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?
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.
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.
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.
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Last updated: June 28, 2010.