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Protection of personal data is very important to the Bundesrat. We aim to ensure you can feel certain that your data is secure when you use the services we offer on-line. In addition, we provide you with information concerning when we collect data, the type of data we collect and how we use it.

We have adopted technical and organisational measures to ensure that both the Bundesrat and our external service providers respect data protection provisions.

Personal Data

Personal data is information that can be used to determine your identity. This includes for example your name, address, postal address and telephone number. As a general rule, you can use our online services without disclosing your identity.

Data Collection, Storage and Processing

Data is stored for statistical and security purposes whenever our server is accessed. This data cannot identify you personally as a visitor to our site, and use profiles cannot be created with this data. All that we record, for a limited time, is the IP address of your Internet Service Providers, the date and time and the web page(s) on our site that you visit, along with the volume of data transferred and information on whether it was possible to access the site successfully. This data is used exclusively to improve our Internet services and is not traceable to you as a user. This method allows us to identify which pages are consulted particularly frequently, or which browser is used to view the website, which means, for example, that we can improve how the most frequently consulted articles are displayed in the most common browsers.

However in cases of severe violations of our terms of use, unauthorised access or attempted unauthorised access to our server, we do reserve the right to make use of specific datasets to trace personal data.

If you send us an e-mail or use of the option of entering personal or professional data (e-mail addresses, names, addresses) on our Internet pages, this is purely voluntary disclosure of data by a user. We store the information you input on particularly secure servers in Germany. Access to these servers is restricted to a small number of specially authorised individuals responsible for technical, commercial or editorial matters relating to the server.

Use of Cookies

A cookie is a brief entry in a special file directory on your computer for information exchange between computer programmes or for time-limited archiving of information. Cookies for example help to ensure that you can order publications easily (see: Shopping Cart) and that the font size selected remains the same when you consult sub-pages on a website. The Bundesrat does not use any permanent cookies. The cookies on our website are only stored temporarily and are automatically deleted after your visit to our site (session cookies).

Protection of Minors

Anyone under the age of 18 should not transmit personal data to us without the consent of his or her parents or legal guardian. We do not request any personal data from children and adolescents. We do not intentionally collect such data.

Embedded Videos from External Websites

No data are transmitted if you simply open a page on our website that contains an embedded video from the Bundesrat’s YouTube channel. The IP address is only transmitted to YouTube if you play the video.

Links to Other Websites

Our website contains links to other websites. We have no way of ensuring that operators of these external websites comply with data protection provisions.


We request your e-mail address when you subscribe to our newsletter. You are free to decide whether you wish to provide this data. By entering your data, you agree to use of this data for the purpose in question. We store your data only for as long as it is required for this specific purpose. For example, your data is deleted if you unsubscribe from the newsletter.

Ordering Material

Your personal data is used in-house in the Bundesrat if you order information material online to be dispatched by post. Your data is not transmitted to third parties. The orders are stored and retained for three months in case there are any queries. After statistical appraisal of the material ordered, the data is then deleted. The data may only be accessed by the Bundesrat staff responsible for dealing with such orders, and is only used for purposes related to mailing of the information material requested. This utilisation complies with data protection provisions.

Particular Provisions for Mobile Applications

The Bundesrat offers an app for iOS and Android operating systems. Data is collected and stored temporarily when these apps are used, primarily the IP address of your Internet Service Provider, the date and time and a record of the pages visited. The data collected is used to analyse the Bundesrat’s apps and make them more user-friendly. By using the app you declare that you consent to processing of the data collected for the aforementioned purpose.

In addition, the apps require certain access rights to function properly: each app needs access to the telephone’s network connection information. This makes it possible to download and update the app’s content, and to select an appropriate bandwidth for transmission of the plenary session live stream. No further access rights are required.


Should you require further information, please contact the Bundesrat’s Data Protection Officer:

Senior Ministerial Advisor Andreas Veit

workPhone:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-454 faxFax:  +49 (0)30 18 9100-400

Please use our contact form for questions, suggestions and feedback.