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The protection of your privacy and your personal data is very important to the German Ministry of Finance. This protection is guaranteed by the legal conditions set out by the Europe-wide, uniform norms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became applicable on 25 May 2018. For further information on the GDPR, please consult the FAQs on the website of the German Ministry of the Interior.

European Commission FAQs on the General Data Protection Regulation

You have the right to know what data we collect, when we collect it, and how we use it. 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.

In general, the website of the German Ministry of Finance may be used without visitors having to provide personal data. Personal data is collected on thiswebsite only where it is necessary for technical reasons, when you order something, when you subscribe to a newsletter or when you register for a Finance Ministry event.

The information below provides a comprehensive overview of how the German Finance Ministry guarantees the protection of your data as well as what type of data is collected and for what purpose. This notice also outlines the technology and data protection measures used on the portals and websites of the German Finance Ministry.

How your data is processed on this website

Data is collected and exchanged every time you visit a website. The German Finance Ministry or its service provider automatically store data in log files, which your browser transmits to our server. This includes:

  • your IP address,
  • the type and version of your internet browser,
  • the operating system you are using,
  • the webpage you have requested,
  • the time of the server request.

The German Finance Ministry analyses this data, which are first rendered anonymous, for purely statistical purposes in order to measure interest in the Ministry websites and improve them. It is not possible for the German Finance Ministry to trace this data back to specific individuals.

This data is not collated with other sources of data (e.g. contact details provided for brochure orders or newsletter subscriptions). Our service provider stores IP addresses for a 30-day period and then automatically deletes them. Data logged during visits to the German Finance Ministry websites is only shared with third parties if we are obliged to do so by legal provisions or by court decisions, or if it is necessary to provide the data for the purposes of legal or criminal proceedings in the event of attacks on the internet infrastructure used by the German Finance Ministry. These are the only cases in which data is shared.

Social media

The German Ministry of Finance also provides information via social media channels. The Finance Ministry is currently active on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. The Finance Ministry uses a Twitter widget in order to display content from Twitter. We do not use client plug-ins for content-sharing functions. When the Twitter widget is displayed and the share function is used, however, communication is established with this service.

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 this 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.

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.

Cookies

Session cookies are used when individual webpages are consulted, but these temporary cookies do not contain any personal data.

We do not use technologies such as Java applets or ActiveX controls, through which users’ access behaviour can be traced.

Cookies can be managed using all internet browsers. Most browsers are set up in such a way as to accept all cookies, without asking the user. However, you can also block individual or all cookies.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

Basket

A session cookie is used so that you can order brochures on each webpage of the Finance Ministry website and collect your order in a basket.

If you block this cookie,

  • you will not be able to collect several publications in the basket
  • and will only be able to order one brochure at a time.

Load balancer

Another session cookie is used to assign visitors a specific load balancer. The load balancer ensures that visitors to the website always remain on the same server during a particular session, instead of being redirected between different servers.

Matomo

The Finance Ministry server uses a web analytics platform by Matomo, which uses its own cookies. More information is provided under “Web analytics platforms”.

Web analytics platforms

Our website also uses Matomo (formerly PIWIK), a web analytics platform. Matomo also uses cookies, which allow us to analyse how the website is used: The user information generated by the cookie (including the shortened IP address) is sent to our server and stored for analysis, which helps us optimise our website. The user’s IP address is immediately rendered anonymous in this procedure, ensuring that the user remains anonymous. The information that cookies collect regarding website use is not forwarded to third parties. If you do not agree to the storage and analysis of the data from your visit, you can object any time, below, with a single click: If you object, an opt-out cookie will be enabled on your browser and Matomo will not collect any session data. Please note: If you delete your cookies, this will also delete the opt-out cookie and you will have to enable it again. (Source: Datenschutzbeauftragter-info.de (only in German)

Data provided for newsletter subscriptions

If you subscribe to a newsletter from the German Finance Ministry, we will store your e-mail address and the name of the newsletter(s) that you have selected on a server. We use these data for the sole purpose of sending newsletters. The data is used for the statistical analysis of system performance. We do not pass your personal data on to third parties. We do not use your data for any other purposes. The subscription system sends an additional message containing a link to definitively confirm registration (double opt-in), thereby ensuring that you have explicitly requested the newsletter.

You can check which data is stored with us any time on a dedicated webpage (only in German). You will need the e-mail address which you used to subscribe to the newsletter.

Submitting e-mails and orders for information materials to the German Finance Ministry via the contact form

If you send us an e-mail, your e-mail and your e-mail address will be used for the sole purpose of corresponding with you. If you place an order, the personal data you submit to us will be passed on to third parties for the sole purpose of processing the order (i.e. the mailing company, or other authorities or bodies if they are shipping the materials you ordered). Your data is deleted once we have processed your order. Enquiries from members of the public are stored, on paper or in electronic form, for the duration applicable to written material as set out in the Directive on the Processing and Management of Records in Federal Ministries (Registraturrichtlinie), which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (Gemeinsame Geschäftsordnung der Bundesministerien).

Right of access and right to object

You always have the right to access information regarding the personal data which has been collected concerning you. You also have the right to access information as to their source, the recipient and the purpose of storing your data. You also have the right to rectification, the right to erasure and the right to restriction of processing. In addition, you have the right to object to the processing of your data. Please contact the Ministry’s web team if you require further information about how stored data is processed (internetredaktion@bmf.bund.de):

If you require further information about how the German Finance Ministry handles personal data, or if you have questions or complaints, please contact our data protection officer directly:

Dr Jürgen Karstendiek
Wilhelmstr. 97
10117 Berlin, Germany
Telephone : +49 (0)30 18 682 3208

E-mail: Datenschutz@bmf.bund.de

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 it 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. If you simply register for one event you will not receive invitations to further events.

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 this 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.

To register and participate in guided tours or informational talks, please contact the Finance Ministry’s visitors’ service

Data protection requirements will be observed in full for the contact details you submit to register and participate in informational talks and guided tours offered by the Finance Ministry’s visitors’ service. You can ask us at any time whether we have stored any of your personal data – and, if so, which – and ask for it to be changed or deleted. Your personal data is used for the sole purpose of allowing you to register and participate in these talks or guided tours. We do not pass them on to third parties.

Details on the German Finance Ministry’s visitor service

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 children or juveniles, nor do we knowingly collect such data.

Privacy policy for our apps

For information on data protection for our applications, please follow these links:

Customs and travel app (only in German)

Customs and post app (only in German)

Motor vehicle tax app (only in German)

German Finance Ministry news app (only in German)

German Finance Ministry Tour app (only in German)

Check your data

Please click here (only in German) to review the data stored for your newsletter subscription. You will need the e-mail address which you used to subscribe to the newsletter.

Please click here (only in German) to find out where to check on any internet browser whether cookies are being used, and what they contain. You can find detailed information on data protection on the website of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (only in German) and on the website of the Federal Office for Information Security.

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