Privacy Statement

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal data. Therefore, we collect and process the personal data of our users only to the extent necessary.

We need to collect certain information when you visit our website so you can fully use the services available.

This privacy statement contains information about the type of data we collect about you, how we use that data, when we delete that data and what your rights are in this regard.

All personal data collected in connection with the use of our website is processed in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

1. General information

Data controller, data protection officer, complaints office

The data controller responsible for the processing of personal data in line with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Dahlmannstr. 4, 53113 Bonn


If you have any specific questions concerning the protection of your data, please contact the data protection officer at the BMZ.


Personal data

Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. A natural person is deemed to be identifiable if he or she can be directly or indirectly identified, especially by being assigned to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, or online identification data. The type of data collected, the purpose for which and the basis on which it is collected and processed depends largely on the type of service used by you, or on the purpose for which it is needed.

Protection of minors

Anyone younger than 18 should not submit personal data to the BMZ without the consent of a parent or guardian.

Your rights

You have the following rights: right of access (Article 15 GDPR), right to rectification (Article 16 GDPR), right to erasure (Article 17 GDPR), right to restriction of processing (Article 18 GDPR), right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR), right to object vis-à-vis the BMZ (Article 21 GDPR) and the right to withdraw consent (Article 7(3) GDPR).

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the

Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Husarenstr. 30,

53117 Bonn, Germany

Tel. +49 (0)228 99 7799-0



In order to perform its public relations tasks and provide information to the general public via the website, the BMZ uses personal data collected during website use. This also includes data that data subjects have submitted to the BMZ or that the BMZ has collected on them via third parties. To inform you about the processing of data and your rights and comply with our duty to provide information (Articles 13 and 14 GDPR), we have compiled an overview of the different types of data and how it is processed:

2. Processing of data when this website is visited

Whenever you visit the BMZ’s website we process data that is needed for statistical evaluation, The following data is stored:

  • the IP address used
  • the type and version of your Internet browser
  • the operating system used
  • the date and time of retrieval
  • the amount of data transmitted
  • the file path

The legal basis for such temporary data storage is Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR.

The data is used for optimising the website.

Server log files are deleted after 6 months.

Cookie policy

Cookies are a technology which can be used to provide you with tailored information from a website. A cookie is an element of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then store it on your system.

The BMZ occasionally uses cookies so that we can support you more effectively when you return to our website. The legal basis for the use of cookies is Article 1 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with section 3 BDSG. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it.

In Mozilla Firefox, you can check and change these settings by clicking on the Menu button (top right) – Options – Privacy & Security.

In Google Chrome, you can check and change these settings by clicking on the Menu button (top right) – Settings – Privacy and security – Content settings – Cookies.

In Internet Explorer, you can check and change these settings by clicking Tools (Alt + X) – Internet options – Privacy – Advanced.

If you do not wish to allow us to store and analyse your browsing information on the site, you may opt out by using the following mechanism. An opt-out cookie will be placed on your browser, preventing us from collecting any session data from you. Please note that if at any point you choose to delete all the cookies on your computer, the opt-out cookie will be deleted, too. In that case, you would need to renew your opt-out choice.

Opt out

You are entitled to object to such data collection and storage at any time with effect for the future. You can choose to prevent a unique web analytics cookie identification number being assigned to your computer. This will prevent the aggregation and analysis of statistical data concerning your visits to this website. If you wish to opt out, please deactivate the check box below to receive a Matomo opt-out cookie.

Matomo web analytics application

Based on Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 BDSG, the BMZ analyses information on website use for statistical purposes in the context of PR work and in order to provide demand-based information on the tasks performed by the BMZ. It does so using the web analysis service Matomo.

When individual pages of our website are accessed, the following data is stored:

  • page title
  • search terms referring users to the page
  • search engines
  • page URL
  • number of pages visited
  • user location (country)
  • provider
  • browser
  • operating system
  • screen resolution
  • browser plugins
  • when the web page was accessed
  • length of time spent on the page
  • entry pages
  • exit pages
  • downloads
  • referring websites.

Matomo uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer for the purpopse of analysing use of our website. Data ownership of the information generated by the cookie about your use of the website remains with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Prior to storage, your IP address is anonymised.

To do this, the user information generated by the cookie, including your truncated IP address, is sent to our server and stored there to analyse the use of our website. This enables us to optimise the website. Every time a user accesses a page on our website, and every time a file is downloaded, that information is stored in a log file. The data stored is evaluated for statistical purposes only. No data is passed on to third parties.

You can disable cookies by adjusting your browser settings accordingly (see instructions on this page). However, if you disable cookies, you may not be able to use all functions of this website.

By using this website, you agree to the BMZ processing your data as described above and for the purpose described above. All IP addresses will be truncated to anonymise them.

If you are asked for any personal details when using our services, it is entirely at your discretion whether to provide them or not. Your personal data will be stored and processed in line with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Der Webanalysedienst Matomo wird nicht auf der Internetsonderseite (Externer Link) angewandt.

3. Processing of data in the context of providing information

How personal data is processed depends on the form in which information is provided.

The legal basis for the storage of such data is Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR. No data will be passed on to third parties. Your data will not be processed or used for the purpose of advisory services, advertising or market research. If you do not consent to the storage and use of your data, this data will automatically be deleted after 30 days. If you explicitly confirm your subscription, the data will be stored permanently until you cancel your subscription. If you unsubscribe, all personal data will be deleted from our database. In compliance with the data minimisation principle, personal data is processed only to the extent necessary to implement the processes described above.

4. Information on data processing when using the BMZ’s social media platforms

The Internet platforms of the social media channels provide an excellent opportunity for federal authorities to communicate, network and engage with the general public. Therefore, the BMZ has decided to set up its own accounts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. We would be delighted to have you visit these platforms to obtain information on our work and to share your opinions with us.

We take the current discussions about data privacy in social networks very seriously. Whether and to what extent all networks are offering their services in compliance with European provisions on data privacy has not yet been fully clarified from a legal perspective.

We therefore wish to explicitly point out that the services used by the BMZ, such as YouTube (terms of use(External link)), Facebook (terms of use(External link)), Facebook (Page controller addendum = information on page insights/analytics services(External link)), Twitter (terms of use(External link)) and Instagram (terms of use(External link)) store user data in accordance with their own data processing terms and guidelines, and use such data for commercial purposes. The BMZ does not have any influence over the collection and further use of data by social networks. For example, we have no information about data storage (extent, location, length of time), compliance with deletion requirements, analysis and linking of data, and recipients of transmitted data.

It can be assumed, however, that your data will be passed on to third parties. The BMZ has no influence over this.

For now, we ask you that you yourself consider carefully what personal data you reveal when using social media. Please check your privacy settings regularly when using social networks.

For now, we ask you that you yourself consider carefully what personal data you reveal when using social media. Please check your privacy settings regularly when using social networks.

5. Information on the processing of personal data when you contact the BMZ

Die Kontaktaufnahme mit dem BMZ per E-Mail ist neben den Funktionspostfächern auch über die zentrale E-Mail-Adresse (Externer Link) möglich. Die in diesem Rahmen gespeicherten personenbezogenen Daten (Kontaktdaten: E-Mail-Adresse, Name, Vorname, Anschrift) werden nach der Weiterleitung an die zuständige Organisationseinheit des BMZ gelöscht.

The legal basis for processing this data is Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with section 3 BDSG.

6. Video surveillance

To prevent trespassing and for the purposes of averting danger and for law enforcement, the BMZ property surrounding its buildings is monitored by video cameras. The cameras are in constant operation The video recordings are stored on internal film servers subject to strict access restrictions until the storage capacity has been reached. Subsequently, the oldest data is overwritten. All video recordings are deleted after 10 days unless they are needed to avert an immediate danger or to prosecute a criminal offence or a misdemeanour.

For video surveillance, the following data is stored:

  • video without sound
  • time of the recording
  • file namefile type
  • type
  • size and date of recording
  • client/owner.

7. Events

In order to carry out its public tasks, the BMZ regularly hosts events with internal and external participants.

Personal data is processed for the purpose of participant management. Participant lists may be on display at the event venue, and photos/video recordings may be made of people attending BMZ events.

Photos/videos commissioned by the BMZ are used in our public relations work. Participants who do not wish to be photographed/recorded on video are kindly requested to avoid areas where photos are being taken/filming is in process and/or communicate their wishes to the photographer/videographer as appropriate. The photos/videos are made available as part of our public relations work both to the general public (especially via publications and the BMZ’s website) and internally to BMZ staff (intranet, shared hard drives). N.B.: please note that we have no influence over any videos/photos made or taken by members of the press and media representatives. Press and media representatives are data controllers in their own right within the meaning of the GDPR.

The legal basis for the data processing is Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with section 3 BDSG.

Such personal data relating to you is contact data and photos/videos.

There is no intention to transfer your data to a recipient in a third country or to an international organisation.

Your data will be deleted after 5 years.


Participation in BMZ events is not possible unless you provide your contact data.