General Information


Information as of August 2017

1. Website content

The authors assume no responsibility for the currency, accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided. The authors exclude liability for material or non-material loss or damage as a result of the use or non-use of the information provided or the use of defective or incomplete information to the extent that the authors cannot be proven to have acted wilfully or in gross negligence. All content is without obligation and non-binding. The authors expressly reserve the right to alter, add to or remove parts of the website or the entire site without prior notice or temporarily or permanently to discontinue publication.

2. References and links

In respect of direct and indirect references to third-party websites or other documents on the Internet (hyperlinks) for which the authors are not responsible, the authors can only be made liable if they have knowledge of the content and it would be technically feasible for them, and they could reasonably be expected, to prevent the use of any illegal content. The authors hereby explicitly state that at the time links were added, there was no evidence of illegal content on the linked sites. The authors have no influence on the current or future design, content or authorship of linked sites. The authors therefore explicitly dissociate themselves from all content of linked sites modified after links were added. This applies both to all links and references in the authored website and to additions made by others in guestbooks, forums, link lists and mailing lists set up by the authors. Liability for illegal, defective or incomplete content and in particular for loss or damage resulting from the use or non-use of such information lies exclusively with the providers of the linked sites and not with those who merely link to the publication concerned.

3. Copyright and acknowledgement of sources

The authors aim to observe the copyright of images, audio documents, video sequences and text in all publications, to use self-authored images, audio documents, video sequences and text or to make use of license-free images, audio documents, video sequences and text. All trademarks and brands mentioned on the website, including those protected by third parties, are subject without restriction to the provisions of applicable trademark and brand law and the ownership rights of their registered owners. Mere reference alone shall not be interpreted to mean that trademarks are not protected by third-party rights.

The authors alone have sole copyright for objects created by the authors themselves. The reproduction or use of any such images, audio documents, video sequences or text in other electronic or printed publications is not permitted except with the authors’ express consent.

4. Privacy

On some pages you have the possibility to enter personal or business data (such as e-mail addresses, names and postal addresses). The provision of this data is voluntary. To the extent technically feasible and reasonable, all services offered can be used without disclosing personal information or by using anonymised data or aliases. This does not apply to event registration forms and newsletter subscriptions. Third parties are expressly prohibited from sending unsolicited information using contact data such as postal addresses, phone or fax numbers or e-mail addresses published on the Legal Information page or similar pages. We reserve the right to take legal action against anyone sending ‘spam’ mail in violation of this prohibition.

5. E-mail Communication

Communication by e-mail may be subject to security vulnerabilities. It is possible for skilled Internet users to intercept e-mail sent to staff of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. If you send an e-mail to the Ministry (such as by completing the contact form), we assume that the staff of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety is authorised to reply by e-mail. If you do not wish to receive e-mail from us, please consider using alternative means of communication such as regular postal mail.

6. Privacy Policy

All access to the website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety is recorded on the web server in a log file for a maximum of 24 hours exclusively for the purpose of data security. The log file includes the following data:

  • File accessed
  • Date and time of access
  • Volume of data transferred
  • Record whether the request was successful
  • IP address of the user or provider
  • Internet address of the referring page
  • Data on the user agent (the program retrieving the data)

The recorded data is not used for statistical purposes. We do not pass on such data to third parties for commercial or non-commercial use.

The website of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety uses Piwik (see 7 Cookies/collection of statistics) to track user access patterns. Data from the server log files is not combined with data collected from other pages of our website where personal information is requested.

It is impossible to identify you by the IP number from the server log file and no attempt is made to do so. IP addresses are only evaluated in case of an attack on the Internet infrastructure of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, in case of breach of public order or in case of other unlawful acts in connection with the use of the website. In such instances, only your provider can identify you from your IP number and only in investigation proceedings by the police or the public prosecution service.

If personal information is necessary to use a service on this website, your active participation will be requested. You will only be asked for the data that are needed at the time. Data is treated as confidential and will be used only within the framework of data protection law and for the purpose for which it was requested. If it is necessary to store personal data (such as your name, postal address or e-mail address) to provide an information service, the data will be stored only for the time needed to handle the request or to fulfil the task of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety for which the data was requested. If a service is terminated or a user unsubscribes to an information service (such as a mailing list), personal data will be deleted irrevocably after a maximum of 6 weeks.

7. Cookies

You can access the entire website without accepting cookies. The following functions require cookies:

7.1 Collection of statistics

Data is collected on this website for statistical and optimisation purposes using the Piwik web tracking tool. Piwik uses cookies, which are text files that are stored on your computer, to help us analyse the use of the website. To this end, the use information generated by the cookie (including your anonymised IP address) is transmitted to our server and stored. This function can be deactivated (see 7.2).

The information generated by the cookie is used exclusively for statistical purposes and improvement of the website and server. Your IP address is anonymised and cannot be traced back to you. It is not shared with third parties.

When you access a page, data about the visit is stored. This includes the following information: page title, search term that led to the page, search engines, page URL, number of pages accessed, location of the visitor (country), provider, browser, operating system, screen resolution, browser plugins, viewing time, viewing duration, entry pages, exit pages, downloads, and referring pages.

7.2.Opting out of data collection

As a user, you always have the option to refuse tracking by Piwik. This can be done as follows:


If you have activated your browser’s do-not-track option, Piwik will not collect any user data. You then do not need to take any further action.

If you have not activated this option, please follow the instructions. Internet Explorer users please read the note below. Once the settings have been activated there, you can check the box to opt out.

Note: If you delete your cookies, the opt-out cookie will also be deleted and you may need to reactivate it.

Important information

To deactivate Piwik in Internet Explorer, select Tools → Internet Options → Privacy → Advanced, select "Override Automatic Cookie Handling" and click OK.

8. User’s right to information

Pursuant to sections 19-20 of the Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG), as a user of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety website you have the right to request information on the kind and extent of data stored during your visit at any time. On request, the information relating to your interests will be provided to you free of charge. For this purpose, please contact the Data Protection Officer for the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

9. Data Protection Officer at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

If you have further questions on data protection, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Data Protection Officer will assist you. Please contact the Data Protection Officer

Hans-Georg Stotzem
Phone: +49 (0)30 18 305-2124

The Data Protection Officer also is the contact person for the enforcement of your rights as a data subject.

10. Legal effectiveness of this disclaimer

This disclaimer is part of the website that referred you to this page. If any part or wording of the text of this document is not, is no longer or is not entirely in conformity with prevailing law, this shall not prejudice the content or validity of the remainder of the document.

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