Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Introduction

Thank you for visiting OvaScience! We respect the privacy of our visitors and service users. This Privacy Policy describes how OvaScience, Inc. (collectively, “OvaScience”, “Company”, “we”, “us” or “our”) collects, uses, discloses, shares and transfers your personal information, as well as the choices available to you regarding the use of your personal information and how you can access and update such information. We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy to understand our privacy practices before using this website or providing any personal information.

Scope of Policy

This Privacy Policy applies to information you provide to us directly or that we collect through our websites, services or other means. If you were a previous user of this website or our services, your personal information is now governed by this Privacy Policy.

OvaScience is Not a Health Care Provider

OvaScience is not a health care provider, but a life sciences company committed to developing new treatments for women facing fertility challenges and assisting them with their pursuit of advanced IVF treatment options. We cannot guarantee that individuals will qualify for advanced IVF treatment or that any such treatment will be successful. We also cannot provide medical advice or opinions regarding patient care. Any information that we provide is for general, informational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice from your physician or other qualified health care providers.

Information We Collect

Personal Information You Voluntarily Provide:

Through our website or other means, you may choose to provide personal information such as your name, address, telephone number and email address, etc. In addition, depending on the nature of your interests, you may choose to provide personal information that may be deemed sensitive under applicable law, including, but not limited to, your age and/or medical information. Such personal information is only collected when you provide it to us voluntarily and will only be used for the specific purpose for which it was provided. If you choose to provide any such information, including sensitive information, you consent to the collection, transfer, storage, disclosure and use of your information as described in this Privacy Policy. The following are some of the ways you may elect to provide your personal information:

  • Patient Engagement, Assistance and Related Services You may provide personal information directly to our Patient Engagement Team or other Company professionals via phone, email and/or our website. This information will be used to provide you with information and services, and may be shared with potential third-party treatment providers subject to your consent.
  • Contact Us If you communicate with us through the “Contact Us” link on our website, we will use the information you provide to send you requested information.
  • News, Updates and Publications You may subscribe to receive news and other information from us. We use the information you provide to send you requested information. In addition, we may communicate with you regarding other topics that we believe may be of interest to you. Users who register to receive such information will automatically be added to our marketing email lists and may opt out at any time.
  • Blogs and Personal Stories You are able to submit personal stories and comments through our websites that may be posted and shared on Company websites and blogs. The decision to share personal information and stories is yours, but we hope to hear from you. If you choose to provide such information, however, you are authorizing us to publish or otherwise publicly share such information without the receipt of payment or consideration. We cannot make any promises or guarantees that any such information provided will, in fact, be posted or publicly shared.
  • Careers Job candidates may submit a resume and other information to apply for a position at OvaScience, which will be used in connection with the job inquiry.

Other Information Collected by Automated Means:

We may also collect, retain and use certain information when you visit our websites or use our services, including, but not limited to, how many users visit our sites, pages accessed, geographic location and other statistics. We collect such information to gain a better understanding of our user population and to help improve our sites and user experience. We collect this information through various means, including “cookies”, “web beacons” and other analytics tools summarized below. We do not obtain personally-identifiable information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information.

  • Cookies OvaScience uses both “session” and “persistent” cookies on our website. A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your browser and stored in your computer’s hard drive. The purpose of a cookie is to remember certain user inputs on our website. Personalization features also use cookies to identify groups of users and deliver appropriate website content and services, as well as feedback related to marketing and email campaigns. “Session” cookies are temporary bits of information that are erased once you exit your web browser or turn off your computer. “Persistent” cookies are more permanent bits of information that are placed on the hard drive of your computer and stay there unless you delete the cookie. They store information on your computer for a number of reasons, such as retrieving certain information you have previously provided (i.e., username and password), helping to determine what areas of the website you find most valuable, and customizing the website based on your preferences on an ongoing basis. Information gathered through the use of persistent cookies may be shared with third parties who assist us with the management or optimization of our website and the delivery of enhanced user experience. Your web browser should provide you with additional information regarding cookies, including how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive cookies, and how to disable existing cookies. In addition, you may learn more about cookies at http://www.allaboutcookies.org. Please note, however, that disabling cookies may limit your ability to take full advantage of all our website features.
  • Web Beacons Our websites may also use “web beacons” (also known as Internet tags, pixel tags and clear GIFs) that collect information such as advertising metrics, page views, Internet domain, IP addresses and browser type.
  • Analytics Our sites may also use analytic tools and services, like Google Analytics, to create statistical reports and aggregate other information regarding users. Google Analytics collects information like how often users visit, what pages they visit and user IP addresses. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to our website by disabling cookies on your browser. For additional information on Google and its privacy practices, you may go to https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners.


How We May Use, Share and Transfer Your Information

We may use your personal information for a variety of business purposes as generally described in this Policy or as otherwise described at the point of collection, including the following:

  • To Provide You Information or Services We use the information you provide us to respond to your requests and provide you with information or services that you have requested from us.
  • For Our Operations We may also use your personal information in connection with our general business operations.

We may also share or disclose your personal information when you authorize access to your information or permit us to share your information with third parties. OvaScience will not share or disclose your personally identifiable information to any third parties unless you have authorized us to do so or we are otherwise obligated or permitted to do so under applicable law. Some examples of how we may share your information are as follows:

  • We may disclose personally identifiable information, including sensitive healthcare information, to healthcare providers in the course of assisting patients with their pursuit of advanced IVF treatment.
  • If we are required to do so by law or pursuant to legal process, including in response to a request from law enforcement or government authorities.
  • To protect our legal rights or the personal safety of any person.

We also reserve the right to transfer any information we have about you in the event we are involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of our business assets.

Consent to Data Processing and Transfer of Personal Information Outside Home Country

In order to provide our services, OvaScience may be required to transfer your information from one country to another. We respect your privacy and endeavor to fully comply with applicable privacy laws. By using this website, you consent to the terms of our Privacy Policy and to our processing of your personal information for the purposes stated herein and as otherwise may be expressly agreed. Regardless of what country you live in, you authorize us to transfer, store and use your personal information in the United States and any other country where we may conduct business or interact with other third parties, including IVF Clinics and health care providers. This includes any information that you choose to provide that is deemed sensitive or may be entitled to any form of protection under applicable law.

In some countries, the privacy and data protection laws may be less stringent and rules regarding when government authorities may access data may vary from those in the country in which you live. For further certainty, your consent to transfer of information as described herein shall be deemed to include your consent to the transfer of any applicable personal data, including sensitive and personally identifiable information, to a jurisdiction which may provide a different level of privacy protection than that available in your home country. As a result, you should be mindful of any personal or sensitive information that you may choose to provide or share.

Protecting Your Information

OvaScience is committed to protecting the information you provide to us. We maintain reasonable administrative, technical and physical safeguards to help protect against the loss, misuse, unauthorized access, alteration or destruction of information under our control. Unfortunately, no security system or transmission of information over the Internet or otherwise can be guaranteed to be completely secure. Accordingly, we cannot guarantee that unauthorized access and/or disclosure of your personal information will not occur. As a result, you should be mindful of any personal or sensitive information that you may choose to provide or share.

Links to Other Sites and Information Collected by Third Parties

We may provide links to other websites for your convenience and information, which sites may operate independently and not be under our control. This Privacy Policy does not address, and we are not responsible for, the content or privacy practices of third party sites and recommend that you review the privacy policy of each website that you visit. We are also not responsible for the products or services that may be offered through these sites or any other use of linked sites.

California’s “Shine the Light” Law

We acknowledge that California’s “Shine the Light” law permits California residents to annually request and obtain information free of charge about what information is disclosed to third parties for direct marketing purposes in the preceding calendar year. OvaScience does not distribute your personal information to outside third parties for their direct marketing or any other purpose, except as provided for in this Privacy Policy and with your consent.

Information Regarding Minors

This website is not intended for use by individuals under the age of eighteen (18) and we do not knowingly collect information from such individuals. If you are under the age of 18, please discontinue the use of our site. If we become aware that we have received any information from someone under the age of 18, we will delete that information from our records.

Retention of Information

We will retain your personal information for as long as is necessary to provide you with services or requested information. However, we reserve the right to retain and use your information for a longer period as may be permissible or required under applicable law, including to comply with our legal obligations.

Your Choices: Accessing, Correcting, “Opting-Out” and Deleting Your Information

We will take reasonable steps to accurately record the personal information that you provide to us, including any updates. We encourage you to review and update any personal information that you may have provided to ensure its accuracy. You may request confirmation of your personal information that may be in our possession, make modifications, or request that we delete certain personal information about you that is inaccurate or that you believe may infringe any applicable legal requirements by contacting as described in the “How to Contact Us” section further below. To help protect your privacy, we take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access to your information. Please note, however, that your right to review, update, correct and/or delete your information is subject to (and may be limited by) applicable law and record retention requirements.

You may also “opt-out” of marketing and/or other information services and rescind prior consents and authorizations. To “opt out” or unsubscribe from marketing or promotional communications, please follow the unsubscribe instructions included in the specific communication. In addition, if you wish to rescind an authorization or consent previously granted for a specific purpose concerning your personal information, please send an email to Compliance@ovascience.com. Please understand, however, that any requested revocation or rescission will necessarily be forward looking in nature and will not otherwise affect the validity of the consent for any uses and/or disclosures of your personal information prior to the revocation.

Updates to Privacy Policy

We may, in our sole discretion, revise this Privacy Policy from time to time. The revised Policy will be posted to this website and changes will become effective upon posting. If we deem the changes to be significant, we will provide a more prominent notice, including, for example, notifying you by email (if you have provided an email address) or by means of a notice on this site at the time the change becomes effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices. You can determine when this Policy was last revised by checking the “Effective Date” at the bottom of the Policy.

How to Contact Us If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Privacy Policy or our privacy practices, please do not hesitate to contact us using one of the following methods:

  • Phone: +1 (617) 500-2802
  • Email: Compliance@OvaScience.com
  • Mail: OvaScience, Inc., Attn: Corporate Counsel, 9 Fourth Avenue, Waltham, MA 02451

Effective Date: March 1, 2017.