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Privacy Policy

Effective Date: January 1, 2017

C. R. Bard, Inc. ("Bard," “we,” “us,” or “our”) recognizes the importance of protecting the privacy of information we may collect from our on-line visitors. To this end, we are committed to respecting the privacy of our on-line visitors. It is our intent to balance our legitimate business interests in collecting and using information received from and about you with your reasonable expectations of privacy. This Privacy Policy describes how we handle information learned about you from your visit to our Internet site (the/this “Site”).

This Privacy Policy applies to personal information about individuals and does not apply to the information collected, used or disclosed with respect to corporate or commercial entities.  This Privacy Policy does not impose any limits on our collection, use or disclosure of the information exempted under applicable privacy legislation, such as business contact information and certain publicly available information.  

We have designated a Privacy Officer who is responsible for our compliance with this Policy.  The Privacy Officer may be contacted as described below.

Personally Identifiable Information
Bard collects personally identifiable information, such as names, addresses, E-mail addresses and the like, only when voluntarily provided by a Site visitor. Any and all such information collected by us is used for our internal business purposes only.  We collect, use and disclose your personally identifiable information for the following purposes:

  •  to operate the Site and to provide and administer products and services you request, and to disclose the information for any purpose related to the provision of requested products and services;
  • to authenticate your identity;
  • to maintain accurate customer records;

The collections, uses and disclosures listed above are a reasonably necessary part of your relationship with us.

Except as described in this Privacy Policy, we will not allow such collected information to be sold, traded, disclosed to or viewed by any third party.

We may, however, share the personally identifiable information we collect about you in limited circumstances, including:

  • when you give us your consent to share this information;
  • when we need to share this information to provide a service that you have requested. For example, we may share information with third-party service providers for market research; fraud protection; data analysis; and/or email management purposes;
  • when we are required or authorized by law, regulation or legal process to disclose information; or
  • when we believe disclosure is necessary or appropriate to prevent physical harm or financial loss or in connection with an investigation of suspected or actual illegal activity.

You will not receive E-mail as a result of visiting this site unless you request it.
Non-Personal Usage Information
We may also gather certain non-personally identifiable information about your use of our Site automatically (“Usage Information”). For example, we collect your IP address and browser information every time you visit our Site. This information is used to analyze and improve our Site and provide our users with a fulfilling experience. We may share Usage Information or aggregate information (information that does not directly identify an individual) with third parties for lawful purposes.

We use Google Analytics on the Site to collect Usage Information, to analyze how users use the Site and to provide advertisements to you on other Internet sites. For more information about how to opt out of having your information used by Google Analytics, visit

Cookie Data
This Site may use "cookies" to store and sometimes track information about your on-line visits. Cookies are pieces of information that are sent to browsers from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies can tell us how and when pages in an Internet site are visited and by how many people. This technology does not collect personally identifiable information; the information collected is in an aggregate, non-identifiable form. You will remain anonymous throughout your visit. Cookies are commonly used on Internet sites and do not harm your computer. With the information we can learn through this technology, we hope to improve this Site.

We will obtain your consent to collect, use or disclose personally identifiable information except where we are authorized or required by law to do so without consent. Your consent can be express, implied or given through an authorized representative. Consent may be provided orally, in writing, electronically, through inaction (such as when you fail to notify us that you do not wish your personal information collected/used/disclosed for various purposes after you have received notice of those purposes) or otherwise.

You may withdraw consent at any time, subject to legal, contractual and other restrictions, provided that you give us reasonable notice of withdrawal of consent. If you notify us that you withdraw consent, we will inform you of the likely consequences of that withdrawal of consent, which may include our inability to provide certain services for which that information is necessary.

Limits on Collection
We will not collect personally identifiable information indiscriminately but will limit collection of personally identifiable information to that which is reasonable and necessary.  We will also collect personally identifiable information as authorized by law.

Limits for Using, Disclosing and Retaining Personally Identifiable Information
Your personally identifiable information will only be used or disclosed for the purposes set out above and as authorized by law.

Service Providers
We may retain agents, subcontractors or service providers from time to time in relation to our business or the products or services that we provide. If we require a service provider to deal with your personally identifiable information, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that the service provider adheres to privacy procedures and will keep your personally identifiable information confidential. We will not provide more information than is necessary to the service provider and will ensure that the information is returned or destroyed once the purpose for which it was given is filled.

Our service providers may be located outside of Canada, and you acknowledge that personally identifiable information may be processed and stored in foreign jurisdictions and that the governments, courts or law enforcement or regulatory agencies in those jurisdictions may be able to obtain disclosure of that personal information through the laws of the foreign jurisdiction.

We will make a reasonable effort to ensure that personally identifiable information we are using or disclosing is accurate and complete.  

If you demonstrate the inaccuracy or incompleteness of personally identifiable information, we will amend the information as required.  If appropriate, we will send the amended information to third parties to whom the information has been disclosed.  If a challenge regarding the accuracy of personally identifiable information is not resolved to your satisfaction, we will annotate the personally identifiable information under our control with a note that the correction was requested but not made.

You have a right to access your personally identifiable information held by us.

Upon written request and authentication of identity, we will provide you your personally identifiable information under our control.  We will also give you information about the ways in which that information is being used and a description of the individuals and organizations to whom that information has been disclosed.  We may charge you a reasonable fee for doing so.

In some situations, we may not be able to provide access to certain personally identifiable information. We may also be prevented by law from providing access to certain personally identifiable information. Where an access request is refused, we will notify you in writing, document the reasons for refusal and outline further steps that are available to you.

Links to Other Sites
As a resource to our visitors, Bard may provide links to other Internet sites. Please be aware that we do not control other Internet sites and that, in any case, this Privacy Policy does not apply to those Internet sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policy of every Internet site you visit.

This Site is not intended for children under the age of 13. We will not knowingly collect information from Site visitors in this age group. If you think that we have collected personal information from a child under the age of 13, please contact us with the information below. Parents and guardians are urged to monitor and supervise their children's online activity.

How We Protect Your Information
We use reasonable security procedures to protect your information. However, no data over the Internet is guaranteed to be 100% secure. Consequently, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of your information and you understand that any information that you transfer or transmit to us is done at your own risk.

Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this page and may be made at any time without notice. Accordingly, we recommend that you consult this page frequently so that you are aware of our latest policy and/or any changes to this Privacy Policy. Your continued use of our Site after we have posted notice of such modifications, alterations or updates shall constitute your acceptance of any such new or revised Privacy Policy.

Other Terms
Your use of this site is subject to our Terms of Use.

Contact Us
If you have questions or comments about our privacy practices, please contact our Privacy Officer via