The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs processes personal data only to the necessary extent. What data is involved, for what purposes it is used and on what basis it is required and processed is set out below. We explain how you can contact the data controller and the data protection officer of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and what rights you have in relation to the processing of your personal data.
“Personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data or an online identifier.
1. Data controller and data protection officer
The data controller for the processing of personal data is the:
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)
Phone: Berlin office +49  30 – 18 527 – 0 / Bonn office +49  228 – 99 527 – 0
If you have specific questions about the protection of your data, please contact the Data protection officer of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Datenschutzbeauftragte des Bundesministeriums für Arbeit und Soziales), 53107 Bonn:
Our data protection supervisory authority is the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit):
2. Data processing when you visit this website
Whenever you visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the necessary data to provide this service is processed. This data consists of:
Your web browser type and version
The operating system you are using
Your IP address
The server IP address and name
The date and time of the server request
The HTTP protocol and status
The transmitted data volume
The file path
This data is also stored in log files on a Host Europe GmbH server beyond the time of your visit. This takes place on the basis of Article 6 (1) (e) of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in conjunction with Section 5 of the Act on the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI-Gesetz), with the aim of protecting the internet infrastructure of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from attacks beyond the time of your visit. The data is analysed and, in the event of attacks on our communications technology, is necessary to take legal action or bring criminal proceedings.
Data which is recorded when you access the website of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is only passed on to third parties if we are legally obliged to do so or if doing so is necessary to take legal action or bring criminal proceedings in the event of attacks on federal communications technology. It is not passed on in other circumstances.
a. Web analytics
On the basis of Article 6 (1) (e) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz), Matomo GA analyses usage information for statistical purposes on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, as part of the Ministry’s public relations work and to enable it to provide the information users need about the Ministry’s tasks.
The Matomo analytics tool works by placing a small text file, known as a cookie, on your device; it is a “persistent cookie” which is stored beyond the end of your visit. The cookie has a lifespan of two weeks; it not only enables the website to recognise returning users, but also allows an analysis to be carried out, without using personal data, of how visitors use the website. The legal basis for setting the cookie is that consent has been given (Article 6 (1), first sentence, (a) of the GDPR).
You can opt out of all forms of user analysis by Matomo on this website in future by setting an opt-out cookie. You can do this by choosing the relevant setting in the checkbox below.
So long as you do not delete this cookie from your browser, your behaviour as a user will not be analysed. If you have already saved the opt-out cookie, the message below will indicate this and you will have the option of re-enabling web analytics on this website.
The general cookies used by the content management system which underpins this website, WordPress, are allowed by law and generally enabled. These cookies do not contain personal data, are completely anonymous, and are only relevant for the current session.
Cookies can be managed by all web browsers. Most browsers are set to accept all cookies without asking the user. By changing the settings in your web browser, you can disable or restrict the storage of cookies. Cookies which have already been saved can be deleted at any time. This process can also be automated.
Checking your data
You can see the data which your browser automatically sends to our server using your browser’s page information option. Any web browser can show you when cookies are set and what information they contain. Detailed information (in German) is available on the website of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information and the Federal Office for Information Security.
3. Collection of personal data when you contact us
The way in which your personal data is processed depends on how you contact us.
Please note that your data is processed on the basis of Article 6 (1) (e) of the GDPR in conjunction with Section 3 of the Federal Data Protection Act. It is necessary to process the personal data you provide for the purpose of dealing with your request.
Any request you submit via the email addresses email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org is processed by the staff of the service provider engaged by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Telemark Rostock Kommunikations- und Marketinggesellschaft mbH. Telemark Rostock stores your data only for the purpose of dealing with your request, and in doing so complies with legal and contractual requirements. If your request cannot be dealt with by the staff of Telemark Rostock, it is passed on to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. In this case, your data is stored in accordance with the time limits for the retention of records set out in the Registry Directive, which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (Gemeinsame Geschäftsordnung der Bundesministerien).
4. Your rights
You have the following rights in relation to the data controller regarding your personal data:
Right of access, Article 15 of the GDPR
The right of access enables you to gain comprehensive access to your personal data, as well as several other important pieces of information, such as the purposes of the processing or the period for which the data will be stored. The exceptions to this right set out in Section 34 of the Federal Data Protection Act apply.
Right to rectification, Article 16 of the GDPR
The right to rectification allows you to have inaccurate personal data concerning you corrected.
Right to erasure, Article 17 of the GDPR
The right to erasure allows you to have personal data erased by the data controller. However, this is only possible if your personal data is no longer necessary or has been unlawfully processed, or if you withdraw the consent you have previously given. The exceptions to this right set out in Section 35 of the Federal Data Protection Act apply.
Right to restriction of processing, Article 18 of the GDPR
The right to restriction of processing allows you to initially prevent the further processing of your personal data. A restriction of processing mainly takes place while other rights you have asserted are being examined.
Right to data portability, Article 20 of the GDPR
The right to data portability allows you to receive your personal data in a commonly used and machine-readable format from the data controller in order to potentially transmit the data to another controller. Under Article 20 (3), second sentence, of the GDPR, this right is not available if the processing of data serves the performance of a task carried out in the public interest.
Right to object, Article 21 of the GDPR
The right to object allows you to object to the further processing of your personal data, on grounds relating to your particular situation, if the processing is justified by the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or for the purposes of public or private interests. Under Section 36 of the Federal Data Protection Act, this right does not apply if a public body is required by law to process the data.
If personal data is processed on the basis of your consent (Article 6 (1) (a) of the GDPR), you can withdraw your consent for the relevant purpose at any time. The lawfulness of processing based on your consent is not affected until your withdrawal of consent is received.