Have personal data processed by the Federal Statistical Office erased
As a citizen of the European Union, you can request that any entity that collects and processes personal data about you completely erase your data. However, this is subject to certain conditions. Notwithstanding the foregoing, 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
- 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 vis-à-vis public and non-public bodies. Public bodies are, for example, authorities such as the Federal Statistical Office (StBA), while non-public bodies include commercial enterprises, associations or clubs.
You must request the deletion of your personal data directly from the StBA.
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 form on the StBA website. This will guide you step by step through the necessary information, which you can enter electronically.
- As a rule, the StBA will send you the corresponding answer by post to your registered address or, if necessary, by e-mail.
- Request deletion from the StBA in writing:
- You can submit your application informally.
- Send your application with the required documents to the public body by post or e-mail.
- The StBA will send you the corresponding answer by post to your registered address or, if necessary, by e-mail.
In order for you to have your personal data deleted, you must
- the entity from which you request erasure, 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 entity that processes them,
- which have been unlawfully processed,
- for the processing of which you have withdrawn your consent in the meantime and there is no other legal basis for the processing,
- to the processing of which you have lawfully objected, or,
- which have to be deleted due to special legal provisions.
Despite the above-mentioned points, your personal data cannot be erased insofar as the processing is necessary:
- to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information;
- in order to be able to assert other legal claims,
- in order to be able to carry out a legitimate public task or where the processing is carried out in the public interest,
- for research, science or statistics and their deletion would make it 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 don't have to observe any deadlines.
Your personal data must be erased without undue delay, if all 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
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.