PRIVACY POLICY

Using personal data responsibly has a high priority at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. We want users to know when the BMI collects and uses which data.

The website at the domain http://deutschland-ist-eins-vieles.de is published for the Federal Government by the Office for the 30th Anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German Reunification, which is based at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community. This is a website through which the Office informs the public about its activities and makes information easily accessible.

We process personal data only to the extent necessary. Which data are needed and processed for what purposes and on what basis depends on the type of service you choose and for what purpose the data are needed.

We have put technical and organizational safeguards in place to ensure that we and our external service providers comply with data protection law.

The BMI processes personal data in compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679) and the Federal Data Protection Act .

1. General information

1.1. Controller and data protection officer

The controller responsible for processing personal data is the

Office for the 30th Anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German Reunification 
Geschäftstelle 30 Jahre Friedliche Revolution und Deutsche Einheit
Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat
Alt-Moabit 140 
10557 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 (0) 30 18 681- 10394

E-mail address: 

Legally responsible for editorial content:
Eleonore Petermann

Design and implementation:
ORCA Gruppe

Publication information: http://deutschland-ist-eins-vieles.de/impressum/

If you have specific questions about how your privacy is protected, please contact the BMI Data Protection Officer:

Beauftragte für den Datenschutz im BMI
Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat
Alt-Moabit 140
10557 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 (0) 30 18 681 -0; 
E-mail:

1.2. Personal data

The term “personal data” means all information related to an identified or identifiable natural person. Natural persons are considered identifiable if they can be identified directly or indirectly, in particular by linking them to an identifier such as a name, identification number, location data or an online reference number.

1.3. Protection of minors

Anyone younger than 16 should not submit personal data to us without the consent of their parents or guardians. 

1.4. Legal basis

The BMI processes personal data in carrying out its assigned tasks in the public interest. These tasks include in particular informing the public, which includes making information available to the public through this website. The legal basis for processing is, along with the constitutionally mandated duty to inform citizens of the political activities, projects and goals of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with the relevant national or European law and with Section 3 BDSG. If personal data must be processed in the individual case to meet a legal obligation, Article 6 (1) (c) GDPR applies as well, in conjunction with the relevant legal provision on which the legal obligation is based.

If we obtain your consent to process your personal data, Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

If vital interests of the data subject or another natural person make it necessary to process personal data, Article 6 (1) (d) GDPR serves as the legal basis.

1.5. Deletion and period of storage

The userʼs personal data are deleted or disabled as soon as the purpose for which they were stored no longer applies.

2. Data processing related to visiting this website

2.1. Data acquisition

Every time someone accesses our website and retrieves a file, data are temporarily saved in a log file.

Specifically, the following data are saved:

date and time of retrieval (time stamp) and the IP address of the device or server requesting access

details of the request and destination (log version, HTTP method, user agent string)

name of the file retrieved and amount of data transferred (requested URL and query string, size in bytes)

notification of whether the request was successful or not (HTTP status code)

According to Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 5 of the Act to Enhance the Security of Federal Information Systems, we are also required to store data past the time of your visit in order to protect against attacks on the BMI’s Internet infrastructure and federal communications technology. These data are analysed and, in the event of attacks on the communications technology, needed to initiate legal and criminal proceedings. These data are deleted as soon as they are no longer needed for official purposes.

Data logged when the BMI website is accessed are shared with third parties only if we are legally obligated to do so, or if needed for legal or criminal proceedings in the event of attacks on federal communications technology. Otherwise these data are not shared with third parties. The BMI does not combine these data with other data sources.

Please note that the services Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, which are also incorporated into the BMI website, do store data of visitors to the website who actively use these services, such as to view videos on the website. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube store these data in line with their privacy policies and use them for their commercial purposes. The BMI has no influence over how these social networks collect or use data. As a result, the BMI is not aware of the extent, duration or location of data storage, whether the networks comply with their obligations to delete data, how the data are analysed and connected or with whom the data are shared.

2.2. Session cookies

Session cookies are small units of information which a website provider saves to the random access memory of the visitor’s computer. A session cookie contains a randomly generated, unique identification number, known as a session ID. A cookie also contains information on its origin and how long it may be saved. These cookies are unable to store any other data. The session ID is used to put the items you wish to order in your shopping cart.

Session cookies are deleted when you end the session. All items are removed from your shopping cart when you close your browser window or leave the web page without completing your order. In this case, your shopping cart will be reset to zero and your items will not be ordered.

Every Internet browser can show you when cookies have been stored on your computer and what they contain. The websites of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and the Federal Office for Information Security offer more detailed information.

Some cookies are permanent, in order to remember website visitors returning after a long absence. They are stored as text files on the hard drive of the visitor’s computer. We do not use such cookies on our website.

Most web browsers accept cookies by default. However, storage of cookies can be disabled, or the browser can be set up to store cookies only for the duration of the specific Internet session.

2.3. Web analysis

Based on Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 BDSG, the BMI analyses information on website use for statistical purposes in the context of informing the public and in order to provide information on the BMI’s assigned tasks as needed.

We do so using the web analysis service Matomo/PIWIK.

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

two bytes of the IP address of the user’s retrieving system (anonymous)

the web page accessed

the sub-pages retrieved from the web page retrieved

length of time spent on the page

how often the web page was retrieved

For our web analysis, no cookies are placed on users’ computers. Nor are the data shared with third parties.

If you do not want these data from your website visit to be stored and analysed, although they are entirely anonymous, you can opt out.

In this case, an opt-out cookie is saved to your browser, which means that Matomo will not collect any more session data.

Note: If you delete your cookies, this also deletes opt-out cookies, which you will have to re-activate as desired.

3. Processing personal data when you contact us

3.1. Contacting the ministry via e-mail

You can contact the BMI using the central e-mail address . Personal data sent to the central e-mail address and stored by the organizational unit responsible for distributing mail are deleted one year after being forwarded to the responsible organizational units within the ministry. 

The data you send (such as first and last name, address) and at least your e-mail address and the information contained in your message (including any personal data you provide) will be saved by the relevant organizational unit for the purpose of contacting you and responding to your message in accordance with the time limits for record retention given in the Registry Directive, supplemental to the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries .

Please note that the data will be processed in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 BDSG. For us to respond to your message, we must process the personal data you provide.

3.2. Contacting the ministry by post.

If you write a letter to the ministry, the data you send (such as first and last name, address) will be stored and the information contained in your letter (including any personal data you provide) will be saved for the purpose of contact and responding to your letter in accordance with the time limits for record retention given in the Registry Directive, supplemental to the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries .

Please note that the data will be processed in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 BDSG. For us to respond to your message, we must process the personal data you provide.

3.3. Contacting the ministry by telephone

If you contact a ministry staff member by telephone, your personal data will be processed as far as necessary to respond to your concern.

4. Processing personal data when using social networks

The Office for the 30th Anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution and German Reunification at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community is active on the social media networks Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. In this capacity, the Office processes personal data.

4.1. Data processed by social media networks

4.1.1. Twitter

The BMI relies on the technological platform and services of Twitter Inc., 1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA for the short message service offered here. (twitter.com). The Twitter International Company, One Cumberland Place, Fenian Street, Dublin 2, D02 AX07, Ireland, is responsible for processing the data of persons residing outside the United States.

Please note that you are responsible for your own use of the Twitter short message service offered here and all of its functions. This applies in particular to the use of interactive functions (e.g. retweets, likes). Please also note that these service providers do store data of their users (such as personal information, IP addresses, etc.) in line with their privacy policies and use them for commercial purposes. The BMI has no influence on the scope or nature of the data that Twitter processes, nor on the nature of this processing and use or the transfer of this data by Twitter to third parties. In effect, then, the BMI has no ability to monitor any of these practices. For a detailed description of the different types of processing and possibilities for opting out, please refer to the privacy policies and statements of the operator, Twitter Inc.:

For information about which data Twitter processes and for what purposes they are used, please see Twitter’s privacy policy: https://twitter.com/de/privacy.

Additional information on these points is available on the following Twitter support sites: https://support.twitter.com/articles/105576# and https://help.twitter.com/de/search?q=privacy+policy.

Twitter Inc. has committed itself to the principles of the EUUS Privacy Shield. More information is available at: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt0000000TORzAAO&status=Active.

Information about how you can see your own data on Twitter is available here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20172711#.

Information on the conclusions Twitter has drawn about you is available here: https://twitter.com/your_twitter_data

Information on the existing options for personalization and privacy settings is available here (with additional references): https://twitter.com/personalization

You also have the option of requesting information via Twitter privacy policy inquiries or the Twitter archive download: https://support.twitter.com/forms/privacy and https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170320# 

4.1.2. Data processed by YouTube/ Google

To provide video content and to embed said content in its own website (see 2.1), the BMI uses the technology platform and offerings of Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (www.youtube.com). As with Twitter, it is also true in the case of YouTube (Google) that the BMI has no influence on the social networks’ data collection or on the further use of this data. In effect, then, the BMI has no ability to monitor any of these things.  

For a detailed description of the different types of processing and possibilities for opting out, please refer to the privacy policies and statements of the operator, Google/YouTube.:

For information about which data YouTube processes and for what purposes they are used, please see the privacy policies of YouTube and Google: https://policies.google.com/privacy

Google/YouTube, LLC has committed itself to the principles of the EUUS Privacy Shield. More information is available at: https://www.privacyshield.gov/participant?id=a2zt000000001L5AAI&status=Active

For the opt-out plug-in, see: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=de

Settings for displaying advertisements: https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated

4.1.3. Facebook

The BMI relies on the technology platform and services of Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland (www.facebook.com) for the Facebook fan page that is offered here. 

Please note that you are responsible for your own use of the Facebook platform offered here and all of its functions. This applies in particular to the use of interactive functions. Please also note that these service providers do store data of their users (such as personal information, IP addresses, etc.) in line with their privacy policies and use them for commercial purposes. The BMI has no influence on the scope or nature of the data that Facebook processes, nor on the nature of this processing and use or the transfer of this data by Facebook to third parties. In effect, then, the BMI has no ability to monitor any of these practices. For a detailed description of the different types of processing and possibilities for opting out, please refer to the privacy policies and statements of the operator, Facebook:

The company Facebook provides information about privacy issues on its website at: https://www.facebook.com/privacy/explanation

Information on the terms of use for Facebook is available here: https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms?ref=pf

Information on Facebook Insights is available at: https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/page_controller_addendum

Facebook’s cookies policy is available here: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/2061665240770586

Questions about privacy can be directed to Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/2061665240770586

Facebook’s data protection officer can be contacted here: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/540977946302970

4.1.4. Instagram 

For the content it offers on Instagram, the BMI relies on the technology platform and services of Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland (www.instagram.com).

Please note that you are responsible for your own use of the Instagram platform offered here and all of its functions. This applies in particular to the use of interactive functions. Please also note that these service providers do store data of their users (such as personal information, IP addresses, etc.) in line with their privacy policies and use them for commercial purposes. The BMI has no influence on the scope or nature of the data that Instagram and Facebook process, nor on the nature of this processing and use or the transfer of this data to third parties. In effect, then, the BMI has no ability to monitor any of these practices. For a detailed description of the different types of processing and possibilities for opting out, please refer to the privacy policies and statements of the operator, Facebook:

The company Facebook provides information about privacy issues on its website at: https://help.instagram.com/519522125107875

Information on the terms of use for Facebook is available here: https://help.instagram.com/581066165581870

Information on settings for Instagram user accounts is available here: https://help.instagram.com/285881641526716?helpref=page_content

Questions about privacy can be directed to Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/2061665240770586

Facebook’s data protection officer can be contacted here:  https://www.facebook.com/help/contact/540977946302970

4.1.5 Integration of social media networks into website offerings

The Social Feeds tool of the company EmbedSocial is also used to embed content from social media networks on this website.

4.2. Data processed by the BMI

The Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community also processes your data.

4.2.1. Purpose and legal basis

The processing of data takes place for purposes of the public relations work of the BMI as part of its constitutionally mandated duty to inform citizens of its political activities, projects and goals.

4.2.2. Recipients

The initial recipients of data are the social networks; from there, the data may possibly be passed on to third parties for the social networks’ own purposes and at their own responsibility. The public – that is, potentially everybody – is an additional recipient of the publications. 

The BMI may use special editorial software to fulfil its editorial tasks (recording and responding to questions from the public, responding to contributions and comments). The use of this software and the processing of data take place in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 BDSG.

Within the scope of the use of editorial software, it is necessary for data to be saved temporarily by the licensing service provider. The data are stored on a server located in the European Union. These data include profile and account names, profile photo, content of the request, number of followers and profiles which the profile follows and the latest Tweets. The data are saved for a period of six months, then deleted. For us to respond to your message, we must process the personal data you provide.

The data which you enter into social media networks, particularly your user name and the content published under your account, are processed by us to the extent that we may refer to, quote or respond to your contributions within the scope of a given platform’s options. The data that you voluntarily publish and disseminate on social media networks are thus incorporated by the BMI into its offerings and made available to its subscribers.

4.2.3. Transfer of data to third countries

There is a European Commission adequacy decision regarding the level of data protection in the US under the conditions of the EUUS Privacy Shield (Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1250 of 12 July 2016 pursuant to Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EUUS Privacy Shield (notified under document C(2016) 4176).

4.2.4. Rights, documentation, evaluation

You can exercise your right to information and your rights to restrict the processing of your data, to object, and to have your data rectified or deleted by directly contacting the editorial team of the Office () at: Geschäftsstelle “30 Jahre Friedliche Revolution und Deutsche Einheit“, Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat, Alt-Moabit 140, 10557 Berlin, Germany; or the Data Protection Officer () at: Beauftragte für den Datenschutz im BMI, Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat, Alt-Moabit 140, 10557 Berlin, Germany.

5. Processing personal data in the context of providing information

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

5.1. Ordering printed publications

If you order printed publications from this website, we must process your personal data to carry out pre-contractual measures and the contract (providing publications) according to Article 6 (1) (b) GDPR.

The following personal data are needed to process your order:

name

street address

postal code and city or town

e-mail address

These data are processed to carry out your order. If we are unable to finalize your order, the data you provide will be shared with third parties (shipping company, other government agencies or institutions which send the publications). If you do not provide the necessary data, your order will not be processed. Additional information, such as your title, first name, company and country are not necessary to process your order, although they are helpful.

The data you provide will be made anonymous 90 days after your order has been shipped.

5. Your rights

You have the following rights vis-à-vis the BMI with regard to personal data concerning you:

Right of access, Article 15 GDPR
This right gives data subjects comprehensive access to data concerning them and to a few other key criteria, such as the purpose of processing or the length of storage. Exceptions to this right are governed by Section 34 BDSG.

Right to rectification, Article 16 GDPR
This right enables data subjects to have inaccurate personal data concerning them to be corrected.

Right to erasure, Article 17 GDPR
This right enables data subjects to have the controller delete personal data concerning them. However, such data may be deleted only if they are no longer needed, if they were processed unlawfully or if consent covering their processing has been withdrawn. Exceptions to this right are governed by Section 35 BDSG.

Right to restriction of processing, Article 18 GDPR
This right enables data subjects to temporarily prevent further processing of personal data concerning them. Such a restriction is used above all when data subjects are examining whether to claim other rights.

Right to object, Article 21 GDPR
This right enables data subjects to object in a special situation to further processing of personal data concerning them if such processing is justified by the performance of public tasks or by public or private interests. Exceptions to this right are governed by Section 36 BDSG.

Right to data portability, Article 20 GDPR
This right enables data subjects to receive the personal data concerning them in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the controller and to transmit those data to another controller. According to Article 20 (3), second sentence of the GDPR, this right does not apply if the data processing is necessary to perform a task carried out in the public interest.

Right to withdraw consent, Articles 13 and 14 GDPR
If the personal data are processed on the basis of consent, data subjects can withdraw their consent at any time for the purpose in question. The lawfulness of processing on the basis of the consent provided remains unaffected until notification has been received that consent has been withdrawn.

You can claim these rights by writing to the contacts listed in item 1.1 of this privacy notice.

6. Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

Without prejudice to any other administrative or non-judicial remedy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of personal data relating to you infringes the General Data Protection Regulation (Article 77 GDPR).

The supervisory authority with which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant on the progress and the outcome of the complaint including the possibility of a judicial remedy pursuant to Article 78 GDPR.

Responsible supervisory authority:

Der Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit 
Husarenstraße 30
53117 Bonn, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0) 228-997799-0
Fax: +49 (0)228-997799-5550
E-mail: