Statement regarding the collation and use of personal data

05.12.2017 - Article

The following information is intended to inform you when we collect information on this website and how we use it.

The Federal Foreign Office and the foreign missionstake the protection of your personal data seriously. The following information is intended to inform you when we collect information on this website and how we use it. As this site evolves, adjustments to this privacy policy may be required. We therefore recommend that you read the following instructions from time to time.

1. Tracking / Logging

Each time a user visits this site and each time a file is accessed, data about that activity is temporarily stored and processed in a log file.
The tracking tool used for usage analysis is configured so that no personal information of the user is collected.
Furthermore, your IP address will be anonymised so that users can not be tracked. It will zero the last octet of the IP address.
The tracking tool is run on its own servers in a secure, BSI-certified network zone in Germany, so that no tracking data get out.
In addition, you can adjust the settings in your browser so that your visit to the website is not registered and evaluated at all (Do-Not-Track setting). By transmitting a browser variable, a website is signaled whether visitors would like to be tracked or not.

The following data is collected via JavaScript tracking:
• Request (file name of the requested file), date and time of the request
Browser Type / Version (Ex .: Internet Explorer 11)
• Browser language (eg German)
• used operating system (ex .: Windows 10)
• Device type, device model, device brand
• Screen resolution
• Plugins used: (e.g., Flash, Java)
• Referrer URL (the previously visited page)
• anonymized IP address
• Country, region and city from which the request was made
• Downloads
• Clicks
• Number of sent forms (depending on target definitions)

2. Use of Cookies

When accessing individual pages, so-called temporary cookies (also called session cookies) are used to facilitate navigation. These session cookies do not use personal data and expire at the end of the session. These too expire at the end of the session.
Techniques, such as Java applets or Active X controls, which make it possible to understand the access behavior of the users, are not used.

3. Use of voluntarily communicated data

Postal addresses and e-mail addresses that you provide to us in the context of inquiries or orders for information material, we use exclusively for the correspondence with you or for the shipment of the desired order.
If on this website the possibility exists to enter personal data (e-mail addresses, names, addresses) in online masks, this information is provided on the part of the user on an explicitly voluntary basis. Personal data is collected only with your knowledge and consent. We store your information on specially protected servers in Germany. Access to it is only possible for a few specially authorized persons who are responsible for the technical, commercial or editorial support of the servers.

4. Disclosure of personal data to third parties

Data that has been logged on accessing this website or obtained through your voluntary disclosure will only be transmitted to third parties, to the extent that the Federal Foreign Office is required by law or court decision or the disclosure in case of attacks on the Internet infrastructure of the Foreign Office Legal or criminal prosecution is required.
When ordering publications, we will provide your address data to the shipping service provider.
A transfer for other non-commercial or commercial purposes is not made, especially for advertising purposes.

5. Protection of minors

Persons under the age of 18 should not submit any personal information to us without the consent of their parent or legal guardian.

6. Links to third party Websites

Our online offer contains links to third party websites. We have no control over the privacy of these online content providers.

7. Privacy Policy for Social Media

The Federal Foreign Office takes the discussion on social data protection very seriously and asks you to check exactly what personal data you provide to the social networks through the use of our site.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the social networks store and use the data of their users (for example, personal information, IP address, etc.) in accordance with their data usage guidelines and for business purposes. This happens even if you activate the embedded social media feeds on this website by clicking. You can find out about the processing of data through social networks at the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube (Google).
The Federal Foreign Office has no influence on the data collection and its further use by the social networks. To what extent, at which place and for what duration the data is stored, to what extent the networks comply with existing deletion obligations, which evaluations and links are made with the data and to whom the data is passed on, is not recognizable to us.
If you do not want the social networks to receive personal information through your communication through our site, you should contact us by other means, for example via the contact form on this site.

8. Your rights

At any time you have the right to obtain free information about the personal data that we have stored about you. You also have the right to correct incorrect data. Any consent you give to the use of personal data may be revoked at any time with future effect. In addition, you can always object to the use of your personal data. Revocation and opposition can be declared either electronically by e-mail or in writing. As soon as personal data can no longer be stored, you have the right to delete it.

Here you will find information on the Data Protection Officer of the Foreign Office:


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