A. Privacy Statement

This Privacy Statement describes the personal data collected or processed when you use this website. Personal data means any information that can be related to you as a person, e.g. your name, address, email-address, or user behavior.

1. Who is Responsible?

The Controller as it relates to the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“) is Meister Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB, Maximiliansplatz 10, 80333 Munich, Germany (in the following “Meister Rechtsanwälte“, “we“, “us“, “our“, “Controller“). If you have any queries regarding data protection in connection with our website or the services offered therein, or have a request for information, please contact us via datenschutz@meisterlaw.de.

2. What is the Purpose and Legal Basis of Processing Personal Data?

  • We process personal data in accordance with the provisions of the GDPR and the German Data Protection Act.
  • We process personal data for the purpose of our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f. GDPR, in particular to enforce legal claims, including debt collection and defense in the event of legal disputes, and for the purpose of creating statistics to improve our services.
  • We process personal data based on your consent pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a. GDPR for specific purposes such as: personalized use of the website, to support processes relating to the usage of the website, and for analytical purposes, so that we can optimize your experience and offers for you.
  • Any consent given can be withdrawn at any time. This also applies if you wish to withdraw consent given to us before the GDPR came into force. Withdrawal of consent has effect for the future only and does not affect the lawfulness of data processed until the withdrawal.

3. How Long Do We Store Personal Data?

Your personal data is deleted as soon as it is no longer required for the purposes stated above in II. However, if necessary, we must continue to store your data until retention periods and deadlines expire, set by the legislator or supervisory authorities. We may also retain your data until the statutory limitation periods have expired, if this is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims. After that, the relevant data is routinely deleted.

4. How is Data Transferred to Third Parties?

In the context of the data processing above and the legal bases in the given case (legitimate interests, consent, or legal obligations), your data may be passed on to the following categories of recipients:

  • service providers, e.g. for the provision of the website
  • state authorities, agencies and bodies, e.g. based on entry requirements or police activities and investigations

Personal data may be transmitted to the above third parties, who may be located in countries outside of the EU/the EEA. For your protection and the protection of your personal data, appropriate safeguards are provided for such data transmissions as per and in accordance with legal requirements. If there is no specific legal framework for such transmissions or such transmissions are carried out to a country, for which the EU Commission has not issued an adequacy decision, we incorporate EU standard contractual clauses.

5. Your Rights

You have the following rights regarding your personal data:

  • Right to information, Art. 15 GDPR
  • Right to rectification, Art. 16 GDPR
  • Right to deletion (right to be forgotten), Art. 17 GDPR
  • Right to restrict processing, Art. 18 GDPR
  • Right to data portability, Art. 20 GDPR
  • Right to object, Art. 21 GDPR

To exercise your rights, please email to datenschutz@meisterlaw.de. Please provide the following details so that we can identify you:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Email address

In order to enable us to process your request and for identification purposes, please note that we will use this data in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR. The relevant supervisory authority for Meister Rechtsanwälte is:

Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht (BayLDA)
Promenade 18
91522 Ansbach

6. Information about Your Right to Object pursuant to Art. 21 GDPR

You have the right to object at any time to the processing of your personal data based on the balancing of interests pursuant to Art. 6 para. 1 lit. e or f GDPR. If you object, we will no longer process the personal data that relates to you, unless compelling legitimate grounds for the processing exists which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or in the case that processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims.

7. What Personal Data Do We Collect when You Visit Our Website?

When you only visit our website without actively transmitting personal data to us, we collect the following personal data, which your browser transmits to our server and which is necessary for us to properly display our website on your device and to ensure its stability and security:

  • IP-address
  • date and time
  • time difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • content of request
  • HTTP-Status Code
  • amount of data transmitted; 
  • browser
  • language and version of the browser software
  • user-agent
  • operating system of device in use

In addition to the above mentioned data, when you use our website, cookies are placed on your computer‘s hard drive to the extent of your consent given via the cookie-banner, which is displayed when visiting our website. Cookies are small files that provide certain information to us and certain third parties. Cookies serve the purpose of making our website services function, more user friendly, more effective, tailored to your needs, help us analyze website usage, etc.

For further information on cookies used by our website, please refer to our Cookie-Policy.

8. When You Contact Us

When you contact us by e-mail or phone, the data you provide will be processed by us to fulfill your request; depending on your request this could include: your e-mail address, name, region, telephone number, postal code, information on legal matters and/or any other personal data related to your request. We delete the related personal data after it is no longer necessary to fulfill your request and limit processing of your data in strict compliance with legal requirements, unless you provide consent for us to process the personal data you provided fur further purposes. The legal basis for this processing of your personal data is Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. a, lit. b, lit. c and/or lit. f. GDPR, depending on the subject of your request.

9. Google Analytics

  • This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC (“Google”). 
  • We use Google Analytics to analyze and regularly improve our website. The statistics obtained help us to improve our service and make our website more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for the processing of personal data with respect to the use of Google Analytics is Art. 6 Para. 1 S. 1 lit. a and lit. f GDPR. Google Analytics uses cookies that enable an analysis of your use of the website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. On behalf of us, Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity and to provide us with other services related to website activity and internet usage. For further information on cookies used by our website please refer to our Cookie Policy [Link]. All Cookies related to Google Analytics fall under the “Optional Cookies Category” described in the Cookie Policy. 
  • This website uses Google Analytics with the extension “_anonymizeIp ().” As a result, IP addresses are only processed in abbreviated form, so that they cannot be linked to a person within Member States of the European Union and of the European Economic Area. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with other Google data. 
  • You can prevent Google from collecting the data generated by the cookie and relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) and from processing this data by using the browser plug-in available under the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Third-party information: Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Terms of service: 

Data protection overview and declaration:

B. Cookie Policy

Our website uses cookies including third-party cookies, which are placed on the hard drive of your device. Cookies are small files that provide certain information to us and/or third parties. Furthermore, our website shares certain data which your browser provides to us automatically when you visit our website with third parties. Our website respects the extent of your consent given via the cookie-banner, which is displayed when visiting our website. Cookies and the above mentioned data transfer serve the purpose to make our website service function more user friendly and more effective and contribute to tailor the website operations to your needs, to analyze website usage, and serve additional purposes.

1. Types of Cookies Used

  • Our website uses transient cookies, which will be deleted once you close your browser. 
  • Our website uses persistent cookies. Persistent cookies expire or get automatically deleted after a set period; the duration differs depending on the specific cookie.

2. Categories of Cookies Used

We differentiate between cookies that are necessary for the website’s technical features and optional cookies. To enable you to select the data protection settings for your visits to our website via the cookie-banner, which is displayed when visiting our website, we provide the option to adjust the scope of your consent to our use of cookies with respect to the categories of Operational Necessity and Optional Cookies. You may always change these settings here.

3. Operational Necessity Category

The cookies in the operational necessity category are necessary for the operation of the website. Cookies of this category expire after 10 years at the latest.

4. Optional Category

We collect anonymized data by cookies of the Optional Category for website statistics and analysis so that we can continue to improve our offering and website. These cookies allow us e.g. to determine visitor numbers and the effect of certain pages of our website and to optimize our content. Cookies of this category expire after 2 hours at the latest.

5. How to Identify, Delete, and/or Reject Cookies by Using Your Browser Settings

  • For a comprehensive and up-to-date summary of every cookie and third-party accessing your web browser (through our website or otherwise), we recommend installing a web browser plugin built for this purpose or made available for viewing through your browser’s developer tools. Each browser is slightly different so we would recommend leveraging your browser’s help menu to learn more. 
  • You may always delete cookies manually by the settings of your browser. You may also change the settings of your browser according to your preferences, i.e. to reject third-party cookies or all cookies. In this case you might not be able to use all functions of our website.
  • We recommend cleaning up your browser history and cookies manually on a regular basis.