Statement on Data Protection

The FONA website can be used without personal information being disclosed. Personal information is only collected for technical purposes, for example if you place an order or sign up to be on a newsletter mailing list.

The following statement provides you with a complete overview of how FONA ensures the protection of your data and of the types of data that are collected and the purpose of doing so.

Data processing on this website

Data are collected and exchanged every time a website is visited. FONA automatically collects and stores data that your browser transfers to our server. This includes:
  • your internet browser type/version
  • the operating system being used
  • the loaded web page
  • the previously visited page (referrer URL)
  • time of the server request

FONA analyzes this data solely for statistical purposes in order to measure the demand for information on the FONA website. FONA is not able to trace this data back to specific individuals. These data are not merged with other data sources. IP-Numbers are only used for data transmission and are not stored after a session has been finished. Data that were logged during access to the FONA website are only transferred to third parties in so far as we are obliged to do so by law or under a court order. Data will also be transferred in the case of attacks on the FONA internet infrastructure that are subject to legal or criminal prosecution. Data will not be transferred for any other reason. Click here to see what data your internet browser communicates to our server.


Session cookies are small information units that a provider stores in the active memory of the visiting user’s computer. A randomly generated, unique ID number, a so-called session ID, is stored in a session cookie. A cookie also contains information as to its origin and the period of time it is to reside on a computer. These cookies cannot store any further types of data.

Other providers use permanent cookies to recognize visitors returning after a longer period of time. This type of information is stored as a text file on the hard drive of the user’s computer. In contrast to this, the session cookies used by FONA are deleted as soon as you end a session.

All internet browsers can handle cookies. Most browsers are set up to accept all cookies without asking the user for permission.

Data analytics

Our website also uses Piwik, a web analytics software program which sets cookies to enable us to analyse usage of our website. The information on the use of our website (including your abbreviated IP address) is sent to our server and stored for analytical purposes so that we can improve our website. Your IP address is immediately anonymized so that you remain unidentifiable to us. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this site is not disclosed to any third parties. If you do not wish the data relating to your visit to be stored and analysed, you can refuse permission at any time. In this case a so-called opt-out cookie will be set in your browser which will prevent the collection of any session data by Piwik. However, please note that if you decide to delete the cookies on your computer, this will also delete your opt-out cookie. In that case you will have to set a new one (Source:



Data pertaining to the dispatch of newsletters

When you sign up to be on a mailing list for one of FONA’s newsletters, your e-mail address and selected newsletter list(s) are stored on our server. We use this information solely for purposes of dispatching newsletters. Data sets are used to analyze system performance for statistical purposes. We neither pass on this data to third parties nor use it for any other purposes of our own. Our registration system, which includes a confirmation message containing a web link to finalize registration (double-opt-in), ensures that you have explicitly requested the newsletter.

Order transactions and e-mails to FONA

When you send us an e-mail, its contents and your e-mail address will be used solely for purposes of corresponding with you. In the case of order transactions, any personal data submitted will be passed on to third parties solely for purposes of handling the order (e.g. to a mail order company, or other public authorities or institutions if applicable). Your data will be deleted once your order has been completed. Inquiries from the general public, both on paper and electronic, are stored in accordance with the statutory periods of the Registry Directive, which supplements the Joint Rules of Procedure of the Federal Ministries (GGO).

Right of information

You have the right to demand information on data that has been saved about you personally as well as to know where the data originated from, who has received it and the purposes for storing it. FONA internet editor staff ( can provide you with information on the stored data. You can address any questions or grievances you may have to FONA’s Data Protection Commissioner.

Reviewing your data

You can see the data that have been transferred from your browser to our server by clicking here.

Any internet browser can be set up to notify you whenever cookies are activated and to display their contents. The virtual data protection office of the Federal and Länder Commissioners for Data Protection in Germany provides detailed information on this subject.