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Cookies Policy

Biomet Websites Cookies Policy

Main Policy

When you visit a Biomet website, one or more cookies may be set on your computer. Please read the following information about cookies and how we use them. Continued use of a Biomet website will be considered by us to be an expression of your consent to allow us to set one or more cookies on your computer.

General Information about Cookies

What are cookies?
When you visit a website, your web browser sends a request message to the website, which then sends a response, usually in the form of a file that is read by the browser. In such interactions, the website cannot distinguish one browser's request from another. If you want your browser to be recognized and individualized, so to speak, so that you can, for example, continue to receive content that is delivered according to your submitted preferences without needing to resubmit them every time you visit another page on the website, then the site must be able to identify your browser every time it makes a request. Therefore, when you visit most websites, your browser will, at the request of the website, create a small text file called a cookie and save it on your computer. The file contains information (typically a random number) that uniquely identifies your browser on your computer. This cookie will then serve as a signal the next time you visit the website that sent the cookie to ensure that "you," that is, your browser is recognized as a previous visitor with particular preferences.

What are cookies used for?
Common uses for cookies include:

  • Identifying visitors who have signed into a protected website, which enables them to visit multiple pages without being required to submit a user name and password for every page;
  • Keeping track of visitors' preferences regarding the content they would like to see and the format in which they would like to view it so they don't need to resubmit the preferences every time they visit the site;
  • Keeping track of which pages visitors request, which creates data that can be used to make improvements to site content and navigation.

How can you control cookies?
You can delete cookies used by your web browser at any time. You can also generally cause your browser not to set cookies for specific websites that you select or not to set cookies for any websites. By doing this, you will lose the functionality, the uses identified above, that cookies make possible. For information about managing cookies, go to the All About Cookies website ( http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/).

Information about Cookies used on Biomet websites

The use of cookies on Biomet websites makes it possible for us to:

  • Deliver content created for your country as determined by your location or by the country you selected;
  • Provide services such as online ordering that must remember who you are as you move from one page to another;
  • Improve your experience during visits through analysis of anonymous data that reveal how you navigate through the site;
  • Provide you with a method to easily share content with others.

Biomet uses one or more of the following types of cookies on its websites.

BIOMETDEFAULT for Delivering Content Intended for a Specific Country

Name: BIOMETDEFAULT
Example Value: http://www.biomet.com/regions/[global region; e.g., europe]/[country; e.g., unitedKingdom].cfm
Expires: 180 days from when it is initially created or reset.
Description: When a user first visits the home page of the global Biomet website (www.biomet.com), the address of the user's computer is checked to determine the country in which it is located. The site then creates this cookie on the user's computer with a value containing the URL of the home page for the determined country, and then displays that country's Biomet page. On subsequent visits to www.biomet.com, the site will check for the existence of this cookie, and if found, will display the page indicated by the URL found in the cookie. This makes it possible for users to be sent directly to their country's site without needing to navigate through several pages to find the content for their country.

CFID and CFTOKEN for Delivering Content Intended for a Specific Visitor

Names: CFID and CFTOKEN
Example Values: 3168826 (CFID) and 76517845 (CFTOKEN)
Expires: 30 years from when it is initially created or reset.
Description: These cookies are used to identify a specific visitor so that requests sent by the visitor's browser can be distinguished from requests sent by others. This makes it possible for the website to deliver content, such as the information delivered during a product purchasing process, that was created by or for one specific visitor.

Google Analytics for Website Usage Analysis

Name: __utma
Example Value: 187860923.68685337.1338321548.1338388996.1338393262.3
Expires: Two years from when it is initially created or reset.
Description: Google Analytics cookie that enables us to determine the number of unique visitors (defined as a specific browser on a specific computer) that visit the site. For more information, go to the Google Analytics website (https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies).

Name: __utmb
Example Value: 187860923.2.10.1338393262
Expires: 30 minutes from when it is initially created or reset.
Description: Google Analytics cookie that enables us to determine the number of times a unique visitor (a specific browser on a specific computer) visits the site. It is used in conjunction with the __utmc cookie (described below). For more information, go to the Google Analytics website (https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies).

Name: __utmc
Example Value: 187860923
Expires: 30 minutes from when it is initially created or reset.
Description: Google Analytics cookie that enables us to determine the number of times a unique visitor (a specific browser on a specific computer) visits the site. It is used in conjunction with the __utmb cookie (described above). For more information, go to the Google Analytics website (https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies).

Name: __utmz
Example Value:
187860923.1338388996.2.2.utmcsr=biomet.com|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/regions/europe/index.cfm
Expires: Six months from when it is initially created or reset.
Description: Google Analytics cookie that enables us to determine what page a browser was on immediately before visiting each page on our site. This helps us to gauge the effectiveness of links in helping users find the information they seek. For more information, go to the Google Analytics website (https://developers.google.com/analytics/resources/concepts/gaConceptsCookies).

AddThis for Sharing a Web Page
Name: __atuvc
Example Value: 2|23
Expires: Two years from when it is initially created or reset.
Description: We include a feature on some of our websites that enables visitors to share a page via Facebook, Twitter, email, and other media. This feature is provided by a third-party company named AddThis, which uses a cookie to collect anonymous information when you visit these sites. While we do not present advertisements on our sites, AddThis may use non-personally identifiable information collected during your visits to these sites in order for other sites to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of interest to you. If you would like to prevent AddThis from collecting this information, go to the Data Collection Opt-Out page on the AddThis website (http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out).

AppNexus for Interest-based Advertising
Names: uuid2, anj
Expires: 30 days from initial creation or reset.
Description: Some Biomet website pages include code that sends a message to AppNexus (http://appnexus.com), which causes one or both of the cookies listed above to be set on a visitor’s computer. If the visitor then goes to another website that Biomet partners with for advertising purposes, a Biomet advertisement will be displayed for that visitor. AppNexus may also use the cookies to:

  • Identify web browsers and store data for advertising purposes, including interest-based advertising.
  • Store ad delivery and reporting data, such as the number of times and how recently a particular ad has been shown.
  • Track visitors' responses (clicks and conversions) to ads.
  • Facilitate server load-balancing and similar technical purposes.
  • Store visitors' opt-out choices.
No personally identifiable information is obtained through these cookies. For additional information about the AppNexus cookies, including how to opt out of their use in presenting Biomet ads to you on other websites, visit the AppNexus Privacy Policy page at http://appnexus.com/platform-policy.

WebSphere Commerce for Delivering Catalog and Product Ordering Capabilities

Name: WC_ACTIVEPOINTER
Example Value: %2d1%2c10601
Expires: When the user logs out of the Commerce site or the browser is closed.
Description: This cookie contains the value of the store ID so the application will know which Commerce site you are interacting with.

Name: WC_AUTHENTICATION_ID
Example Value: 3002%2cy77JGV%2btHlOwnIITNCn%2f%2fiaH2ns%3d
Expires: When the user logs out of the Commerce site or the browser is closed.
Description: WebSphere Commerce uses this cookie to determine whether or not you are signed into a Commerce site.

Name: WC_GENERIC_ACTIVITYDATA
Example Value: [45123%3atrue%3afalse%3a0%3a4nhN%2fXerGUj5KgGYOnRBVcizyMw%3d]
[com.ibm.commerce.store.facade.server.context.StoreGeoCodeContext|null%26null%26
null%26null%26null%26null][CTXSETNAME|Store]
Expires: When the user logs out of the Commerce site or the browser is closed.
Description: This cookie exists only if a user is browsing a Commerce site without being signed in. It makes it possible for the application to know values such as catalog or language that have been selected by the user.

Name: WC_SESSION_ESTABLISHED
Example Value: true
Expires: When the user logs out of the Commerce site or the browser is closed.
Description: This cookie is created the first time a user visits a Commerce site. It enables the application to know the user has established a session with the site.

Name: WC_USERACTIVITY_ID
Example Value: %2d1002%2c10601%2cnull%2cnull%2cnull%2cnull%2cnull%2cnull%2cnull%2csExMBJjdNXec
uyL5l71eSlqxmVWzSMmWp%2fdGhAV5JRJd5QHFxL%2f9jNLYYeKI1YtswEqhrSwXXhlp%0d%0
aLOcvGb1IzzsfEA0y%2bPirawTDQ6rUaXcsnDRnR0GNayuSSrKf4p%2fEdxvj1CkiM8E%3d
Expires: When the user logs out of the Commerce site or the browser is closed.
Description: This cookie contains user session values such as login timeout or session identifier that are necessary for the Commerce site to function correctly.

Name: LTPA2 cookie
Expires: When the user logs out of the Commerce site or the browser is closed.
Description: This cookie makes it possible for users who are signed into a Biomet Commerce site to access their account in another secure Biomet site without needing to sign into the second site.


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