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 & Stoppel Rechtsanwälte – Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB, Friesenstraße 5 – 10, 50670 Cologne, Germany
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.
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 may occur to IT-service providers of JP Eickhoff & Stoppel Rechtsanwälte – Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB for purposes mentioned above or, in case legally required or permitted, upon your prior consent to the transfer or in case we are legally obliged to do so.
In the cookie information is stored, each resulting in connection with the specific terminal used. However, this does not mean that we become immediately aware of your identity.
In addition, to improve usability, we also use temporary cookies which are stored on your device for a specified period of time. If you re-visit our site to benefit of our services, it will automatically recognize that you have already accessed the website and the input and settings you previously made, so you do not have to re-enter such data.
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 service 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. (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
- type of browser/version,
- operating system used,
- 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.
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. That means that when you visit our website, initially no personal data shall be transferred to the provider of the plug-in. The provider of the plug-in can be recognized by the indication on the box above its initials or its logo. We offer you the opportunity, to directly enter into communication with the provider of the plug-in via the button. Only in case you click on the marked field and activate it, a new website shall open the the provider of the plug-in receives the information that you have viewed the corresponding website of our online-services. In addition, the data listed above under 2. a) shall be transferred.
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 by Facebook.
If you visit a page of our website that contains such a plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to the Facebook servers. The content of the plug-in is transmitted by Facebook directly to your browser and there it is incorporated into the website.
By integrating the plug-ins, 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 is able to connect the visit to our website directly to your Facebook account. If you interact with the plug-ins, 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.
On our website plug-ins of the short message network of Twitter Inc. (Twitter) are integrated. The Twitter plug-ins (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 plug-in, 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.
Our website also uses plug-ins of Instagram which is operated by Instagram LLC, 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA (“Instagram”).
The plug-ins 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 plug-in, your browser connects directly to Instagram’s servers. The content of the plug-in 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 plug-ins, 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
7. Integration of OpenStreetMaps
On our website we embed the maps from OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap is a project of the Openstreetmap Foundation, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WS, United Kingdom, which collects public domain geodata and provides them in a database for free use.
When you visit the website, initially no connection to OpenStreetMap’s servers is made. Instead of the embedded maps, you are initially shown only a preview image that we retrieve from our web server.
When connection is established to display the maps, the following data are transmitted to OpenStreetMap’s servers:
- IP address,
- user’s browser and device,
- operating system,
- web page from which you were directed to the OpenStreetMap Foundation site (referring web page) and
- date and time the website was visited.
If you have a user account with OpenStreetMap and are logged in when you visit our website, the following additional data will be transmitted to OpenStreetMap’s servers:
- user ID,
- email address associated with your account and
- content blocked by the user and associated messages.
Embedding is done based on Art. 6 (1) lit. f GDPR and with the purpose of making our website more user-friendly and interesting. This may be regarded as a legitimate interest within the meaning of the aforementioned provision.
8. Rights of the Persons Affected
You have the following right towards us in connection with your personal data collected by us:
- Right of withdrawal of the consent granted in accordance with Article 7 para. 3 GDPR. In case of the exercise of such right, the legitimacy of the previous performed data processing based on a consent granted shall not be affected.
- Right to information in accordance with Article 15 GDPR,
- Right of correction in accordance with Article 16 GDPR and right of deletion in accordance with Article 17 GDPR,
- Right to restriction of the data processing in accordance with Article 18 GDPR,
- Right to object to the data processing in accordance with Article 21 GDPR in case the processing is based on a legitimate interest pursuant to Article 6 para. 1 clause 1 lit. f GDPR,
- Right to data transfer in accordance with Article 20 GDPR.
In order to exercise these rights, you may contact us in writing, via fax or by e-mail.
In addition, you have the right 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. 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.