Information Gathered and How it is Used
1. Information You Provide Directly to Us
You are not required to provide information about yourself when you visit the Site. As stated in our Submissions Policy, we do not solicit requests for information or funding through our Site. However, if you do submit information to us, including any personal information (such as name, address and e-mail address), such information will be subject to our Submissions Policy. As described in our Submissions Policy, we do not accept or collect Submissions on a confidential or proprietary basis and thus retain the right to freely use and disclose any Submissions without restriction. In particular, and without limiting the foregoing, we may disclose your Submissions to (i) our affiliates, representatives, consultants, investors and other third parties and (ii) any party in the event that we believe, in our sole discretion, that such disclosure is required by law or that such disclosure is necessary in order to protect and defend the rights or property of MSD or others or the personal safety of the public or the users of the Site.
2. Information We Collect Automatically
We may collect certain information automatically through the use of “cookies,” web beacons and other technologies that we use in connection with the administration of the Site, including, without limitation:
- Your browser type and operating system
- Your Internet Protocol (IP) address;
- Sites you visited before or after visiting the Site;
- Web pages you view and links you click on within the Site;
- Web pages you visit from clicking on links within an e-mail message sent to you by us; and
- Standard server log information.
We collect such information in order to enhance the content and functionality of our Site. We will not collect any personal contact information from you (such as your name, e-mail address, mailing address or phone number) unless you provide it directly to us
You have the choice to set your browser to accept or reject all cookies or to notify you when a cookie is set (as each browser is different, please check the “Help” menu of your browser in order to learn how to modify your cookie preferences). Please note that if you block cookies, you may not be able to view or access certain areas of the Site.
Your IP Address
An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer every time you browse the Internet. When you request a page from the Site, our servers log your computer’s current IP address. IP addresses assist us with diagnosing problems with our servers and Site administration.
Visiting from Outside the United States
MSD operates the Site from New York, New York, United States of America. Please be aware that information you provide to us or that we obtain as a result of your use of the Site may be processed and transferred to the United States and be subject to United States law. The privacy and data protection laws in the United States may not be equivalent to such laws in your country of residence. By using the Site or providing us with your information, you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, and processing of information to and in the United States.
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