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The protection of your privacy and your personal data is very important to the Financial Stability Committee. This protection is guaranteed by the legal conditions set out by the Europe-wide, uniform norms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became applicable on 25 May 2018. For further information on the GDPR, please consult the FAQs on the website of the German Ministry of the Interior.

European Commission FAQs on the General Data Protection Regulation

You have the right 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 the relevant data protection regulations are observed, both by us and by our external service providers.

Changes to this privacy policy may become necessary as we continue to update our online services and deploy new technologies. We would therefore recommend that you re-read this policy from time to time.

In general, the website of the Financial Stability Committee may be used without visitors having to provide personal data.

The information below provides a comprehensive overview of how the Financial Stability Committee guarantees the protection of your data as well as what type of data is collected and for what purpose.

How your data is processed on this website

Data is collected and exchanged every time you visit a website. The Financial Stability Committee or its service provider automatically store data in log files, which your browser transmits to our server. This includes:

  • your IP address,
  • the type and version of your internet browser,
  • the operating system you are using,
  • the webpage you have requested,
  • the time of the server request.

The Financial Stability Committee analyses this data, which are first rendered anonymous, for purely statistical purposes in order to measure interest in its website and improve the website. It is not possible for the Financial Stability Committee to trace this data back to specific individuals.

This data is not collated with other sources of data (e.g. contact details for the contact form). Our service provider stores IP addresses for a 30-day period and then automatically deletes them. Data logged during visits to the website of the Financial Stability Committee is only shared with third parties if we are obliged to do so by legal provisions or by court decisions, or if it is necessary to provide the data for the purposes of legal or criminal proceedings in the event of attacks on the internet infrastructure used by the Financial Stability Committee. These are the only cases in which data is shared.

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Cookies

Session cookies are used when individual webpages are consulted, but these temporary cookies do not contain any personal data.

We do not use technologies such as Java applets or ActiveX controls, through which users’ access behaviour can be traced.

Cookies can be managed using all internet browsers. Most browsers are set up in such a way as to accept all cookies, without asking the user. However, you can also block individual or all cookies.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

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Load balancer

Another session cookie is used to assign visitors a specific load balancer. The load balancer ensures that visitors to the website always remain on the same server during a particular session, instead of being redirected between different servers. If you have rejected the tracking in the cookie banner during your first visit of the website, your visit to this website will not be recorded by Matomo web analysis for this session. The next time you visit this website, you will be asked again, unless you manage your settings permanently by activating the switch below.

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Web analytics platforms

Our website also uses Matomo (formerly PIWIK), a web analytics platform. Matomo also uses cookies, which allow us to analyse how the website is used: The user information generated by the cookie (including the shortened IP address) is sent to our server and stored for analysis, which helps us optimise our website. The user’s IP address is immediately rendered anonymous in this procedure, ensuring that the user remains anonymous. The information that cookies collect regarding website use is not forwarded to third parties. If you do not agree to the storage and analysis of the data from your visit, you can object any time, below, with a single click: If you object, an opt-out cookie will be enabled on your browser and Matomo will not collect any session data. Please note: If you delete your cookies, this will also delete the opt-out cookie and you will have to enable it again. (Source: Datenschutzbeauftragter-info.de (only in German)

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Disable cookies

You can choose to prevent this website from analysing and linking your browsing activities here. This will protect your privacy, but will also prevent the owner of this website from learning from your browsing activities and improving usability for you and other users. If you have rejected the tracking in the cookie banner, your visit to this website will not be recorded by Matomo web analysis for this session. The next time you visit this website, you will be asked again, unless you manage your settings permanently by activating the switch below.

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Submitting e-mails to the Financial Stability Committee via the contact form

If you send us an e-mail, your e-mail and your e-mail address will be used for the sole purpose of corresponding with you. Insofar as is necessary, your message will also be forwarded to other ministries or other federal authorities for the purposes of answering my enquiry. Enquiries from members of the public are stored, on paper or in electronic form, for the duration applicable to written material as set out in the Directive on the Processing and Management of Records in Federal Ministries (Registraturrichtlinie), which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (Gemeinsame Geschäftsordnung der Bundesministerien).

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Contacts with Secretariat of the Financial Stability Committee

If you get in touch with employees of the Financial Stability Committee or exchange busindess cards with them, your personal data (name of contact persons, members of the supervisory board, phone numbers, e-mail addresses etc.) will be collected in address- and contact directories for the purposes of completing further tasks and will be deleted as soon as not required anymore.

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Right of access and right to object

You always have the right to access information regarding the personal data which has been collected concerning you. You also have the right to access information as to their source, the recipient and the purpose of storing your data. You also have the right to rectification, the right to erasure and the right to restriction of processing. In addition, you have the right to object to the processing of your data. Please contact the Ministry’s web team if you require further information about how stored data is processed (internetredaktion@bmf.bund.de):

If you require further information about how the Financial Stability Committee handles personal data, or if you have questions or complaints, please contact our data protection officer directly:

Dr Jürgen Karstendiek
Wilhelmstr. 97
10117 Berlin, Germany
Telephone : +49 (0)30 18 682 3208

E-mail: Datenschutz@bmf.bund.de

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Right of appeal to data protection supervisory authority

If you suspect that the proccessing of your personal data has violated you rights, you can get in touch with the responsible data protection supervisory authority (Art. 77 GDPR):

Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information

Graurheindorfer Straße 153
53117 Bonn
E-Mail: poststelle@bfdi.bund.de

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Protection of minors

If you are under 18 years of age, please do not send us any personal data without the consent of your parent or guardian. We do not request any personal data from children or juveniles, nor do we knowingly collect such data.

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Check your data

Please click here to find out where to check on any internet browser whether cookies are being used, and what they contain. You can find detailed information on data protection on the website of the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (only in German) and on the website of the Federal Office for Information Security.

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Contact data of responsible

Doreen Herms
Secretary of the Financial Stability Committee
Division VII C 1 (German Federal Ministery of Finance)

Address:
Financial Stability Committee
Wilhelmstraße 97
10117 Berlin
Germany
Postal address: 11016 Berlin

Telephone: + 49 30 18 682 - 1229
E-Mail: afs@bmf.bund.de