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OUR COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY

At Merck, privacy begins with trust.

Established in 2001, the Merck Privacy Office is driven by a global mission that includes respect for individual privacy expectations. The Merck privacy program is built on a strong foundation of global privacy practices and standards and carries on our tradition of upholding high ethical standards in collecting, using and disclosing personal information across our business practices and in addressing privacy-related ethical issues in biomedical research.

Privacy Trust at Merck

We believe that trust is core to our privacy mission, so we have developed our privacy program around the following key elements of privacy trust:

  • T - "transparency" - being open and clear about how we collect, use and disclose personal information
  • R - "respecting choices" - such as whether or not people want to participate in our programs
  • U - "understanding perspectives" - including that people have different levels of concern about their privacy based on cultural perspectives and personal experiences
  • S - "security" - protecting personal information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction
  • T - treating our stakeholders with respect and in a manner consistent with the Company's values
Read our Internet Privacy Policy

 

Safe Harbor Certification

On November 5, 2001, Merck & Co., Inc. certified its adherence to the Safe Harbor Agreement between the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce for transfers of personal information from the European Economic Area to the U.S. On May 1, 2006, Schering-Plough Corporation certified its adherence to the Safe Harbor for certain categories of personal information, and has since certified for other categories of personal information. We have reaffirmed our adherence to the Safe Harbor annually.

On October 31, 2007, the standards of the Merck & Co., Inc. Safe Harbor Privacy Policy were extended to personal information transferred from Switzerland to the U.S. In 2009, we certified our adherence to the Safe Harbor Framework agreed upon by the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland and the U.S Department of Commerce for transfers of personal information from Switzerland to the U.S.

The new Merck has certified its adherence to the Safe Harbor Frameworks for transfer of personal information from the European Economic Area and Switzerland to the U.S. For more information, please read the Merck & Co., Inc. Safe Harbor Privacy Policy. Copies of our certifications are listed under Merck & Co., Inc. and Schering Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., on the Safe Harbor List on the U.S. Department of Commerce Web site.

 

Protection of Social Security Numbers

We protect Social Security Numbers (SSNs) in accordance with our Global Privacy and Data Protection Policy, which requires in relevant part that SSNs be appropriately secured, in accordance with their sensitivity, from loss, misuse, and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction.

To the extent applicable, Merck also protects SSNs in accordance with its Internet Privacy Policy and its Safe Harbor Privacy Policy.

Transparency in our Privacy Program

Our privacy notices are an important part of our approach to transparency in what we do with personal information.

More information about Transparency and Privacy at Merck

Questions About Privacy?

Write to us at:
Merck Privacy Office
Merck & Co., Inc.
WS3B-85
One Merck Drive
Whitehouse Station,
NJ 08889-0100

E-mail:
Merck Privacy Office

Or in the U.S. call:
1-888-776-8364

If you are a healthcare professional in the U.S., call:
1-800-339-0400