ABBOTT PRIVACY POLICY

Effective Date: 22 September 2020

This Privacy/Cookies Policy explains how we handle the personal information that you provide to us on the UK Abbott Nutrition website controlled by Abbott Laboratories Limited (“Abbott”, “we”, “us”, “our”) https://proconnect.abbott/uk (including its subsidiaries and affiliates) which links to this Privacy/Cookies Policy (referred to as "Abbott websites") and when you contact us by telephone. Abbott is responsible for the processing of and is the controller of your personal information under the UK Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulation” until 31/12/20 and thereafter the “UK Data Protection Act 2018”.

This Privacy/Cookies Policy also describes how we collect and use your personal information, including health-related information, when you contact us through our customer support channels about our products or services or products or services of our partners and affiliates. It also describes the collection of certain other types of technical and web browsing information through cookies and similar technologies on Abbott websites.

This Privacy/Cookies Policy does not apply to personal information collected from Abbott websites that do not link to this Privacy/Cookies Policy, or to third-party websites to which Abbott websites may link. Your use of Abbott websites, which link to this Privacy/Cookies Policy is subject to this Privacy/Cookies Policy and the Terms of Use.

Please read this Privacy/Cookies Policy before using Abbott websites or providing personal information to us.

I. TYPES OF INFORMATION COLLECTED

HOW DOES THIS PRIVACY/COOKIES POLICY DEFINE "PERSONAL INFORMATION"?

"Personal information" means information that identifies you or could reasonably be used to identify you and which is submitted to us by you when using our website or when you contact our customer support channels and/or collected by other Abbott websites and maintained by Abbott in an accessible form. Examples of personal information include your name, your postal address, your e-mail address, and your telephone number.

WHAT TYPES OF INFORMATION DOES ABBOTT COLLECT?

Personal information you submit: Abbott collects personal information that you enter into data fields on Abbott websites. For example, you may submit your name, postal address, e-mail address, payment details, date of birth and/or other information in order to place orders on our website, receive information about our products and services (including software updates, special offers, product training, and other Abbott related information that may be of interest), register for Abbott programs or webinars, use our customer support channels, or respond to Abbott surveys. To protect your privacy, you should not provide Abbott with any information that is not specifically requested.

If you contact us through our customer support channels by phone, email or through social media or online chat (if available in your country of residence), we may collect a variety of personal information about you. We may collect any of the following pieces of information, depending on the nature of your request:

  • your name, address, date of birth, country of residence, email address, phone number;

  • whether you are contacting us on behalf of a user of our website or someone that has used our products or services;

  • if you use our products or services and have contacted customer support, details of your account information or other details of your use of our products or services, depending on the reason you contact customer support; and:

  • information about the issue for which you have contacted us, including records of our discussions and any follow-up where we contact you.

Failure to provide such personal information may mean that we cannot provide you with the product or service you have requested.

Passive Collection of Certain Other Technical and Web Browsing Information: Abbott websites may collect information about your visits to Abbott websites without you actively submitting such information. This information may include, for example, your browser type and language, your operating system, your Internet Protocol (IP) address, the URLs of sites you visited before and after visiting the Abbott website, the web search that landed you on the Abbott website, web pages and advertisements you view and links you click on within the Abbott website. This information may be collected using various technologies, such as cookies, internet tags, and web beacons. Your internet browser also automatically transmits to Abbott websites some of this information, such as the URL of the website you just visited and the browser version your computer is operating.

II. COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION

DOES ABBOTT COLLECT “SENSITIVE” PERSONAL INFORMATION?

In some jurisdictions and subject to your consent, Abbott websites collect personal information, such as health-related information. We may also collect sensitive personal information, including health-related information, if you provide that information to us through our customer support channels. This information may be designated as "special categories" under data protection or privacy laws. Abbott shall adopt additional measures as required by local law for the processing of such information. In addition, individual Abbott subsidiaries or affiliates may adopt measures to address local custom or social expectation about such information. By providing us with sensitive personal information, where required by applicable law, you are actively indicating your consent to Abbott collecting, transferring, storing and processing it.

HOW DOES ABBOTT USE PERSONAL INFORMATION THAT I HAVE PROVIDED?

Abbott will use the personal information you provide through Abbott websites to respond to your questions and to provide you with efficient customer service. Abbott will use the personal information you provide to process and fulfil any orders you make on the website (including to send you information about the ordering process by email, SMS or post), validate, facilitate and manage your customer account and to process and deal with your inquiries.

Abbott will use the personal information, including health-related information, you provide when you contact us through our customer support channels to provide you with customer support services.

We may also use this personal information for other business purposes, such as to offer you the opportunity to receive notices regarding Abbott’s products or services, to invite you to participate in surveys about our products, or to notify you about special promotions (if you have given your consent where required under applicable laws). Your provision of personal information to Abbott is required to fulfil the terms of a contract you have with us to provide you with the product or service you have requested (such as when you place an order through our website). We also process personal data where necessary for compliance with our legal obligations, such as those in relation to product or medical device safety. We may also process your personal information where we have legitimate business interests to do so, such as to provide you with customer support, to evaluate and improve our existing products and services and our website, and to research and develop new products and services. If required under applicable laws, we may rely on your consent to send you information about our products or services, to invite you to participate in surveys about our products, to notify you about special promotions, and to process data collected through cookies or similar technologies on our website.

WILL ABBOTT COMBINE PERSONAL INFORMATION I PROVIDE TO ABBOTT WITH OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ME?

Abbott may combine the personal information that a customer provides on one Abbott website with the personal information provided by that customer on other Abbott websites.

Abbott may combine personal information that you provide to us online with our offline records.

Abbott may combine personal information that you have provided to us directly with records provided by third parties.

We use this consolidated information to help us better design Abbott websites and Abbott products, to communicate information to you, to enhance our marketing and research activities, and to facilitate other business functions.

WHAT CHOICES DO I HAVE ABOUT HOW ABBOTT COLLECTS AND USES PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ME?

You may always limit the amount and type of personal information that Abbott receives about you by choosing not to provide the information or enter any personal information into forms or data fields on Abbott websites. Some of our services can only be provided to you if you provide us with appropriate personal information. Other parts of Abbott websites may ask whether you wish to opt into our contact lists for offers, promotions and additional services that may be of interest to you.

DOES ABBOTT SHARE PERSONAL INFORMATION WITH THIRD PARTIES?

Abbott will not sell or license your personal information to third parties except in connection with the sale or transfer of a product line or division, or in connection with a joint marketing programme or if you have given your consent, if required under applicable laws.

Abbott may share your personal information with third parties with whom Abbott is jointly marketing a product or service or jointly conducting a programme or activity. It is Abbott’s practice to notify you if you are registering for a programme that will be conducted in conjunction with another company that may require access to your personal information.

Abbott may also share your personal information with vendors with whom Abbott contracts to carry out business activities for Abbott (such as customer support services, delivery services, online payment services and fraud detection services). If Abbott provides your personal information to vendors to assist us with our business activities, it is Abbott’s practice to require those vendors to keep your personal information confidential and to use your personal information only to perform functions for Abbott.

Abbott may share your personal information with a third party in connection with the sale or transfer of one of its product lines or divisions so that the buyer can continue to provide you with information and services.

Abbott reserves the right to disclose your personal information to respond to authorised information requests from government authorities or law enforcement agencies, to address national security situations, or when otherwise required by law. In certain cases, Abbott may also disclose your personal information to legal advisers and auditors.

WHO WITHIN ABBOTT WILL HAVE ACCESS TO PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ME?

Personal information can be accessed by a restricted number of Abbott employees.

We train our employees about the importance of privacy and how to handle and manage personal information appropriately and securely.

HOW DOES ABBOTT SECURE PERSONAL INFORMATION?

It is Abbott’s practice to secure each web page that collects personal information; however, the confidentiality of personal information transmitted over the Internet cannot be guaranteed. We urge you to exercise caution when transmitting personal information over the Internet, especially personal information related to your health.

Abbott cannot guarantee that unauthorised third parties will not gain access to your personal information; therefore, when submitting personal information to Abbott websites, you must weigh both the benefits and the risks.

In addition, Abbott websites covered by this Privacy/Cookies Policy will display a warning whenever you link to a website that is not controlled by Abbott or subject to an Abbott Privacy/Cookies Policy; you should check the privacy policies of such third-party websites before submitting personal information.

DOES ABBOTT TRANSFER PERSONAL INFORMATION TO DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS?

Abbott stores data on secured servers in several countries around the world. Please be aware that information you provide to us or we obtain as a result of your use of the Abbott websites may be processed and transferred to countries other than the country in which you are resident, including the United States. The privacy and data protection laws in such countries may not be equivalent to the laws in your country of residence.

We transfer personal information outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”) and the UK to third countries which do not offer the same level of protection. To safeguard your personal information, we will only make such transfers on the basis of (i) a decision by the European Commission that permits this, or in the case of the United Kingdom, a decision by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), or (ii) subject to EU-approved Standard Contractual Clauses or for the UK, an ICO approved a form of data transfer agreement. Please note Abbott has entered into data transfer agreements based on the EU Standard Contractual Clauses to transfer your personal information from the EEA and the UK to third countries, which includes the United States.

For further information on the export your personal information from the EEA or the UK, please contact our EU DPO (details below).

FOR HOW LONG WILL ABBOTT STORE MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?

Your personal data will be stored for as long as it is needed to deliver and make available to you the app, service or product that you have requested, or in accordance with any legal requirements, including in relation to product and medical device safety. For further information, please contact or our EU-DPO office using the details below.

HOW DOES ABBOTT PROTECT THE PRIVACY OF CHILDREN?

Abbott does not knowingly collect or use any personal information from children on Abbott websites. We do not knowingly allow children to order our products, communicate with us, or use any of our online services.

If you are a parent and become aware that your child has provided us with information, please contact us using one of the methods specified below, and we will work with you to address this issue.

HOW MAY I CORRECT PERSONAL INFORMATION OR DELETE IT FROM CURRENT CUSTOMER RECORDS?

In accordance with local law, you may request that we remove your personal information from our current customer records or that we amend your personal information. Please notify us of your wishes by contacting us in one of the ways specified below. For our record keeping purposes, we will retain certain personal information you submit in conjunction with commercial transactions.

III. USE OF COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES

ABBOTT COOKIE POLICY

WHAT ARE COOKIES AND WHY ARE THEY USED?

A "cookie" is a file that our webserver may send to your computer when you access an Abbott website. This file is then stored on your computer. For example, after you have entered personal information into a form or data field on an Abbott website, Abbott may use cookies and other similar technologies to allow that website to "remember" your personal preferences, such as sections of that website that you visit frequently and, if you choose, your user ID.

Cookies and similar technologies can make your use of Abbott websites easier by allowing Abbott to provide better service, customise sites based on consumer preferences, compile statistics, analyse trends, and otherwise administer and improve Abbott websites. Certain features of Abbott websites may not work without use of required cookies or similar technologies.

Abbott websites may use similar technologies such as "web beacons" (also known as internet tags, single-pixel GIFs, clear GIFs, and invisible GIFs). A web beacon is a tiny graphic on a web page or in an e-mail message that is used to track pages viewed or messages opened. Web beacons tell the website server information such as the IP address and browser type related to the visitor's computer. Web beacons may be placed on online advertisements that bring people to our site and on different pages of our site. Web beacons provide us with information on how many times a page is opened, and which information is consulted.

WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES ARE USED?

SESSION OR PERSISTENT COOKIES

Abbott websites use "session" cookies. These are temporary bits of information that are erased once you exit your web browser window or turn your computer off. Session cookies are used, for example, to improve navigation on our websites, block visitors from providing information where inappropriate (the site "remembers" previous entries of age or country of origin that were outside the specified parameters and blocks subsequent changes) and to collect aggregated statistical information. The list of cookies that are used on our website is below.

Abbott websites may use “persistent” cookies that are more permanent bits of information placed on the hard drive of your computer until you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for a number of purposes, such as retrieving certain information you have previously provided (e.g., passwords), helping to determine what areas of the website visitors find most valuable, and customising the website based on your preferences. Persistent cookies placed by an Abbott website on your computer may hold personal information you have provided, but only if you have registered or have consented to it. Otherwise our webserver only knows that an unidentified visitor with your cookies has returned to the website.

FIRST OR THIRD-PARTY COOKIES

Abbott websites may use "First-Party" or "Third-Party" cookies. "First-Party" cookies are sent to the user's device from a domain managed by Abbott as the owner of the website, while "Third-party" cookies are sent to the user's device from a domain that is not managed by Abbott but by a third party. We recommend that you check the relevant third party's privacy policies for information about any cookies which may be used.

REQUIRED, FUNCTIONAL OR ADVERTISING COOKIES

Abbott websites may use cookies for different purposes, such as technical, functional or advertising purposes.

"Required Cookies" are necessary to enable the basic features of this site to function, such as providing secure log-in or remembering how far you are through an order.

"Functional Cookies" allows Abbott to analyze your use of the site to evaluate and improve our performance. They may also be used to provide a better customer experience on this site. For example, remembering your log-in details, saving what is in your shopping cart, or providing us information about how our site is used.

"Advertising cookies" allow us, through certain data assigned and obtained from the user's device, to store or share with third parties information related to user's browsing activity in our website, in order to create an advertising profile and place relevant advertising in our website or those third parties websites.

Please, note that not all these cookies are used on all Abbott websites. Depending on the specific site, subdomain or section you are visiting within an Abbott website, some or all of these cookies might be used.

WHAT CHOICES DO I HAVE ABOUT COOKIES?

On Abbott websites that use non-essential cookies and other tracking technologies you can choose to disable the use of those cookies and other tracking technologies that are not necessary to the operation of the website or to the provision of the services you have requested. Until you provide explicit consent, non-essential cookies and tracking technologies will be turned off and the functionality of the site may be reduced.

When you access some Abbott websites for the first time, a cookie banner will pop up and you will have to choose to consent to our use of all cookies by clicking “Accept All”, reject its use by clicking “Decline All” or manage your own preferences by clicking “Manage Choices”. On other Abbott websites you are directed to consent to some or all cookies by selecting “Yes” or “No” on each cookie category and submitting your preferences.

You can also access the cookie banner anytime by clicking on the “Cookie Preferences” link at the bottom of the website, to change your preferences or withdraw consent.

CHANGES

We may need to update this Cookie Policy in the future and so encourage you to review this Cookie Policy periodically to stay informed about how we are using cookies. This cookie policy was last updated September 2021.

IV. YOUR RIGHTS

WHAT RIGHTS DO I HAVE IN RELATION TO MY PERSONAL INFORMATION?

The applicable data protection law grants you comprehensive data protection rights to your personal information. These are:

  • The right to rectify or erase any wrong or incomplete personal data that Abbott holds about you.

  • The right to opt out at any time of any marketing material from us. This will be noted at the bottom of any email you receive from us.

  • The right to access the personal data that Abbott holds about you.

  • The right, in some cases, to object to the processing of your personal data on legitimate grounds.

  • The right not to be subjected to automated decision making intended to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to you, such as analytics based on conduct. Please refer to the cookies section of the privacy notice for more information on how to exercise this right if it is indicated that cookies are being used.

  • Where you have provided your personal data to us with your consent or as part of a contract, the right to the portability of that personal data to another person or, if it’s technically feasible for us to do so, to another company.

  • The right to lodge a complaint with your national data protection supervisory authority or to receive compensation for any damage you suffer, and

  • The right to withdraw your consent to Abbott’s processing of your personal data, without detriment or negative consequences.

Please note that these rights may be restricted according to the applicable data protection regulations or may depend on additional requirements.

V. CONTACT INFORMATION AND POLICY UPDATES

HOW CAN I CONTACT ABBOTT?

If you have questions about the use, amendment, or deletion of personal information that you have provided to us, or if you would like to opt out of future communications from an Abbott business or a particular Abbott programme, please contact us by clicking on the "Contact Us" link on the website you are visiting or by e-mailing us at webmaster@abbott.com. Alternatively, you may send a letter to the following address:

Abbott Laboratories
Attention: Public Affairs Department
Abbott House
Vanwall Business Park
Vanwall Road
Maidenhead
SL6 4XE

Telephone: 01628 773355

In all communications to Abbott, please include the e–mail address used for registration (if applicable), the website address or the specific Abbott program to which you provided personal information (e.g. Abbott.com, etc.), and a detailed explanation of your request.

Data Protection Officer: If you have any queries in relation to the processing of your personal information please contact our EU DPO at www.eu-dpo.abbott.com.

If you would like to delete, amend or correct your personal information and are contacting us by e-mail, please put "Deletion Request" or "Amendment/Correction Request", as applicable, in the subject line of the e-mail. We will do our best to respond to all reasonable requests in a timely manner.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHETHER ABBOTT HAS UPDATED THIS POLICY?

Without prejudice to your rights under applicable law, Abbott reserves the right to amend this Privacy/Cookies Policy without prior notice to reflect technological advancements, legal and regulatory changes and good business practices. In certain jurisdictions, registered users will be notified by email of any changes and relevant information will be posted on the Abbott website.

If Abbott changes its privacy practices, an updated version of this Privacy/Cookies Policy will reflect those changes and we will notify you of such changes by updating the effective date at the top of this Privacy/Cookies Policy.

   

   

     

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