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These Terms were last updated on 19 July 2012

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Who are we?

This website is run by HarperCollins Publishers Limited ("HarperCollins", "we", "us" and "our") a company registered in Scotland under company number 27389 and whose registered offices are located at Westerhill Road, Bishopsbriggs, Glasgow, G64 2QT. HarperCollins is registered on the Information Commissioner's Data Protection Register under registration number Z4895037.

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Some information we collect when you give it to us, for example when you give it to us by:

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On other occasions it may have been supplied to us by one of our authors, partners or sister companies with your consent.

We also may collect information automatically using "cookies" (for more information about cookies and how we use them see Cookies.

We use the information we have about you in the following ways.

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