Privacy Policy

It is a matter of course for us to respect your personal rights. This also applies to the handling of personal data during your visit and use of this website. Therefore we act in accordance with the applicable data protection law. In the following you will learn how we treat your personal data and in particular which data we process for which purposes and which rights you have in this respect.

1    Subject Matter

1.1.  This privacy policy applies to the use of the websites offered by the law firm Rechtsanwälte Falkner & Hartenfels accessible at and (hereinafter referred to as “Law Firm Websites”). This privacy policy does not apply to other websites of the law firm Rechts­anwälte Falkner & Hartenfels or to websites of other service providers to which the Law Firm Websites provides links

1.2.  The entity responsible within the meaning of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is:

Rechts­anwälte Falkner & Hartenfels GbR
Rechtsanwälte Klaus-Christian Falkner und Heiko Hartenfels
Bauschheimer Weg 43
55130 Mainz

2    Personal Data

Personal data is all information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. The basic personal date is your name. In addition, your gender, date of birth, address, occupation, e-mail address and IP address are also considered personal data. Non-personal data, on the other hand, is data with which the determination of your actual identity is impossible or at least requires considerable effort. This includes, for example, the aforementioned information if we receive it anonymously or under a pseudonym and therefore cannot assign it to any natural person.

3    Principle of Anonymity

When using the Law Firm Websites, you remain anonymous to us as long as you do not voluntarily provide us with personal data by contacting us of your own accord.

4    Provision of Personal Data

The provision of personal data is neither required by law nor by contract for the use of the Law Firm Websites. You are not obliged to provide any personal data about yourself. However, you cannot visit the Law Firm Websites without transferring the IP address you are using.

5    Processing of Personal Data

5.1  We automatically collect and record data about which browser and which operating system you are using, from which country the request comes and which pages of the Law Firm Websites you are viewing each time you visit the Law Firm Websites. This data is stored on our web server. The IP address will be modified before it will be stored. At web server level, this is done by saving the IP address instead of the actual IP address of the visitor (which might be e.g. in the log file by default. Any further storage in log files does not take place.

5.2  In all other respects, we will only process your personal data if you voluntarily provide it to us and this is permitted by law or if you have given your consent. We use the personal data provided by you exclusively for the purposes stated in this privacy policy or expressly agreed with you.

5.3  We have engaged various service providers to assist us in the provision, operation and maintenance of our IT systems, including the Law Firm Websites. These include, for example, hardware and software suppliers, web programmers and hosting providers. When such service providers work for us, they may be given access to your personal data as recipients. However, these service providers are then also contractually obliged to comply with data protection by means of a so-called order processing agreement; the statutory provisions on data protection also apply to our service providers anyway.

5.4  Your personal data will not be passed on, sold or otherwise transferred to third parties. Anything to the contrary shall only apply if this is necessary for the execution of the notified or agreed purposes and is permitted under applicable data protection law without consent, if you have expressly given your consent or if we are legally obliged to do so. Section 5.3 remains unaffected and applies independently of this Section 5.4.

5.5  The personal data provided by you on the Law Firm Websites or collected by us will not be used for automated individual decision making.

6    Withdrawal of Consent

6.1  Subject to the statutory provisions, you are entitled to withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data for the future at any time. To do so, please contact the office mentioned in Section 12 below.
6.2  We point out to you that the processing of your personal data, which we have carried out on the basis of your given consent until your withdrawal, is not affected by the withdrawal and remains legal.

7    Right of Access, Right to Rectification,
      Erasure, Restriction of Processing,
      Object and Data Portability

Subject to the statutory provisions, you have the right to obtain information from us about your personal data processed by us, as well as the right to correct, delete, restrict processing, object to processing and to data portability. The exact conditions under which you are entitled to the aforementioned rights can be found in Articles 15 to 21 GDPR and Sections 34, 35 and 37 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). If you wish to exercise one or more of the above rights, please also contact the office indicated in Section 12.

8   Right of Appeal

Subject to the statutory provisions, you have the right to contact the responsible supervisory authority with complaints regarding data protection. The Landes­beauftragter für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit Rheinland-Pfalz (data protection and freedom of information officer Rhineland-Palatinate) is responsible for us. You can reach her / him together with the supervisory authority via the website

9    Use of Cookies

9.1  We use a so-called cookie on the Law Firm Websites. This is a small text file that is stored on your device (PC, smartphone, tablet, etc.). The cookie we use is stored on your drive (hard disk, solid-state disk, flash memory, etc.) for twelve (12) months. We do not use cookies from third parties that allow them to process personal data about you and may combine the information they obtain with other information that those third parties have already stored about you or collected from you during your use of the third party services.

9.2  As soon as you visit the Law Firm Websites, the following cookie is set:

  • The cookie stores the selection of the language in which the Law Firm Websites are to be displayed (German / English).

9.3  The legal basis for our use of cookies is our legitimate interest in designing our web presence on the Law Firm Websites according to your needs and displaying them in the language version preferred by your browser (Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f GDPR).

9.4  In the privacy settings of your browser, you can view and delete the stored cookies at any time and restrict or prohibit the acceptance of cookies.

9.5  When you click on a link on the Law Firm Websites, third party cookies may be used without our express warning. In the privacy settings of your browser, you can also view and delete these stored cookies at any time and restrict or prohibit the acceptance of cookies.           

10    Web Fonts

10.1  Google web fonts, so-called Google fonts, are used on the Law Firm Websites, which require your browser to download them into its cache. To do this, your browser establishes a connection to the servers of the provider of the web fonts and transmits the IP address used by your device at this time. The provider of the web fonts thus learns that a user with your IP address visits our Law Firm Websites. If your browser does not support the web fonts used by the Law Firm Websites, the display is based on a standard font instead.

10.2  The legal basis for our use of web fonts is our legitimate interest in displaying texts and fonts of our web presence on the Law Firm Websites correctly and independently of the system you use in order to ensure a uniform, visually pleasing presentation of our Law Firm Websites on the accessing devices (Art. 6 par. 1 lit. f GDPR).

11    IT Security

We take various technical and organizational security measures to protect the integrity and confidentiality of your personal data. For this purpose, we use the so-called Transport Layer Security (TLS) (formerly Secure Socket Layer technology (SSL)) on the Law Firm Websites. This means that communication between your computer and the servers of the Law Firm Websites takes place using a recognized encryption method, which is considered secure in the current version (currently TLS version 1.2, 128 bit). If your browser supports TLS, this function protects the transmission of personal data. In this case, most browsers display a short dialog box or a graphic icon to indicate whether the security protocol is supported. You can find further information under the help function of your browser.

12    Data Protection Contact Details

12.1  If you wish to assert your data protection rights, have questions about this privacy policy or our data protection behaviour on the Law Firm Websites, please contact:

12.2  Since we do not meet the legal requirements for the appointment of a data protection officer, we will not appoint a data protection officer until further notice.