Data Protection Statement
Protection of your personal data is of particular importance to us. Thus, we, the law firm of Bettina Palisek, attorney-at-law will collect, process and use your personal data only upon your consent and/or instruction or mandate for the purposes agreed with you or where there is any other legal basis as per Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation, “GDPR”); this will be done in compliance with data protection and civil law provisions.
We will collect only such personal data that is required for rendering and handling our services as attorney at law or which you provide to us voluntarily.
Personal data means any information relating to a natural person which includes details regarding personal or factual circumstances of this natural person, such as name, address, email address, telephone number, date of birth, age, sex, social security number, video recordings, photographs, voice recordings of persons as well as biometric data, such as fingerprints. Personal data may also include sensitive data, such as data concerning health or data related to criminal proceedings.
2. Right of Access and Erasure
In compliance with our professional duty as attorney at law to maintain secrecy, you as our client or generally as a data subject have at any time the right of access to your stored personal data, its origin and recipient and the purpose of the data processing as well as the right to rectification, data portability, objection, restriction of processing as well as blocking or erasure of inaccurate or inadmissibly processed personal data.
In case of changes in your personal data please kindly inform us accordingly.
You have at any time the right to withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal data. Your request for access, erasure, rectification, objection and/or data portability – in the latter case, unless this causes an disproportionate effort – may be sent to our law firm’s address as set out in point 10 of this statement.
If you are of the opinion that processing of your personal data by us infringes applicable data protection law or that your claims under data protection law have been infringed in any other way, you may lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority. In Austria the competent authority is the Austrian Data Protection Authority (Datenschutzbehörde).
3. Data Security
Your personal data is protected through appropriate technical and organisational measures. Those measures include but are not limited to protection against unauthorised, unlawful or accidental access, processing, loss, use and tampering. In any case personal data will only be disclosed if necessary or adequate to fulfil the mandate you have given to us or to answer your request, each subject to the attorneys’ due diligence obligations.
Irrespective of our efforts to observe an appropriately high standard of due diligence at all times it cannot be excluded that information which you have provided to us via the internet will be inspected and used by other persons.
Please note that we, thus, assume no liability whatsoever for disclosure of information due to errors in data transfers that were not caused by us and/or unauthorised access by third parties (e.g. hacker attack on email account or (mobile) phone, interception of fax messages).
4. Use of Data
We will not process or use any personal data provided to us for purposes other than the purposes covered by the mandate agreement or your consent or otherwise by any provision in accordance with the GDPR. This does not apply to use of the personal data for statistical purposes, provided that the personal data has been anonymized.
5. Transfer of Data to Third Parties
For us to fulfil your mandate or to answer your request it may be necessary to transfer your personal data to third parties (e.g. counterparty, substitutes, notaries, tax advisors, experts, banks, insurance companies, service providers whom we engage and to whom we provide personal data, courts, authorities or other persons involved in the mandate or in the answering your request). It may also be necessary to transmit your personal data via unencrypted e-mail in order to fulfil the mandate you have given to us or to answer your request. Your personal data will be forwarded exclusively on the basis of the GDPR, in particular to fulfil your instruction or on the basis of your prior consent.
Furthermore, we hereby inform you that in connection with our legal representation and supporting activities, we also regularly obtain factual and case-related information about you from third parties.
Some of the recipients of your personal data stated above are located or will process your personal data outside Austria. The data protection standard in other countries may not be the same as the one in Austria. However, we transfer your personal data only to countries for which the European Commission has decided that they offer an adequate level of data protection; if this is not the case, we take measures to ensure that all recipients offer an adequate level of data protection, for which purpose we conclude standard contractual clauses (2010/87/EU and/or 2004/915/EC).
6. Communication and Notification of Data Breaches
We will endeavour to ensure that data breaches will be detected early and, where applicable, will be immediately communicated to you or the competent supervisory authority including the data categories that are concerned.
7. Retention of Data
We will not retain or store your personal data longer than necessary to fulfil our contractual and/or legal obligations, including legal retention periods, or to defend us against any liability claims that may arise.
Our website does not use any web analysis services such as Google Analytics. It also does not use any cookies.
In order to optimise our website in terms of system performance, user-friendliness and provision of useful information about our services, the website provider automatically collects and stores information in so-called server log files, which your browser automatically transfers to us. This includes your internet protocol address (IP address), browser and language settings, operating system, referrer URL, your internet service provider and the date/time.
This data will not be combined with personal data sources. We reserve the right to check this data at a later date if we learn of specific indications of unlawful use.
10. Our Contact Details
Please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact details set out below at any time, if you have any questions or queries, or if you want to withdraw your consent:
Bettina Palisek, Attorney at Law
Sieveringstraße 131, 1190 Vienna, Austria
T +43 1 3287294