Privacy Policy

Data protection and data security for our partners/members as well as for consumers is a high priority for us. The protection of your personal information is very important to us and a matter we take extremely seriously.

We collect, store and use your personal information in compliance with the provisions of the data protection laws. In this Privacy Policy, we explain which kinds of information we use for which purposes and what rights you are entitled to.

1. Anonymised data collection and processing on this website

Log file data sent to us by your browser is automatically compiled and saved on our server in an internal log file. This applies to the following information:

  • type and version of your browser,
  • type and version of your operating system,
  • URL of the site which directed you to us,
  • search terms which led you to our site,
  • date and time that you accessed our website,
  • names of the subpages that you accessed.

We collect and process this information in an anonymised form. The data cannot be traced back to any specific user. Data is collected and processed for internal system-related and statistical purposes.

2. Pseudonymous data collection and processing on this website

If you are a registered user of our website, we will continue to collect and save the aforementioned information under a pseudonym whenever you access our web pages. This information is allocated exclusively to an internal tag. It is not associated with your name or any other means of identification, so the information cannot be traced back to you personally. The purpose of collecting and processing data under a pseudonym is to create user profiles, which enable us to customise our services and advertisements to your needs.This website uses software provided by etracker GmbH ( to collect and store data for the purposes of marketing and optimisation. This data is used to create user profiles under a pseudonym. Cookies may be used for this (see below). Data collected by etracker software without the specific consent of the user is not used to identify visitors to this website personally and is not brought together with information relating to the bearer of the pseudonym. Objections to the collection and storage of data may be made here at any time with future effect.

If you do not want a user profile to be created, you may object to it. Further information about exercising your right of objection can be found under the heading "Right of objection and right of rescission".

3. Cookies

We use what are known as "cookies" for our web pages. Cookies are small text files, which are installed on your computer and saved by your browser. Using cookies enables our web server to recognise your browser, your individual settings within our website and, where applicable, some encrypted log-in details. This makes our website more user friendly and makes it possible to log in automatically.

You can configure your browser to delete cookies from your computer, to block cookies or to prompt you before accepting them. The cookies that we install are deleted from your computer after every session.

4. Use of your email address

We use your email address for the distribution of our newsletter or other promotions that may be of interest to you only if you have given us consent to do so. You have the opportunity to withdraw your consent and to unsubscribe from our organisation's newsletters and emails at any time. Further information about exercising your right of rescission can be found under the heading "Right of objection and right of rescission".

5. Who is given access to this information?

All information that you make available to us by entering it on these web pages is stored on a server which is located in a European Union (EU) country. Your enquiries and requests are then forwarded to the relevant departments within our organization to be processed.

6. Right of information, amendment, blocking and deletion of data

If at any time you should request information about your personal data, where it originated, who has received it or why it was saved, we will provide this to you at no cost. You can use the contact details below to obtain this information.

You can, of course, rectify any errors, update outdated information or have stored data deleted, provided it has no statutory and/or other contractual purpose.

7. Right of rescission and right of objection

You have the right to object at any time with future effect to the use of your data for creating a user profile, or to rescind any consent you have given us, also with future effect. In this case, we will refrain from processing your data for these purposes. You can submit your objection or rescission to us by post, telephone, fax or email. It is not necessary to state your reason for doing so and no specific form is required. Alternatively, follow this link:

VERA Secretariat
Max-Eyth-Weg 1, D-64823 Gross-Umstadt, Germany

on behalf of the German Ministry of Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Department 514
Rochusstrasse 1, 53123 Bonn, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0) 228/99-529 -3490
Fax: +49 (0) 228/99-529 -55-3490