Data protection notes

Data protection notes

The Federal Statistical Office and the Federal Returning Officer takes the protection of your privacy seriously and adheres to the data protection provisions. Your trust is important to us!

Data protection declaration

The Federal Statistical Office and the Federal Returning Officer 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 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.

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.

Access to our website content

Every access to the website content of the Federal Returning Officer is stored in a log file anonymously.

In detail, the following data are stored by means of an access:

  • Name of the site/file accessed
  • Date and time of access
  • Data volume transferred
  • Message about whether access was successful
  • Referer
  • If available, operating system and browser product of the accessing host system
  • Anonymized IP address, anonymized DNS information and top-level-domains (TLDs) of the accessing host system

Those data are evaluated only to optimise our website content; insofar we reserve the right to statistical evaluation of anonymised data sets. No direct person-related or pseudonymised user profiles are created.

When you make a request or when you order publications, information material, newsletter, etc., we will ask you for your name and other personal information or for your e-mail address. It is up to you whether or not to enter such data. We store your data on specially protected servers in Germany. Access to them is allowed only to a small number of specially authorised persons who deal with the technical, commercial or editorial management of the servers. Such data are stored only for the purpose of customer care, which refers to handling current and future orders, creating user profiles, performing user analyses, conducting customer surveys and getting customer feedback.

Passing on personal data to third parties

Data that have been logged during access to the Federal Returning Officer’s website content are passed on to third parties only to the extent that we are obliged to by law or by court decision or where, in the case of the Federal Returning Officer’s internet infrastructure being attacked, such passing on is required for prosecution. Data are not passed on for any other non-commercial or commercial purposes.

When you order publications, we use the personal information entered by you only within the Federal Statistical Office, the Federal Returning Officer and the businesses authorised to dispatch the publications. We do not pass them on to third parties unless you have explicitly allowed us to do so.

Using cookies

No cookies are used on the website of the Federal Returning Officer. Whether and to what extent cookies are used on linked pages of other providers is beyond our control.

Protection of minors

Persons under the age of 18 should not transmit any personal data to us without the consent of their parents or legal guardians. We do not request any personal data from children or juveniles. We do not consciously collect such data and do not pass them on.

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.

Right to get information on personal data

At any time you have the right to get information on the data stored on your person, their origin and recipients, and the purpose of data processing. You will get information on the stored data by the data protection commissioner of the Federal Statistical Office.


As your trust is important to us, we will be pleased at any time to answer your questions regarding the processing of your personal data. If you have any questions that have not been answered by this data protection declaration, or if you wish to get more detailed information, you can at any time contact the data protection commissioner of the Federal Statistical Office.

Mrs. Simone Spacek
Data protection commissioner of the Federal Statistical Office
65180 Wiesbaden
Phone: +49 611 75-3929
Fax: +49 611 75-3972