Pledge on Privacy
Sandoz Canada Inc. (“Sandoz” or “we”) respects and is committed to protecting the privacy and safeguarding the personal data entrusted to us by visitors of our websites. We pledge to fully comply with recognized standards of privacy protection, applicable law (including PIPEDA), and internal privacy guidelines and policies.
The term “personal data” as used in this Policy refers to information such as your name, birth date, e-mail address, mailing address, telephone number, or IP address that can be used to identify you. Information may cease to be personal data when it is stripped of all identifiers or aggregated with personal data collected from other individuals. Generally, we will not process your personal data without your consent. However, we reserve the right, in exceptional circumstances to conduct additional processing to the extent permitted or required by law or in support of any legal or criminal investigation.
The next sections explain how and when we collect personal data from you.
Intended use of Personal Data
Most of our services do not require any form of registration, allowing you to visit our websites without telling us who you are. However, some services may require registration. When you register with us, you may need to complete certain fields (some are required and some are optional), as well as choose a user name and password. In these situations, if you choose to withhold any personal data requested by us, it may not be possible for you to gain access to certain parts of the websites and for us to respond to your query.
Sandoz processes personal data for the purposes which we inform you about when we ask you for information. For example, we may collect and use personal data to provide you with products or services, to bill you for products and services you request, to market products and services which we think may be of interest to you, or to communicate with you for other purposes. Generally, when you voluntarily provide us with your personal data, we will assume you consent to our collection, use and disclosure of that information for the purposes identified at the time of collection. Information you send to us is used only to help address your request and is otherwise kept confidential.
If, at any time, you decide you do not wish to receive communications or other services from us, you can let us know by contacting us using the contact information below.
Non-Disclosure of Information
Where such disclosure of personal data to a third party occurs, we will endeavor to ensure that the processing is performed in accordance with the purposes and within the limits under which the data were originally collected.
Right of Access
You have the right to ensure that your personal data is always up-to-date. You have the legal right to require us to correct your personal data. In addition, you can always tell us to stop contacting you. If you wish to contact us regarding our use of your personal data, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you contact us, please note the name of the website where you provided the information, as well as the specific information you would like us to correct or update.
Your requests will be dealt with in a prompt and proper manner. Requests to delete personal data will be subject to any applicable legal and ethical reporting or document filing or retention obligations imposed on Sandoz.
Security and Confidentiality
To ensure the security and confidentiality of personal data that Sandoz collects on-line, Sandoz uses data networks protected, inter alia, by industry standard firewall and password protection. Access to personal data is restricted to those employees who have a need to use the data and who have been trained to handle such data properly and observe strict standards of confidentiality. In the course of handling your personal data, we take measures reasonably designed to protect that information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. While we cannot guarantee against any loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure or alteration to data, we try to prevent such unfortunate occurrences.
Data Transfer Abroad and Binding Corporate Rules (BCR)
We are part of the Novartis Group which has databases in different jurisdictions. We may transfer your data to one of the Group's databases outside of your country of domicile. Even if laws in the country to which the data is to be transferred does not require us to provide adequate protection for your data, we will nonetheless seek to ensure that data transfers to Novartis databases in that country are adequately protected.
To complement this Policy and other internal policies regarding the protection of personal information, Sandoz, jointly with other Novartis Group companies worldwide, has adopted the Binding Corporate Rules (BCR), a set of principles governing the international transfer of personal information of Novartis associates, customers, business partners and other individuals whose data is collected or processed in the EU and in Switzerland. The approval of the Novartis BCR by EU and Swiss Data Protection Authorities allow Novartis to transfer personal information from the EU and Switzerland to Novartis Group companies in other countries in compliance with EU and Swiss data protection laws. For a summary of an individual’s rights under BCR, please click the following link.
Anonymous Data and “Cookies”
We may collect and process anonymous information about your visit to this website, such as the pages you visit, the website you came from and some of the searches you perform. Such anonymous information is used by us to help improve the contents of the site and to compile aggregate statistics about individuals using our site for internal, market research purposes. In doing this, we may install “cookies” that collect the domain name of the user, your internet service provider, your operating system, and the date and time of access. A “cookie” is a small piece of information which is sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive. “Cookies” as used by us cannot be used to discover the identity of an individual. “Cookies” do not damage your computer. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a “cookie”, this will enable you to decide if you want to accept it or not. We may obtain the services of outside parties to assist us in collecting and processing the information described in this Section and all such third parties will be placed under the obligations described above in Paragraph 3
Occasionally, we may use internet tags (also known as action tags, single-pixel GIFs, clear GIFs, invisible GIFs and 1-by-1 GIFs) and cookies at this site and may deploy these tags/cookies through a third-party advertising partner or a web analytical service partner which may be located and store the respective information (including your IP address) in a foreign country. These tags/cookies are placed on both online advertisements that bring users to this site and on different pages of this site. We use this technology to measure the visitors' responses to our sites and the effectiveness of our advertising campaigns (including how many times a page is opened and which information is consulted) as well as to evaluate your use of this website. The third-party partner or the web analytical service partner may be able to collect data about visitors to our and other sites because of these internet tags/cookies, may compose reports regarding the website’s activity for us and may provide further services which are related to the use of the website and the internet. They may provide such information to other parties if there is a legal requirement that they do so, or if they hire the other parties to process information on their behalf. If you would like more information about web tags and cookies associated with on-line advertising or to opt-out of third-party collection of this information, please visit the Network Advertising Initiative website
We use Google Analytics to rationalize our portfolio of websites by (i) optimizing traffic to and between corporate websites, and (ii) integrating and optimizing web pages where appropriate. “Google Analytics” is a service offered by Google Inc. “Google” that generates detailed statistics about a website's traffic and traffic sources and measures conversions and sales. Google Analytics uses “cookies” stored on your computer to help analyze how users use our website.
The information generated by the cookies about your use of our website, including your IP address, will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. The IP address, however, will be shortened before being sent to Google and Google can then not use it any more to identify you or your computer. Only in exceptional cases the full IP address will be transmitted to and shortened by Google in the US.
On behalf of us, Google will use the information generated by the cookies for the purpose of evaluating the use of our website, compiling reports on website activity providing us with these reports for analytical purposes. Google may transfer this information to third parties in case of a statutory obligation or if a third party processes data on behalf of Google. Under no circumstances, Google will combine or associate your IP address with other data stored at Google.
You may prevent or stop the installation and storage of cookies by your browser settings by downloading and installing the free Opt-out Browser Add-on available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. We inform you that in such case you will not be able to wholly use all functions of our website.
Limitation on Retention of Personal Data
By using our website you consent to the processing of any personal data Google will collect on you in the way and for the purpose as described above.
Sandoz keeps your personal data only for as long as is reasonably needed for the purposes for which such information was collected, and in accordance with any applicable legal or ethical reporting or documentation retention requirements.
Personal Information and Children
Most of the services available on this site are intended for persons 18 years of age and older. Any individual who requests information about a medicine indicated for use in children must be 18 or over. Sandoz will not knowingly collect, use or disclose personal data from a minor under the age of 18, without obtaining prior consent from a person with parental responsibility (e.g., a parent or guardian) through direct off-line contact. We will provide the parent with (i) notice of the specific types of personal data being collected from the minor, and (ii) the opportunity to object to any further collection, use, or storage of such information. We abide by laws designed to protect children.
Links to Other Sites
This Policy applies only to this website to the exclusion of third party websites. Sandoz may provide links to other websites which we believe may be of interest to our visitors. We aim to ensure that such websites are of the highest standard. However, due to the nature of the World Wide Web, Sandoz cannot guarantee the privacy standards of every website link it provides or be responsible for the contents of sites other than this one, and this Policy is not intended to be applicable to any linked, non-Sandoz site.