Legal Advice

IT Law and Data Protection

With the ad­van­ce­ment of di­gi­ta­liza­tion, com­pa­nies of all si­zes are now forced to ad­dress IT law is­sues. Soft­ware is purchased, lea­sed or pro­gram­med in-house, and soft­ware main­ten­ance and ser­vice agree­ments are con­clu­ded.

Do­mains are re­gis­te­red or bought, e-com­merce sys­tems are ope­ra­ted, com­pa­nies’ own web­si­tes go live, and e-mail ad­ver­ti­sing is sent out. Not only are all of these areas tech­ni­cally chal­len­ging, but they also ent­ail si­gni­fi­cant le­gal risks. This re­qui­res good ad­vice. The cor­rect course should be set in ad­vance to pre­vent cri­ses du­ring the im­ple­men­ta­tion of IT pro­jects or ob­jec­tions by data pro­tec­tion aut­ho­ri­ties or com­pe­ti­tion as­so­cia­ti­ons, for ex­am­ple.

We as­sist and ad­vise you on all points of in­for­ma­tion tech­no­logy law. This in­clu­des pro­vi­ding le­gal ad­vice and sup­port when con­tracts are being con­clu­ded as well as as­sis­tance in ne­go­tia­ti­ons with the coun­ter­party when things are no lon­ger run­ning smoothly in an IT pro­ject. We re­pre­sent your in­te­rests in court ca­ses and in dea­lings with the aut­ho­ri­ties.

No­wa­days, data pro­tec­tion law af­fects com­pa­nies across the board. Glit­ches in or bre­aches of data pri­vacy are not so­lely a com­pli­ance pro­blem and are fol­lo­wed up by data pro­tec­tion aut­ho­ri­ties; they are also re­cei­ving in­crea­sed at­ten­tion from the ge­ne­ral pu­blic. Since the ad­op­tion of the EU Ge­ne­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Re­gu­la­tion, per­so­nal data bre­aches will carry large fi­nes from May 2018 at the la­test. We help you to avoid in­frin­ging the law and da­ma­ging your image and to im­ple­ment the data pro­tec­tion re­qui­re­ments of the Re­gu­la­tion in your en­ter­prise.

Gi­ven the over­laps bet­ween IT law, in­tel­lec­tual pro­perty, and com­pe­ti­tion law is­sues, our team is made up of at­tor­neys who spe­cia­lize in the fields of in­for­ma­tion tech­no­logy law and the ad­ja­cent area of com­mer­cial le­gal pro­tec­tion. Our at­tor­neys work clo­sely with GBIT (Eb­ner Stolz’s IT Tes­ting di­vi­sion) to tap into its ex­per­tise in IT se­cu­rity mat­ters and in the prac­tical ma­nage­ment of IT pro­jects for your be­ne­fit.

Our services at a glance

  • Con­tracts for buy­ing and sel­ling stan­dard and cu­st­omi­zed soft­ware pa­cka­ges
  • Com­plex sets of agree­ments for soft­ware pro­jects for dif­fe­rent pro­cess mo­dels
  • As­sis­ting with IT pro­jects in cri­sis
  • Main­ten­ance and sup­port agree­ments
  • Hard­ware purchase agree­ments
  • Pro­gramming agree­ments
  • Out­sour­cing ar­ran­ge­ments and soft­ware lea­sing (ASP, SaaS, cloud so­lu­ti­ons)
  • Escrow ar­ran­ge­ments (safe­kee­ping of source code)
  • Con­tracts for web­site de­ve­lop­ment or other IT ser­vices
  • Hel­ping to re­solve dis­pu­tes over soft­ware au­dits and soft­ware as­set ma­nage­ment (SAM)
  • Le­gal ad­vice in all data pro­tec­tion is­sues
  • Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the re­qui­re­ments of the EU Ge­ne­ral Data Pro­tec­tion Re­gu­la­tion (pos­si­bly also as pro­ject sup­port in con­junc­tion with our IT Tes­ting di­vi­sion (GBIT))
  • Le­gally com­pli­ant or­ga­niza­tion of con­trac­ted data pro­ces­sing
  • Re­pre­sen­ta­tion in dea­lings with the data pro­tec­tion aut­ho­ri­ties
  • e-com­merce agree­ments (web shop sys­tems, web­site con­tent, Ge­ne­ral Terms and Con­di­ti­ons)
  • Ad­vi­sing on do­main con­tracts and hel­ping to re­solve do­main dis­pu­tes
  • Cri­mi­nal law ad­vice in the field of IT law
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