Privacy policy

1. Controller and Data Protection Officer

The controller within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is POSSER SPIETH WOLFERS & PARTNERS Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Kurfürstendamm 170, 10707 Berlin (‘pswp’). You can contact our Data Protection Officer by adding ‘Data Protection Officer’ to our postal address or at the email address dataprivacy@pswp.de.

2. Website visits

When our web pages including all of the subpages (together the ‘website’) are viewed, the system used to access them automatically sends information to our website server. This information is stored in so-called log files, which record the IP address of the computer viewing the page, the date and time of the page view, the details of the request (specific page), the website from which the page is viewed (referrer URL), the browser and operating system used, the Internet service provider and any comparable data. pswp uses this data to provide access to the website, identify and remedy any technical problems and prevent the website content from being misused or, if applicable, to pursue such misuse. pswp additionally uses this information in anonymised form for statistical purposes. The legal basis for the processing of this personal data is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f of the GDPR (legitimate interests of the controller).

3. Cookies

Our website uses cookies. These serve to record your choice of language. These cookies are deleted automatically after a month. You can additionally delete the cookies at any time within your browser’s security settings. Cookies are text files which are stored on your data medium. A cookie generally contains the name of the domain from which the cookie data was sent, information concerning the age of the cookie and a so-called session ID, which is used to identify various requests made by your browser in the course of a session. If our website server is accessed anew, the Internet browser sends the cookie previously received back to the server.

The legal basis for the processing of personal data with cookies is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests of the controller).

4. Emails

When you click on an email address on the website or on the ‘Apply now’ button within the careers section, your standard email program will open and you can send us an email. When you send us an email in this way or by any other means, your email address is used. No other personal data is required. You are, however, at liberty to share other personal data with us. pswp uses the data you provide for the purposes of processing and responding to your enquiry. The legal basis for the processing of such personal data is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. a GDPR (consent of the data subject), Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. b GDPR (performance of a contract or to take steps prior to entering into a contract) or Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests of the controller).

5. Google Maps

This website uses the services of Google Maps. These enable us to show you interactive maps directly within the website and allow you to use the map functions at your convenience. When you visit the website, Google is notified that you viewed the subpage in question. In addition, the data stipulated in section 2 of this privacy policy is shared with Google, irrespective of whether you are logged in via a user account provided by Google or whether no (logged-in) user account is used. If you are logged into Google, your data will be directly attributed to your account. If you do not wish data to be attributed to your Google profile, you must log out of your account before clicking on the button. Google records your data as usage profiles and uses it for advertising and market research purposes and/or for needs-based website design purposes. This form of data usage serves in particular to provide needs-based advertising (even to users who are not logged in) and to notify other social-network users of your activities on our website. You are at liberty to object to the creation of such user profiles and must contact Google in order to exercise this right.

More information on the purpose and scope of data collection and processing by the plug-in provider can be found in the provider’s privacy policies. Here, you will also find additional information on your rights in this regard as well as your setting options for the protection of your privacy: http://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy. Google also processes your personal data in the USA and has committed itself to the EU–US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework. The legal basis for use of the Google Maps plug-in is Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests of the controller).

6. Google Fonts

Our website uses Google Fonts to achieve uniform presentation of fonts. When you view the website, your browser downloads the fonts to the browser cache to be able to display texts and fonts correctly. To this end, the browser you use has to connect to the Google servers. This makes Google aware of the fact that our website was viewed at your IP address. It is not known for what purposes this data is processed. If your browser does not support Web fonts, one of your computer’s standard fonts is used instead.

More information on Google Fonts can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in the Google privacy policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. Google also processes your personal data in the USA and has committed itself to the EU–US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework. Google Fonts are used in the interests of the uniform and attractive presentation of our online services. The legal basis for the processing of personal data with the aforementioned Google services is therefore Art. 6 (1) sentence 1 lit. f GDPR (legitimate interests of the controller).

7. Social media

We use specially created buttons on our website to create a link to Twitter, Xing and LinkedIn. These are incorporated locally on the server that hosts pswp.de and not by any plug-ins provided by Twitter etc. No data is therefore shared with social networks when you visit the pswp website. When you click on one of the social media buttons, you leave the pswp website and are redirected to the website of the service in question. You must actively log into your profile in order for data to be transmitted.
The addresses of the social networks and the URLs for their data privacy policies are as follows: Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA (https://twitter.com/privacy) – Twitter has committed itself to the EU–US Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework); Xing AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, Germany (http://www.xing.com/privacy); LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, California 94043, USA (http://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy) – LinkedIn has committed itself to the EU–US Privacy Shield (https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework).

We additionally have our own profiles with these social media providers. You may contact us via these profiles. In the process, we will be provided with your name and other information regarding your own profile on the social network in question. Accessing these services is subject to the privacy policies and terms of use of the social media services in question.

8. Nextcloud

We use Nextcloud software for the purposes of easier data exchange. When a website is visited on the server, we record the date and time of the page view, the URL viewed and the user’s browser and IP address. The company Nextcloud GmbH, Hauptmannsreute 44A, 70192 Stuttgart, Germany (‘Nextcloud’), additionally records the user’s email address if this was used for content sharing. The period during which these details are retained depends on the expiry date of the link used. This period is generally 30 days.

9. Data disclosure

In order to provide this website and other digital services, we draw on the support of external service providers who are afforded access to your personal data for the purposes of providing these services. These service providers are selected carefully and meet stringent data protection and data security standards. They are obliged to observe strict confidentiality and process data exclusively on behalf of and at the instruction of pswp.

With the exception of the instances stipulated in this privacy policy, pswp only discloses your data to third parties if you have explicitly given your consent to this (Art. 6 [1] sentence 1 lit. a GDPR), if this is necessary for the performance of a contract or to take steps prior to entering into a contract (Art. 6 [1] sentence 1 lit. b GDPR) or if pswp is legally obliged to do so (Art. 6 [1] sentence 1 lit. c GDPR).

10. Data retention period

The personal data of people who visit our website is deleted when its retention is no longer necessary for the purposes outlined in this privacy policy, insofar as its extended retention is not required by law. Usage data is generally retained for a period of 30 days. Personal data disclosed by other means (email, social media) is deleted when their retention is no longer necessary for the purposes outlined here or for the purposes pursued with its transmission, insofar as its extended retention is not permissible in accordance with the law. The data in the log files (see section 2) is retained for a period of 31 days as standard.

11. Your rights

You have the right to obtain information regarding the personal information recorded by pswp, to have said data corrected or deleted, to limit the processing of said data and to object to its processing, and a right to data portability. To exercise these rights, please contact us at dataprivacy@pswp.de.
If you previously gave your consent to your data being processed, you may revoke this at any time.

You may also file a complaint with the relevant regulatory authority (for example, the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information).

12. Revision of this policy

This privacy policy is correct as at May 2018. This policy may revised from time to time when the website is updated or due to changes to the statutory requirements. We recommend that you visit this page occasionally in order to establish that you agree to any changes that may have been made.