Acelity is committed to protecting the privacy of those who entrust us with Personal Data. Acelity abides by the Safe Harbor Principles developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission and the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland, and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) issued by the U.S Department of Commerce on July 21, 2000. Acelity’s Safe Harbor certification can be found at https://safeharbor.export.gov/list.aspx. For more information about the Safe Harbor principles, please visit http://www.export.gov/safeharbor.
Acelity LP, Inc. (Acelity) is comprised of Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (KCI) and its subsidiaries and affiliates including, but not limited to, KCI USA, Inc., KCI International, and the entities and affiliates of LifeCell Corporation and Systagenix Wound Management.
The purpose of this Policy is to set forth the privacy principles that Acelity follows with respect to transfers of Personal Data from the European Economic Area and Switzerland to the United States which has been collected or received by Acelity in conducting clinical or market research and/or in managing our workforce.
This Policy sets forth the privacy principles that Acelity follows with respect to transfers of Personal Data from the European Economic Area and Switzerland to the United States which has been collected or received by Acelity in conducting business with customers and patients, in doing clinical or market research and/or in managing our workforce.
Agent any third party that processes Personal Data on behalf of and under the instruction of Acelity.
Contractor any person or entity engaged (directly or indirectly) to provide services and/or products to Acelity, whether or not pursuant to a written agreement, including but not limited to any consultant, agent, sales representative, sales associate, distributor, joint venture partner, contractor or other third party.
Employee any employee of Acelity, including any international employee.
Personnel any Acelity Contractor, Acelity Employee or director or officer of Acelity.
“Personal Data” any information or set of information that identifies or can reasonably be used to identify an individual. Personal Data does not include information that is encoded or anonymized, or publicly available information that has not been combined with non-public personal information.
“Sensitive Personal Data” personal information that reveals race, ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, or that concerns health or sex life. Information will be treated as Sensitive Personal Data where it is received from a third party that treats and identifies it as sensitive.
Acelity will offer an individual the opportunity to choose (opt out) whether Personal Data are (a) shared with a non-agent third party or (b) used for a purpose other than that for which the data were originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual. For Sensitive Personal Data, Acelity will endeavor to give an individual an affirmative or explicit (opt in) choice if the information is to be disclosed to a third party or used for a purpose other than those for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual; provided, however that choice is not required where the processing of Sensitive Personal Data is: (i) in the vital interests of the data subject or another person; (ii) necessary for the establishment of legal claims or defenses; (iii) required to provide medical care or diagnosis; (iv) carried out in the course of legitimate activities by a foundation, association or any other non-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade-union aim and on condition that the processing relates solely to the members of the body or to the persons who have regular contact with it in connection with its purposes and that the data are not disclosed to a third party without the consent of the data subjects; (iv) necessary to carry out our obligations in the field of employment law; or (vi) related to data that are manifestly made public by the individual.
Acelity will provide individuals with reasonable access to Personal Data about them and they may request the correction or amendment of Personal Data that they demonstrate to be incorrect or incomplete. Acelity will endeavor to process all reasonable requests for access within a reasonable time period but reserves the right to deny access or limit access in cases where the burden or cost of providing access would be disproportionate to the risks to the individual’s privacy or in the case of a vexatious or fraudulent request. Any Acelity Employee who desires to review or update their Personal Data can do so by contacting their human resources representative.
Transfers to Agents
Acelity will only transfer Personal Data to an Agent where the Agent has provided assurances that the Agent provides at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by these principles. Should Acelity become aware of an Agent using or sharing Personal Data in a way that is contrary to these principles, Acelity will take reasonable steps to prevent or stop such activity.
Acelity will only transfer Personal Data to a non-agent third party where consistent with the notice provided to the individuals who are the subject of the data and any consent that those individuals have given.
Acelity will only use Personal Data only in ways that are consistent with the purposes for which it was collected or subsequently authorized by the individual. To the extent necessary for those purposes, Acelity will take reasonable steps to ensure that the Personal Data are relevant for its intended use, accurate, complete and current.
Acelity will take reasonable precautions to protect Personal Data in its possession from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction. Acelity endeavors to limit access to Personal Data to Acelity Personnel that have a specific business purpose for maintaining and processing such Personal Data. Acelity Personnel who have been granted access to Personal Data are aware of their responsibilities to protect the security, confidentiality and integrity of such information.
Acelity has put in place mechanisms to verify our ongoing adherence to the privacy principles set forth in this Policy. Individuals who wish to file a complaint, ask a question or raise a concern with this Policy should direct such communication to Acelity at the address provided below. Acelity will investigate and attempt to resolve complaints, questions and concerns regarding the use and disclosure of Personal Data in accordance with the principles set forth in this Policy. Furthermore, Acelity is committed to cooperating with local European Data Protection Authorities to resolve any dispute and will take steps to remedy any problems arising out of a failure to comply with the Safe Harbor principles. “Acelity will cooperate with the following dispute resolution bodies to address individuals' complaints regarding privacy issues: (i) for individuals complaints, we cooperate with JAMS in accordance with the JAMS Safe Harbor Program, which is described on the JAMS website at http://www.jamsadr.com/safeharbor/; (ii) for complaints concerning our handling of Acelity Employee Personal Data, we cooperate with the relevant EU or Swiss data protection authorities.
Limitations on Scope of Principles
Adherence by Acelity to these privacy principles may be limited to the extent required to meet a legal, governmental, national security or public interest obligation.
Contact for Concerns
For questions regarding this Policy please contact Acelity at:
San Antonio, Texas 78249
Attention: Compliance Department
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