Within the framework of the 44th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Germany in 2022, the Federal Foreign Office shall process personal data in line with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Federal Data Protection Act and, where applicable, particular statutory rules. In order to inform you of our data processing policy and of your rights as well as to comply with our obligations pursuant to Articles 13 and 14 of the GDPR, the following declaration outlines how we process the personal data we receive when you use our website or contact us (via the contact form, email, by telephone or post).
1.1. Controller and Data Protection Commissioner
Pursuant to section 2 of the Foreign Service Act, the Federal Foreign Office (Head Office) and the German missions abroad form one single federal authority.
Pursuant to Article 4 (7) of the GDPR, responsibility for processing personal data lies with:
Federal Foreign Office
Werderscher Markt 1
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
Telephone.: +49 (0)30 18 17-7099
Fax: +49 (0)30 18 17-5 7099
Contact the Data Protection Commissioner
1.2. Personal data
Personal data means 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 (Article 4 (1) of the GDPR).
1.3. Legal basis for processing
We shall process your personal data on the basis of
Article 6 (1) (a) of the GDPR, provided you have given your consent,
Article 6 (1) (b) of the GDPR, if processing is necessary for the fulfilment of a contract or for a measure prior to entering into a contract,
Article 6 (1) (c) of the GDPR, if processing is necessary to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject,
Article 6 (1) (d) of the GDPR, if processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the person in question or of another natural person,
Article 6 (1) (e) of the GDPR in conjunction with section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act, if processing is necessary for the performance of a task assigned to us in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority (e.g. responding to contact requests).
2. Data processed when you visit this website
2.1. Data collection[HL(p1]
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]”
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
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
Number of forms sent (depending on the goals defined)
2.2. 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.
3. 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 state 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 (Article 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).
4. Your rights
4.1. In your 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, you have the right to revoke this at any time without giving reasons. Such withdrawal of 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
Graurheindorfer Straße 131