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Privacy Statement

PRIVACY STATEMENT

Stryker S.A. (“we” or “us”) operates the www.sportsmed-forum.com website (the “Site”) which is hosted in Switzerland.  Your privacy is important to us.  We also understand that privacy is very important to you.  This Privacy Statement (this “Statement”) sets out how we use and protect information gathered through this Site as well as your rights in relation to it.  By visiting this Site, you are accepting the practices described in this Statement.

In addition to this Statement, your use of this Site is further governed by our Terms of Access.  Unless otherwise expressly stated on this Site, this Statement and the Terms of Access constitute the complete agreement between you and Stryker with respect to your use of this Site.

Stryker reserves the right to modify this Statement at any time as provided for in the section entitled Updates to Privacy Statement below.  We therefore encourage visitors to this site to regularly visit this Statement.  

What information do we collect and how do we use it?
We may collect two types of information through this Site: personally identifiable information and non-personally identifiable information.

Personally Identifiable Information refers to information that lets us know the specifics of who you are. Personal information is requested when you order a service, register for an account and send us feedback. For example, this information might include your name, address (both billing and registered), email address, industry and product details, and credit card or other payment information. Such information may be held on our contacts and administration databases either because of the work we have done with you or are currently engaged in, or because we believe you might be interested in receiving material from us about our business and services. This allows us to manage our relationship with you efficiently, improve our Site and the services which we offer to you and to target items of interest we may send to you.

Non-Personally Identifiable Information refers to information that is statistical in nature only and that does not, by itself, identify a specific individual or entity. For example, this information may include the domain from which you access the Internet, the date and time you access the Site and the Internet address of the web site from which you linked to the Site. This information is used in an aggregate form to make the Site more useful and attractive to its users.

Certain non-personally identifiable information may be automatically collected by us by the use of “Cookies”.  A "cookie" is a small data file that can be placed on your hard drive when you visit certain web sites. Stryker may use cookies to collect, store and sometimes track information for statistical purposes to improve the products and services we provide and to manage our telecommunication networks. If you are a registered user of any web site which requires registration (such as this Site), we may use a cookie to save your settings and provide customized and personalized services. These cookies do not enable third parties to access any of your personally identifiable information.  .  Most web browsers are set up to accept cookies, although you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent.  Note, however, that some portions of our Site may not work properly if you refuse cookies.  

Third party web sites may also use their own cookies. Stryker does not control use of such cookies and expressly disclaims responsibility for information collected through them.

Sensitive Personal Information is only collected and processed with either explicit consent or where we are legally required to do so.  Sensitive personal information will only be collected to the extent necessary for our business purposes.  Sensitive personal information includes, without limitation, information about a person’s medical history or health, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs.

Security
We use technology and security precautions, rules and other procedures to protect your personal information from unauthorized access, improper use, disclosure, loss or destruction. To ensure the confidentiality of your information, Stryker also uses industry standard firewalls and password protection. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that the computer you are using is adequately secured and protected against malicious software, such as “Trojans”, computer viruses and worm programs. You are aware of the fact that without adequate security measures (e.g. secure web browser configuration, up-to-date antivirus software, personal firewall software, no usage of software from dubious sources) there is a risk that the information and passwords you use to protect access to your data, could be disclosed to unauthorized third parties.

Use of Information
Stryker, including the subsidiaries, divisions and groups worldwide and/or the companies we hire to perform services on our behalf will use any personally identifiable information you choose to give us to comply with your requests. We will retain control of and responsibility for the use of this information. Some of this data may be stored or processed at computers located in other jurisdictions whose data protection laws may differ from the jurisdiction in which you live. In such cases, we will ensure that appropriate protections are in place to require the data processor in that country to maintain protections on the data that are equivalent to those that apply in the country in which you live.

Information Sharing and Transfer
Stryker shares personally identifiable data about you with various outside companies or agents doing technological maintenance or working on our behalf to help fulfill business transactions, such as providing customer services, sending marketing communications about our products, services and offers. We may also share personally identifiable data with our company's subsidiaries and affiliates.

We may also disclose personally identifiable information for these purposes:

(a)  in connection with the sale, assignment or other transfer of the business of the site to which the data relates;

(b)  to respond to appropriate requests of legitimate government agencies or where required by applicable laws, court orders or government regulations; or

(c)  where needed for corporate audits or to investigate or respond to a complaint or security threat.

No Third-Party Direct Marketing Use. We will not sell or otherwise transfer the personally identifiable information you provide to us to any third parties for their own direct marketing use unless we provide clear notice to you and obtain your explicit consent for your data to be shared in this manner.

Links to Other Sites
This Site may contain links to a number of websites that may offer useful information to our visitors.  Stryker has no control over such sites and therefore cannot be responsible for the contents of such sites nor does a link to such sites imply that Stryker endorses such sites or the products and services described therein. This Statement does not apply to those sites, and we recommend communicating to them directly for information on their privacy policies.   Stryker shall not be liable for any direct or indirect damages suffered by your access to, or use of, the sites or any products, services or information contained therein.

Privacy Statement for Children
This Site is directed at an adult audience. We do not collect any personally identifiable information from anyone we know to be under the age of 13 without the prior, verifiable consent of his or her legal representative. Such legal representative has the right, upon request, to view the information provided by the child and/or to require that it be deleted.

Additional Information on Web Sites
If a Web site has particular provisions relating to privacy that differ from those stated here, those provisions will be disclosed to you on the page on which personally identifiable information is collected.

Note to Users of Business or Professional Web Sites
If you have a business or professional relationship with Stryker, we may use information you submit on our sites, including sites intended specifically for business and professional users, to fulfill your requests and develop our business relationship with you and the entities you represent. We may also share such information with third parties acting on our behalf.

Updates to Privacy Statement
From time to time, Stryker may revise this online Statement. Any such changes to this Statement will be promptly communicated on this page. Continued use of our sites after receiving notice of a change in our Statement indicates your consent to the use of newly submitted information in accordance with the amended Statement. The effective date of this Statement is 23 June 2008.

Your rights
Regarding the information held about you by us, you may, for example, request us to provide you with a list and a description of this information, request us to amend any inaccuracies, or notify us that you do not consent to our continued use of this information by contacting us in the manner set out below.

We also welcome questions and your comments about out data protection policy.

How to contact us?
At any time using one of the methods below:

(i) by  emailing us:webmaster@strykereurope.com

Last modified on July 8, 2008

 

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