The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We want you to know what data we collect, when we collect it, and how we use it. We have taken technical and organisational measures to ensure that both we as well as external service providers comply with the provisions governing data protection.

The Ministry uses a web tracking tool to obtain anonymous data about user visits to our websites. This data can be used to create pseudonymised use profiles. The cookies placed on your computer are solely used to draw conclusions about the use patterns on the Ministry’s websites (in this case: SINTEG – Smart Energy Showcases at www.sinteg.de) and to regularly review the information services we provide to our users. No personal data is retained or passed on to third parties. It is possible to withhold or withdraw consent to the future collection and storage of data at any time.

Personal data

Personal data is information that can be used to identify you. This includes such information as your name, e-mail address, postal address and telephone number.

It does not include information that is not related to your identity (such as the number of site users). In general, you can use our online services without disclosing your identity.

If you order

  • informational materials or brochures or
  • use the contact form on the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s satellite website for SINTEG (www.sinteg.de),

we will ask for your name and other personal data. You are free to decide whether or not to provide this information. By entering your data, you consent to it being used for the purpose/s specified. We store this data on secure servers in Germany. Only a very limited number of specially authorised individuals who are involved with the technical, commercial or editorial management of the servers have access to this data.

We only store your data for as long as we need it for the specified use. For example, your data will be deleted if you cancel a subscription to a newsletter or once we have sent you the requested information.

For statistical and security purposes, we store certain data every time our server is accessed. These data are analysed solely for the purpose of optimising our internet service and are not traceable to you. In cases of serious violations of our terms of use and in cases of unauthorised access or attempted access to our servers, we reserve the right to make use of certain data sets for the purpose of locating personal data.