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The office’s approach to privacy protection

KARST wants to protect your private data to the highest possible extent based on the principles of Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG), Telemediengesetzes (TMG) and other regulations. These laws primarily aim to protect personal data in accordance with § 3 Abs. 1 BDSG, being singular information regarding personal or factual circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. Please read the following information for further elaboration. 


Confidential Information

Please be reminded that highly confidential information should generally only be communicated personally to your lawyer or send to his attention in written form accordingly. This follows from the fact that third party services, for instance those of internet or telephone device providers, bear an inherent risk of data loss and/or being compromised, notwithstanding the office’s efforts to mitigate such risks by carefully selecting partners in this regard.


Which data will be collected and used?

Access data (or server log files, when using the website, such as downloads). This kind of data will not be personalized und include date and time of the data recall, accessed website(s), downloads, browser, referrer URL and operating system. Please note that your IP address might be personalizable. Therefore, regular use of this website (browsing) does not require personal data.Personalized data, transmitted via this website’s contact form or in any other way, in order to allow the firm to render the service desired, will be saved and processed according to its intended use. This applies to your message sent, IP address, email address, name, telephone number and postal information. This information is asked from you to minimize risks of double representation and conflict of interest. The aforementioned data will only be used in accordance with regulatory provisions for legal advisors. Please note that services of third parties like Twitter, LinkedIn or providers used to display RSS-Feeds, collect and utilize data in accordance with their own terms of use. Some functions of this website require utilization of cookies. By setting your browser to decline cookies, this practice can be avoided. Please note, however, that doing so might impair functions of this website and cookies wil regularly be deleted after closing the session and not be used for advertising purposes. For payment procedures, either electronically or factually, your payment information will be linked to your name and processed for internal bookkeeping. All data gathered by KARST serve technical reasons of rendering our service and will not be distributed to third parties for disjoint commercial reasons.  

How long will data be stored?

All client files will be stored electronically or paper based for 10 years.


Obligation of Secrecy

Discretion is one of the main pillars supporting a client-attorney relationship. This bond of trust is strengthened by professional (sections 2 BORA, 43a para 2 BRAO) and criminal regulations (sections 203 et seqq StGB). While selecting your option of getting into contact, please note that third parties, like internet and telephone service providers, will be involved. These obligations of secrecy persist after the mandate is closed. Such information will only be disclosed in accordance with your consent and legal regulations. Personal data will only be provided to third parties as necessary to fulfill or mandatory or legal obligations (e.g. postal services).


Right to Information, Obligation for Corrections, Right of revocation

In accordance with § 35 Abs. 1 BDSG, the office is obligated to ensure that your information is kept correct and up to date. Please assist by notifying the office by any changes of address information and providing up to date data. You have the right to inquire about personal data saved by the office (§ 19 BDSG). Upon request, personal data which is not required to be kept according to duties to keep records will be deleted. Data which is subject to a duty as mentioned before, will be locked (§ 35 BDSG). If you have any questions or want to make use of your rights described before, please contact or use the address information provided in the impressum.

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