Privacy Statement


Please Read This Privacy Statement Carefully

Your privacy is very important to Stryker. We also understand that privacy is very important to you. This Privacy Statement ("Privacy Statement") tells you how we protect and use any information we gather through this website located at stryker.com. This website is operated by Stryker. Stryker Corporation and its affiliates (hereafter referred to as "Stryker") also operate other websites. This Privacy Statement may not apply to those other websites. Please review the privacy statement posted on those other Stryker websites when you visit them.

This Privacy Statement was last modified on July 9, 2004. Stryker reserves the right to change this Privacy Statement at any time and for any reason. We encourage you to look at this Privacy Statement each time you visit the site and especially before you provide any personally identifiable information.

By using this site, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement. Please read our Terms of Use to understand the general rules about your use of this site. Except as written in any other disclaimers, policies, terms of use, or other notices on this site, this Privacy Statement and the Terms of Use are the complete agreement between you and Stryker with respect to your use of this site. You may be subject to additional terms that may apply when you access particular services or materials on certain areas of this site or by following links that take you away from this site.

Introduction

The information we receive, and how we use it, depends on what you do when visiting our site. We collect and use your non-personal information (information that is not identifiable to you personally) differently than your personal information.

What is Non-Personal Information?

Each time you visit this site to read or download information, we may collect certain information about you from your computer. This information is collected from your computer's web browser and may include information such as the following ("non-personal information"):

• the type of web browser software you use (for example, Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer)

• the name of the domain from which you access the Internet

• the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site

• the date and time you access our site

• the pages you have visited on our site

• Personal information that has been de-identified

If you only read or download information on our site, we do not collect or learn your name, e-mail address, home address, or other personal information about you. We may place a text file called a cookie in the browser files of your computer when you visit. The cookie may be stored on your computer's hard drive. The information that we collect using cookies is non-personal information. U.S. Government Information Bulletin (I-034) contains a good description of cookie technology at: http://webdesign.about.com/cs/cookies/a/aa082498a.htm. You are always free to decline our cookies if your browser permits, but some parts of our site may not work properly for you if you do so. We will not allow third parties to place cookies on our site.

What Does Stryker Do with Non-Personal Information?

There are no restrictions to the way Stryker can use or share non-personal information. We will use non-personal information to help us make our site more useful to visitors and for other business purposes. We may prepare reports and other materials using non-personal information. Since these reports and materials contain no personal information, we may share them with others.

All information that is not personal to you or someone else, such as questions, comments, ideas and suggestions (collectively "feedback") shall be deemed to be non-confidential, and Stryker shall be free to disclose and use the same, for any purpose and through any means, without any obligation whatsoever to you. By choosing to send a message to Stryker, you acknowledge that all feedback will be considered to be non-confidential. Stryker shall have no obligations of any kind with respect to such feedback, and shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose, exhibit, display, transform, commercialize, create derivative works and distribute the feedback to others without limitation. Further, Stryker shall be free to use any ideas, inventions, concepts, know-how or techniques contained in such feedback for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products incorporating such feedback.

What is Personal Information?

In some places on this site you may have the chance to send us information about yourself. For example, our site may include a registration form, surveys or e-mail forms. Most of our services do not require any form of registration, allowing you to visit our site without telling us who you are. However, some services may require registration. When you register with us, you may need to complete certain fields (some are required and some are optional), as well as choose a user name and password. In these situations, if you choose to withhold any personal data requested by us, it may not be possible for you to gain access to certain parts of the site and for us to respond to your words.

The personal information that we collect if you fill out such forms or surveys, or when you ask us to personalize your visits to our site, may include, for example:

• your name

• address

• e-mail address

• other personal information such as your medical affiliation.

How Does Stryker Use Personal Information?

Stryker may use the personal information we collect to:

• respond to your requests

• contact you, via e-mail, regular mail, telephone or otherwise

• provide you with information that we believe may be of interest to you

• develop records, including records of your personal information

• develop and improve programs, products, services and content

• enforce this Privacy Statement and our Terms of Use and other rules about your use of this site

• to protect Stryker's rights or property

• to protect someone's health, safety or welfare

• to comply with a law or regulation, court order or other legal process.

By submitting personal information (such as your name, address, e-mail address, or telephone number), you agree that we may keep a record of it and may use it in accordance with the above. We also may use your personal information to help us in our business, including but not limited to improving our site, marketing and/or product development.

Sharing Personal Information with Others

Stryker may transfer your personal information to the subsidiaries, divisions or other entities under common ownership with Stryker. You also agree that Stryker may share your personal information with others who help us with these activities. These companies and/or individuals may not use or share your personal information with others except for the purpose of assisting us with our business activities pursuant to our request. Stryker will not sell, exchange or publish your personal information without your permission, except in conjunction with a corporate sale, merger, dissolution, acquisition, or other similar event.

You agree that we may use your personal information to mail or email information to you about Stryker and our products and services.

Is Stryker Ever Required to Share Personal Information with Third Parties?

Except as otherwise written in this Privacy Statement, we will keep your personal information private and will not share it with others, unless the disclosure is necessary to:

• comply with a law or regulation, court order, subpoena or other legal process

• protect our rights or property

• enforce our Terms of Use or this Privacy Statement

• protect someone's health or safety.

In addition, you are prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material or any material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law. We will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or court order requesting or directing us to disclose the identity of anyone posting any such information or materials.

What about Privacy on Other Sites?

This site may contain links to other websites. We provide these links for your convenience, but we do not review, control, or monitor the privacy practices of websites operated by others. Stryker is not responsible for the performance of these sites or for your business dealings with them. Your use of any other websites is subject to the terms and conditions of those sites, including the privacy policies of those sites.

Are There Special Rules About Children's Privacy?

We care about protecting the online privacy of children. We will not intentionally collect any personal information (such as a child's name or e-mail address) from children under the age of 13. If you think that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, please contact us.

This site is not intentionally designed for or directed at children 13 years of age or younger without obtaining prior consent from a person with parental responsibility. It is our policy never to knowingly collect or maintain information about anyone under the age of 13 (such as a child's name or e-mail address). Please contact us if you think we may have collected information from a child under the age of 13.

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Terms of Use

By accessing web site pages belonging to or operated by Stryker, you agree to the following terms. If you do not agree to the following terms, please note that you are not allowed to use the site. This site is owned and maintained by Stryker. These Terms of Use and Privacy Notice apply to this site. Stryker Corporation and its affiliates (hereafter referred to as "Stryker") also operate other websites. These Terms of Use may not apply to those other websites. Please review the Terms of Use posted on those other Stryker websites when you visit them. These Terms of Use were last updated on July 9, 2004. Stryker may change the Terms of Use at any time. By using this site, it means you accept the most recent version of the Terms of Use.

Please read our Privacy Statement to understand the privacy rules about your use of this site. Except as written in any other disclaimers, policies, terms of use, or other notices on this site, these Terms of Use and our Privacy Statement are the complete agreement between you and Stryker with respect to your use of this site. You may be subject to additional terms that may apply when you access particular services or materials on certain areas of this site, or by following links that take you away from this site. Stryker makes no representation as to the availability, accuracy, or completeness of the content of this site. Stryker is not liable for any damages or injury resulting from your access to or inability to access this site or from reliance on any information at this site. In addition we reserve the right to interrupt or discontinue any or all of the functionality of this site or to change its content at any time without prior notice, but we do not assume any responsibility to update it.

The information contained in this site (i) is for general guidance on matters of interest only and shall not be assimilated to or substituted for legal or medical advice, and (ii) does not constitute an offer of or solicitation for the purchase of products or services.

A reference to a Stryker product or service on this site does not imply that such product or service is or will be available in your country where it may be subject to different regulations and conditions of use. Such reference does not imply any intention on our part to sell this product or service in your country and you should always rely on product information especially created for your country. The site contains information about products and services that may or may not be available in any particular country or region of the world, may be available under different trademarks in different countries and, where applicable, may be approved or cleared by a government regulatory body for sale or use with different indications and restrictions in different countries.

Although accessible by others, the product information on the Stryker site is intended for use by residents of the United States only unless designated by a national flag or regional symbol. This site links to other sites produced by Stryker's various operating divisions and subsidiaries, some of which are outside the U.S. Those sites may have information that is appropriate only to the particular originating country or region where the site is based. You should not construe anything on the linked site as a promotion or solicitation for any product or for the use of any product that is not authorized by the laws and regulations of the country where you are located.

This site may contain from time to time information related to various health, medical, and fitness conditions and their treatment. Such information is not meant to be a substitute for the advice provided by a physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing a health or fitness problem or disease. You should always consult a medical professional, such as a physician, to determine what courses of treatment, if any, may be appropriate for you.

The contents of these web pages are protected by appropriate copyright and trademark laws. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. Reproduction, transfer, distribution or storage of part or all of the contents in any form without the prior written permission of Stryker is prohibited except in accordance with the following terms. Stryker consents to you browsing Stryker web pages on your computer or printing copies of extracts from these pages for your personal use only and not for redistribution unless consented to in writing by Stryker. Individual documents in our web pages may be subject to additional terms indicated in those documents.

The use of this site and the content therein is permitted for private, non-commercial use. This site and the contents herein are provided as a convenience to you. The contents of Stryker web pages are provided on "as is" and "as available" basis. Stryker does not warrant that its web pages will be uninterrupted or error-free. Stryker reserves the right to revise the pages or withdraw access to them at any time. NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR NON-INFRINGEMENT OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, IS MADE IN RELATION TO THE AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY, RELIABILITY OR CONTENT OF THESE PAGES. STRYKER SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS OR FOR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THIS SERVICE, EVEN IF STRYKER HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THE LIABILITY OF STRYKER WOULD IN SUCH CASE BE LIMITED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

For your easy accessibility Stryker may include links to sites on the internet that are owned or operated by third parties. Stryker is not responsible for the content of such other sites. By linking to such a third-party site, you shall review and agree to that site's rules of use before using such site. You also agree that Stryker has no control over the content of that site and cannot assume any responsibility for material created or published by such third-party sites. In addition, a link to a non-Stryker site does not imply that Stryker endorses the site or the products or services referenced in such third party site. Stryker shall not be liable for any damages or injury arising from users' access to or inability to access such sites.

By submitting material to any of our servers, for example by e-mail or via the internet, you agree that: (a) the material will not contain any item that is unlawful or otherwise unfit for publication; (b) you will use reasonable EFORTs to scan and remove any viruses or other contaminating or destructive features before submitting any material; (c) you own the material or have the unlimited right to provide it to us and Stryker may publish the material free of charge and/or incorporate it or any concepts described in it in our products without accountability or liability; and (d) you agree not to take action against us in relation to material that you submit and you agree to indemnify us if any third party takes action against us in relation to the material you submit.

Stryker does not and cannot review the content posted by users on its site if applicable and is not responsible for such content. Stryker may at any time at its discretion remove any content posted by users.

Stryker is a registered trademark of Stryker Corporation. Stryker's product names are either trademarks or registered trademarks of Stryker. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks or trade names of their respective owners. Your access to this site should not be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel or otherwise, any license or right to use any marks appearing on the site without the prior written consent of Stryker or the third party owner thereof.

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