Privacy protection and the protection of personal data represent a relevant issue for any organisation.

In the performance of its activities, Mondadori has equipped itself with a series of tools, both at Group level and in terms of its individual companies, with specific procedures depending on the nature of the business, aimed at applying the law (Italian Leg. Decree no. 196/03, the ‘privacy law’) and the recommendations provided by the competent Communications Authority for the protection of personal data, and the new provisions of European Regulation no. 679 of 2016.

Privacy at Group level

At Group level, privacy protection is ensured by a procedure for all those who wish to access the Mondadori websites through registration.

At the end of 2010 a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) department was established with the objective of developing an integrated contact management system with customers, a single structure in which the data pertaining to the customers of all business units are grouped together and IT processes are developed to reconcile customers belonging to different Group companies. The building of the Mondadori customer database was completed in October 2012.

This makes it possible to identify a Mondadori customer with the subscription owner of a Group magazine, an e-commerce buyer, a customer registered on the loyalty programme adopted by Mondadori as a partner of the Payback circuit, a customer registered on the Group’s e-learning platforms or with an online community, and to collect a multitude of information from such data for use in targeted communication campaigns or special initiatives, while concurrently ensuring compliance with the indications provided by individual customers upon registration (or subsequent changes).

Following the significant changes made to the Group cookie policy and privacy notice in 2015, also in light of the recent extraordinary operations involving the Group (the acquisitions of Rizzoli and Banzai Media), in 2016 these documents were further implemented in order to consolidate the CRM system adopted in compliance with applicable regulations.

Following the entry into force of European Regulation no. 679 of 2016, which will become the only binding regulation on privacy for all member states from May 2018, the Mondadori Group, including Mondadori France S.A., is planning and gradually implementing all of the procedures required by the new regulation with the goal of achieving total compliance with the document by the deadline.