The Federal Ministry of Finance takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. You have the right to know what data we gather, when we do so, and how we use them. We have taken technical and organisational measures to ensure that privacy regulations are respected both by us and our external providers.
As our web presence is developed further and new technologies are implemented in order to improve our service, it may also be necessary to make amendments to this privacy statement. We would therefore recommend that you re-read this privacy statement from time to time.
Accessing the website
The Federal Ministry of Finance’s websites can generally be used without visitors needing to provide personal data. There are exceptions only in the following cases:
To use the websites of the Federal Ministry of Finance, your browser must accept session cookies. The data are only stored temporarily and are not forwarded to other servers. Our website also contains external links to the social networking website Facebook.
The Facebook website is entirely operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (Facebook). On the Federal Ministry of Finance’s websites, links to Facebook are identified by the Facebook logo; no Facebook plug-ins are used.
If you click on a Facebook link on our website while you are logged into Facebook with your personal account, the information that you have visited our website will be forwarded to Facebook. Facebook can link this information to your account.
This information will be shared with Facebook and stored there. If you prefer that this does not happen, you need to log out of your Facebook account before you click on the Facebook links on our website.
The functions associated with Facebook links, in particular the supply of information and user data, are not activated merely by visiting our website, but only by clicking on the corresponding links.
Please refer to Facebook’s data use policy for information about the purpose and scope of data collection by Facebook and how Facebook processes and uses your data, as well as your rights in this respect and how you can change your settings to protect your privacy.
This website uses log file analysis to collect data for statistical purposes. We do not use any web tracking tools. Visitors to this website are not personally identified and are not associated with personal data regarding their anonymous profile.
Web analytics platforms
Our website also uses Matomo (formerly PIWIK), a web analytics platform. The user’s IP address is immediately rendered anonymous in this procedure, ensuring that the user remains anonymous. The information that cookies collect regarding website use is not forwarded to third parties. If you do not agree to the storage and analysis of the data from your visit, you can object any time, below, with a single click: If you object, an opt-out cookie will be enabled on your browser and Matomo will not collect any session data. Please note: If you delete your cookies, this will also delete the opt-out cookie and you will have to enable it again. (Source: Datenschutzbeauftragter-info.de (only in German))
Cookies set by the Wordfence plugin
To help you understand which cookies the Wordfence plugin sets, when installed on your WordPress site, we have provided the guide below. Wordfence currently sets three cookies and we explain what each cookie does, who will have the cookie set, and why the cookie helps secure your site.
What it does: This cookie is used by the Wordfence firewall to perform a capability check of the current user before WordPress has been loaded.
Who gets this cookie: This is only set for users that are able to log into WordPress.
How this cookie helps: This cookie allows the Wordfence firewall to detect logged in users and allow them increased access. It also allows Wordfence to detect non-logged in users and restrict their access to secure areas. The cookie also lets the firewall know what level of access a visitor has to help the firewall make smart decisions about who to allow and who to block.
What it does: This cookie is used to notify the Wordfence admin when an administrator logs in from a new device or location.
Who gets this cookie: This is only set for administrators.
How this cookie helps: This cookie helps site owners know whether there has been an admin login from a new device or location.
What it does: Wordfence offers a feature for a site visitor to bypass country blocking by accessing a hidden URL. This cookie helps track who should be allowed to bypass country blocking.
Who gets this cookie: When a hidden URL defined by the site admin is visited, this cookie is set to verify the user can access the site from a country restricted through country blocking. This will be set for anyone who knows the URL that allows bypass of standard country blocking. This cookie is not set for anyone who does not know the hidden URL to bypass country blocking.
How this cookie helps: This cookie gives site owners a way to allow certain users from blocked countries, even though their country has been blocked.
Persons under 18 years of age should not send us any personal data without the consent of their parents or guardian. We do not request any personal data from children or young people, nor do we knowingly collect such data.
Please contact our data-privacy officer should you require further information regarding how the Federal Ministry of Finance handles personal data:
Tel.: +49 (0)30 18 682 3208