safe harbor policy


Safe Harbor Privacy Policy

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a member of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of those who entrust us with their personal information. Our employees, and all those who do business with us, trust and expect that we will protect their personal information in accordance with the promises we make. In furtherance of our commitment, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has certified to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework with respect to personal data processed as part of our Human Resources and Clinical activities. Accordingly, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. adheres to the Safe Harbor privacy principles and frequently asked questions, as separately agreed to by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission, and the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland.

To learn more about the Safe Harbor program, and to view DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.’s certification, please visit


This Safe Harbor Privacy Policy sets forth how DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. handles personal data transferred to the United States from countries in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, that are collected or received in managing our workforce and in conducting clinical research.


The following terms are used throughout this document and are defined here for clarification.


“Agent” means a third party that processes personal data solely on behalf of and under the instructions of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

Personal Data “Personal data” means any information or set of information that identifies or can reasonably be used to identify an individual. Personal data do not include information that is encoded or anonymized, or publicly available information that has not been combined with non-public personal information.

Sensitive Personal Data

"Sensitive personal data" means personal information that reveals race, ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, or that concerns health or sex life. Information will be treated as sensitive personal data where it is received from a third party that treats and identifies it as sensitive.

Privacy Principles

The following privacy principles apply to the collection, use and disclosure of personal data by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. in conducting human resources and clinical research activities.


DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will inform individuals about the purposes for which we collect and use personal data about them, how to contact us, the types of non-agent third parties with whom we may share personal data, and any ways that individuals may limit the use and sharing of such data. This notice will be provided when individuals are first asked to provide personal data or as soon thereafter as is practicable.


DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will offer an individual the opportunity to choose (opt out) whether personal data are (a) shared with a non-agent third party or (b) used for a purpose other than that for which the data were originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual.

For sensitive personal data, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will give an individual an affirmative or explicit (opt in) choice if the information is to be disclosed to a third party or used for a purpose other than those for which it was originally collected or subsequently authorized by the individual.


DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will provide individuals with reasonable access to personal data about them and they may request the correction or amendment of personal data that they demonstrate to be incorrect or incomplete.

Transfers to Agents

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will only transfer personal data to an agent where the agent has provided assurances that the agent provides at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by these privacy principles. Where we have knowledge that an agent is using or sharing personal data in a way that is contrary to these principles, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will take reasonable steps to prevent or stop such processing.

Onward Transfer DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will only transfer personal data to a non-agent third party where consistent with the notice provided to the individuals who are the subject of the data and any consent that those individuals have given.

Information Integrity DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will only use and share personal data about individuals in a way that is consistent with the purposes for which the data were collected or subsequently authorized by those individuals. To the extent necessary for those purposes, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will take reasonable steps to ensure that the data are accurate, complete, and current.

Information Security

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. will take reasonable precautions to protect personal data from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction.

Enforcement DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has put in place mechanisms to verify our ongoing adherence to these privacy principles. We encourage individuals covered by this Policy to raise any concerns that they have about the way that we process their personal data by contacting us at the address below, and we will do our best to resolve them. We have also agreed to participate in the dispute resolution program provided by the European Data Protection Authorities Panel and to cooperate and comply with the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner of Switzerland.

Limitation on Scope of Principles Adherence by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. to these privacy principles may be limited to the extent required to meet a legal, governmental, national security or public interest.

How to Contact Us Please contact us with any questions about the way in which we use personal data. Employees and former employees of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. should contact us at:

All other individuals covered by this Policy should contact us at:

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
700 Orthopaedic Drive
P.O Box 988
Warsaw, IN 46581

Contact Phone number: (800) 473-3789
Email address :

Changes to this Policy This Policy may be amended from time to time, consistent with the requirements of the Safe Harbor. When we do, we will also revise the "last updated" date at the bottom of this Policy. For material changes to this Policy, we will notify individuals by placing a notice on the following Web site:

This Safe Harbor privacy policy was last updated on December 19, 2013

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