Copyright © 2010 SQM S.A.

Latest update: November 2009 Privacy Policy

In order to protect your personal data and your privacy, SQM and its affiliated companies have drawn up the following Privacy Policy, which applies to all users of our corporate website ( and related sites who have no direct relationship with SQM, as is the case with workers, employees, investors, suppliers or others who may have proper privacy policies or who may access the website under different conditions.

General description of SQM's Privacy Policy

SQM and its affiliated companies are committed to respecting your privacy. In general, you can visit (and related sites) without revealing any information about yourself. SQM, its affiliated companies and its suppliers of analytics services do collect information about visitors to our website, such as their domain name, the number of visits and the average time spent, in order to measure its use and to improve the content of our sites. We analyze this data to identify trends and statistics with the intent to help us provide you with the best possible service.

Our website may contain hyperlinks to third party websites. Since we do not control such websites, we encourage you to go through their respective privacy policies. SQM and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of third party websites.

Personal information

At times we may ask you to provide personal information such as your name, e-mail address and postal address. When prompted to give us additional information, we will try to let you know at the time of collection, how we intend to use that personal information you provide, for example to enable us to respond to your request or inquiry, to let you participate in certain promotions, to conduct a survey or to grant you access to specific information. When you opt-in to receive electronic messages from SQM or its affiliated companies or if you want to subscribe to an e-mail list, each message will include instructions on how to opt-out. We respect your right to decide whether to give us personal data or not. Any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) you may provide is provided on a voluntary basis.

SQM and its affiliated companies use cookies with the intent to understand which areas of our websites are of interest to you and to provide you with an even better service and tailored information. A cookie is an element of data that a website can send to your browser and which may then be stored on your system. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it. These cookies do not track individual information, but rather record Web site traffic anonymously.

If you write or send us an e-mail, or if you make use of our on-line forms, you choose to opt-in and to identify yourself.

Information we collect

On (and related sites) we collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as your name, postal address, e-mail address, phone number and any other information you provide us with.

In case you contact us to make a complaint or request, we redirect your demand to the relevant area, which makes it possible for us to contact you directly by means of the media you have entered in the form, or we simply redirect it to the department in charge with the request to solve the matter without necessarily contacting you.

As a corporate rule, SQM and its affiliated companies do not sell nor provide to third parties the personal or corporate data of those who have registered on the website.


Using the SQM website or the websites of SQM affiliated companies implies full acceptance of all the terms and conditions stated in this Privacy Policy. Therefore, you, the User, acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to all those terms and conditions.

Regarding information submitted by children under fourteen years of age, it is unconditionally understood that the child has obtained prior approval from his or her parent(s), guardian or legal representative, allowing SQM to process his or her personal data. SQM assumes that from the moment a child under fourteen years of age accesses the portal, he or she does so with the consent of his or her parent(s), guardian or legal representative. Each time SQM requests personal data from him or her, a hyperlink linked to this Privacy Policy shall be included in order to inform him or her of his or her rights and obligations regarding the protection of personal data.

Scope of application

The structure of files, databases, and, ICT equipment and systems

In order to comply with the laws in force, the terms of this Privacy Policy apply to all files or databases owned by SQM and affiliated companies which contain personal data, as well as to any ICT equipment or system that treats them, either owned by SQM, affiliated companies or any third party that uses them on its behalf.

SQM staff and data processing

The terms set out in this Privacy Policy, and in particular the duty of confidentiality, must be strictly observed by all personnel contracted by SQM and affiliated companies, and, by all third parties who, under the terms of their contract, have access to personal data and ICT equipment and systems of SQM and affiliated companies.

Modification to the Privacy Policy

SQM and affiliated companies reserve the right to modify the content of the Privacy Policy with the intent to comply with new legal and jurisprudential guidelines, as well as with those that might derive from existing codes, should the case arise, or as a result of strategic corporate decisions.

Should SQM or its affiliated companies use your personal data in a different way than stipulated in the Privacy Policy being in effect when your data are available, we shall make every effort to contact you through the e-mail address you have provided us. On the other hand, if you have not granted us permission to contact you, we shall not be able to inform you about our intention to use your personal data for different purposes, thereby releasing SQM of all its responsibilities.

Collection and processing of personal data

Our websites use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files stored on your computer to analyze how you make use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website (including your IP address) is transmitted to a Google server located in the United States where it is stored. Google will use this information to analyze your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities, and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where allowed to do so by law, or where third parties process the information Google's behalf. Under no circumstances whatsoever shall Google associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
You can prevent the installation of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, but be warned that in this case you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website you consent to the processing of personal data by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out here above.


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