Data Protection Declaration

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. You have the right to know when we collect information, what information we collect, and how we use it. We have taken technical and organizational measures to ensure that we and our external service provider comply with all data protection regulations.

Changes in our data protection declaration may be necessary due to website development activities or the introduction of new technologies to improve our services. We therefore recommend that you occasionally reread this data protection declaration.

Access to the website

You can use without disclosing any personal data. The following section will give you a complete overview of the steps taken by the editorial office to protect your data. It also provides information on what types of data are collected for what purpose.

Data processing on this website

Certain data is collected and exchanged whenever you visit a website. Your browser sends this information to our server. To use, your browser has to accept session cookies. This information is only saved temporarily and is not passed on to other servers.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research uses a web tracking tool, which provides us with anonymized data about the behaviour of users while they are on our website. The editorial office collects and stores this data automatically and analyses it for statistical purposes only (to gauge the demand for certain online content). 

However, we do not store any personal data; only the type and version of your Internet browser, your operating system, the page you viewed, the page from which you came (referrer URL), and the time of the server request. The editorial office has no way of tracing this data back to specific individuals. The data is not merged with other data sources. IP numbers are stored for the duration of your visit and for the purpose of responding to queries. They are not stored beyond the end of your visit to our website. 

The data logged when you access the website will only be disclosed to third parties if this is required by law or court ruling or if it becomes necessary for (criminal) prosecution after attacks on the web infrastructure of No data will be disclosed for any other reason.

Events calendar

When you register an event on the events calendar of the Science Year 2012 "Project Earth: Our Future", any personal data you provide will be passed on to 3-point concepts GmbH (Reichenberger Straße 124, 10999 Berlin) for clearance only. 

E-mails to

If you send us an e-mail, your message and e-mail address will be used only for the purpose of corresponding with you. Letters and e-mails from the public are stored in accordance with the statutory periods for retaining records set by the Registry Directive, which complements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (GGO).

Data entry forms

Data entered on the website, e.g. in the sections Contact, Newsletter, Comments or Register an Event are transmitted to us in encrypted form.

Links to Facebook and Twitter

Our website contains links to Facebook and Twitter.

  • Facebook is operated by Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. 
  • Twitter is operated by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107.

The links are marked on our website with the Facebook and Twitter logos (no Facebook plugins are used).
If you follow the links from our website while logged into your personal Facebook account, the fact that you visited our website will be passed on to Facebook. Facebook will be able to link your visit to our website to your Facebook account.
This information will be passed on to Facebook and saved there. To prevent this, you can log out of your Facebook account before clicking on the link.
The functions of Facebook links, particularly the transmission of information and user data, are not activated until you actually click on the links in question. Please refer to the data protection information provided by Facebook  and Twitter to learn about the purpose and scope of their data collection activities, the way the information is processed and used, and the rights and setting options you have to protect your privacy.

More about privacy conditions at Facebook and Twitter:

Comments and surveys

Users can post comments and take part in surveys on When posting a comment, you will be asked for your e-mail address. It will only be used for correspondence with you and will not be published on the website. 

We reserve the right to remove comments that do not comply with our community guidelines. See the community guidelines for further information. 

Children's section

The children's section of the Science Year 2012 website is aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12. Anyone under the age of 18 should not enter personal data without the permission of a parent or legal guardian. We will not ask children or young people to supply personal data, and we do not knowingly collect such data.

Right to information

You have the right to demand information at any time about the personal data stored about you, the source and recipients of such data, and the purpose of its storage. Information about the stored data will be provided by the editorial office of the Science Year 2012. Questions and complaints may also be addressed to the BMBF's data protection commissioner. Any Internet browser can be set to show you when cookies are being used and what they contain. Detailed information is available at the virtual data protection office of the Federal and Länder Data Protection Commissioners in Germany.

Data protection commissioner / virtual data protection office

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