Susanne, It has been several years since I last requested an IDPF. Looking back on the letter I wrote to request the file I had clearly specified that I was next of kin to the subject of the IDPF. Apparently that requirement no longer exists but at the time privacy definitely was a concern. I have a vague recollection that there was a discussion about obtaining IDPFs on the forum but I do not know if it was this version of the forum or the one that existed prior to 2015. Comparison of our Gov't requirements to those of the German Gov't really is moot.