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Privacy Policy

As a user of this site (the “Site”), you ("you" or "user") are valued by Covidien plc and its affiliates (collectively “Covidien”), the owner of this Site. Covidien is committed to protecting the personally identifiable information ("Personal Information") provided by and collected from you on this Site. By using this Site, you acknowledge and agree to this Privacy Policy and expressly consent to the collection, use, and sharing of your Personal Information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

The Site is based in the United States and information we collect from users of the Site by email or through the Site will be stored on our servers in the United States. Users of the Site should be aware that our Privacy Policy is designed to comply with United States law and that the data privacy laws of the United States may be less stringent than those of certain other countries.

What Personal Information Does Covidien Collect From Site Users?

We may gather Personal Information, such as your name, postal address and email address, so that we can improve and personalize your experience with Covidien. Personal Information that we collect falls into the following primary categories: Personal Information that you enter into the Site, provide in an online form, or provide in any other way via the Site. You can choose not to provide some or all of the Personal Information we ask for, but this may prevent you from using some of our Site's features, such as receiving additional information on our products and services.

In addition to the preceding categories of Personal Information, Covidien also collects certain non-identifiable information (the "Non-Identifiable Information"). Whenever you interact with Covidien, we receive and store certain types of Non-Identifiable Information. For example, we may use "cookies" to obtain information when your web browser accesses this Site. A cookie is an alphanumeric identifier which we transfer to your computer via your Web browser and store on your computer's hard drive. The cookie file allows us to recognize your computer when you visit our Site. On most web browsers you will find a "help" section on the toolbar. Please refer to this section for information on how to receive notification when you are receiving a new cookie, and how to turn cookies off. We recommend that you leave cookies turned on because they may enable you to take advantage of some of our Site's features.

How Do We Use Your Personal Information And Other Non-Identifiable Information?

Covidien uses the Personal Information you provide in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy. If you provide Personal Information for a certain reason, we may use it in connection with the reason for which it was provided. For instance, if you contact us by e-mail, we may use the Personal Information you provide to answer your question or resolve your problem. Covidien also uses your Personal Information and other Non-Identifiable Information collected through the Site to help us improve the content and functionality of the Site, to better understand our customers and markets, and to improve our products and services. Covidien may also use your Personal Information to contact you, electronically or otherwise, in the future to tell you about products or services we believe will be of interest to you or to make it easier for you to use our Site. If we do so, each communication we send you will contain instructions permitting you to "opt-out" of receiving future communications. In addition, we may remove individual identifiers from Personal Information that is collected so we can render the information Non-Identifiable Information.

Does Covidien Share The Information It Receives?

We are not in the business of selling information about our users. We consider this information to be a vital part of our relationship with our customers and we treat it with great care and respect. There are, however, certain circumstances in which we may share your Personal Information with certain third parties, as set forth below.

Marketing: We may use any statements that you communicate to us through the Site regarding Covidien or any of our products and services for advertising or marketing purposes.

Agents: Covidien, like many companies, may hire other companies to perform certain functions, such as mailing communications, sending e-mail, managing databases and contacting you in response to your requests for information. When we employ another company to perform a function of this nature, we only provide them with the Personal Information they need to complete the task and we endeavor to prohibit them from using that Personal Information for any other purpose.

Business Transfers: As we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or assets. In transactions such as these, Personal Information may be one of the transferred business assets and will become subject to the acquiring company’s privacy policy.

Public Areas: Any submissions that you make to areas (if any) of the Site that are accessible to the public, such as on-line forums (“Public Areas”) will be considered public. Covidien does not control, and is not responsible for, the actions of other users of the Site with respect to any information you post in Public Areas. In addition, information that you submit to Public Areas may be collected and used by others to send you unsolicited messages and for other purposes.

Laws; Protection of Covidien and Others: We will disclose Personal Information in response to subpoenas, court orders, or legal process, or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims. We also may disclose Personal Information if we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected illegal activities or fraud, situations involving the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise required by applicable law.

How Secure Is Information About Me?

Covidien uses reasonable measures to protect the Personal Information you provide to the Site from unauthorized use, deletion or alteration. However, the security of the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, you should not provide any confidential information to this Site.

Access To Information About You.

If you desire to review your own Personal information, to correct existing Personal Information, or to remove your Personal Information, please contact us. If you request removal of your Personal Information, you acknowledge that residual information may continue to reside in Covidien's records and archives, but Covidien will not use that information for commercial purposes. Covidien reserves the right to maintain your Personal Information if Covidien has suspended, limited, or terminated your access to our Site for violating the Terms of Use, which are hereby incorporated by reference.

What Choices Do I Have?

With the exception of Personal Information required to uniquely identify a user, such as your contact information so that we can provide you with information you have requested, you can choose not to provide Personal Information. However, doing so may prevent you from accessing other features at our Site.

Links To Third Party Sites

This Site may contain links to sites owned by third parties, and other sites owned by third parties may link to this Site. Links to third party sites are provided for your convenience only and are accessed at your own risk. Covidien shall not be responsible for the content on any third party site or the actions of any third party site operators. Covidien makes no warranties or representations of any kind as to the accuracy, currency, or completeness of any information contained in such third party sites. Inclusion of any third party link does not imply an endorsement or recommendation by Covidien. By using these links, you agree that Covidien shall not be liable in any way for any claims that arise as a result of your either (1) accessing third-party web sites from this Covidien Site; or (2) relying on content contained on third-party web sites. The Terms of Use and the Privacy Policy of this Site may differ from those of third party sites.

Children

This Site is not directed at minors and Covidien does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children 13 and under. We encourage parents and legal guardians to monitor their children's Internet usage and to help enforce our Privacy Policy by instructing their children to never provide Personal Information on this Site without their permission.

Terms Of Use, Questions, And Revisions

If you choose to visit the Site, your visit and any dispute over privacy is subject to this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages and application of the law of the State of Delaware. If you have any questions or concerns about privacy at our Site or this Privacy Policy, please email us a detailed description of your question or concern and we will try to address it. Our business and Site change constantly. This Privacy Policy and the associated Terms of Use may change also. Our use of Personal Information that we receive and store is subject to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use in effect at the time of our use of such Personal Information. If we decide to change our Privacy Policy or Terms of Use, we will post the revised Privacy Policy and/or Terms of Use on this Site.

Last updated: June 28, 2010.