ZEISS is a corporation operating on a global scale which has cross-border legally independent companies, business processes, management structures, and technical systems.
When you visit our websites, data may be collected which may, in some cases, be of a personal nature. In this notice, 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 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 complies with the data protection laws which are applicable in its own particular case. 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.
To the extent legally permissible and with due regard for your legitimate interests in excluding the transmission or use of information, we may forward your address and creditworthiness data to, or request this data from, credit agencies in order to run credit checks for orders.
For orders paid for by invoice, and installment purchases, we use address data in addition to other creditworthiness data to estimate the risk of payment defaults in individual cases.
ZEISS and other companies in the ZEISS Group generally provide their customers with the option of using insecure payment methods (e.g. paying by invoice, credit purchases). The following is a non-exhaustive list of companies in the ZEISS Group:
- Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
- Carl Zeiss Spectroscopy GmbH
- Carl Zeiss Meditec Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH
- Carl Zeiss Vision GmbH
- Carl Zeiss Microscopy GmbH
Companies which offer their customers the option of using insecure payment methods have a justified interest in protecting themselves against payment defaults. This is usually done by checking the customer's creditworthiness before offering the option of using an insecure payment method. For credit checks, ZEISS is entitled to use negative creditworthiness information about the customer that it has collected itself or which has been transferred to it by another company in the ZEISS Group.
ZEISS is also entitled to transfer negative creditworthiness information about the customer to other companies in the ZEISS group before these other companies offer the customer the option of using an insecure payment method.
Creditworthiness information pertains to information about outstanding payments and information which provides direct indication that the customer is at risk of defaulting on his or her payment (e.g. bankruptcy, debt counseling, deferrals due to inability to pay). Before ZEISS stores the collected negative information about outstanding payments for the purpose of transferring this information to other companies in the ZEISS Group, the customer will receive notice that this information may possibly be transferred. ZEISS is also entitled to transfer information about exceedingly atypical orders (e.g. simultaneous orders for multiple items with the same delivery address placed using different customer accounts) to other companies in the ZEISS Group and to use information about exceedingly atypical orders that it has received from other companies in the ZEISS Group. This is intended to prevent the occurrence of payment defaults and to protect our customers against having their identities used for fraudulent purposes.
Furthermore, ZEISS is permitted to collect and process address and order information for its own marketing purposes. This means, for example, that ZEISS may compare email addresses collected during order processes with Facebook Ireland Limited's email address lists in order to display personalized advertisements to the owner of the address. Facebook Ireland Limited is not permitted, however, to use the email address for any purpose other than comparing it with its address list. Information is sent to third parties for advertising purposes only in cases where it is legally permissible to do so.