Data protection

How your data is processed on this website

Data is collected and exchanged every time you visit a website. The German Finance Ministry or its service provider automatically stores data in log files, which your browser transmits to our server. This includes:

  • your IP address,
  • the type and version of your Internet browser,
  • the operating system you are using,
  • the web page you have opened,
  • the time of the server request.

The German Finance Ministry analyses this anonymised data purely for statistical purposes in order to measure interest in the Ministry website and improve it. It is not possible for the German Finance Ministry to trace this data back to specific individuals.
This data is not combined with other data sources (e.g. contact details provided for brochure orders or newsletter subscriptions). Our service provider stores IP addresses for a period of 30days and then automatically deletes them. Data collected during visits to the German Finance Ministry website is only shared with third parties if we are obliged to do so by law or a court ruling, or if it is necessary to provide the data for the purposes of legal or criminal proceedings in the event of attacks on the Internet infrastructure used by the German Finance Ministry. These are the only cases in which data is shared.

Social media

The German Finance Ministry also provides information via social media channels. The Finance Ministry is currently active on YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. The Finance Ministry uses a Flockler widget in order to show videos from the embedded YouTube player. We do not use client plug-ins for content sharing. However, when the Flockler widget is displayed or a YouTube video is played, communication is established with YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
We would like to explicitly point out that these platforms store their users’ data (such as personal information and IP addresses) in accordance with their own data use policies and use this data for commercial purposes. Please consult each social media platform’s privacy policy to find out about your rights and how you can change your settings to protect your privacy.
In addition, you can share the information that we publish with other users via Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and Xing. The information on our social media channels can also be accessed directly via our newsletter, RSS feed and website.


Session cookies are used when individual webpages are consulted, but these temporary cookies do not contain any personal data.
We do not use technologies such as Java applets or ActiveX controls, which are used to collect information about user behaviour. 
All Internet browsers allow you to manage cookies. Most browsers are set up to accept all cookies, without asking the user. However, you can also block individual or all cookies.
We use cookies for the following purposes:

Web analytics platforms

Our website also uses Matomo (formerly PIWIK), a web analytics platform. The user information generated by Matomo (including the user’s shortened IP address) is sent to our server without the use of cookies and stored for analysis, which helps us optimise our website. The user’s IP address is immediately rendered anonymous in this procedure, ensuring that the user remains anonymous. The information collected bycookies  about your use of the website 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 at any time with a single mouse 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: (only in German)

Disabling cookies

You can choose to prevent your browsing activities on this website from being analysed and linked. This will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner of this website from learning from your browsing activities and improving usability for you and other users. If you deactivate tracking in the cookie banner, your visit to this website will not be recorded by Matomo web analysis for this particular session. The next time you visit this website, you will be asked again, unless you change your settings permanently via the switch below.

Right of access and right of objectiont

You always have the right to access information regarding the personal data that has been collected about you, including the source of the data, the recipient(s) and the purpose of storing your data. You also have the right to rectify, erase or restrict the processing of your personal data.. In addition, you have the right to object to the processing of your data. Please contact the Ministry’s web team if you require further information about how stored data is processed (
If you require further information about how the German Finance Ministry handles personal data, or if you have questions or complaints, please contact our data protection officer directly:
Dr Jürgen Karstendiek
Wilhelmstr. 97
10117 Berlin, Germany
Telephone : +49 (0)30 18 682 3208

Protection of minors

Those under the age of 18 should not send us any personal data without the consent of their parent or guardian. We do not request any personal data from children or minors, nor do we knowingly collect such data