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Data protection

1. Collection, processing and use of personal data.

When visiting this website, we do not collect any personal data from you.

2. Use of cookies

A “session cookie” is set upon accessing certain pages. This is a small text file, which is automatically deleted again from your computer after your browser session ends. The sole purpose of this file is so you are able to use certain applications. With most web browsers, you can adjust the settings so that your browser does not accept new cookies or you can delete the cookies that have already been set. You can usually find out how this is specifically done for your browser via the help function.

3. Server log files

As is the case when connecting to any web server, the server of our web hosting provider Hostpoint in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, saves and records certain technical data. This data includes your device’s IP address and operating system, the date, the time, the type of browser as well as the browser query including the origin of the query (referrer). This is required for technical reasons in order to offer you access to our website. The web hosting provider uses technical and organisational measures to protect this data from unauthorised access and does not pass it to third parties. In cases where we process personal data, we do this to provide you with the best-possible user experience and to ensure the security and stability of our systems.

4. Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses cookies, i.e. text files that are stored on your computer and enable your website use to be analysed.

Google can use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to analyse the way you use the website, to compile website activity reports and to provide the website owner with other services related to website and Internet usage. The IP address transmitted by your browser in connection with Google Analytics is anonymised and is not combined with any other data from Google.

You can prevent cookies from being saved or delete them by activating the corresponding setting in your browser.

5. Lawyer-client privilege and statutory document retention obligation

We do not primarily receive personal data via this website, but instead more as part of the mandate relationships we conclude. As a law firm, we are subject to (Swiss) lawyer-client confidentiality with regard to mandate-related data, which places great importance on the confidentiality of data. The level of security we apply to the data entrusted to us regularly exceeds the requirements set out in the Swiss Data Protection Act and the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the absence of a mandate relationship, we do not collect, save or process any data. We are not permitted to give out any data without the consent of the affected party / release from lawyer-client confidentiality. This is particularly the case for any personal data of clients, suppliers or processors of our clients.

In connection with a mandate relationship, we regularly receive / create files. Lawyers’ documentation obligations also include an obligation to retain documents for a period of ten years after the end of a mandate relationship. After the expiry of this ten-year statutory document retention obligation, we properly destroy the data and files provided there is no grounds to justify a longer retention period (data minimisation and deletion routine). As already mentioned, no data is ever given out during this retention period without your consent.

6. Your rights

In principle, you have the right to information, rectification, deletion, restriction, data transferability, revocation and objection. If you believe that the processing of your data is in breach of the Data Protection Act or that your data protection rights have been breached in any other way, you may issue a complaint to the supervisory authority.

You can contact us using the following details:

HERZER Rechtsanwälte, Bahnhofstrasse 61, 8001 Zurich
Tel +41 44 225 88 88