Statement on Data Protection

The BMBF's web offering can be used without personal information being disclosed. Personal information is only collected for technical purposes, for example if you place an order or sign up to be on a newsletter mailing list.

The following statement provides you with a complete overview of how the BMBF ensures the protection of your data and of the types of data that are collected and the purpose of doing so.

Data processing on this website

Data are collected and exchanged every time a website is visited. The BMBF automatically collects and stores data that your browser transfers to our server. This includes:

  • your internet browser type/version
  • the operating system being used
  • the loaded web page
  • the previously visited page (referrer URL)
  • host name of the accessing computer (IP address)
  • time of the server request

The BMBF analyzes this data solely for statistical purposes in order to measure the demand for BMBF web offerings. The BMBF is not able to trace this data back to specific individuals. These data are not merged with other data sources. Data that were logged during access to the BMBF's web offering are only transferred to third parties in so far as we are obliged to do so by law or under a court order. Data will also be transferred in the case of attacks on the BMBF internet infrastructure that are subject to legal or criminal prosecution. Data will not be transferred for any other reason. Click [here] to see what data your internet browser communicates to our server.


The BMBF uses so-called session cookies so that you can order brochures from any web page of the BMBF's web offering and place your order in a shopping basket. Session cookies are small information units that a provider stores in the active memory of the visiting user's computer. A randomly generated, unique ID number, a so-called session ID, is stored in a session cookie. A cookie also contains information as to its origin and the period of time it is to reside on a computer. These cookies cannot store any further types of data. The session ID is used to compile orders in the shopping basket.

Other providers use permanent cookies to recognize visitors returning after a longer period of time. This type of information is stored as a text file on the hard drive of the user's computer. In contrast to this, the session cookies used by the BMBF are deleted as soon as you end a session. Your shopping basket is automatically emptied once the browser has been closed or another page has been loaded. The contents of your shopping basket must be selected anew, should you end a session without completing your order transaction.

Handling cookies

All internet browser can handle cookies. Most browsers are set up to accept all cookies without asking the user for permission. If you would like to use the BMBF's shopping-basket feature, please set up your browser to accept session cookies.

If you refuse all cookies:

  • you cannot add various different publications to your shopping-basket and
  • you can only order one brochure at a time

Data pertaining to the dispatch of newsletters

When you sign up to be on a mailing list for one the BMBF's newsletters, your e-mail address and selected newsletter list(s) are stored on our server. We use this information solely for purposes of dispatching newsletters. Data sets are used to analyze system performance for statistical purposes. We neither pass on this data to third parties nor use it for any other purposes of our own. Our registration system, which includes a confirmation message containing a web link to finalize registration (double-opt-in), ensures that you have explicitly requested the newsletter.

You can review your data via the corresponding website at any time. To do so you require the e-mail address you used when registering for the newsletter.

Order transactions and e-mails to the BMBF

When you send us an e-mail, its contents and your e-mail address will be used solely for purposes of corresponding with you. In the case of order transactions, any personal data submitted will be passed on to third parties solely for purposes of handling the order (e.g. to a mail order company, or other public authorities or institutions if applicable). Your data will be deleted once your order has been completed. Inquiries from the general public, both on paper and electronic, are stored in accordance with the statutory periods of the Registry Directive, which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (GGO).

Right of information

You have the right to demand information on data that has been saved about you personally as well as to know where the data originated from, who has received it and the purposes for storing it. The BMBF's internet editor staff ( can provide you with information on the stored data. You can address any questions or grievances you may have to the BMBF's Data Protection Commissioner.

Reviewing your data

You can see the data that have been transferred from your browser to our server by clicking here.

Any internet browser can be set up to notify you whenever cookies are activated and to display their contents. The virtual data protection office  of the Federal and Länder Commissioners for Data Protection in Germany provides detailed information on this subject.

You can review the data stored for newsletter dispatch purposes via the corresponding website at any time. The e-mail address you used when registering for the newsletter is required to access this data.


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