In the new MSD, privacy begins with trust.

Like our first global privacy office, established in 2001, the new MSD Privacy Office is driven by a global mission that includes respect for individual privacy expectations. The new MSD 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.

Trust at MSD

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

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In addition, we:

• require employees to report potential violations of law or company policy;
• hold ourselves accountable for responding promptly when potential violations arise;
• take disciplinary action as appropriate; and
• examine whether identified violations are in part due to gaps in our policies, practices or internal controls and, if so, take appropriate action to prevent future violations.

Transparency in our Privacy Program

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