Privacy Notice

Information on data protection

1. Name and Contact Details of the Controller

The person controlling the data processing on the internet presence j-p.law and www.j-p.law is:

JP Eickhoff Lindner & Partner Rechtsanwälte – Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB, Spichernstraße 55, 50672 Cologne, Germany
Email: info@j-p.law
Phone: +49 221 588 770 50
Fax: +49 221 588 770 55

2. Collection and Storage of Personal Data and the Nature and Purpose of their Use

a) When visiting our websites

When visiting websites on j-p.law or www.j-p.law, the browser of your computer/device automatically sends data and technical information to the server of our website. The following information is thereby stored temporarily in a so-called log file until automatic deletion: IP address of your computer, name and URL of the retrieved file, access status/HTTP status code, website from which the request is made (referrer URL), the browser of your computer/device.
We collect and use this information in order to allow the user to establish a smooth connection to our website, to properly present our website to the user, as well as for system security and stability.
The legal basis for data processing is Article 6 (1) lit. f) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our legitimate interest follows from the aforementioned purposes of the data collection.
In addition, we use cookies and an analysis service when visiting our website. Explanations can be found under Sections 5 and 6 of this declaration.

b) When using our contact form

For questions of any kind, we offer you the opportunity to contact us via a form provided on the website. It is necessary to provide your name and your valid email address so that we know from whom the request came and to be able to respond to it. Further information can be provided voluntarily. All data entered in the contact form will be transmitted to us in encrypted form.
The data processing for the purpose of contacting us is in accordance with Article 6 (1) lit. a) GDPR based on your voluntarily granted consent. The personal data collected by us for the use of the contact form will be deleted after responding to the request made by you, unless there is a statutory storage obligation (e.g. after the conclusion of a mandate).

3. Disclosure of Data

A transfer of your personal data to third parties for purposes other than those listed below does not take place.

We only disclose your personal information to third parties if:

  • you have given express consent to this in accordance with Article 6 (1) 1 lit. a GDPR,
  • disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR is required to assert, exercise or defend legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have a predominantly legitimate interest in the non-disclosure of your data,
  • pursuant to Article 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. c GDPR there is a legal obligation for the disclosure as well as
  • by law and in accordance with Article 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. b GDPR this is required for the settlement of contractual relationships with you.

4. Cookies

We use cookies on our site. These are small files which your browser automatically creates and which are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our site. Cookies do not harm your device, do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malicious software.

In the cookie information is stored, each resulting in connection 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 offer 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 are automatically deleted after leaving our site.

In addition, to improve usability, we also use temporary cookies which are stored on your device for a specified period of time. If you visit our site again to take advantage of our services, it will automatically recognize that you have already been with 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 record the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our offer for you (see Section 5). These cookies allow us to automatically recognize when you visit our site again that you have already been with us. These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined period of time.

The data processed by cookies are required for the purposes mentioned in order to safeguard our legitimate interests as well as those of third parties in accordance with Article 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser in a way that no cookies are stored on your computer or that a hint always appears before a new cookie is created. However, deactivating cookies completely may restrict the use of some of the features of our website.

5. Tracking and Analysis Tools

The tracking and analysis measures listed below and used by us are based on Article 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR. With the used tracking measures, we want to ensure a needs-based design and the continuous optimization of our website. On the other hand, we use the tracking measures to statistically record the use of our website and evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our offer 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.

a) Google Analytics

For the purpose of customizing and continually optimizing our pages, 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”). In this context, pseudonymised usage profiles are created and cookies (see Section 4) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website such as

  • browser type/version,
  • used operating system,
  • referrer URL (the previously visited page),
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
  • time of the server request,

is transmitted to a Google server in the US and is 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 tailor-made design of this website. This information may also be transferred to third parties if required by law or if third parties process this data by proxy. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with any other data provided by Google. The IP addresses are anonymized, so that an assignment is not possible (IP masking).

You can prevent the installation of cookies by setting the browser software accordingly; however, we would point out that in this case not all features of this website may be fully used.

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=de).

As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can prevent the collection by Google Analytics by clicking on this Disallow Google Analytics to track me. An opt-out cookie will be set which will prevent the future collection of your data when visiting 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 privacy related to Google Analytics, see the Google Analytics Help Center (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en).

b) Google Adwords Conversion Tracking

To statistically record the use of our website and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimizing our website, we also use Google conversion tracking. In doing so, Google Adwords will set a cookie (see Section 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 personal identification. If the user visits certain pages of the Adwords customer’s website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the customer will recognize that the user clicked on the ad and was redirected to this page.

Every Adwords customer receives a different cookie. Thus, 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 are informed on the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a conversion tracking tag page. However, they do not receive any information that personally identifies users.

If you do not want to participate in the tracking process, you can also refuse 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.

6. Social Media Plug-Ins

On the basis of Article 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR we use on our website social plug-ins from the social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, in order to spread knowledge of our law firm. The underlying commercial purpose is to be regarded as a legitimate interest within the meaning of the GDPR. Responsibility for the operation compliant with data protection is to be guaranteed by their respective providers. The integration of these plug-ins by us is done by means of the so-called two-click method to protect visitors to our website in the best possible way.

a) Facebook

On our website social media plugins from Facebook are used to personalize their use. For this we use the “LIKE” or “SHARE” button. It is an offer from Facebook.

If you visit a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Facebook directly to your browser and from there is incorporated into the website.

By integrating the plugins, Facebook receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have a Facebook account or are currently not logged in to Facebook. This information (including your IP address) is transmitted from your browser directly to a Facebook server in the US and is stored there.

If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook can assign the visit to our website directly to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plugins, for example by pressing the “LIKE” or “SHARE” button, the corresponding information is also transmitted directly to a Facebook server and is stored there. The information will also be posted on Facebook and will be displayed to your Facebook friends.

Facebook may use this information for the purpose of advertising, market research and tailor-made Facebook pages. For this purpose, Facebook uses user, interest and relationship profiles, e. g. to evaluate your use of our website in relation to the advertisements displayed on Facebook, to inform other Facebook users about your activities on our website, and to provide other services related to the use of Facebook.

If you do not want Facebook to assign the data collected via our website to your Facebook account, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our website.

For purpose and scope of the data collection and further processing and use of the data by Facebook, as well as your related rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy, please refer to the privacy policy (https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/) of Facebook.

b) Twitter

On our website plugins of the short message network of Twitter Inc. (Twitter) are integrated. The Twitter plugins (tweet button) can be recognized by the Twitter logo on our site. An overview of tweet buttons can be found here (https://about.twitter.com/resources/buttons).

When you visit a page of our website that contains such a plugin, a direct connection is established between your browser and the Twitter server. Twitter thereby receives the information that you have visited our site with your IP address. If you click on the Twitter “tweet button” while being logged in to your Twitter account, you can link the contents of our pages to your Twitter profile. This allows Twitter to associate your visit to our pages with your user account. Please note that we as the provider of the pages are not aware of the content of the transmitted data and their use by Twitter.

If you do not want Twitter to associate your visit to our pages, please log out of your Twitter account.

More information can be found in the privacy policy of Twitter (https://twitter.com/privacy).

c) Instagram

Our website also uses so-called social plugins (“plugins”) of Instagram which is operated by Instagram LLC, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA (“Instagram”).

The plugins are marked with an Instagram logo, for example in the form of an “Instagram camera”.

When you visit a page of our website that contains such a plugin, your browser connects directly to Instagram’s servers. The content of the plugin is transmitted by Instagram directly to your browser and is integrated into the page. Through this integration, Instagram receives the information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website, even if you do not have an Instagram profile or are currently not logged in to Instagram.

This information (including your IP address) is sent from your browser directly to an Instagram server in the US and is stored there. If you are logged in to Instagram, Instagram can instantly associate your visit to our website with your Instagram account. If you interact with the plugins, for example, press the “Instagram” button, this information is also transmitted directly to an Instagram server and is stored there.

The information will also be posted on your Instagram account and will be displayed there to your contacts.

If you do not want Instagram to directly map the data collected through our website to your Instagram account, you will need to log out of Instagram before visiting our website

For more information, please see the privacy policy (https://help.instagram.com/155833707900388) of Instagram.

7. Integration of Google Maps

On some of our websites we have integrated maps of the service provider Google Maps. This allows us to show you interactive maps directly on the website, allowing you to conveniently use the map feature. By accessing the website with a map of Google Maps, Google receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding subpage of our website. In addition, the data mentioned in Section 2 a) above will be transmitted. This happens regardless of whether Google provides a user account that you are logged in to, or if there is no user account.
When you are logged in to Google, your data will be assigned directly to your account. If you do not wish to be associated with your profile on Google, you must log out before activating the button. Google uses your data as usage profiles and uses them for advertising, market research and/or tailor-made website design. Such an evaluation is done in particular (even for non-logged in users) to provide needs-based advertising and to inform other users of the social network about your activities on our website.
You have a right to object to the formation of these user profiles, and for the exercise of such right you need to contact Google. For more information on the purpose and scope of the data collection and its processing by the plug-in provider, please refer to the provider’s privacy policy. There you can also find more information about your corresponding rights and privacy settings: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy. Google also processes your personal information in the United States and has submitted to the EU-US Privacy Shield, https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.

8. Rights of the Persons Affected

You have the right:

  • in accordance with Article 15 GDPR, to request information about your personal data processed by us. In particular, you can request information on the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data has been or will be disclosed, the planned retention period, the right to rectification, deletion, limitation of processing or opposition, the existence of the right to complain, the source of your data, if not collected from us, and the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling and, where appropriate, meaningful information about details thereof;
  • in accordance with Article 16 GDPR, to immediately demand correction of incorrect or completion of your personal data stored by us;
  • in accordance with Article 17 GDPR, to demand the deletion of your personal data stored by us, unless the processing is required for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for the fulfillment of a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims;
  • to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data according to Article 18 GDPR, as far as the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful, but you reject its deletion and we no longer need the data, however, you need them for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims or you have objected to the processing in accordance with Article 21 GDPR;
  • in accordance with Article 20 GDPR, to receive your personal data provided to us in a structured, standard and machine-readable format or to request transmission to another person responsible;
  • according to Article 7 (3) GDPR, to revoke your once given consent to us at any time. As a result, we are not allowed to continue the data processing based on this consent for the future and
  • to complain to a supervisory authority pursuant to Article 77 GDPR. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or work or of our law office address.

9. Right of Objection

If your personal data are processed based on legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6 (1) sent. 1 lit. f GDPR, you have the right to file an objection against the processing of your personal data in accordance with Article 21 GDPR, provided that there are reasons for this arising from your particular situation or the objection is directed against direct mail. In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which is implemented by us without specifying any particular situation.

If you would like to exercise your right of revocation or objection, please send an email to info@j-p.law.

10. Data Security

We take appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or total loss, destruction or against unauthorized access by third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

11. Amendment to this Privacy Policy

As a result of the further development of our website and offers therefrom or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may be necessary to amend this Privacy Policy. The respectively current Privacy Policy can be viewed and printed on the website at https://www.j-p.law/privacy-notice.