Privacy notice

Privacy notice

We respect your privacy and undertake to protect your personal data and to only gather, process and use it in accord with the German data protection regulations. This privacy notice explains which data are held on our website and how such data are used and/or disclosed to others. Please read this privacy notice every time you visit our website in order to ensure that you are familiar with the up-to-date notice because this notice can be changed without any announcement. Changes to this privacy notice become valid as soon as the modified privacy notice is put on our website.

1. Name and contact details of the data controller and the data protection officer

This privacy notice applies to data processing by:
Responsible: Wessing & Partner Lawyers mbB, Rathausufer 16-17, 40213 Düsseldorf, Germany Tel. +49 (0)211/168 440, Fax +49 (0)211/168 44-444, E-Mail:

The Wessing & Partner data protection officer can be contacted at the address given above, for the attention of Dr. Katharina Schomm, or at

2. Collection and storage of personal data as well as type and purpose and how they are used.

a) When you visit our website:

When you visit our website information is automatically sent to our website server by the browser in use on your device. This information is stored temporarily in a so-called log file. The following information is held in this way without your help and stored until it is automatically erased:

  • the IP address of the computer making the enquiry
  • the date and time of access
  • the name and url of the requested file
  • the website that enabled the access (referrer url)
  • the browser and possibly the operating system in use on your computer as well as the name of your access provider
  • the volume of data transmitted
  • a note on whether the request/access was successful

The data described is processed by us for the following purposes:

  • to guarantee the establishment of a seamless connection to the website,
  • to guarantee the user-friendly operation of our website,
  • to analyse security and stability as well as
  • for other administrative purposes.

The legal basis for the processing of your data is article 6 para. 1 section 1(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes given for data gathering listed above. Under no circumstances do we use the stored data to identify you.
In addition, we use cookies when you visit our website. You can find more information about this in section 4 of this privacy notice.

b) When you contact us by e-mail

If you have any questions at all, we offer the option of contacting us by e-mail. For this, it is necessary for you to give us a valid e-mail address, so that we know from whom the enquiry came and to enable us to reply to the enquiry. Any further information you provide is given by you voluntarily.

The data processing for the purposes of establishing contact with us is conducted in accordance with article 6 para. 1 section 1(a) GDPR on the basis of your freely given consent.

Any personal data gathered by us in order to make contact by e-mail will be erased after the enquiry has been dealt with.

We furthermore set cookies and use analytics services when you visit our website. You will find further information on this under paragraphs 4 and 5 of this data protection declaration.

3. Sharing your data

Your personal data will not be transmitted to third parties other than for the purposes set out below.

We only disclose your personal data with third parties when:

  • you have expressly given us consent to do so, in accordance with article 6 para. 1 section 1(a) GDPR,
  • disclosure is necessary in accordance with article 6 para. 1 section 1(f) GDPR for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims and no reason exists that demonstrates you have an overriding and legitimate interest in preventing the disclosure of your data.
  • there is a legal obligation to disclose under article 6 para. 1 section 1(c) GDPR.
  • this is lawfully permitted and necessary for the management of the contractual relationship with you in accordance with article 6 para. 1 section 1(b) GDPR.

4. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small files that your browser creates automatically and that are stored on your device (laptop, tablet, smartphone etc.) when you visit our site. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain viruses, trojans or any other malicious software.

Information is filed in the cookie that is specific to the device. This does not however mean that we can identify you just using that information.

On one hand, the use of cookies serves to enable us to make your experience of using our offering more convenient. Thus, we use so-called session cookies in order to identify when you have already visited a specific page on our website. These are automatically deleted at the end of your visit.

In addition, we also use temporary cookies in order to enhance the user-friendliness of our site and these remain stored on your device for a specific length of time. Should you visit our site again in order to make use of our services, the site will automatically know that you have already visited us and which inputs and preferences you entered, so that you do not have to re-enter them again.

On the other hand, we also employ cookies for the statistical measurement of the use made of our website and to assess it in order to optimise our offering for you. These cookies enable us to identify that you have already visited our site when you revisit it. These cookies are deleted after a certain pre-determined length of time.

The data processed by the cookies are for the above-mentioned purposes of safe-guarding our legitimate interests and those of the third party, in accordance with article 6 para. 1 section 1(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Most browsers accept cookies automatically. You can however configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or so that a notification always appears before a new cookie is installed. The complete deactivation of cookies can however mean that you may not be able to use all of the functions on our website.

5. Analysis tools

The tracking tools that we use are listed below and tracking is performed on the basis of Art. 6 section. 1 p. 1 lit. f of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The reason for utilising these tracking tools is to achieve a needs-based design and ensure continuous optimisation of our website. We also use tracking tools to gather statistics about the use of our website and we analyse these statistics for the purpose of optimising our range of products for you. These interests shall be considered legitimate interests within the meaning of the above-stated regulation. The corresponding purposes of data processing and data categories shall be taken from the respective tracking tools.

a) Google Analytics:

For the purpose of needs-based design and continuous optimisation of our site we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ( (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter "Google"). In this connection pseudonymous usage profiles are created and cookies (see par. 4) are used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website, such as

•    the browser type/version,
•    the operating system used,
•    the referrer URL (the previously visited website),
•    the host name of the accessing computer (IP address) and
•    the time of the server request

are transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. This information is used to analyse the use of the website, compile reports on website activity and to provide other services relating to website activity and internet usage for the purposes of market research and the needs-based design of this website. In some cases this information will also be transferred to third parties where this is required by law or where third parties have been contracted to process this information. Under no circumstances will your IP address be correlated with any other data held by Google. The IP addresses are anonymised so that correlation is not possible (IP masking).

You can prevent the installation of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your web browser software. However, we draw your attention to the fact that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

You can furthermore prevent the data relating to your usage of the website (including your IP address) that is generated by the cookie from being collected and processed by Google by downloading and installing a browser add-on which is available at the following link (

As an alternative to the browser add-on, in particular for browsers on mobile end-user devices, you can also prevent Google Analytics from collecting data by clicking on this link. This sets a so-called opt-out cookie which prevents your data from being collected when you visit this website in future. The opt-out cookie will only work with this browser and only for our website. It will be stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser you must set the opt-out cookie once again.

You can find other information regarding data protection in relation to Google Analytics at Google Analytics Help.

b) Google AdWords conversion tracking:

We furthermore use Google conversion tracking to gather statistics about the use of our website and we analyse these statistics for the purpose of optimising our website for you. To do this, Google AdWords sets a cookie (see par. 4) on your computer if you arrive at our website through clicking an ad served by Google.

These cookies expire after 30 days and do not serve the purpose of personal identification. If the website user visits specific pages of the AdWords customer's website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the customer are able to identify that the user has clicked on the advertisement and was redirected to this page.

Every AdWords user receives a different cookie. Therefore cookies cannot be tracked via the websites of AdWords customers. The information obtained using the conversion cookie is used to create conversion statistics for AdWords customers who have opted to use conversion tracking. AdWords customers are told the total number of users who clicked on their ad and were redirected to a web page that has a conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that can be used to personally identify users.

If you do not want to participate in tracking, you can also opt-out of this by disabling the setting of a tracking cookie necessary for this function to work by changing your browser setting that generally deactivates the automatic setting of cookies. You can also deactivate conversion tracking cookies by setting your browser to block cookies from the domain "". Google's data protection notice relating to conversion tracking can be found here.

c) Matomo:

We use the open source software Matomo for the purpose of analysing and statistically evaluating the use of our website. Cookies are used for this purpose (see par. 4). The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website is transferred to and consolidated on our server in the form of pseudonymous usage profiles. The information is used to evaluate the use of the website and to facilitate the needs-based design of our website. The information is not forwarded to third parties.
Under no circumstances will the IP address be correlated with any other data related to the user. The IP addresses are anonymised so that correlation is not possible (IP masking).

Matomo web analytics is currently recording your visit to this website ( You can decide here whether to allow a unique web analysis cookie to be stored in your browser in order to enable the operator of the website to collect and analyse various statistical data.

If you decide not to allow this, click on the following checkbox in order to set the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser: