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Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

Data privacy statement

1. Website content

The author takes no responsibility for the timeliness, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided. The author is in no event liable for damages of any kind incurred or suffered as a result of the use or non-use of the information presented on this website or the use of defective or incomplete information unless the author has been acting deliberately or in a wantonly negligent manner. The contents of this website are subject to confirmation and not binding. The author expressly reserves the right to alter, amend or remove pages, whole and in part, without prior notice or to discontinue publication for a period of time or even completely.

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2. References and links

In cases of direct and indirect references to third-party Internet pages or other documents on the Internet (hyperlinks) the author is not responsible for, the author can only be made liable if the author was aware of the content of the website or if it would have been reasonable and technically feasible to prevent the use of websites with illegal content. The author hereby explicitly states that, at the time of setting the link, there was no evidence of illegal content on the respective website. The author has no influence on the current or future design, the content or the copyright of the linked website. Therefore, the author dissociates him-/herself explicitly from all changes concerning the contents of linked pages that were made after the link was set. This statement is valid for all links and references within the website created by the author as well as for links and references from third parties in guestbooks, discussion forums, lists of links and mailing lists. The provider of the linked page is exclusively responsible for illegal, defective or incomplete contents and especially for damages resulting from the use or non-use of the information presented on the linked page. The author referring to the page through a link is not liable for any of the above.

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3. Copyright and acknowledgement of sources

The author aims to observe the copyright of any graphic, audio document, video sequence or text in all publications, to use his/her own graphics, audio documents, video sequences or texts or to make use of license free graphics, audio documents, video sequences or texts. All trade marks and brands mentioned on the website, including those protected by third parties, are without limitation subject to the provisions under the respective labelling law and the rights of the copyright holder. The sole mentioning of a trade mark on this website should not lead to the assumption that it is not protected by the rights of a third party!

The author of the website has the exclusive copyright to all published objects created by him-/herself. The reproduction or use of any such graphics, audio documents, video sequences or texts in other electronic or printed publications is prohibited without the author's express consent.

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4. Data Protection

On some pages you have the possibility to enter personal or business data (e. g. e-mail addresses, names, postal addresses, etc.). The disclosure of this data is voluntary. If technically feasible and where reasonable, all services offered can be used without disclosing personal information or by use of anonymised data or aliases. Exceptions are forms for ordering publications or other materials, registration forms for events or accreditation forms. Third parties are prohibited from sending unsolicited information to mailing addresses, phone or fax numbers or e-mail addresses published on the imprint page or similar pages. We reserve the right to take legal action against anyone violating this prohibition by sending so-called spam.

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5. E-mail Communication

Security gaps can occur in e-mail communication. It is possible that an e-mail sent to staff of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety may be intercepted and read by experienced Internet users. If you send an e-mail to the Ministry (e. g. by completing the contact form), we assume that the staff of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety is authorised to reply by e-mail. If you do not wish to receive an e-mail, we kindly ask you to consider alternative ways of communication, for example regular mail. 

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6. Privacy Policy

Every access to the website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety will be stored on the web server in a protocol file for a maximum of 24 hours exclusively for the purpose of data security. The protocol file includes the following data:

  • files accessed
  • date and time of access
  • volume of data transferred
  • notice whether data was successfully accessed
  • IP address of the user or provider
  • internet address of last internet page visited (referrer)
  • information about the programme recalling data (user agent)

The data stored will not be used for statistical purposes. We do not pass on this data to third parties for commercial or non-commercial use. The website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety uses Piwik (cf. 7 Cookies/collection of statistics) in order to trace users' access habits. Data from the server log files will not be combined with data collected from other pages of our website for which a disclosure of personal information is requested. It is impossible to identify you by the IP number from the server log file and this will not be attempted. An IP address will only be analysed in case of an attack on the Internet infrastructure of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, in case of breach of the public order or in other cases of illegal actions in connection with the website. An analysis of the IP number to reveal the identity of the user can only be made via the provider used and only if a prosecutor institutes an investigation. If personal information is necessary to use a service on this website, your active participation will be requested. Only the data necessary to process a request will be asked of you. Data is treated as confidential and will be used only within the framework of data protection law and for the purpose for which it was requested. If storing personal data (e. g. name, address, e-mail address) is needed to provide a certain service, the data will be stored only for the time period necessary to handle the request or to fulfil the task of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, for which the data was requested. If an offer is terminated or a user unsubscribes to an information service (e. g. a mailing list), personal data will be cleared irrevocably after a maximum of 6 weeks.

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7. Cookies

You can access the entire website without accepting cookies. The following functions require cookies:

7.1 Contact forms

To avoid misuse through automatic filling in of contact forms, these are protected by captchas (numbers and letters combined in an image). This requires that the combination shown be linked to the user filling it out. A cookie is thus necessary to send the forms found on this site. The cookie is deleted after the form has been sent or the browser has been closed.

Note: Session cookies are used in connection with the contact forms. Session cookies are small bits of information stored by the site in the working memory of the user's computer. It stores a unique, randomly generated identification number called the session ID, as well as information about where it came from and how long it will be stored. These cookies cannot contain any other data. Other sites use persistent cookies in order to recognise returning users even after a long period. This information is stored as a text file on the user's hard drive. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, however, erases session cookies when the session is terminated, for example by closing the browser or opening another page.

This data will not be combined with any other data stored in connection with the visit to the website or any data from the use of offers for which personal data is requested.

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7.2 Collection of statistics

Data is collected on this website for statistical and optimisation purposes using the webtracking tools Piwik and etracker. Both tools use cookies, which are text files that are stored on your computer, to help us analyse the use of the website. To this end, the use of information generated by the cookie (including your anonymized IP address) is transmitted to our server and stored. This function can be deactivated (see 7.3. below).

The information produced by the cookie is used exclusively for statistical purposes and the improvement of the internet presence and server. Your IP address is anonymised and cannot be traced back to you. It will not be shared with third parties.

When you access a page, data about the visit is stored. This includes the following information: page title, search term that led to the page, search engines, page URL, number of pages accessed, location of the visitor (country), internet provider, browser, operating system, screen resolution, browser plugins, time of visits, length of visits, entry page, exit page, downloads, referring pages.

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7.3. Opting out of data collection

As a user, you always have the option to reject the tracking by the Piwik and etracker programs that are used. Please observe the following necessary steps.

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Piwik

If users have activated a browser's do-not-track option, Piwik will not collect any user data. In this case, you do not need to do anything else.

If you have not activated it, please follow the instructions. Internet Explorer users please read the note below. Once the settings have been activated there, you can check the box to opt out.

Nota bene: If you delete your cookies, the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and you may need to re-activate it.

Important information

Internet Explorer users can deactivate Piwik by navigating to Tools → Internet Options → Privacy → Advanced, putting a check mark next to "Override Automatic Cookie Handling" and then clicking the "OK" button.

etracker

User profiles can be created under a pseudonym from data collected by etracker during the use of this website. Data collected with the technologies of the web-tracking tools is not used to identify a visitor personally without the explicit consent of the person concerned and are not aggregated with any personal information about the bearer of the pseudonym. You can opt out of future data collection and storage at any time here.

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8. User's right to information

Pursuant to §§ 19 - 20 Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), as a user of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety website you have the right to request information on the kind and extent of data stored during your visit at any time. On request, the information relating to your interests will be provided to you free of charge. Please contact the Data Protection Officer for the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

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9. Data Protection Officer at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

If you have further questions on data protection, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Data Protection Officer will assist you. Please contact the Data Protection Officer

Mr Hans-Georg Stotzem
Phone: 030 18 305-2124
E-mail: datenschutzbeauftragter@bmub.bund.de

He also is the contact person for the enforcement of your rights as a data subject.

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10. Legal effectiveness of this disclaimer

This disclaimer is part of the website linked to this page. If parts of this text or certain wordings are not, no longer or not completely in line with current law, it will not prejudice the rest of the document in terms of content or validity.

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Last update: 03.02.2015

Data Protection Officer

Federal Ministry for the Environment,
Nature Conservation,
Building and Nuclear Safety
Herr Hans-Georg Stotzem
11055 Berlin

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