We collect and use personal data automatically that is generated by your visit to our website for the purpose of the technical provision our website and to improve our services.
3.2.1 Log files and (session) cookies
If you only use our website for information purposes, our server temporarily records the following personal data in what are referred to as log files:
- IP address assigned by the provider,
- File request by the client (file name and URL),
- HTTP status code,
- The website from where you visit us.
Unless otherwise stated in this Privacy Notice, this data is required for the technical functioning and operation of our website. The short-term storage of log files is also relevant for the purpose of subsequently clearing up attempted attacks on web servers and possible misuse. Our legitimate interest in this form of data processing therefore is to be in a position to offer you our services based on this set of circumstances (legal basis:
Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR) and will be deleted when it is no longer required for this purpose.
In several places on our website, we also use "cookies" that serve to make our offering more user-friendly and effective. Cookies are small text files that our website wishes to place on your computer or other internet-enabled devices including tablets or smartphones to the extent that your browser settings accept cookies.
Cookies in no way harm your computer and do not contain viruses. Most of the cookies we use on our website are what are referred to as session cookies which are automatically deleted once you close your browser. These create a session ID for your browser which allows various requests from your browser to be assigned to a session, so that you can be recognised when you return to our website with the same browser. These session cookies are deleted when you close your browser. You have the option to make settings in your browser so that these cookies are not stored in the first place, or that they are deleted at the end of your session. Please note, however, that this may limit your ability to use all the functions of our various web pages.
You can object to your data being processed using cookies at any time for the future (Art. 21 GDPR). However, please note this may then limit your ability to use all the functions of our website.
3.2.2 Matomo (formerly Piwik)
We use the Matomo web analytics service provided by Innocraft Ltd. 150 Willis St, 6011 Wellington, New Zealand ("Matomo") to analyse and regularly improve the use of our website. The statistics obtained enable us to improve our offering and make it more interesting for you as a user. The legal basis for using Matomo is formed by Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR.
Matomo sets cookies in the browser on your device. The information collected in this way is stored exclusively on our server in Germany. This involves the following data:
- One byte (last three digits) of the IP address of the user's system accessing the website,
- The website accessed,
- The website which the user accessed the website from (referring website),
- The sub-pages accessed from the website accessed,
- The length of time spent on the website,
- The frequency with which the website is accessed.
This website uses Matomo with a PrivacyManager plug-in. As a result, IP addresses are anonymised in our configuration by six digits and do not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the actual connection. The IP address transferred in this way over Matomo by your browser is not merged with other data we collect.
We operate our web analytics software over servers that belong to the agency that we use as a Data Processor in accordance with Art. 28 GDPR (for more information, see Sect. 4.1)
You can prevent web analysis cookies being used by switching off tracking in the form below. Matomo also complies with the "Do not track" setting, which can be set globally in many browsers.
Matomo is free, open-source software in which many developers from different countries and with different technical backgrounds are involved. You can find more information about Matomo under www.matomo.org.
You have the option to prevent actions you take here from being analysed and linked. This will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner from learning from your actions and improving usability for you and other users.
Your visit to this website is currently being recorded by Matomo web analytics. Untick this checkbox to opt-out from this service:
3.2.3 Google Web Fonts
On our website, we use the Google Fonts service from Google LLC, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA ("Google").
If you have your habitual place of residence in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, Google Ireland Limited (Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland) is the Data Controller responsible for your data.
Cookies are not stored in your browser when Google Fonts is used. The files (CSS, fonts) are requested over the Google domains fonts.googleapis.com and fonts.gstatic.com. According to Google, the requests for CSS and fonts take place completely separately from all other Google services. If you have a Google account, you do not need to worry about information about your Google account being transferred to Google while using Google Fonts. Google only records the use of CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and the fonts used.
Google Fonts makes it possible for us to use fonts on our own website and not have to upload them to our own server. Google Fonts represents a key component in maintaining the high quality of our website. All Google fonts are automatically optimised for the web which saves on data volume and represents an enormous advantage, especially when used on mobile devices. When you visit our website, the small file size makes sure that the website loads quickly.
We therefore use Google Fonts owing to our legitimate interest in ensuring the quality and performance (through the improved loading time) of our entire online service (legal basis: Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR).
Google saves requests for CSS assets for one day on their servers, which are also located outside the EU. The font files are stored by Google for a year.
The data is automatically transferred to Google when the page is accessed. To delete this data ahead of time, you should contact Google support at https://support.google.com/?hl=en&tid=331585294560.
You can only prevent the data from being saved by not visiting our website.
Counsel maintains a company profile on the XING platform operated by New Work SE, Dammtorstraße 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany ("XING").
XING is a social network which, in addition to allowing the creation of private profiles, also allows the creation of company pages. Photos and other company information, for example, can be uploaded to these pages. Other XING users have access to this information and can write their own posts and share this content.
We would like to point out that your use of our XING page and its functions takes place under your own responsibility. This applies, in particular, to the use of the interactive functions (for example, rating and sharing posts). Alternatively, you can also access some of the information offered over this page over our website.
As the operator of the XING page, we have access to statistical analyses of the hits on our XING page. This data is available in aggregated and anonymised form and does not allow us to draw any conclusions about individual visitors to the page. We use the statistical evaluations to make the information provided on our XING company page more attractive on an ongoing basis and to align it with user interests.
If you are logged into a XING user account at the same time as accessing our company page, information about your access to the service can be assigned to this user account. This information is also available to Counsel as the operator of the company page. You can avoid providing this information by logging out of XING over your user account before accessing our company page.
As a visitor to our XING company page, you also have the option to use interactive functions, such as the “Like” function or sharing and commenting on posts. As a rule, such use requires registering with XING. During this use, personal data and information are visible to us and also to other visitors to the company page and a direct assignment to you may take place. However, we have no influence on the interactive functions and the visibility of user activities on our XING company page.
We would like to expressly point out at this point that you can also visit our XING company page on XING without using these interactive functions.
We operate our XING company page and process your personal data over this page on the basis of our legitimate interest (Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR) in conducting effective marketing over a much-used platform. The company page also provides an option for contacting us by message over the contact channels specified there. We process the information transferred in this way on the basis of Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR (legitimate interest) or Art. 6 (1) (b) DSGVO if the enquiry is service related. We use this information exclusively for the purpose of responding in a focussed manner to such enquiries.
Counsel also maintains a profile on the "LinkedIn" platform from the information service LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland.
We would like to point out that your use of our LinkedIn page and its functions takes place under your own responsibility. This applies in particular to the use of interactive functions (e.g. commenting, sharing, rating). Alternatively, you can also access parts of the information offered over LinkedIn on this website.
When you visit our LinkedIn page, LinkedIn collects your IP address and other information among other things. As the operator of the LinkedIn pages, this information is used to provide us with statistical information on the use of our LinkedIn page. The data collected on your person in this context is processed by LinkedIn and may be transferred to countries outside the European Union. LinkedIn does not conclusively and clearly state and we do not know the way in which LinkedIn uses the data from a visit to LinkedIn pages for its own purposes, to what extent activities on the LinkedIn page are assigned to individual users, how long LinkedIn stores this data and whether data from a visit to a LinkedIn page is disclosed to third parties.
When you access a LinkedIn page, the IP address assigned to your end device is transferred to LinkedIn. According to information from LinkedIn, this IP address is anonymised (for "German" IP addresses) and deleted after 90 days. LinkedIn also stores information about the end devices used by its users (e.g. as part of the "login notification" function); By doing so, LinkedIn may be able to assign IP addresses to individual users.
If you are currently logged in to LinkedIn as a user, you will have a cookie with an identifier stored on your end device. This allows LinkedIn to track your visit to the respective page and how you have used it. This also applies to all other LinkedIn pages. This data can be used to deliver content or advertising tailored to you. If you want to prevent such data processing, you should log out of LinkedIn or deactivate the "Remain logged in" function, delete the cookies on your device and close and restart your browser. By doing so, LinkedIn information which can be used to directly identify you is deleted. This allows you to use our LinkedIn page without revealing your LinkedIn identifier. When you access the interactive features on the website (Like, Comment, Share, News, etc.), a LinkedIn login screen appears. Once you have logged in, LinkedIn will again be able to identify you as a specific user. Information on how to manage or delete information on your person can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.
As the information service provider, we do not collect and process any further data from your use of our service.
The information that LinkedIn receives and how it is used is described in general terms by LinkedIn in its data use policy. You will also find information in it on how to contact LinkedIn and on the settings for advertisements. The data use policy is available at https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.