Generally speaking, it is possible for you to use this website without providing any personal information. When accessing individual pages, the only information transmitted to our servers is access data (e.g., browser type and time of access). This access data contains no information relating to individuals whatsoever, and nor can it be used in any other way to make conclusions about an identifiable person. In particular, this access data is not used to create usage profiles. It is merely used for statistical analysis and to optimise the use of our website.
II. Use of personal information
Personal information (i.e. information concerning the personal or material circumstances of a particular or identifiable natural person) is only collected and used by us if you provide said information to us voluntarily, for example when subscribing to our newsletter or using the contact form, or if this is necessary to fulfil a contract and/or render the agreed service. Once your request has been processed or the contract has been fulfilled in full, the personal information provided by you will be blocked for further use or deleted, unless you have expressly agreed to the further processing and use of the information. This does not affect tax and commercial-law regulations, which may prescribe longer retention periods.
III. Disclosure of personal information
The disclosure of personal information is only ever carried out without explicit consent to the extent this is necessary to fulfil the contract. Beyond this, we will not disclose your personal information to third parties unless we are required to do so by a court decision or by law.
IV. Contact and enquiry form
If you use the contact/enquiry form to get in touch with us, we will only collect the personal information you specifically provide. We will only use your information – in particular your name and email address – to process your enquiry. Our firm will not collect, store or process the information any further than is necessary to handle your enquiry. Your information will not be passed on to third parties without your consent.
V. Disclosure, modification and revocation
We can inform you at any time, at no charge, of the personal information held by us about you. If necessary, in accordance with the Federal Data Protection Act you will be entitled to have your personal information rectified, blocked or deleted. You may also object to us using the personal information held by us about you for the future. In all such cases, please send your request in writing or by fax or email to:
SPIRIT LEGAL LLP
Branch: Petersstraße 15
+49 800 2482000 (Free Call Dtl.)
+49 700 11122888 (International)
In order to make a visit to our website more attractive and enable you to use certain features, so-called “cookies” are used on the pages of our website. These are small text files that are stored on your computer. Once the browser session has ended, most of the cookies used are deleted from your hard drive (“session cookies”). However, so-called “permanent cookies” remain on your computer, thus making it possible to recognise you on your next visit. You have the option of preventing the storage of cookies on your computer by adjusting your browser accordingly, although this may limit the functionality of this website.
VII. Google Analytics
In order to tailor our web pages to your interests as well as possible, we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses so-called “cookies”, which are text files stored on your computer to help the website analyse how you use the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to a Google server in the United States and stored there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, compile reports about website activity for the website operators and provide other services relating to website usage and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Under no circumstances will Google associate your IP address with other data held by Google. You may refuse the installation of cookies by adjusting your browser software settings. However, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website you consent to the processing of information collected about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes described above.
If you do not wish for Google to receive information from your browser when you access the pages, download the opt-out solution for Google Analytics. This plug-in prevents the browser from requesting the Analytics code, so Google receives no information when the page is accessed. The plug-in is available for various browser types. According to Google, the browser blocks the Google Analytics script after installation. However, this website always uses Google Analytics with the “_anonymizeIp()” extension, which means that IP addresses are always truncated before being processed further; this is to rule out the possibility of them being directly traced to any individual. This ensures that no detailed information involving your IP address will be transmitted as a result of your visit to the website.
VIII. Social networks
Our website also contains programs (“plug-ins”) from the social network Facebook. These are operated exclusively by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”). On our website, these plug-ins are indicated by the Facebook logo or the “Like” symbol.
When you visit a page on our website that contains such a plug-in, your browser establishes a direct connection with Facebook’s servers, which in turn transfer the plug-in content to your browser; the content is then embedded in the website you are viewing. This provides Facebook with the information that you have visited our website. If you are logged into Facebook while visiting our website, Facebook can associate your visit to the website with your Facebook account. If you interact with plug-ins, for example by clicking on the “Like” button or leaving a comment, the corresponding information will be transmitted directly to Facebook and stored.
If you want to prevent such a transmission of information, you must log out of your Facebook account before you visit our website. Please refer to Facebook’s privacy policies for more information on the purpose and scope of data collection by Facebook as well as how Facebook processes and uses your data further, and also your rights in this respect and settings options for protecting your privacy.
This website also incorporates the Google+ button from the social network “Google+”. This social network is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). The Google+ button can be recognised by the “+1” symbol.
If you browse our pages that contain a Google+ button, your browser will establish a direct connection with Google’s servers, which will load the button. This will provide Google with the information that our website has been accessed, as the content of the “+1” button will be sent by Google directly to your browser and integrated by your browser into the website.
We therefore have no influence on the amount of information that Google collects with the button. According to Google, if a user does not click on the button then no personal data is collected. Only in the case of logged-in members of the social network Google+ will data, including the IP address, be collected and processed. If you are a member of Google+ and do not wish for Google to collect information about you via our website, you must log out of your Google+ account before you visit our website.
Wir erfahren zu keinem Zeitpunkt, ob und wann Sie den Google+ Button verwendet haben, sondern erhalten von Google ausschließlich eine zusammengefasste, nicht personenbezogene Statistik über die Nutzung des Google+ Buttons. Welche Daten Google im Einzelnen zu eigenen Zwecken erhebt und Informationen über die weitere Verarbeitung und Nutzung der Daten, erfahren Sie in der Datenschutzerklärung von Google.
This website also uses the so-called “Tweet” function of Twitter. Twitter is a microblogging service provided by the American company Twitter, Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA (“Twitter”).
If you browse our pages that contain a Twitter button, your browser will also establish a direct connection with Twitter’s servers, which will load the “Tweet” button. This will provide Twitter with the information that our website has been accessed. Even if you are not logged in, Twitter may thus be able to collect as well as store usage data.
Wenn Sie die Twitter-Buttons auf unseren Webseiten anklicken und über das sich öffnende Twitter-Fenster Informationen „twittern“, übermitteln Sie die getwitterten Informationen an Twitter. Diese Informationen werden dann in Ihrem Twitter-Nutzerprofil veröffentlicht. Weitere Informationen zur Datenerhebung, Auswertung und Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten durch Twitter sowie Ihren darauf bezogenen Rechte erhalten Sie in der Datenschutzerklärung von Twitter.