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Have personal data processed by the Federal Statistical Office deleted

As a citizen of the European Union, you can request that any body that collects and processes personal data about you delete your data completely. However, this is subject to conditions. Notwithstanding the above, such an entity must delete your personal data even without your request if it no longer needs the data for the respective purpose.  
Personal data includes, for example:

  • Online data such as IP address, location data, email address
  • Bank details such as account balances, account numbers
  • Identification numbers such as ID card number or social security number
  • Land Registry Entries
  • Health information such as genetic data, medical data
  • Testimonies
  • General personal data such as name, address, age, marital status
  • physical characteristics such as gender, skin, hair or eye color, height

You can assert the right to erasure against public and non-public bodies. Public bodies are, for example, authorities such as the Federal Statistical Office (StBA), non-public bodies are commercial enterprises, associations or clubs.
You must request the deletion of your personal data directly from the StBA.

Process flow

You can request the deletion of your personal data online or in writing by post or e-mail.
Request deletion from the StBA online:

  • Access the online application on the StBA website. This will guide you step by step through the necessary information, which you can enter electronically.
  • The StBA will usually send you the corresponding answer by post to your registration address or, under certain circumstances, by e-mail.
  • Request deletion from the StBA in writing:
  • You can submit your application informally.
  • Send your application with the required documents by post or e-mail to the public body.
  • The StBA will send you the corresponding answer by post to your registration address or, if necessary, by e-mail.


In order to have your personal data deleted, you must

  • the entity to which you request erasure have collected or processed personal data about you,
  • it is personal data that concerns you personally,
  • it is personal data,
    • which are no longer necessary for the body that processes them,
    • that have been processed unlawfully,
    • for the processing of which you have withdrawn your consent in the meantime and there is no other legal basis for the processing,
    • you have lawfully objected to the processing of which or,
    • which must be deleted due to special legal provisions.

Despite the existence of the above-mentioned points, your personal data cannot be deleted if the processing is necessary:

  • to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information,
  • to be able to assert other legal claims,
  • to be able to carry out a legitimate public task or where the processing is in the public interest,
  • for research, science or statistics and their deletion would make this impossible or at least seriously impair.

Which documents are required?

  • No documentation is required.

What are the fees?

There are no costs for you.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You do not have to observe any deadlines.

Processing duration

Your personal data must be deleted immediately if all the conditions are met, i.e. without undue delay on the part of the entity processing the data. As a general rule, you must be informed of the measures taken no later than 1 month after you have requested the deletion. If this is not possible, you must be informed of the reasons for the delay and the extended deadline.

Applications / forms

- Forms: no

- Online procedure possible: yes

- Written form required: no

- Personal appearance required: no


There are no generally applicable remedies.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community

Professionally released on



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competent Bodies

Statistisches Bundesamt (StBA)
Address: Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 11, 65189 Wiesbaden, Landeshauptstadt
Postal address: 65180 Wiesbaden, Landeshauptstadt
Telephone: +49 611 75-2405
Fax: +49 611 75-4000
Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)