Privacy policy and disclaimer

The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) 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.

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.

We store certain data from every visit to our server for statistical and security purposes. Only the following information is stored, and for a limited time only: the IP address of your internet service provider; the date and time of access; and the pages of our website that you accessed. These data are analysed by web-tracking tools solely for the purpose of optimising our internet service and are not traceable to you. Usage profiles may be created from these data under a pseudonym. We may use cookies to do this. Cookies are small text files which are stored locally in the buffer of your Internet browser when you visit our site and allow your Internet browser to be recognised again. The data captured by the web-tracking tools are not used to personally identity visitors to this website and are not collated with the personal data of the bearer of the pseudonym without the express agreement of the person concerned. You can revoke permission to collect and store data in the future at any time by clicking on the links below.
1st link to revoke permission to collect and store data
2nd link ro revoke permission to collect and store data

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.

Facebook plugins

This website contains programmes (plugins) from the social networking site, Facebook. These are operated solely by Facebook Inc.
The plugins are identified by the Facebook logo and the word “Recommend”. Whenever you visit a page on this website that contains one of these plugins, your browser sets up a direct link to the Facebook servers; the content of the plugin is then sent to your browser, which embeds it in the displayed web page. This action forwards the information that you visited our website to Facebook. If you are logged into your Facebook user account while visiting our website, Facebook will be able to assign the visit to the website to your Facebook account. When you interact with plugins, for example by clicking the “Recommend” button or leaving a comment, that information is sent directly to Facebook and stored there. If you do not wish data to be transferred in this way, you must log out of Facebook before visiting our website.
To find out about the purpose and volume of data capture by Facebook and how it processes and uses the data, as well as your rights in relation to this and the setting options open to you to protect your privacy, please refer to Facebook’s privacy information.

Google Maps

This website uses the map service of Google Inc. ("Google") to display interactive maps. When you use Google Maps, the information that you are using the web page, including your IP address, is sent to a Google server in the US, where it is stored. Although Google has signed the Safe Harbor agreement which obliges Google to respect the data privacy rules valid in the EU, transferring data to the US presents a privacy risk. This is why you have the possibility of deactivating the Google Maps service and preventing data from being transferred to Google: to do this, deactivate JavaScript in your browser. Note, however, that by doing so you will be unable to use the maps features.


We have exercised the greatest possible care in compiling and activating the contents of this website. Nevertheless, processing errors cannot be ruled out. Please submit comments and corrections to Despite the care we exercise in operating our online services, we assume no liability for the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of this website. In particular, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy assumes no liability whatsoever for damages or consequences that may result from the direct or indirect use of the content provided. As content provider, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is responsible under general legislation for the proprietary content that it makes available for use. This proprietary content is to be distinguished from external links to content made available by other providers. This third-party content does not originate from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and it is not possible for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to influence the content of third-party websites. The content of third-party websites to which we provide links does not necessarily reflect the views of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy but rather serves to provide information and additional context. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy assumes no liability for the third-party content to which it provides links as described above. The responsibility for this third-party content lies solely with the respective content provider.