Data Protection

1. Name and contact details of the controller and the company data protection officer

This privacy policy applies to data processing by:
Controller:

IMAGE LAW Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Attorney Dr. Peter C. Richter (hereinafter: IMAGE LAW),
Ballindamm 39, D-20095 Hamburg, Germany
E-mail: contact@imagelaw.de
Phone: +49 (0)40 36 881 2828
Fax: +49 (0) 40 36 881 2820

According to § 38 (1) BDSG, we are not required to appoint a data protection officer.

2. Collection and storage of personal data and the nature and purpose of its use

a) When visiting the website
When you visit our website www.imagelaw.de, the browser used on your device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file. The following information will be collected without your intervention and stored until automated deletion: 

  • IP address of the requesting computer,
  • Date and time of access,
  • Name and URL of the retrieved file,
  • Website from which access is made (referrer URL),
  • Browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of your computer as well as the name of your access provider.

The data mentioned is processed by us for the following purposes:

  • Ensuring smooth connection of the website,
  • Ensuring ease-of-use of our website,
  • Evaluation of system security and stability, as well as
  • for further administrative purposes.

The legal basis for this data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) p.1 GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the data-collection purposes listed above. In no case do we use the collected data to identify you as a person. In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. Further details can be found under no. 4 and 5 of this privacy policy.

b) When you register for our newsletter, we use your e-mail address to regularly send you our newsletter if you have expressly granted your consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) p.1 GDPR The provision of an e-mail address is sufficient for receipt of the newsletter Unsubscribing is possible at any time, for example via a link at the end of each newsletter. Alternatively, you can also send your unsubscribe request to contact@imagelaw.de by e-mail.

c) If you use our contact form for questions of any kind, we offer you the possibility to contact us via a form provided on the website. It is necessary to provide a valid e-mail address so that we know who the request came from and can respond to it. Further information can be provided voluntarily. Data processing for the purpose of contacting is based on your voluntarily granted consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) p.1 GDPR. The personal data collected by us for the use of the contact form will be automatically deleted after completion of the request made by you.

3. Disclosure of data

We do not transmit your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those listed below. We disclose your personal data with third parties only if:

  • You have given your express consent to this pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (a) p.1 GDPR;
  • The disclosure, pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) p.1 GDPR, is required to assert, exercise or defend against legal claims, and there is no reason to assume that you have a prevailing legitimate interest in not disclosing your data;
  • In the event that disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (c) p.1 GDPR is a legal obligation; and
  • Disclosure is legally permissible and is required for the settlement of contractual relationships with you pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (b) p.1 GDPR.

 4. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small files that your browser automatically creates and that are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our website. Cookies do not harm your device and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malicious software. Information is stored in the cookie which results in each case from with the specific terminal used. However, this does not mean that we are immediately aware of your identity. On the one hand, the use of cookies serves to make the use of our website more pleasant for you. For example, we use so-called session cookies to recognize that you have already visited individual pages on our website. These cookies are automatically deleted after leaving our website. In addition, to improve usability, we also use temporary cookies that are stored on your device for a specified period of time. If you visit our website again to take advantage of our services, it will automatically recognise that you have already visited us and what inputs and settings you have made, so you do not have to re-enter them. On the other hand, we use cookies in order to statistically track the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimising our website (see no. 5). These cookies allow us to automatically recognise when you visit our website again that you have already visited. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined time. The data processed by cookies is required for the purposes mentioned in order to safeguard our legitimate interests as well as those of third parties pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) p.1 GDPR. Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a notice always appears before a new cookie is stored. However, disabling cookies completely may mean that you cannot use all features of our website.

5. Analysis tools

a) Tracking tools
The use by us of the tracking measures listed below is based on Art. 6 (1) (f) p.1 GDPR. We use the tracking measures to ensure the needs-based design and continuous optimisation of our website. We also use the tracking measures to statistically record the use of our website and evaluate it for the purpose of optimising our website for you. These interests are to be regarded as justified within the meaning of the aforementioned provision. The respective data-processing purposes and data categories can be found in the corresponding tracking tools.

aa) Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc.(https://www.google.com/intl/en/about/) (1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA, hereafter “Google”), for the purpose of tailoring and continually optimising our website. In this context, pseudonymised usage profiles are created and cookies (see no. 4) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website includes the following:

  • Browser type/version,
  • Operating system used,
  • Referrer URL (the previously visited page),
  • Host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
  • Time of server request,

This aforementioned information is transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide other services related to website activity and internet usage for the purposes of market research and tailored website design. This information may also be transferred to third parties if required by law or if third parties are commissioned to process this data. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with any other data from Google. The IP addresses are anonymised, so that assignment is not possible (IP masking). You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting the browser software accordingly; however, we point out that in this case not all features of this website may be fully available. You can also prevent the collection of data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (including your IP address) and the processing of this data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (https: //tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en). As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can prevent collection of data by Google Analytics by clicking on this link. An opt-out cookie will be set that will prevent the future collection of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie is only valid in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again. For more information about data protection related to Google Analytics, see Google Analytics Help (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de).

bb) Google Adwords Conversion Tracking
In order to statistically track the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimising our website, we also use Google Conversion Tracking. When using this feature, Google Adwords will set a cookie (see no. 4) on your computer if you have reached our website via a Google ad. These cookies lose their validity after 30 days and are not used for identification of persons. If the user visits certain pages of the Adwords customer’s website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the customer can recognise that the user clicked on the ad and was redirected to this page. Every Adwords customer receives a different cookie. Cookies cannot be tracked via the websites of Adwords customers. The information gathered using the conversion cookie is used to generate conversion statistics for Adwords customers who have opted for conversion tracking. Adwords customers learn the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a page with a conversion-tracking tag. However, they do not receive information that personally identifies users. If you do not want to participate in such tracking, you can also decline the required setting of a cookie – for example, via a browser setting that generally disables the automatic setting of cookies. You can also disable cookies for conversion tracking by setting your browser to block cookies from the domain “www.googleadservices.com”. Google’s privacy policy on conversion tracking can be found here (https://services.google.com/sitestats/en.html).

7. Rights of data subjects

You have the following rights:

  • Pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR, the right to request information about your personal data processed by us. In particular, you can request provision of information on the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data has been disclosed, the planned retention period, the right to correction, deletion, limitation of processing or objection, the existence of a right to lodge a complaint, the source of your data if it is not collected by us, the existence of automated decision-making including profiling and, where appropriate, meaningful information about the details of such profiling;
  • Pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR, the right to request the correction or completion of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by us immediately;
  • Pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR, the right to request the deletion of your personal data stored by us, except where the processing is required for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for the fulfilment of a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims;
  • Pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, the right to request the restriction of the processing of your personal data, as far as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you; you also have the right to request restriction of the processing of your personal data if the processing is unlawful, but you decline its deletion and we no longer need the data, but you need the data to assert, exercise or defend against legal claims, or you have objected to processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR;
  • Pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR, the right to obtain your personal data provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transfer of the data to another controller;
  • Pursuant to Art. 7 (3) GDPR, the right to revoke at any time consent granted to us for data processing. As a result, we are not allowed to continue data processing based on this consent for the future;
  • Pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority for your usual place of residence or work or for our official seat.

 8. Right to objection

If your personal data is processed based on legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) p.1 GDPR, you have the right to file an objection against the processing of your personal data, pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR, provided that there are reasons for this arising from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct marketing. In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which will be implemented by us without your specifying any particular situation. If you would like to exercise your right of revocation or objection, please send an e-mail to contact@imagelaw.de.

 9. Data Security

We use the widely-used SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method in connection with the highest encryption level supported by your browser. In general, this is 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we will use 128-bit v3 technology instead. Whether a particular page of our website is encrypted can be seen by the depiction of the closed key or lock icon in the lower status bar of your browser. We also take appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or total loss and destruction, and against unauthorised access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

10. Up-to-dateness and change of this privacy policy

This privacy policy is currently valid and has the version date of May 2018.

Due to the further development of our website and offers or due to changed legal or regulatory requirements, it may be necessary to change this privacy policy. The current privacy policy can be viewed and printed by you at any time on the website under https://www.imagelaw.de/kontakt/datenschutz/.

In case of deviations of the English version of this privacy policy from the German version, the German version shall prevail (www.imagelaw.de/kontakt/datenschutz).