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Privacy & Our Use of Cookies

Smith & Nephew is committed to protecting your privacy. This privacy notice applies to the Smith & Nephew websites and governs the way that we collect and use the data you give us.

By using this website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your personal information

When you apply for or request specific Smith & Nephew services (such as subscriptions to email and newsletters), we will collect personal identifiable information related to the purpose and use of that service, which we will use to provide the services you have requested.

We will never disclose your personal identifiable information to third parties for the purposes of allowing them to market to you.

Smith & Nephew operates globally and this means that we will transfer your personal identifiable information to other countries, including countries outside the European Economic Area (such as the United States). If you do not want your personal information transferred in this way, please do not provide it to us on the website.

As you navigate through this website, we will automatically collect anonymous information about you and your activities during your visit. This information includes navigational data and web server logs, and may include (but is not limited to) information such as your IP address, the version of both your browser and operating system, and the URL of the website you just came from. 

Our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and allows us to improve our website.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

We use the following types of cookies on www.smith-nephew.com:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website (e.g. the use of any learning resources) and anti-forgery token cookies.
  • Performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often and if they receive an error message. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. These cookies are deleted when the browser is closed.
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We use this information to make our website and advertising more relevant to your interests.

Please note that third parties (including for example advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control.

We do not sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to unrelated third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies, you may not be able to access all or parts of our website. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, once you have opted in to accept our cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our website.

Changes to this statement

Smith & Nephew will occasionally update this privacy notice to reflect company and customer feedback. We will not proactively notify you of any such changes and encourage you to periodically review this notice.

This statement was last updated on 11 April 2018.

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