Data protection is protecting basic rights. By protecting personal data, the basic right to informational self‑determination derived from Article 2 of the Basic Law is also being protected – that is, people’s freedom to decide themselves who is allowed access to their personal information and what can be done with it.
Data protection is taken very seriously in the Federal Foreign Office. All staff members are obliged to respect data protection rights. The Federal Foreign Office has taken technical and organisational steps to ensure that data protection provisions are upheld – also by external service-providers.
In particular, each individual has the right to know when the Federal Foreign Office or the missions abroad store data about them and how they are used (right to information (section 19 of the Federal Data Protection Act)), right to notification (section 19a of the Federal Data Protection Act), as well as the right of objection, also the right to correct and to erase or block the data (section 20 of the Federal Data Protection Act) and the right to appeal to the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection (section 21 of the Federal Data Protection Act).
Through consultations, training courses and checks, the Data Protection Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office and the Data Protection Commissioners at the missions abroad are working to ensure the right to data protection is respected.
You can contact the Data Protection Commissioner at the Federal Foreign Office with questions or comments at any time: