Data Protection Policy

1. Name and con­tact data of the pro­cess­ing con­troller and of the company’s data pro­tec­tion officer

These data pro­tec­tion notices apply to data pro­cess­ing by:

Rechtsanwälte Dres. Vogeler
Brehmstraße 1
D‑30173 Hannover, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)511 – 27 04 65 60
Fax: +49 (0)511 – 27 04 65 99

The data pro­tec­tion offi­cer at Rechtsanwälte Dres. Vogeler can be reached at the above address, attn: Frau Caroline Karwot, or by email to

2. Collection and stor­age of per­son­al data, as well as the nature and pur­pose of their use

a) When vis­it­ing the website

When vis­it­ing our web­site, infor­ma­tion is auto­mat­i­cal­ly sent by your end device’s brows­er to our website’s serv­er. This infor­ma­tion is tem­porar­i­ly stored in a log file. In the process, the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion is col­lect­ed with­out any action on your part and then stored until it is auto­mat­i­cal­ly deleted:

  • IP address of the request­ing computer,
  • date and time of day of access,
  • name and URL of the accessed file,
  • web­site from which access was made (refer­rer URL),
  • brows­er used and, in some cas­es, oper­at­ing sys­tem of your com­put­er, as well as the name of your access provider.


These data are processed by us for the fol­low­ing purposes:

  • ensur­ing that a con­nec­tion to the web­site can be estab­lished smoothly,
  • ensur­ing that use of our web­site is convenient,
  • eval­u­at­ing sys­tem secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty, and
  • for oth­er admin­is­tra­tive purposes.


The legal basis for pro­cess­ing the data is Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. Our legit­i­mate inter­est has do with the above-listed pur­pos­es for data col­lec­tion. In no event do we use the col­lect­ed data for the pur­pose of draw­ing con­clu­sions about your identity.

In addi­tion, we use cook­ies and analy­sis ser­vices when our web­site is vis­it­ed. For fur­ther expla­na­tions about this, please see Sections 4 and 5 of this Data Protection Policy.

b) When using our con­tact form

If you have any kind of ques­tion, you can get in touch with us by using the form pro­vid­ed on the web­site. To do so, you must pro­vide a valid email address so that we know who is mak­ing the enquiry and can respond to it. Additional infor­ma­tion may be pro­vid­ed voluntarily.

The pro­cess­ing of data for the pur­pose of con­tact­ing us takes places in accor­dance with Article 6(1)(a) GDPR on the basis of your vol­un­tar­i­ly pro­vid­ed consent.

The per­son­al data col­lect­ed by us for the use of the con­tact form are auto­mat­i­cal­ly delet­ed after your enquiry has been dealt with.

3. Disclosure of data

Your per­son­al data are not trans­mit­ted to third par­ties for pur­pos­es oth­er than those list­ed in the following.

We dis­close your per­son­al data to third par­ties only if:

  • you have express­ly giv­en your con­sent to do so in accor­dance with Article 6(1)(a) GDPR,
  • dis­clo­sure in accor­dance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR is nec­es­sary for the estab­lish­ment, exer­cise, or defence of legal claims and there is no rea­son to believe that you have an over­rid­ing legit­i­mate inter­est in the non-disclosure of your data,
  • in the event that a legal oblig­a­tion exists for the dis­clo­sure in accor­dance with Article 6(1)© GDPR, or
  • this is legal­ly per­mis­si­ble and, in accor­dance with Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, is nec­es­sary for per­form­ing con­trac­tu­al rela­tion­ships with you.


4. Cookies

We use cook­ies on our site. Cookies are small files that your brows­er auto­mat­i­cal­ly cre­ates and that are stored on your end device (lap­top, tablet, smart­phone, or the like) when you vis­it our site. Cookies do not harm your end device or con­tain virus­es, Trojan hors­es, or oth­er malware.

Information is stored in the cook­ie that relates to the spe­cif­ic end device being used. However, this does not mean that we obtain direct knowl­edge of your iden­ti­ty through the cookie.

Cookies help make it more con­ve­nient for you to use our site. For instance, we use ses­sion cook­ies in order to recog­nise that you have pre­vi­ous­ly vis­it­ed indi­vid­ual pages on our web­site. These cook­ies are auto­mat­i­cal­ly delet­ed when your leave our site.

In addi­tion, also for the pur­pose of opti­mis­ing user-friendliness, we use tem­po­rary cook­ies, which are stored for a spec­i­fied peri­od of time on your end device. If you vis­it our site again in order to make use of our ser­vices, it is auto­mat­i­cal­ly recog­nised that you had pre­vi­ous­ly vis­it­ed us and which entries and set­tings you made so that these do not have to be entered again.

We also use cook­ies in order to com­pile sta­tis­tics about the use of our web­site and to eval­u­ate use for the pur­pose of opti­mis­ing our web­site for you (see Section 5). These cook­ies enable us to auto­mat­i­cal­ly recog­nise you when you return to our site. They are auto­mat­i­cal­ly delet­ed after a spec­i­fied time.

The data processed by cook­ies are nec­es­sary for the afore­men­tioned pur­pos­es of the legit­i­mate inter­ests pur­sued by us and third par­ties in accor­dance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.

Most browsers auto­mat­i­cal­ly accept cook­ies. However, you can con­fig­ure your brows­er in such a way that no cook­ies are stored on your com­put­er or that you always are prompt­ed before a new cook­ie is placed. Complete deac­ti­va­tion of cook­ies may how­ev­er mean that you will be unable to use all fea­tures of our website.

5. Analysis tools

a) Tracking tools

The track­ing mea­sures described in the fol­low­ing and used by us are car­ried out on the basis of Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. We use these track­ing mea­sures in order to ensure that our web­site is designed to meet user require­ments and is con­tin­u­al­ly opti­mised. We also use track­ing mea­sures in order to com­pile sta­tis­tics about the use of our web­site and to opti­mise our offer­ing for you. These inter­ests are to be con­sid­ered legit­i­mate with­in the mean­ing of the afore­men­tioned provision.

The respec­tive data-processing pur­pos­es and data cat­e­gories can be found in the cor­re­spond­ing track­ing tools.

i) Google Analytics

In order to meet user require­ments and con­tin­u­al­ly opti­mise our web­site, we use Google Analytics, a web analy­sis ser­vice of Google Inc. ( (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, U.S.; here­inafter, “Google”). In this regard, 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

  • your brows­er type and version,
  • the oper­at­ing sys­tem that you are using
  • refer­rer URL (of the pre­vi­ous­ly vis­it­ed site),
  • host name of the access­ing com­put­er (IP address),
  • time of day of the serv­er request,

is trans­ferred to a Google serv­er in the U.S. and stored there. The infor­ma­tion is utilised in order to eval­u­ate the use of the web­site, to com­pile reports about web­site activ­i­ties, and to pro­vide oth­er ser­vices asso­ci­at­ed with the use of the web­site and the inter­net for the pur­pos­es of mar­ket research and design­ing this web­site to meet user require­ments. In addi­tion, if nec­es­sary, this infor­ma­tion is trans­mit­ted to third par­ties if this is required by law or if third par­ties process these data on our behalf. In no event is your IP address com­bined by Google with oth­er data. IP address­es are anonymised, mean­ing that no attri­bu­tion is pos­si­ble (IP masking).

You can pre­vent the instal­la­tion of cook­ies by con­fig­ur­ing your brows­er soft­ware accord­ing­ly. However, please be aware that in such case it may not be pos­si­ble to use all fea­tures of this web­site to their full extent.

In addi­tion, you can pre­vent the cap­tur­ing of the data gen­er­at­ed by the cook­ie relat­ing to your use of the web­site (includ­ing your IP address) and the pro­cess­ing of these data by Google by down­load­ing and installing the brows­er plug-in avail­able at the fol­low­ing link:

As an alter­na­tive to the brows­er add-on, includ­ing in the case of browsers on mobile end devices, you can also pre­vent cap­tur­ing by Google Analytics by click­ing on this link. An opt-out cook­ie is placed that pre­vents the future cap­tur­ing of your data when vis­it­ing this web­site. The opt-out cook­ie works only in this brows­er and only for our web­site and is placed on your device. If you delete the cook­ies in this brows­er, you will need to place the opt-out cook­ie again.

Further infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion in con­nec­tion with Google Analytics can be found, for instance, in Google Analytics help (

ii) Google AdWords con­ver­sion tracking

In order to com­pile sta­tis­tics about the use of our web­site and to eval­u­ate use for the pur­pose of opti­mis­ing our web­site for you, we also use Google con­ver­sion track­ing. In the process, Google AdWords places a cook­ie (see Section 4) on your com­put­er in cas­es where you reach our web­site through a Google advertisement.

These cook­ies los­es their valid­i­ty after 30 days and are not used for per­son­al iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. If the user vis­its cer­tain pages on the web­site of the AdWords cus­tomer and the cook­ie has not yet expired, Google and the cus­tomer can recog­nise that the user clicked on the adver­tise­ment and was redi­rect­ed to this site.

Each AdWords cus­tomer receives a dif­fer­ent cook­ie. Thus, cook­ies can­not be tracked across the web­sites of AdWords cus­tomers. The infor­ma­tion obtained with the aid of con­ver­sion cook­ies is used to com­pile con­ver­sion sta­tis­tics for AdWords cus­tomers who have elect­ed to use con­ver­sion track­ing. AdWords cus­tomers learn about the total num­ber of users who clicked on their adver­tise­ments and were redi­rect­ed to a site fur­nished with a con­ver­sion track­ing tag. However, they do not receive any infor­ma­tion that can be used to per­son­al­ly iden­ti­fy users.

If you do not wish to par­tic­i­pate in the track­ing pro­ce­dure, you can refuse the place­ment of a cook­ie required for this pur­pose, such as by con­fig­ur­ing your brows­er to gen­er­al­ly deac­ti­vate the auto­mat­ic place­ment of cook­ies. You can also deac­ti­vate cook­ies for con­ver­sion track­ing by con­fig­ur­ing your brows­er in such a way that cook­ies are blocked from the domain You can find Google’s data pro­tec­tion pol­i­cy about con­ver­sion track­ing by vis­it­ing


Google reCAPTCHA

Our web­site uses Google reCAPTCHA to check and pre­vent auto­mat­ed servers (“bots”) from access­ing and inter­act­ing with our web­site. This is a ser­vice pro­vid­ed by Google Inc., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Irland (here­inafter: Google).

Through cer­ti­fi­ca­tion accord­ing to the EU-US Privacy Shield

Google guar­an­tees that it will fol­low the EU’s data pro­tec­tion reg­u­la­tions when pro­cess­ing data in the United States.

This ser­vice allows Google to deter­mine from which web­site your request has been sent and from which IP address the reCAPTCHA input box has been used. In addi­tion to your IP address, Google may col­lect oth­er infor­ma­tion nec­es­sary to pro­vide and guar­an­tee this service.

The legal basis is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. Our legit­i­mate inter­est lies in the secu­ri­ty of our web­site and in the pre­ven­tion of unwant­ed, auto­mat­ed access in the form of spam or similar.

Google offers detailed infor­ma­tion at con­cern­ing the gen­er­al han­dling of your user data.


6. Rights of the data subject

You have the fol­low­ing rights:

  • Pursuant to Article 15 GDPR, to obtain infor­ma­tion about your per­son­al data processed by us. In par­tic­u­lar, you can obtain infor­ma­tion about the pur­pos­es of the pro­cess­ing, the cat­e­go­ry of the per­son­al data, the cat­e­gories of recip­i­ents to whom the per­son­al data have been or will be dis­closed, the envis­aged stor­age peri­od, the exis­tence of the right to rec­ti­fi­ca­tion, era­sure, restric­tion of pro­cess­ing and to object, the right to lodge a com­plaint, and the source of your data where they are not col­lect­ed by us, as well as the exis­tence of auto­mat­ed decision-making, includ­ing pro­fil­ing, and, if applic­a­ble, mean­ing­ful infor­ma­tion about it;
  • Pursuant to Article 16 GDPR, to obtain with­out undue delay the rec­ti­fi­ca­tion of inac­cu­rate per­son­al data stored by us or, where they are incom­plete, to have them completed;
  • Pursuant to Article 17 GDPR, to obtain the era­sure of per­son­al data stored by 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;
  • Pursuant to Article 18 GDPR, to obtain restric­tion of the pro­cess­ing of your per­son­al data where the accu­ra­cy of the per­son­al data is con­test­ed by you, the pro­cess­ing is unlaw­ful but you oppose their era­sure, we no longer need the data but they are required by you for the estab­lish­ment, exer­cise or defence of legal claims, or you have object­ed to pro­cess­ing pur­suant to Article 21 GDPR;
  • Pursuant to Article 20 GDPR, to receive the per­son­al data that you pro­vid­ed to us in a struc­tured, com­mon­ly used, and machine-readable for­mat or to obtain trans­mis­sion to anoth­er controller;
  • Pursuant to Article 7(3) GDPR, to with­draw at any time the con­sent that you grant­ed to us. This means that we may no longer con­tin­ue with the data pro­cess­ing on which such con­sent was based; and
  • Pursuant to Article 77 GDPR, to lodge a com­plaint with a super­vi­so­ry author­i­ty. To do so, you can nor­mal­ly write to the super­vi­so­ry author­i­ty respon­si­ble for your cus­tom­ary place of res­i­dence, for your work­place, or for the offices of our law firm.


7. Right to object

If your per­son­al data are processed on the basis of legit­i­mate inter­ests pur­suant to Article 6(1)(f) GDPR, then pur­suant to Article 21 GDPR, you have the right to object to the pro­cess­ing of your per­son­al data on grounds relat­ing to your par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion or where the objec­tion relates to direct mar­ket­ing. In the lat­ter case, you have a gen­er­al right to object, which we must imple­ment with­out a par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion need­ing to be specified.

If you would like to make use of your right to revoke con­sent or your right to object, please send an email to

8. Data security

During web­site vis­its, we use the wide­spread SSL (secure sock­et lay­er) pro­ce­dure in con­junc­tion with the high­est lev­el of encryp­tion that your brows­er sup­ports. Normally, this is 256-bit encryp­tion. If your brows­er does not sup­port 256-bit encryp­tion, we instead employ 128-bit v3 tech­nol­o­gy. You can recog­nise whether indi­vid­ual pages on our web­site are trans­mit­ted in encrypt­ed form by the locked depic­tion of the key or lock sym­bol in the low­er sta­tus bar of your browser.

In addi­tion, we make use of suit­able tech­ni­cal and organ­i­sa­tion­al secu­ri­ty mea­sures in order to pro­tect your data against acci­den­tal or inten­tion­al manip­u­la­tion, total or par­tial loss or destruc­tion, and unau­tho­rised access by third par­ties. Our secu­ri­ty mea­sures are con­tin­u­ous­ly improved in keep­ing with tech­no­log­i­cal development.

9. Version and amend­ment of this Data Protection Policy

This Data Protection Policy is cur­rent­ly valid in the ver­sion of May 2018.

If our web­site or offers on it are enhanced, or if statu­to­ry or reg­u­la­to­ry require­ments should change, it may be nec­es­sary to amend this Data Protection Policy. The cur­rent ver­sion of this Data Protection Policy can be viewed and print­ed out by you at any time by vis­it­ing

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