This website is maintained by Medela AG, Lättichstrasse 4b, 6340 Baar, Switzerland.
1. Collection, Processing and Use of Your Personal Data
1.1 Anonymous Usage of our Website
You are welcome to visit our Website while remaining anonymous and without revealing any of your personal data.
However, when you first visit our Website we will ask for your consent to place cookies on your device and to track your website usage behaviour. This helps us to better understand how visitors use this Website and to improve this website’s offering and services, which may include providing you with a more personalized website experience and targeted content. In case you have registered for our newsletter (see Section 1.3 below), we will use such website usage information also to provide you with more personalized communications reflecting your specific interests and preferences. Please see Section 2 below for a detailed description of the cookies and website analysis tools we use for this purpose and your rights to change your choices.
If you do not agree with the above practices and wish to remain fully anonymous, you can indicate that you do not provide your consent, or withdraw your consent with effect for the future, by using the opt-out mechanisms available (see Section 2 below). In this case, we will only collect certain anonymous information which do not directly relate to your person. For example, we may collect the number of visitors to this Website, browsing patterns and areas of interest. We analyze this information to understand how visitors use this Website, and to assess trends, statistics and our visitors’ needs, which help us to improve our Website and to provide better content and functionality.
1.2 Using the Contact Form
1.3 Newsletter Registration
You are free to register for our newsletter. When doing so we will ask you for your consent to store and process your first name, last name, email address and country. We will use such data solely to provide you with regular email updates about new content, services and events of Drainology.org. As part of your registration, we will further obtain your consent that we may personalize the content of our newsletter according to your needs and interests based on other information we receive and store from you, such as your profession or other information revealed by you. In case you have also given your consent to the placement of cookies and the tracking of your website usage behaviour (see Section 2.2 below), we will also use information about your website usage to provide you with personalized communications which reflect your specific interests and preferences.
After you have submitted your newsletter request, you will receive a confirmation email which contains a link that you need to click-on to confirm your registration. This double-opt-in procedure helps us to ensure that the email-account holder consents with the receipt of our newsletter.
When registering for our newsletter, you further consent that your usage of our newsletter, such as email-opens and email-clicks, may be tracked by drainology.org using an analytics tool provided by a third party. This tool also collects information about email-forwarding, undeliverable emails and unsubscribes. The personal data collected by this third party system contains your name, email-address and location (not your physical address).
In addition, we may use other technical service providers, including cloud services operated from the USA, which offer similar tools to help us managing the newsletter subscriptions and providing related communication and marketing services.
Our service providers will process your information as our data processor only on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions to help us evaluate the usage of our newsletter, to personalize your newsletter communications, to compile reports on newsletter activity and to provide other statistical and analytical services relating to the usage of our newsletter. Your data will not be used for any other purposes.
While these service providers may be located in a country which may not provide for the same level of data protection as considered adequate in your country of residence, in particular in Switzerland and the EU/EEA, we have taken the necessary measures to ensure your personal data is appropriately protected when being transferred outside of Switzerland and/or the EU/EEA.
2.1 Essential cookies
Cookies are small text files that our Website asks to place on your computer or other internet enabled devices, such as tablets or smartphones. If your browser is set to accept cookies, then your browser adds the text in a small file.
2.2 Cookie Consent & Personalized Tracking
When you access our Website, we will ask for your consent to place additional cookies on your device by displaying a cookie banner (“Cookie Consent”). These cookies will not be strictly necessary for the functioning and performance of this Website, but will help us to collect some of your personal data relating to your website usage behaviour in order to improve this website offering and services and/or to provide you with more personalized information and services (see below Sections 2.4 for the corresponding cookies placed for website analysis). In case you have registered for our newsletter (see Section 1.3 above), we will use such website usage information also to provide you with more personalized communications reflecting your specific interests and preferences.
The cookie banner informs you about the main purposes of the additional cookies and provides you with information about your choices and where you may access further information. Your continued use of our Website after having been displayed with the cookie banner will signify your consent to the described practices.
2.3 Managing your cookie settings
If you choose not to accept cookies, this may impair the usability of the Website and you may not be able to take advantage of some of the features and services offered.
If you use different devices to access this Website (e.g., smartphone, tablet, computer, etc.) you will need to ensure that each browser on each device is adjusted to reflect your cookie preferences.
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2.4 Use of Google Universal Analytics
Google will use this information as our commissioned data processor to help us evaluate the use of our Website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other statistical and analytical services relating to usage of our Website. We use the Google anonymization function to change the last digits of your IP address. However, if you are logged in e.g. with a Google account, Google will be able to revoke the anonymization. In any event, Medela will never receive this information and cannot revoke the anonymization.
You may prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie about your use of this Website (including your IP address) and opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites by downloading and installing a browser-plugin which is available here.
In this case, an opt-out cookie will be placed on your browser that prevents any further tracking of your use of this Website by Google Analytics. Please remember that you will have to opt-out again if you delete all cookies stored on your device.
You will also have to opt-out for each device you use to visit our Website.
For an overview of privacy at Google, please click here.
5. Disclosure of your Personal Data
Medela is operating the Website as data controller. Medela and/or the Local Group Company may use external technical service providers which are authorized to provide services on its behalf and in accordance with its instructions. These entities may have access to your personal data but only to the extent necessary to enable your use of this Website, including providing related services or handling your requests or enquiries. For instance, Medela may use service providers to host our Website, store your personal data, or analyze the information collected as explained in Section 2. These service providers may not disclose your personal data to any unauthorized third parties or use your personal data for any purposes other than as instructed. Some of these service providers may be located in countries outside Switzerland and the EU/EEA which may not provide for the same level of data protection as in your country of residence. However, Medela and/or, as applicable, the Local Group Company have appropriate agreements in place with these service providers to ensure that they will take all necessary measures to protect your personal data in accordance with applicable requirements. For further information about our service providers, please contact us as further explained in Section 8 below.
Other than as indicated above, we will not provide your personal data to any third party without your prior consent, unless we are compelled by law to do so.
6. Storage of your Personal Data and Data Security
Your data will be stored on servers in Germany. We have taken the necessary measures to ensure your personal data will be handled and protected appropriately and only be processed on our behalf and in accordance with our instructions.
We will treat your personal data confidential. We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your personal data against unauthorized disclosure or access, alteration, misuse, accidental or unlawful destruction or loss.
7. Your Rights / How to Contact Us
As per the provisions of applicable local data protection law, you have the right to request information as to what data we hold about you. In addition, where appropriate, you have the right to request the correction, deletion and/or blocking of your personal data and/or to restrict and/or object to the processing of your personal data for legitimate reasons as well as the right to data portability.
In case of any questions about the collection, processing and/or use of your personal data or to exercise your rights please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annex: Consent declarations
To be fully transparent about its practices, Medela makes the content of consent declarations obtained through its Website available for access by its users. In the context of your use of our Website, you may have expressly given one or more of the following consent declarations:
- Newsletter Registration
- Cookie Consent