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Privacy Policy

The Federal Office for the Family and Civil Society Tasks takes the protection of personal data extremely seriously. We would like you to know what data we gather, when we do so, and how it is used. We take every technical and organisational precaution to ensure that not only we but also all external service providers comply with data protection regulations.

Personal data

Personal data can be used to establish your identity. These include your name, address, postal address and telephone number. Information which cannot be used to identify you (e.g. number of visitors to a website) is not classed as personal data. You can make use of our online services without disclosing your identity. If you order information, or sign up for e-magazines or leaflets, we will ask you for your name and other information about your person. It is up to you whether or not you disclose this information. All data provided will be stored on specially protected servers in Germany. A very small number of specially authorised individuals have access to the data. They are responsible for the technical, commercial or editorial management of the servers. In conjunction with your access, data will be stored on our servers for security purposes for a maximum of 24 hours. These could be used for identification purposes (e.g. IP address, date, time and websites accessed). The IP addresses will then be given a pseudonym. They will not be used to identify users. Neither will direct personal user profiles or user profiles using a pseudonym be compiled. We reserve the right to compile anonymous data sets for statistical analysis.

Passing on personal data to third parties

We will only use your personal information for orders placed inside the Federal Office for the Family and Civil Society Tasks and within the company contracted with shipping your order. Without your express authorisation, your data will not be passed on to third parties.

Using cookies

The website of our contact form uses cookies, which is active for the duration of your visit to that website. For technical reason this is essential for this function. These cookies contain no personal data and expire at the end of session.

Most browsers are set so that they automatically accept cookies . However, you can deactivate the storing of cookies or adjust your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent . Techniques, such as Java applets or Active X controls, which make it possible to trace the access behavior of the user , are not used on this website

Protection of minors

Children and young people under the age of 18 should not send us any personal data without the authorisation of their parents or guardians. We do not require any personal data relating to children. Neither will information of this sort be collected or passed on to third parties.

Links to other websites

Our online services contain links to other websites. We have no influence over the operators of these websites and their compliance with data protection regulations.


This website uses technology developed by etracker GmbH to collect and store data for optimization purposes. From this data, use profiles can be generated under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this purpose. Cookies are small text files that are stored locally in the cache of the web browser of the person visiting the site. Cookies make it possible to recognize the web browser. The data collected with the etracker technology will not be used to personally identify the visitor to this website and will not be merged with personal data relating to the holder of the pseudonym. You can opt out of this data collection and storage at any time by clicking the button below. This opt-out will remain effective in the future. The opt-out is realized technically with a cookie and is effective only as long as this cookie is stored in your browser. Therefore, do not delete this cookie as long as you want to continue opt-out. The BMFSFJ has activated IP address shortening in the etracker technology. In this way, direct reference to people is excluded.


If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the data protection officer of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth:

Susanne Engeland
53107 Bonn
Phone: +49228/930-2472
E-mail: susanne.engeland[at]bmfsfj.bund.de  

Schleife, in January 2015