The Hueberli Lawyers AG, Bahnhofstrasse 18, 9630 Wattwil, Switzerland (hereinafter «Hueberli Lawyers», «we», «us») is the author of this Privacy Notice. Hueberli Lawyers collects and processes personal data that concern you but also other individuals («third parties»). We use the word «data» here interchangeably with «personal data».
In this Privacy Notice, we describe what we do with your data when you use our website, obtain services from us, interact with us in relation to a contract, communicate with us or otherwise deal with us. When appropriate we will provide a just-in-time notice to cover any additional processing activities not mentioned in this Privacy Notice. In addition, we may inform you about the processing of your data separately, for example in consent forms, terms and conditions, power of attorneys, additional privacy notices, forms and other notices.
If you disclose data to us or share data with us about other individuals, such as family members, co-workers, etc., we assume that you are authorized to do so and that the relevant data is accurate. When you share data about others with us, you confirm that. Please make sure that these individuals have been informed about this Privacy Notice. This Privacy Notice is aligned with the EU General Data Protection Regulation («GDPR») and the Swiss Data Protection Act («DPA»). However, the application of these laws depends on each individual case.
Hueberli Lawyers is the controller for the data processing under this Privacy Notice. You may contact us for data protection concerns and to exercise your rights under Section 8 as follows:
Hueberli Lawyers AG
+41 71 988 30 00
Collection and Processing of Personal Data
We process various categories of data about you. The main categories of data are the following:
- Technical data: When you use our website, we collect the IP address of your terminal device and other technical data in order to ensure the functionality and security of these offerings. This data includes logs with records of the use of our systems. In order to ensure the functionality of these offerings, we may also assign an individual code to you or your terminal device (for example as a cookie, see Section 9). Technical data as such does not permit us to draw conclusions about your identity. However, technical data may be linked with other categories of data (and potentially with your person) in relation to user accounts, registrations, access controls or the performance of a contract.
- Registration data: Certain offerings and services (such as login newsletters) can only be used with registration, which can happen directly with us. In this regard you must provide us with certain data, and we collect data about the use of the offering or service.
- Communication data: When you are in contact with us via the contact form, by e-mail, telephone, by letter or other means of communication, we collect the data exchanged between you and us, including your contact details and the metadata of the communication. If we have to determine your identity, for example in relation to a request for information, we collect data to identify you (for example a copy of an ID document).
- Master data: With master data we mean the basic data that we need, in addition to contract data (see below), for the performance of our contractual and other business relationships or for marketing and promotional purposes, such as name and contact details, and information about, for example, your role and function, your bank details, your date of birth, customer history, powers of attorney, signature authorizations and declarations of consent. We process your master data if you are a customer or other business contact or work for one (for example as a contact person of the business partner), or because we wish to address you for our own purposes or for the purposes of a contractual partner (for example as part of marketing and advertising, with invitations to events, with vouchers, with newsletters, etc.). We receive master data from you, from parties you work for, or from third parties such as contractual partners, associations and address brokers, and from public sources such as public registers or the internet (websites, social media, etc.). We may also process health data and information about third parties as part of master data.
- Contract data: This means data that is collected in relation to the conclusion or performance of a contract, for example information about the contracts and the services provided or to be provided, as well as data from the period leading up to the conclusion of a contract, information required or used for performing a contract, and information about feedback (for example complaints, feedback about satisfaction, etc.). In particular, this includes client data, e.g. communication with clients, courts, opposing lawyers and third parties, advisory documentation, information disclosed to us by or on behalf of clients, opposing parties, courts, authorities and other parties to proceedings in the course of our services or which we create in the course of our services.
- Service and billing data: These are data on the services provided and invoiced, invoice data, performance records, invoices, payments and bank details.
Much of the data set out in this Section is provided to us by you (through forms, when you communicate with us, in relation to contracts, when you use the website, etc.). You are not obliged or required to disclose data to us except in certain cases, for example within the framework of binding health protection concepts (legal obligations). If you wish to enter into contracts with us or use our services, you must also provide us with certain data, in particular master data and contract data, as part of your contractual obligation under the relevant contract. When using our website, the processing of technical data cannot be avoided. However, in the case of behavioral and preference data, you generally have the option of objecting or not giving consent.
As far as it is not unlawful we also collect data from public sources (for example debt collection registers, land registers, commercial registers, the media, or the internet including social media) or receive data from public authorities and from other third parties. Anyone who no longer wishes to receive newsletters and invitations from us can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the relevant link in the respective emails or by sending a message to Hueberli Lawyers (see our contact details in Section 2).
Purpose of Data Processing and Legal Grounds
We process your data for the purposes explained below. These purposes and their objectives represent interests of us and potentially of third parties.
- We process your data for purposes related to communication with you, in particular in relation to responding to inquiries and the exercise of your rights (Section 8) and to enable us to contact you in case of queries. For this purpose, we use in particular communication data and master data. We keep this data to document our communication with you, for quality assurance and for follow-up inquiries.
- We process data for the conclusion, administration and performance of contractual relationships.
- We process data for marketing purposes and relationship management. You can object to such contacts at any time or refuse or withdraw consent to be contacted for marketing purposes. For online tracking and online advertising techniques see Section 9.
- We process personal data to comply with laws, directives and recommendations from authorities and internal regulations («Compliance»).
- We may also process your data for security purposes.
- We also process data for the purposes of our risk management and as part of our corporate governance, including business organization and development.
- We may process your data for further purposes, for example as part of our internal processes and administration.
Where we ask for your consent for certain processing activities (for example for newsletters or background checks), we process your personal data within the scope of and based on this consent. You may withdraw your consent at any time with effect for the future by providing us written notice (by e-mail) or, unless otherwise noted or agreed, by sending an e-mail to us; see our contact details in Section 2. Once we have received notification of withdrawal of consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose(s) you consented to, unless we have another legal basis to do so. Withdrawal of consent does not, however, affect the lawfulness of the processing based on the consent prior to withdrawal.
Where we do not ask for consent for processing, the processing of your personal data relies on the requirement of the processing for initiating or performing a contract with you (or the entity you represent) or on our or a third-party legitimate interest in the particular processing, in particular in pursuing the purposes and objectives set out in this Section and in implementing related measures. Our legitimate interests also include compliance with legal regulations, insofar as this is not already recognized as a legal basis by applicable data protection law (for example in the case of the GDPR, the laws in the EEA and in the case of the DPA, Swiss law).
Where we receive sensitive personal data (for example health data, data about political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, and biometric data for identification purposes), we may process your data on other legal basis, for example, in the event of a dispute, as required in relation to a potential litigation or for the enforcement or defense of legal claims. In some cases, other legal basis may apply, which we will communicate to you separately as necessary.
Datatransfer and Transfer of Data Abroad
In relation to our contracts, the website, our services, our legal obligations or otherwise with protecting our legitimate interests and the other purposes set out in Section 4, we may disclose your personal data to third parties, in particular to the following categories of recipients:
- Service providers: We work with service providers in Switzerland and abroad who process your data on our behalf or as joint controllers with us or who receive data about you from us as separate controllers (for example IT providers, advertising service providers, cleaning companies, banks, insurance companies). For the service providers used for the website, see Section 9. Key service provider in the IT area is Microsoft. More information on how Microsoft processes data can be found here: https://privacy.microsoft.com/de-de/privacystatement; for Microsoft Teams: https://docs.microsoft.com/de-de/microsoftteams/teams-privacy.
- Contractual partners including customers: This refers to customers (for example service recipients) and our other contractual partners as this data disclosure results from these contracts. If you work for one of these contractual partners, we may also disclose data about you to that partner in this regard. These recipients also include contractual partners with whom we cooperate or who carry out advertising for us and to whom we may therefore disclose data about you for analysis and marketing purposes (these may again be service recipients, but also sponsors and online advertising providers). We require these partners to send you or display advertising based on your data only with your consent (for online advertising, see Section 9).
- Authorities: We may disclose personal data to agencies, courts and other authorities in Switzerland and abroad if we are legally obliged or entitled to make such disclosures or if it appears necessary to protect our interests. This may include health data. These authorities act as separate controllers.
- Other persons: This means other cases where interactions with third parties follows from the purposes set out in Section 4.
All these categories of recipients may involve third parties, so that your data may also be disclosed to them. We can restrict the processing by certain third parties (for example IT providers), but not by others (for example authorities, banks, etc.).
These categories of recipients are not all located in Switzerland. Your data may therefore be processed both in Europe and in the USA; in exceptional cases, in any country in the world.
If a recipient is located in a country without adequate statutory data protection, we require the recipient to undertake to comply with data protection (for this purpose, we use the revised European Commission’s standard contractual clauses, which can be accessed here: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/dec_impl/2021/914/oj?), unless the recipient is subject to a legally accepted set of rules to ensure data protection and unless we cannot rely on an exception. An exception may apply for example in case of legal proceedings abroad, but also in cases of overriding public interest or if the performance of a contract requires disclosure, if you have consented or if data has been made available generally by you and you have not objected against the processing.
Please note that data exchanged via the internet is often routed through third countries. Your data may therefore be sent abroad even if the sender and recipient are in the same country.
Retention Periods for your Personal Data
We process and retain your personal data as long as required for the performance of our contractual obligation and compliance with legal obligations or other purposes pursued with the processing, i.e. for the duration of the entire business relationship (from the initiation, during the performance of the contract until it is terminated) as well as beyond this duration in accordance with legal retention and documentation obligations. Personal data may be retained for the period during which claims can be asserted against our company or insofar as we are otherwise legally obliged to do so or if legitimate business interests require further retention (e.g., for evidence and documentation purposes).
As soon as your personal data are no longer required for the above-mentioned purposes, they will be deleted or anonymized, to the extent possible. In general, shorter retention periods of no more than twelve months apply for operational data (e.g., system logs).
We take appropriate security measures in order to maintain the required security of your personal data and ensure its confidentiality, integrity and availability, and to protect it against unauthorized or unlawful processing, and to mitigate the risk of loss, accidental alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access.
In cooperation with our hosting providers, we make every effort to protect the databases as well as possible against unauthorised access, loss, misuse or falsification. We would like to point out that data transmission on the Internet can have security gaps. Complete protection of data against access by third parties is not possible.
This website uses SSL/TLS encryption for reasons of security and to protect the transmission of confidential content, such as requests that you send to us as the site operator. You can recognize an encrypted connection by the fact that the address line of the browser changes from “http://” to “https://” and by the lock symbol in your browser line. If SSL or TLS encryption is activated, the data you transmit to us cannot be read by third parties.
Rights of the Data Subject
Applicable data protection laws grant you the right to object to the processing of your data in some circumstances, in particular for direct marketing purposes, for profiling carried out for direct marketing purposes and for other legitimate interests in processing.
To help you control the processing of your personal data, you have the following rights in relation to our data processing, depending on the applicable data protection law:
- The right to request information from us as to whether and what data we process from you;
- The right to have us correct data if it is inaccurate;
- The right to request erasure of data;
- The right to request that we provide certain personal data in a commonly used electronic format or transfer it to another controller;
- The right to withdraw consent, where our processing is based on your consent;
- The right to receive, upon request, further information that is helpful for the exercise of these rights.
If you wish to exercise the above-mentioned rights in relation to us, please contact us in writing, at our premises or, unless otherwise specified or agreed, by e-mail; you will find our contact details in Section 2. In order for us to be able to prevent misuse, we need to identify you (for example by means of a copy of your ID card, unless identification is not possible otherwise).
Please note that conditions, exceptions or restrictions apply to these rights under applicable data protection law (for example to protect third parties or trade secrets). We will inform you accordingly where applicable.
If you do not agree with the way we handle your rights or with our data protection practices, please let us know. If you are located in the EEA, the United Kingdom or in Switzerland, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent data protection supervisory authority in your country. You can find a list of authorities in the EEA here: https://edpb.europa.eu/about-edpb/board/members_en. You can reach the UK supervisory authority here: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/. You can reach the Swiss supervisory authority here: https://www.edoeb.admin.ch/edoeb/de/home/deredoeb/kontakt.html.
Online Tracking and Online Advertising Techniques
This website uses the following cookies:
- _GRECAPTCHA (necessary): set by Google. In addition to certain standard Google cookies, reCAPTCHA sets a necessary cookie (_GRECAPTCHA) when executed for the purpose of providing its risk analysis.
- _ga (analytics): installed by Google Analytics. This cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site’s analytic report. The cookies store information fully anonymously and assign a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors.
- _gid (analytics): installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.
- _gat_gtag_UA_150265999_1 (other): This cookie is set by Google and is used to distinguish users.
We currently use offers from the following service providers and advertising partners (where they use data from you or cookies set on your computer for advertising purposes):
- Google Analytics: Google Ireland Ltd. (located in Ireland) is the provider of the service «Google Analytics» and acts as our processor. Google Ireland relies on Google LLC (located in the United States) as its sub-processor (both «Google»). Google collects information about the behavior of visitors to our website (duration, page views, geographic region of access, etc.) through performance cookies (see above) and on this basis creates reports for us about the use of our website. We have configured the service so that the IP addresses of visitors are truncated by Google in Europe before forwarding them to the United States and then cannot be traced back. We have turned off the «Data sharing» option and the «Signals option». Although we can assume that the information we share with Google is not personal data for Google, it may be possible that Google may be able to draw conclusions about the identity of visitors based on the data collected, create personal profiles and link this data with the Google accounts of these individuals for its own purposes. In any event, if you consent to the use of Google Analytics, you expressly consent to any such processing, including the transfer of your personal data (in particular website and app usage, device information and unique IDs) to the United States and other countries. Information about data protection with Google Analytics can be found here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245 and if you have a Google account, you can find more details about Google’s processing here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites?hl=de.
- Swiss Newsletter: The newsletter is sent using the dispatch service provider Swiss Newsletter, a newsletter dispatch platform of mailXpert GmbH based in Zurich, Switzerland. You can find the data protection regulations of the dispatch service provider under: https://www.swissnewsletter.ch/datenschutz.
We may operate pages and other online presences on social networks and other platforms operated by third parties and collect the data about you described in Section 3. We receive this data from you and from the platforms when you interact with us through our online presence (for example when you communicate with us, comment on our content or visit our online presence). At the same time, the platforms analyze your use of our online presences and combine this data with other data they have about you (for example about your behavior and preferences). They also process this data for their own purposes, in particular for marketing and market research purposes (for example to personalize advertising) and to manage their platforms (for example what content they show you) and, to that end, they act as separate controllers.
For further information on the processing of the platform operators, please refer to the privacy information of the relevant platforms. There you can also find out about the countries where they process your data, your rights of access and erasure of data and other data subjects rights and how you can exercise them or obtain further information. We currently use the following platforms:
- YouTube: Our website uses YouTube functions to play videos. The provider is Google LLC (based in the USA). You can find more information about this under: https://support.google.com/youtube/topic/2803240?hl=de and https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9315727?hl=de.
Amendments to this Privacy Notice
This Privacy Notice is not part of a contract with you. We can change this Privacy Notice at any time. The version published on this website is the current version.