Harmsen Utescher
Location of the law firm in Hamburg

Data Protection

Harmsen Utescher
Rechtsanwalts- und Patentanwaltspartnerschaft mbB (partnership of lawyers and patent attorneys)
Neuer Wall 80
20354 Hamburg
phone +49-40-376 909-0
fax      +49-40-376 909-99
dataprotection@harmsen.utescher.com, Telephone: +49 (0)40–376909-0

Information pursuant to Section 5 German Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz - TMG) and the Regulation on the Information Obligations of Service Providers (Dienstleistungs-Informationspflicht-Verordnung - DL-InfoV)

Data Protection Officer

Controller for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation:

Harmsen Utescher Rechtsanwalts- und Patentanwaltspartnerschaft mbB (limited liability partnership of lawyers and patent attorneys), Adress: Neuer Wall 80, D-20354 Hamburg, Email: dataprotection@harmsen.utescher.com, Telephone: +49 (0)40–376909-0.

Harmsen Utescher’s Data Protection Officer is Dipl.-Inform. Tobias Mauß, Address: Mauß Datenschutz GmbH, Neuer Wall 10, 20354 Hamburg, Email: datenschutz@datenschutzbeauftragter-hamburg.de, Telefon: +49 (0)40-999 99 520

Data Protection Statement

1. Name and contact details of the controller responsible for the processing and of the corporate data protection officer

This data protection information applies to data processing by: controller: Harmsen Utescher Rechtsanwalts- und Patentanwaltspartnerschaft mbB (limited liability partnership of lawyers and patent attorneys), Address: Neuer Wall 80, D-20354 Hamburg, Deutschland Email: dataprotection@harmsen.utescher.com, Telephone: +49-40-376 909-0 Fax: +49-40-376 909-99 Harmsen Utescher’s Data Protection Officer can be contacted at Mauß Datenschutz GmbH, Neuer Wall 10, 20354 Hamburg, Email: datenschutz@datenschutzbeauftragter-hamburg.de, Telefon: +49 (0)40-999 99 520

2. Collection and storage of personal data, and nature and purpose of their use

When visiting the website When navigating to our website www.harmsen.utescher.com, the browser used on your end device automatically transmits information to our website’s server. This information is saved temporarily in a ‘log file’. The following information is recorded without your intervention and saved until it is automatically deleted:
 IP address of the requesting computer
 Date and time of access
 Name and URL of the retrieved file
 Website from which our website is accessed (referrer URL)
 Browser used and possibly the operating system of your computer, as well as the name of your access provider.
The aforementioned data are processed by us for the following purposes:
 to ensure a smooth connection to the website
 to ensure convenient use of our website
 to evaluate the security and stability of the system and
 for other administrative purposes.
The legal foundation for the processing of the data is the first sentence, point (f), of Article 6(1) GDPR. Our legitimate interest follows from the purposes of data collection listed above. Under no circumstances do we use the data collected to draw inferences about you personally. In addition, we use cookies and analysis services when you visit our website. For further explanations, please see below at paras. 4 and 5 of this Data Protection Statement.

3. Disclosure of data

Your personal data will not be transmitted to third parties for other purposes than those stated below.
We will disclose your personal data to third parties only if:
you have given explicit consent to it pursuant to the first sentence, point (a) of Article 6(1) GDPR
disclosure is necessary pursuant to the first sentence, point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims and there is no cause to assume that you have an overriding legitimate interest in the non-disclosure of your data
disclosure is necessary pursuant to the first sentence, point (c) of Article 6(1) GDPR to comply with a legal obligation, and
if this is lawful and necessary pursuant to the first sentence, point (b) of Article 6(1) GDPR for the fulfilment of contracts concluded with you.

4. Cookies

We use cookies on our website. Cookies are small files created automatically by your browser and saved on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) when you visit our website. Cookies do not cause any damage on your end device: they do not contain any viruses, trojans or other malware.
The cookie serves to save information, which is obtained in each case in relation to the specific end device used. However, this does not mean that we can directly identify you from this information.
Cookies are used to make the use of our website more convenient for you. For example, we use ‘session cookies’ to be able to recognise that you have already visited individual pages of our website. These cookies will be automatically deleted when you leave our website.
In addition, to optimise user-friendliness, we also use temporary cookies, which are stored for a specific, defined period on your end device. If you revisit our website to use our services again, the cookies will detect automatically that you have visited our website before, as well as which input you entered or settings you chose to obviate the need for you to enter the information again.
Furthermore, we use cookies to record the use of our website in statistical terms and to analyse these data to optimise our website for your benefit (see para. 5). When you return to our website, these cookies allow us to automatically recognise that you have been to our website before. These cookies will be automatically deleted in each case after a defined period.
The data processed by cookies are required for the aforementioned purposes to pursue our legitimate interests, as well as those of third parties, pursuant to the first sentence, point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR.
Most browsers automatically accept cookies. However, you can configure your browser to not save cookies on your computer or to always display a warning before a new cookie is placed. Full deactivation of cookies may, however, prevent you from using all functions of our website.

5. Analysis tools


The tracking measures listed below and used by us are executed based on the first sentence, point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR. We use these tracking measures to ensure a user-friendly design and continuous optimisation of our website. Furthermore, we use tracking measures to record the use of our website in statistical terms and to analyse these data to optimise our website for your benefit. These interests are deemed legitimate in the terms of the preceding provision.
The respective data processing purposes and data categories are stated in the corresponding tracking tools.

i) Google Analytics

To ensure a user-friendly design and ongoing optimisation of our website, we use Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc. (https://www.google.de/intl/de/about/) (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; hereinafter: ‘Google’). In this regard, pseudonymised user profiles are created and cookies (see below, para. 4) used. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website, such as the
browser type/version
operating system used
referrer URL (the webpage visited before)
host name of the accessing computer (IP address)
time of server query
will be transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there. This information will be used to evaluate the use of the website, to compile reports on website activities, and to provide other services relating to the website activity and internet usage for the purposes of market research and user-friendly design of these webpages. This information may be transmitted to third parties if so required by law or if third parties process these data on our behalf. Under no circumstances will your IP address be merged with other data of Google. The IP addresses are anonymised so as to prevent any association with you (IP masking).
You can prevent the installation of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, please note that if you do so, you may not be able to make full use of the functions available on this website.
You can also prevent the data generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) from being collected and transmitted to Google and their further processing by Google by downloading and installing a browser plugin (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de).
As an alternative to the browser add-on, especially for browsers on mobile devices, you can also prevent their capture by Google Analytics by clicking here Link. An opt-out cookie is placed to prevent the future recording of your data when you visit this website. The opt-out cookie is effective only in this specific browser and only for our website, and will be installed on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you have to reset the opt-out cookie.
For further information on data protection in connection with Google Analytics, please see the Google Analytics help (https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=de).

ii) Google Adwords Conversion Tracking

Furthermore, we use Google Conversion Tracking to record the use of our website in statistical terms and to analyse these data to optimise our website for your benefit. In doing so, Google Adwords places a cookie (see para. 4) on your computer, if you accessed our website via a Google advert.

These cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. If a user visits certain pages of the website of the Adwords advertiser and if the cookie has not yet expired, Google and the advertiser receive the information that the user has clicked on the advert and proceeded to this page.

Each Google AdWords advertiser obtains a different cookie. Cookies cannot be tracked via the websites of Adwords advertisers. The information obtained with the help of the conversion cookie serves to generate conversion statistics for Adwords advertisers who have opted for conversion tracking. Adwords advertisers are provided with the total number of users who have clicked on their advert and were directed to the webpage using the conversion tracking tag. However, they do not receive any information that can be used to personally identify users.

If you do not want to take part in the tracking, you can also refuse to have the required cookie placed on your device through a browser setting, which disables the automatic placement of cookies. You can also disable cookies for Conversion Tracking by setting your browser to block cookies from the „www.googleadservices.com“ domain. blockiert werden. To read the Google privacy policy on Conversion Tracking, please click here  (https://services.google.com/sitestats/de.html).

6. Rights of data subjects

You have the right:

pursuant to Article 15 GDPR to request information about your personal data which we process. In particular, you are entitled to request information about the processing purposes, the category of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data were or will be disclosed, the intended duration of storage, the existence of a right to correction, deletion, restriction of processing or objection, the existence of a right to lodge a complaint, the origin of your data, if they were not collected by us, and about the existence of an automated decision-making process, including profiling and if relevant information about their details;

pursuant to Article 16 GDPR to demand the rectification of incorrect or completion of your personal data which we have saved without undue delay;

pursuant to Article 17 GDPR to demand deletion of your personal data which we have saved, unless the processing is required for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information, for compliance with a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;

pursuant to Article 18 GDPR to restrict the processing of your personal data, if the accuracy of the personal data is contested by you, if the processing is unlawful and you oppose the deletion of the personal data and request the restriction of their use instead, or if pursuant to Article 21 GDPR you have objected to the processing;

pursuant to Article 20 GDPR to receive the personal data you have provided in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or request the transmission of those data to another controller;

pursuant to Article 7(3) GDPR to withdraw your consent previously granted at any time by communication to us. This means that we may not continue the processing of data based on this consent in future and,

pursuant to Article 77 GDPR you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. As a rule, you can contact the supervisory authority at your customary place of residence or workplace or at the registered office of our law firm.

7. Right to object

If your personal data are processed based on legitimate interests pursuant to the first sentence, point (f) of Article 6(1) GDPR, you have the right, pursuant to Article 21 GDPR, to object to the processing of your personal data to the extent that the objection is based on grounds relating to your particular situation or is related to direct advertising. In the latter case, you have a general right to object, which will be implemented by us without requiring the statement of a particular situation.
If you wish to exercise your right of withdrawal or of objection, it is sufficient to send an email to 


8. Data security

When you visit our website, we use the commonly used SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology in conjunction with the highest encryption level supported by your browser. As a rule, the method will be 256-bit encryption. If your browser does not support 256-bit encryption, we will resort to the 128-bit v3 technology instead. You can recognise individual webpages of our website that are encrypted by the displayed key or closed lock icon in the bottom status bar of your browser. In all other respects, we rely on suitable technical and organisational safety measures to protect your data against accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss, destruction or against the unauthorised access of third parties. We continuously improve our safety precautions in line with technical advances.

9. Currency of and changes to this Data Protection Statement

This Data Protection Statement is currently valid and was last updated in May 2018. Further developments of our website and offers on the website or changed statutory or regulatory requirements may make it necessary to amend this Data Protection Statement. The current applicable Data Protection Statement can be retrieved and printed at any time at  https://www.harmsen.utescher.com/kontakt/datenschutz/.