Privacy statement

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (hereinafter referred to as "the BMBF") takes the protection of your personal data very seriously, which is why personal data is only processed by us as far as necessary. What data is needed and processed for what purpose and on what basis depends on the type of service which is required or on what task we need it for.

The term ‘personal data’ is used here to refer to any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data or an online identifier.

This statement on data protection provides you with detailed information on what data is collected for what purpose and on what basis, how you can contact the ‘data controller’ (the responsible entity) and the Data Protection Officer and what rights you have concerning the processing of personal data.

Data Controller and Data Protection Officer

The entity which has responsibility for the processing of personal data (the ‘controller’) is the

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
53170 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)228 9957-0
Fax: +49 (0)228 99578-3601
E-mail: bmbf@bmbf.bund.de
DE-mail: Poststelle@bmbf-bund.de-mail.de

If you have specific questions concerning the protection of your data please contact the BMBF’s official Data Protection Officer:

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
"Data protection officer"
53170 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)228 9957-2539
Fax: +49 (0)228 9957-8-2539
E-mail: datenschutz@bmbf.bund.de

This statement on data protection provides you with an overview of how the BMBF ensures the protection of your data and what types of data are collected and for what purpose and on what basis.

The following service provider is responsible for implementing the "www.bundesbericht-forschung-innovation.de" website and processes personal data on behalf of the BMBF.

Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin
Prognos AG, Berlin und DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn
c/o DLR Project Management Agency

Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 2
D-10178 Berlin
Phone.: +49 (0) 30 67055-254
Fax: +49 (0) 30 67055-499

Processing of data resulting from your visit to this website

Whenever a website is visited, certain data is collected and exchanged which is needed to provide the necessary service, namely:

  • IP address
  • your browser type and version
  • the operating system used
  • the web page accessed
  • the page previously visited (referrer URL)
  • the time of server request

After your visit to the website, this data is stored in log files on an external server at our service providers "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency". In accordance with Article 6 (1) (c) and (e) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in conjunction with Section 5 of the Act on the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI-Gesetz), we are also required to store data past the time of your visit in order to protect the internet infrastructure against attacks and to recognize, contain or remedy disruptions to or problems with federal / BMBF communications technology. This data is analysed and, in case of attacks on the communications technology, needed to initiate legal and criminal proceedings.

Data logged during access to the website "www.bundesbericht-forschung-innovation.de" is only disclosed to third parties in so far as we are legally obliged to do so or if disclosure is required for criminal or other prosecution in the case of attacks on federal communications technology. Data will not be disclosed to others in any other cases. The BMBF does not merge this data with other data sources.

Web analytics

The BMBF, together with its service providers contracted for support and development, "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency", analyse user information for statistical purposes on the basis of Article 6 (1) (e) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG) as part of its public relations work and for the purpose of providing information on tasks within the BMBF’s remit as needed.

It does so using the Matomo web analytics service.

The software uses permanent cookies to recognize visitors returning even after longer periods of time. This type of information is stored as a text file on the hard drive of the user’s computer. The cookie is valid for 13 months after which it deletes itself.

The following data is stored when individual pages of our website are accessed:

  • two bytes of the IP address of the user’s retrieving system (anonymous)
  • the web page accessed
  • the website from which the user reached the accessed web page (referrer)
  • the sub-pages loaded via the accessed web page
  • the length of time spent on the web page
  • how often the page has been accessed

The software is configured so that IP addresses are stored incomplete with 2 bytes concealed (e.g. 192.168.xxx.xxx). This makes it impossible for the shortened IP address to be linked to the retrieving computer, meaning that you remain anonymous as the user.

The relevant software runs only on the web servers of our service providers "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency" on behalf of the BMBF. These are the only servers where user information is stored. No data is disclosed to third parties. If you do not wish to have your session data stored and analysed, you can click on the box below to withdraw your consent at any time.

In this case, a so-called “opt-out cookie” will be placed on your browser which will prevent Matomo from collecting any session data.

Opt-out

Note: If you delete the cookies on your computer, you will also delete your opt-out cookie. In that case you will have to set a new one.

Handling cookies

You can control the use of cookies with all internet browsers. Most browsers are set up to accept all cookies without asking the user for permission. However, by changing the settings in your browser you can deactivate or restrict the use of cookies. Cookies that have already been stored can be deleted at any time. This can also be done automatically.

Reviewing your data

Any internet browser can be set up to notify you if cookies are set and to display their contents. Detailed information is available on the websites of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and the Federal Office for Information Security.

Gathering of personal data when you contact us

Various personal data is collected and processed depending on the method used to contact us.

Contact can be made by e-mail, contact form, letter, fax or telephone (hotline).

Contact via e-mail
You can contact the BMBF via the e-mail address of individual staff members or the following central e-mail addresses:

If you use one of the e-mail addresses given above, the data communicated by you (e.g. surname, first name, address) or at least your e-mail address and the information contained in the e-mail (any personal data communicated by you) will be stored for the purpose of contacting you and responding to your enquiry.

Please note that the data will be processed in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) for the purpose of fulfilling the BMBF’s tasks. In order to respond to your message, it is necessary to process the personal data you provide.

Note on contacting the BMBF via the address information@bmbf.bund.de

Enquiries sent to the e-mail address information@bmbf.bund.de are dealt with by the staff of the BMBF’s service provider contracted for this purpose, “Telemark Rostock – Kommunikations- und Marketinggesellschaft mbH”. The "Telemark Rostock – Kommunikations- und Marketinggesellschaft mbH" stores your data only for the treatment of your request and according to the legal and contractual defaults. If your request cannot be processed by the employees of "Telemark Rostock – Kommunikations- und Marketinggesellschaft mbH", it will be forwarded to the BMBF.

The employees of the BMBF process the transmitted data only in connection with the processing of your request. If the data is forwarded to the BMBF, it will be stored in accordance with the time limits for the storage of written records laid down in the Registration Directive (Registraturrichtlinie), which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (GGO).

If the matter concerns a service provider of the BMBF or can only be answered by this service provider, it will be forwarded to the responsible service provider. The employees of the service provider process the data only in connection with the corresponding request. The service provider stores your data only for the processing of your request and in accordance with the legal and contractual requirements.

Information on how to contact us via info@bufi-geschaeftsstelle.de

The processing of your request, which you communicate via the e-mail address info@bufi-geschaeftsstelle.de, is carried out by the employees of the service provider commissioned by the BMBF "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 2, D-10178 Berlin" stores your data only to process your request and in accordance with legal and contractual requirements. If your request cannot be processed by the staff of the Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, it will be forwarded to the BMBF.

The BMBF staff will only process the transmitted data in connection with the processing of your request. If the data is forwarded to the BMBF, it will be stored in accordance with the time limits for the storage of written records laid down in the Registry Directive (Registraturrichtlinie), which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (GGO).

If the matter concerns a service provider of the BMBF or can only be answered by this service provider, it will be forwarded to the responsible service provider. The employees of the service provider process the data only in connection with the corresponding request. The service provider stores your data only for the processing of your request and in accordance with the legal and contractual requirements.

Contacting us via the online contact form

If you use the online contact form for communicating with us, you will be required to give your surname and first name and also your e-mail address. Without this data we will be unable to respond to any message communicated via the contact form. Providing a postal address is optional and enables us to respond by post, if requested.

Please note that the data and content transmitted via the online contact form (which may also include personal data communicated by you) will be processed on the basis of your consent in compliance with Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR.

You may withdraw this consent at any time. The lawfulness of processing your personal data on the basis of the consent provided by you remains valid until your withdrawal of consent has been received.

Enquiries sent to us via the online contact form are dealt with by the staff of the BMBF’s service provider contracted for this purpose, “Telemark Rostock – Kommunikations- und Marketinggesellschaft mbH”.

Letters and faxes

If you write a letter or fax to the editorial office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation (address: Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 2, D-10178 Berlin), the data communicated by you (e.g. surname, first name, postal address) and the information contained in the letter or fax (including any personal data communicated by you) will be stored for the purpose of contacting you and responding to your enquiry. The data from your enquiries will be deleted when the respective conversation has ended and the relevant facts have been conclusively clarified and legal, statutory or contractual retention periods have expired. All letters and faxes to the editorial office will be processed by the service provider  "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation (Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn), c/o DLR Project Management Agency", which is commissioned by the BMBF.

Please note that the data will be processed in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 BDSG for the purpose of fulfilling the BMBF’s tasks. In order to respond to your message, it is necessary to process the personal data you provide.

If the matter concerns only the BMBF or the "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency" or can only be answered by them, it will be forwarded to the BMBF or the "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency". The employees of the BMBF or the "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency" process the data provided by you (e.g. surname, first name, address), as well as the information contained in the letter / fax (possibly personal data provided by you) for the purpose of establishing contact and processing your request. In this case, the storage periods at the BMBF are based on the periods of the Registry Directive, which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (GGO) and which apply to the storage of documents. In the "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn", data from your inquiries will be deleted when the respective conversation has ended and the relevant facts have been conclusively clarified and legal, statutory or contractual retention periods have expired.

If the matter concerns a service provider of the BMBF or can only be answered by this service provider, it will be forwarded to the responsible service provider. The employees of the service provider process the transmitted data for the purpose of establishing contact and processing your request. The service provider stores your data only for the processing of your request and in accordance with the legal and contractual requirements.

Telephone (hotlines)

If you contact a member of the staff  by telephone, your personal data will be used to respond to your enquiry as needed.

The BMBF offers a range of service telephone numbers, namely:

  • the general service number: (Berlin) +49 (0)30 1857-0
  • the general service number of the Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation: +49 (0)30 67055-482

Telephone enquiries to any of these helplines are dealt with by the staff of the BMBF’s service partner “Telemark Rostock – Kommunikations- und Marketinggesellschaft mbH” and the "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency". If you use one of these service numbers your data (e.g. surname, first name, address, e-mail address, telephone number) will be stored where necessary for the purpose of responding to your enquiry.

If the matter can not be answered by the employeers of the “Telemark Rostock – Kommunikations- und Marketinggesellschaft mbH” and the "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency", it will be forwarded to the BMBF.

If your personal data is forwarded to the BMBF or processed by a member of the BMBF staff for the purpose of processing your request, which is relevant for the performance of the BMBF's tasks, it will be stored in accordance with the time limits for the storage of written records laid down in the Registration Directive, which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (GGO). In the case of forwarding to "Office of the Federal Report on Research and Innovation, Berlin; Prognos AG, Berlin and DLR Project Management Agency, Bonn; c/o DLR Project Management Agency", data will be deleted from your inquiries once the respective conversation has ended, the relevant facts have been finally clarified and legal, statutory or contractual retention periods have expired.

If the matter concerns a service provider of the BMBF or can only be answered by this service provider, it will be forwarded to the responsible service provider. The employees of the service provider process the transmitted data for the purpose of establishing contact and processing your request. The service provider stores your data only for the processing of your request and in accordance with the legal and contractual requirements.

Please note that the data will be processed in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) for the purpose of fulfilling the BMBF’s tasks.

Social networks (Twitter and Facebook)

As part of its public relations work, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) operates an online presence on social networks (Twitter and Facebook) to provide information about the BMBF to active users of those networks. The links are marked with the Facebook and Twitter logos on our website. No social plug-ins are used.

Please note that the BMBF has no control over the terms of use of these services and their operators. These services store and process personal data of their users (e.g. personal information, IP address etc.) in accordance with their guidelines. The BMBF has no influence over the collection of data and its further use by the social networks. Thus, the BMBF has no knowledge about the extent, the location and the period of time such data is stored, whether and to what extent these networks meet applicable obligations to delete data, what analysis and links the data is subjected to and with whom the data is shared. Please consult the data protection guidelines of these providers with regard to your rights and options for settings to ensure the protection of your privacy.

Facebook

The functions assigned to Facebook links, in particular the transmission of information and user data, are not enabled by merely visiting our website but are only activated when the corresponding links are clicked.

If you follow the links from our website while you are logged into your personal Facebook account, the fact that you visited our website will be passed on to Facebook. Facebook will be able to trace your visit to our website to your Facebook account. This information will be passed on to Facebook and saved there. To prevent this, you will need to log out of your Facebook account before clicking on the link.

If you have a Facebook account and use a non-public direct message to contact the BMBF via Facebook Messenger, the data passed on in this way will be processed in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, BDSG) for the purpose of fulfilling the BMBF’s tasks.

The data will be stored in the BMBF’s user profile as well as on a local BMBF server for the duration of the processing of your enquiry. The enquiry (as a direct message via Facebook Messenger) including the data communicated will be deleted from the BMBF server and from the BMBF’s Messenger inbox in Facebook two years after the end of the calendar year in which the enquiry has been dealt with. The BMBF is unable to provide information about whether Facebook will continue to store the data even after the deletion of the enquiry by the BMBF. Once it has deleted the enquiry, the BMBF no longer has access to the message and the accompanying data in Facebook.

Twitter

Tweets are integrated on this site in such a way that a link to Twitter is not established on the client side. Tweets are both downloaded and sent via the server. This avoids the passing of user data to Twitter. Only the last eight messages are saved. The duration of storage therefore depends on the number of Tweets.

The Tweets displayed at www.bmbf.de are saved on a server located in the European Union. The following data is collected: Profile and account name and picture, content of the message, number of the followers and the profiles followed by the profile as well as the most recent Tweets.

If you use your Twitter account to send a direct message to the BMBF Twitter account, the message and the accompanying data will be saved in the BMBF’s user profile as well as on a local BMBF server for the duration of the processing of your enquiry. The enquiry (as a direct message via Twitter) including the accompanying data will be deleted from the BMBF server and from the BMBF’s Messenger inbox in Twitter two years after the end of the calendar year in which the enquiry has been dealt with. The BMBF is unable to provide information about whether Twitter will continue to store the data even after the deletion of the enquiry by the BMBF. Once it has deleted the enquiry, the BMBF no longer has access to the message and the accompanying data.

Please note that the data will be processed in compliance with Article 6 (1) (e) GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 BDSG. In order to respond to your message, it is necessary to process the personal data you provide.

Share

This website enables users to share content via the social networks Facebook or Twitter. No data is sent to the social network concerned until the user clicks on the Share function.

Your rights

You have the following rights vis-à-vis the data controller concerning your personal data:

  • 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 object to collection, processing and / or use (Article 21 GDPR)
  • right to data portability (Article 20 GDPR)

If the personal data is processed on the basis of your consent (in accordance with Article 6 [1][a] GDPR), you can withdraw your consent at any time for the purpose in question. The lawfulness of processing your personal data on the basis of the consent provided by you remains valid until your withdrawal of consent has been received.

You may exercise the aforementioned rights by sending an e-mail to bmbf@bmbf.bund.de or poststelle@bmbf-bund.de-mail.de.

You also have the right to submit a complaint to the supervisory authority under data protection law (Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, BfDI).

Questions and complaints may also be addressed to the BMBF’s Data Protection Officer datenschutz@bmbf.bund.de.