Data protection & Cookie policy

Data privacy statement for this website. 

Information pursuant to Articles 13, 14, and 21 of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

No matter whether you are our client or are simply interested in our website for other reasons: protection of your privacy is always very important to us. You can find out here which personal data will be collected when you visit our website, including its sub-sites, why we do it, how we process these data, and how we protect them. In addition, we inform you about the rights to which you are entitled to protect your data.

1. Who are we?

lindenpartners Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwällten mbB is a partnership of lawyers based in Berlin. As the operator of this website, we are the party responsible for data protection pursuant to data protection law. Our contact data are as follows:

lindenpartners Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mit beschränkter Berufshaftung Birkholz Varadinek Asmus
Friedrichstraße 95
10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 755 424 00
Fax: +49 (0)30 755 424 99
Email: info@lindenpartners.eu

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or about our protection of your data, you can contact our Data Protection Officer at any time:

lindenpartners Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mit beschränkter Berufshaftung Birkholz Varadinek Asmus
Data Protection Officer
Friedrichstraße 95
10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone: + 49 (0)30 755 424 00
Fax: + 49 (0)30 755 424 99
Email: datenschutz@lindenpartners.eu

2. What data we use and how we obtain these data?

When we process personal data, this means that we collect, store, transmit, erase, or use this data in another form. ‘Personal data’ means information about natural persons. The latter include the following groups of people:

  • clients or employees and representatives of our clients;
  • interested parties who use our website; and
  • all other people who contact us (e.g., employees of authorities or courts, agents, messengers, representatives or employees of our business partners or service providers).

The following personal data are processed by us:

  • When you visit our website, we process usage and log data, such as the:
    • IP address of the computer from which our website is accessed;
    • name of the file retrieved;
    • date and time of retrieval;
    • amount of data transferred;
    • notification of successful retrieval;
    • browser type and version, as well as the operating system you are using;
    • referrer URL;
    • requesting provider; and
    • screen resolution.
  • If you would like to use other functions of our website (e.g., our contact form or other contacting functions), we will process your personal and contact data, for example your:
    • name;
    • company;
    • address; and
    • email address and telephone number.
  • If necessary, we process data comparable with the above-mentioned categories.

3. How do we process your data and on what legal basis?

a) How do we process your data when you visit our website?

Data processing when visiting our website

If you visit our website only to get some information, we process the aforementioned usage and log data. These are necessary for technical purposes: to display our website and to ensure stability and security.

Moreover, we use the log data for statistical evaluations in the context of our website’s operation.

In the case of the unlawful use of our website, the log data facilitate detection of possible breaches or rights violations – for example, in the case of a cyberattack on our Internet infrastructure. We use your data in these cases to defend against the attack and to determine the origin of the attack with the aim of taking criminal and civil action against the responsible persons and preventing future attacks more effectively.

Your data are processed on the basis of a balance of interests in accordance with point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR, which always takes your interests into account.

Use of cookies on our website

Our website uses cookies. Cookies are text files saved in the Internet browser or by the Internet browser on your computer. The cookie contains a string of symbols enabling clear identification of your system when you revisit the website.

Most of the cookies we use and the data stored and transmitted in them are automatically deleted at the end of your visit (“session cookies”). Other cookies remain stored on your device until you erase them (“persistent cookies”).

You can use your browser to inform yourself about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, as well as exclude cookies for certain cases or in general, and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. You can delete cookies that have already been stored at any time. When deactivating cookies, the functionality of this website may be limited.

Necessary cookies

Some elements of our website require the requesting browser to be identified even after a page change and are therefore necessary for the display of our website (“necessary cookies”).

The processing of necessary cookies takes place on the basis of a balance of interests in accordance with point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR.

Analytics cookies

When visiting our websites, cookies are also used that enable an analysis of your use of the website (“analytics cookies”). Our website uses the Google Analytics service for this purpose on the basis of a contract for data processing in accordance with Article 28 of the GDPR.

We use Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp()”. As a result, IP addresses are shortened immediately after their transmission to Google and thus made anonymous. On our behalf, Google uses this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide us with other services related to website and Internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser to Google Analytics is not be merged with other data from Google. We do not use Google together with other Google advertising products. Further information of the processing of data by Google Analytics can be found on the Google website: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?p=privpol_data&hl=en&visit_id=637413741349272410-1971740636&rd=1.

We use analytics cookies exclusively on the basis of your consent, granted via the cookie banner, in accordance with point (a) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR.

You may withdraw your consent for the use of analytics cookies at any time and prevent the future collection of data by Google Analytics within our website by opening the cookie banner again via the COOKIE SETTINGS link in the footer of our website and switching off the analytics cookies.

Social Media Plug-Ins

We do not use any social media plug-ins. Instead, there are buttons on some pages containing links to the respective social media services (in our case, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Vimeo). The mere existence of these buttons does not mean that any data are collected or transmitted to these social media services. Only when you click on one of the buttons will you be redirected to the website of the respective provider.

b) How do we process your data when you contact us?

You can get in touch with us via our website, calling us at the phone number provided on the website, or sending us an email. The data you enter when getting in touch with us (such as name, address, email, or telephone number) will be stored in order to process your request and, if applicable, to manage the subsequent correspondence. Such data are processed either for the performance of a contract (point (b) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR) or based on a balance of interests (point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR), which always takes your interests into account.

c) Do you process my data also for marketing purposes?

Finally, we would like to provide you with information about current developments and events. For this purpose, we use, for example, your name and address. We will contact you by email, telephone, or via other digital channels only upon your separate prior consent.

Importantly, you should know that you can object to our using your data for such direct marketing purposes at any time. You can find out how to do this below.

d) For what other purposes do we process your data?

As far as necessary, we also process your data for purposes other than providing our website services, in particular:

  • to assert legal claims and defense in legal disputes;
  • ensuring IT security; and
  • prevention and investigation of criminal offences.

Your data are processed on the basis of a balance of interests, which always takes your legitimate interests into account (point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR).

4. Who receives my data?

We are bound by the professional secrecy of lawyers. We may disclose your personal data only if you have expressly agreed to this, or there is a legal basis for such, or it is necessary for enforcing our rights, in particular, the enforcement or defense of claims.

Furthermore, your data can be passed on if you consent to the use of analytics cookies. For more details, please read the explanations above in 3. a).

Service providers used by us may also receive data for the purposes mentioned if these meet the data protection requirements for this. In particular, this may include companies in the IT services, telecommunications, and marketing industries.

5. When do we erase your data?

We erase your data as soon as the data is no longer needed for the purpose for which it was originally collected. For example, we erase your usage data after your visit to our website if we are not allowed to process it in the anonymized or pseudo-anonymized form for statistical purposes, as described above. The data we collect for usage analysis is aggregated immediately after collection so that it is no longer possible to draw conclusions about a specific natural person. We erase your data from inquiries immediately after successful processing if we are not allowed to process them further in order to provide you with information on new developments and events. In addition, we store your data even after fulfilment of the original collection purpose if we are obliged to store them for other reasons (e.g., for archiving).

6. Is there any data transfer to a third country or an international organization?

The Google Analytics service is provided by companies belonging to the Google LLC group, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). Your data will be processed by the respective Google company as processor according to our instructions based on a contract for data processing. Further information is available at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?p=privpol_data&hl=en&visit_id=637413741349272410-1971740636&rd=1.

If, when using Google’s services, personal data is transferred to a third country for which there is no adequacy decision by the Commission, this is done on the basis of standard contractual clauses pursuant to point (c) of Article 46(2) of the GDPR in conjunction with appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your data. A copy of the standard contractual clauses can be downloaded from Google’s website: https://privacy.google.com/businesses/processorterms/mccs/.

7. What rights do you have?

Regarding protection of your personal data, you have the following rights:

  • the right of access in accordance with Article 15 of the GDPR;
  • the right to rectification in accordance with Article 16 of the GDPR;
  • the right to erasure in accordance with Article 17 of the GDPR;
  • the right to restriction of processing in accordance with Article 18 of the GDPR; and
  • the right to data portability in accordance with the Article 20 of the GDPR.

Your right of access and right to erasure are subject to limitations set out in Sections 34 and 35 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG). In addition, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection supervisory authority (Article 77 of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 19 of the BDSG).

8. Do we use your data for automated decisions taken in individual cases, including profiling?

We process your personal data neither for automated decisions taken in individual cases nor for profiling.

9. Information on your right to object in accordance with Article 21 of the GDPR

1. Individual case-related right of objection
You have the right, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of personal data relating to you that is carried out on the basis of point (e) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR (data processing in the public interest) and point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR (data processing on the basis of a balance of interests); this also applies to the profiling based on this provision within the meaning of Article 4(4) of the GDPR.
If you object, we will no longer process your personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing that override your interests, tights and freedoms, or for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.

2. Objection to the processing of your data for our direct marketing
In individual cases, we process your personal data for our direct marketing. You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data for the purposes of such marketing at any time; this also applies to profiling insofar it is associated with such direct marketing. If you object to processing for direct marketing purposes, we will no longer process your personal data for these purposes. This objection does not require any special form, and should preferably be addressed to:
lindenpartners Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB Birkholz Varadinek Asmus
Friedrichstraße 95
10117 Berlin, Germany
Email: info@lindenpartners.eu