Protecting Your Privacy
Information We Collect
We have access to the following categories of information regarding you and your visit to our web site. Only some of these categories of information identify you directly, but each category offers some information about your interests and activities that could be used to make inferences about you. The next section of this policy describes how ABT uses the information we collect.
Information That You Voluntarily Provide
Correspondence with ABT. You may use our site to ask questions about our research and technology or to report problems regarding our web site. If you use your email address to communicate with or request information from ABT personnel, your email address and any personal facts you include in your message will be used to respond to you.
I. Information That Is Routinely Collected By Our Site Technology
IP Address. We record the Internet Protocol (IP) address of your computer when you visit our site. The IP address does not identify you personally, but it is what allows us to maintain communications with you as you move about our site.
Cookies. ABT collects information about your use of our site through cookies and similar technology. A “cookie” is a unique numeric code that we transfer to your computer so that we can keep track of your interests and preferences and recognize you as a return visitor to our site, but it does not collect or keep your name or other personal identifying information. Instead, cookie technology allows us to collect “clickstream” data, which reflect your activities on the site, including your interest in certain health care conditions.
II. How We Use Routinely Collected Information
III. Our Relationship to Third Parties
ABT does not collect personally identifying information. Therefore, we do not sell or disclose to an unrelated third party any personally identifying information or health-related personal information you provide through email to our site, except as explained below in “Co-branded Sites.” In the event, however, that ABT sells or transfers substantially all of its assets as the result of a merger or acquisition, information collected via our web site may be included as one of our assets.
Cookies. ABT does not allow other sites or third parties to use our cookies for their own purposes or to place their own cookies on your computer when you access services through our site.
Co-branded Sites. ABT may partner with other companies to provide you with content or services on a joint or “co-branded” basis. At a co-branded site you will see both the ABT logo and the logo of the co-branded partner displayed on your screen. To access the services available on a co-branded site, you may have to complete an on-line registration form, and this registration information may be shared with ABT’s co-branded partners. You should read the individual privacy policies of our co-branded partners, as these may differ in some respects from ours. Reading these policies will help you to make an informed decision about whether to provide your information to a given site. Remember, you may always opt-out of sharing your information with a partner site by choosing not to use the service or content provided by the co-branded site.
Other Important Information About Our Relationship With Third Parties
IV. Your Privacy Choices
Accept Cookies. Your browser software can be set to reject all cookies, but if you reject our cookies, certain functions and conveniences of our site may not work properly. Cookies and similar technologies are how we ensure that we can promptly retrieve and deliver the information to you when you use our site.
Feedback. You can contact us through our Contact page .
Communicate with ABT by Email. At our web site, consumers and providers may communicate with our staff to learn more about our research and technology. We also offer interactive tools that enable consumers and health care professionals to submit customized email requests for information. In either case, your correspondence with us is not communicated to the public, as it would be on a message board or in a chat room. Nevertheless, please be aware of the limits on the confidentiality of these email communications. ABT will not disclose personally identifiable information that we receive in email, but all email transmissions are vulnerable to unauthorized interception. In addition, email you send or receive through your employer’s computer or computer system may not be confidential and may be the legal property of the employer.