Data Privacy

Privacy Policy

Thank you for taking an interest in our website. In the following we inform you which data Schürmann Rosenthal Dreyer Rechtsanwälte (hereinafter referred to using the pronoun “we”) collects and processes, and for which purposes, when you use our website.

1. Contact Person

The point of contact and the controller for the processing of your personal data when visiting this website within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is Schürmann Rosenthal Dreyer Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, Berlin office, Am Hamburger Bahnhof 4, 10557 Berlin. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our full contact details are available here. You are also welcome to direct your data protection concerns to our data protection officer by sending an email to or writing to the postal address provided in the Imprint section of this website (please mark all correspondence with: “F.A.O. Data protection officer”).

2. Data processing on our website

a. Visiting our website. Every time you use our website, we collect the access data automatically transmitted by your browser in order to make visiting the website possible. This access data includes in particular:

  • date and time of access
  • name of the file requested
  • website from which the file was requested
  • access status (e.g. file transferred, file not found)
  • your web browser and your device’s operating system
  • the IP address of the requesting device
  • online identifiers (e.g. device IDs, session IDs).

It is necessary to process this access data to make it possible to visit the website and to guarantee the long-term functionality and security of our systems. The legal basis for this is Art. 6(1) (b) GDPR. For data protection reasons, we do not permanently store or analyse log files.

b. Contact form. We offer you the opportunity to send us messages directly by means of a contact form. This requires you to provide an email address where we can contact you. We also ask for your name so that we can address you. All mandatory fields are marked as such. We process the data you provide in the contact form in order to respond to your enquiry. The legal basis for this data processing is Art. 6(1) (b) GDPR. The data collected when you use the contact form will be automatically deleted once we have finished processing your enquiry, unless we still require your enquiry to fulfil contractual or legal obligations.

c. Newsletter. You have the opportunity to subscribe to our newsletter, which informs you regularly about specialist articles from the fields of data protection, IT and competition law, practical tips, events and lectures. When registering, we ask you to provide your email address so that we can send you the newsletter.
We use CleverReach, a service provided by CleverReach GmbH & Co. KG, Mühlenstr. 43, 26180 Rastede, Germany (“CleverReach”), for sending our newsletter.
For newsletter subscriptions we use the so-called double opt-in procedure, which means that we will only send you newsletters by email if you click on a link in our notification email to confirm that you are the owner of the email address provided. If you confirm your email address, we will store your email address, the time of registration and the IP address you used when registering until you unsubscribe from the newsletter. The sole purpose of storing this data is to be able to send you the newsletter and prove that you registered.
You can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time. A corresponding unsubscribe link can be found in every newsletter. It is of course also sufficient if you notify us using the contact details provided above or in the newsletter (e.g. by email or letter). The legal basis of the above processing is your consent pursuant to Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR.

d. Google Maps. On the contact page we use the map service Google Maps, which is offered to users from the European Economic Area and Switzerland by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland and to all other users by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). In order for the Google map information we use to be integrated and displayed in your web browser, when you visit our contact page your web browser must connect to a Google server, which may also be located in the USA. Google thus receives the information that the contact page of our website has been accessed from the IP address of your device.
The legal basis is your consent, which you may have given in the cookie banner for data processing in accordance with Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR and for data transfer in accordance with Art. 49(1)(a) GDPR. Please refer to point 6, Data transfer to third countries, for the risks the data transfer involved. Without your consent there will be no connection to the servers of Google. You can withdraw your consent at any time or adjust your selection (see 3.).
If you retrieve a map service from Google on our website and are simultaneously logged in to your Google profile, Google can link this event to your Google profile. If you do not want this information to be associated with your Google profile, you must log out of Google before visiting our contact page. Google stores your data and uses it for purposes of advertising, market research and the personalised display of Google Maps. You may object to this data collection by Google.
For further information, please refer to Google’s Privacy Policy and the Additional Terms of Service for Google Maps.

e. Applications. You can apply to us for advertised vacancies by email. The purpose of data collection here is the selection of applicants for potential employment. In order to process your application, we collect the data provided by you (usually your first and last name, email address, application such as curriculum vitae and cover letter, earliest possible date you could start work and salary expectations). We would like to point out that we cannot guarantee confidentiality if applications are sent unencrypted by email. As a rule, you can also apply for our positions by post or in person. The legal basis for the processing of your application documents is Art. 6(1) (b) and Art. 88(1) GDPR in conjunction with Section 26(1) of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).
We store your personal data upon receipt of your application. If we accept your application and we subsequently employ you, we will store your applicant data for as long as the data is necessary for your employment and as far as we are legally required to retain it. If we reject your application, we will store your applicant data for a maximum of three months after rejection of your application, unless you give us your consent to longer storage. If you have given us your separate consent, once the application process is complete we will store the data you submitted for your application in our applicant pool for a further twelve months. This will allow us to identify any further jobs which may be of interest to you and, if necessary, to contact you again. The data will be deleted after this period. You can withdraw this consent at any time with future effect by emailing us at

3. Use of cookies and similar technologies for usage analysis and online advertising

To improve the presentation of the contents on our website, we use cookies and similar technologies (e.g. web beacons) for statistical recording and analysis of general usage behavior based on access data. In addition, we use services from external service providers who process the access data generated when using our website in order to enable the display of interest-based advertising, for example in the context of search queries. We only use optional cookies and similar technologies for marketing and analysis purposes if you have given your consent for data processing in accordance with Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR and for data transfer in accordance with Art. 49(1)(a) GPDR via our cookie banner. Please refer to point 6, Data transfer to third countries, for the risks the data transfer involved.

Our website uses the WordPress plug-in “Borlabs Cookie” to record and manage consent and any revocations. If you give your consent to the use of cookies, a cookie will be set (“borlabs cookie”), which will record your consent. We set this technically required cookie on the basis of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR to document your consent. If you delete your cookies, we will ask you for your consent again when you visit the page later.

You can withdraw your consent at any time or adjust the selection of cookies by clicking on the following link: Data Privacy Settings

a. Google Tag-Manager. Our website uses Google Tag Manager, a service of Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). The Tag Manager is used to manage the tools and external services we use on our website and allows the use of so-called tags. A tag is a code element that is stored in the source code of the website, for example to control which page or service elements and tools are activated and loaded in which order. The tool triggers other tags, which in turn may collect data and which are further explained in this privacy policy. Some of the data is processed on a Google server in the USA. . You can find more information about this in Google’s information about Tag Manager.

b. Google Analytics 4 Our website uses the web analytics service Google Analytics 4, provided for persons from the European Economic Area and Switzerland by Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland and for all other persons by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). We integrate Google Analytics 4 via the Google Tag Manager. If you have not consented to the use of the analytics tools, your data will not be collected as part of Google Analytics 4.

Google Analytics 4 uses JavaScript and pixels to read information on your device and cookies to store information on your device. This is done to analyze your usage behavior and improve our website. On our behalf, the access data is combined by Google into pseudonymous user profiles and transmitted to a Google server in the USA. We will use the information to evaluate the use of our website and to compile reports on website activities.

As part of the evaluation, Google Analytics 4 also uses artificial intelligence such as machine learning for automated analysis and enrichment of the data. For example, Google Analytics 4 models conversions to the extent that not enough data is available to optimize the evaluation and reports. Information on this can be found in the associated Google documentation. The data evaluations are carried out automatically with the help of artificial intelligence or on the basis of specific, individually defined criteria. You can find more about this in the associated Google documentation

The data collected as part of the usage analysis of Google Analytics 4 is enriched with data from the Google Search Console and linked with data from Google Ads, in particular to measure the success of our advertising campaigns (so-called conversions).

Processed data: The following data can be processed by Google Analytics 4:

  • IP address;
  • User ID and device ID;
  • referrer URL (previous visited page);
  • Pages viewed (date, time, URL, title, duration of visit);
  • downloaded files;
  • clicked links to other websites;
  • Achievement of specific goals (Conversions);
  • Technical information (operating system; browser type, version and language; device type, brand, model and resolution);
  • approximate location (country, region and city, if applicable, based on anonymized IP address).

Privacy settings: We have made the following privacy settings for Google Analytics 4:

  • Anonymization of the IP address;
  • deactivated advertising function;
  • deactivated personalized advertising;
  • deactivated remarketing;
  • retention period of 2 months (and no reset of retention period with new activity);
  • deactivated cross-device and cross-page tracking (Google Signals);
  • deactivated data shares (especially Google products and services, benchmarking, technical support, account specialist).

Used cookies: Google Analytics 4 sets the following cookies for the specified purpose with the respective storage period:

  • “_ga” (2 years), “_gid” (24 hours): recognizing and distinguishing website visitors by a user ID;
  • „_ga_[GA4-ID]“ (2 years): Keeping the information of the current session;
  • „_gac_gb_[GA4-ID]“ (90 days): Storage of campaign-related information and, if applicable, linking with Google Ads conversion tracking.

We have concluded a data processing agreement with Google Ireland Limited for the use of Google Analytics 4. In the event that personal data is transferred from Google Ireland Limited to the USA, Google Ireland Limited and Google LLC have concluded standard contractual clauses (Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/914, Module 3) pursuant to Art. 46(2)(c) GDPR. In addition, we also obtain your explicit consent for the transfer of your data to third countries in accordance with Art. 49(1)(a) GDPR.

You can find more information about Google Analytics 4 in Google’s privacy statement and in the Google Analytics privacy policy.

c. Google Analytics. Our website uses the web analytics service Google Analytics, provided by Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). According to Google, the contact for all data protection issues is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. Google Analytics uses cookies and similar technologies to analyse and improve our website based on your user behaviour. On our behalf, the access data is combined by Google into pseudonymous user profiles and transmitted to a Google server in the USA. Prior to this, your IP address will be anonymised. We are therefore unable to determine which usage profiles belong to a particular user. We can therefore neither identify you nor determine how you use our website on the basis of the data collected by Google.
Google will use the information obtained from the cookies on our behalf to evaluate the use of our website, compile reports on website activities and to provide us with further services associated with website and Internet use.

Storage period: Google Analytics sets the following cookies for the specified purpose with the respective storage period: “_ga” for 2 years, “_gid” for 24 hours (both for recognizing and distinguishing website visitors by a user ID), “_gat” for 1 minute (to reduce queries to the Google servers) and possibly “IDE” for 13 months (third party cookie for recognizing and distinguishing website visitors by a user ID, for recording the interaction with advertising and in the context of playing out personalized advertising).

If you have not agreed to the use of the Google cookies, your data will not be collected by Google Analytics. In addition to the option formulated above to withdraw your consent or to adjust the selection of cookies, you also have the following additional options to prevent web analysis by Google:

You can find more information about Google Analytics in Google’s privacy statement and in the Google Analytics privacy policy.

4. Facebook Fanpages

We jointly operate a fan page on the social network of Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Irland (“Facebook”), where we communicate with interested parties and followers and inform them about our products and services.

We may receive statistics from Facebook about how Facebook/Fanpage users use our Fanpage, such as information about interactions, likes, dislikes, comments, or aggregated information and statistics (such as the age or origin of our followers) that help us learn about interactions with our site. For more information about the nature and extent of these statistics, please see the Facebook info on using pages insights. Further information on the respective legal responsibilities can be found in the Facebook Page Insights Controller Addendum. The legal basis for this data processing is Art. 6 (1b) of the GDPR and 6 (1f) of the GDPR based on our aforementioned legitimate interest.

We have no control over the data that Facebook processes on its own responsibility in accordance with Facebook’s terms of use. However, we would like to point out that when you visit the fan page, data on your usage behaviour is transferred from Facebook and the fanpage to Facebook. Facebook itself processes the aforementioned information in order to compile more detailed statistics and for its own market research and advertising purposes over which we have no control. You can find more detailed information on this in Facebook’s privacy policy.

If we receive your personal data while operating the fanpage, you are entitled to the rights stated in this data protection declaration. If you also wish to assert your rights against Facebook, the easiest way to do this is to contact Facebook directly. Facebook knows the details of the technical operation of the platform and the associated data processing as well as the concrete purposes of data processing and can implement appropriate measures on request if you make use of your rights. We are happy to support you in asserting your rights to the extent possible and forward your requests to Facebook.

5. Disclosure of data

In principle, we will only passion the data we collect if:

  • you have given your explicit consent pursuant to Art. 6(1) (a) GDPR;
  • disclosure is necessary pursuant to Art. 6(1) (f) GDPR in order to establish, exercise or defend legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding legitimate interest in your data not being disclosed;
  • we are legally obliged to do so under Art. 6(1) (c) GDPR; or
  • this is permitted by law and is required under Art. 6(1) (b) GDPR for the processing of contractual relationships with you or for taking steps at your request prior to entering into a contract.

Part of the data processing may be carried out by our service providers. In addition to the service providers mentioned in this privacy policy, this may in particular include data centres that store our website and databases, IT service providers that maintain our systems, and consulting firms. If we pass data on to our service providers, they may use the data exclusively for the fulfilment of their tasks. We have carefully selected and commissioned the service providers. They are contractually bound by our instructions, have appropriate technical and organisational measures in place to protect the rights of data subjects and are carefully monitored by us.
In addition, data may be disclosed in connection with official requests, court orders and legal proceedings if this is necessary to pursue or enforce rights.

6. Data transfer to third countries

As explained in this privacy policy, we use services whose providers are partly located in so-called third countries (such as the USA), i.e. countries whose data protection level does not correspond to that of the European Union. Insofar as this is the case and the European Commission has not issued an adequacy decision (Art. 45 GDPR) for these countries, we have taken appropriate measures to ensure an adequate level of data protection for any data transfers. These include the standard contractual clauses of the European Union or binding internal data protection regulations.
Where this is not possible, we base the transfer of data on exceptions of Art. 49 GDPR, in particular your explicit consent or the necessity of the transfer for the fulfilment of the contract.
If a transfer to a third country is intended and no adequacy decision or appropriate safeguards are in place, it is possible and there is a risk that authorities in the respective third country (e.g. intelligence agencies) may be able to gain access to the transferred data in order to record and analyse it, and that the enforceability of your data subject rights cannot be guaranteed. You will also be informed of this when you give your consent via the cookie banner.

7. Storage period

In principle, we only store personal data for as long as necessary to fulfill contractual or legal obligations for which we have collected the data. We then delete the data without delay, unless we still require the data until the end of the statutory limitation period for evidence purposes for claims under civil law or due to statutory retention obligations.
For evidence purposes, we must keep contract data for another three years after the end of the year in which the business relationship with you ends. After the standard statutory period of limitation, any claims become statute-barred at this point in time at the earliest.
Even after that, we are still required to store some of your data for accounting reasons. We are obliged to do so due to statutory documentation obligations, which may arise on the basis of the German Commercial Code, the Fiscal Code, the Banking Act and the Money Laundering Act. The periods specified there for retaining documents range from two to ten years.

8. Your rights

You have the right to information about how we process your personal data at any time. When providing this information, we will explain the data processing to you and provide you with an overview of the data stored about you.
If data stored by us is incorrect or no longer up to date, you have the right to have this data corrected.
You may also demand that your data be erased. Should the erasure not be possible in exceptional cases due to other legal regulations, the data will be blocked so that it is only available for that legal purpose.
You are also entitled to have the processing of your data restricted, e.g. if you believe that the data we have stored is incorrect. You also have the right to data portability, which means that on request we will send you a digital copy of the personal data you have provided.
In order to assert your rights described here, you can contact us at any time using the contact details provided in Section 1 above. This also applies if you wish to receive copies of safeguards in order to prove an adequate level of data protection.
In addition, you have the right to object to data processing if it occurs based on Art. 6(1)(e) or (f) GDPR or for direct marketing purposes. Finally, you have the right to lodge a complaint with our competent data protection supervisory authority. You can assert this right by contacting a supervisory authority in the Member State of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement. The competent supervisory authority in Berlin is: Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Friedrichstr. 219, 10969 Berlin.

9. Right of withdrawal and objection

Pursuant to Art. 7(3) GDPR, you have the right to withdraw the consent you gave us at any time. As a result of this, we will cease the data processing based on this consent with future effect. This withdrawal of your consent will not affect the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent prior to the withdrawal.
If we process your data on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR, you have the right under Art. 21 GDPR to object to the processing of your data, and to give us reasons which arise from your particular situation which, in your opinion, show that your legitimate interests override ours. If your objection is to data processing for direct marketing purposes, you have a general right of objection, which we will implement without requiring you to give reasons.
If you would like to make use of your right of withdrawal or objection, it is sufficient to simply notify us using the contact details provided above.

Last amended: August 2020


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