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Privacy policy and consent to data use

The following detailed privacy policy explains the data that are collected on our website and the data that we process and use. 

Data protection is important to us, and we take it very seriously. We rely on trustworthy cooperation with you and make every effort to fully satisfy you - this naturally also applies to the handling of your personal data. With these data protection provisions, we would like to inform you regarding how your personal data are processed. Therefore, please take the following information into consideration. Our data protection provisions supplement the Terms of Use of B. Braun websites. 

During the course of development of our website and implementation of new legal requirements, new technologies, or in order to improve our service for you, modifications to this privacy policy may be required. For that reason, we recommend that you occasionally read through this privacy policy again. 

You can print this document by using the normal functionality of your Internet service program (= browser: there mostly “file” > “print”).

1. Responsible controller

The operator of this website and the responsible controller in terms of data protection is: 

B. Braun Melsungen AG
Carl-Braun-Straße 1
34212 Melsungen
Germany

2. General information on processing personal data

This privacy policy applies to data abut you, including personal data, collected by B. Braun. Personal data are data or a combination of individual data by means of which you can be identified.

We process your personal data in compliance with the data protection laws of the Federal Republic of Germany and the European General Data Protection Regulation. In no case will we forward your personal data to third parties outside of the B. Braun group for advertising or marketing purposes without your consent.

As an international company, we work together with external service providers. To the extent that processed data contain personal content, corresponding contractual agreements and organizational measures have been enacted according to applicable law which ensure the security of your data.

In our company, compliance with legal regulations and this policy is monitored by our data protection officers. Our employees are trained to handle personal data and have committed in writing to comply with data protection regulations.

As a general rule, our website can be used without providing personal data. Insofar as personal data (name, address or email addresses, for example) are collected, this is always on a voluntary basis whenever possible.

We draw your attention to the fact that data transmission via the Internet (e.g. when communicating by e-mail) may involve gaps in security. We attempt to protect your data from unauthorized access by third parties by means of precautions such as pseudonymization, data economy, observing deletion periods and in consideration of the current state of the art technology. Despite these protective measures, however, we cannot completely rule out unlawful processing by third parties.

3. Data collection and processing in case of access from the Internet

When you visit our website, our web servers save each access temporarily to a log file. The following data are entered and saved until automated deletion:

  • Anonymized IP address of the requesting computer
  • Date and time of the access
  • Name and URL of the called data
  • Report whether the call was successful
  • Identification data of the used browser and operating system
  • Website, from which the access is carried out
  • Name of your Internet access provider

 

The lawful processing of these data occurs for the purposes of enabling use of the website (establishing connection), for system security, for technical administration of the network infrastructure and for optimization of the Internet offering. By agreeing to this privacy policy, you give your consent to our collection of these data. You may refuse this data processing. Insofar as you refuse the use of the data, we hereby inform you that our services may only be usable to limited degree. 

These personal data are not processed beyond the cases indicated above, unless you explicitly consent to further processing.

4. Purpose of the data use

In accordance with the principle of data avoidance and data economy of the General Data Protection Regulation, we only collect personal data on our website when it is either required for your desired purpose, we are obligated to do so due to legal regulations or contracts, if we have a legitimate interest and/or if you voluntarily give us your consent.

When entering personal or business data (e.g. email address, name, address), the disclosure of your data is performed on an explicitly voluntary basis.

We process your contact and business related data based on statutory regulations in connection with existing or pending business relationships. In addition, with your input, you declare your consent for the data entered to be collected, processed or used for the purpose designated by you. We process and save your provided data only as long as required for the intended purpose and delete these after fulfilling the purpose or after expiration of the respective retention periods. Collection, processing or use does not occur for any other purpose. Your consent for data use can be revoked at any time with effect for the future. Insofar as you refuse the use of the data, we hereby inform you that our services may only be usable to a limited degree.

The following are possibilities of how we can use the data: 

Due to statutory regulations:

  • Execution of our General Terms and Conditions
  • Management of our business
  • Protection from or determination of possible fraudulent transactions

 

Owing to contractual purposes:

  • Payment processing for purchases and other services
  • Processing of your application documents

 

Due to your consent:

  • Making contact
  • Sending of samples, rewards, products and information
  • Registration with competitions, programs or offers at your request
  • Delivery of other services that we have offered to you
  • If permissible by law, delivery of user-specific, unsolicited offers and information about the products and services of B. Braun
  • Surveys on our websites
  • Development and provision of advertising that is adjusted to your interests

 

Owing to our legitimate interest:

  • Determination of the effectiveness of our advertising
  • Development of new products and services
  • Analysis of the use of our products, services and websites
  • Knowledge, how you reached our website

5. How we use your data

We use the data, which we collect, in order to make the products and services requested by you available, to inform you about other products and services offered by B. Braun and to manage our websites and services (e.g. newsletter) and to satisfy our rights and obligations with regard to data processing as stipulated by law.

In order to make a comprehensive offer available to you your data are transmitted and used within the scope of the B. Braun Group (you can find information relating to the B. Braun Group here.)

6. Protection of minors

Children and people under the age of 18 normally do not transmit personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardians. We do not request personal data from children and we affirm that we do not collect personal data from children, nor do we use it in any way or disclose it to third parties without authorization.

7. Transmission of data via the Internet

The Internet is a globally open platform. Due to the Internet's inherent mode of operation and the systemic risks involved, any data transmissions are made at your own risk. For your security we exclusively offer our services via the encrypted transmission channel.

8. Use of cookies

Our Internet pages also use so-called "cookies." Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and that your browser saves. They do not cause damage to your computer and do not contain viruses. They serve to make our offering more user-friendly, effective and secure. Some cookies (so-called "functional cookies," e.g. for language settings and order processes) are those that are required in order to guarantee the essential functions of the website. Without these cookies, the website cannot be used as intended.

The majority of the cookies used by us are so-called “session cookies“. They will be deleted automatically after the end of your visit. Other cookies remain stored on your terminal device until you delete these. These cookies enable us to recognize your browser again on the next visit.

You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in an individual case, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or generally exclude cookies as well as activate the automatic deletion of the cookies when closing the browser. Should you reject the use of cookies (a possible setting in your browser) it is nevertheless (restricted under certain circumstances) possible to use our website.

You can find further information with regard to the topic of cookies in our Cookie Policy.

9. Security Measures

We have taken extensive precautions to protect the security of your data. The data transmitted to us that you have entered e.g. in HTML websites (contact forms) are transmitted in an encrypted form (SSL - Secure Socket Layer) via the public data network to B. Braun, where they are saved and processed. 

This website uses an SSL encryption for reasons of security and for the protection of the transmission of confidential contents, such as for example the inquiries that you send us as the website operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from "http://" to "https://" and by the lock symbol in your browser line. 

If the SSL encryption is activated the data, which you transmit to us, cannot be read by third parties.

10. Forwarding of data to third parties

Your personal data will not be forwarded to third parties (thus outside of the B. Braun Group), unless you have granted us your corresponding prior consent. Excluded from this provision is the forwarding to service partners, such as for example parcel service provider or freight forwarders, if the transmission is necessary for the order processing or delivery of the goods.

The logistics service providers receive the data that are required for the delivery for use at their own responsibility. We accordingly restrict this to sending the data that are necessary for the delivery.

In addition, other service providers are involved in the work for the initiation and processing of the contracts, such as for example IT service providers or the hosting service provider for the website. These companies operate for B. Braun within the framework of a so-called order processing and may only use the personal data according to our instructions.

B. Braun has obligated these service providers to the General Data Protection Regulation as per contract and monitors these companies.

Further excluded is the transmission of data for the order processing or delivery of the goods or services or the transmission and use for bookkeeping and settlement purposes within the B. Braun Group. For the forwarding of the data these can be saved (cf. Point 10) in the cloud application salesforce.com, Inc. The Landmark @ One Market Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA (“Salesforce”). In addition, no transmission will take place to third parties without your consent.

In all of these cases the transmission will be carried out in line with the applicable national and European data protection provisions; the scope of the transmitted data is only limited to the necessary minimum in this case.

11. Newsletter data

If you register for an offered newsletter your name and your e-mail address as well as information, which permits us to check that you are the holder of the entered e-mail address and agree with the receipt of the newsletter, are saved by us. Your address will additionally be required in case of postal dispatch. Your data are exclusively processed for the requested newsletter, your data will not be additionally used for other purposes. Neither will your data be forwarded by us to third parties. Our registration system ensures by the sending of a registration e-mail with a confirmation link that the chosen newsletter is also actually requested by you (so-called “Double-Opt-In-Procedure”).

You can revoke the granted consent to the saving of the data, the e-mail address as well as their use to send the newsletter at all times, for example via the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. 

If you order the newsletter by using our contact form we will process your inquiry in our Salesforce Marketing Cloud (please refer to Point 10 for details).

12. Privacy policy for the use of etracker

Our website uses the etracker analysis service. The provider is etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstraße 1, 20459 Hamburg Germany. Usage profiles can be created from the data under a pseudonym. Cookies can be used for this purpose. The cookies enable your browser to be recognized. The data collected using the etracker technologies will not be used to personally identify visitors to our website without the separately granted consent of the person concerned and will not be combined with personal data about the holder of the pseudonym. 

The data collection and saving by etracker can be objected to at all times with effect for the future. In order to object to a data collection and saving of your visitor data for the future you can obtain an Opt-Out-Cookie of etracker under the following link, this will lead to the fact that no visitor data of your browser will be collected and saved at etracker in future: http://www.etracker.de/privacy?et=V23Jbb 

An Opt-Out-Cookie with the name "cntcookie" is used by etracker hereby. Please do not delete this cookie as long as you would like to uphold your objection. You can find further information in the data protection provisions of etracker: https://www.etracker.com/en/data-privacy/

13. Your rights as a data subject

You always have the right of access (Art. 15 GDPR) to your personal data, their origin and recipients and the purpose of data processing, free of charge, as well as a right to rectification (Art. 16 GDPR),, erasure (Art. 17 GDPR) or to restriction of processing of these data (Art. 18 GDPR). Furthermore, you have the right to obtain the personal data relating to you that you have provided to a responsible party, in a structured, common and machine-readable format (right to data portability Art. 20 GDPR).

You may also revoke a consent (right to object Art. 21 GDPR) granted by you for the processing and use of your data, which is not necessary owing to a superordinate legal regulation or directly for the processing of an existing contractual relationship, at all times. In this respect and with regard to further questions relating to the topic of personal data you can contact us at the address stated in the imprint. Upon request, we will inform you in writing if and which personal data we have stored about you, in accordance with applicable law.

14. Retrieval of the data protection provisions

You can retrieve and print these privacy policy from any B. Braun website using the link "Data protection".

15. Your contacts for data protection matters

If you have questions regarding the processing of your personal data, you may directly contact our data protection officer and his team, who are also available for information requests, applications or complaints: 

Data Protection Department
B. Braun Melsungen AG
Carl-Braun-Straße 1
34212 Melsungen
Germany

15.1 Your right to information

In accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation, our customers have a right to information about their saved data, free of charge. Upon request, we will inform you in writing if and which personal data we have stored about you, in accordance with applicable law. You can find more information here.

15.2 Your right to lodge a complaint at a regulatory authority

In the event of a complaint, you can contact the designated regulatory authority:

The data protection officer in Hesse
Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 1,
65189 Wiesbaden