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Information We Collect and Use
We collect personal information you choose to provide, e.g., through registrations, applications and surveys, and in connection with your inquiries. In addition, we may gather information about you automatically through your use of the Site, e.g., your IP address and how you navigate our Site. See also, the Section below on Cookies and Other Tools.
How We Use Personal Information
We may use your personal information in the following ways:
To Serve You:
We may use your personal information to respond to your inquiries and provide the products and services you request. We also use your information to deliver the content and services we believe you will find the most relevant. For example, a female user may receive information on products targeted at women that a male user will not see; a user who we know is a healthcare professional who treats arthritis may receive information relating to new arthritis therapies. We will also use your information to provide customer service and support.
To Serve Third Parties You Ask Us to Serve:
To Validate Your Ability to Access / Use Certain Products, Services and Information:
Some products, services and information we offer may only be suitable for/ accessible to individuals meeting certain eligibility or other criteria. In such cases, we may verify that you meet such criteria. For example, certain information relating to our products is only intended for and accessible to licensed healthcare professionals and we may use information we collect directly from you and from outside sources to validate your licensure and eligibility to view such information.
In Accordance with Special Program Terms:
On occasion, Pfizer may offer special programs and activities via the Site (“Special Programs”) that have specific terms, privacy notices and/or informed consent forms that explain how any personal information you provide will be processed in connection with the Special Program (“Special Program Terms”). Pfizer will honour those Special Program Terms with respect to your personal information. Some of these Special Programs may involve sharing information with a third party and Pfizer will provide you with notice of this. You may be offered the opportunity to agree to or opt-out of the sharing of your information with such third party. But, in some instances, it may be necessary to agree to sharing with a third party in order to participate in a particular Special Program. If you consent/do not opt-out, we will share your information with the third party; and the personal information you provide may be used by the third party in accordance with the Special Program Terms and, unless provided otherwise in such Special Program Terms, for their own purposes in accordance with their own policies/terms. We strongly suggest you review both the Special Program Terms and any applicable third party policies/ terms before participating.
To Improve Products and Services and Protect Patients and Consumers:
We use the information you provide to better understand how our products and services impact you and those you care for and to further develop and improve our products and services. For example, you may be invited to participate in a survey relating to our products or services; healthcare professionals may be invited to participate in various programs or panels of experts. In addition, we use the information you provide to comply with our regulatory monitoring and reporting obligations including those related to adverse events, product complaints and patient safety.
In Aggregated or De-identified Form:
We may aggregate and/or de-identify data about visitors to our Site for various business purposes including product and service development and improvement activities.
How We Share Your Personal Information
Pfizer may share your personal information as follows:
In Connection with our service
For one or more of the above purposes, Pfizer may disclose personal information to:
- its affiliates within or outside of South Africa, in which case your personal information will be collected, used, disclosed, managed and stored in accordance with this policy; and
- third parties within or outside of South Africa – see the With Service Providers and Business Partners section; and
- regulatory authorities, within or outside of South Africa, and ethics committees as part of a clinical trial evaluation, monitoring or inspection process.
In Connection with Business Transfers:
With Service Providers and Business Partners:
We may retain other companies and individuals to perform services on our behalf and we may collaborate with other companies and individuals with respect to particular products or services (collectively, “Providers”). Examples of Providers include data analysis firms, credit card processing companies, customer service and support providers, email and SMS vendors, web hosting and development companies and fulfillment companies. Providers also include our co-promote partners for products that we jointly develop and/or market with other companies. Some Providers may collect information on our behalf on our Site. These third parties may be provided with access to personal information needed to perform their functions, but they may not use such information other than on our behalf and subject to contracts that protect the confidentiality of the information. In addition, as noted above, we may share information with third parties in accordance with Special Program Terms unless you opt-out/do not consent.
To Comply with Law/Protect:
We reserve the right to disclose your personal information as required by law, when we believe disclosure is necessary to comply with a regulatory requirement, judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on us, or to protect the safety, rights, or property of our customers, the public or Pfizer.
In the Aggregate/De-identified:
Pfizer may also disclose aggregate or de-identified data that is not personally identifiable with third parties. Aggregate data is created by pooling information about individuals and describing the data in the aggregate, e.g., 20% of customers who clicked on the X page participated in the survey.
Cookies and Other Tools
Pfizer and its business partners collect information about you by using cookies, tracking pixels and other technologies (collectively, “Tools”). We use this information to better understand, customize and improve user experience with our websites, services and offerings. For example, we use web analytics services that leverage these Tools to help us to understand how visitors engage with and navigate our Site, e.g., how and when pages in a site are visited and by how many visitors. We are also able to offer our visitors a more customized, relevant experience on our sites using these Tools by delivering content and functionality based on your preferences and interests. If you have provided us with personal information, e.g., through a registration or a request for certain materials, we may associate this personal information with information gathered through the Tools. This allows us to offer increased personalization and functionality.
Further as part of the Tools, we may use other tracking systems like pixel-tags. Pixel tags, sometimes called web beacons, are similar in function to cookies but because of their insignificant size, they are not visible. However, they are used to pass certain information to our servers to personalize our websites and to track your usage across other Pfizer websites. In addition, we may also use pixel tags in our HTML based emails.
Your web browser can be set to allow you to control whether you will accept cookies, reject cookies, or to notify you each time a cookie is sent to your browser. If your browser is set to reject cookies, websites that are cookie-enabled will not recognize you when you return to the website, and some website functionality may be lost. The Help section of your browser may tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting cookies. If you are using a smartphone, set your preferences through the “Settings” app of your smartphone and/or the browser(s) app(s). There are also software products available that can manage cookies for you.
Your Privacy Choices and Updates
You may always update your personal information and your preferences. Limited communications may be necessary in order for you to participate in a particular program or service. Different programs and services may offer different phone numbers, links or preference managers that allow you to inform us of your updates and choices, including opting out of particular communications. These contact options are typically available on our Site or in the emails or texts we send.
Transfer of Data to Other Countries
We are committed to protecting the privacy of children. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your personal information or require assistance in managing your choices.
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