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Privacy Policy under the GDPR

 

1. Identity and Contact Details of both the Controller and the Corporate Data Protection Officer

 

This data protection information applies to data processing by:

 

Controller: Lawyer Pantelis Tsigkas (hereinafter Lawyer), Pontou St. 9 b, GR-57001 Thermi – Thessaloniki, Greece, e-mail: info@paxlaw.de, phone: +30-2310 466868

 

The controller is also the data protection officer.

 

2. Collection and Retention of Personal Data as Well as Form and Purpose of its Use

 

a) When visiting the website

 

When you visit our website www.paxlaw.de, the browser used on your terminal automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is temporarily retained in a log file, with the following information being collected in this context without any action on your part and retained until its automated erasure:

 

IP address of the requesting computer;

access date and time;

name and URL of the file accessed;

website from which the access is made (referrer URL);

browser used and, where appropriate, the operating system of your computer and the name of your access provider.

We process said data for the following purposes:

 

to ensure smooth establishment of a connection to the website,

to ensure convenient use of our website,

to evaluate system security and stability and

for other administrative purposes.

The legal basis for the data processing is point (f) of Art. 6(1) GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes of data processing that are listed above. We do not use the collected data to draw conclusions about your person in any case.

 

In addition, we use website cookies as well as analysis services when you visit our website. You can find further explanations on this under cl. 4 and 5 of this Privacy Policy.

 

b) When subscribing to our newsletter

 

Where you have explicitly consented under point (a) of Art. 6(1) GDPR, we will use your e-mail address to send you our newsletter on a regular basis. Entering an e-mail address is sufficient to receive the newsletter.

 

Unsubscription is possible at any time, for example via a link at the end of each newsletter. Alternatively, you can always e-mail your unsubscription request to info@paxlaw.de as well.

 

c) When using our contact form

 

If you have any kind of questions, we are offering you the option to contact us using a form provided on the website. In this case, a valid e-mail address must be entered so that we know who is sending the request and can respond to it. Further particulars can be furnished on a voluntary basis.

 

Data processing for contacting us is based on point (a) of Art. 6(1) GDPR and the consent given voluntarily by you.

 

The personal data collected by us when you use the contact form will be erased automatically once the request submitted by you has been dealt with.

 

3. Data Dissemination

Any transfer of your personal data to third parties for any purposes other than the ones specified below will not occur.

 

We will disseminate your personal data to third parties only if

 

you have explicitly consented to this under point (a) of Art. 6(1) GDPR,

the dissemination under point (f) of Art. 6(1) GDPR is required for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims and there is no reason to believe that you have any overriding interest worth being protected in your data not being disseminated,

the dissemination under point (c) of Art. 6(1) GDPR is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation and

this is legally admissible and necessary for the performance of contractual relationships with you under point (b) of Art. 6(1) GDPR.

4. Cookies

 

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small files which are automatically created by your browser and stored on your terminal (laptop, tablet, smartphone or the like) when you visit our website. Cookies do not harm your terminal and do not contain any viruses, Trojans or other malware.

 

The cookie is used to store information arising in connection with the terminal specifically used in each case. This does not mean, however, that we will directly gain any knowledge about your identity.

 

On the one hand, cookies are utilised to make your use of our services more convenient for you. We thus use session cookies to recognise that you have already visited individual pages of our website. They are erased automatically once our website has been left.

 

To enhance user friendliness, we also use temporary cookies, which are stored on your terminal for a specific, defined period. If you visit our website again to make use of our services, it is recognised automatically that you have already accessed our website and what entries and settings you have made to ensure that you do not have to enter them again.

 

On the other hand, we use cookies to gather statistic information on the use of our website and to enhance our services for you (see cl. 5). If you visit our website again, these cookies enable us to automatically recognise that you have already accessed our site. These cookies will be automatically erased after a time period defined in each case.

 

The data processed by cookies is necessary for the above purposes to safeguard our and third parties’ legitimate interests under point (f) of Art. 6(1) GDPR.

 

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. However, you can configure your browser such that no cookies will be stored on your computer or that a message appears each time before a new cookie is stored. Disabling cookies overall may, however, result in you no longer being able to make full use of all features of our website.

 

5. Analysis Tools

 

a) Tracking Tools

 

The tracking measures set out hereinafter and applied by us are implemented on the basis of point (f) of Art. 6(1) GDPR. By applying the tracking measures, we want to ensure a needs-based design and the ongoing optimisation of our website. Apart from that, we apply the tracking measures to statistically capture the use of our website and to evaluate its use to optimise our offering for you. These interests are to be considered legitimate in the sense of the aforementioned regulation.

 

For information on the respective data processing purposes and data categories, please refer to the relevant tracking tools.

 

i) Google Analytics

 

To ensure a needs-based design and the ongoing optimisation of our pages, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (https://about.google/intl/en/) (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter “Google”). Pseudonymised usage profiles are created and cookies (see under cl. 4) are used in this context. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website, including

 

browser type/version,

used operating system,

referrer URL (previously visited page),

host name of the accessing computer (IP address),

time of the server request,

is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The information is used to evaluate the website use, to compile reports about the website activities and to render further services related to the use of both the website and the Internet for market research purposes and to ensure a needs-based design of these web pages. To the extent that this is stipulated by law or third parties process this data by order, this information is also transferred to third parties, where appropriate. Your IP address will not be amalgamated with other Google data in any case. The IP addresses are anonymised so that they no mapping will be possible (IP masking).

 

You can prevent the installation of the cookies by changing the settings of the browser software accordingly; however, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that, in this case, it might not be possible to use all functions of this website to the fullest extent.

 

In addition, you can prevent the gathering of the data generated by the cookie and related to your use of the website (incl. your IP address) as well as the processing of such data by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB).

 

As an alternative to the browser add-on, in particular for browsers on mobile terminals, you can also prevent the gathering by Google Analytics by clicking on this link. An opt-out cookie is placed which prevents the future gathering of your data when visiting this website. The opt-out cookie can be used only for this browser and our website and will not be placed on your device. If you erase the cookies in this browser, you have to place the opt-out cookie again.

 

Further information on data protection in the context of Google Analytics is available in the Google Analytics Help feature (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en).

 

ii) Google AdWords Conversion Tracking

 

To statistically capture the use of our website and to optimise our website for you, we also use Google conversion tracking, with Google AdWords placing a cookie (see clause 4) on your computer if you used a Google ad to get to our website.

 

These cookies become invalid after 30 days and do not serve personal identification. If the user visits specific pages of the AdWords customer’s website and the cookie has not expired yet, Google and the customer can see that the user had clicked on the ad and had then been forwarded to this page.

 

Every AdWords customer receives a different cookie so that cookies cannot be tracked via websites of AdWords customers. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to compile conversion statistics for AdWords customers have who opted for conversion tracking. The AdWords customers receive information on the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were referred to a page provided with a conversion tracking tag, but no information by which users can be personally identified.

 

If you do not wish to participate in the tracking process, you can also reject the setting of cookies required to that end, for ex. via browser settings generally disabling any automatic setting of cookies. You can also disable cookies for conversion tracking by configuring your browser settings in such a manner that cookies will be blocked by the “www.googleadservices.com” domain. The Google data protection instruction on conversion tracking can be found here (https://services.google.com/sitestats/en.html).

 

6. Social Media Plug-Ins

 

We use social plug-ins of the LinkedIn, Twitter and Xing social networks on our website on the basis of point (f) of Art. 6(1) GDPR to make our law firm more widely known. The promotional purpose behind it is to be regarded as legitimate interest in terms of the GDPR. The responsibility for the operation in compliance with data protection law is to be ensured by its respective provider. We embed this plug-in using the ‘two-click method’ to protect visitors of our website in the best way possible.

 

LinkedIn

 

We apply social media plug-ins of LinkedIn on our website to make its use more personal. To that end, we use the “LIKE” or “SHARE” button offered by LinkedIn.

 

When you call up a page of our web presence which contains such a plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection to the servers of LinkedIn. The content of the plug-in is directly transmitted by LinkedIn to your browser and integrated by the browser into the website.

 

By integrating the plug-in, LinkedIn is informed that your browser called up the relevant page of our web presence, even if you do not have a LinkedIn account at all or if you are currently not logged into LinkedIn. This information (including your IP address) is directly transmitted from your browser to a LinkedIn server in the USA and stored there.

 

If you are logged into LinkedIn, LinkedIn can directly assign the visit of our website to your LinkedIn account. If you interact with the plug-ins, for example by pressing the “LIKE” or “SHARE” button, the relevant information is also transferred directly to a LinkedIn server and stored there. In addition, the information is published on LinkedIn and displayed to your LinkedIn contacts.

 

LinkedIn can use this information for advertising and market research purposes and to ensure a needs-based design of the LinkedIn pages. To this end, LinkedIn creates usage, interest and relationship profiles, for ex. to evaluate your use of our website with regard to the advertisements displayed to you on LinkedIn, to inform other LinkedIn users about your activities on our website and to render additional services associated with the use of LinkedIn.

 

If you do not want LinkedIn to assign the data collected via our web presence to your LinkedIn account, you have to log off from LinkedIn before you visit our website.

 

For further information on the purpose and scope of data collection, its further processing and use by LinkedIn and your related rights and setting options to protect your privacy, please refer to the LinkedIn privacy notices (https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy).

 

Further information on this can be found in the Twitter Privacy Policy (https://twitter.com/en/privacy).

 

7. Data Subject Rights

 

You have the right:

 

to obtain access to your personal data processed by us under Art. 15 GDPR; in particular, you may request access to the processing purposes, the category of the personal data, the categories of recipients, to whom your data has been or will be disclosed, the envisaged retention period, the existence of any right to rectification, erasure, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of any right to lodge a complaint, the origin of your data, where not collected by us, as well as on the existence of any automated decision-making, including profiling, and, where applicable, meaningful information on its details;

to obtain without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate or the completion of your personal data retained by us under Art. 16 GDPR;

to obtain the erasure of your personal data retained with us, unless processing is necessary for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims under Art. 17 GDPR;

to obtain restriction of processing of your personal data under to Art. 18 GDPR where the accuracy of the data is contested by you, the processing is unlawful and you oppose its erasure and we no longer need the data, but it is required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, or you have objected to the processing under Art. 21 GDPR;

to receive your personal, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, or to transmit it to another controller under Art. 20 GDPR;

to withdraw at any time your consent once given towards us under Art. 7(3) GDPR, with the result that we must no longer continue for the future any data processing based on such consent; and

to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority under Art. 77 GDPR; to this end, you can generally contact the supervisory authority at your place of usual residence or place of work or our law office address.

8. Right to Object

 

Where your personal data is processed based on legitimate interests under point (f) of Art. 6(1) GDPR, you have the right under Art. 21 GDPR to object to the processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation or if such objection is directed against direct marketing purposes. In the latter case, you have a general right to object which will be implemented by us without any particular situation being stated.

 

If you wish to make use of your right of withdrawal or objection, simply send an e-mail to info@paxlaw.de.

 

9. Data Security

 

We use the common SSL procedure (Secure Socket Layer) in combination with the respective highest degree of encryption supported by your browser in the context of the website visit. This is usually a 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we use the 128-bit v3 technology instead. You can see whether an individual page of our online presence is transferred in encrypted form by the ‘closed’ icon of the key or lock symbol in the lower status line of your browser.

 

Other than that, we use appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or deliberate manipulations, partial or complete loss, destruction or access by unauthorised third parties. Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

 

10. Topicality of and Amendments to this Privacy Policy

 

This Privacy Policy is currently valid and dates from March 2021.

 

Due to our website and related offerings being developed further or on account of amended legal or official regulations, it may become necessary to amend this Privacy Policy. The respective current Privacy Policy can be accessed and printed out on the website at any time.

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