Data Protection

Data Protection


Below you will find information about the collection of personal data from users of our website. Personal data are any data which relate to you personally, such as name, address, or email address.


Controller within the meaning of Art 4 (7) of the General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter GDPR) is the law firm Siebeke, Lange, Wilbert, attorneys Prof. Dr. Paul Lange and Andreas Auler, Cecilienallee 42, 40474 Duesseldorf, For further details, please see “Credits”.  If you have any further questions concerning data protection for visitors to our website, you can reach us by e-mail to

No Collection of Personal Data from Visitors to our Website

No personal data are collected from those who visit our website merely for information. Nor is any browser information temporarily stored in log files. We do not use cookies or employ analysis tools on our website.

Data Safety

Our internet website has SSL encryption (secure socket layer) in connection with the highest available encryption supported by your browser. Usually, this will result in 256 bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256 bit encryption, we employ 128 bit v3 technology instead.

Whether a particular page of our internet appearance is transmitted encrypted, you will see from the locked presentation of the key- or lock symbol on the lower control panel of your browser.

In addition, we use all appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect your data against accidental or deliberate manipulation, partial or total loss, destruction or unauthorised access by third parties. Our security is being continuously improved in line with the advance of the underlying technology.

Collection of Personal Data where Contact is made

If you make contact with us by e-mail, we will store the data disclosed to us (your e-mail address, your name, details of your business, your telephone or fax number and any information relevant to your request) in order to be able to answer your questions and get in touch with you for that purpose. Storage and use are in accordance with GDPR, Art 6 (1) 1 (b). Where the initial contact results in binding instructions, we will use your data for carrying out your instructions and communicate with you. Storage and use are in accordance with GDPR, Art 6 (1) 1 (b) and (f).

Data used by us will be deleted as required by GDPR, Art 17, e.g. where storage is no longer needed for the purposes for which they were collected. In all other cases, we will restrict use in accordance with DPR, Art 18 to the extent to which we have a statutory duty to store. A longer period of storage may be needed for data collected in the course of a solicitor/attorney-client relationship in order to be able to defend later negligence claims. In such a case storage continues until claims against us have become time-barred. Data disclosed to us in connection with a job application will be deleted after three months unless you have given us express permission for storage beyond that period.

Disclosure of Data to Third Parties

We will disclose any of your personal data to third parties only with your express permission (GDPR, Art 6 (1) 1 (a)) or where and to the extent disclosure is lawful and necessary for the performance of any contractual relationship with you (GDPR, Art 6 (1) 1 (b)) or where we are required by law to give disclosure (GDPR, Art 6 (1) 1 (c) or where disclosure is necessary to exercise rights or defend proceedings and there is no reason to believe that you have an overriding interest in your data being kept confidential (GDPR, Art 6 (1) 1 (f).

Your Rights

You may, pursuant to GDPR, Art 7 (3), withdraw any permission given to us at any time. Withdrawal does not affect the legality of any prior use of your data with your permission.  Withdrawal of permission, however, only means that we are no longer allowed to future use of your data.

Pursuant to GDPR, Art 15, you are entitled to request disclosure of any use made by us of your personal data.  

You may, in particular, ask for disclosure of

- Purpose of use

- Categories of personal data used or intended to be used

- Recipients or categories of recipients to whom your data have been or are intended to be disclosed

- Intended period of storage

- Any right to require amendment, deletion or restriction of use, limitation of use or objection to use

- Any right of complaint to a public authority or body

- The source where data have not been obtained from you

- The use of any automated process, including profiling and disclosure of information concerning the logistics involved and the affects and consequences such processing may have for you.

Pursuant to GDPR, Art 16, you may demand rectification forthwith of incorrect personal data or supplementation of personal data stored by us to the extent to which they are incomplete.

Pursuant to GDPR, Art 17, you may demand deletion of and erasure of all your personal data stored by us unless use of your data is needed in either the exercise of the rights of freedom of information and expression of opinion or for the discharge a legal duty or in the interest of public health or for storage and archiving in the public interest or for scientific or historic research or statistical purposes in the public interest or the exercise, enforcement or defence of legal rights and obligations.

Pursuant to GDPR, Art 18, you may demand restriction of use and processing of your personal data.

This is so where the correctness of data is disputed by you or their use is unlawful and you do not wish their complete erasure but restriction of use instead or where we no longer need your data but you require their storage for the exercise, enforcement or defence of legal rights and obligations or where you seek remedy under GDPR, Art 21 (1).

Pursuant to GDPR, Art 20, you may ask for transmission to you of personal data supplied to us in a structured, common and accessible format or their transmission to an authorised third party instructed by you.

Pursuant to GDPR, Art 77, you have the right of complaint to the competent supervisory authority.

You will normally be able to make your complaint to the competent authority of either the place of your usual residence or your place of work or that of our legal practice.

Right to Object

You may at any time withdraw your permission to use any of your previously disclosed data pursuant to GDPR, Art 7 (3). Such withdrawal will not affect the legality of any prior authorised use. The withdrawal merely means that we are not allowed to process or use any data to which the withdrawal refers in the future.

Where your personal data are being used on the basis of an overriding interest (GDPR, Art 6 (1) 1 (f)), you may, pursuant to GDPR, Art 21, object to their use if there are special overriding personal circumstances.  Where your objections are justified, we will examine the situation and either cease or adjust use accordingly or advise you of our lawful overriding interest in continued use.  

Continuing Revision of the above Data Protection Advice

Data protection laws and regulations applying to service providers are subject to constant revision and change.

Such changes and revisions make it necessary to review and adapt our data protection advice from time to time.

The current position is shown under “Last updated” below


Last updated: 24 May 2018