Privacy Policy


Datenschutz bei BKS Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater

Dear Visitors,

Thank you for your interest in our Internet presence and our company. The protection of your personal data during collection, processing and use in the course of your visit to our website is a matter of importance for us.

BKS Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater, Elsa-Brändström-Str. 7, 33602 Bielefeld, Tel.: +49 (0)521-2993-200, e-mail:, as the operator of this website, is the controller, under Art. 4 (7) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the collection, processing and use of personal data of the users of this online offer.

You can reach our Data Protection Officer by adding ‘die Datenschutzbeauftragte’ to the address above, or by sending an e-mail to

Under Art. 4 (2) GDPR, the term ‘personal data’ comprises all of the information relating to an identified or identifiable individual. This includes, for instance, name, address, e-mail address or user behaviour. Data that cannot be associated with you are not considered personal data.
We collect, process and use your personal data in accordance with the contents of this Privacy Statement and the applicable laws on data protection, and the GDPR in particular.

In what follows, we would like to inform you about the data collected during your visit to the website, and how these data are used:

1. Collection and processing of data

(a) Use for information purposes
If you use the website for information purposes only, i.e. if you do not register or otherwise provide us with information, we collect only the personal data that your browser transmits to our server. We collect the data that are technically required for us to display our website to you, to ensure its stability and security, and to facilitate comfortable use of the website. In connection with your access to this website and each time a file is retrieved, data about this activity are also stored and processed in a log file.

In detail, the following data are stored for every access/retrieval:

    • Name of the retrieved file.
    • Date and time of retrieval.
    • Transferred data.
    • Message whether the retrieval was successful.
    • IP address of the requesting computer.
    • Browser type/version.
    • Referrer URL (website from which access is provided).

    The processing of these personal data is justified in accordance with Art. 6 (1) (1) (f) GDPR. The processing does not take place expressly for the purpose of gaining knowledge about the person of the visitor of the website.

    If our Internet offer permits the entering of personal or business data (particularly e-mail address, name, address), these data are disclosed by the user on an expressly voluntary basis.

    b) Use of contact form
    If you contact us by e-mail or via our contact form, we will store the data you provide (your e-mail address and, if applicable, your name and your telephone number) in order to answer your questions. When using the contact form, required information is marked as such with an asterisk. You may provide all additional data on a voluntary basis.

    Under Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR, data processing undertaken for the purpose of processing a contact request submitted by you through the contact form is based on your voluntary consent.

    We erase the data obtained in connection with the aforementioned contact once the processing of your request is complete and storage is no longer necessary for the execution of the request. This is without prejudice to applicable statutory retention periods.

    c) Applying for employment through our website
    If you use the contact form found on our website to contact us as part of an employment application, your data will be used exclusively for purposes of carrying out the application procedure. If an employment relationship is established following completion of the application procedure, your data will also be used within the context of the employment relationship.

    When using this contact form, required information is also marked as such with an asterisk. You may provide all additional data on a voluntary basis.

    Under Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR, data processing undertaken on your application is based on your voluntary consent.

    Where no employment relationship results, rendering storage no longer necessary, we delete any data collected in connection with contacts initiated for employment applications once the application procedure has been completed. This is without prejudice to applicable statutory retention periods.

    d) Registration for newsletter and information on events
    Through our website, you can subscribe to our newsletter and receive invitations to our events. When signing up to receive our letter and event information, the visitor expressly consents to processing of the personal data he or she has transmitted. Registration to receive the newsletter and event information requires only the visitor’s name and e-mail address.

    The basis in law for the processing of your personal data for the purpose of sending newsletters is the consent provided under Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR.

    You are free to unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time. This can be done using a link for the purpose at the end of the newsletter or by sending an e-mail to this effect to

    2. Communication via email

    We would like to point out that the communication via e-mail may harbour security gaps. E-mails can be stopped and viewed by experienced Internet users. Therefore, complete data security can not be guaranteed with e-mail communications.

    Should BKS Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater receive an e-mail from you (e.g. via a contact form), it is assumed that we are also entitled to reply by e-mail. Otherwise, we ask you to consider another form of communication (e.g. by mail).

    3. Transfer of personal data

    Personal data that have been logged when accessing the Internet offer of BKS Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater, or that are stored as part of use of the contact forms, are processed only by the persons commissioned with the upkeep and maintenance of the website (processors) or by the responsible employees at BKS Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater

    Insofar as you have provided us with personal data, we will treat these data confidentially.

    Personal data are transmitted to third parties only

    • where the transfer is required pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (1) (f) GDPR in order to establish, exercise or defend legal claims and there is no reason to assume that the data subject involved has an overriding interest, worthy of protection, in not disclosing his or her data,
    • for which a legal obligation exists in respect of data transfers pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (1) (c) GDPR, or
    • if this is required in accordance with Art. 6 (1) (1) (b) GDPR for the fulfilment of a contractual relationship with the person concerned, or
    • You have previously expressly granted your consent pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (1) (a) GDPR. You may revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future.

    There shall be no transfer for other non-commercial or commercial purposes.

    The deletion of stored personal data shall take place if it is deemed no longer necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose pursued with the storage, or you revoke your consent for its storage.

    4. Use of cookies

    When retrieving individual web pages, so-called cookies are used. Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer and which are saved by your browser. These cookies do not contain any personal data, but merely a session ID. This session ID is used for communication between your computer and our web server. These cookies are automatically deleted after you leaving our website.

    In addition, we also use temporary cookies that are stored on your end device for a specified period of time to optimise user-friendliness. If you visit our site again to use our services, it will automatically recognise that you have already been with us and what entries and settings you have made so that you do not have to enter them again.

    We also use cookies to collect statistics on the use of our website and to evaluate these for you in the interest of optimising our offer (see explanations on Google Analytics under Item 4). When you return to our site, these cookies enable us to recognise automatically that you have already been with us. These cookies are automatically deleted after an individually specified time.

    The data processed by cookies are required for the aforementioned purposes in order to protect our legitimate interests pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (1) (f) GDPR.

    Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies or set your browser so that cookies are only stored for the duration of the respective connection to the Internet, or so that the user is notified whenever a new cookie is created. Complete disablement of cookies, however, may result in your being unable to use all the functions of our website.

    Technologies such as Java applets or Active-X controls, which make it possible to understand the access behaviour of the user, are not utilised.

    5. The use of Google Analytics

    This website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics generates pseudonymised user profiles known as ‘cookies’: text files stored on your computer that permit us to analyse your use of the website.

    As a rule, the information the cookie generates about your use of this website is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The information the cookie generates about your use of this website (such as e.g. browser type/version; operating system used; website from which access is made [referrer URL]; IP address and time of the server request) are transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. The information is used to evaluate use of the website, to compile reports about advertising activities and to provide further services associated with the use of the website and the Internet for purposes of market research and demand-oriented design of this website. This information may also be forwarded to third parties where this is required by law, or where these third parties have been commissioned to process these data. Under no circumstances will Google associate your IP address with other data. IP addresses are anonymised to prevent such association (IP masking).

    You can prevent cookies from being saved by setting your browser software accordingly; however, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to fully utilise all the functions of this website.

    You can also prevent Google Analytics from capturing data using the ‘Do Not Save Cookies’ [‘keine Cookies speichern’] link on our website. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent future capture of your data on future visits to this website. The opt-out cookie applies only in this browser and only for our website and is stored on your device. If you delete the cookies in this browser, you must set the opt-out cookie again.

    In addition, you may prevent capture of the data generated by the cookie relative to your usage of the website by Google, along with processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser add-on available through the following link:

    6. Links to the websites of other companies

    Our Internet site contains links to the websites of other companies. We have no influence over whether these companies comply with the data privacy regulations specified by law.

    7. Data protection

    Your data are stored on servers that use technical and organisational measures to protect them from third-party access. We also deploy appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect your data from accidental or intentional manipulation, partial or complete loss or destruction. The protection measures we have in place are continuously improved in keeping with technological progress.

    If you contact us using our contact forms, we use SSL encryption for data transmission.

    8. Right to information and other rights of data subjects

    As a user of the Internet offer provided by BKS Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater, you have the following rights with regard to the personal data pertaining to you:

    • Right to information about your personal data processed by us (Art. 15 GDPR)
    • Right to rectification or erasure of your personal data (Arts. 16 and 17 GDPR)
    • Right to restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR)
    • Right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR)
    • Right to restriction of processing (Art. 21 GDPR)
    • Under Art. 7 (3) GDPR, you may at any time withdraw the consent you have provided to us. The result of this is to prevent our future continuation of the processing of data based on this consent.
    • You also the right to file a complaint about us with a supervisory authority.

    9. Amendments to this Data Protection Statement

    We reserve the right to change this Data Protection Statement at any time with effect for the future. The respective current and valid version can be called up at any time in this online offer.

    This Privacy Statement is current as at May 2018.

    10. Further information

    If you have any questions or suggestions concerning this Data Protection Statement, to exercise one of your aforementioned rights, or for further information regarding the treatment of personal data, please contact BKS Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater at


    We always play it safe

    In our consultant-client relationship the protection of your data is something we attach great importance to and provides the basis for a trusting working relationship. Our information sheet on data protection explains in detail how we handle your data securely.

    Data protection at BKS