Privacy Policy Statement

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) takes the protection of personal data very seriously. For users to be able to use our website fully, it is necessary to collect certain information when they visit our website. With this privacy policy statement, we are informing users about which data we collect, how we use that data and about their rights as users of our website. 

I. Controller pursuant to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Stresemannstraße 128 - 130
10117 Berlin Germany
Phone: +49 (0)30 18 305-0
Fax: +49 (0)228 99 305-3225

II. Name and contact details of data protection officer

For any questions or information on data protection, please contact the data protection officer at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Mr Dr. Marcus Schroeder
Telefon: +49 (0)30 18 305-4550

III. Which information is collected and for what purpose?

1. Visits to website (server logs)

Every visit to our website is stored on a protocol file to ensure data security. To this end, the following data is stored for a maximum of 24 hours:

  • names of 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 website visited directly before (referrer)
  • information about the programme retrieving the data (user agent)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety is not able to directly link IP addresses to users and rules it out.

IP addresses are only analysed in cases of attacks against our website, breaches of public order or other cases of illegal actions in connection with the website. An analysis of the IP address to reveal the identity of the user can only be conducted with the help of the user's provider and only in connection with investigations by the police or public prosecutors.

This data is not used for statistical purposes. We do not pass on this data to third parties for commercial or non-commercial use.

Further information about how this site uses cookies can be found in our cookie statement.

2. Visits to website (access statistics)

Your visit to our website is recorded using the web analytics service Matomo (formerly Pwik). This service works on the basis of Javascript, no cookies are set by default. The information collected is used exclusively for statistical purposes and to improve the website and server. No personal data is recorded or passed on to third parties.

The following information is collected: Two bytes of the IP address of the requesting device, title of visited page, search engines used, page URL, number of pages visited, location of the visitor (country), internet provider, browser, operating system, screen resolution, browser plugins, visit times, length of visits, entry pages, exit pages, downloads, referring websites.

Users have the option to reject tracking by Matomo at any time.

3. Filling out forms with personal data

Some information offers on our website provide the option of filling out forms with personal data. For example, if users subscribe to our newsletter or other email services, they will need to provide their email address. If users register for an event or order information material, we will need their name and address. 

Users are free to decide whether they wish to submit this data. Only the data needed to deliver the requested service is asked of users. Data is treated as confidential and is only used for the purpose for which it was requested. 

If the storage of personal data is required to provide a certain service, the data is only stored for the time period necessary to handle the request or to fulfil the offer or task of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety for which the data was requested.

Once users unsubscribe to such a service or it is terminated by the ministry, personal data is irretrievably deleted after a maximum of 6 weeks. The BMU sends out newsletters which track the clicks made by the recipient. The clicks to the links are counted without matching them to the respective recipient. This data does not allow us to analyse which recipient has clicked on what link, but only the number of clicks per link. No personal data is stored.

4. Email communication and contact form

If users send us a message through our contact form or directly by email, the data they submit will be used to communicate with them. 

Security gaps can occur in email communication. Emails sent to staff of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety may be intercepted and read by experienced Internet users. If users send an email to the ministry, we assume that we are authorised to reply to the email address used. If users do not want this, it may be advisable to consider using another channel of communication, for example regular mail.

If users use forms to send emails, information about the browser version and operating system is stored in the system in addition to the data submitted. IP addresses are not stored. This data is not processed; it only serves the purpose of correcting errors in individual cases. Information is automatically deleted after 28 days. 

5. Links to websites of other providers and social media

Our website contains links to websites of other providers and social media. We would like to expressly point out that these websites process personal data in accordance with their own privacy policies. The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has no influence on the compliance of other providers with data protection regulations.

6. Photos for press and public relations work

In connection with our press and public relations work, during events and meetings photos will be taken in which you may be identifiable. You may object to such photos being taken and/or published. Please use the contact details above for such objections.

IV. How is your data handled when you contact the civic communication team or the visitor service?

How your personal data is processed depends on the channel of communication. We differentiate between contact via email, online contact form and mail or fax.

Information or enquiries submitted electronically – just like information submitted on paper – is stored for the periods required in accordance with the Registry Guideline, supplementing the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries.

By submitting an inquiry, you agree that your request may be forwarded to other supreme federal authorities or authorities under the supervision of the BMU for processing. We forward inquiries in compliance with data protection laws.

1. Contact via email

If you send an email, we use the data provided by you (e.g. first and last name, address), at least your email address and the personal data contained in the email, for the purpose of contacting you and processing your request.

2. Contact via online contact forms of the civic communication team and the visitor service

If you use the online contact form of the civic communication team, you must choose a form of address and enter your name and email address. The online contact form of the visitor service requires you to provide the desired visit date, your full name, address, phone number and email address as well as information on the visitor group. It is impossible to process your request via the contact form without this information. We also receive information on the date and time of your inquiry.

If you send us a message via the contact form, we assume that we are entitled to respond via email. If not, you should specifically indicate another preferred channel of communication.

3. Contact via mail or fax

If you write us a letter or send a fax, we will process the data provided by you (e.g. first and last name, address) and use the information contained in the letter or fax (personal data provided by you, if any) for the purpose of contacting you and processing your request.

4. Visitor groups

The BMU regularly welcomes visitors for information events. For security reasons, the BMU has to ask for visitors’ first and last names and dates of births in preparation for the event in order to grant access to the BMU premises. For operational reasons, we store first and last names and dates of birth in an IT-based system.

Any other data you voluntarily provide us may help us to better prepare for your visit to the BMU.

Any person registering others must inform them about the processing of their personal data for the purpose of arranging their visit to the BMU. The affected persons must have given their consent to this.

V. How do we protect children and young people (protection of minors)?

Persons under the age of 18 should not submit personal information to us without the consent of their parent or legal guardian. We do not request personal data from children or young people without the consent of their parents or legal guardian. We do not knowingly collect such data, and we do not pass it on to third parties.

VI. Why do we store personal data?

Generally, submitting personal data is not required when using our website. If we store personal data on our website, it is only done with the users’ consent, which can be withdrawn at any time (for example, newsletter subscriptions pursuant to Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR), or for processing an order (for example, of publications pursuant to Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR).

In any other case, we only process personal data when legally required to do so (pursuant to Article 6 (1) (c) GDPR), when processing is necessary for performing the tasks of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, when it is in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority (pursuant to Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Article 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG). 

VII. Who do we pass data on to?

We operate our website in cooperation with external service providers. Where personal data is processed (for example, for sending newsletters or processing publication orders), we have put in place organisational and technical measures to ensure that our external service providers comply with data protection regulations. 

Unless otherwise specified, data stored by our website is processed by our main service provider familie redlich digital GmbH, which is located in the Federal Republic of Germany. If personal data is passed on to third parties, the respective page is labelled accordingly. 

VIII. What are the rights of users of our website?

With regard to the processing of personal data, visitors of the website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety enjoy the rights stipulated in Articles 12 to 22 GDPR:

Right of access pursuant to Article 15 GDPR

This right grants full access to relevant personal data and other important criteria such as purposes of processing or storage period. The exemptions specified in Article 34 BDSG apply.

Right to rectification pursuant to Article 16 GDPR

This right gives users the possibility to rectify inaccurate personal data concerning them.

Right to erasure pursuant to Article 17 GDPR

This right gives users the possibility to have data deleted. For data to be deleted, it is necessary that the personal data is no longer required, was unlawfully processed or that the consent has been withdrawn. The exemptions specified in Article 35 BDSG apply.

Right to restriction of processing pursuant to Article 18 GDPR

This right gives users the possibility to provisionally prevent further processing of the relevant personal data. This applies, in particular, in a review phase of the user establishing, exercising or defending other legal claims.

Right to data portability pursuant to Article 20 GDPR

This provision gives users the right to obtain relevant personal data in a commonly used, machine-readable format, for example pdf, from the controller in order to pass it on to other controllers where necessary.

Right to object pursuant to Article 21 GDPR

This right provides users with the possibility to object, on grounds relating to their particular situation, to processing relevant personal data where this is justified with a view to performing public tasks or lies in the public or private interest. Pursuant to Article 36 BDSG, this provision does not apply where an official authority is legally obligated to process the data.

Right to withdraw consent pursuant to Article 7 (3) GDPR

Users have the right to withdraw their consent for the future at any time. An option to withdraw consent is available to users on the website where the consent was given before.

Exercising these rights is free of charge and is provided in line with the user’s information rights. For more information, please contact the data protection officer at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

IX. Right to submit complaints to supervisory authority

In cases where the ministry processes personal data, users have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority for data protection. The competent supervisory authority is:

Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Husarenstraße 30
53117 Bonn
Telefon: +49 (0)228 99 7799-0