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The German Federal Ministry of Finance takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. You have the right to know what data we collect, when we collect them, and how we use them. We have taken technical and organisational measures to ensure that the relevant data protection regulations are observed, both by us and by our external service providers.

Changes to this privacy policy may become necessary as we continue to update our online services and deploy new technologies. We would therefore recommend that you re-read this policy from time to time.

Access to online services

You can use our online services without having to provide any personal data. Exceptions apply in the following cases:

When you order a publication, the personal data you provide will be used by the Federal Ministry of Finance and by the company dispatching brochures for the sole purpose of processing your order. We will not pass your data on to third parties.

If you send an enquiry via the contact form on our website, we will store the data for the sole purpose of responding to your query. If you submit a freedom of information request, your data will be used for the purposes set out in the Freedom of Information Act (Informationsfreiheitsgesetz). By submitting the contact form, you agree that your message, including the data collected on the form, may be forwarded to other authorities so that your query can be answered. Data protection requirements will be observed in full when such information is forwarded. If you do not wish to consent to this, you may contact us by e-mail, telephone or letter instead.

Newsletter subscriptions will be stored solely for the duration of your registration. If you unsubscribe, your data will be deleted without delay.

To use the Federal Ministry of Finance’s website, your browser must accept session cookies. The data are only stored temporarily and are not forwarded to other servers.

Social media

The Federal Ministry of Finance also provides information via social media channels. The Finance Ministry is currently active on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. In addition, you can share the information that we publish with other users via Facebook, Twitter and Google+. The information on our social media channels can also be accessed directly via our newsletter, RSS feed and website.

We would like to explicitly point out that these platforms store their users’ data (such as personal information and IP addresses) in accordance with their own data use policies and use these data for commercial purposes. Please consult each social media platform’s privacy policy to find out about your rights and how you can change your settings to protect your privacy.

Use of cookies

We collect and store data for statistical and optimisation purposes using MATOMO, a web tracking tool. From this data, user profiles can be created under a pseudonym. Cookies might be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in your web browser’s cache. Cookies enable your internet browser to be recognised. The data collected using the web tracking tool will not be used to identify visitors to this website personally and will not be merged with personal data about the bearer of the pseudonym without the user’s explicit consent.

Use of personal data for Finance Ministry events

We use an internal address book to send out invitations to events. You can ask us at any time whether we have stored any of your personal data – and, if so, which – and ask for them to be changed or deleted. We use such personal data for the sole purpose of inviting you to upcoming events. We do not pass them on to third parties.

You can register for events via an online registration form. We use event marketing software by eyepin. As stipulated by law, we have concluded an agreement with eyepin on the processing of personal data. The link to the online form can be found on the invitation to the event. Data collected in the course of registration for a given event will be deleted after the event is over.

You can enter your details in our address book at http://www.bundesfinanzministerium.de/Web/DE/Ministerium/Veranstaltungen/veranstaltungen.html. We use eyepin’s event marketing tool to collect these data, as well. By registering, you consent to your personal data being saved in our address book and used for the purpose of inviting you to Finance Ministry events.

Protection of minors

If you are under 18 years of age, please do not send us any personal data without the consent of your parent or guardian. We do not request any personal data from minors, nor do we knowingly collect such data.

Feedback on data protection

Please contact our data protection officer if you require further information about how the Federal Ministry of Finance handles personal data:

Dr Jürgen Karstendiek
Wilhelmstr. 97
10117 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)30 18 682 3208
E-mail: datenschutz@bmf.bund.de

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