German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Privacy Policy

Responsible handling of personal data is important to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN). 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 we and our external service providers comply with data protection law.

As our website evolves and new technologies are implemented, it may become necessary to revise this privacy policy. We therefore recommend that you re-read this privacy policy from time to time.

Use of cookies

The BfN website uses what are called ‘cookies’. Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer. We use them to allocate the load between servers and enhance the security of our applications. In addition, cookies are used for statistical analysis of website usage (see below under ‘Use of the BFN website’). The cookies only last until the end of a session. You can prevent their use by making the appropriate settings in your browser. However, this may mean that you cannot use our website to the full extent.

If you use a browser extension that blocks advertising content and tracking services – an ad-blocker or tracking blocker such as AdBlock Plus, uBlock Origin or similar – or if you use your browser’s privacy settings to prevent our cookies from being stored, we naturally respect your choice. No cookies will then be stored and your use of our website will not be tracked. However, your settings may mean that additional prompts on the use of cookies are not displayed, or are not displayed correctly.

Use of the BFN website

Each access request to the website of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation is recorded in a log file for a limited time with the following data:

  • Date and time of request
  • Request details and target address
  • Name of requested file and volume of data transferred
  • Whether request successful
  • IP address

This data is evaluated for statistical and security purposes and to improve the website. No user analysis or profiling is performed.

For the analysis of usage data on this website, we use services provided by etracker GmbH, Hamburg, Germany ( These services use cookies that allow statistical analysis of website usage by visitors and the display of usage-related content and advertising. etracker cookies do not contain any information that makes it possible to identify the user.

The data generated with etracker is processed and stored on our behalf by etracker exclusively in Germany and is thus subject to strict German and European data protection laws and standards. etracker has been independently audited, certified and awarded the ePrivacyseal.

The legal basis of the data processing is Article 6(1)(f) (legitimate interest) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our legitimate interest consists in the improvement of our online content and website. As the privacy of our visitors is particularly important to us, etracker anonymises IP addresses at the earliest possible stage, and log-in or device IDs are converted into a key that is unique but not associated with any individual. etracker does not make any other use of the data, does not combine it with other data and does not share it with any third party.

You can object to the data processing described above at any time to the extent that it relates to personal data. Your objection has no adverse consequences for you.

Further information on data protection with regard to etracker can be found here.


When you subscribe to our newsletter, you are asked for your name and email address. You are free to decide whether you want to provide this data. Your data will be used exclusively for sending the BfN newsletter and is not accessible to third parties. When you unsubscribe from the newsletter, all of your data is deleted from the mailing database

You can object to the use of your data at any time and unsubscribe from the newsletter or change your data by going to and following the instructions there.

Email, orders and other contacts

Communication by email can be subject to security vulnerabilities. Emails to BfN staff can be intercepted and viewed by adept internet users. If BfN receives an email from you (such as via a contact form), it is assumed that BfN is also authorised to answer by email. Otherwise, another form of communication should be considered (such as using DE-mail – see – or postal mail).

When you place an order for information material, publications or products, you are asked to provide your name and other personal information. You are free to decide whether you want to provide this data and you can subsequently withdraw your consent for its use. When you place an order, your personal data is used solely for fulfilment of the order. This includes the transfer of your data to distribution service providers operating under contract to BfN. The data concerned is stored on secure servers located in Germany. It can only be accessed by a small number of authorised individuals responsible for technical and administrative management of the servers. Any other enquiries you make with BfN are kept on paper or in electronic form in accordance with the retention periods stipulated for written matter in the German Registry Directive (Registraturrichtlinie). Your data is used solely for direct correspondence with you.

Transfer of personal data to third parties

Data logged when users access the BfN website is transmitted to third parties solely to the extent required by law or court decision or to the extent needed for law enforcement and prosecution purposes in the event of attacks on internet infrastructure.

When you place an order for information material, publications or products, we use the personal data you provide solely within BfN and the service providers contracted with the fulfilment of your order.

Your data is not otherwise transferred to any third party for commercial or non-commercial purposes except with your express consent.

Protection of minors

Persons under the age of 16 may not submit personal data to us without the consent of their parents or guardians.

Links to websites of other providers

Our online content contains links to websites of other providers. We have no control over compliance by these providers with data protection law.

BfN Data Protection Officer

The BfN Data Protection Officer is available for any further questions and information about data protection. Please contact the Data Protection Officer:

Herr Rudolf May
Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
Konstantinstraße 110
53179 Bonn, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)228/8491-1441
Email address:  

The Data Protection Officer is also the contact person for the exercise of your rights as data subject.

Your rights as a data subject

You have various rights as a data subject under the General Data Protection Regulation. For further details, please see Articles 15 to 18 and 21 of the General Data Protection Regulation:

Right of access

You have the right to obtain access to the personal data concerning you that we process. Please provide as much detail as possible in your access request in order to make it easier for us to compile the necessary data.

Right to rectification

If the information concerning you is inaccurate or ceases to be accurate, you have the right to obtain rectification. If your data is incomplete, you have the right to have it completed.

Right to erasure

You have the right to obtain erasure of your personal data. We will then erase, without delay, data that we have received from you on the basis of your consent under Article 6(1)(a). Data concerning you that we process on the basis of Article 6(1)(c) or (e) may only be erased if it is no longer needed for the performance of our statutory duties and at the end of the retention periods stipulated for written matter in the German Registry Directive (Registraturrichtlinie).

Right to restriction of processing

You have the right to obtain the restriction of processing of your personal data. Such restriction cannot prevent processing for reasons of important public interest.

Right to object

You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to processing of personal data concerning you. We are unable to comply with such an objection, however, if there is an overriding public interest in the processing or we are required to process the data by law.

Right to lodge a complaint

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority – the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BfDI) – if you consider that the processing of personal data concerning you infringes the GDPR. The supervisory authority informs the complainant on the progress and the outcome of the complaint including the possibility of a judicial remedy pursuant to Article 78 GDPR.