Effective 17th April 2018
This Online Privacy Notice (“Privacy Notice”) explains how AbbVie Ltd (“AbbVie”) handles personal data that it collects and receives from users through forms, websites, mobile sites, mobile applications, and other digital and offline services and products controlled by AbbVie that refer to this Privacy Notice (collectively, “AbbVie Services”).
This summary section provides a brief overview of our Privacy Notice. Please read the full Privacy Notice below for more detailed information.
AbbVie collects the following types of information through the AbbVie Services:
AbbVie uses the information we collect for several purposes, mainly:
AbbVie does not sell or disclose your personal data to any individual or organisation without your consent. AbbVie may disclose your personal data for the following purposes:
Alternatively, you may send a letter to Mainzer Straße 81, 65189 Wiesbaden, Germany (attention: EU DPO).
AbbVie maintains appropriate controls and technical and organisational security measures to protect and secure personal data, but when you share personal data online there is always some risk that an unauthorised third party could gain access to your information.
The transfer of personal data between AbbVie Ltd, its parent company AbbVie Inc. in the United States and other AbbVie affiliates is governed by the AbbVie Inter-Affiliate Data Transfer Agreement, which is based on the EU model contracts for data transfers to controllers.
Check this Privacy Notice regularly, as we may change or update portions of this Privacy Notice from time to time, subject to any applicable consent requirements. Any changes will be promptly posted to this page and accompanied by a new effective date at the top of this page.
Effective 17th April 2018
This Online Privacy Notice (“Privacy Notice”) explains how AbbVie (“AbbVie”) handles personal data that it collects and receives from users through forms, websites, mobile sites, mobile applications, and other digital and offline services and products controlled by AbbVie that refer to this Privacy Notice (collectively, “AbbVie Services”).
The types of personal data that we may collect and receive while you use the AbbVie Services are described in this section and include both data that you provide to us and data that we collect automatically when you use the AbbVie Services.
For purposes of this Privacy Notice, “Personal Data” means any data related to you as an identified or identifiable natural person. Examples of Personal Data include name, address, telephone number, and email address. When this data is combined with any data on health or medical status, we refer to the resulting information as “Health Data.” We collect your Health Data through AbbVie Services only with your consent or if required by law.
Information You Provide
You do not have to register for a service or programme to receive much of the information available through AbbVie Services. However, some of our content is available only to registered or identified users and will require you to set up a profile or provide specific data about yourself in order to provide you the service.
Personal Data You Submit During Registration or in Response to Questionnaires
AbbVie collects Personal Data that you provide on AbbVie Services, for example, through an enrolment form in order to register for AbbVie programmes and services, if you have elected to receive information, or, if appropriate marketing in relation to our products, or to contact AbbVie customer service, or respond to AbbVie questionnaires or surveys. This could include:
Personal Data You Submit During Other Interactions with AbbVie
You may contact AbbVie to ask questions, discuss your concerns, or report issues regarding our products. If you communicate with or request information from AbbVie, you may be prompted to provide your contact information as well as any Health-related and/or Personal Data that is relevant to your request.
Data That May Be Collected Automatically
When you use AbbVie Services, we also may collect certain usage and device data automatically as described below.
We may record the Internet Protocol (“IP”) address of your computer or other electronic device when you visit the AbbVie Services. An IP address identifies the electronic device you use to access the Sites, which allows us to maintain communication with your computer as you move about AbbVie Services and to customise content.
Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies
We also collect information about your use of AbbVie Services through tracking technologies such as cookies and web beacons. A “cookie” is a unique numeric code that is transferred to your computer to track your interests and preferences and to recognise you as a return visitor. A “Web beacon” is a transparent graphic image placed on a Web site, e-mail or advertisement that enables the monitoring of things such as user activity and site traffic. These technologies help remember your preferences and allow us to bring you the content and features that are likely to be of greatest interest to you on the basis of “clickstream” data that shows your previous activities on AbbVie Services.
We use third parties to perform site analytics tracking such as Google Analytics and/or Adobe Analytics. If you do not want your data used by third parties to perform site analytics, you can install the relevant opt-out browser add-on which you can find on the third party opt-out page. To learn more about cookies and other tracking technologies, including how to disable them, please visit http://youronlinechoices.eu/. Please note that some cookies are essential to the functioning of our websites and deleting or disabling them will reduce the sites functionality.
Some AbbVie Services are available either as mobile applications or mobile sites that you can use on your mobile device. If you use a mobile device to access and use AbbVie Services, we may collect the following mobile-specific data in addition to the other data described above: device or advertising ID, device type, hardware type, media access control (“MAC”) address, international mobile equipment identity (“IMEI”), the version of your mobile operating system, the platform used to access or download the AbbVie Service (e.g., Apple, Google, Amazon, Windows), location data and usage data about your device and your use of the AbbVie Services.
Data Collected from Other Sources
We may combine data about you from a visit to one AbbVie Service with data about you from visits to other AbbVie Services. We may also combine data about you that is collected through the AbbVie Services with data that we have collected offline, as well as with data provided to us by third parties.
We use your Personal Data to provide you the services you request, communicate with you, improve your experience on the AbbVie Services, generally improve our products and services and for other internal business purposes, as described in more detail below.
Providing Programmes and Services You Request
If you choose to register for one of our services, we use the Personal Data that you provide through AbbVie Services to respond to your questions, provide you the services you request, offer an optimal customer experience, to perform our contractual obligations and/or on the basis of your consent.
You may also choose to receive marketing information from AbbVie, such as offers regarding AbbVie’s products (if appropriate) or services, invitations to participate in surveys about our products (if appropriate), or other notifications and events. In such cases, we will use your Personal Data to send you marketing information. You can opt out from receiving marketing information in the manner indicated in the relevant marketing message.
Customised User Experiences
Business and Product Improvement
In order to discover new facts that could help AbbVie better understand customer needs and help improve, develop, and evaluate product services, materials, programmes, and treatments, AbbVie analyses the information that you have provided for its legitimate interests in business and product improvement.
Service Analytics and Improvement
We may use the information that you provide and the information we collect automatically about your use of the AbbVie Services to monitor user traffic patterns and preferences for our legitimate business interests of improvement, analytics and optimisation of the AbbVie Services.
Data Use and Retention
We will only keep Personal Data as long as necessary for the fulfilment of the purposes outlined above, except if otherwise required by applicable laws or legal orders.
We only share your Personal Data with third parties as described below. We do not sell or rent Personal Data to third parties for their own marketing purposes.
Third-Party Advertising and Online Behavioural Advertising
If you are a healthcare professional and in accordance with the ABPI Code, you may be provided with online advertisements of AbbVie products and services on third-party websites and mobile services that are tailored to you, for example, on the basis of information that you provide to AbbVie or a third-party website you are visiting, or of your browsing activity, purchases, or interests. These types of tailored online advertisements may come through several sources, such as the following:
Affiliates, Vendors and Suppliers
We have relationships with various vendors and suppliers, including our affiliated companies, who help us operate our business and for whom it may be necessary to have access to your Personal Data in the course of providing services to AbbVie. We will not authorise these parties to use your Personal Data for any purpose that is not related to AbbVie’s business operation, and we require them to handle your Personal Data collected through the AbbVie Services in accordance with appropriate contractual privacy and security provisions and this Privacy Notice.
We 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 AbbVie logo and the logo of the co-branding partner displayed on your screen. To access the services available on a co-branded site, you may have to complete a new online registration form, and this registration information may be shared with AbbVie’s co-branding partners. You should read the individual privacy policies of our co-branding partners, as they 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.
If you contact AbbVie regarding your experience in using one of our products, we may use the information that you provide in submitting reports to industry regulators and as otherwise required of us by law. We also may use the information to contact you or your , healthcare professional, if you have consented, to follow up regarding an event involving the use of our product.
Legal Rights and Obligations
In certain limited circumstances, AbbVie may need to disclose your Personal Data in order to comply with a legal obligation or demand, such as to comply with reporting obligations to our governing regulatory authorities regarding the safety of our pharmaceutical products, or in connection with the sale or transfer of one of our product lines or divisions, which includes the services provided through one or more of the AbbVie Services. In such instances, we will take measures to protect your Personal Data to the extent possible. We also reserve the right to use Personal Data to investigate and prosecute users who violate our rules or who engage in behaviour that is illegal or harmful to others or to others’ property.
PRIVACY OF CHILDREN
AbbVie does not knowingly collect or use any Personal Data directly from children on AbbVie Services. We do not knowingly allow children to order our products, to communicate with us, or to 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.
You may contact us at any time if you have questions about this Privacy Notice or the Personal Data we collect about you. Under applicable data protection law, you may be entitled to request access to and/or rectify, block, or delete your Personal Data, transmission to another controller, withdraw your consent at any time (this does not affect the lawfulness of previous data processing activities), or object to any use of Personal Data. If AbbVie will not be able to provide the requested information or make the change you request, you will be provided with reasons for such decision. Under local law you are also entitled to lodge a complaint with your local data protection authority. Please submit your privacy inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you may send a letter to Mainzer Straße 81, 65189 Wiesbaden, Germany (attention: EU DPO).
AbbVie maintains reasonable technical, administrative, organisational and physical security measures and controls to secure any Personal Data collected through the AbbVie Services. However, there is always some risk that an unauthorised third party could intercept an Internet transmission, or that someone will find a way to thwart our security systems. We urge you to exercise caution when transmitting Personal Data over the Internet, especially your health-related information. AbbVie cannot guarantee that unauthorised third parties will not gain access to your Personal Data; therefore, when submitting Personal Data to AbbVie Services, you must weigh both the benefits and the risks.
LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA PLUG-INS
This site is owned and operated by AbbVie Ltd, but the information you provide will be accessible to our affiliates, vendors, and suppliers in other countries, and if you are visiting this site from a country outside your country, your communication with us will necessarily result in the transfer of information across international borders. Personal Data may be transferred to our parent company, AbbVie Inc., in the United States, or other AbbVie affiliates, territories that may not provide a level of protection to Personal Data equivalent to that provided by your home country. We have concluded the AbbVie Inter-affiliate Data Transfer Agreement with AbbVie Inc., which is based on the EU model contract for data transfers to controllers and covers all personal data transfers between AbbVie affiliates worldwide to ensure the adequate protection of your Personal Data. A copy can be obtained by sending an email to email@example.com. Any transfers of personal data to third parties outside the EEA will be done in compliance with the international data transfer restrictions that apply under EU data protection laws, including, where appropriate, through the use of EU model contracts for data transfers to processors.
We will only use Personal Data in the manner described in the Privacy Notice in effect when the information was collected from you or as authorised by you. However, and subject to any applicable consent requirements, or if required by law, we reserve the right to change the terms of this Privacy Notice at any time. Any changes to this Privacy Notice will be reflected on this page with a new effective date. AbbVie encourages you to review this Privacy Notice regularly for any changes. Any Personal Data collected upon your continued use of AbbVie Services will be handled in accordance with the currently-posted Privacy Notice.