Data protection and security

Dear visitors,

Welcome to our website.

The protection of your personal data is very important to us. We would like to explain below which data we process, when and for what purpose.

Data controller

The Bundesärztekammer (German Medical Association), Herbert-Lewin-Platz 1, 10623 Berlin (“BÄK” or “we”) is the party responsible for the processing the personal data collected during a visit to this website. You can reach us at +49 30 400456-0 or

Usage data

When you visit our web pages, we temporarily store what is referred to as usage data on the basis of Article 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation. We use this data for statistical purposes to improve the quality of our web pages and for security purposes. We also use this information to enable access to our website, to monitor and administer our systems and to improve the design of our web pages. The purposes specified here also constitute legitimate interests pursuant to Article 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation. The data set consists of:

  • the page from which the file was requested
  • the file name
  • the date and time of the query
  • the amount of data transferred
  • the access status (file transferred, file not found)
  • the description of the type of web browser used
  • the IP address of the requesting computer shortened by the last three digits


We use cookies on our web pages. Cookies are small text files that can be stored and read on your device. A distinction is made between session cookies, which are deleted as soon as you close your browser, and permanent cookies, which are stored beyond the duration of the individual session. Cookies may contain data that make it possible to recognise the device being used. But in some cases, cookies only contain information about certain settings that are not personally identifiable. We use session cookies and permanent cookies on our web pages. Processing is carried out on the basis of Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR and in the interest of optimising or enabling the user interface and adapting the appearance of our website. To make the use of cookies more transparent for you, you can adjust your browser settings to inform you about their placement. You can also delete cookies at any time using the appropriate browser settings and block new cookies from being installed. Please note that, in this case, our web pages may not be displayed optimally and some functions may no longer be technically available.

Use of YouTube

The provider YouTube is used to embed videos. YouTube is operated by YouTube LLC, which is headquartered at 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA. YouTube is represented by Google LLC, located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. We use embedded YouTube videos in enhanced privacy mode. This means that YouTube does not store cookies for users who view a website with an embedded YouTube video player without clicking on the video to launch playback. If the YouTube video player is clicked, YouTube may store cookies on the user’s computer; however, no personal cookie data are stored for the playback of embedded videos. The legal basis for processing this data is Art. 6 (1) (f) GDPR. The BÄK has a legitimate interest in making the website informative.

Further information regarding the data processing and data protection policies of YouTube (Google) can be found here.

Social media services

On our web pages you will find links to the social media services of Twitter and YouTube. If you follow these links, you will reach the social media accounts of the BÄK, insofar as you have an account with the respective social media service. When the link to a social media service is clicked, a connection is made to the servers of the social media service. This transmits to the servers of the social media service that you have visited our website. Further data are also transmitted to the provider of the social media service, including, for example:

  • Address of the website where the activated link is located
  • Date and time when the website was accessed or the link was activated
  • Information about the browser and operating system used
  • IP address

If you are already logged in to the corresponding social media service at the time of activating the link, the provider of the social media service may be able to determine your user name and possibly even your real name from the transmitted data and associate this information with your personal user account with the social media service. You can prevent this information from being associated with your personal user account by logging out of your user account ahead of time.

The servers of the social media services are located in the USA and other countries outside the European Union. The data may therefore also be processed in countries outside the European Union by the provider of the social media service. Please note that companies in these countries are subject to a data protection law which generally does not protect personal data to the same extent as is the case in the Member States of the European Union.

For further information on how your data is used by the social media services included on our website, please refer to the privacy policy of the respective social media service.  

Use of Google Analytics

In order to tailor the design of our website, we create pseudonymous user profiles on the basis of Article 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation using Google Analytics, which is operated by Google Inc. (“Google”), Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, i.e., text files which are stored on your computer and which allow your use of the website to be analysed. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is generally transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. However, as we have activated the IP anonymisation feature on this website, your IP address will be shortened by Google within Member States of the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the USA and shortened there. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the website for us, to compile website activity reports and to perform other services for us relating to website activity and Internet usage. Our pursued objectives also constitute a legitimate interest in accordance with Article 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation. User-related data are automatically deleted after 14 months. You can object to the creation of pseudonymous user profiles at any time. There are several ways to do this:

  • One option for disabling Google Analytics from performing web analysis is by setting an opt-out cookie which instructs Google not to store or use your data for the purpose of web analysis. Please note that with this solution, web analysis will only be disabled for as long as the opt-out cookie is stored by the browser. If you would like to set an opt-out cookie now, please click the following button.
  • You can prevent cookies from being stored by adjusting the settings of your browser software accordingly.
  • Depending on which browser you’re using, you have the option of installing a browser plugin that prevents tracking. To do so, please click here and install the browser plugin available there.

Subscribing to and unsubscribing from postal delivery of BÄKground

If you would like to receive the printed edition of the BÄKground information service by post, or if you want to terminate your subscription, you can do so via our mail delivery/unsubscribe form. BÄKground contains information about medical and health policy issues. To subscribe or unsubscribe, you must provide your name and address. We use these data to send you the publication issues or to unsubscribe you and inform you about it. The legal basis for processing the data is your consent in accordance with Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR, which you granted us by ordering the information service and which you can revoke at any time with future effect, e.g., by e-mailing User-related data are deleted when your consent is revoked.

Application for employment

You have the option of sending us your application materials via e-mail. Your application materials will be received by the relevant department and forwarded only to the department responsible for the position in question or a person entrusted with this task. We use your application data to carry out the application process and delete your application materials no later than six months after the application procedure has been completed. The legal basis for processing the data is § 26 (1) (1) of the Federal Data Protection Act.

Contacting us

You have the option of contacting us via e-mail, via our contact form or via phone. If you use the contact form, you need to provide your name and email address, phone number, the relevant subject area and a message. The fields for fax number and subject line are optional. The contact details obtained in the process are processed solely for the purpose of answering your request. They are only disclosed to third parties to the extent required to process your request. The legal basis for using your data obtained in the process is Article 6 (1) (f) of the General Data Protection Regulation. We have a legitimate interest in being in contact with the users of the website and responding to questions they may have or providing information. Your personal data will be deleted after your request has been processed to completion.

Use of service providers

The BÄK uses service providers to perform services and to process your data (so-called order processing). The service providers process the data exclusively at the instructions of the BÄK and are obliged to comply with the applicable data protection regulations. All order processers have been carefully selected and only receive access to your data to the extent and period of time required for the provision of services.


We use a modern encryption method to protect your data from unwanted access. This prevents unauthorised individuals from accessing your data. Your information is then transferred from your computer to the server and vice versa via the Internet using a 256-bit TLS encryption (Transport Layer Security Version 1.2). This is indicated by the closed lock icon on the status bar of your browser and the address bar beginning with http://https://.

Duration of data storage

We only store your data for as long as it is necessary for the provision of our services and as long as deletion does not conflict with any retention periods.

Your rights as a user

As a user, you have the right to request information about which of your data are stored by us and for what purpose. In addition, you may correct data that are incorrect or request that data be deleted if they are unauthorised or no longer required. You have the right to data portability and to restrict the processing of your data. You also have the right to file a complaint with a regulatory authority about the processing of your data. Insofar as you have granted us your consent, you have the right to revoke it at any time.

Right to object

You have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your own particular situation, to processing of your personal data on the legal basis of Art. 6 (1) (e) or (f) GDPR. We will then no longer process your personal data, unless there are verifiable compelling and legitimate grounds for processing it which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or if processing is required to enforce, pursue or defend legal claims. Please direct your objection, where possible, to:

Data protection officer

The Bundesärztekammer’s company data protection officer is at your disposal for information or suggestions concerning data protection.
Tel.: +49 (0)30/4004 56-0