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Data Protection Statement and Legal Notice

Area of application

This data protection declaration and legal notice applies 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. 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 websites of third-party, ZEISS-external companies to which this data protection declaration and legal notice 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 consider the protection of your personal information a very serious matter. Our processing of your personal information collected during your visit to our website 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 complies with the data protection laws which are applicable in its own particular case, such as ZEISS companies and subsidiaries located in Germany and the German Data Protection Act (BDSG).
In addition, the handling of personal information is stipulated as 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 used for marketing purposes, sold or made available to third parties in any other way 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. Within 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 transfer your personal information to third parties which have committed themselves to data protection and to the processing of your information in compliance with the applicable laws.

In addition, ZEISS may be forced by court or official order to reveal your data and associated information. 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 information to actual or potential 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 understands the importance of the protection and discreet handling of the information which you transfer to us via the internet. We give data security on our websites 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 also 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 the 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. In such cases, we notify you explicitly.

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.

On our public web site, we ensure that your visit to a ZEISS web site complies with your personal cookie settings. We do this through machine-readable data protection guidelines in accordance with the Platform for Privacy Preferences (P3P) of the World Wide Web Consortium. Furthermore you can delete cookies on your system at any time (e.g. in Windows Explorer).

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. We only collect data anonymously and we will not connect it with the profile of a registered user unless the user's prior consent has been obtained.

Web analysis

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.
Google Analytics uses cookies which enable an analysis of your use of the website. As a rule, the information about your use of this website obtained by the cookie is transmitted to a Google server in the USA, where it is saved. Your IP address will however be shortened by Google – if IP anonymization is activated on the website. This applies within the EU member states or in other signatory states of the preceding agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transferred to a Google server in the USA and shortened. Contracted to do so by the operator of this website, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on the website activities and to provide the website operator with other services relating to website use and internet use. Google will not merge with other data the IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics. You may prevent the saving of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly. However, if you choose to do so, please note that you might not be able to fully utilize all functions of this website. In addition, you may prevent Google's capture and processing of the data generated by the cookies and related to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plugin available via the following link http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de.

AddThis bookmark service

The ZEISS websites contain AddThis fields. If you do not want AddThis to gather data about you via our website, you must not use these AddThis elements. AddThis is an open service on the Internet which allows each of our websites to be bookmarked (i.e. saved as a "favorite") and shared with other users of social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. By using the AddThis field, you consent to the use of your data by AddThis LLC as described at www.addthis.com ZEISS does not process this data or forward it to third parties. You may limit the future use of your data by applying an "opt out" cookie.

Use of Social Plugins

Some ZEISS websites contain the following 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. The activated buttons can be recognized by the following image:


With a second click, your recommendation is transmitted. 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 transferred data. What is transferred is the fact that you have launched the respective site. If you are logged into Facebook or others at the same time, this information is transferred to your social media account and is thus linked with you as an individual.

Contact your social media companies directly for further information on the use and saving of personal information by Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. It is also possible to block social plugins through your browser using add-ons.

Legal notice

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 accepts no liability for any damages resulting from the download or 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 some areas of our websites, we also provide information about and links to third-party websites. We only do this if we are totally convinced of the seriousness of the respective supplier. However, ZEISS is not responsible for the data protection stipulations or the contents of these websites and accepts no liability in this regard. These external links are symbolized by the following icons:

ZEISS holds and reserves all rights to the content and layout of its websites. The intellectual property contained in our websites is protected, as are our brands. 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 legislative provisions. Any reproduction or transfer of the whole or parts thereof is not permitted unless our written permission has been obtained. 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 websites, we do not grant any guarantee of their faultlessness, accuracy, completeness or undisturbed accessibility. Insofar as is legally permissible, we accept 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.

ZEISS supports both the protection of children against potentially damaging content initiated by the Internet Content Rating Association (ICRA) and freedom of speech on the internet. Accordingly, we have been assigned the reference number REF-DE-49897 by the ICRA.