Data Protection Policy

Protecting your personal data when collecting, processing and using it by virtue of you visiting our homepage is an important matter for us. The law firm Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB (hereinafter „law firm“ or „we“) particularly places high importance on protecting personal data. We would therefore like to use this opportunity to inform you about data protection in our law firm. It goes without saying that we comply with the statutory provisions of the General Data Protection regulation (GDPR), the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), the German Telemedia Act (TMG), and other provisions under data protection legislation.

What data of yours our lawfirm collects, how it is handled, and to whom it is made available etc. is summarized in the following data protection policy:

Name and address of the controller

The controller in the sense of the General Data Protection Regulation, other domestic data protection legislation of the Member States, other provisions under data protection legislation is:

Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
Sophienstr. 5
80333 Munich
Germany
Fon +49 (0) 89 / 1891745 - 0
Fax +49 (0) 89 / 1891745 - 60
E-Mail: contact@meisterernst.com
Internet: www.meisterernst.com

Name and address of our data protection officer

Dr. Niels Tacke
Contact:
Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB
80333 Munich
Germany
Fon +49 (0) 89 / 1891745 - 0
E-Mail: tacke@meisterernst.com

Collecting and processing data

No data about you is collected by our website (www.meisterernst.com) (for example first name, surname, address, telephone number, email address etc.) unless you provide us with such data on a voluntary basis (for example by completing our form on the website, survey etc.) or, as may apply, you have consented to the collection or processing of your data, or the corresponding legal provisions about protecting your data allow this.

We will not knowingly collect data of children without expressly pointing out that such data should only be provided with the consent of the parents if applicable legal provisions provide for this. In principle, data of children is only used or disclosed by us where permitted by law, for obtaining parental consent required by law, or for protecting children. Applicable national provisions and cultural customs are to be borne in mind here for the term 'child/children'.

Purpose

In order to enable expeditious electronic communication, our law firm can be reached via a contact form or by email. Where a data subject makes contact with us by email or via a contact form, personal data provided by the data subject is automatically stored.

Personal data provided on a voluntary basis is stored on the basis of Article 6 (1, a) GDPR for the purposes of processing the enquiry and/or contacting the data subject. Where the enquiry is made with regard to performing a contract or implementing pre-contractual measures, the legal basis is Article 6 (1, b) GDPR. Personal data is not forwarded to third parties unless the data subject has consented to disclosure in advance.

Stored personal data is erased if you revoke your consent to storage, if knowledge of it is no longer required for performing the purpose pursued with the purpose, or if its storage is not permitted for other legal reasons.

Use for a specific purpose

Our law firm will only collect, process or use personal data provided online by you for purposes of which you have been informed under this data protection policy or otherwise expressly informed where collection, processing or use

  • is in direct connection with the original purpose of collecting the personal data,
  • required for processing, negotiating and performing a contract with you,
  • required due to legal obligations, or official or court order,
  • required for substantiating or protecting legal claims, or for defending against actions, serving to prevent abuse or other unlawful activity, for example intentional attacks on our law firm’s server systems for guaranteeing data security.

Details specific to communication or use

If you resort to telecommunications services on our website, details specific to communication (e.g. internet protocol address) or, as may apply, details specific to use (e.g. details about the start and duration of use as well as telecommunications services used by you) are automatically created using technical resources. These may draw conclusions about personal data. Where collection, processing and use of your communication details specific to your communication or, as may apply, use is mandatory, it is subject to the statutory provisions regarding data protection.

Automatically collected non-personal data

If you access our website, information is automatically collected on an occasional basis (i.e. not via registration) that is not assigned to a specific person (for example internet browser and operating system used; domain name of website from where you were directed; number of visits; average stay; pages accessed). we use this information for determining the attractiveness our law firm’s website, and improving its content and performance.

Disclosing personal data to third parties

Only in cases our law firm is required by law to provide personal data, your data could be revealed, for instance if required by tax law.

Under no circumstances will personal data be sold or otherwise marketed to third parties.

Data erasure and storage duration

Personal data of the data subject is erased or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage no longer exists. Storage may also occur if provision is made by European or national legislators in European Regulations, laws or other requirements to which the controller is subject. In this case, processing occurs on the basis of Article 6 (1, c) GDPR. Once the storage period intended by law has expired, the corresponding personal data is erased unless there is a requirement for continued storage of the data for entering into or performing a contract.

Security

By means of technical and organizational security measures, our law firm ensures that your personal data is protected against unintended or unlawful erasure, alteration or loss, and against unlawful disclosure or unlawful access.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. Our law firm is not responsible for the data protection policies of these other websites.

Cookies

If you visit our law firm’s website, we may place information on your computer in the form of cookies that automatically recognise you on your next visit. By way of example, cookies allow a website to adapt a website to your interests or save your password so that you do not have to re-enter it every time. If you do not want us to recognise your computer, set your internet browser in such a way to delete cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies, or warn you before a cookie is saved.

Automated decision-making and profiling

Information about analysis tools

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereinafter 'Google'). Google Analytics uses cookies, text files stored on your computer that enable the use of the website to be analysed. As a rule, information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is sent to and stored on a Google server in the USA. In the event of IP anonymisation being enabled on this website, your IP address is however abbreviated by Google within Member States of the European Union or in other signatory states to the Agreement on the European Area beforehand. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and abbreviated there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports about website activity, and provide the website operator with additional services associated with use of the website and the internet. The IP address provided by your browser under Google Analytics is not combined with other data from Google. You can prevent the storage of cookies by appropriately setting your browser software. In this case however, our law firm points out that you may not be able to use all functions of our law firm’s website to their full extent. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and referring to your use of the website (including your IP address) for Google, as well as processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en

In view of the discussion about the use of analysis tools with full IP addresses, our law firm would like to point out that our law firm’s website uses Google Analytics with the extension '_anonymizeIp()' and therefore only further processes IP addresses in an abbreviated format to rule out them being linked directly to a person.

Google AdWords Conversion Tracking

This website uses Google AdWords Conversion Tracking, a web analysis service from Google Inc. ('Google'). Google AdWords Conversion Tracking also uses cookies, that are stored on your computer and enable analysis of the use of the website. Information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is sent to and stored on a Google server in the USA. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports about website activities for the website operator, and for providing additional services associated with use of the website and internet. Google will also send this information to third parties provided that this is provided for by law, or where third parties process this on behalf of Google. Under no circumstances will Google combine the data with other data from Google. You can generally prevent the use of cookies if you prohibit the storage of cookies in your browser. They will then not be included in conversion tracking statistics. You will find further information as well as the Google privacy policy under: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads?hl=en, http://www.google.de/policies/privacy/

Google Remarketing

This website uses the remarketing function of Google Inc. ('Google'). This function serves to present advertisements of interest to visitors to the website as part of the Google advertising network. In doing so, the browser of the visitor to the website stores so-called cookies - text files stored on your computer that enable the visitor to be identified if it access this website belonging to the Google advertising network. Adverts can be presented on these sites to the visitor that refer to content previously accessed by the visitor on websites that use the Google remarketing function. According to its own information, Google collects no personal data in this process. Nevertheless, should you not want the Google remarketing function, you can invariably disable it by adjusting the corresponding settings under http://www.google.com/settings/ads. Alternatively, you can disable the use of cookies for interest-specific advertising via the advertising network initiative by following the instructions under http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp.

Legal bases for processing personal data

Where we obtain consent of the data subject for processing personal data, Article 6 (1, a) EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) serves as the legal basis.

When processing personal data required for performing a contract whose party is the data subject, Article 6 (1, b) GDPR serves as the legal basis. This also applies to processing required for implementing pre-contractual measures.

Where processing personal data is required for performing a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Article 6 (1, c) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

In the event of essential interests of the data subject or another natural person making processing of personal data necessary, Article 6 (1, d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

Where processing is required for guaranteeing a legitimate interest of our company or a third party, and the interests and fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject do not outweigh the first-stated interest, Article 6 (1, f) GDPR serves as the legal basis for the processing.

Rights of the data subject

The data subject is in principle entitled to the following rights under GDPR:

  • Right of confirmation and access (see Article 15 GDPR)
  • Right of rectification (see Article 16 GDPR)
  • Right to revoke consent under data protection legislation (see Article 7 GDPR)
  • Right to erasure ('right to be forgotten', see Article 17 GDPR)
  • Right to restriction of processing (see Article 18 GDPR)
  • Right to object (see Article 21 GDPR)
  • Right to data portability (see Article 20 GDPR)
  • Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority (see Article Art. 77 GDPR)

In order to exercise one or more of these rights, please click on the 'Contact' link in the right-hand column or in the footer and contact us. You can send a message with your concerns to the email or postal address shown in the Legal Notice.

Express reference to the right to object in accordance with Article 21 GDPR

The data subject shall have the right to object, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, at any time to the processing of personal data concerning him or her which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6(1), including profiling based on those provisions. The controller shall no longer process the personal data unless the controller demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Where personal data is processed for direct marketing purposes, the data subject shall have the right to object at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her for such marketing, which includes profiling to the extent that it is related to such direct marketing.

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