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Data protection declaration

The Federal Statistical Office takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We want you to know when we collect what data and how we use them. We have made technical and organisational arrangements ensuring that the data protection provisions are adhered to both by ourselves and by external service providers.

In the course of developing further our web pages and implementing new technologies to improve our service for you, changes to this data protection declaration may become necessary. We therefore recommend that you read the declaration regularly.

Using and passing on personal data

Personal data are information on your person, such as your name, address, postal address, telephone number. What is not included here is information that does not refer to your identity (such as the number of site users). Generally, you can use our entire range of online information without disclosing your identity.
Data that have been logged during access to the website content are passed on to third parties to the extent that we are obliged to by law or by court decision or where, in the case of the Destatis internet infrastructure being attacked, such passing on is required for prosecution.

Every time our servers are accessed, data are stored for statistical and security purposes. We store only for a limited period of time the IP address of your internet service provider, date and time as well as our web page you visit. These data are used only to improve our internet service and are not evaluated in a way allowing your identification. In cases of serious violation of our conditions for use or of illegal (attempt of) access to our servers, we reserve the right to use individual data records to track personal information.

If you send us an e-mail, the e-mail and your e-mail address will be used only for correspondence with you.

On some pages, cookies are used, without our being able to make you aware of this. Most browsers are set to automatically accept cookies. However, you can deactivate the storage of cookies or you can set your browser to store cookies only for the duration of the internet connection.

Links to websites of other providers

Our website content contains links to websites of other providers. We have no way of influencing such providers’ adherence to data protection provisions.

Reservation of right

We reserve the right to adjust this data protection declaration should the technical situation or legal provisions change.

Data Protection Commissioner

The Federal Statistical Office is ready to answer at any time questions you may have on the processing of your personal data. If you have questions that have not been answered by this data protection declaration or if you wish to get more detailed information on a specific issue, please contact the Data Protection Commissioner at any time.

For further information please contact:
Joachim Hoffmann
Data Protection Commissioner of the Federal Statistical Office, 65180 Wiesbaden
Phone: +49 611 75 4317
Fax: +49 611 75 3972
E-mail: innenrevision(at)


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