PRIVACY STATEMENT

 

Leica thanks you for your interest in our company and our products, as well as your visit to our websites.

 

Leica respects your privacy

Protecting your privacy in the processing of your personal data is an important concern which we pay special attention to during our business processes. The personal data collected during the visits to our websites are processed by us confidentially and in accordance with the legislation in force.

Data protection and information security are part of our company policy.

 

Personal data collection and processing

Personal data are only stored when they are voluntarily supplied by you for a particular purpose, for example in the context of a registration, an inquiry, a contest or the submission of a job application.

In addition, when you visit our website, the following information is collected: IP address, referrer website, page views, saved files (downloads), viewed videos and audio tracks heard, clicks on individual links, searched words or phrases (site search), length of visit, browser used, etc. If the visit results from online advertising such as banners, video ads, search engine advertising, etc., we also record which banner, advertising word, etc. motivated you to visit the Leica websites.

These perceptions allow us to continue to optimise our websites and adapt them even better to the needs of our visitors.

 

Use of cookies

1) Cookies

Leica uses cookies and active components (e.g. JavaScript) to track visitor preferences and optimise website design accordingly.

Cookies are small text files stored on your computer. If you wish, you can delete cookies at any time. However, this may result in some functions becoming unavailable. For information on how to delete cookies, please consult the help function of your browser.

 

2) Third-party cookies 

Some Leica websites incorporate content and services from other operators (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Google, Twitter), which in turn may use cookies and active components. Leica has no influence on the processing of personal data by these operators.

Note that the option provided by Leica to establish the settings for cookies used has no effect on cookies and active components of other operators (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Google, Twitter).

Please refer to the websites of these operators to collect information on how your data is processed.

 

Use of social plugins as part of social media

1) Facebook

Some Leica websites use social plugins (“plugins”) from Facebook.com social network, which is managed by Facebook Inc., Palo Alto, CA, United States (“Facebook”). Plugins are identified with the Facebook logo or the suffix “Facebook”, “like”, or “share”.

If you visit a page on our website that contains such plugins, they will initially be disabled. Plugins are not activated until you click the button that appears. By activating the plugins, you are establishing the connection to Facebook and declare your consent regarding the transmission of data to Facebook. If you are signed in to Facebook, Facebook can associate your visit with your Facebook account. If you click on the respective button, the corresponding information is directly transmitted to Facebook by your browser and stored there.

For information about the scope and purpose of data collection, treatment and use of data by Facebook, your rights and the settings you can define to protect your privacy, see the “Facebook Data Protection Notice”.

If you do not want Facebook to collect data about you through our website, you must close your Facebook session before visiting our website.

 

2) Google+

Some Leica websites use social plugins from plus.google.com social network, which is managed by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). Plugins are labeled with the Google+ logo or the suffix “Google+” or “Google plus”, or “+1”.

If you visit a page on our website that contains such plugins, they will initially be disabled. Plugins do not activate until you click the button that appears. By activating the plugins, you will be connecting to Google and declare your consent regarding the transmission of data to Google. If you sign in to Google+, Google may associate your visit with your Google+ account. If you click on the respective button, the corresponding information is directly transmitted to Google by your browser and stored there.

For information about the scope and purpose of data collection, treatment and use of data by Google+, and your rights and settings you may define to protect your privacy, see the “Google Data Protection Notice”.

If you do not want Google to collect data about you through our website, you must close your Google+ session before visiting our site.

 

3) YouTube

Some Leica websites use the YouTube video platform, managed by YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave. San Bruno, CA 94066 United States. YouTube is a platform that allows you to play audio and video files.

When you load a page on our website, the built-in YouTube player links to YouTube to ensure the technical transmission of the video or audio file. When the link to YouTube is established, the data is transferred to YouTube.

For information about the scope and purpose of data collection, treatment and use of data by YouTube, and your rights and settings you may define to protect your privacy, see the “YouTube Data Protection Notice”.

 

4) Twitter

Some Leica websites use social plugins of Twitter social network, which is managed by Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, United States (“Twitter”). The plugins are identified with the Twitter logo or the suffix “tweet”.

If you visit a page on our website that contains such plugins, they will initially be disabled. Plugins do not activate until you click the button that appears. By activating the plugins, you are establishing the connection to Twitter and declare your consent regarding the transmission of data to Twitter. If you sign in to Twitter, Twitter can associate your visit with your Twitter account. If you click on the respective button, the corresponding information is directly transmitted to Twitter by your browser and stored there.

For information about the scope and purpose of data collection, data handling and use by Google+, and your rights and settings you can define to protect your privacy, see the “Twitter Data Protection Notice”.

 

Use of external links 

Leica websites may contain links to other websites managed by non-member operators.

While clicking on the link, we no longer have any influence on the collection, storage or processing of any personal data transmitted (such as the IP address or URL of the page containing the link), taking into account that the behaviour of third parties is by nature, beyond our control. Therefore, Leica is not responsible for the processing of personal data by third parties.

 

Use of personal data and purpose

Leica or a service provider contracted by Leica uses your personal data for the purpose of technical administration of websites, customer management, product surveys, surveys that you submit to Leica and only within the scope necessary for that purpose or according to the description of the corresponding location on our websites. Our employees and service providers contracted by Leica are required to maintain confidentiality and comply with the provisions of the Personal Data Protection Law.

In addition, compliance with all necessary technical and organisational measures will be guaranteed.

 

Security

Leica adopts security measures to protect the data we hold against handling, loss, destruction, access by unauthorised persons or against unauthorised disclosure. Our security procedures are continually improved as new technologies become available.

 

Advertising

When you communicate personal data, we use it to inform you about our products and services and to include you in surveys, provided that you have expressly and previously authorised us to use your personal data for advertising purposes. If you have given your consent to such, but wish to no longer receive advertising from Leica, you may revoke your consent at any time. You will only need to inform us to delete your data, or to block them if necessary for billing and accounting purposes. For more information, we ask you to consult the local services of the website.

 

Cancelling your Consent

You can always cancel your consent to the collection, processing and use of your personal data for the future.

Personal data will be deleted if your consent to their storage is cancelled, if the information regarding the personal data to achieve the intended purpose is no longer necessary or if the storage of personal data is inadmissible due to other legal reasons.

Data required for billing and accounting purposes or that are subject to being kept for legal reasons will not be affected.

 

Contact

To obtain information or send suggestions or complaints regarding the processing of your personal data, you may contact our Data Protection Office.

If incorrect information has been stored, despite our accuracy and updating efforts, we will correct this information at your request.