I want to send someone a letter:

Dear Sir or Madam,

In accordance with Art.15 GDPR, I ask you to inform me whether you are storing data about me.

If you do this, I ask you (and third parties with whom you have shared data about me), in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, to delete this data about me.

In accordance with Art. 19 GDPR I ask you to inform me about the progress of this action.

Regardless of whether you had already saved data about me or not, I ask you (and third parties with whom you have shared data about me), after you replied to me, to delete the data I submitted in this letter, that is, my address and my name, in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR.

MFG Nils Lindemann

I am doing this for the first time, is that correctly worded, or do I have to proceed differently in order to be forgotten?


Ich möchte jemandem einen Brief schicken:

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Entsprechend Art.15 DSGVO ersuche ich Sie, mir Auskunft darüber zu erteilen, ob Sie Daten über mich speichern.

Falls Sie dieses tun, ersuche ich Sie (und Dritte mit denen Sie Daten über mich geteilt haben) entsprechend Art. 17 DSGVO, diese Daten über mich zu löschen.

Entsprechend Art. 19 DSGVO ersuche ich sie, mich über den Fortgang dieser Aktion zu informieren.

Unabhängig davon, ob sie bereits Daten über mich gespeichert hatten oder nicht, ersuche ich sie (und Dritte mit denen Sie Daten über mich geteilt haben), nachdem Sie mir geantwortet haben, die von mir in diesem Brief übermittelten Daten, sprich meine Anschrift und meinen Namen, entsprechend Art. 17 DSGVO ebenfalls zu löschen.

MFG Nils Lindemann

Ich mache das zum ersten Mal, ist das so korrekt formuliert, oder muss ich anders vorgehen, um vergessen zu werden?

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    Is "speak/sprich" in the final paragraph(s) a typo?
    – user35069
    Mar 16, 2021 at 15:18
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    @Rock Ape Yes, it is. I fixed it. Thank you. Mar 16, 2021 at 15:22

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Look at the form letters from the consumer advice center, e.g. Lower Saxony.

Keep in mind that the entity may be allowed/required to keep some of your data. Anything that impacts their taxes, for starters. And your information/deletion request might also have to go on file, to mirror their record of a before-due-date deletion.

  • Does some of my data usually include my telephone number? And if so, are entities allowed to use it to contact me for advertising purposes (I guess not, just asking to be sure)? Mar 16, 2021 at 17:07
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    phone numbers? that's a different question (to which the answer is frankfurt-main.ihk.de/recht/themen/wettbewerbsrecht/… )
    – Trish
    Mar 16, 2021 at 17:11
  • @Trish Superb, that's what I wanted to know Mar 16, 2021 at 17:14
  • @NilsLindemann, as Trish points out having and using those numbers are different questions. If the entity is allowed to retain your data at all, then reasonably it must retain enough to identify you among other people with similar names. "Hello, I'm Hans Mustermann, please delete my data. What, there are a dozen of us? Well, any data on any Hans Mustermann, then."
    – o.m.
    Mar 16, 2021 at 18:25

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