Thank you for visiting www.renalinfo.com ("Site"). This Site is owned by Baxter Renal ("Baxter"). For purposes of the Policy, references to "we," "our," and "us" mean Baxter.
Before using this Site - and particularly before submitting personally identifiable information via this Site - you should read this entire Policy and indicate your acceptance of the Policy below. If the terms and conditions of the Policy are not acceptable to you, do not submit any personally identifiable information via this Site and select the "I DO NOT AGREE" button at the buttom of the page and you will b directed to the Renalinfo home page where you can browse our public content.
SCOPE OF POLICY
ACTIVE INFORMATION COLLECTION
This Site collects information from its visitors in two ways: actively and passively. Active information collection refers to instances in which we gather information from you when you fill it in and send it to us, such as by completing a registration form, signing up for an electronic newsletter, or sending us a message via an e-mail reply mechanism provided by this Site. Active information collection can include both personally identifiable information (e.g., your full name or email address) and nonpersonally identifiable information (e.g., if we were to ask for your first name and a list of the top three things you like about our Site). Passive information collection refers to instances in which we collect information from you that you have not actively provided (please see the next section of this Policy for a summary of our passive information collection practices).
Below, we have summarized the primary means of active information collection at our Site. By submitting such information at these various information collection points, you specifically consent to the collection, use, and dissemination of such information in accordance with this Policy. At each of this Site’s active information collection points, we have marked which information is required and which is optional. Unless otherwise specified below, failure to provide required information will mean that you cannot participate in the identified activity or have access to the restricted areas of the Site. Failure to provide optional information will not prevent your participation in the identified activity or prevent your access to the Site, but it may inhibit our ability to customize the Site for you and better understand your interests and needs.
If you are interested in receiving customized content, electronic updates, alerts, and other information from us regarding this Site and our services and programs, you must provide us with an e-mail address, your first name as well as participate in a health self-assessment. The self-assessment requires that you answer several questions about your health history. We use the answers you provide to help direct you to relevant Site content and if you qualify you might also be enrolled in other patient programs that might be of interest to you. Please remember that this assessment is no substitute for the professional medical advice and diagnosis of your doctor. If you choose to provide us with your personal health information, you consent to its use by Baxter and third party consultants who are performing work on behalf of Baxter for the purposes described in this Policy. In some cases your registration information will be used to identify you as candidates for other patient programs. In these cases you will be contacted and given the opportunity to opt out of these programs. Your registration information will be retained so the Site can keep you informed about updates, alerts and programs that might benefit you.
We welcome your comments, feedback and inquiries regarding this Site our services, and our programs. This Site provides an e-mail reply mechanism that permits you to send us your own e-mail address, name and any comments you choose to include. E-mail submitted via this Site may not be secure. As a result, you should carefully consider what information you wish to send to us via e-mail..
This Site posts a contact us form for you to use in submitting comments, questions and inquiries; we will typically ask you to provide personally identifiable information such as your name and e-mail address. We use the information to follow up with you regarding your comments, improve our products and services, and better understand our customers’ needs. The required information on the feedback form will be indicated.
PASSIVE INFORMATION COLLECTION
We may use special technologies to passively collect information while you are visiting our Site (that is, you do not actively provide this information). These technologies allow us to collect certain kinds of nonpersonally identifiable information, including your Internet domain name, the type of web browser you use, the operating system you use, the date and time you visit the Site, the specific pages you visit on the Site, and address of the website you visited prior to entering this Site. We do not link this passively collected nonpersonally identifiable information with personally identifiable information you have actively provided elsewhere on this Site. We reserve the right to share with third parties, including our business partners and advertisers, the anonymous aggregated information that we have passively collected via this Site.
Below we have summarized the primary means of passive information collection at our Site.
- If you register on the site you will be sorted in a specific kidney health segment (based on the health self-assessment). Your segment will be stored in a cookie so that on future visits to the site you will not have to re-register to see your targeted information. The cookie will also store your first name which will be displayed to you on future visits to the sites restricted areas.
- The Site tracks the general habits of all visitors. This allows us to determine the most and least visited sections of the website, so that we may improve these areas in the future. Cookies allow us to track general information from our visitors including browser-type, what pages you visit, how long you stay on the Site and amount of unique and repeat Site visitors. In general, cookies allow us to identify problems with our servers, prepare aggregate demographic information and other information regarding the use of this Site, and improve the functions of this Site.
If you do not accept cookies you will have to re-register each time you wish to enter a restricted program. If you want to learn more about cookies, including how to configure your web-browser to reject the specific use of this technology, please click here http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/cookies.htm
Other Passive Tracking at This Site
The Site tracks and records all database access and stores this information in log files. These log files will contain your user ID, if applicable (this would only be applicable if the Site contains a password protected section), your IP address, the type of database access (read, write, delete) a time stamp and an ID of the data that was accessed.
WHAT WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION
The personally identifiable information we collect from you will only be used and disclosed in accordance with this Policy or as specifically disclosed to you at the time you provide the information. We will not sell, lease, transfer, share, or otherwise permit access to your personally identifiable information with any third parties other than as described in this Policy. Baxter may share your information with independent contractors or consultants who provide technical, administrative or market research support to Baxter. We reserve the right to sell, lease, transfer, or otherwise share without restriction aggregated, deidentified, and other nonpersonally identifiable information regarding Site usage, traffic patterns, demographics, and other statistics about our Site or those from whom we collect information via this Site. We reserve the right to use or disclose personal information provided via this site as necessary to respond to your requests, comply with applicable laws, regulations, legal process, and law enforcement inquiries, as required by litigation, to take precautions against liability, and protect the security and integrity of the site and the safety of its users.
We take reasonable steps to ensure that personally identifiable information that you send us via this Site is accurate, current, and complete. Toward that end, we provide you with reasonable access to your personal information to correct errors or delete the information you have provided. If you wish to correct or delete your personally identifiable information, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 1620 Waukegan Road, McGaw Park IL, 60085. To respond to your request or inquiry, we may require follow-up or contact information to allow us to verify that you are the person authorized to view the information you are requesting. We may, at our discretion, refuse to allow you access to certain information if, in our view, to provide such access would jeopardize another person's privacy; would violate any applicable federal, state, or foreign law, regulation, or directive; or would unreasonably burden this Site.
Although we take reasonable steps to protect the personally identifiable information that you provide via this Site, no system is 100% secure or error-free. Therefore, we do not, and cannot, guarantee the security or accuracy of the information we gather.
One way we protect your personally identifiable information is through usernames and password. This safety measure is only effective if you protect the secrecy of both your username and password. If you ever suspect your username or password may have been compromised or subject to unauthorized use, contact us immediately at email@example.com.
THIS SITE IS NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY CHILDREN
This Site is not directed to, and does not seek to collect personally identifiable information from, children under the age of 13. Visitors who are not 13 years of age or older are invited to use the site map to browse the site on their own. Nevertheless, if we are informed that we have collected information from someone in this age category, we will take reasonable steps to delete that information.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns or complaints about this Policy, or the information practices of this Site, send us e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, send us mail at 1620 Waukegan Road, McGaw Park IL, 60085, or call us at 1-877-543-6395. We will take reasonable steps to respond to your inquiry and remedy problems you bring to our attention.
CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
We reserve the right to change this Policy at any time and in our sole discretion. If we do change the Policy, the new Policy will be posted here, along with its revision date, and all information collected following the posting of such changes will be subject to the new Policy. We want you to know, however, that before we use or disclose your previously collected personally identifiable information in a materially different manner from that to which you agreed, we will first secure your affirmative consent for such use or disclosure. Absent such consent, we will use your personally identifiable information in accordance with the Policy in effect at the time we collected the information. In the event that you do not consent to the terms and conditions of the new Policy, we will either continue to use your personally identifiable information in accordance with the Policy in effect at the time we collected the information, or remove your profile from our records. We encourage you to check this Policy periodically and - at a minimum - before each instance in which you provide personally identifiable information via this Site.
Last modified: 14-06-2005