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What is an Impressum?

Dr. Mathieu Paapst LLM cipm

Dr. Mathieu Paapst LLM cipm

Assistant Professor IT and Privacy Law at the University of Groningen (RUG), and Complianz Partner

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From release 4.4 onwards, Complianz Privacy Suite (Premium) offers a new document, the Impressum. The Impressum provides the required information for commercial websites that target German and/or Austrian visitors, or by using the German language.

To conform with the “Allgemeine Informationspflichten Telemediengesetz” service providers must keep the following information for online services, usually offered for a fee, easily recognizable, immediately accessible and permanently available:

1. General information

The name and address at which they are established. In the case of legal persons, the legal form and the person authorized to represent them. And, if the information is provided on the capital of the company, the share capital or nominal capital and, if not all, the contributions to be made in cash have been paid up, the total amount of the outstanding contributions.

In Complianz, this information will be generated by your current website information, including your organization name. Please add your legal form if necessary. New fields which can be added are:

1. VAT number
2. Legal representation of the organization.
3. Capital Stock (Optional)

2. Contact

Details should include contact information for direct contact by e-mail and phone number. The e-mail will be made clickable by Complianz, as is standard practice for an Impressum.

3. Register of activities

In most cases, this would be the Chamber of Commerce of your country, but there exceptions. e.g., register of associations, partnership register or register of cooperatives in which you are registered, and the corresponding registration number.

If the service is offered or provided within the scope of an activity, which requires official approval, details of the competent supervisory authority are needed.

These fields are available in our wizard, under General – Impressum.

4. Information concerning ‘Liberal Professions’

Inspecting authority
If the service is offered or provided within the scope of an activity, which requires official approval, details of the competent supervisory authority are required.

In so far as the service is provided in the exercise of a profession within the meaning of Article 1(d) of Council Directive 89/48/EEC of 21 December 1988 on a general system for the recognition of higher-education diplomas awarded on completion of professional education and training of at least three years’ duration (OJ 1989 L 19, p. 16).

Liberal Professions
Or within the meaning of Article 1(f) of Council Directive 92/51/EEC of 18 December 1992 on the recognition of higher-education diplomas awarded on completion of professional education and training of at least three years’ duration June 1992 on a second general system for the recognition of professional education and training to supplement Directive 89/48/EEC (OJ EC No. L 209 p. 25, 1995 No. L 17 p. 20), last amended by Commission Directive 97/38/EC of 20 June 1997 (OJ EC No. L 184 p. 31).

(a) the chamber to which the service providers belong
(b) the lawful professional title and the State in which the professional title has been granted
(c) the title of the professional rules and how to access them,

In Complianz these correspond to:

a. Professional Association
b. Job title
c. Professional regulations

5. Selling products and services

If you sell products or services through your website, you should add a paragraph about settling disputes.

Complianz will add a paragraph based on your answer and a link to:
https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr

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