Responsible handling of personal data is a priority for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. We want our users to know when the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is collecting what data and for what purpose.

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 pseudonimised 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: 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 the term used to denote information (such as names, addresses, postal addresses, phone numbers) that allows for users’ identities to be known. This does not apply to information that is not linked to a person’s identity (such as the number of users visiting a website). In principle, the web services provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy are accessible to you without the need for disclosing your identity.

If you use our contact form or write to us per email, your data will be stored so that we can correspond with you.

If we receive a message from you via the contact form or via email, we assume that we have the right to respond via email. Otherwise, you must explicitly ask us to use another channel of communication.

If you order information material or brochures, subscribe to newsletters, or register for a forum or database operated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, 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.

In addition to this, we store data for statistical and security purposes whenever our servers are accessed.This data is used for the sole purpose of improving the web services provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and is not traced back to individual users. Notwithstanding this, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy reserves the right to make use of certain data sets to arrive at personal data in cases of serious violations of our terms of use and in cases of unauthorised access or attempted unauthorised access to our servers.

Disclaimer

The contents of this website and its special pages are researched and implemented with the utmost care. Nevertheless, errors can not be ruled out. Please send hints and corrections via the contact form. A liability for the correctness, completeness and topicality of these web pages can not be taken over despite careful examination. In particular, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy assumes no liability for any damage or consequences arising from the direct or indirect use of the content offered.

As content provider, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is responsible for its own content which it holds ready for use under the general laws. From these own contents, cross-references ("external links") to the content provided by other providers should be distinguished. This foreign content comes neither from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, nor does the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy have the opportunity to influence the content of third party sites. The content of external sites to which the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy points by means of links, do not reflect the opinion of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, but only serve as information and the representation of contexts. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is not liable for third-party content, which it merely refers to in the above-mentioned sense. The responsibility lies solely with the content provider.