Data Privacy Policy

  1. Data protection at a glance

General information

The following information explains what happens to your personal data when you visit our website. Personal data means any information that can be used to identify you personally. More detailed information on data protection is available in our Data Privacy Policy below.

How is data recorded on our website

Who is responsible for recording data on this website?

Data on this website is processed by the operator of the website whose contact details are provided in the legal notice on this website.

How do we collect your data?

We collect data whenever you provide us with personal data, for instance by entering such data into a contact form.

Other data are automatically recorded by our IT systems whenever you visit the website. This refers primarily to technical data (e.g. internet browser, operating system or the time the site is visited). The data is recorded automatically as soon as you open our website.

How do we use your data?

Some data is collected to ensure smooth operation of the website. Other data may be used to analyse the way you use the website.

What rights do you have in connection with your personal data?

You have the right to request, at any time and free of charge, information on the origin, recipients and purpose of the personal data concerning you that we have stored. You further have the right to request rectification, limited processing or erasure of such data. Please feel free to contact us any time using the address in the legal notice on the website if you have any questions in this respect or in connection with other data protection topics. Moreover, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority.

Analysis tools and third party tools

Your internet behaviour can be statistically analysed when you visit our website, primarily through the use of cookies and so-called analysis programmes. The data for analysing your internet behaviour is usually anonymous, meaning your internet behaviour cannot be traced back to you as an individual. You have the right to object to such analyses or prevent them by refraining from using certain tools. More detailed information on how to do so is available in the Data Privacy Policy.

You may object to such analyses. Our Data Privacy Policy provides information on how to raise objections.

  1. General information and compulsory advisory

Data protection

The operators of this website are highly committed to protecting your personal data. We treat your personal data confidentially and comply with the legal data protection rules and this Data Privacy Policy.

We collect several types of personal data whenever you use this website. Personal data means information that can be used to identify you personally. The following Data Privacy Policy explains what data we collect and for which purposes we use such data. It also explains how we do this and for what purposes.

We would like to point out that data transmission over the internet (like when communicating by email) may be subject to security problems. It is impossible to completely protect data from unauthorised third-party access.

Note regarding the controller

The party responsible for processing data on this website (i.e. the controller) is:

Thomas Breit Steuerberatung
Burchardstraße 24
20095 Hamburg

Phone +49 40 440303
Email: t.breit@steuerberatung-breit.de

Controller means the natural or legal person, which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data (e.g. name, email address, etc.).

Withdrawal of your consent to data processing

Many types of data processing may only be performed with your explicit consent. Once given, you may withdraw your consent at any time by sending us an informal declaration via email. The withdrawal does not affect the lawfulness of data processing performed up to the time the consent is withdrawn.

Right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority

Data subjects have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority whenever data protection law is infringed. The data protection officer of the federal state in which our enterprise has its registered office is the competent supervisory authority for data protection issues. For a list of data protection officers and their contact details please go to: .

Right to data portability

You have the right to receive the personal data concerning you, which we process digitally on the basis of your consent or in order to perform a contract, in a commonly used and machine-readable format either through transmission of such data to you or a third party. We can only meet your request to directly transmit the data to another controller as far as this is technically feasible.

SSL or TLS encryption

For security reasons and in order to protect the transmission of confidential contents, such as the content in orders or enquiries that you send to us as the site operator, we use SSL or TLS encryption. If you are using a site with an encrypted connection, the address line of your browser will change from “http://: to “https://” and display a lock icon.

Third parties will be unable to read the data you send to us if SSL or TLS encryption is enabled.

Right to access data, right to restrict the processing of data and right to erasure

The applicable legal provisions grant you the right to receive information on the personal data concerning you that is stored, to receive information about the origin and recipients of such data and the purpose of data processing and, if applicable, the right to have such data rectified or erased or the processing thereof restricted. Please feel free to contact us any time using the address in the legal notice on the website if you have any questions in this respect or in connection with the personal data concerning you.

How is data recorded on our website

Cookies

The sites may use cookies, small files that do not harm you computer and do not contain viruses. Cookies help us make our websites more user-friendly, more effective and safer. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer and stored by your browser.

Most of the cookies we use are so-called session cookies that are automatically deleted when you leave the website. Other cookies remain stored on your terminal until you delete them. This type of cookies enables us to recognise your browser the next time you visit the website.

You can adapt the settings of your browser to warn you whenever cookies are placed or to accept cookies on a case-by-case basis or to exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or in general or to automatically delete cookies when the browser is shut down. Deactivating cookies may limit the functionality of the website.

Cookies that are required to facilitate electronic communication or to provide certain functions you might desire (e.g. shopping cart function), are stored on the basis of point (f) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR.  The operator has a legitimate interest in storing cookies in order to provide its services without technical faults and in an optimal way. Any other cookies that might be stored (e.g. cookies that serve to analyse your internet behaviour) are addressed separately in this Data Privacy Policy.

Server log files

The provider of the sites automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files that your browser automatically transmits to us. This information refers to:

  • type and version of your browser
  • the operating system used
  • referrer URL
  • host name of the accessing computer
  • time of server request
  • IP address

This data is not combined with other data sources.

The data is processed on the basis of point (b) of Art 6 (1) GDPR, which admits processing for the performance of a contract or in order to take steps before entering into a contract.

Contact form

Whenever you send us a request via contact form, we will store the data you provide in the form including the contact details for the purpose of handling the request and answering any follow-up questions that might arise. We do not forward such data to third parties without your consent.

Data provided in a contact form is thus processed exclusively on the basis of your consent (point (a) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR).  You may withdraw your consent at any time by sending us an informal declaration via email. The withdrawal does not affect the lawfulness of data processing performed up to the time the consent is withdrawn.

We store the data you provide in the contact form until you request that we erase such data, withdraw your consent to store such data or when the purpose for storing such data no longer exists (for instance after your request has been dealt with). This does not affect the mandatory legal provisions (in particular preservation periods).

  1. Tools for analysis and marketing

Google Analytics

This website uses the features of the Google Analytics web analysis service. This service is offered by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called cookies, small text files that are stored on your computer and allow to analyse how you use the website. The information concerning your use of the website generated by the cookie is usually transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there.

The storage of Google Analytics cookies is based on point (f) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR.  The website operator has a legitimate interest in analysing the user behaviour in order to optimise both its internet offering and its marketing.

Browser Plugin

You can prevent the storage of cookies by setting your browser software accordingly; we do point out, however, that such setting may compromise the degree to which you can use this website’s functions. You can further prevent the data concerning your use of the website that are generated by the cookie (incl. your IP address) from being recorded and processed by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available from this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objections against data recording

You can prevent your data from being recorded by Google Analytics by clicking the following link, which sets an opt-out cookie that prevents your data from being recorded when you visit this website again: Deactivate Google Analytics.

Google’s privacy policy provides more information on how user data is treated by Google Analytics: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Google Analytics Remarketing

Our website uses the functionalities of Google Analytics Remarketing in combination with the device-independent functions of Google AdWords and Google DoubleClick. This service is offered by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

This functionality enables us to link the marketing target groups created by Google Analytics Remarketing with the device-independent functions of Google AdWords and Google DoubleClick. This way, customised advertising messages that were adapted to your interests based on earlier user and internet behaviour on one terminal (for instance your mobile phone) can also be shown on another terminal (e.g. tablet or PC).

If you have granted your consent, Google will link your web and app browser history to your Google account. This way, the same personalised advertising can be shown on every device with which you register into your Google account.

In order to support this functionality, Google Analytics records user IDs that have been authenticated by Google and are temporarily linked to our Google Analytics data to define and create target groups for this type of advertising.

You can permanently object to this device-independent remarketing/targeting by deactivating personalised advertising in your Google account. Just follow this link: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/.

The combination of data recorded in your Google account is based exclusively on your consent, which you can grant or withdraw at Google directly (point (a) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR).  Data processing in connection with recording processes that are not combined in your Google account (for instance, because you do not have a Google account or have objected to such data being combined) is based on point (f) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR.  Legitimate interest exists, because the website operator has an interest in analysing the website visitors anonymously for advertising purposes.

More information and the data protection provisions are available in the Google privacy policy at: https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/.

Google AdWords and Google Conversion Tracking

This website uses Google AdWords. AdWords is an online advertising service offered by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”).

In connection with Google AdWords, we use so-called conversion tracking. Whenever you click on a Google advertisement, a cookie is set for the purpose of conversion tracking. Cookies are small text files that are stored on the user’s computer by the internet browser. These cookies expire after 30 days and they do not serve to personally identify the user. When the user visits certain sites within this website before the cookie expires, Google and we can see that the user clicked an advertisement and was thus redirected to this site.

Each Google AdWords customer receives a different cookie. These cookies cannot be traced via the AdWords customers’ websites. The information obtained through conversion cookies helps to prepare conversion statistics for AdWords customers that have decided to use conversion tracking. Thus, the customers know how many users have clicked their advertisement in total and were redirected to a site that has a conversion tracking tag. However, customers do not receive any information that serves to personally identify users. If you do not wish to take part in such tracking, you can easily object to such use by deactivating the cookie for Google conversion tracking in the settings of your internet browser. This prevents you from being included in the conversion tracking statistics.

Conversion cookies are stored on the basis of point (f) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR.  The website operator has a legitimate interest in analysing the user behaviour in order to optimise both its internet offering and its marketing.

More information on Google AdWords and Google Conversion Tracking is available in the Google privacy policy: https://www.google.de/policies/privacy/.

You can adapt the settings of your browser to warn you whenever cookies are placed or to accept cookies on a case-by-case basis or to exclude the acceptance of cookies in certain cases or in general or to automatically delete cookies when the browser is shut down. Deactivating cookies may limit the functionality of the website.

  1. Plugins and tools

YouTube

Our website uses the plugins of the YouTube service operated by Google. The operator of the site is YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

A connection with the YouTube servers is established whenever you visit one of our sites that has a YouTube plugin and informs the YouTube server which of our sites you visited.

When you are logged into your YouTube account, you enable YouTube to directly attribute your internet behaviour to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

We use YouTube in order to present our online offerings in an attractive manner. This constitutes a legitimate interest in terms of point (f) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR.

More information on how user data is dealt with is available in the YouTube privacy policy at: https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

Vimeo

Our websites uses plugins for the Vimeo video portal. The service is offered by Vimeo Inc., 555 West 18th Street, New York, New York 10011, USA.

Whenever you visit one of our sites with a Vimeo plugin, a connection is established with the Vimeo servers and informs the Vimeo server which of our sites you visited. Vimeo further obtains your IP address even if you are not logged into Vimeo and have no Vimeo account. The information recorded by Vimeo is transmitted to the Vimeo server in the USA.

When you are logged into your Vimeo account, you enable Vimeo to directly attribute your internet behaviour to your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your Vimeo account.

More information on how user data is dealt with is available in the Vimeo privacy policy at: https://vimeo.com/privacy.

Google Web Fonts

In order to uniformly display fonts this site uses so-called Web Fonts provided by Google. When you visit a site, the browser downloads the required Web Fonts into your browser cache to be able to correctly show text and fonts.

For this purpose, the browser you use needs to connect to the Google servers, thereby informing Google that our website was accessed via your IP address. We use Google Web Fonts in order to present our online offerings in an attractive and uniform manner. This constitutes a legitimate interest in terms of point (f) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR.

If your browser does not support Web Fonts, your computer will use a standard font.

More information on Google Web Fonts is available at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in the privacy policy of Google: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

Google Maps

This site uses an API to access the map services of Google Maps. This service is offered by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Your IP address needs to be stored to use the functions of Google Maps. This information is usually transmitted to a Google server in the US and stored there. The provider of this site has no influence on this data transmission.

Google Maps is used to make our online offering more attractive and to help find the locations mentioned on the website more easily. This constitutes a legitimate interest in terms of point (f) of Art. 6 (1) GDPR.

More information on how user data is dealt with is available in the Google privacy policy at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy.