Data Protection

Information about Data Protection

The protection of your personal data is important to us. Your 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).

1. Controller for data processing

The controller for data processing on this website is

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
Kennedyplatz 2
50679 Cologne 
Tel.: +49 221 33660 0
Fax: +49 221 33660 80
Email: koeln [at] goerg.de

2. Data protection officer

You can reach our data protection officer as follows:

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB
Data protection officer
Kennedyplatz 2
50679 Cologne
Tel.: +49 221 33660 0
Email: dsb [at] goerg.de

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

3. 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:

a) Data collected automatically when visiting the website

When you visit our website, your 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 its automatic erasure: 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 process this information in order to provide users with a smooth connection to our website, to continually 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 not be stored together with other personal data.

When you visit our website, we also use cookies and an analytical service. You can obtain more information regarding this in Sections 5 and 6.

b) Usage of our contact form

For questions of any kind, you can contact us using the form provided on the website. In addition to your title, first and last name, and the name of your company, a valid email address must be entered so that we know who has sent the enquiry and can respond accordingly. Additional information is voluntary. The data entered in the contact form is transmitted to us in encrypted form.

Data processing for the purposes of contacting us occurs in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 (a) GDPR, on the basis of your freely given consent.

c) Subscription to our newsletters

On our website, you have the option of signing up for newsletters from various legal areas. In order to receive newsletters, all you need to provide is a valid email address. Additional information is voluntary. For your security, subscription occurs using a double opt-in procedure. This means that after you provide your email address, we will first send an email to this address. Your newsletter subscription only becomes active once you click on the confirmation link contained in this email. This procedure prevents you from being subscribed against your will.

Data processing for the purposes of newsletter mailing occurs in accordance with Art. 6 (1) Sentence 1 (a) GDPR and Section 7 (3) UWG, on the basis of your freely given consent. This consent can be withdrawn at any time with future effect. A link is provided for this purpose in every email you receive from us. Alternatively, you can withdraw your consent at any time by sending an email to dsb [at] goerg.de. Withdrawal will result in your email address being deleted from the mailing list.

4. Notice regarding data protection in the context of online applications

If you would like to send an application to us electronically, please only use our online application portal for this purpose. The Privacy policy for online applications (the English version is available below as a download link) contains more detailed information regarding the handling of data that is submitted for this purpose. We kindly ask you to refrain from sending applications via email, since secure transmission of your data cannot be guaranteed with this method.

5. Use of cookies

In various sections on our website, anonymous session cookies are used. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in your browser cache during your visit to our website, until the end of the session (closing the browser). These cookies are used to make the website more user-friendly, and to display the website properly in your browser.

Cookies make it possible to recognise your 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 change your browser settings so that you will be notified whenever cookies are sent.

6. Use of cookies for web statistics

For the purposes of marketing and optimisation, data is collected and stored on this website using Google Analytics (https://analytics.google.com/analytics/web/). From this data, usage profiles may be created under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in your browser cache during your visit to our website. Cookies make it possible to recognise your internet browser again.

The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is derived from the abovementioned purposes. Without the separately given consent of the data subject, the data collected using Google Analytics technology will not be used to personally identify visitors to this website; data will not be aggregated with personal data concerning the user behind the pseudonym. Objections to the collection and storage of data can be made at any time, with future effect, by sending a message to our data protection officer at the following email address: dsb [at] goerg.de.

You can find a detailed overview about the use of data by Google Analytics, and the measures that are taken to protect your data and keep it confidential here.

7. Notice regarding data protection when using our Facebook fan page

Our website contains programmes and plug-ins for the Facebook social network. This involves a button with the Facebook logo and the corresponding link "Follow". The social network is operated by the company Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (hereinafter “Facebook”). We have created a so-called fan page on this network. All data processing operations in this context are not carried out by us, but rather by Facebook. We do not know precisely which data processing operations Facebook carries out during and after visits to a fan page. For this reason, we can only provide information based on the state of knowledge that is currently available to us:

If you are logged in to Facebook, Facebook collects data concerning your actions, interactions and movements on its social network, which are used by the company Facebook Inc. to optimise the direct marketing profile personalised for each user for its own business purposes, and connect this data with your profile and the registration data you provided, along with other information submitted by you or others on the social network. Regarding the purpose and scope of data collection by Facebook, as well as the further processing and use of your data by Facebook, and your rights and settings options in this context to protect your privacy, we refer to the privacy policy of Facebook, over which we have no influence (https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/).

Even if you are not logged in to Facebook, Facebook Inc. saves and uses data regarding your operating system used, browser version, IP address and associated location.

Additionally, by means of cookies, Facebook can recognise you even if you are not logged in/not registered as a user, and can use the statistical data obtained from your website visit the next time you log in, or when you first register for Facebook to generate your profile.

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

Our website is managed by the internet agency nexum AG, Vogelsanger Str. 321a, 50827 Cologne as a so-called processor according to Art. 28 GDPR. The technical and organisational security measures carried out by nexum AG 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 to the transfer in advance, 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 that you approved in advance. 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.

9. Security, communication via email

We highly value the security of our data processing systems and website. Therefore, we use modern data storage and security technology, in order to optimally protect your data. Of course, our safety measures are continually optimised 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 email, please note that emails may be read or modified by others during transmission, without authorisation and without detection. We also use a software to filter out unwanted emails (spam filter). This spam filter may cause emails to be rejected if they are wrongly identified as spam due to particular characteristics. If you want to send us confidential information, we recommend sending it by mail or fax.

10. 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.

11. 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.

In order to exercise your rights, you may contact us in writing, by fax or by email to dsb [at] goerg.de. 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.

12. Right to lodge a complaint 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 Officer for Data Protection 
and Freedom of Information Nordrhein-Westfalen
Kavalleriestr. 2-4
40213 Düsseldorf


Status of this data protection notice: April 2019

13. Here you can find the data protection notice of our notaries public

•    Data protection notice for the notaries public in Berlin
•    Data protection notice for the notaries public in Frankfurt am Main

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