Data protection declaration

1. Information on the collection of personal data

a. In this declaration, we provide information on the collection of personal data when you use this website. Personal data is all data that relates to you personally, for example your name, address, email addresses, user behaviour.

b. Pursuant to Article 4 (7) of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), responsibility for the processing of personal data lies with:

Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1
10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 18 17-0 / help desk: +49 (0)30 18 17-2000
Fax: +49 (0)30 18 17-3402

Contact the help desk

c. The Federal Foreign Office Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted as follows:

Federal Foreign Office Data Protection Commissioner
Werderscher Markt 1
10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 18 17-7099
Fax: +49 (0)30 18 17-5 7099

d. When you contact us, your details (name and/or email address, telephone number) and the information provided (including personal data) are stored in order to process the request and in case of any further questions. The storage of this data is governed by the statutory periods for retaining records laid down in the Registry Directive, which complements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries. The legal basis for the processing of your personal data is Article 6 (1) e GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act. The processing of the personal data transmitted by you is necessary to establish contact and to address your request.

2. Use analysis

Each time a user accesses this website or retrieves a file, data on this process is temporarily stored and processed in a log file.

Cookies and Analysis tools

This website uses the open source web analysis service Matomo. Matomo uses so-called “cookies,” which are text files that are stored on your computer and that make it possible to analyse your use of this website. In conjunction with this, the information about the use of this website generated by the cookie will be archived on our server. Prior to archiving, the IP address will first be anonymized.

Matomo cookies will remain on your device until you delete them.

The storage of Matomo cookies and the use of this analysis tool for statistical purposes are based on Article 6 (1) e GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act in the context of informing the public and in order to provide information on the Federal Foreign Office’s assigned tasks as needed. If a corresponding agreement has been requested (e.g. an agreement to the storage of cookies), the processing takes place exclusively on the basis of Article 6 (1). a GDPR; the agreement can be revoked at any time.

The information generated by cookies concerning the use of this website shall not be shared with any third parties. You may prevent the storage of cookies at any time by making pertinent changes to your browser software settings.

If you do not consent to the storage and use of your data, you have the option to deactivate the storage and use of such data here. In this case, an opt out cookie will be placed in our browser, which prevent the storage of usage data by Matomo. If you delete your cookies, this will also result in the deletion of the Matomo opt out cookie. Hence, you will have to reactivate the opt out when you return to visit this website.

Cookies for analysis purposes are enabled. 

3. Your rights

a. In dealings with us, you have the following rights regarding your personal data:

  • Right of access, Article 15 GDPR
  • Right to rectification, Article 16 GDPR
  • Right to erasure (right to be forgotten), Article 17 GDPR
  • Right to restriction of processing, Article 18 GDPR
  • Right to object to processing, Article 21 GDPR
  • Right to data portability, Article 20 GDPR.

b. If the processing of your personal data is based on your consent, you have the right to revoke this at any time. Such withdrawal of consent does not affect the lawfulness of any use on the basis of your consent prior to its withdrawal (Article 7 (3) GDPR).

c. You also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about our processsing of your personal data (Article 77 GDPR).