Each time a user accesses the Federal Foreign Office website or retrieves a file, data on this process is temporarily stored and processed in a log file.
The tracking tool employed to analyse site use is configured to ensure that no personal data is collected.
User IP addresses are also anonymised, so that individual activity cannot be traced. The last two octets of IP addresses are replaced by zeros.
The tracking tool runs on our own servers in a secure network zone certified by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) to ensure that no tracking data can be accessed by third parties.
If you do not want your activity on the website to be registered or analysed, you can activate the Do Not Track setting on your browser. A browser variable is transmitted which tells the website whether the user wishes their activity to be tracked or not.
To find out how to do this with your browser, enter in a search engine, for example: “activate Do Not Track [browser name]”
Accessing individual pages generates so-called transient cookies to facilitate navigation. These session cookies contain no personal data and are erased at the end of the session. Cookies are also used for the shopping cart. These also expire after use.
Technology such as Java applets and activeX controls, which allows user access behaviour to be monitored, is not used.
Postal and email addresses which you supply us with in connection with enquiries or requests for information material are used solely for correspondence with you and for shipping.
We expressly point out that social networks store their users’ data (e.g. personal information, IP address etc.) in accordance with their own data usage guidelines and use this data for commercial purposes. You can find out more about how social networks process data by clicking on the following links:
In dealings with us, you have the following rights regarding your personal data: