Information on Data Protection

The protection of your personal data is important to us. our personal data is only processed in accordance with the statutory regulations, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG).

i. Identity and contact details of the data controller

The data controller responsible in accordance with the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union and other data protection regulations is
REITZE WILKEN Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
Gereonstraße 43 – 65
50670 Köln
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 913 931 0
Fax: +49 (0) 221 913 931 77

ii. Contact details of the data protection officer

The designated data protection officer is:
REITZE WILKEN Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
Data protection officer
Gereonstraße 43 – 65
50670 Köln
Tel.: +49 (0) 221 913 931 0

You can also contact the data protection officer with questions or comments about this data protection notice.

iii. Collection of personal data; purpose and legal basis of processing

In principle, in order to use our website you are not required to communicate personal data to us, such as your name or email address. However, we collect, process and store personal data in the following cases:

When accessing our website, the computer’s browser automatically sends data and technical information to the server of our website. As part of this, the following information is temporarily stored in a so-called “log file” until it will automatically be erased: the IP address of your computer, name and URL of the accessed files, access status/HTTP status code, the browser used on your computer.
We collect and use this information to enable the user to connect smoothly to our website, to continuously improve our website and for purposes of (network) security and stability.

The legal basis for this temporary storage is Art. 6 (1)(f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is derived from the abovementioned purposes. Under no circumstances will this data be used to draw conclusions about your personal identity. This data will be stored separately from other personal data.
When you visit our website, we also use cookies. You can obtain more information regarding this in Section iv. and v.

iv. Use of cookies

In various sections on our website, anonymous session cookies are used. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the cache of your browser during your visit to our website until the session is ended (closing the browser). These cookies are used to make the website more user-friendly, and to display the website properly in your browser.
Cookies enable the recognition of the internet browser again. The use of these cookies does not involve the storage of personal data, nor is such data combined with your personal user data.
Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies or set your browser setting so that you will be notified whenever cookies are sent.

v. Use, transfer and duration of storage for personal data

Our website is managed by the communications agency Kaune, Posnik, Spohr GmbH, Zeughausstraße 13, 50667 Cologne, Germany, as a so-called processor according to Art. 28 GDPR. The technical and organisational security measures carried out by Kaune, Posnik, Spohr GmbH were reviewed before engaging the company, and are regularly monitored. Your data will only be transferred to third parties if this is necessary and legally permitted, if you gave your express consent prior to the transfer, or if we are legally obligated to do so.

If you provide us with personal data within the context of express consent, this data will only be used for the purpose underlying the consent. You can withdraw your consent at any time with future effect.

Your personal data will be processed and stored for the duration and to the extent required for the purposes outlined in this notice. After fulfilling these purposes, the data will regularly be erased. Erasure will not take place if limited further processing is required in order to fulfil statutory retention periods, or for documentation and evidence purposes connected with regulations regarding limitation periods.

vi. Security, communication via e-mail

We highly value the security of our data processing systems and website. Therefore, we use modern data storage and security techniques in order to protect your data in the best possible way. Of course, our security measures are continuously improved according to technological developments.
This website uses 256-bit SSL encryption technology. Your data will only be transmitted in encrypted form. If you contact us via e-mail, we would like to point out that e-mails can be read or changed unauthorized and unnoticed during transmission. In addition, we use software to filter unwanted e-mails (spam filter). This spam filter can reject e-mails if they are wrongly identified as spam due to certain characteristics. If you wish to send us confidential information, we recommend sending it by mail or fax.

vii. Links

Insofar as our website contains links to external websites operated by third parties, over whose content we have no influence but which we provide for use as “third-party content”, our lack of influence means that we are unable to provide any guarantee for this third-party content. The respective provider or operator of the website is responsible for the content of the linked pages. The linked pages were reviewed for potential legal infringements at the time the links were created. No unlawful content was evident at the time the links were created. However, ongoing monitoring of content on the linked pages is not possible without concrete reasons to suspect a legal infringement. If we become aware of legal infringements, we will remove such links immediately.

viii. Rights to information, objection and other rights

You are entitled to request information about the personal data stored concerning you (Art. 15 GDPR). You also have the right to request the rectification of inaccurate data concerning you, or the completion of incomplete data (Art. 16 GDPR).

If the legal requirements are fulfilled, you also have the right to request the erasure or restriction of processing (blocking) of personal data (Art. 17 and 18 GDPR).

According to Art. 21 GDPR, you also have the right to object to data processing at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, as long as this allows processing based on our legitimate interest.
To exercise your rights, you may contact us in writing, by fax or by e-mail at We hereby inform you that we will process your personal data in order to handle a request, as well as for identification purposes pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

ix. Right to lodge a complain with a supervisory authority

You also have the right, pursuant to Art.77 GDPR, to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of your personal data is unlawful. This right can be exercised with the supervisory authority that has jurisdiction over us, for example:

State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of Nordrhein-Westfalen
Kavalleriestr. 2-4
40213 Düsseldorf
Status of this privacy policy: June 2020