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It is a condition of use that only members of the general Australian public or medical professionals that are resident in Australia access this site. Neither MSD nor its service providers involved in creating, producing or delivering this site (or any site linked to this site) shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect or punitive damages arising out of access to, use of or inability to use the site or any errors or omissions in the content of the site. While every effort will be made by MSD to keep all information on this website accurate and up-to-date, the information provided on the MSD website is not a substitute for professional medical advice and care. If you have specific needs, please see a professional health care provider. Any references to products, services, or health care providers on this website are not a recommendation or endorsement of products, services or providers.
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This policy applies to personal information (as defined below) that is collected, held, used or disclosed by MSD in Australia, New Zealand or Australia’s external territories including via online resources and communications (such as websites, e-mail, forms, and other online and downloadable tools) that display a link to this policy. This policy does not apply to third-party resources to which MSD's websites may link, where MSD does not control the content or the privacy practices of such resources. MSD may, in appropriate circumstances, rely on the exemptions that are available to it under the relevant privacy laws (including in respect of employee records and related bodies corporate).
Please read this policy carefully. If you have any questions about this policy, complaints or concerns about our data collection, holding, use or disclosure practices, please contact us at the address provided below.
excluding joint ventures to which Merck or MSD is a party.
MSD collects personal information from paper forms you complete and online through MSD's websites and other online resources. MSD also offers online resources in collaboration with other online service providers, from which MSD may receive personal information about users of such resources. These online collaborations are governed by agreements that require personal information to be protected appropriately.
Individuals may access information or parts of MSD's websites and online resources without disclosing any personal information. There are three methods that MSD uses to collect personal information:
1. Information that you provide:
MSD collects personal information and other data that you may enter on forms and data fields on our Websites or online resources. MSD may also collect health information about you that you provide by responding to our questions and surveys or through your use of online and downloadable health-related tools we provide. Some of our Websites enable users to place orders, such as for our vaccines. These Websites may collect credit card information to process those orders.
2. Information from public or third party information sources:
MSD may collect personal information about health care professionals who register on our websites from public or third party information sources to verify their professional credentials and identity. When customers use a credit card to place an order on our websites, MSD verifies the validity of the credit card information with financial or credit organizations. In some cases, we may augment our existing user databases with information from third parties. Some of this information may be personal information, such as change of postal address information.
3. Information collected from your computer or other electronic device:
We collect information about your computer or other electronic device when you visit our websites and use our online resources. This information may include your Internet Protocol (IP) address, domain name, browser type, date and time of your request and information provided by tracking technologies, such as cookies and single-pixel tags. If you use a mobile device to access our web sites and online resources, we also may collect information about your device, such as your device ID and device type, as well as usage information about your device and your use of our mobile websites and other mobile resources. Some of our websites and other online resources use tracking technologies to provide additional functionality that enables you to use these resources more effectively.
In limited circumstances (for example, adverse event reports), MSD may collect sensitive information from you. In this policy, the term "sensitive information" includes health information and genetic information. Except where certain exceptions set out in the relevant privacy laws apply, MSD will not collect sensitive information from you unless you consent to the collection of that information, and that information is reasonably necessary for one or more of MSD's functions or activities.
MSD keeps your personal information only for as long as it is reasonably necessary for the purpose of collection and in accordance with any applicable legal reporting or documentation retention requirements.
MSD may also use this information to send you further information, if it relates to the purpose of collection, which we consider to be of importance to you, but we will always provide you with the opportunity to tell us if you do not want to receive this further information.
A cookie is a small data file that is sent by Web servers to your computer's hard drive, where your Internet browser files are kept. Cookies enable websites to store small bits of information on your computer and retrieve that information at a later time. MSD uses two types of cookies: session cookies, which are temporary cookies that are erased from your computer's memory when you close your Internet browser or turn your computer off, and persistent cookies, which exist on your computer's hard drive until they expire, unless you delete them at an earlier time.
Single-pixel tags, also known as web beacons or web tags, are graphics that function similar to cookies. Single-pixel tags are not visible because of their small size. They are used to collect information in web logs that does not identify you personally such as web pages viewed, the web site you came from and the advertisement you clicked on to visit our web sites. They are also used to determine whether certain promotional or other commercial e-mail messages we send are opened.
MSD collects, receives, uses and shares personal information about health care professionals, pharmacists, investigators, researchers and other health care professionals in accordance with and as permitted by applicable laws, and, where applicable, as authorised by applicable government authorities, in connection with our everyday business operations, which may include:
Where local laws require that you provide specific consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, you may be asked to provide your consent by filling out a paper form, an online form, in a telephone discussion, by a text message or by other appropriate and permitted means.
Consistent with the purposes identified and standards set within this policy and other applicable privacy notices that have been provided, in some cases MSD consolidates and uses personal information that individuals share with MSD through various services and channels, such as the telephone, surveys, Websites and other online resources and communications, in order to enhance the quality of services that we offer.
Personal information about you will be accessible to MSD, including its subsidiaries, divisions and groups worldwide which are outside Australia or New Zealand, and to individuals and organisations that use personal information solely for and at the direction of MSD. Uses and disclosures of personal information by external individuals and organisations acting on MSD's behalf are governed by agreements that require personal information to be protected appropriately.
We endeavour to ensure that such individuals provide the same level of protection as MSD. Personal information about you will only be used and disclosed by MSD and individuals and organisations working on its behalf, in a manner consistent with this policy, other applicable privacy notices, and as explicitly permitted or required by applicable laws, rules and regulations.
Except as provided in this policy and other applicable privacy notices, personal information about you will not otherwise be shared without your permission.
|Reasons personal information about you could be shared||Do we share?||Can you limit this sharing?|
|To companies MSD collaborates with: to use for their own products and services||No, unless you provide your express (opt-in) permission||Yes|
|To companies that MSD does not collaborate with: to use to market to you||No, unless you provide your express (opt-in) permission for this sharing.||Yes|
|Reporting to government authorities (such as TGA in Australia or Medsafe in New Zealand)||Yes, for example, to report safety information about our products.||No|
|To parties in relevant legal proceedings as authorized by the presiding court or tribunal and otherwise to the extent required or explicitly authorized by applicable law||Yes||No|
|In the event that for business reasons MSD decides to divest part or all of its business through sale, merger or acquisition, to actual or prospective purchasers||Yes, based on written agreements that personal information will be protected appropriately in these circumstances.||No|
|To other companies we collaborate with solely for activities related to products or services jointly offered or developed by MSD and that company||Yes, based on written agreements in place between MSD and those companies; these agreements will require the protection of personal information in accordance with applicable law.||Yes, if you specifically request to opt-out.|
|With companies globally that provide services on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions (for example, to deliver specific information you have requested)||Yes, if the business operation is supported by another company. As a global company, we may work with companies around the world to provide services for or on our behalf, and we will require those companies to protect personal information in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations and Company privacy policies.||Generally, no. We have instituted policy, contractual and administrative mechanisms requiring protection of personal information by other companies that process personal information on our behalf globally. You may request that we do not share this information however in circumstances where our business operations are supported by other companies, such as a company that we contract with to mail the materials you request, you will not be able to limit this sharing and still receive the service.|
|To affiliates* within the Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth Station, NJ, USA family of companies globally for everyday business purposes as described in this notice *Affiliates are companies related by common ownership or control. Outside of the United States, affiliates of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth Station, NJ, USA generally operate under the names "MSD" or "Merck Sharp & Dohme||Yes, as a global company, we generally share personal information across our offices globally for the purposes described in this notice, however, only those individuals with a legitimate business need to access personal information for these purposes are granted such access. For example, payment information will be available only to local MSD or MSD office in your country and, if applicable, the USA group responsible for payments.||Generally, no. We have instituted policy, contractual and administrative mechanisms requiring protection of personal information across our business globally. You may request that we not transfer personal information outside of your country, however, in most cases this will substantially limit the services we can provide to you. Where our computer servers, databases or processes are located in another country, in most cases we will be unable to fulfill such a request and still provide the service to you.|
|To other companies we collaborate with solely for activities related to products or services jointly offered or developed by MSD and that company||Yes, based on written agreements in place between MSD and those companies.||Yes, if you specifically request to opt-out.|
MSD stores your data in Australia and the United States. MSD takes reasonable steps to protect personal information you provide to us, including as it is transmitted from you to MSD's websites or other online resources and servers. MSD also protects your personal information in its possession from misuse, interference and loss, and from unauthorized access, modification and disclosure.
It is your personal responsibility to secure your own copies of your passwords and related access codes for our online resources.
In general, MSD Websites are not directed at children and most of the online services that we offer are designed for individuals who are 18 years of age or older.
This subsection of our policy only applies to MSD Websites that provide optional features for children. It is not applicable to our other websites and online resources.
In some cases, MSD Websites provide options for children under the age of 13. Most of these optional services do not collect personal information. Where these optional services do collect personal information about children, we require parental consent for children to participate in these optional services. Requests for parental consent explain how we collect, use and disclose personal information about children, and include an opportunity for parents to prevent collection, use and disclosure of information about their children. If, at any time, a parent withdraws his or her consent to our use or disclosure of personal information collected from his or her child, we will use reasonable efforts to promptly remove such information from our database.
MSD will take reasonable steps to ensure that personal information we collect, when we are advised by individuals, is accurate, up to date and complete.
To gain access to personal information about yourself collected and to keep it accurate, complete and current, unless certain circumstances set out in the Australian Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the New Zealand Privacy Act 1993 apply, you may contact the Privacy Officer.
Where offered, you may also update online personal information about yourself by modifying information or deleting some or all of your personal information that you previously have entered into forms or data fields on our Websites. Where permitted by law, your ability to access and correct personal information will be limited where access and correction would: inhibit MSD's ability to comply with a legal or ethical obligation, inhibit MSD's ability to investigate, make or defend legal claims, result in disclosure of personal information about a third party, result in breach of a contract or disclosure of trade secrets or other proprietary business information belonging to MSD or a third party.
If you have any questions, complaints or concerns about our compliance with this policy please contact us at the below details most relevant to you:
The Privacy Officer
Locked Bag 2234, North Ryde NSW 16701
T +61 2 8988 8000
The Privacy Officer
Po Box 99-851, Newmarket, Auckland 1149
T +64 9 523 6000
When you contact us, please note the name of the paper form, Website or other online resource you used or to which you provided personal information, as well as the nature of any information that you provided. We will use reasonable efforts to respond promptly within 10-20 business days to requests, questions, complaints or concerns you may have regarding our use of personal information about you. We may contact you for follow up information and may share your inquiry with other individuals within MSD or working for MSD that are responsible for functions related to the subject of your inquiry. Except where required by law, MSD cannot ensure a response to questions, complaints or concerns regarding topics unrelated to this policy or MSD's privacy practices.
MSD may update this policy periodically and reserves the right to modify, add or remove portions of this privacy statement at its discretion. If MSD decides to change this policy, we will post the revised policy at our Websites or in some cases, may provide notice of changes by e-mail.