Privacy Policy

Purpose.  Bristol-Myers Squibb respects the privacy of visitors to using the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company website (the “Site”) and understands that information about you, your health, and your health care is sensitive.  Bristol-Myers Squibb complies with its obligations under the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 and the European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011.  The Privacy Policy is developed to provide information about our practices regarding the collection, use and disclosure of information that you may provide when you visit the Site.  This Privacy Policy applies to the Site only. 

The Privacy Policy is part of and incorporated into the terms and conditions of use http://www.bmsireland.ie/Pages/Home.aspx.  By providing personally identifiable information using this Site, you agree to this Privacy Policy and the practices described therein.  If you do not agree to this Privacy Policy, please do not use the Site. 

Collection of Your Information

Information Voluntarily Provided.  We collect any information that you enter on the Site or give us in any other way arising from your use of the Site.  The information collected varies depending on how you visit the Site. 

At all times, you may choose not to provide the required information, but in those cases, you may not be able to participate in the particular activity that requires the information.

Automatic Information Collection. 

Web Beacons.  A Web Beacon is a clear GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) image or pixel tag (a “Web Beacon”) placed on company websites to allow an Internet advertising or audience measurement company to help them analyse their advertising campaigns and general usage patterns of visitors to their websites.  Bristol-Myers Squibb uses Web Beacons on its websites.  Also, we use web beacons provided by third party advertising companies to help optimise our advertising.  Web beacons enable us to recognise your browser when a cookie has been placed on your computer. 

Cookies.  Like many websites, we use “cookies”.  Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your browser to enable our systems to recognise your browser.  Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why:

Cookie

Name

Purpose

More information

Site cookie acceptance

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This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on the Site.

To withdraw your consent after accepting this cookie, delete the SiteCookiesAccepted cookie. Find out how at www.aboutcookies.org

IDENTITY_SESSION

SP.NET_SessionId

 

This cookie is used by the Site  to identify you as a user between page loads. This allows the Site to remember certain settings, like which part of the website you were using before you were asked to sign in or register. This cookie is destroyed each time you close your browser.

This cookie is strictly necessary in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features.

IDENTITY

bmsLogin

The IDENTITY cookie is used to allow you to sign in to the website. If you ticked 'Remember Me on this computer' this cookie will remain on your computer for up to 30 days or until you click 'sign out'. Until that time, you'll remain signed in to the website. If you didn't tick 'Remember Me', this cookie will be removed when you close your browser session.

Without this cookie, we will not be able to determine the number of unique users of the site or provide certain features.

CUSTOMISATION

 

Stores your user preferences for customisation features on the homepage

Functionality cookie recording information about choices you’ve made and allow us to tailor the website to you

NetInsight

UnicaID

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. The cookies collect information in an anonymous/personal related form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Used by IBM Unica for web analytics and to collection information ab out how visitors use the site.

Google Analytics

 

 

 

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site, which we use to help improve it. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

Click here for an overview of privacy at Google

 

Web Server Data Collection and IP Addresses.  With or without cookies, the Site keeps track of usage data, such as the source address that a page request is coming from (i.e., your IP address, domain name), date and time of the page request, the referring the Site (if any), and other parameters in the URL (e.g., search criteria).  This data is used to better understand website usage and to determine which areas of our Site users prefer (e.g., based on the number of visits to those areas).  This information is stored and used by Bristol-Myers Squibb for statistical reporting.  In some cases, to provide you with better tailored programs and information, we may collect and consolidate your online information, and match it with personally identifiable information collected from other resources and programmes.

Use and Retention of Your Information

Non-Personal Data.  Bristol-Myer Squibb will not treat any non-personal data confidentially.  This includes questions, comments, ideas or suggestions.  You should be aware that Bristol-Myers Squibb will be free to disclose through any means and use for any purpose such information in its sole discretion.  By providing such information to Bristol-Myers Squibb, you understand and agree that no relationship has been created between Bristol-Myers Squibb and you, and Bristol-Myers Squibb has no obligation to you whatsoever regarding that information.

Disclosure of Your Information

Transfer of Business.  As we develop our business, we might sell or buy businesses or their assets, or engage in acquisitions, mergers, restructurings, changes of control, or similar transactions.  We reserve the right to transfer your information in such situations provided that the third party agrees to adhere to the terms of the Privacy Policy and provided that the third party only uses your information for the purposes that you provided it to us. 

Regulatory Requirements. If you contact us regarding your experience with using any of our products, we may use the information you provide in submitting reports to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and as otherwise required of us by law or governmental audit.  We may also use the information to contact your healthcare professional to follow up regarding an unexpected event involving the use of any one of our products.  You understand that in order to comply with the law, Bristol-Myers Squibb may not be permitted to comply with your request to amend or remove personally identifiable information that was provided to Bristol-Myers Squibb by a healthcare professional or a consumer regarding an adverse event or reaction involving medicine, medical products or medical devices.

Security.  We take precautions to maintain the protection of personally identifiable information processed on, or by the Site and used in accordance with this Privacy Policy.  In addition to technical safeguards, we also use physical controls and procedures to safeguard your personally identifiable information.  However, we do not guarantee security. 

Miscellaneous

Changes in Our Privacy Policy.  Bristol-Myers Squibb may at any time revise this Privacy Policy.  The amended Privacy Policy will be posted on the Site.  You are bound by any such revisions should you use the Site after such revisions have been posted on the Site and therefore you should periodically review the Privacy Policy.

Online Privacy for Children.  We are committed to protecting the privacy of children.  We do not collect personally identifiable information from children under 18 years old.  If a child has provided us with personally identifiable information, the parent or guardian of that child may contact us.

Additional information.  If you would like more information about Bristol-Myers Squibb’s approach to privacy, please contact Bristol-Myers Squibb.