Privacy Policy


1. Name and contact details of the party responsible for processing data and its data protection officer

This information on data protection applies to data processed by:

Responsible party: Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG (hereinafter: the firm), Von-Coels-Str. 214, 52080 Aachen, Germany
E-Mail: info@se-legal.de
Telephone: +49 (0) 241 4757140
Fax: +49 (0) 241 47571469

The firm’s data protection officer, Dr Thomas Bichat, can be reached at the address above, or alternatively via thomas.bichat@se-legal.de.


2. Collection and storage of personal data; the manner in, and purposes for, which it is used

a) When visiting the website

When accessing the website www.se-legal.de, the browser on your device automatically sends information to the server of our website. This information is stored temporarily in a “logfile”. During this process, the following information is collected without any action on your part, and will be stored until it is automatically deleted:

  • IP address of the device accessing the website,
  • Date and time of access,
  • Name and URL of the file accessed,
  • The website from which the access took place (referrer URL)
  • The browser and potentially the operating system used by your device, as well as the name of your access provider.

We process the data mentioned above for the following purposes:

  • Ensuring that the device connects to the website smoothly,
  • Ensuring that our website can be used comfortably,
  • Evaluating the security and stability of the system, as well as
  • Further administrative purposes.

The legal basis for data collection is provided by Article 6(1)(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our legitimate interest in collecting data follows from the purposes listed above. We never use the collected data for the purpose of drawing conclusions regarding your person. Further, we use cookies and analytics services when our website is accessed. You can obtain more information on this under clauses 4 and 5 of the GDPR.

b) When using our contact form

If you have questions of any kind, we offer you the option of contacting us via a form on our website. This requires providing us with a valid e-mail address, your first and last name, and a telephone number, so that we can know from whom the inquiry is coming and are able to respond to it. Further information can be given voluntarily. Data processing for the purpose of contacting us this way is effected under Article 6(1)(1)(a) GDPR on the basis of your voluntarily given consent.

After the issue you have inquired about has been dealt with, the personal data collected from your use of the contact form will be automatically deleted.

c) Google Web Fonts

Our website uses fonts by Google Web for the purpose of consistent presentation. When the site is accessed, your browser loads the necessary web fonts in the browser cache in order to correctly display the fonts and texts. If your browser does not support web fonts, your computer will use a standard font. This process happens in accordance with Article 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR, the legitimate interest lies in offering a safe and fast experience for users.

Google is certified under the Privacy Shield Framework, under which it guarantees that it will act in accordance with European data protection laws.

You can find further information on google web fonts under https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s privacy policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

d) Cloudflare

This website uses the Cloudfare service, Inc. 101 Townsend St San Francisco, CA 94107. Access to this website is effected via the Cloudfare server network. During this process, statistical data is collected. This data includes: the name of the website accessed, file, date and time of access, the amount of data transferred, a notification regarding successful access, browser type and version, the user’s operating system, referrer URL (the website accessed before), IP address and the providers seeking access. Cloudfare uses this log data for statistical evaluations that serve the operation, security, and optimisation of the website. For instance, the Cloudfare network can, on the basis of the data collected, ward off malicious websites and accelerate the provision of website contents. The data processing happens in accordance with Article 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR, the legitimate interest lies in offering a safe and fast experience for users.

In addition, please note Cloudfare’s privacy policy, which can be accessed via https://www.cloudflare.com/privacypolicy/ .

Cloudfare is certified under the Privacy Shield Framework, under which it guarantees to act in accordance with European data protection laws. Further, there is a contract with corresponding terms on the processing of instructions.

e) “Font Awesome“, Fonticons

In order to display icons, our website uses web fonts by Fonticons, Inc. When visiting the site, the browser loads the necessary web fonts in your browser cache to ensure a website presentation that is both consistent and correct.

For this purpose, your browser establishes a connection with the MaxCDN network, i.e. Stackpath, LLC, 2021 McKinney Ave., Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75201, and the relevant font is loaded. The consistent and fast provision of the icons is a legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR.

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font will be selected. The Fonticons icons may then not be displayed correctly.

You can find further information on Font Awesome’s Privacy Guidelines under: https://fontawesome.com/privacy. Information on Max CDN/ StackPath can be found under https://www.maxcdn.com/gdpr.

MaxCDN/ StackPath is certified under the Privacy Shield Framework and thereby undertakes to comply with European data protection laws.

f) WP-PostRatings

This website uses the plug in “WP-Postratings” to enable users to rate articles and sites. In order to prevent a contribution being rated by the same user more than once, a cookie is used after each rating. This cookie simply prevents the user from rating the contribution a second time. There is no further processing, and the cookie data is not accessed further. Preventing misuse of the rating tools constitutes a legitimate interest within the meaning of Article 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR.


3. Disclosure of Information

Your personal data is not disclosed to third parties for any purposes other than those listed below. We only disclose your personal data to third parties if:

  • You have expressly agreed to this under Article 6(1)(1)(a) GDPR,
  • Disclosure is, in accordance with Article 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR, necessary for asserting, bringing or defending legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have a dominant and protected interest in your data not being passed on,
  • Insofar as there is a legal obligation to disclose under Article 6(1)(1)(c) GDPR, and if
  • This is legal and necessary to conclude a contract with you under Article 6(1)(1)(b) GDPR.

4. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. These are small files that your browser creates automatically and which are saved on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone etc.) when you visit our website. Cookies do not cause any damage to your device and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware. The cookie stores the information that is created in connection with the specific device used. However, this does not mean that we immediately learn your identity. The use of cookies, rather, serves the purpose of making the use of our offers more convenient for you. For instance, we use “session cookies” to see that you have accessed different parts of our website. These are automatically deleted after you leave our website.

Further, we also use temporary cookies, which are stored on your device for a fixed amount of time to optimise our user friendliness. If you visit our website again to make use of our services, it is automatically recognised that you have visited us before, and which entries and settings you have selected, so that you do not have to enter these again.

On the other hand, we also use cookies to gather statistics on the use of our website, and to evaluate what we are offering so that we can optimize it (see section 5 below). These cookies enable us, upon you return to our website, to automatically recognise that you have visited us before. These cookies are automatically deleted after a fixed period of time. The data processed by cookies is necessary to protect our legitimate interests and those of third parties under Article 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR. Most browsers will accept cookies automatically.

You can also set up your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or you get a notice every time a new cookie is created. However, completely deactivating cookies can result in you not being able to use all functions on our website.


5. Analysis Tools

a) Tracking Tools

The tracking measures that are listed below, and that are used by us, are executed on the basis of Article 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR. These tracking measures serve the purpose of the needs-based design and ongoing optimisation of our website. On the other hand, we utilise tracking measures to record statistical data on the use of our website, which we evaluate to optimise what we are offering you. These interests are to be considered legitimate within the meaning of the Regulation named above. The relevant purposes of processing the data, as well as the relevant categories of data, can be gleaned from the corresponding tracking tools.

In order to continuously optimise our websites, and to tailor their design to your needs, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service by Google Inc. (https://www.google.de/intl/de/about/) (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter “Google“). In connection with this, pseudonymised user profiles are created and cookies (see section 4 above) are used. The information on your use of our website that is created by the cookie, such as

  • Browser type/ version,
  • Operating system,
  • Referrer URL (the website you have visited previously),
  • Host name of the accessing computer (IP address),
  • Time of the server request,

is transferred to a Google server in the US and stored there. The information is utilised to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to render further services connected with the use of the website and the internet for the purposes of market research and needs-based design of these websites. Further, the information may in some cases be forwarded to third parties, so long as this is prescribed by law, or so far as third parties process this data on behalf of us. Under no circumstances will your IP address be mixed with other data from Google. The IP addresses are anonymised, so that it will not be possible to attribute any data to a specific IP address (IP masking). You also have the option of preventing the installation of cookies by selecting the relevant settings in your browser software; however, we would note that in this case you may not be able to comprehensively use all functions on our website. Further, you can prevent the collection of the data on your website use that is collected by the cookie (including your IP address), as well as 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, in particular on browsers on mobile devices, you can prevent the collection of data by Google Analytics by clicking on this link:

Deactivate Google Analytics

An opt-out cookie is then placed, which prevents the further collection of your data upon visiting this website. The opt-out cookie only applies to this browser and to our website and is placed on your device. If you delete all cookies in this browser, you must activate the opt-out cookie once again. You can find further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics in this Google Analytics Help document (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de).

b) Google Adwords Conversion Tracking

In order to gather statistical data on the use of our website, and to evaluate it for optimisation purposes, we also use Google Conversion Tracking. This involves placing a Google Adwords cookie (see section 4 above) on your computer if you came to our website via a Google search. These cookies expire after 30 days and they do not serve personal identification. If the user visits particular parts of the website of the Adwords customer, and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the customer can see that the user has clicked on the Google ad and has been redirected to this website.

Every Adwords customer receives a different cookie. Therefore, cookies cannot be detected through the websites of Adwords customers. The information collected with the help of the conversion cookie serves the purpose of creating conversion statistics for Adwords customers who have chosen conversion tracking. The Adwords customers can learn the total number of users who have clicked on their Google ad and have been redirected to a website to which a conversion tracking tag has been attached. However, they do not receive any information on the basis of which users could be personally identified. If you do not wish to participate in the tracking process, you can also decline the placement of the required cookie – e.g. via the browser setting that generally deactivates the automatic placement of cookies. You can also deactivate cookies for conversion tracking by setting up your browser in such a way that cookies from the domain “www.googleadservices.com” are blocked. Google’s privacy notice on conversion tracking can be found here (https://services.google.com/sitestats/de.html).


6. Individual Rights

You have the right:

  • To, in accordance with Article 15 GDPR, demand information on the personal data on you that we have processed. In particular, you can demand information on the purposes of processing, the category of your personal data, the categories of recipients to whom the data has been or will be shown, the planned duration of storage, a potential right to correct, delete, restrict or object anything, a potential right to complain, the origin of your data (if this was not collected by us), as well as automatic decision making, including profiling, and in some cases substantial information on its details;
  • To, under Article 16 GDPR, demand the immediate correction of incorrect personal data, or the completion of incomplete personal data that we have stored;
  • To, under Article 17 GDPR, demand the deletion of your personal data stored with us, insofar as the processing is not required for the right to freedom of expression and information, to comply with a legal obligation, for reasons of the public interest, or for the assertion, exercise of defence of legal claims;
  • To, under Article 18 GDPR, demand that the processing of your personal data be restricted, insofar as you dispute the correctness of the data, or the processing is not in accordance with the law, but you do not wish for the data to be deleted and we no longer need the data, but you still need it to assert, bring or defend legal claims, or if you have objected to the processing of the data under Article 21 GDPR.
  • To, in accordance with Article 20 GDPR, demand that you receive the personal data you have made available to us, in a structured, ordinary format that can be read by machines, or demand that it be forwarded to another responsible person;
  • To, in accordance with Article 7(3) GDPR, rescind the consent you have given us at any time. The consequence of this is that the processing of data that was based on this consent, may not be continued in the future, and
  • To, under Article 77 GDPR, complain to a regulatory authority of your ordinary place of residence or place of work, or the location of our law firm.

7. Right to object

 If your personal data is processed on the basis of legitimate interests under Article 6(1)(1)(f) GDPR, you have the right in accordance with Article 21 GDPR, to object to the processing of your personal data, if there are reasons for this that are based on your specific situation, or if the objection is directed at direct advertising. In the latter case, you have a general right to object that will be given effect to without the need for you to specify special circumstances. If you want to make use of your right to rescind or object, it will suffice to e-mail info@se-legal.de.


8. Keeping your data safe

During the website visit, we use the common SSL (secure socket layer) method in connection with the highest encryption level that is supported by your browser. Generally, this will be a 256 bit encryption. If your browser does not support the 256 bit encryption, we will resort to 128 bit v3 technology in the alternative. You can see whether a single part of our website is transferred in an encrypted state from the reproduction of the key/ lock symbol in the lower status bar of your browser. We further use suitable technical and organisational safety measures to protect your data from accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction, or the prohibited access by third parties. Our safety measures are subject to ongoing improvement, in correlation with technological development.


9. Keeping our privacy policy up to date

This privacy policy is currently applicable as of May 2018. Due to the development of our website and what we offer on it, or on the basis of changing laws and rules prescribed by authorities, it can become necessary to change this privacy policy. You can find and print an up-to-date version of the privacy policy under https://www.se-legal.de/privacypolicy at any time.