Data Protection Statement and Legal Notice
Area of application
This data protection declaration and legal notice apply to this website and domains. It also applies to all websites and domains owned by ZEISS, unless other data protection declarations and legal notices apply to websites and domains for ZEISS companies located outside of Germany, e.g. due to national laws, changed data protection statements and legal notices. Therefore, please note the respective data protection declarations and legal notices of all ZEISS websites you visit or programs you use.
In some cases, ZEISS websites also contain links to the websites of third party, non-ZEISS companies, to which these data protection statement and legal notices do not apply.
General data protection standard
ZEISS is a corporation operating on a global scale which has cross-border legally independent companies, business processes, management structures and technical systems.
On your visit to our website, data may be collected which may, in some cases, be of a personal nature. In this declaration, we point out what personal information ZEISS companies collect during your visit to our websites, and how we handle this data.
We take the protection of your personal information very seriously. Our processing of your personal information collected during your visit to our websites is carried out fully in accordance with the relevant legal stipulations. In addition, our approach to dealing with personal information is based on the EU data protection principles which provide for the greatest possible degree of transparency, observance of the right to choose, access rights and the transmission and lawful processing of personal information.
Every ZEISS company abides by the applicable data protection laws, e.g. ZEISS companies and subsidiaries located in Germany follow the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). In addition, the handling of personal information is specified in a company directive for all ZEISS companies within the Group. This ZEISS company directive serves to ensure that your data is processed properly and in compliance with the applicable laws at the ZEISS companies which handle personal information. At the same time, we have instructed our employees to refer to and comply with our data protection rules wherever personal information is requested on any website.
Gathering, processing and transfer of personal information
ZEISS wants to give you as much control as possible over your personal information. Normally, you can access ZEISS websites without providing any personal information.
However, in certain areas of the ZEISS websites, you are requested to provide us with personal information in order to help us enhance the site and keep in contact with you. Any personal information you submit is treated as confidential and is saved and processed exclusively within the scope of the relationship between you and ZEISS.
Your personal information is not forwarded, published or otherwise made available to third parties for marketing purposes without your prior approval.
However, as part of the provision of our services, your information may under certain circumstances be transferred to third parties who we have included in order processing, e.g. business partners or IT service providers. In the transfer of personal information to these third parties, we restrict ourselves to the information which is necessary for the provision of the service in question and we ensure that this transfer is carried out in compliance with the required data security. ZEISS companies will only forward your personal information to third parties who have committed themselves to data protection and the processing of your data in compliance with the applicable laws.
In addition, ZEISS may be forced to disclose your information and associated data in order to comply with a legal or official decree. Likewise, we reserve the right to use your information for the assertion of or defense against legal claims.
In the event of a takeover or merger with another company, it may be necessary to disclose or transfer your data to potential or actual buyers. In this case, ZEISS will aspire to the highest possible level of data protection and will comply with the legal stipulations.
Information on data security
ZEISS knows how important it is that the information you provide to us via the internet be handled discreetly and protected. Data security on our websites is a top priority. We have therefore made great efforts to ensure that our online security measures are effective. For instance, ZEISS shop sites use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology for encryption. Websites that ask you to enter commercially relevant details such as a credit card number likewise transfer this data encrypted with SSL technology. ZEISS endeavors to update its encryption technology on a continuous basis in line with technical progress, in order to guarantee confidential handling of the information you send us over the Internet.
Currently, cookies are used at ZEISS only insofar as is technically necessary or required for the web user, e.g. to carry out authentications with protected websites. Cookies are small files that are temporarily stored on your hard drive. The information stored in cookies is used for example to facilitate navigation, and in some cases it can help make websites more user-friendly. Most browsers are now set by default to accept cookies automatically. However, you may set your browser to decline cookies or to display warnings about the cookies it receives.
IP addresses are captured on visits to our website. IP addresses are used for the analysis of malfunctions, for the administration of the website and for the attainment of demographic information. Furthermore, we use IP addresses and as necessary other information which you have made available to us on this website or by other means to find out which of our websites are being visited and what topics interest our visitors.
ZEISS uses the Urchin and Google Analytics statistics and evaluation programs in order to statistically evaluate the accessing of the ZEISS websites.
The data generated and saved in the server logfiles during the use of the ZEISS websites is evaluated using Urchin. The data is rendered anonymous so that it cannot be traced to a specific person. This saved information is used exclusively for the compilation of reports on the use of the website. Such reports help us to analyze and continually improve the offering of our websites.
During the Urchin web analysis, data obtained is analyzed for trends and statistics only, then deleted.
Using social plug-ins
Some ZEISS websites contain social media buttons.
These buttons, if displayed on the website, do not establish any contact with the Facebook, Google+ or Twitter servers. For a connection to be activated, and for communication with Facebook, Google+ and Twitter to be established, you must firstly grant your approval – by clicking on the buttons.
Your recommendation is transmitted when you click a second time. If you are already logged into a social network of your choice, this is carried out without another window being opened. As this transfer occurs directly, we do not obtain any knowledge of the data transferred. What is transferred is the fact that you have launched the respective site. If you are logged into Facebook or another social media service at the same time, this information is assigned to your social media account and is thus linked with you as an individual.
For information on the further use and saving of your personal data by Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, it is advisable to contact these social media channels directly. It is likewise possible to block social plugins through your browser using add-ons.
Information published under the ZEISS domains may contain references to products and services which have not been advertised or made available in your country. Such information does not imply that ZEISS intends to offer these products or services in your country at a later date. If necessary, you may contact our regional sales organization which will be pleased to provide you with information on the availability of these products and services. The presentation of the products and services on our website does not constitute a binding sales offer.
If software is offered for download free of charge, ZEISS assumes no liability for any damages resulting from the download or the use of the software. The download and use of the software is carried out exclusively at the user's own risk and without any liability or warranty, except in the event of any intent or gross negligence on the part of ZEISS.
In several places, we mention and provide links to third party websites. We do this only if we are completely convinced of the seriousness of the provider concerned. However, ZEISS is not responsible for the data protection stipulations or contents of these websites and assumes no liability in this regard.
ZEISS holds and reserves all rights to the content and layout of its websites. The intellectual property contained in our websites and our brands are protected. The text, images and graphics on our websites and their layout etc., as well as animations and software are subject to copyright law and other protective legislation. Reproduction, rendition or playback of the whole or parts thereof is prohibited unless our written permission has been obtained in advance. This website does not grant any license for the use of the intellectual property. ZEISS reserves the right to change, suspend or close down websites at any time and without prior notice.
Despite the careful compilation of the contents of our website, we assume no liability for its correctness, accuracy, completeness or for undisrupted access to it. Insofar as is legally permissible, we assume no liability for direct or indirect damages including loss of earnings arising from the use of our website, or in connection with information made available on the website. We reserve the right to change or supplement the information provided, and to do so at any time.
© Carl Zeiss AG
– Last modified: March 2015