tell you about our practices regarding collection, use, and disclosure of
information that you may provide via this site or that we acquire from your use
of the site. There are terms and conditions associated with your usage and
viewing of this site.
View these terms and conditions here.
By using this Shire site, you signify you consent to the collection, use and
disclosure of the information that you provide to the site or that we secure
from your use of the site. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use
this site. We reserve the right, at our discretion and where permitted by law,
to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this policy at any time with or
without notice. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued
use of our sites following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you
accept those changes.
Generally, we do not knowingly collect information from children on this
site. We encourage parents to talk to their children and supervise their use of
the Internet and the information they disclose to Web sites. In some cases,
there are treatments that pertain to children, and while this site is not
intended for use by minors, you may have the opportunity to provide personal
information about a child. Such information will only be used to provide the
requested services, and for no other purposes.
About This Site
In our effort to bring you up-to-date and accurate product and resource
information, we use various expert sources and studies to develop site content.
As a result, you may find slight differences in statistics and/or percentages
across various articles—because different sources can view data differently.
Information We Collect and How We Collect It
You can visit our site and view most of the content anonymously; however, we
may collect information from you. The information we gather on our site falls
into three categories: (1) personally identifiable information you supply, (2)
aggregate information collected as you navigate through our site, and (3)
publicly or commercially available information.
Personally Identifiable Information Collection
Like many Web sites, this site actively collects information from its
visitors both by asking you specific questions (for example, such as a
registration) and by permitting you to communicate directly with us via e-mail,
feedback forms, and/or chat rooms. Some of the information that you submit may
be personally identifiable information (that is, information that can be
uniquely identified with you, such as your full name, address, e-mail address,
phone number, and so on). Some areas of this site may require you to submit
treatment and/or demographic information in order for you to benefit from the
specialized features (such as newsletter subscriptions, tips/pointers, etc.) or
to participate in a particular activity (such as promotions). You will be
informed at each information collection point what information is required and
what information is optional.
Generally, online social media resources are interactive tools that enable
you to collaborate and share information with others. Social media resources
include but are not limited to social networks, discussion boards, bulletin
boards, blogs, wikis, and referral functions to share web site content and tools
with a friend or colleague. Shire may collect personal information from you to
enable you to use online social media resources we may occasionally offer to
you. Shire may also enable you to use these social media resources to post or
share personal information with others. When using social media resources, you
should take into careful consideration what information about yourself you
choose to share with others. Shire provides additional notice and choices about
how personal information is collected, used and disclosed on our Web sites and
other online resources that offer social media.
In addition to the uses described above for the Shire websites, some Shire
Web sites and online resources are specifically designed to be compatible and
used on mobile computing devices. Mobile versions of Shire Web sites may require
that you log in with a user account for that Web site. Information about your
use of the mobile version of the Web site will be associated with your user
account. Further, some of our Web sites and online resources may enable you to
download an application, widget or other tool that you can use on your mobile or
other computing device. Some of these tools may store information on your mobile
or other device. These tools may transmit personal information to Shire to
enable you to access your user account and to enable Shire to track use of these
tools. Some of these tools may enable you to e-mail reports and other
information from the tool. Shire may use personal or non-identifiable
information transmitted to Shire to enhance these tools, to develop new tools,
for quality improvement and as otherwise described in this Policy or in other
notices Shire provides.
As you navigate through a Web site, certain information can be passively
collected (that is, gathered without your actively providing the information)
using various technologies and means, such as navigational data collection. This
site may use Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. An IP address is a number
assigned to your computer by your Internet service provider so you can access
the Internet. We use your IP address to diagnose problems with our server,
report aggregate non-personally identifiable information, determine the fastest
route to your computer in connecting to our site, and administer and improve the
We also collect information about your use of our site through cookies and
similar technology. A “cookie” is a bit of information that a Web site sends to
your computer that helps the site remember information about you and your
preferences and recognize you as a return visitor to the site. Cookies, by
themselves, do not tell us your e-mail address or other personally identifiable
information. However, we may combine this information with other information
collected from or about you in order to help customize content.
“Web beacons” (also known as Internet tabs, single-pixel GIFs/PNGs, clear
GIFs/PNGs, invisible GIFs/PNGs, and 1-by-1 GIFs/PNGs) are smaller than cookies
and tell the Web site server information such as the IP address and browser type
related to the visitor’s computer. This site may at times use Web Beacons.
“Navigational data” (“log files,” “server logs,” and “clickstream” data) are
used for system management, to improve the content of the site, for market
research purposes, and to communicate information to visitors. This site may at
times use navigational data.
Publicly/Commercially Available Information Collection
Publicly or commercially available information is defined as information that
an individual makes or permits to be made available to the public, or is legally
available through an independent list broker or other third party, and/or is
legally obtained and accessed from, amongst other sources: government records
that are available to the public, journalistic reports, or information that is
required by law to be available. We may collect publicly available information
or purchase commercially available information about you from third parties.
Use and Disclosure of Information
Except as otherwise stated, we may use your information to improve the
content of our site, to customize the site to your preferences, to communicate
information to you (if you have requested it), for our marketing and research
purposes, to respond to access requests or to otherwise protect Shire’s legal
and business interests and rights, and for the other purposes specified in this
this site, we may combine such information with other actively and passively
We may disclose your personally identifiable information to our affiliates
In addition, we may disclose your personally identifiable information to third
parties located in countries outside of the one in which you reside that may
have laws and regulations different than your own, but only (i) to contractors
we use to support our business (e.g. fulfilment services, technical support,
delivery services, market research providers, and financial institutions), in
which case we will require such third parties to agree to treat it in accordance
court orders, or government regulations; or (iii) to otherwise protect Shire’s
legal and business interests.
Length of Personal Information Retention
Personal information will be stored as long as the information is required to
fulfil Shire’s legitimate business needs or the purposes for which the
information was collected, or until an individual whose data is involved
requests that we delete that information (unless its retention is required by
Access and Correction
To keep your personally identifiable information accurate, current and
complete, please contact us as specified below. We will take reasonable steps to
update or correct or to remove personally identifiable information in our
possession that you have previously submitted via this site or that we have
acquired from other sources.
We take commercially reasonable steps to protect your personally identifiable
information as you transmit your information from your computer to our site and
to protect such information from loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure,
alteration, or destruction. You should keep in mind that no Internet
transmission is ever 100% secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or
from this site may not be secure, and you should therefore take special care in
deciding what information you send to us via e-mail. Moreover, where you use
passwords, ID numbers, or other special access features on this site, it is your
responsibility to safeguard them.
In the event of an incident or security breach resulting in your personally
identifiable information being accessed, lost, or stolen by an unauthorized
third party, Shire will exercise commercially reasonable efforts to (i) notify
you to the extent required by law; and (ii) identify the personally identifiable
information that was accessed/disclosed using the contact information you have
provided to us or by any other reasonable means.
Links to Other Web Sites
This site may contain links or references to other Web sites. Please be aware
of every Web site you visit. We are not responsible for, nor do we endorse, the
contents of these other Web sites. If you in any way rely on information
obtained from any such Web sites, you do so at your own risk.
How to Contact Us / Accountability
If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this online privacy
policy or about the information practices of this site, or would like to have
your information removed from our files, please contact us:
Last revised date: 25 July 2011