Cardiosolutions' Online Privacy Commitment to You
- How does Cardiosolutions collect personal information online?
- Why does Cardiosolutions collect, use and disclose personal information?
- Does Cardiosolutions consolidate personal information?
- What choices do I have about how Cardiosolutions collects, uses and discloses personal information about me?
- Who will have access to personal information about me?
- Does Cardiosolutions share personal information with third parties?
- How does Cardiosolutions secure personal information?
- How does Cardiosolutions protect the privacy of children?
- How may I access and correct personal information about me?
- What is Cardiosolutions' contact address for privacy questions?
- How will I know whether Cardiosolutions has updated this policy?
The term "personal information" as used throughout this policy, applies to any information or set of information that identifies or that is used by or on behalf of Cardiosolutions to identify an individual.
How does Cardiosolutions collect personal information online?
Cardiosolutions collects personal information online through Web sites and other online resources. Cardiosolutions also offers online resources in collaboration with other online service providers, from which Cardiosolutions may receive personal information about users of such resources. These online collaborations are governed by contracts that require personal information to be protected appropriately. Individuals may access many parts of our Web sites without disclosing any personal information. There are two methods that Cardiosolutions uses to collect personal information online:
- Information that you provide:
Cardiosolutions collects personal information and other data that you may enter into forms or data fields on our Web sites. Such information may include, but not be limited to, contact information (such as your name, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, user ID and password), date of birth, professional credentials, hobbies and interests. Cardiosolutions may also collect health information about you that you provide by responding to our questions and surveys.
- Information collected from your computer or other electronic device:
Some of our Web sites and other online resources use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to provide additional functionality that enables you to use these resources more effectively. Cardiosolutions uses tracking technologies in ways that do not identify you personally, such as to track accurately numbers of users or referring sites to our online resources, or to remember whether you have identified yourself as a health care professional or a resident of a particular country. In some cases, Cardiosolutions may use tracking technologies in ways that identify you personally, but only after you have entered personal information into a form or data field on our Web sites, or where we have registered you to use our online resources by providing a user ID and password based on information validated through other offline interactions with you. We may use tracking technologies to remember your personal preferences and selections, such as personal information that you have entered into data fields on our Web sites, answers that you have provided in response to our surveys, or sections of our Web sites that you visit frequently. You may choose whether or not you want Cardiosolutions to use tracking technologies to remember you, and/or to provide additional personalized services to you. If you want to limit data collection through tracking technologies, please refer to your choices as described below.
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small data file that is sent by Web servers to your computer's hard drive, where your Internet browser files are kept. Cookies enable Web sites to store small bits of information on your computer and retrieve that information at a later time. Cardiosolutions may use one or two types of cookies: session cookies, which are temporary cookies that are erased from your computer's memory when you close your Internet browser or turn your computer off, and persistent cookies, which exist on your computer's hard drive until they expire, unless you delete them at an earlier time.
Why does Cardiosolutions collect, use and disclose personal information?
Cardiosolutions collects personal information online as necessary to enable individuals to register for, customize and personalize certain of Cardiosolutions' online resources and communications. Cardiosolutions uses personal information collected online to provide products, services and features that individuals have requested. Cardiosolutions evaluates use of some online resources and communications with non-identifiable information only. Cardiosolutions also may use personal information to audit its online resources for authorized access and security.
Does Cardiosolutions consolidate personal information?
Consistent with the purposes identified and standards set within this policy and other applicable privacy notices that have been provided, in some cases Cardiosolutions consolidates and uses personal information that individuals share with Cardiosolutions through various services and channels, such as the telephone, surveys, Web sites and other online resources and communications, in order to enhance the quality of services that we offer.
What choices do I have about how Cardiosolutions collects, uses and discloses personal information about me?
You have three categories of choices. These include:
- No personal information collection:
You may choose not to provide any personal information to Cardiosolutions online by electing not to enter any personal information into an email message, or a form or data field on our Web sites, and by not using any personalized services provided by our online resources. However, some of our online resources are available only to individuals who provide personal information or who use personalized services.
- Limitations and options regarding uses and disclosures for other purposes:
Some Cardiosolutions online resources may request your permission to use and disclose personal information about you in order to add you to our contact lists, and to identify and offer additional services and promotions that we believe you might find interesting. You can limit the use of personal information about you by checking or un-checking options provided at the time that you enter that information.
- Limitations and options on tracking:
Who will have access to personal information about me?
Personal information about you will be accessible to Cardiosolutions, including its subsidiaries, divisions and groups worldwide, and to individuals and organizations that use personal information solely for and at the direction of Cardiosolutions. Uses and disclosures of personal information by external individuals and organizations acting on Cardiosolutions' behalf are governed by contracts that require personal information to be protected appropriately. Personal information about you only will be used and disclosed by Cardiosolutions and individuals and organizations working on its behalf, in a manner consistent with this policy, other applicable privacy notices, and as explicitly permitted or required by applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Does Cardiosolutions share personal information with third parties?
In general, Cardiosolutions does not sell personal information about you, however, circumstances may arise where Cardiosolutions may, for business reasons, decide to reorganize or divest its business through sale, merger or acquisition. In these circumstances, personal information may be shared with actual or prospective purchasers. Cardiosolutions will obtain written assurances that personal information will be protected appropriately in these circumstances. Except where explicitly permitted or required by law, or provided in this policy, personal information about you will not otherwise be shared without your permission.
How does Cardiosolutions secure personal information?
Cardiosolutions will take reasonable steps to protect personal information as it is transmitted from your computer to our online resources and servers, as well as to protect personal information in its possession from unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. It is your personal responsibility to secure your own copies of your passwords and related access codes for our online resources.
How does Cardiosolutions protect the privacy of children?
In general, Cardiosolutions Web sites are not directed at children and most of the online services that we offer are designed for individuals who are 18 years of age or older. Where requests for information about a medication are permitted by law, individuals requesting information about a medication that is indicated for use in children must be 18 years of age or older. We do not collect personal information from any person we actually know is a child under the age of 13.
How may I access and correct personal information about me?
To gain access to personal information about you collected online, and to keep it accurate, complete and current, you may contact us at the address most relevant to you. Where offered, you also may update personal information about you online by modifying information that you previously have entered into forms or data fields on our Web sites. Where permitted by law, your ability to access and correct personal information will be limited where access and correction would: inhibit Cardiosolutions' ability to comply with a legal or ethical obligation, inhibit Cardiosolutions' ability to investigate, make or defend legal claims, result in disclosure of personal information about a third party, result in breach of a contract or disclosure of trade secrets or other proprietary business information belonging to Cardiosolutions or a third party. What is contact address for privacy questions? Should you have questions about this policy or Cardiosolutions' information collection, use and disclosure practices, you may contact us at the address most relevant to you. When you contact us, please note the name of the Web site or other online resource to which you provided the information, as well as the nature of the information that you provided. We will use reasonable efforts to respond promptly to requests, questions or concerns you may have regarding our use of personal information about you. Except where required by law, Cardiosolutions cannot ensure a response to questions or comments regarding topics unrelated to this policy or Cardiosolutions' privacy practices.
How will I know whether Cardiosolutions has updated this policy?
Cardiosolutions may update this policy periodically. Cardiosolutions reserves the right to modify, add or remove portions of this privacy statement at its discretion. If we decide to change this policy, we will post those changes at this site so you always will know what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to anyone. This policy was last updated on October 10, 2006.