Privacy Policy

1. An overview of data protection

General

The following gives a simple overview of what happens to your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data means any data with which you could be personally identified. Detailed information on data protection can be found in our privacy policy below.

Data collection and data processing on our website

Who is responsible for the data processing on this website?

On this website the data are processed by the website operator. The operator’s contact details can be found in the website’s legal notice.

How do we collect your data?

Some data are collected when you provide them to us. This could, for example, be data you enter on a contact form.

Other data are collected automatically by our IT systems when you visit the website. These data are primarily technical data such as the browser and operating system you are using or when you accessed the page. These data are collected automatically as soon as you enter our website.

What do we use your data for?

Some data are collected to ensure the proper functioning of the website. Other data can be used to analyze how visitors use the site.

What rights do you have regarding your data?

You always have the right to obtain information, upon request and free of charge, about your stored data, their origin, their recipients, and the purpose of their collection. You also have the right to obtain rectification or erasure of the data or restriction of their processing. You can contact us at any time using the address given in the legal notice if you have further questions about privacy and data protection. You may also, of course, file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities.

Analytics and third-party tools

Statistical analyses of your surfing behavior when visiting our website may be made. This happens primarily using cookies and analytics. The analysis of your surfing behavior is usually anonymous, i.e. we will not be able to identify you from these data. You can object to this analysis or prevent it by not using certain tools. Detailed information can be found in the following privacy policy.

2. General information and mandatory information

Data protection

The operators of this website take the protection of your personal data very seriously. We treat your personal data as confidential and in accordance with the statutory data protection regulations and this privacy policy.

If you use this website, various personal data will be collected. Personal data means any data with which you could be personally identified. This privacy policy explains what information we collect and what we use it for. It also explains how and for what purpose this happens.

Please note that data transmitted via the internet (e.g. via email communication) may be subject to security breaches. Complete protection of your data from third-party access is not possible.

Information about the controller for this website

The controller responsible for processing data on this website is:

Société Juridique & Fiscale Franco-Allemande (SOFFAL)
Société d’exercice libéral d’avocats par actions simplifiée

Represented by
Jörg Letschert
153, bd Haussmann
F-75008 Paris (France)
Telephone: + 33 1 53 93 94 00
Email: info@soffal.fr

The controller is the natural or legal person who alone or jointly with others decides on the purposes and means of processing personal data (names, email addresses, etc.).

Revocation of your consent to the processing of your data

Many data processing operations are only possible with your express consent. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email to us making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

Right to file complaints with regulatory authorities

If there has been a breach of data protection legislation, the person affected may file a complaint with the competent regulatory authorities. The competent regulatory authority for matters related to data protection legislation in France is CNIL. The complaint can be filed online (www.cnil.fr/fr/plaintes) or by writing to CNIL – 3 Place de Fontenoy – TSA 80715 – 75334 PARIS CEDEX 07.

Right to data portability

You have the right to have data which we process based on your consent or in fulfillment of a contract automatically delivered to yourself or to a third party in a standard, machine-readable format. If you require the direct transfer of data from one controller to another, this will only be done if it is technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

This site uses SSL or TLS encryption for security reasons and for the protection of the transmission of confidential content, such as the inquiries you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection in your browser’s address line when it changes from “http://” to “https://” and the lock icon is displayed in your browser’s address bar.

If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transfer to us cannot be read by third parties.

Information, blocking, deletion

As permitted by law, you have the right to be provided, at any time and free of charge, with information about any of your personal data that are stored as well as about their origin, the recipient and the purpose for which they has been processed. You also have the right to have these data corrected, blocked or deleted. You can contact us at any time using the address given in our legal notice if you have further questions on the processing of personal data.

Opposition to promotional emails

We hereby expressly prohibit the use of contact details published in the context of website legal notice requirements with regard to sending promotional and informational materials not expressly requested. The website operator reserves the right to take specific legal action if unsolicited advertising material, such as email spam, is received.

3. Data collection on our website

Cookies

Some of our web pages use cookies. Cookies do not harm your computer and do not contain any viruses. Cookies help make our website more user-friendly, efficient and secure. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer and saved by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called “session cookies.” They are automatically deleted after your visit. Other cookies remain in your device’s memory until you delete them. These cookies make it possible to recognize your browser when you next visit the site.

You can configure your browser to inform you about the use of cookies so that you can decide on a case-by-case basis whether to accept or reject a cookie. Alternatively, your browser can be configured to automatically accept cookies under certain conditions or to always reject them, or to automatically delete cookies when closing your browser. Disabling cookies may limit the functionality of this website.

Cookies which are necessary to allow electronic communications or to provide certain functions you wish to use (such as the shopping cart) are stored pursuant to Art. 6 paragraph 1, letter f of GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies to ensure an optimized service provided free of technical errors. If other cookies (such as those used to analyze your surfing behavior) are also stored, they will be treated separately in this privacy policy.

Server log files

The website provider automatically collects and stores information that your browser automatically transmits to us in “server log files”. These are:

  • Browser type and browser version
  • Operating system used
  • Referrer URL
  • Host name of the accessing computer
  • Time of the server request
  • IP address

These data will not be combined with data from other sources.

The basis for data processing is Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR, which allows the processing of data if it is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or a third party.

Contact form

Should you send us questions via the contact form, we will collect the data entered on the form, including the contact details you provide, to answer your question and any follow-up questions. We do not share this information without your consent.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter in the contact form only with your consent as per Art. 6 (1)(a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time. An informal email to us making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will retain the data you provide on the contact form until you request their deletion, revoke your consent for their storage, or the purpose for their storage no longer pertains (e.g. after fulfilling your request). Any mandatory statutory provisions, especially those regarding mandatory data retention periods, remain unaffected by this provision.

Registration on this website 

You can register on our website in order to access additional functions offered there. The input data will only be used for the purpose of using the respective site or service for which you have registered. The mandatory information requested during registration must be provided in full. Otherwise, we will reject your registration.

To inform you about important changes such as those within the scope of our site or technical changes, we will use the email address specified during registration.

We will process the data provided during registration only based on your consent as per Art. 6 (1)(a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time with future effect. An informal email to us making this request is sufficient. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

We will continue to store the data collected during registration for as long as you remain registered on our website. Statutory retention periods remain unaffected.

4. Newsletters and brochures

4.1 Mailing of newsletters

Newsletter data

If you would like to receive our newsletter, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this newsletter. No additional data are collected or are only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use these data to send the requested information and do not pass them on to third parties.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent as per Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the newsletter at any time, e.g. through the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.

Pardot

This website uses the services of Pardot to send newsletters. This service is provided by

Salesforce.com, inc.
The Landmark at One Market
Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA 

Pardot is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of newsletters. If you provide data (e.g. your email address) to subscribe to our newsletter, they will be stored on Pardot servers in the USA.

Pardot is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the US to ensure compliance with European privacy standards in the United States.

We use Pardot to analyze our newsletter campaigns. When you open an email sent by Pardot, a file included in the email (called a web beacon) connects to Pardot’s servers in the United States. This allows us to determine if a newsletter message has been opened and which links you click on. In addition, technical information is collected (e.g. time of retrieval, IP address, browser type, and operating system). This information cannot be assigned to a specific recipient. It is used exclusively for the statistical analysis of our newsletter campaigns. The results of these analyses can be used to better tailor future newsletters to your interests.

If you do not want your usage of the newsletter to be analyzed by Pardot, you will have to unsubscribe from the newsletter. For this purpose, we provide a link in every newsletter we send. You can also unsubscribe from the newsletter directly on the website.

Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time by unsubscribing to the newsletter. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the newsletter will be used to distribute the newsletter until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted from our servers and those of Pardot. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.

For details, see the Pardot privacy policy at https://www.salesforce.com/company/privacy/.

Completion of a data processing agreement

We have entered into a data processing agreement with Pardot, in which we require Pardot to protect the data of our customers and not to disclose said data to third parties. 

4.2 Mailing of brochures

If you would like to receive our brochures which are displayed on our website, we require a valid email address as well as information that allows us to verify that you are the owner of the specified email address and that you agree to receive this brochure. No additional data are collected or are only collected on a voluntary basis. We only use these data to send the requested information and do not pass them on to third parties.

We will, therefore, process any data you enter onto the contact form only with your consent as per Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. You can revoke consent to the storage of your data and email address as well as their use for sending the brochure at any time, e.g. through the “unsubscribe” link in the email. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when registering for the purchase of the brochure will be stored on our servers until you ask for being removed from the list of recipients. Then the data will be deleted. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.

MailChimp

This website uses the services of MailChimp to send brochures. This service is provided by Rocket Science Group LLC, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30308, USA.

MailChimp is a service which organizes and analyzes the distribution of brochures. If you provide data (e.g. your email address) to receive the brochure, they will be stored on MailChimp servers in the USA.

MailChimp is certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield. The Privacy Shield is an agreement between the European Union (EU) and the US to ensure compliance with European privacy standards in the United States.

We use MailChimp to analyze the download of brochures. When you open an email sent by MailChimp, a file included in the email (called a web beacon) connects to MailChimp’s servers in the United States. This allows us to determine if a message has been opened and which links you click on. In addition, technical information is collected (e.g. time of retrieval, IP address, browser type, and operating system). This information cannot be assigned to a specific recipient. It is used exclusively for the statistical analysis. The results of these analyses can be used to better tailor future offers to your interests.

If you do not want your behavior to be analyzed by MailChimp, you will have to unsubscribe from the list of recipients. For this purpose, we provide a link in every email we send. 

Data processing is based on Art. 6 (1) (a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time by asking for being removed from the list of recipients. The data processed before we receive your request may still be legally processed.

The data provided when ordering the brochure will be used to send brochures until you cancel your subscription when said data will be deleted from our servers and those of MailChimp. Data we have stored for other purposes (e.g. email addresses for the members area) remain unaffected.

For details, see the MailChimp privacy policy at https://mailchimp.com/legal/terms/.

Completion of a data processing agreement

We have entered into a data processing agreement with MailChimp, in which we require MailChimp to protect the data of our customers and not to disclose said data to third parties. 

5. Plugins and tools

Google Web Fonts

For uniform representation of fonts, this page uses web fonts provided by Google. When you open a page, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose your browser has to establish a direct connection to Google servers. Google thus becomes aware that our web page was accessed via your IP address. The use of Google Web fonts is done in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f )(GDPR).

If your browser does not support web fonts, a standard font is used by your computer.

Further information about handling user data, can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s privacy policy at https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Google Maps

This site uses the Google Maps map service via an API. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

To use Google Maps, it is necessary to save your IP address. This information is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transfer.

The use of Google Maps is in the interest of making our website appealing and to facilitate the location of places specified by us on the website. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of Google at https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en-US.

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