Data collection and storage

The Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie (Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy) attaches great importance to protecting personal data.

During your visit on the web and ftp site of the BKG's GNSS Data Center (, we collect information such as the used browser, the downloaded files, the visited web pages, the duration of the visit, and the IP address.

Data Controller and Data Protection Officials

Your data controller is:

Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie
Richard-Strauss-Allee 11
60598 Frankfurt am Main

Representative: Prof. Dr. Paul Becker

which is responsible for the collection, use, disclosure, retention and protection of your personal information in accordance with this privacy notice, as well as any applicable national laws.

We may process and retain your personal information on our servers in the Federal Republic of Germany.

We have appointed data protection officers (DPOs) to be responsible for the privacy programme. You can contact our DPOs via email:

Personal data

Personal data are items of information that can be used to ascertain your identity. This includes information such as your name, street and/or postal address, telephone number and e-mail address. Information that cannot be directly associated with your identity (such as the number of users of the site) is not considered to be personal data.

Personal data is collected on our website only insofar as required for technical purposes and is stored if you register for an account or send us information in connection with a call for application.

We continually work to improve our online content and for this purpose we gather statistical information and analyse the technical possibilities for usage. Visits to our website are logged and analysed in anonymised form.

Storage of IP addresses, use of cookies

In order to access our website the short term registration of your IP address is required. An IP address is a unique, globally valid identifier of your computer. As a private user, in most cases you will not use a constant IP address because an IP address is only assigned to you temporarily by your provider. However, the connection of user data to particular individuals is in principle possible with static IP addresses. Our server stores IP addresses for up to 7 days. After this the access data is automatically anonymised.

We use cookies (small text files containing visitor information that are temporarily stored on your computer's hard drive) in order to track frequency of use, repeated use and number of users of our website. The cookies used by us are valid for one session and are used exclusively for the above purposes. We do not use them to learn about your personal user behaviour or to adapt the content of our website to your personal browsing habits.

During your visit to our website the following information is automatically logged in our user statistics

Our website can generally be used without you having to disclose your identity. It is possible to configure your browser by modifying the browser settings so that cookies are rejected and the execution of JavaScript programs is disabled. If you want to do this, we recommend that you consult the information provided by your browser maker (for example, in the Help menu of your internet browser or on the relevant website), or contact your browser supplier for further assistance and information.

Data required for registration and other personalized services

If you wish to register for an account at BKG's GNSS datacenter or to use another personalised service, the data required for this will be stored by us. This generally includes your e-mail address, first name and surname as well as other data - depending on the type of offer. Your data are used only in order to provide you with the requested service and in order to respond to any queries. The data sets will be used for statistical evaluation to analyse system performance. We do not pass your data on to third parties and we do not use the data for other purposes. You can cancel your registration for personalised service at any time by contacting us via email:

We guarantee that your data will not be sold or rented to other companies or organizations in the context of general address trading.

Data transmission

Your personal data will only be transmitted to government organisations and authorities in legally required cases and/or for prosecution in the event of attacks on our network infrastructure. Your personal data are not provided to third parties for any other purpose.

Right to information

You have the right at any time to information about your stored personal data, including the origin and recipients of the data and the purpose for which the data is being stored. This information can be obtained from the data protection officer at the BKG.

Please send any questions or comments about data protection to this address: