Acknowledgement of Our Privacy Statement
Changes to BD’s Privacy Statement and Consent
This Site and our business change constantly. As a result, at times it may be necessary for BD to make changes to this Privacy Statement and Consent. BD reserves the right to update or modify this Privacy Statement and Consent from time to time without prior notice. Please review this Statement periodically, and especially before you provide any Personal Data. This Privacy Statement and Consent was last updated in March 2018. Your continued use of the Site after any changes or revisions to this Privacy Statement and Consent will be presumed by BD to indicate your agreement with the terms of the revised Privacy Statement and Consent.
Welcome to www.flowcytometry-news.com (the “Site”). The Site is administered and operated by BD Switzerland Sàrl and its affiliates in the European Economic Area (“EEA”), including Becton Dickinson France SAS, from Eysins, Switzerland, (collectively “BD” or “we” or “us”) and has been created to provide our customers the information, products and other initiatives developed and/or offered by BD and its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, the “BD Services”). You are important to BD and, as described in this Privacy Statement and Consent, we will take appropriate measures to protect your privacy as you use this Site. This Privacy Statement and Consent describes BD’s approach with respect to information that is collected from users of this Site. This Site is intended for users in the EEA and Switzerland.
Please read our entire Privacy Statement and Consent carefully. Should you have any questions about this Statement or about our data collection, storage and use practices, please contact us as provided below.
Note About Children
If you are under the age of eighteen, please do not provide us any personal information on this Site.
This Site is not directed at children and the services offered on this Site are designed for individuals who are 18 years of age or older. When registering on the site we will ask you to confirm that you are over 18. We recognize the need to provide additional privacy protections for children who use the Internet. Should an individual whom we know to be under 18 send personal information to us, we will not retain such information except that, in certain instances, we may use that information to satisfy our obligations to follow up on product comments or complaints and we will respond directly to the individual to inform him or her that we do not accept personal information from persons under 18. If you are aware that a person under 18 has provided personal information to us, please contact us as provided below.
“Aggregated Data” includes customer demographics, interests and behavior based on Personal Data and other information provided to us which is compiled and analyzed on an aggregate and anonymous basis.
“Personal Data” includes all information that enables an individual to be identified, including, by way of example, the individual’s name and e-mail address.
“Public Information” includes information posted to any public areas of the Site, such as bulletin boards, chat rooms and comment areas. Please refer to our discussion of “Public and Unsolicited Information” contained in our Terms and Conditions.
“Unsolicited Information” includes any ideas for new products or modifications to existing products and other unsolicited communications. Personal Data included in Unsolicited Information will be handled in the manner set forth in this Privacy Statement and Consent; however please refer to our discussion of “Public and Unsolicited Information” contained in our Terms and Conditions.
“User Data” includes all information passively collected from users of the Site that does not identify a particular individual, including, by way of example, statistical information on Site usage.
The terms “you”, “your” and “yours” when used in this Privacy Statement and Consent means any user of this Site.
What Information Do We Collect?
Information That You Give Us: For those users who register, we collect Personal Data such as your e-mail address from you when you voluntarily choose to register for or use certain BD Services at this Site. We use the Personal Data that we collect in an effort to provide you with a superior customer experience on the Site and to improve and market BD Services. BD may store such Personal Data itself or it may be stored in databases owned and maintained by BD’s affiliates, agents or service providers. BD retains its rights to these databases and the information contained in them. The data will be stored in France and potentially transferred to Switzerland, the United States and the UK. (See “Transfer of Data Abroad” below.)
We may combine such information with data gathered from other sources. For instance, if incorrect postal codes are received, we may use third party software to correct them. When you contact BD we may keep a record of that correspondence and may occasionally ask you to complete surveys for sales and research purposes.
In some instances we contract with outside parties to collect and maintain our information collection servers and to perform technology and related services. We seek to provide any such third parties with only the information they need to perform their specific function and we require them to protect your Personal Data in accordance with this Privacy Statement and Consent. Wherever BD collects Personal Data we will provide a link to this Privacy Statement and Consent.
In operating this Site, we may use a technology called “cookies.” A cookie is a piece of information that the computer that hosts our Site gives to your computer (actually to your browser) when you access a Web site.
The cookies used on our website do not store your email address or other directly identifying personal information. They do however enable us to recognize your visit, remember your preferences and understand how you interact with our website through the technical information provided by the cookies. We do not use targeting cookies on our website.
Your choices and consent about cookies
- If you click “I agree”: By clicking this button you agree to have cookies installed on your terminal equipment. In this case, the cookies’ banner (through which you agreed) will not appear again during your next visits on our website. If you withdraw your consent on “Change your cookies choice” below, the banner will reappear next time you visit our website.
- If you click “No thanks”: By clicking this button, no cookies will be installed on your terminal equipment.
- If you do nothing (no clicking on any button): We will set all necessary cookies on your device. However if you prefer that we didn’t do this, please let us know by visiting our “Cookie settings” corner or the “Change your cookies choice” section below and clicking “No thanks”.
You may change your cookies’ choice at any time now or during your next visits on our website by clicking on “Change your cookies choice” below.
In an ongoing effort to better understand and serve our users, BD often conducts research on Aggregated Data. This aggregated information does not identify you personally.
Transfer of Your Data Abroad
By voluntarily providing us with your Personal Data, you are consenting to our use of it in accordance with this Privacy Statement and Consent. Due to the nature of the Internet, your communications will inevitably result in the transfer of information across international boundaries. If you provide Personal Data to this Site, you acknowledge and agree that such Personal Data may be transferred from your current location to the offices and servers of BD and the affiliates, agents and service providers referred to herein located in the European Economic Area, Switzerland, the United States and in other countries. In the event that data is transferred to a country whose laws do not provide equivalent data protection, BD shall ensure adequate protection of such Personal Data in accordance with this Private Statement and Consent.
By visiting this web site and providing Personal Data to this Site, you consent to these transfers.
What are Your Choices?
We keep your Personal Data only for as long as reasonably necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or to comply with any applicable legal reporting or document retention requirements. We will take reasonable steps to update, correct or, upon your request, delete your Personal Data in our possession that you have previously submitted via this Site. You can either delete your account yourself or contact us to have it deleted. If you wish to delete your account yourself, this functionality can be found in your profile under “delete account”. In order to request an update, with respect to your Personal Data, please contact us as provided below. If at any time you wish not to receive further communications, you may also follow the unsubscribe procedure included in our communication.
Please note that although after receiving a request to update, correct or delete information, we will make reasonable efforts to effect such a change promptly, it is not always possible to complete the process before another communication is distributed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Even if you have requested removal of your Personal Data from our lists, BD reserves the right to retain it in our files in some limited circumstances such as when such Personal Data may be necessary to honor your request to opt out of further communications, resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems or as provided in our Terms and Conditions. If BD is required to retain any portion of the Personal Data for such purposes, BD shall use reasonable efforts to limit such Personal Data to what is necessary to accomplish the particular purpose. Further, you acknowledge that due to technical constraints and the fact that we back up our systems, Personal Data may continue to reside in our systems even after deletion. Therefore, you should not expect that your Personal Data will be completely removed from our systems in response to your request.
How Do We Use Your Personal Data and Other Information?
BD uses the Personal Data you provide for our business purposes in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Statement and Consent.
- If you provide Personal Data for a certain reason, that Personal Data will be available to us for use in connection with the reason for which it was provided or for a consistent purpose. For instance, if you contact us by e-mail, we may use the Personal Data you provide to respond to you.
- BD and its affiliates also may use your Personal Data, User Data and other information collected through the Site to help us improve the content and functionality of the Site, to better understand our customers and markets, to improve our products and services and to effect and facilitate sales.
- BD and its affiliates may use this information to contact you, electronically, through telemarketing or otherwise, in the future to tell you about, and to offer for sale, products or services we believe will be of interest to you. If we do so, each communication we send you will contain instructions permitting you to “opt out” of receiving future communications.
If at any time you wish not to receive any future communications or to have your name deleted from our mailing lists, you may follow the “unsubscribe” procedure included with our communication.
Do We Share the Information that We Receive?
BD considers your information to be a vital part of our relationship with you. BD will share information including Personal Data with its subsidiaries and affiliates that have also agreed to be bound by this Privacy Statement and Consent. In addition, BD, like many businesses, sometimes hires other companies to perform certain business-related functions. Examples include mailing information, maintaining databases and processing payments. When we retain another non-affiliated company to perform a function of this nature, we seek to provide them with only the information that they need to perform their specific functions, and we require them to protect your Personal Data in accordance with this Privacy Statement and Consent and BD’s restrictions.
There are also a limited number of circumstances in which we may share your Personal Data and other information in our possession with certain additional third parties without further notice to you, as set forth below:
BD may disclose your Personal Data, User Data and other information if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to (a) comply with a legal obligation, (b) protect and defend the rights or property of BD or its affiliates, (c) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of the Site or the public, or (d) protect against legal liability.
Business Transfers, Combinations and Related Activities:
As we develop our business, we might sell, buy, restructure or reorganize businesses or assets. In the event of any sale, merger, reorganization, restructuring, dissolution or similar event involving our business or assets, Personal Data may be part of the transferred assets.
BD is the parent company of a large international group of companies. In light of this fact, we may, from time to time transfer your Personal Data to one of our databases in another country as provided above under the heading Transfer of Your Data Abroad.
Public and Unsolicited Information
If you submit unsolicited Personal Data we will use it as provided herein, however, the other information included in such unsolicited submission is not covered by this Privacy Statement and Consent. Please refer to our discussion of “Public and Unsolicited Information” contained in our Terms and Conditions.
Please note that this Privacy Statement and Consent does not apply to the providing or use of certain Personal Data other than through the Site nor to the providing or use of Personal Data of past or present employees of, or consultants engaged by, Becton, Dickinson and Company and/or its subsidiaries, for employment or benefits administration purposes, both of which are governed by BD Policies designed for those respective purposes.
Links to Other Websites
This Privacy Statement and Consent applies only to this Site. This Site may frame or contain references or links to other BD web sites as well as other web sites not operated or controlled by BD (the “Third Party Sites”) none of which sites are governed by the policies and procedures we describe here. The links from this Site do not imply BD’s review or endorsement of the Third Party Sites. We suggest that you contact those sites directly for information on their privacy, security, data collection and distribution policies.
BD takes reasonable steps to protect any Personal Data you provide to us and to protect such information from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. Unless otherwise stated on the relevant page of the Site, BD uses general security standards but has not taken additional action to secure data provided to its sites, and such transmissions are subject to normal Internet security risks. As noted, no Internet or e-mail transmission is ever fully secure or error free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from this Site may not be secure, and you should therefore take special care in deciding what information you send to us. Please keep this in mind when disclosing any Personal Data to BD or to any other party via the Internet. Moreover, when you use passwords, ID numbers, or other special access features on this Site, it is your responsibility to safeguard them, in this respect please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Site Use.
How to Contact BD
Please also feel free to contact us if you have any questions about BD’s Privacy Statement and Consent or the information practices of this Site.
You may contact us as follows:
BD Switzerland Sàrl
Attn: Frances Wiet
Chief Privacy Officer, Ethics & Compliance
Or visit our “Contact Us” section