Site notice

Published by:
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Division for Education
Dahlmannstraße 4
D-53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel +49 (0) 228 99 535 – 3086
Fax +49 (0) 30 18 535 – 2501

Birgit Frank (BMZ)
Vanessa Dreier (GIZ)

Concept, design, technical realisation, ongoing operations
MediaCompany – Agentur für Kommunikation GmbH

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) takes protecting your personal data seriously. We therefore only collect and use our users’ personal data where this is necessary.

To enable you to use our Internet site in full, specific information must be collected when you visit our website.

This Privacy Policy informs you when we collect specific data about you, how we use the data, when we delete it and your rights in this respect.

When you use our website, we collect personal data in compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

1. Basic principles

Data controller, data protection officer, complaints body

The controller responsible for the processing of personal data pursuant to the GDPR is the
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ),
Dahlmannstr. 4, 53113 Bonn, Germany.

If you have specific questions about your data privacy, please contact the BMZ’s official Data Protection Officer.

Personal data

Personal data includes all information referring to an identified or identifiable natural person. Natural persons are deemed identifiable if they can be identified directly or indirectly – especially by association with an identifier like a name, an ID number, location data or an online identifier. The data that is required and can be processed for a given purpose, and the basis on which this is possible is primarily based on the type of service you use, or depends on the purpose for which it is required.

Your rights

You have a fundamental right to access (Art. 15 of GDPR), to rectification (Art. 16 of GDPR), to erasure (Art. 17 of GDPR), to restriction of processing (Art. 18 of GDPR), to data portability (Art. 20 of GDPR), and to send an objection to BMZ (Art. 21 of GDPR) and a right to revoke consent pursuant to Art. 13 and Art. 14 of GDPR.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI),
Husarenstr. 30,
53117 Bonn, Germany.
Tel +49 (0) 228 99 7799 – 0

BMZ uses personal data to fulfil its public relations responsibilities and inform the public with reference to the website. This includes data provided to BMZ by data subjects, or data that BMZ collected from third parties on data subjects. To inform you about our data processing and your rights, and to satisfy our duty to provide information (Art. 13 and Art. 14 of GDPR), we provide you with information on the individual areas:

2. Data processing when you visit our website

Data collection

The following data required for statistical evaluation is processed on every visit to the BMZ websites:

  • User’s IP address
  • Type and version of your Internet browser
  • Operating system used
  • Date and time of access
  • Quantity of data transferred
  • File path

The legal basis for temporary storage of this data is Art. 6(1) e of GDPR.

The data is used to optimise the website.

The server log files are deleted after six months.

Use of cookies

Cookies are a technology used to adapt information from a website to user requirements. A cookie is a data element sent by a website to the browser to be stored on the local system.

BMZ occasionally also uses cookies to support you more effectively when you return to such a website. The legal basis for using cookies is Art. 1 (1) e of GDPR, in conjunction with Section 3 of BDSG. However, you can also configure your browser to alert you when a cookie is set. Then you can decide yourself whether you want to accept it or not.

In Mozilla Firefox, you can access this setting in the Browser menu (top right) under ‘Options – Privacy & Security’.

In Google Chrome, you can access this setting in the Browser menu (top right) under ‘More Settings – Advanced – Safety and privacy – Cookies’.

In Internet Explorer, you can access this setting under ‘Tools (Alt + X) – Internet Options – Privacy – Advanced’.

If you do not consent to this data being saved and evaluated for your visit, you can object to data storage and use at any time. If this is the case, an opt-out cookie will be set in your browser, preventing your session data from being collected in the first place. Please note: When you delete your cookies, the opt-out cookie is also deleted. In this case you have to re-activate it.


Users can lodge an objection at any time to the collection and storage of this data with future effect.

You can decide here whether a unique web analytics cookie can be saved to allow the website operator to collect and analyse various statistical data.

If you do not want this to happen, click the following link to save the Matomo deactivation cookie in your browser.

Matomo web analytics service

BMZ evaluates information about use of its website for statistical purposes as part of its public relations work and for demand-based provision of information about the responsibilities of BMZ based on Art. 6(1) e of GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of BDSG. This is done using the Matomo web analytics service.

When individual pages of our website are accessed, the following data are saved:

  • Page title
  • Search terms that took the user to the page
  • Search engines
  • Page URL
  • Number of pages visited
  • Location of the user (country)
  • Provider
  • Browser
  • Operating system
  • Screen resolution
  • Browser plug-ins
  • Time of visit
  • Duration of visit
  • Entry pages
  • Exit pages
  • Downloads
  • Referring websites

Matomo uses cookies, which are text files that are stored on the user’s computer and allow use of the site to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website does not leave the data sovereignty of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Your IP address is anonymised immediately in this procedure.

For this purpose, the user information generated by the cookie, including your truncated IP address, is transferred to our server and stored for analytics purposes, which helps to optimise our websites. Every time a user visits a page on this website and every time a file is accessed, information about this activity is stored in a log file. The data saved is evaluated for statistical purposes only. No data is passed on to third parties.

You can prevent cookies being installed by configuring your browser software accordingly (see above on this page for instructions). However, please note that you may not be able to use all functions of this website in full if you do so.

By using this website, you declare your consent to BMZ processing the data collected as described above for the purposes described above. All IP addresses are anonymised by truncation.

If you are asked to provide personal information when using our services, you provide any answers to these questions voluntarily. Your personal data are stored and processed in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

3. Information about data processing during use of social media

Please note that displaying social media content may involve tracking and profiling activities by Instagram and/or Twitter. Please give your consent by checking ‘I agree’. Then, as long as the checkbox is activated, social media content will be displayed. You can revoke your consent at any time by simply removing the check.

Please note that BMZ has no control over the terms of use of the specified services and their providers.

For our part, we shall also always take due care when handling your data, but cannot accept any liability for the behaviour of the providers or third parties.

We also wish to expressly point out that providers of the social networks we use store data outside Germany permanently and use it for commercial purposes. We have no means of knowing the extent and duration for which the data is stored.

Please consider carefully which personal data you reveal as a social media user. Please check your social network privacy settings regularly.

4. Information about processing of personal data when information is sent via the eSkills4Girls platform

We save the personal data of users who upload information to this platform under ‘Add content’ (add your own story/add your project). Personal data is stored for legal reasons and for contact purposes to verify the information uploaded. If the uploaded data is deleted, the personal data is also deleted at the same time.

5. External Links

The regional court of Hamburg (Landgericht Hamburg) has ruled that the creation of a link to other websites could render the creator liable for the content of the linked site. Liability may – according to the Landgericht – be avoided only by expressly distancing oneself from such content.

In so far as external links, i.e. links to pages not located under, are used on this website, we hereby expressly disclaim all responsibility for the content or data protection policy of the external resources. If you believe that linked external pages infringe established law or otherwise contain inappropriate material please let us know.