have certain rights with respect to the personal data Sony holds about you. These may include the right to request a copy of your personal data that Sony or a Sony Affiliates holds about you and/or you may request that Sony or the Sony Affiliates provides a copy, corrects, amends, deletes, erases, destroys, objects or blocks/restrict processing and/or use of your personal data if it is inaccurate. In some countries, you may also ask us to provide some types of the Information to you in a structured, machine-readable format and ask us to share (port) such data with another controller. These rights may be limited, for example if fulfilling your request would reveal personal data about another person, or if you ask us to delete Information which we are required by law to keep, or have compelling legitimate interests in keeping. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us as described in Section 9 below.
  • 9. Changes
    Sony may revise this Privacy Policy at any time by posting the new Privacy Policy here. You are advised to consult the posted Privacy Policy regularly for any changes.
  • 10. Contact Information
    If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or our use of your personal data, please contact us using this contact form.

Last Updated: April 26, 2021