The controller in terms of the GDPR and the new Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) is the
Press and Information Office of the Federal Government
State Secretary Steffen Seibert
Telephone: 030 18 272-0
Fax: 030 18-272-2555
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Press and Information Office of the Federal Government - data privacy officer -
Telephone: 030 18 272-0
Fax: 030 18-272-2555
We process personal data of our users only to the extent necessary for the presentation and optimisation of a functional website as well as our content and services.
Processing personal data in the context of this public relations work is in terms of Article 6 (1) point e of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the BDSG.
The processing of personal data of our users regularly only takes place with their consent. An exception applies in those cases where the data processing is permitted by law.
This website presented by the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government (Federal Press Office) and its individual components are part of the public relations work of the Federal Press Office. The legal basis for processing personal data for which we obtain consent is Article 6 (1) point e of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in conjunction with Section 3 of the BDSG.
The legal basis for processing personal data which is required for the performance of a contract to which you are a party (e.g. ordering publications and newsletters) is Article 6 (1) point b of the GDPR. This also applies to pre-contractual measures.
Your personal data will be erased or blocked, as soon as the purpose for storage is no longer required.
Every time our website is accessed, our system automatically records information from the computer system which accesses it, logging the following data:
The IP address is recorded in the log file of the load balancer. This method ensures smooth operations and protection against attacks. The log files are deleted after seven days.
The legal basis for the temporary storage of the data and log files is Article 6 (1) point e of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the new BDSG.
The temporary storage of the IP address by the system is necessary to enable delivery of the website to the user's computer. This requires the user’s IP address to be saved for the duration of the session.
The IP address is recorded in the log file of the load balancer. This method ensures smooth operations and protection against attacks (e.g. DDOS). The log files are deleted after seven days.
The log files are deleted after seven days.
The collection of data to present the website and storage of the data in log files is absolutely necessary for the website’s operation. There is therefore no right to objection for the user.
A cookie is used on the pages of our ordering services. This is necessary for technical reasons, so that the shopping basket works correctly. Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate the saving of cookies, or adjust your browser settings so that it notifies you as soon as cookies are sent.
The cookie is valid for the duration of your visit to the website. This is necessary for technical reasons, so that the shopping basket works correctly. Most browsers are set to accept cookies automatically. However, you can deactivate the saving of cookies at any time, or adjust your browser settings so that it notifies you as soon as cookies are sent.
The following data are stored in the cookies and sent:
The legal basis for processing personal data using cookies is Article 6 (1) point e of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the new BDSG.
The purpose of using the technically necessary cookies is to enable the shopping basket function to work properly.
The user data collected by technically necessary cookies will not be used to create user profiles.
On our website we use the open source software tool Matomo (formerly PIWIK) to analyse the surfing behaviour of our users. This is an open source web analysis tool. Matomo does not transfer any data to servers outside the control of the Federal Press Office.
The Federal Press Office sees this analysis as an integral part of its online service. This information helps to consistently improve the website and optimise it according to user needs.
You can adjust your browser settings to disable cookies at any time. This might, however, mean that you are not able to use all of the website’s functions.
If you do not agree to the data generated by your visit to the website being saved and analysed, you can object to the saving and utilisation with a mouse click below. A so-called deactivation cookie will then be saved in your browser. As a result, Matomo will not record any data relating to your session (Please note: if you delete your cookies, you will also delete the deactivation cookie, which you will then have to save again at your next visit to the site).
The analysis software runs exclusively on the servers of our website. Storage of the user’s personal data only takes place there. The data are not passed on to third parties.
You can decide here whether or not a web analysis cookie may be stored in your browser, to enable the Federal Press Office to gather and analyse statistical data.
If you decide against this, click on the link below to store the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser.
If individual pages of our website are accessed, the following data are stored:
The legal basis for processing personal data of users is Article 6 (1) point e of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the new BDSG.
The processing of personal data of users enables an analysis of the surfing behaviour of our users. By evaluating the collected data, we are able to generate information about the use of the individual components of our website. This helps us to continually improve our website and its user-friendliness. By anonymising the IP address, the interests of the users regarding protection of personal data are sufficiently taken into account.
The data are deleted as soon as they are no longer needed for our record-keeping purposes. The generated statistics and underlying data are not deleted.
Please see the following link for more information about the privacy settings of the Matomo software: https://matomo.org/docs/privacy/.
You are hereby reminded of your rights to rectification, erasure and objection in terms of Articles 16, 17 and 21 GDPR; see Chapter VIII for more details.
You have the opportunity to subscribe to free newsletters on our website. When you register to receive a newsletter, the data from the input form are sent to us. This is your e-mail address, together with your choice of newsletter format.
In addition, the following data are recorded when you subscribe:
There is no disclosure of data to third parties during the data processing required for dispatching newsletters. The data are used solely for sending the newsletter.
The legal basis for processing data after registration for the newsletter by the user, once their consent has been obtained, is Article 6 (1) point a of the GDPR. In addition, the newsletter subscription is based on a contractual relationship, so Article 6 (1) point b of the GDPR also applies.
The collection of the user’s e-mail address is for the purpose of delivering the newsletter.
The collection of other personal data in the context of the registration process is to prevent abuse of the services or the e-mail address.
The data are deleted as soon as the purpose of storage is no longer required. The e-mail address of the user is therefore stored as long as the subscription is active.
The newsletter is delivered based on registration by the user at the website:
The other personal data collected as part of the registration process are usually deleted after a period of seven days.
The user can cancel the subscription to the newsletter at any time. There is a corresponding link in every newsletter for this purpose.
This also enables a withdrawal of the consent to the storage of personal data collected during the registration process.
You can have the data stored about you modified at any time.
There is a contact form on our website which can be used for contacting us online. If you make use of this opportunity, the data entered in the input form are sent to us and stored. These data are:
title, first name and surname, e-mail address, street and house number, postal code, city
At the time of sending the message, the following additional data are stored:
Alternatively, you can contact us via the e-mail address provided. In this case, the user's personal data transmitted together with the e-mail are stored.
In this regard, there is no disclosure of data to third parties. The data are used solely for processing the conversation.
The legal basis for processing data in the course of sending an e-mail is Article 6 (1) point e of the GDPR. If the aim of the e-mail contact is the conclusion of a contractual relationship, then Article 6 (1) point b of the GDPR also applies to the data processing.
The processing of personal data from the input form is used solely for us to handle the contact request. The other personal data processed during the sending process are intended to prevent misuse of the contact form, and to ensure the security of our information technology systems.
The data are deleted as soon as the purpose of storage is no longer required. This is the case for the personal data entered into the contact form, and the data sent by e-mail, when the related conversation with the user is finished. The conversation is considered finished if it is clear from the circumstances that the relevant matter has been fully resolved.
The other personal data collected as part of the sending process are deleted after a maximum period of seven days.
The user has the right to withdraw their consent to the processing of personal data at any time. If the user contacts us by e-mail, they can object to the storage of their personal data at any time, by various means - including by e-mail. In such cases, the conversation cannot be continued.
In this event, all personal data that has been stored in the course of the contact will be deleted.
If your personal data are processed, you are affected by the GDPR and you as the data subject are entitled to the following rights from your controller:
The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed,
and, where that is the case, access to the personal data and the following information:
Where personal data are transferred to a third country or to an international organisation, the data subject shall have the right to be informed of the appropriate safeguards pursuant to Article 46 relating to the transfer. Please also see the Right to data portability, Art. 20 GDPR.
The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller without undue delay the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning him or her. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, the data subject shall have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.
The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller restriction of processing where one of the following applies:
Where processing has been restricted under paragraph 1, such personal data shall, with the exception of storage, only be processed with the data subject’s consent or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person or for reasons of important public interest of the Union or of a Member State.
A data subject who has obtained restriction of processing pursuant to paragraph 1 shall be informed by the controller before the restriction of processing is lifted.
The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller the erasure of personal data concerning him or her without undue delay and the controller shall have the obligation to erase personal data without undue delay where one of the following grounds applies:
Where the controller has made the personal data public and is obliged pursuant to paragraph 1 to erase the personal data, the controller, taking account of available technology and the cost of implementation, shall take reasonable steps, including technical measures, to inform controllers which are processing the personal data that the data subject has requested the erasure by such controllers of any links to, or copy or replication of, those personal data.
Paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply to the extent that processing is necessary:
The controller shall communicate any rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing carried out in accordance with Article 16, Article 17 (1) and Article 18 to each recipient to whom the personal data have been disclosed, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort.
The controller shall inform the data subject about those recipients if the data subject requests it.
The right to data portability does not apply to processing personal data which is required for performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
The data subject shall have the right to receive the personal data concerning him or her, which he or she has provided to a controller, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to another controller without hindrance from the controller to which the personal data have been provided, where:
In exercising his or her right to data portability pursuant to paragraph 1, the data subject
shall have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another, where technically feasible.
The data subject shall have the right to object, on grounds relating to his or her particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning him or her which is based on point (e) or (f) of Article 6 (1), including profiling based on those provisions.
The controller shall no longer process the personal data unless the controller demonstrates compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
The data subject shall have the right to withdraw his or her consent at any time. The withdrawal of consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.
Without prejudice to any other administrative or judicial remedy, every data subject shall have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the Member State of his or her habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if the data subject considers that the processing of personal data relating to him or her infringes this Regulation.
The supervisory authority with which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant on the progress and the outcome of the complaint including the possibility of a judicial remedy pursuant to Article 78.
Responsible supervisory authority:
Die Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit