Thank you for your interest in our website seitzpartner.de. The protection of your personal data is of great importance to us. That is why we pay a lot of attention to this aspect in our Internet activities. The most important legal basis is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter “GDPR”). Of course, we also observe all other relevant legal requirements, in particular those of the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, hereinafter “BDSG”) and the German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz, hereinafter “TMG”).

In the following, we would like to inform you about the processing of your personal data.

  • 1. Controller

    Controller for the processing of your personal data is Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater PartG mbB, Aachener Straße 621, 50933 Cologne, Germany (hereinafter „Seitz“).

  • 2. Surfing on seitzpartner.com

    For what purposes do we process your data?

    When you visit our website, your browser - as with any other website - contacts our web server to retrieve the pages you require. You do not need to log in or identify yourself for this. The allocation of requests and feedback from our server is based on your IP address, which may be used to establish a reference to your person. In detail, personal data such as your IP address is transmitted to our web server as part of an HTTP/S request. These connection data are processed by our web server to enable access to the website. In addition, the respective HTTP/S calls are logged in a log file. We use this for technical troubleshooting and to defend and clarify attacks (e.g. by hackers) on our systems. In addition, we use the already stored log files to create evaluations that we use to optimize our websites. The evaluation as such takes place in an anonymous form, i.e. by combining call data, so that the results no longer have any personal reference.

    On what legal basis do we process your data?

    Your personal data will be processed on the basis of our legitimate interests in accordance with of Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to operate a website for general information and communication purposes and to present our law firm.
    The log files are processed on the basis of our legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR. Our legitimate interest is to protect our facilities and systems from attacks and, if necessary, to take legal action against attackers and to further develop our websites for commercial purposes.

    Is there an obligation for you to provide your data and what happens if you decide against it?

    You are not obliged to provide your personal data. However, it is not possible to use the website without processing your connection data.

    With whom is your data shared or who is involved in the processing of your data?

    In principle, processing is fully automatic. Our website is operated via servers of the company „NetBuild GmbH“, Alfred-Nobel-Allee 38, 66793 Saarwellingen, which acts on our behalf (Art. 28 GDPR) as a service provider for hosting services. Our IT department has access to the log files. Where necessary, these data are also transmitted to external recipients (in particular law enforcement authorities to prosecute hacker attacks).

    How long will your data be stored?

    The logfile data is stored for 14 days. All other data is deleted immediately after the HTTP/S request has been carried out.

  • 3. Communication by e-mail / contacting

    For what purposes do we process your data?

    If you contact us with a request or we contact you, we process your personal data which are necessary for communication with you ("communication data"), e.g. name, address, e-mail, telephone number as well as the contents of the communication. The information you provide may be stored for processing the contact and for any queries.

    On what legal basis do we process your data?

    The processing of your data in the context of communication via the contact form or by e-mail takes place on the basis of Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR, insofar as the exchange is connected with the initiation or performance of a contract with you. In other respects, the legal basis depends on the specific purpose of the exchange. In most cases Article 6 (1) (f) GDPR (our legitimate interest in conducting business correspondence or communicating with clients or for example answering questions on data protection) will be relevant.

    Is there an obligation for you to provide your data and what happens if you decide against it?

    You are not obliged to provide your data. However, communication by e-mail is not possible without the processing of your personal data.

    With whom is your data shared or who is involved in the processing of your data?

    We will only pass on your communication data internally to the persons at Seitz responsible for your request.

    How long will your data be stored?

    Your personal data will be deleted as far as they are no longer necessary for communication with you. The data may be kept for longer on the basis of Article 6 (1) (c) GDPR in conjunction with the relevant statutory retention periods (in particular under commercial, tax and duty law). In case of business correspondence, this is usually six years after the end of the year in which it has been received.

  • 4. Job applications

    For what purposes do we process your data?

    On our website we offer you the opportunity to apply by e-mail to karriere(at)seitzpartner.de for an open position in our law firm.

    Personal data such as name, contact data, training data and information on professional experience ("Applicant Data"), which you provide to us in the context of your application, will be treated confidentially and stored and used electronically exclusively for the purpose of processing the application and, if applicable, for carrying out the subsequent employment relationship.

    We need the data processed in the course of the application process for the possible conclusion of an employment relationship or the decision on your recruitment. We process this Applicant Data in order to check its suitability for the relevant position, for the purpose of processing the application and for contacting you.

    On what legal basis do we process your data?

    Your Applicant Data will be processed on the basis of Article 6 (1) (b) (initiation or performance of a contract) and national regulations on employee data protection (necessity for decision on the establishment of an employment relationship or after establishment of the employment relationship for its execution, Section 26(1) sentence 1 BDSG).

    Is there an obligation for you to provide your data and what happens if you decide against it?

    Please note that you are not obliged to provide your data as part of the application process. However, the processing of the application and the establishment of an employment relationship are not possible without the processing of your data, so that your application could unfortunately not be considered without providing the data.

    With whom is your data shared or who is involved in the processing of your data?

    We will only pass on your Applicant Data internally to the persons at Seitz responsible for your application. Other than this, we will only transfer your personal data to other recipients if required to do so by law, for example to the authorities.

    How long will your data be stored?

    Your personal data will be deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the application procedure (e.g. in the event of rejection or negative decision of your application). This does not apply if legal regulations prevent the deletion or if further storage is necessary for purposes of proof. For example, personal data may be kept for evidence purposes for the period during which it is possible that claims may be asserted against our company (e.g. claims under the German General Equal Treatment Act). If your application is followed by the conclusion of a contract, your data will continue to be stored and used for the purpose of the usual organisational and administrative process and the execution of the employment relationship in compliance with the relevant legal regulations. Further details can then be found in our privacy statement for employees.

  • 6. Your rights

    If our law firm processes personal data about you, you have the right, within the respective legal scope - i.e. in accordance with the regulations of the GDPR - to

    • information, in particular on data stored by the controller and their processing purposes (Art. 15 GDPR)
    • correction of incorrect or incomplete data (Art. 16 GDPR)
    • deletion, for example of data processed unlawfully or no longer required (Art. 17 GDPR)
    • restrictions on processing (Art. 18 GDPR)
    • objection to the processing, in particular if it is carried out to protect the legitimate interests of the controller (Art. 21 GDPR) and
    • data transfer, provided that the processing is based on consent or for the execution of a contract or with the aid of automated procedures (Art. 20 GDPR)

    If processing is based on a consent given by you (Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR or Article 9 (2) (a) GDPR, you have the right to revoke the consent at any time. The legality of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent until your revocation is not affected by this.

    The assertion of your rights as well as other questions and concerns can be addressed to us by the means of communication most convenient for you:

    • By mail: Seitz Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater PartG mbB, Aachener Straße 621, 50933 Cologne, Germany
    • By telephone: +49 (0)221 56960-280
    • By email: datenschutz@seitzpartner.de

    Furthermore, you have the possibility to address complaints to our data protection officer (Dr. Johannes Traut, Aachener Str. 621, 50933 Cologne, Germany, datenschutz(at)seitzpartner.de) or the responsible supervisory authority. For Seitz, this is the Landesbeauftragte für Datenschutz und Informationsfreiheit Nordrhein-Westfalen (State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information North Rhine-Westphalia), P.O. Box 200444, 40102 Düsseldorf, poststelle@ldi.nrw.de.