Data privacy

Data protection declaration pursuant to Article 13 of the GDPR for sendasignal.today 

Controller and data protection commissioner

Under section 2 of the Foreign Service Act, the Federal Foreign Office (headquarters) and the German missions abroad form one single federal authority.

Under Article 4 (7) of the GDPR, responsibility for the processing of personal data lies with:

Federal Foreign Office

Werderscher Markt 1

10117 Berlin

Telephone: +49 (0)30 18 17-0 / help desk: +49 (0)30 18 17-2000

Fax: +49 (0)30 18 17-3402

Contact the help desk

The Federal Foreign Office Data Protection Commissioner can be contacted as follows:

Federal Foreign Office Data Protection Commissioner

Federal Foreign Office

Werderscher Markt 1

10117 Berlin

Tel.: +49 (0)30 18 17-7099

Fax: +49 (0)30 18 17-5 7099

Contact the Data Protection Commissioner

The data processed when you visit sendasignal.today

Each time a user accesses this website or retrieves a file, data on this activity 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 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]”

The following data is collected by the Javascript tracking tool:

  • Request (file name), date and time of the request
  • Browser type and version (e.g. Internet Explorer 11)
  • Browser language (e.g. German)
  • Operating system used (e.g. Windows 10)
  • Device type, model and make
  • Screen resolution
  • Plug-ins used (e.g. Flash, Java)
  • Referrer URL (previous page accessed by the user)
  • Anonymised IP address
  • Country and region from which the request originated
  • Downloads
  • Clicks
  • Number of forms sent (depending on the goals defined)

Session Cookies

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.

Technology which allows user access behaviour to be monitored is not used.

Personal data processed when you contact us

When you contact us, your details (name, email address and possibly also your address, telephone and fax numbers) and the information provided (including personal data) are processed for the purpose of contacting you and handling your inquiry. The storage of this data is governed by the statutory periods for retaining records laid down in the Registry Directive, which complements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries.

If we are not responsible for your inquiry, it may be forwarded to other Land and federal authorities without your prior consent but in compliance with data protection regulations, provided it can be assumed that forwarding your inquiry for the purpose of answering it is in your interest and no sensitive personal data is affected (Art. 6 (1) (e) of the GDPR in conjunction with section 3, section 25 (1) and section 23 (1) (1) of the Federal Data Protection Act).

Your rights

In dealings with us, you have the following rights regarding your personal data:

  • Right of access, Article 15 of the GDPR
  • Right to rectification, Article 16 of the GDPR
  • Right to erasure (right to be forgotten), Article 17 of the GDPR
  • Right to restriction of processing, Article 18 of the GDPR
  • Right to data portability, Article 20 of the GDPR
  • Right to object to processing, Article 21 of the GDPR

If the processing of your personal data is based on your consent (e.g. a newsletter), you have the right to revoke this at any time without giving reasons. Withdrawing consent does not affect the lawfulness of any use based on your consent prior to its withdrawal (Article 7 (3) of the GDPR).You also have the right to complain to a data protection supervisory authority about our processing of your personal data (Article 77 of the GDPR).
The supervisory authority responsible for the Federal Foreign Office and the German missions abroad is the:
Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
Husarenstr. 30
D-53117 Bonn

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