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.

Data security

We deploy up-to-date technical measures to guarantee data security and in particular to protect your personal data from risks during data transmission and prevent third parties from gaining access to them. These measures are updated as needed to represent the current state of the art.

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.

Use of Piwik

This website uses the Piwik Web analytics service to analyse user access to it.
It does this by storing cookies on your computer. The service provider stores the collected information exclusively on a server in Germany. If you prevent cookies from being set, please note that you will not be able to use all the functionalities of this website. You can prevent cookies from being set by changing the settings in your browser or unticking the following box to activate the opt-out plug-in.
This website uses Piwik with the IP anonymisation feature enabled. This means that IP addresses are processed in curtailed form so that information is not personally identifiable. The IP address sent by your browser via Piwik will not be collated with other data that we collect.
The Piwik programme is an open-source project. Information about the third-party provider’s privacy policy is available at piwik.org/privacy/policy.

Use of etracker

This website uses technologies by etracker GmbH (http://www.etracker.com) to collect and store data for marketing and optimisation purposes. Usage profiles under a pseudonym may be created from these data. Cookies may be used to do this. Cookies are small text files which are stored locally in the buffer of your Internet browser when you visit our site. These cookies enable your Internet browser to be recognised again. The data collected by the etracker tools are not, without the express agreement of the person concerned, used to personally identity visitors to this website and are not collated with the personal data of the bearer of the pseudonym. You can withdraw permission to collect and store data in the future at any time.
Information from the third-party provider: etracker GmbH, Erste Brunnenstraße 1, 20459 Hamburg; www.etracker.com/de/datenschutz.html.


To subscribe to our Newsletter, we use a “double opt-in” process. This means that when you enter your email address, we send an email to that address asking you to confirm that you wish to receive the Newsletter. If on receiving the Newsletter you confirm your subscription, we store your email address until you unsubscribe. Your address is stored solely for the purpose of sending the Newsletter to you.
The only compulsory data for receiving the Newsletter is your email address. [You provide any separate information on a voluntary basis and it is used solely for the purpose of personalising the Newsletter. All these data are also deleted when you unsubscribe.]
You can unsubscribe to the Newsletter at any time.
To do so, click on the link which is provided in each Newsletter email. Your data will not be passed on to third parties.
Please note that when we send you the Newsletter, we analyse the way you use it. For this purpose, the emails we send contain what are known as “web beacons”, or “tracking pixels”. These are single-pixel image files that link to our website and enable us to analyse user behaviour.

Use of social media plug-ins

We currently use the following social media plug-ins: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Xing, LinkedIn, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki, Pinterest. To do so, we use what is known as a “two-click solution”. This means that no personal data is sent to the providers of these plug-ins when you first visit our website. You can recognise the plug-in providers by the initial marked on the greyed-out box. Only when you click on one of the plug-ins are any personal data transmitted: when the plug-in is activated, data are automatically sent to the plug-in provider and stored on their servers (in the case of US service providers, in the US). We have no influence over the collected data and data processing procedures, neither do we know exactly what volume of data is collected, the purposes they serve, nor how long they are stored for. Since the plug-in provider gathers data mainly via cookies, we recommend deleting all cookies in your browser’s security settings before clicking on the greyed-out box.
When you activate a plug-in, the plug-in provider receives the information that you have accessed the corresponding sub-page of our website. Furthermore, the data referred to in this statement are also transmitted, although in the case of Facebook and Xing the respective providers in Germany state that only an anonymised IP is collected. This is done regardless of whether you have an account with that plug-in provider and whether you are logged in or not. If you are logged into the plug-in provider, these data are assigned directly to your account. If you click on the activated button and, for example, link to the page, the plug-in provider also stores that information in your user account and publicly informs your contacts. If you do not wish the information to be assigned to your profile with the plug-in provider, you should log out before activating the button.
Plug-in providers store these data as a usage profile and exploit them for the purposes of advertising, market research and/or for creating a website design tailored to user needs. These kinds of analytics (even for users who are not logged in) are used first and foremost for customised advertising and to inform other social network users of your activity on our website. You have the right to oppose the creation of these user profiles; to exercise it you must contact the respective plug-in provider.
You can find out further information about the purpose and scope of the collected data and how they are used by the plug-in providers from their respective privacy statements, which are listed below: these also contain further information about your privacy rights and settings for protecting your privacy.

Provider addresses and URLs of provider privacy statements:
a) Facebook Inc., 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA; www.facebook.com/policy.php; further information on data collection: www.facebook.com/help/186325668085084, www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info-on-other and www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info.
b) Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountainview, California 94043, USA; www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.
c) Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA; twitter.com/privacy.
d) Xing AG, Gänsemarkt 43, 20354 Hamburg, DE; www.xing.com/privacy.
e) Odnoklassniki LLC, 125167, Leningradsky prospekt 39, bld. 79, Moscow, Russia
f) LinkedIn Corporation, 2029 Stierlin Court, Mountain View, California 94043, USA; www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy.
g) VKontakte Ltd., prem. 1-N, bld. 12-14, Lit. A, Khersonskaya st., St. Petersburg, Russia, 191024)
h) Pinterest Inc., 808 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

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 info@bmwi.bund.de. 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.