Editor:

FCI S.A.S. – France Chirurgie Instrumentation
20-22 rue Louis Armand
75015 PARIS – France Tel.: +33 1 53 98 98 98 Fax: +33 1 53 98 98 99 Mr. Thierry FETICK - CEO

Legal notice:

Information published under the FCI/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 FCI/ZEISS intend 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 documents are offered for download free of charge, FCI/ZEISS assume no liability for any damages resulting from the download or the use of these documents. The download and use of the documents are 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 FCI/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, FCI/ZEISS are not responsible for the data protection stipulations or contents of these websites and assumes no liability in this regard. 

FCI/ZEISS hold and reserve 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 documents 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. FCI/ZEISS reserve the right to change, suspend or close down websites at any time and without prior notice.

Despite the careful compilation of the content 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.

Data Protection: What You Should Know ("OnePager")

Last updated: May 2018

Data Protection overview 

The following flyer, Data Protection overview, provides a concise overview of how FCI/ZEISS online services (websites, apps, social networks) collect and process your personal information. Full details of this process are available in the complete version of our Data Protection Notice. 

What information do we collect?

I. When you open and/or use one of our online services, the information collected includes:

  • The type of browser you are using
  • The pages you have visited on our website
  • The operating systemYour IP address or shortened IP address
  • User behavior (e.g. mouse movements, click behavior, session duration, etc.)

This information is predominantly collected and used in an anonymized or pseudonymized form.

II. If you have registered on our website, you have voluntarily provided information about yourself, which includes:

  • First name, last name and title
  • Payment information
  • Contact information (e.g. email, phone)
  • Address and order information
  • Company, group assignment
  • Products and equipment you use
  • Personal interests and preferences

How is information collected by FCI/ZEISS online services?

Data is collected by FCI/ZEISS online services via automated processes or user entry, e.g. by means of:

  • Cookie tracking pixels
  • Direct user entry
  • Cross-device tracking, mouse tracking and similar methods

Cookies make websites more user-friendly, effective and secure. A cookie is a text file containing information about user activity which is temporarily saved in the user's browser. They can be used to define and save visitor preferences and website settings.

Why do FCI/ZEISS online services process and use my personal information? When does FCI/ZEISS use and process my personal information?

It should be noted that FCI/ZEISS only collects personal information on a case-by-case basis and for specific purposes. The following list of reasons is therefore not exhaustive.

  • For the provision of our products and services
  • To comply with legal obligations
  • For credit checks when processing payments that use insecure payment methods
  • To prevent fraud on purchases for advertising purposes
  • For web analytics and to improve our website
  • For contests
  • For newsletters and other subscriptions
  • For online applications
  • For contact purposes and in contact forms
  • During the use of protected areas, such as FCI/ZEISS ID, and for authentication
  • In the online shop
  • For orders
  • During the use of FCI/ZEISS digital services, e.g. platforms, subscribing to/unsubscribing from newsletters, and during the use of apps

We know that it is important to you that your personal information be handled with care. Since data protection is a high priority issue at FCI/ZEISS, we make sure that your information is collected, processed and used strictly in accordance with the law. The instances listed above are those in which we require personal information from you. This information helps us continually improve our websites and provide you with an individualized user experience. The individual items of personal information are used to process your orders, to deliver purchased goods and products to you, to verify your creditworthiness, to process payments, to prevent fraud, and to keep you informed about your orders and our products, services, and special offers.

To ensure that we can get in touch with you quickly, we request that you provide us with your email address. Your address will only be used for advertising purposes if you have given your explicit permission for this.

Where is my personal information processed?

Generally, your information is processed on servers located in Germany and France. If permitted, your information may also be processed in countries other than Germany and France. User information is processed in part by external companies hired by FCI/ZEISS. The forwarding of data within the FCI/ZEISS Group (if permitted), the transfer of data abroad, and the processing ofdata via external partners are performed in accordance with the applicable data privacy protection laws. These activities are secured by means of the statutory regulations on data privacy protection including data processing agreements, EU standard contractual clauses, and international conventions.

What rights do I have?

  • The right to information
  • The right to object, including the right to withdraw your objection
  • The right to have information deleted or released/transferred
  • The right to limit or block the processing of information
  • The right to have information corrected
  • The right of appeal, also through a responsible supervisory authority
  • The right to withdraw your consent
  • The right to not be subject to a decision stemming from the automated processing of information or profiling

For data protection requests, please contact our corporate data protection representatives:

FCI S.A.S. - Data Protection Officer

20-22 Rue Louis Armand - 75015 Paris - France

Contact by e-mail (please do not send confidential or sensitive information): rgpd@fci.fr

When does my personal information get deleted?

We delete your personal information when the purpose for which it was collected no longer exists; this could include information collected during the execution of a contract which has been terminated. In order to adhere to trade/tax law and other legal obligations, it may be necessary to store your personal information beyond the purpose for which it was collected, or to initially block the information so that it can be used for later processing.

How does FCI/ZEISS safeguard my personal information?

When you sign in to specially protected areas, e.g. via FCI/ZEISS ID, or into online shops, when you register to participate in contests or when you place an order, your personal information is transferred to us. To ensure that your information does not end up in the wrong hands, it is encrypted using standard, state-of-the-art methods such as SSL encryption (secure sockets layer). This is a proven and secure method of transferring information on the Internet. FCI/ZEISS also employs a wide range of additional technical and operational security measures to ensure the safeguarding of personal information for its partners and customers. In conjunction with these security measures, we may occasionally request that you provide proof of your identity before granting you access to your personal information.

Does FCI/ZEISS use cookies?

FCI/ZEISS uses cookies to ensure that your user experience is as comfortable and convenient as possible.

Your FCI/ZEISS ID account

Your FCI/ZEISS ID account can be used to sign in to a wide range FCI/ZEISS products and services. When you sign in, the information you provided voluntarily is used to create a personalized data record which helps us provide products and services which are better tailored to you personally.

Withdrawing permission to use your personal information

To withdraw permission for the use of your personal information, please contact our corporate data protection representatives:

FCI S.A.S. - Data Protection Officer

20-22 Rue Louis Armand - 75015 Paris - France

Contact by e-mail (please do not send confidential or sensitive information): rgpd@fci.fr

Falsified emails (spoofing), spam and phishing

Beware of phishing and spoofing activities.

Unfortunately, the FCI/ZEISS brand is among those which are misused for deceptive purposes. In more specific terms, this means that users sometimes receive falsified emails supposedly sent from FCI/ZEISS. These emails are often visually designed to look like FCI/ZEISS communications and can in some cases be difficult to tell apart from authentic emails from FCI/ZEISS.

In these cases, the persons sending the falsified emails are attempting to exploit the trust between FCI/ZEISS and its customers in order to steal sensitive information (e.g. login details, customer information, payment information) or to install malicious software on your computer or smartphone.

These emails are not created or sent by FCI/ZEISS, even if our name is used to make it appear so. Unfortunately, this also means the FCI/ZEISS has no control over the creation and sending of illegitimate emails.

The following characteristics can help you identify whether the email you received is actually from FCI/ZEISS:

  • Confirmation emails and invoices from FCI/ZEISS should only be for items you actually ordered.
  • Emails from FCI/ZEISS should be free of typographical and grammatical errors, since they are proofread before being sent.

In some areas of our websites, we also provide information about, and links to, third-party websites. We do this only if we are firmly convinced of the seriousness of the respective supplier. However, FCI/ZEISS is not responsible for the data protection stipulations or contents of these websites and assumes no liability in this regard.

The right way to deal with spam, phishing and spoofing emails:

  • We recommend that you delete suspicious emails immediately.
  • Never open links or attachments in suspicious emails and never give out your personal information.
  • We also recommend running a virus scan on your computer.

If an email contains unusual or suspicious information regarding your order or your customer information, sign into the online shop with which you placed the order. There, you will find a list of all the orders you have actually placed, along with the status and invoice number for each order. To do this, manually enter the address for the FCI/ZEISS website or platformin your browser. Manually entering the address allows you to avoid the risk of being sent to fraudulent websites via links contained in the email.

Tip: If you're unsure about an email you've received, use our contact service to get in touch with us or write us a message at:

FCI S.A.S. - Data Protection Officer

20-22 Rue Louis Armand - 75015 Paris - France

Contact by e-mail (please do not send confidential or sensitive information): rgpd@fci.fr


Important information about the safeguarding of your information

Safeguarding your personal information

In today's connected world, unauthorized attempts to access information are a reality which private individuals and companies are confronted with on a daily basis. Safeguarding information against such attempts is a considerable challenge.

Data protection is a high priority issue at FCI/ZEISS, and we invest time, energy and money into ensuring that our systems are secure and monitored around the clock. When you use FCI/ZEISS websites and platforms, you entrust us with your personal information. Safeguarding this information is important to us. There are also things that you can do to protect your personal information against unauthorized access. Below you will find information about how you can help ensure that your information stays safe.

How can I protect my personal information?

The rule of thumb here is to protect the information on your computer, laptop and mobile devices with passwords and PIN codes that only you know. Also, make sure you sign out of FCI/ZEISS websites, platforms and shops after you are finished using them.

Make sure that you only use one unique password per account. Never use the same password for different service providers or online portals. Check to make sure that the passwords you use on FCI/ZEISS websites and platforms are not being used for other websites as well. If they are, we recommend changing all of your FCI/ZEISS passwords immediately.

Do not write your passwords down where other people can see them. Once again, make sure that you are the only person who has access to these passwords.

How do I create secure passwords?

You want to make sure that your passwords are not easy to guess. This means not using common, everyday words, your own name or the names of family members in your passwords. For added security, it is a good idea to use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.

Is there anything else I should know?

If you use a public computer to access FCI/ZEISS websites or platforms, be sure to sign out of your account when you are finished.

If you receive unsolicited emails asking you to provide your password or payment information, ignore these and contact FCI/ZEISS immediately. We will look into the matter. 

FCI S.A.S. - Data Protection Officer

20-22 Rue Louis Armand - 75015 Paris - France

Contact by e-mail (please do not send confidential or sensitive information): rgpd@fci.fr


DATA PROTECTION NOTICE

Data processing at FCI/ZEISS (e.g. collection, processing, transfer) is performed in accordance with the law. The personal information needed from you for business transactions is stored by us and transferred to service providers contracted by FCI/ZEISS to the extent necessary to process the transactions. 

Scope

This data protection notice applies to websites, domains, social media platforms and applications belonging to companies in the FCI/ZEISS Corporate Group (hereinafter referred to as FCI/ZEISS). They do not apply to the websites of FCI/ZEISS companies that, for example, have amended data protection and legal notices due to national legislation. Therefore, please note the respective data protection and legal notices of all FCI/ZEISS websites you visit or programs you use. In some cases, FCI/ZEISS websites also contain links to websites of third-party, FCI/ZEISS external companies to which this data protection and legal notice does not apply.

General Data Protection Standard

FCI/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 FCI/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 FCI/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 FCI/ZEISS companies within the Group. This FCI/ZEISS company directive serves to ensure that your data is processed properly and in compliance with the applicable laws at the FCI/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.

FCI/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, FCI/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.

FCI/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 FCI/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. FCI/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, FCI/ZEISS is permitted to collect and process address and order information for its own marketing purposes. This means, for example, that FCI/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.

Note: You may object to the use, processing, and transfer of your personal information at any time by means of an informal written letter addressed to FCI/ZEISS or via email. Upon receipt of your objection, we will cease to use, process, and transfer the information in question for any purpose other than carrying out the orders and tasks you have requested; we will also cease to send you advertising and promotional materials.

FCI S.A.S. - Data Protection Officer

20-22 Rue Louis Armand - 75015 Paris - France

Contact by e-mail (please do not send confidential or sensitive information): rgpd@fci.fr

Disclosure or objection:

Want to know which of your personal information is processed by FCI/ZEISS? Want to object to having your information used?

According to Article 15 of the Basic Regulation on Data Privacy Protection and § 57 of the Act to Adapt Data Protection Law to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 and to Implement Directive (EU) 2016/680 (DSAnpUG-EU), this is your legal right, and we would be more than happy to fulfil your request. 

FCI S.A.S. - Data Protection Officer

20-22 Rue Louis Armand - 75015 Paris - France

Contact by e-mail (please do not send confidential or sensitive information): rgpd@fci.fr

Gathering, Processing, and Transfer of Personal Information:

FCI/ZEISS wants to give you as much control as possible over your personal information. Normally, you can access FCI/ZEISS websites without providing any personal information. 

However, in certain areas of the FCI/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 FCI/ZEISS. Your personal information will not be 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. When transferring 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. FCI/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, FCI/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, FCI/ZEISS will aspire to the highest possible level of data protection and will comply with the legal stipulations.

Rights of people concerned:

You are entitled to request information regarding the personal data we process at any time; you may also object to the processing of this information as well as request that the extent to which your personal information is processed be limited, that information be corrected or that information be deleted. Please note that FCI/ZEISS may only delete your personal information in the event that no legal stipulations exist which require this information to be stored, or in the event that FCI/ZEISS' right to store this information does not take precedence over your right to have it deleted. Please also note that once you have requested to have your information deleted, to have the processing of your information limited, or you have objected to the processing of your information, you may then no longer use FCI/ZEISS services, in part or in full, which require the use of your personal information.

If your personal information is being used by FCI/ZEISS because you have agreed to have it used, or because it is required for the fulfilment of a contract you have concluded with FCI/ZEISS, you may request a copy of the information that you have made available to FCI/ZEISS. Please send your request to the email address provided below. Be sure to include which data or processing activities you are requesting information about, in what format you would like to receive this information, and whether the information should be sent to you or another recipient. FCI/ZEISS will carefully review your request and inform you of the best way to fulfil it.

You may also request that FCI/ZEISS limit the future processing of your personal information in the following cases: 

  • If you claim that the personal information held by FCI/ZEISS is incorrect (however, the processing of information in this case will only be limited during the period of time needed by FCI/ZEISS to verify the accuracy of the personal information in question);
  • If there is no legal basis for the processing of your personal information by FCI/ZEISS and you request that FCI/ZEISS cease processing your information;
  • If FCI/ZEISS no longer needs your personal information, but you claim that FCI/ZEISS must store this information so that legal claims can be raised or exercised, or so that the claims of third parties can be defended;
  • If you object to the processing of your personal information by FCI/ZEISS (on the basis of FCI/ZEISS' legitimate interest), for the length of time required to verify if FCI/ZEISS' interest in processing your personal information takes precedence or if a legal requirement to store the information exists.
Personal Information of Children:

FCI/ZEISS does not intentionally collect or process the information of children under the age of 16.

Compliance with Legal Regulations:

FCI/ZEISS and its products, services and technologies are subject to the export regulations of various countries, including those of the European Union and its members states and those of the United States. You acknowledge that FCI/ZEISS is required, per applicable export regulations, trade sanctions, and embargos, to take measures to prevent companies, organizations, and parties named in sanction party lists from acquiring certain products, technologies, and services through FCI/ZEISS websites or delivery channels controlled by FCI/ZEISS. These measures may include the following:

  • The automated comparison of user registration information described in this notice and other information related to the user's identity with applicable sanction lists;
  • Regular and repeated comparisons of this information as sanction lists are updated or as the user updates his or her information;
  • The blocking of access to the services and systems of FCI/ZEISS if a user is found in an applicable sanction list;
  • Establishing contact with the user in the event his or her information is found in a sanction list, in order to verify his or her identity.

Furthermore, you acknowledge that information required to carry out activities in accordance with your decision to have your personal information processed and used, or to receive marketing and promotional materials from FCI/ZEISS (regardless of the country in which the FCI/ZEISS company in question is located, and whether you have provided your explicit permission or objection to receive marketing and promotional materials) may be stored by companies in the FCI/ZEISS Group and exchanged between them to the extent this is required by law.

Legitimate Interest of FCI/ZEISS: 

Each of the items listed below presents a case in which FCI/ZEISS has a legitimate interest in processing and using your personal information. If you do not agree to having your information processed and used by FCI/ZEISS in these ways, you may object to these processing activities.  

Surveys and questionnaires:

FCI/ZEISS may invite you to participate in a customer survey. The questionnaires used for these surveys are designed in such a way that the questions can be answered without providing personal information. However, any personal information provided in a questionnaire or survey may be used by FCI/ZEISS to improve its products and services.

Generation of anonymized data records: 

FCI/ZEISS may anonymize the personal information covered by this data privacy protection notice to create anonymized data records which can be used to improve FCI/ZEISS products and services as well as those of its associated companies. 

Recording of telephone and chat conversations for the purpose of improving service quality: 

FCI/ZEISS may record telephone or chat conversations for the purpose of improving the quality of its service. The recording process will begin only after you have been informed of it during the conversation. 

To keep you informed of new products and services and to collect customer feedback: 

Within the framework of FCI/ZEISS' relationship with you as a customer, FCI/ZEISS may keep you informed, to the extent permitted by law, about its products and services (e.g. webinars, seminars and events) which are similar to the products and services from FCI/ZEISS which you have already purchased or which you use, or products or services which are directly related. Moreover, FCI/ZEISS may contact you to collect feedback regarding products, services, seminars, webinars or events which you have purchased or attended for the purpose of improving the product, service, webinar, seminar, or event in question.

Information on Data Security

FCI/ZEISS understands the importance of the protection and discreet handling of the information which you transfer to us via the Internet. Data security on our websites is a top priority. We have therefore made great efforts to ensure that our online security measures are effective. Essential data traffic on the FCI/ZEISS websites is therefore encrypted. FCI/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.

We use different technologies for authentication, to simplify navigation, and to improve usability. These technologies include “cookies” which measure the use and efficacy of a website. A cookie is a data item which a website sends to your browser. It is stored on your system and is used to identify it (see Cookies, Web Tracking and Web Analytics).

Visitors' IP addresses can be captured on our websites for the analysis of malfunctions, for website administration, and for the attainment of demographic characteristics. Furthermore, we use the IP addresses and other information, made available to us by you on this website or by other means as required, to find out which of our websites are being visited and what topics interest our visitors. 

Cookies, Web Tracking and Web Analytics

FCI/ZEISS websites and online platforms collect and store information, in part in anonymized or pseudonymized form, regarding the surfing behavior of website visitors for the purposes of marketing. This information is stored on your computer using cookies and makes it possible for us to analyze your surfing behavior in anonymous form. This includes, for example, the city you come from, what type of browser and operating system you are using, and which pages you have visited on our website. This information can in no way be used to personally identify you and is used solely for the purpose of improving your browsing experience. To ensure that your information remains anonymous, your IP is either shortened or collected in an anonymous form. Your information is not used for any other purpose, nor is it sent to third parties, without your explicit consent. Depending on their function and purpose, cookies can be grouped into one of four categories: strictly necessary cookies, performance cookies, functional cookies, and cookies for marketing purposes.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

Strictly necessary cookies are needed to allow you to navigate through a website and use the features built into it. Without these cookies, the website's functionality cannot be guaranteed. This means that certain actions performed by the user (e.g. text input, configuration options) are not stored as the user navigates to other pages on the website.

Functional Cookies

Functional cookies make it possible for a website to store information provided by the user (e.g. username, language selection, current location) to improve their browsing experience and personalize the functionality of the website. For example, a website can provide the user with local pricing information if a cookie is used to store the region that the user is in. Functional cookies are also used to perform commands such as playing videos. These cookies collect information in anonymous form and cannot be used to track your use of other websites.

Performance Cookies

Performance cookies are used to collect information about how a website is used (e.g. information about which pages the visitor visits most frequently and whether or not the user receives any error messages). These cookies do not store any information which could be used to identify the user. The collected information is aggregated and anonymized. These cookies are used exclusively to improve the performance of the website and, hence, the user's experience.

Cookies for Marketing Purposes

Cookies for marketing purposes are used to present users with advertising which is relevant to them and which is tailored to their interests. They are also used to limit the number of impressions of an ad and to measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They register whether a user has visited a page or not. This information can then be shared with advertisers. Cookies which are used to improve the relevance of advertising are often linked to page features from third parties.

If you want to modify, limit, or object to the use of cookies or the analysis of your surfing behavior, or if you wish to withdraw your objection, you can change and manage the settings for each website in most standard browsers as follows:

  • Chrome: Click the padlock icon next to the address bar (on SSL-certified pages) or on the information icon (i).
  • Firefox: Click the icon next to the web address and choose "Options". The cookie management is located under "Privacy & Security".
  • Internet Explorer: Click the gear icon, then go to "Extras" > "Internet Options". Go to the "Privacy" tab. The cookie management options are located under "Advanced".

How does FCI/ZEISS use cookies?

FCI/ZEISS uses cookies in a number of ways and for the following purposes:

  • To authenticate and identify you when you use one of our websites or applications, so that we can provide you with the services you have requested
  • To make the FCI/ZEISS websites and applications you use available to you
  • To store your settings or record the point at which you stopped using a FCI/ZEISS website or application
  • To measure your use of FCI/ZEISS websites and applications so that these can be improved and modified to fit your interests
  • To understand what your interests likely are so that we can present you with relevant information when you visit FCI/ZEISS websites

Google Analytics

This website makes partial use of Google Analytics, a web analysis service from Google Inc., headquartered at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States ("Google"). For this purpose, Google Analytics uses cookies, i.e. text files that are saved on your computer and enable you to analyze your 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. However, your IP address will 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 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 there. On behalf of 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 other data with the IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Google Analytics. You can 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 utilize all the functions of the FCI/ZEISS website in question to their full extent. In addition, you may prevent Google's capture and processing of the data generated by the cookie related to your use of the website (including your IP address) by downloading and installing a browser plugin available via the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en. Our Terms and Conditions of Use and our Data Protection Notice can be found at https://www.google.com/analytics/terms/us.html and https://policies.google.com/?hl=en.

Google has added the code "anonymizeIp" to this website to enable the anonymous identification of IP addresses. 

Personalized Recommendations 

We use software to create user profiles and keep them up to date. The process involves the use of cookies for tracking purposes on the website. Unknown visitors are registered as anonymous.

In some cases we use retargeting methods by which visitors to our website are tagged so that they can be presented with targeted information on other websites. This information cannot be used to identify individuals and can be deactivated at any time by changing the display settings or privacy settings in your browser.

In some cases we use the remarketing feature from Google Inc. This feature is used to present website visitors with advertisements related to their interests within the Google advertising network. To do this, a cookie is saved to the visitor's browser which makes it possible to identify the user when he or she visits a website which is part of the Google advertising network. On these sites, the user may be presented with advertising related to content that he or she viewed previously on other websites which employ the Google remarketing feature. According to Google, it does not collect personal information during this process. If you do not want Google to use the remarketing feature, this can generally be deactivated by changing the settings under http://www.google.com/settings/ads.

Through the use of the Google remarketing feature and the "similar audiences" feature, you may be presented with advertising from FCI/ZEISS which is tailored to your person and personal interests when you visit websites within Google's so-called "Display Network". You can also deactivate the cookies used in this process at any time by changing the display settings or privacy settings in your browser.

Adobe Analytics

This website makes partial use of Adobe Analytics, a web analytics service from Adobe Systems Software Ireland Limited ("Adobe").

Adobe Analytics uses cookies, which are saved on your computer for the purpose of analytics and to make the use of the website possible. If the information generated by the cookie is transferred to one of Adobe's servers, Adobe's own settings guarantee that the IP is anonymized before being used for geolocation purposes and is replaced by a generic IP address before being saved.

Adobe will not merge the IP address transmitted by your browser within the scope of Adobe Analytics with other data.

You can also deactivate the cookies used in this process at any time by changing the display settings or privacy settings in your browser.

It should be noted that limiting the use of cookies or changing your privacy settings may prevent you from being able to use all the features on our website.

FCI/ZEISS websites and platforms display personalized recommendations. These are based on your shopping history and the items and product categories you have viewed, browsed, or purchased. This information is stored in anonymous form in accordance with §15 Paragraph 3 Sentence 1 of the German Telemedia Act (TMG).

If you do not want your browsing history to be stored and used for this purpose, you can prevent this by changing the display settings or privacy settings in your browser.

Please note that doing this will prevent us from being able to show you personalized recommendations.

Using Social Plug-ins

Some FCI/ZEISS websites feature the following social plug-in buttons for other websites:

These buttons, if displayed on the website, do not establish any contact with the servers from Facebook, Google+, Twitter or similar online service providers. 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. 

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. Insofar as you are simultaneously logged onto Facebook or other social media platforms, this information will be assigned to your social media account and will thus be connected with you. With regard to the further use and storage of your personal data by Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, please obtain the relevant information directly from these social media companies. It is likewise possible to block social plugins through your browser using add-ons.

Amendments to this Data Protection Notice

This notice is amended occasionally to ensure that it complies with current legal requirements and covers all of our online services. Your legal rights to information, correction, blocking, deletion, and objection are not affected by these changes.

Contacts for Data Protection Requests

For data protection requests, please contact our corporate privacy protection representatives:

FCI S.A.S. - Data Protection Officer

20-22 Rue Louis Armand - 75015 Paris - France

Contact by e-mail (please do not send confidential or sensitive information): rgpd@fci.fr

Country-Specific Regulations

The following applies to users located in the Russian Federation:

The services mentioned here are not intended for citizens of the Russian Federation whose permanent address is located in Russia. If you are a citizen of the Russian Federation and your permanent address is located in Russia, you acknowledge that any and all personal information you provide when using our services is done so at your own risk and that you are solely responsible for this information; you also acknowledge that by using FCI/ZEISS services you grant your explicit permission to have your personal information collected and transferred to the United States and other countries for processing, and that FCI/ZEISS cannot be held responsible for failure to adhere to any laws of the Russian Federation.

The following applies to users located in the People's Republic of China:

The services mentioned here are not intended for citizens of the People's Republic of China whose permanent address is located in the People's Republic of China. If you are a citizen of the People's Republic of China and your permanent address is located in the People's Republic of China, you acknowledge that any and all personal information you provide when using our services is done so at your own risk and that you are solely responsible for this information; you also acknowledge that by using FCI/ZEISS services you grant your explicit permission to have your personal information collected and transferred to the United States and other countries for processing, and that FCI/ZEISS cannot be held responsible for failure to adhere to any laws of the People's Republic of China.

The following applies to users located in the United States:

The content of this Website may be limited for use by persons located within certain geographic regions (including without limitation the United States) and FCI/ZEISS makes no claims that the Website or any of its content is accessible or appropriate outside of such regions. Access to the Website may not be legal by certain persons or in certain countries. If you access the Website in contravention of legal restrictions, you do soon your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

The "Shine the Light" law of the state of California enables residents of California to request certain information about the data collected by FCI/ZEISS and sent to third parties for direct marketing purposes. If you wish to request additional information covered by the "Shine the Light" law, contact us using the information provided above or submit a request to the address provided with the phrase "California Shine the Light Request" so that we can appropriately categorize your request. For this process, we require your mailing address, permanent address and an email address so that we can contact you.