Data Protection Statement

1. The name and contact details of the data controller and of the company data protection officer
This data protection information applies to data processing by:

Responsible Party:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Sommer
verte|rechtsanwälte
Neusser Straße 99
50670 Cologne, Germany

E-mail: us@verte.net
Phone: +49 (0)221-912645 – 0
Fax: +49 (0)221-912645 – 45

Data Protection officer of verte|rechtsanwälte:
Dirk Petri
Verte attorneys-at-law
Neusser Strasse 99
50670 Cologne, Germany
E-mail: dsb@verte.net
Phone: +49 (0)221-912645 – 0

2. The collection and storage of personal data and the nature and purpose of their use
When you visit our website www.dr-sommer.de, the browser used on your terminal device automatically sends information to the server of our website.  This information is temporarily stored in a so-called log file.  The following information is collected automatically and stored until it is automatically deleted:

  •  IP address of the requesting computer,
  • Date and time of access,
  • Name and URL of the retrieved file,
  • Website from which access is made (referrer URL),
  • The browser used and, if applicable, the operating system of your computer as well as the name of your access provider.

The data mentioned will be processed by us for the following purposes:

  • To ensure a smooth connection to the website,
  • to ensure the comfortable use of our website,
  • to evaluate system safety and stability, as well as
  • other administrative purposes.

The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f DSGVO.  Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes listed above for the collection of data.  Under no circumstances do we use the collected data for the purpose of drawing conclusions about your person.

In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website.  You will find more detailed information on this under points 4 and 5 of this data protection declaration.

3. Data Transfer
Your personal data will not be transferred to third parties for purposes other than those listed below.

We will only pass on your personal data to third parties if:

  • you have given your express consent in accordance with Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. a DSGVO,
  • the disclosure pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO is necessary for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims and there is no reason to assume that you have an overriding legitimate interest in not disclosing your data,
  • in the event that there is a legal obligation to pass on data pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. c DSGVO.,
  • this is legally permissible and required for the execution of contractual relationships with you pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. b DSGVO.

4. Cookies
We use cookies on our site.  These are small files that are automatically created by your browser and stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our site.  Cookies do not cause any damage to your terminal device and do not contain viruses, Trojans or other malware.

Information is stored in the cookie, which occurs each time when a connection is made with the specific terminal device.  This does not mean, however, that we will immediately become aware of your identity.

The use of cookies, on the one hand, serves to make the use of our website more pleasant for you.  For example, we use so-called session cookies to recognise that you have already visited individual pages on our website.  These are automatically deleted after leaving our site.

In addition, we also use temporary cookies to optimise user-friendliness, which are stored on your terminal device for a specified period of time.  If you visit our site again in order to use our services, it is automatically recognized that you have already been with us and which inputs and settings you have made so that you do not have to enter them again.

On the other hand, we use cookies to record the use of our website statistically and to evaluate it for the purpose of optimising our offerrings for you (see point 5).  These cookies enable us to automatically recognise that you have already visited our site when you visit it again.  These cookies are automatically deleted after a defined period of time.

The data processed by cookies are necessary for the purposes mentioned to safeguard our legitimate interests and those of third parties pursuant to Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. f DSGVO.

Most browsers automatically accept cookies.  However, you can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a message always appears before a new cookie is created.  The complete deactivation of cookies may, however, result in you not being able to use all the functions of our website.

5. Plugins

Use of AddThis plug-ins (e.g. “Share” button)
On our website, social plug-ins (“plug-ins”) from the AddThis bookmarking service are used, which is operated by the AddThis LLC, Inc. 8000 Westpark Drive, Suite 625, McLean, VA 2210, USA (“AddThis”). The plug-ins are usually marked with an AddThis logo in the form of a white plus sign on an orange background. You will find an overview of AddThis plug-ins and their appearance here: https://www.addthis.com/get/sharing.

When you visit a page of our website that contains such a plug-in, your browser connects directly to the servers of AddThis. The content of the plug-in is sent directly to your browser by AddThis and integrated into the page. Through this integration, AddThis receives information that your browser has accessed the corresponding page of our website and saves a cookie on your device to identify your browser. This information (including your IP address) is directly transferred to AddThis’ server in the USA and stored there. AddThis uses the data to create anonymous user profiles, which serve as a basis for a personalised and interest-related advertising approach by visitors to the Internet sites with AddThis plug-ins.

Please refer to AddThis’ protection guidelines to see the purpose and scope of data collection and the further processing and use of the data: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/privacy-policy

If you want to object to data collection with AddThis in the future, you can set a so-called “opt-out cookie”, which you can download using the following link: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out

You can completely prevent AddThis plug-ins loading with add-ons for your browser, e.g. with the script blocker “NoScript” (http://noscript.net/).

6. Rights of Data Subjects
You have the right:

  • to request information about your personal data processed by us in accordance with Art. 15 DSGVO.  In particular, you may request information on the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right of correction, deletion, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right of complaint, the origin of your data, unless it has been collected from us, as well as the existence of an automated decision-making process including profiling and, if applicable, meaningful information on its details;
  • in accordance with Art. 16 DSGVO, to immediately request the correction of incorrect or incomplete personal data stored by us;
  • to demand the deletion of your personal data stored by us in accordance with Art. 17 DSGVO, unless the processing is necessary for the exercise of the right to freedom of expression and information, for the fulfilment of a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the assertion, exercise or defence of legal claims
  • to demand the restriction of the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 18 DSGVO if the accuracy of the data is disputed by you, the processing is unlawful but you refuse its deletion and we no longer need the data, but you need it to assert, exercise or defend legal claims or you have lodged an objection against the processing in accordance with Art. 21 DSGVO;
  • in accordance with Art. 20 DSGVO, to receive your personal data which you have provided to us in a structured, common and machine-readable format or to request the transfer to another responsible person;
  • in accordance with Art. 7 para. 3 DSGVO, to revoke your consent, once given to us, at any time.  The consequence of this is that we may no longer continue the data processing based on this consent in the future;
  • to complain to a supervisory authority pursuant to Art. 77 DSGVO.  As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority of your usual place of residence or place of work, or our office.

7. Right of Objection
If your personal data are processed on the basis of legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f DSGVO, you have the right, pursuant to Art. 21 DSGVO, to object to the processing of your personal data if there are reasons for doing so which arise from your particular situation or if the objection is made against direct advertising.  In the latter case, you have a general right of objection, which is implemented by us without stating a particular situation.

If you would like to make use of your right of revocation or objection, simply send an e-mail to dsb@verte.net

8. Data Security
We use the most common SSL (Secure Socket Layer) method in connection with the highest level of encryption supported by your browser.  As a rule, this is a 256-bit encryption.  If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we use 128-bit v3 technology instead.  You can tell whether an individual page of our website is transmitted in encrypted form by the closed representation of the key or lock symbol in the lower status bar of your browser.

We also use suitable technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against unauthorised access by third parties.  Our security measures are continuously improved in line with technological developments.

9. Topicality and Change of this Data Protection Statement
This privacy policy is currently valid and is so through May 2018.

Due to the further development of our website and offers on it, or due to changed legal or official requirements, it may be necessary to amend this data protection declaration.  You can call up and print out the current data protection declaration at any time on our website at http://www.dr-sommer.de/en/privacy-policy/