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Privacy policy

Welcome to Stoneridge, Inc.’s Web Site (“Site”). Because your online privacy is very important to Stoneridge, we want you to understand our practices with regard to collecting and using your information and the steps we take to safeguard it. This statement applies to personally identifiable information collected only online. When this Privacy Policy (or “Policy”) uses the term “personally identifiable information,” we mean information that identifies a particular individual, such as the individual’s name, postal address, e-mail address, and telephone number. When other information, such as product preferences, is directly tied to personally identifiable information, this other information also becomes personally identifiable information for purposes of this Policy. Personally identifiable information is sometimes referred to in this Policy as “personal information.” Stoneridge, Inc. is sometimes referred to in this Policy as “Stoneridge,” “we,” “us,” or “our.”

Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information

Stoneridge does not rent, sell or lease personal information about you to other people or non-affiliated companies. You do not need to reveal any personally identifiable information to browse and use our Site. You can view our content anonymously. For instance, you can review our product information without giving out any personally identifiable information.

The following activities require you to give us personally identifiable information to participate in them. When you provide personally identifiable information to participate in these activities to us, we do not share that personal information with third parties for such third parties’ independent use. However, Stoneridge may use third-party companies to perform services or functions on our behalf (including, without limitation, a third party provider of web site hosting services).

a. Contact Us:

Throughout our Site, there are instances where you may contact us to request more information about our Site or our company or to obtain copies of documents such as an annual report. You may do this by clicking on the hyperlinks that allow you to e-mail us a question. When you do this, we will collect any personally identifiable information, including your e-mail address, that you provide to us. We use this information to respond to your questions.

Additionally, you may contact us to make comments or suggestions regarding our Site. You may also do this by clicking on the hyperlinks that allow you to e-mail us a comment or suggestion. When you do this, we will collect any personally identifiable information, including your e-mail address, that you provide to us. We use this information to consider your comment or suggestion.

b. Resume Submission:

You may forward your resume to us by clicking on a hyperlink that allows you to e-mail us your resume. When you do this, we will collect any personally identifiable information, including your e-mail address and information contained in your resume, that you provide to us. We use this information in our employment process and may contact you (as well as disclose your name to the references and current and former employers included in your resume) pursuant to the employment process.

Aggregate Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information

Our Site collects some non-personal information about you using technology, so it may not be readily apparent to you that it is being collected. For instance, when you come to our Site your IP address is collected. An IP address is often associated with the place from which you enter the Internet like your ISP (Internet Service Provider), your company, or your university. This information is not personally identifiable. We use information collected through this technology to make our Site more interesting and useful to you. We also track the pages or documents accessed within our Site. This information is collected for systems administration and for analyzing and improving the value of the material available on our Site. We do not combine this type of information with personally identifiable information. Your browser or device may tell us the type of browser and device you used. When you visit our Site, your browser may also tell us information such as the page that led you to our website and, if applicable, the search terms you typed into a search engine that led you to our website. We may collect information about how you use our Site and applications by using cookies and similar technologies, and our servers may collect similar information when you are logged in to the Site or any associated application.

There may be places on our Site that allow you to post comments, upload files, or submit content. Sometimes you might be able to limit who can see what you share, but there may be some places where what you share may be seen by the general public or other users of the Site. Please be careful when you share your personal information. Do not share anything you wouldn’t want publicly known unless you are sure you are posting it within a website or application that allows you to control who sees what you post. If you choose to share personal information or a document, the terms of this privacy policy will not apply to any information shared.

Cookies

We may also use cookies on our Site. What are cookies? Cookies are pieces of information that a web site sends to your computer while you are viewing the web site. Cookies allow the web site to remember important information that will make your use of that site more useful. Companies use cookies for a variety of purposes. For instance, cookies enable a web site to remember you and to improve your navigation through the web site features. You may choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you may choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. We do not combine cookies with personally identifiable information.

Security of Information

We view the security of confidential and private information as a top priority. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be absolutely secure and we do not ensure or warrant the security of the transmission of information. Once your personal information through our “contact us” links is received by us via the Site, it is stored behind a firewall. We are strongly committed to maintaining the privacy of your personal information and maintain stringent security and access controls to our computer systems. Your information is only accessible to those employees and third parties who have a legitimate business need for the information in order to perform their jobs or functions on behalf of Stoneridge.

Disclosure Exceptions

Notwithstanding the above policies, we reserve the right to disclose your personal information to appropriate third parties if we are required to do so by law or we believe that such action is necessary:

• To comply with legal process such as a search warrant, subpoena or court order;

• To protect the company’s rights and property or defend against legal claims;

• To investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving harassment, abusive messages or potential threats to the physical safety of any persons;

• To protect against misuse or unauthorized use of our Site;

• During emergencies, such as when we believe someone’s physical safety is at risk; or

• In the event that Stoneridge and/or its units or subsidiaries are ever sold, acquired, merged, liquidated, reorganized, or otherwise transferred, we reserve the right to transfer our user databases, together with any personally identifiable information contained therein, to a third party acquiring the assets. In the event we do so, we will place a prominent notice of the sale on the homepage of our Site, with links to information as to how you can change your privacy preferences.

Links to Other Web Sites

This Policy does not apply to other companies’ or organizations’ web sites to which we link. You should carefully review the privacy policies of those web sites in order to determine how they treat your personal information.

Notification of Change

Stoneridge reserves the right to change this Policy at any time. The most current privacy policy will be posted on our Site so you are always aware of what information we collect, how it is used, and under what circumstances, if any, it is disclosed. We will occasionally update this Policy in response to changing business circumstances and legal developments. When we post changes to this Policy, you will see the word “updated” on the first page of the updated Policy as well as an effective date for the updated Policy. If there are material changes to this Policy or in how we use your personally identifiable information, we will prominently post such changes prior to implementing the change. We encourage you to periodically review this Policy to be informed of how we are protecting your information.

Use Common Sense in All Your Online Activities

Even the best policy can’t protect your online privacy and security in all circumstances. Unscrupulous advertisers, hackers, and scam artists are constantly searching the Internet looking for new targets. Your best protection is to understand the limits to privacy on the Internet and use common sense in all of your online activities.

Be aware that e-mail is an inherently insecure form of communication. Remember that third parties are sometimes able to illegally intercept your unencrypted messages.

Further Information About Our Privacy Practices or Requesting Changes or Corrections to Personal Information Maintained by Stoneridge

We hope that this Policy fully explains our privacy practices. To request further information about our privacy practices or if you have any questions, you can also write us at Stoneridge, Inc., Director of Finance and Investor Relations, 9400 East Market Street, Warren, Ohio 44484, or you may telephone us at (248) 489-9300. In order to change or correct the personal information Stoneridge has about you, please send an e-mail describing the change or correction to webmaster@stoneridge.com.