The Law Firm Network is an association as per Art. 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code with domicile at Zurich, Switzerland.
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APPLICABLE LAW AND PLACE OF JURISDICTION
The substantive laws of Switzerland are exclusively applicable, without giving regard to its conflict of law rules. The ordinary courts at our seat have exclusive jurisdiction
Under no circumstances are we liable for any direct or indirect damages that result from the access or use of our websites.
The information contained on our websites does not establish an attorney-client relationship between you and us.
Where the service between us requires the storage of identifiable information, we will ask your consent to the storage of this information, which may be on your computer, or our systems, or a third-party service provider; we will make clear what personal information we are storing, such as email addresses.
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DATA PROTECTION POLICY
The LAw Firm Network (hereinafter "we") collects your personal data. We process your personal data in accordance with the provisions of the Swiss Data Protection Act (hereinafter "DPA") and the European General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter "GDPR"). Unless you have been otherwise informed, we process your personal data as data controller. This Data Protection Policy describes how we process and use your personal data.
1 What personal data do we collect?
"Personal data" means information that relates to you or that we may otherwise associate with you. The personal data we collect includes the following data: company name, first and last name, title, register seat, postal address, email address, telephone and fax numbers, date of birth, bank information and any information we receive from you or collect as set out in section below.
When you access our websites, the following data is stored in log files: IP address, date, time, browser inquiry and general information transmitted to the operating system or browser.
2 How do we collect your personal data?
We collect personal data that you have voluntarily provided us with, for example, when you (i) contact us and provide us information; (ii) when you ask third parties to provide us with information; (iii) when you ask us to send you communications or newsletters.
We also collect personal data (i) from publicly accessible sources such as public registers (commercial register, debt register, land register, civil register), press, internet, etc. (ii) from authorities, courts, arbitral tribunals or other third parties involved or linked to the services we provide.
We also use tracking technologies such as cookies to collect data stated above to better understand how users use our websites. These technologies help us to manage our websites and improve its user-friendliness. For example, we can see if your computer has previously connected to us and see which areas of our websites are most frequently used.
3 For what purpose do we process your personal data?
We need your personal data to: (i) enter into an agreement with you or to perform our agreement; (ii) transmit data to third party providers, such as lawyers; (iii) send you newsletters and other information; (iv) comply with our legal obligations; and (iv) administer the websites and ensure error-free provision of our websites.
4 Whom do we provide your personal data to?
For the performance of our agreement and for the purposes mentioned above, we may share your personal data with third parties (in particular other providers of legal services, authorities, IT service providers and service providers etc.).
We may disclose your personal data if we are legally obliged to do so.
You can set your browser so that you are informed about the setting of cookies and only allow cookies in individual cases, exclude the acceptance of cookies for certain cases or in general and activate the automatic deletion of cookies when closing the browser. However, when cookies are deactivated, the functionality of our websites may be limited.
Cookies, which are necessary to carry out the electronic communication process or to provide certain functions requested by you, are stored on the legal basis of Art. 13 DSG or Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f DSGVO. The website provider has a legitimate interest in the storage of cookies for technically error-free and optimized provision of its services.
How do we use social media plugins?
6.1 Facebook Plugin
Plugins from Facebook are integrated on our websites. The provider is Facebook Inc, 1 Hacker Way, Menlo Park, California 94025, USA. You can recognize the Facebook plugins by the Facebook logo on our websites.
When you visit our websites, the plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the Facebook server. Facebook receives the information that you have visited our websites together with your IP address. If you click the Facebook "like" button while logged into your Facebook account, you can link the contents of our pages on your Facebook profile. This allows Facebook to associate the visit to our websites with your user account. We have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and its use by Facebook.
If you do not want Facebook to associate your visit to our site with your Facebook account, please log out of your Facebook account.
6.2 Twitter Plugin
Plugins from Twitter may be integrated on our website. Provider is Twitter Inc, 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. By using Twitter and the "Retweet" function, your visit to our websites is linked to your Twitter account and made known to other users. Data is also transmitted to Twitter. We have no knowledge of the content of the transmitted data and their use by Twitter. You can change your Twitter privacy settings in your account settings.
6.3 LinkedIn Plugin
Plugins from LinkedIn may be integrated on our website. Provider is LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Gardner House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland. You can recognize the LinkedIn plugins by the LinkedIn logo on our websites.
By clicking on the LinkedIn button, the plugin establishes a direct connection between your browser and the LinkedIn server. LinkedIn receives the information that you have visited our websites together with your IP address. LinkedIn may use data capture, syndication analysis and other similar tools to track, extract, compile, aggregate and analyze any data or information resulting from use of the Plugin.
7. How do we use website analytics services?
Our website uses google analytics. Provider is Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.
Google analytics tells us the total number of users who visited on our website and what pages you visited and for how long. However, we do not receive any data with which we can identify you personally.
8. Why do we process your personal data and on what legal grounds?
We process your personal data in order to enter into or to perform our contract or legal obligations (Art. 4 para. 3 and 13 para. 2 lit. a DSG, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. b and c DSGVO) and for communication purposes based on the consent that you have provided us with at the time your personal data has been collected (Art. 4 para. 5 DSG, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a DSGVO). You can revoke your consent at any time.
9 Where is your personal data stored?
All your personal data is stored in LFN global web site database.
For example on cross-border matters, we may transfer your personal data abroad in order to provide our services, e.g. in case of filing to an authority or court abroad or to contact foreign lawyers.
10 How long do we keep your personal data?
We process and keep your personal data as long as required for the performance of our contractual obligations and compliance with legal obligations or for the purposes set out in section 3. We keep personal data for the duration of our entire business relationship and thereafter for a duration of ten years, as a rule, to comply with legal retention obligations as well as for our legitimate documentation interests.
11 Data integrity
We take appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data against loss and unauthorized access.
12 Your rights
You have the right to know what personal data we process about you. You also have the right to request that incorrect personal data about you be corrected and that your personal data be deleted. You can also forbid the processing of certain personal data and can request that data processing is restricted. The restriction of the processing or deletion of personal data is not possible if this data is necessary for the performance of a contractual or legal obligation or if we have a legitimate interest in the processing. You also have the right to data portability.
If you do not agree to our data processing, you can report this to the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner ("FDPIC") and/or the competent supervisory authorities in the EU.13 How can you contact us?
If you have any questions about how we process your personal data, please contact us by letter or email as below