|Information We Collect and How We Use It
Personally identifiable information (Personal Information) is information that can be used to identify or contact you, such as your name, email address, telephone number or similar information. BSC only collects Personal Information that you choose to share with us, such as when (1) contacting us via the Site (by clicking on the "Contact" button at the top of each web page), (2) submitting your resume online in response to a job posting, (3) registering online for an event or course or, (4) upon registration for access to those areas of our Site intended only for licensed medical professionals.
If you are a licensed medical professional, to register, you must provide us with certain Personal Information, including your name, profession, email address, postal mail address, title and clinical affiliation. We will use this Personal Information to review and verify your registration information. We may use your Personal Information to send periodic marketing or promotional notices to you or notify you of any changes to this Policy. You can always opt-out of receiving these communications from us by following the "opt-out" procedures described below.
If your Personal Information is submitted through the Site when applying for a position with BSC, your Personal Information will be used solely for the purpose of accepting and evaluating you for the position. We may retain your Personal Information for a period of time, but only for the purpose of considering your application for current or future positions at BSC. This information may be shared within BSC as well as with third party service providers contracted by us to collect and maintain candidate submissions for job postings.
General Information and Accuracy
Any information you provide to BSC must be true, accurate, current, non-misleading, and consistent and relevant for the purpose for which you are providing the information. If you are a registered user, you must have the authority to provide the information submitted to and through the Site, and understand and agree that we may from time to time verify such authority.
The Site automatically tracks certain information about your behavior while visiting the Site. The information gathered includes only the URL from which you accessed this Site, and which URL you visit next. We collect and store this aggregate information in order to measure the Site's performance and improve the Site's design and functionality. We may also share this aggregate information with third parties to illustrate how the Site is used and for other marketing purposes. If you are a registered user, we may use your Usage Data with or without your Personal Information, in order to measure the Site's performance and improve the Site's design and functionality. We may also share this aggregate information with third parties to illustrate how the Site is used and for other marketing purposes.We may use your Personal Information to improve our marketing efforts, statistically evaluate site usage, improve our Site or customize our Site's content, layout and services. See also "Cookies", below.
Cookies and Clear Gifs
Session cookies are temporary bits of information that are erased once you exit your web browser or turn off your computer. Persistent cookies are more permanent bits of information that are placed on the hard drive of your computer and stay there unless you delete the cookie. They store information on your computer for a number of reasons, such as retrieving certain information you have previously provided (i.e., username and password), helping to determine what areas of the Site you find most valuable, and customizing the Site based on your preferences on an ongoing basis. Persistent cookies placed on your computer by this Site may hold Personal Information, but only if you are a registered user or have otherwise consented to the provision of Personal Information in accordance with the terms of this Policy. Otherwise, the Site's server only knows that an unidentified visitor with your cookies has returned to the Site. In addition to customization, persistent cookies will be used to provide you with better service on the Site, to compile and analyze statistics and trends, and to otherwise administer and improve the Site for your use. Subject to applicable law and in accordance with the terms of this Policy, information gathered through the use of persistent cookies on the Site may also be shared with, or sold to, third parties.
The Site may also use clear gifs (also known as web beacons) in combination with cookies, in order to help Site operators understand how visitors interact with the Site. A clear gif is typically a transparent graphic image (usually 1 pixel by 1 pixel in size) that is placed on the Site, which allows the Site to measure the actions of a visitor who opens the page that contains the clear gif. BSC uses clear gifs to measure traffic and related behavior, and to improve your experience when visiting the Site. We also use clear gifs to manage the content available on the Site.
BSC contracts with a number of third party service providers who use cookie technology to track and analyze usage and volume statistical information, and monitor responses to email and advertising campaigns on behalf of BSC. The information obtained from cookies is used by BSC, and in certain cases by its third party service providers, to administer the Site, improve the quality of your experience when visiting, and monitor the efficacy of BSC's marketing activities. Data collected by any such third party from this Site is owned and used by BSC, but is accessible by such third party administrators.
Use and Disclosure
In addition to the uses described throughout this Policy, and subject to applicable law, we and our Service Providers (as described below) may disclose your Personal Information: To unaffiliated third parties that are under contract to perform services for or on behalf of BSC (Service Providers), and are required to uphold and maintain BSC's policies with respect to privacy and the treatment of your Personal Information (e.g., vendors maintaining our computer databases or performing marketing activities for BSC relating solely to services and products provided by BSC and its affiliates);
To other persons as permitted by applicable law or regulation; and
To law enforcement personnel and agencies, or as part of a legal process, in order to protect our property or in furtherance of an investigation regarding a breach of the Site rules and policies, unauthorized access to or use of the Site or any other illegal activities.
Any access to such information will be limited to the purpose for which such information was provided to our affiliate, subsidiary or Service Provider. Our affiliates, subsidiaries and Service Providers may be located throughout the world. Accordingly, information may be sent worldwide to countries which have a different level of privacy protection than the United States.
Consent to Processing
By using our Site, or providing information to BSC, you understand and unambiguously consent to the collection, processing, transfer and use of information in the United States and other countries and territories, for the purposes set forth in this Policy. You hereby consent to the collection, processing and disclosure by BSC of your Personal Information as described under this Policy, including but not limited to the transfer of your Personal Information between BSC's Service Providers, affiliates and subsidiaries in accordance with this Policy. For further certainty, any consent relating to a right to transfer information referred to in this paragraph shall be deemed to include your consent to the transfer of the applicable Personal Information to a jurisdiction which may have a different level of privacy protection than that available in your own country. Opt-Out Choices
To "opt-out" of (1) receiving communications from BSC (except for communications necessary for your use of the Site), (2) having your personally identifiable information disclosed to third parties for marketing purposes, or (3) any other consent previously granted for a specific purpose concerning your personally identifiable information, send an e-mail to BSC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reviewing or Changing Information
If you are a registered user, you may request to review, change or delete information previously provided to us by modifying your profile at the Login Screen or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Requests for changes to or deletions of your Personal Information should be made by you directly. Other Web Sites
This Policy applies only to www.bostonscientific.com. BSC, its affiliates and subsidiaries operate many web sites for different purposes and in multiple jurisdictions where local laws may apply. This Site includes links to both our affiliated sites and to non-BSC web sites, including access to content, products and services of such affiliated and non-affiliated sites (Other Sites). In some cases, these Other Sites are made available via "framing technology", and may appear to be part of this Site. However, prior to accessing Other Sites or non-BSC content via the BSC Site, a dialogue box will inform you that you are about to leave the Site, and will prompt you for your consent to proceed Although some of the entities controlling these framed sites are under contract with BSC, we urge you to familiarize yourself with the individual privacy and other terms for each linked or framed site prior to submitting your Personal Information. Sale or Transfer of Information
In the event of a sale, merger, liquidation, dissolution, or sale or transfer of substantially all of the assets of BSC, registration data and/or Usage Data collected about you from the Site may be sold, assigned, or transferred to the party acquiring all or substantially all of the equity and/or assets of BSC in order to permit the party to continue the operation of the Site, including the restricted areas. Subject to your ability to opt-out as described above, by using this Site and submitting your information to us, you consent to the sale and transfer of your information as described in this paragraph. Security
BSC takes seriously the security of the information it collects. BSC has therefore implemented technology and security policies and procedures intended to reduce the risk of accidental destruction or loss, or the unauthorized disclosure or access to, such information, reasonably appropriate to the nature of the data concerned. Children
BSC may, in its sole discretion, update this Policy at any time and from time to time, by posting the amended Policy on this Site. The amended Policy shall be effective upon posting, and your access to or use of the Site following an update shall be deemed consent to the revised Policy. We urge each visitor to refer back to this page regularly and especially prior to providing or updating any Personal Information. This Policy may not be otherwise amended without the written consent of BSC. This Policy was last updated on March 12, 2007. Contact, Questions, Comments, Complaints
If you would like to communicate with BSC regarding privacy issues or have questions, comments or complaints about this Policy or Site, please forward such communication to: firstname.lastname@example.org