The protection of your personal data is a top priority for our firm. This principle applies to our internet offer as well as to our conventional consulting and services.
Therefore, we would like to inform you at this point about the collection of personal data when using our website. Personal data is all data that can be related to you personally, e.g. name, address, e-mail addresses, user behavior.
Name and contact details of the responsible office; data protection officer
This data protection information applies to data processing by:
Dr. Neumann, Schmeer und Partner mbB
Attorneys at Law, Certified Public Accountants, Tax Consultants
Karmeliterstraße 6, 52064 Aachen, Germany
You can reach our data protection officer at the above postal address, with the addition “To the data protection officer”, at the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org or at the telephone number +(49) 241 / 44 666 223.
You have the following rights towards us regarding the personal data concerning you:
- Right to information (Art. 15 DS-GVO)
- Right to rectification (Art. 16 DS-GVO)
- Right to erasure, unless processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims (Art. 17 DS-GVO)
- Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 DS-GVO)
- Right to data portability (Art. 20 DS-GVO)
- Right to object to data collected pursuant to Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. e or f DS-GVO (Art. 21 DS-GVO)
- Right to revoke the consent you have given. This has the consequence that we may no longer continue the data processing based on this consent for the future (Art. 7 para. 3 DS-GVO)
- Right to complain to the supervisory authority (Art. 77 DS-GVO)
If you wish to exercise your right of withdrawal or objection, an e-mail to email@example.com will suffice.
You also have the right to call the data protection supervisory authority for information about your rights under the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and other data protection regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO). In addition, the supervisory authority is the point of contact for complaints regarding the processing of personal data.
Competent supervisory authority for North Rhine-Westphalia:
State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
P.O. Box 20 04 44
Purpose of collecting personal data when visiting our website
During the mere informative use of the website, we only collect the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. If you wish to view our website, we collect the following data:
- IP address
- Date and time of the request
- Time zone difference to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
- Content of the request (specific page)
- Access status/HTTP status code
- Amount of data transferred in each case
- Website from which the request comes
- Operating system and its interface
- language and version of the browser software
The data is collected for the purpose of ensuring a smooth connection, comfortable use and for evaluating system security and stability, as well as for other administrative purposes.
The legal basis for the collection of this data is Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. f DS-GVO.
Dealing with e-mails
For questions of any kind, we offer you the opportunity to send us an e-mail. We use your mail address only for correspondence with you. Additional information can be provided voluntarily in the e-mail. The processing of this data takes place for the completion of your request.
The legal basis for the collection of this data is your consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 S.1 lit. a DS-GVO.
We delete the data accrued in this context after the storage is no longer necessary or restrict the processing if there are legal retention obligations.
When registering to receive our newsletter, the data you provide will be used exclusively for this purpose. Subscribers may also be informed by e-mail about circumstances relevant to the service or registration (for example, changes to the newsletter offer or technical circumstances). For an effective registration we need a valid e-mail address. In order to verify that a registration is actually made by the owner of an e-mail address, we use the “double-opt-in” procedure. For this purpose, we log the order of the newsletter, the sending of a confirmation e-mail and the receipt of the hereby requested response. No further data is collected. The data is used exclusively for sending the newsletter and is not passed on to third parties. You can revoke your consent to the storage of your personal data and its use for the newsletter dispatch at any time. You will find a corresponding link in each newsletter. In addition, you can unsubscribe at any time on also directly on this website or inform us of your corresponding wish via the aforementioned contact options.”
We offer our clients the possibility to exchange documents with us via data rooms in our cloud portal “plusXChange”. We use the cloud service of DRACOON GmbH, Galgenbergstraße 2a, 93053 Regensburg, Germany (hereinafter: “Dracoon”) for this purpose.
Clients who receive access to plusXChange from us as part of a mandate relationship can log in online by providing their e-mail address and the password they have chosen themselves. All documents relevant to the mandate can be exchanged via the data room. It is recorded when and for how long the client uses the data room, when he uploads and downloads data or views them online. The content of the data rooms is protected from third-party and legal access and is therefore also suitable for communications and documents that enjoy seizure protection.
Further information on data protection can therefore be found on Dracoon’s website at https://www.dracoon.com/de/datenschutzerklaerung .
The legal basis for the collection and processing of personal data via plusXChange is your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a) DS-GVO and our existing client relationship pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1lit. b) DS-GVO.
Cookies are small amounts of data that are stored on your computer by the operator of a website. For the performance of some functions of our website, data is stored in cookies (e.g. in the navigation or in the “protected client area”).
Temporary cookies are automatically deleted when the browser is closed. They only contain an identification number (session ID) that allows the server to assign successive browser requests to the same user. Temporary cookies are used by many servers, they do not pose any security risk.
The situation is different with permanent cookies, which can also be read by other servers. Our website uses only temporary cookies in the public area. If you, as a client of our law firm, have been equipped with a SmartCard and work in the non-public area of our website via the “Workplace Online”, permanent cookies are also used to make it easier for you to work with the SmartCard. However, no personal data is stored and evaluated in this process.
In the case of cookies, you have the choice of whether to allow them. Changes to this can be made in your browser settings. By changing your browser settings (usually found under “Option” or “Settings” in the browser menus), you have the choice of accepting all cookies, being informed when a cookie is set, or rejecting all cookies. If you decide not to accept our cookies, it may be possible that the functionality on our pages is reduced and some services can not be used. We ask for your understanding for this.
In the case of activation of IP anonymization on this website, your IP address will be truncated by Google within Member States of the European Union and in other contracting states of the Agreement on the European Economic Area. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. On our behalf, Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to the publisher.
We use the Google service reCAPTCHA to determine whether a human or a computer makes a certain entry in our contact or newsletter form. Google checks whether you are a human or a computer using the following data: IP address of the terminal device used, the
website that you visit with us and on which the CAPTCHA is embedded, the date and duration of the visit, the recognition data of the browser and operating system type used, Google account if you are logged in to Google, mouse movements on the reCAPTCHA areas and tasks that require you to identify images.
The legal basis for the described data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation. There is a legitimate interest on our part in this data processing to ensure the security of our website and to protect us from automated inputs (attacks).
Transfer to third parties
A transfer of your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those listed below does not take place.
We only pass on your personal data to third parties if:
- you have given your express consent to do so in accordance with Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. a DS-GVO,
- the disclosure is necessary in accordance with Art. 6 (1) p. 1 lit. f DS-GVO for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding interest worthy of protection in the non-disclosure of your data,
- in the event that there is a legal obligation for the disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. c DS-GVO, as well as
- this is legally permissible and necessary according to Art. 6 para. 1 p. 1 lit. b DS-GVO for the processing of contractual relationships with you.
Within the website visit, we use the widespread SSL procedure (Secure Socket Layer) in conjunction with the highest encryption level supported by your browser. As a rule, this is a 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit v3 technology instead. You can tell whether an individual page of our website is encrypted by the closed key or lock symbol in the lower status bar of your browser.
We also use appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.