About StepStone
StepStone is one of the most visited online job boards in Germany and was awarded the most popular career website of the year from 2008 to 2013. With 10.7 million visits monthly, the offer of StepStone provides the highest reach within its competitive environment in Germany (January 2014). StepStone is probably the best place to find the right and appropriate staff. Founded in 1996, StepStone is one of the pioneers in online recruitment, counting today more than 20,000 customers.
Privacy Statement

Purpose of Data Collection
StepStone aims to assist you with your life long career development. StepStone offers you an excellent career development service, wherever you are in your career, whatever your next step will be. We are committed to establishing a long term relationship, delivering a range of services available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that will help you to take control of your career, your life and your future.

StepStone wishes to make your job search as easy as possible. You can apply for job vacancies or use the services in My StepStone. Our CV database and our Job Agent both aim at informing you about job offers or at establishing the contact between you and the potential employer.

One of the fundamentals of the relationship with StepStone – in fact of any relationship – is trust. With StepStone, you can trust we are 100% committed to protecting your privacy. Our goal is to offer you, the user, a secure and risk free service. We will use our best efforts to ensure that the information you submit to us remains confidential, and is used only for the purposes described on our site.
If you feel however that we are not abiding by the terms of this statement or data protection regulations, please contact our customer services department:

StepStone GmbH
Axel-Springer-Straße 65
10888 Berlin
Fon: +49 (0) 211 – 934 93-0
email: datenschutz@stepstone.de
We will contact you as soon as possible.

1. What information do we collect from candidates on our website, how do we use these and what should you bear in mind?

1.1 My StepStone
For my StepStone as well as our hereafter listed services you can register either directly by inserting your data on our website or by using facebook connect. For further details regarding the registration through facebook connect we refer to section 10.1.

If you register for My StepStonewe will store your email address so that we can send you the StepStone Services (Job Agent, JAE, Information on the Salary Tool, Newsletter, Career Information and requests for your CV). If you do not wish to receive emails from StepStone on your own email address you can receive emails in your personal Mailbox in My StepStoneand view them online at any time. This Mailbox is exclusively designed for corresponding with the StepStone Services and cannot be used for private email correspondence. If you wish to use the StepStone Mailbox you will have to enter your email address so that we can send you your login details in case you have forgotten them.
If you register for My StepStoneand also wish to enter your CV, we will ask you for person related data. Stored together with your CV, these personal data contains email, name, address, phone number, mobile phone number, photo, sex, citizenship, and date of birth (“personal user data”). The personal user data are treated in strict confidence and are not forwarded to employers unless you create an active, public CV (s.b. item 2) or have given your explicit consent. Furthermore, you have the possibility of forwarding these data to a potential employer – provided that you have explicitly authorised this.
Due to technical reasons we have to request certain personal data (email address, sex, name, zip-code , date of birth) when you register for My StepStone. However, you do not have to fill in any further personal data, except for an active email address, as long as you do not wish to enter a CV. When you create your CV we ask for several obligatory information, which you can identify by an asterisk. The provision of other personal user data is also completely optional and voluntary. We may also use your personal data in order to send you offers from potential employers through other ways of communication than email. In order to ensure authentification, that means in order to avoid unauthorized registrations on behalf of third parties we will send you a confirmation email after your registration where we ask you to re-confirm your registration. Furthermore we will store the date of your last visit of StepStone as part of your my StepStone account. The last visit e.g. refers to the date of your registration, and last use of StepStone services like your login to the My StepStone account, clicking of links in the StepStone newsletter or jobagent or the use of a StepStone CV.  

1.2 Job Agent
You need a My StepStone Account in order to use the Job Agent. If you do not have a My StepStone Account already, a new account will be created when you register the first time. If you register for the Job Agent, you will receive regular information on listings which match a profile that has been defined by you in advance. Accordingly we are not only sending you job ads published on the StepStone web site, but also such job ads from selected partners, such as Berliner Morgenpost, Hamburger Abendblatt and Die Welt.
Of course we will not disclose your personal profile and details to such partners.

1.3 JAE (Job Agent Express)
You need a StepStone account in order to use the JAE. The JAE conveys the latest job ads via e-mail and which correspond the most with your search. The JAE is based on your job ad search and user behavior on stepstone.de.
Of course you can always deactivate the JAE at any time in your account under settings.
1.4 Salary Tool
You can find the Salary Tool as an integrated link in the JobAgent. The link leads to our Salary Tool page where you can enter a job title and region in order to compare the average salary with similar vacancies in the same region. You can share the link with other users who are not registered for the JobAgent, as well as access the Salary Tool page yourself without being logged in or registered for the JobAgent. 

1.5 CVs
StepStone is a Career Web site and we give you the possibility of placing your CV in our database. If you wish to create your CV – i.e. a summary of your education, your professional experience and skills – with the StepStone CV CenterDirectSearch Database you will have to disclose your personal user data. In order to draw up a CV you need a My StepStone Account. If you do not have one already, a new account will be created when you draw up a CV the first time.
As a job seeker you have three ways of using StepStone’s CV database:

1.5.1 Inactive CV
You can use your CV stored in our database to attach applications if you apply online to one of the job offers on the StepStone sites. You can attach active as well as currently inactive CV’s. Inactive CV’s are not disclosed and are not searchable. They are just a form of electronically stored support of your application. The data contained therein will not be disclosed, in any form, to any third parties. However, the CV will be forwarded to potential employers as a link not as a snapshot. Therefore, any changes you make later to your CV will also change the version that has been forwarded to a potential employer. Of course, we cannot exclude that the employer enters and stores your CV as a snapshot in his databases.

1.5.2 Partial Active CV
You can activate only one part of your CV. This means that although you activate your general profile, the section with your personal user data remains deactivated. Employers thus have the possibility of reading and selecting that part of the CV without the personal user data section, using certain criteria in order to fill their vacancies. Employers will also see the date of your last visit at StepStone (s. 1.1) and the last date when you amended your CV. However, employers have no access to your personal user data (Name, Address, eMail, Phone number). Only the year of birth and your sex, as far as you have voluntarily provided this information, will be attached to the partial active CV and will be disclosed to the employer if he reads your partial active CV. All other content, entered outside the boxes for your personal user data, can be seen by the employer. Please bear this in mind if you enter details about former or current employers or if you use the free text boxes.
Important Notice: Only the StepStone Group has access to your user data in the personal user section and we will under no circumstances forward these to employers. Employers always see the non-personal part of this CV (i.e. excluding the personal user data section). If an employer is interested in you he can only contact you via StepStone. The employer will only have access to your indentity if you authorise a disclosure in each individual case.
You can deactivate your partial active CV at any time to prevent access. It will however remain in the system so that you can use it for attaching to your online applications.
Of course, you can also remove your CV completely from the system at any time. Naturally we accept no liability for the confidential treatment of your data by employers. Please keep this in mind when you enter personal information into the visible section of your CV or if you disclose personal information to an employer.

1.5.3 Active public CV
You can also activate and publish your CV. This means that your personal user data (email, name, address, telephone number and as far as voluntarily provided by you also, sex and date of birth) is fully visible to employers, who are logged in to StepStone’s DirectSearch Database . Such employers will have the possibility of reading and selecting the public CV and may also search for a public CV using certain personal data. Employers will also see the date of your last visit at StepStone (s. 1.1) and the last date when you amended your CV. Please bear this in mind if you decide to publish your CV.
You can deactivate your public CV at any time or choose the partial active CV option to prevent access to your CV. If you choose the partial active CV option, section 2.1.2 will apply. If you choose to deactivate the CV, it will however remain in the system so that you can use it for attaching to your online applications, section 2.1.1 will apply. Of course, you can also remove your CV completely from the system at any time.
Naturally we can accept no liability for the confidential treatment of your data by employers. Please keep this in mind when you publish your CV.

1.6 Channels
Selected active or partial active CV’s may – also in abbreviated form – be published in StepStone Channels and the part which is active may be accessed by everyone.

1.7 CV Agent
Active CV’s may be provided by email link to potential employers on their request if they match certain criteria defined by the potential employer. Depending on your settings the respective CV will be sent in the partial active version (excluding your personal user data) or public.

1.8 Newsletter
In order to receive newsletters you need a My StepStone Account. If you do not have one already, a My StepStone Account will be created by registering for the newsletter for the first time. You can subscribe to various newsletters we offer regarding different subjects. In case you have not objected we can further send you email-newsletter regarding StepStone services which are similar to StepStone services that you already use. You may at any time object free of charge to all of StepStone’s newsletters. We will inform you about your right of objection when we collect your email-address and in the respective newsletter. Should you no longer wish to receive our email messages, please click the unsubscribe link located within each message and/or contact us at info@stepstone.de. Additionally you can view and change settings in your StepStone account.

1.9 Application History
In order to enable you to track your applications via StepStone and to adapt our services to your needs we store your applications via StepStone in a history that can be accessed via your StepStone account. If you do not yet have a StepStone account in case of an application we create one for you.

If you attach a CV and/or a cover letter to your application sent via the StepStone application form we store the CV and cover letter to the application for you.

If you apply directly via a website of the recruiting company which you have reached via StepStone we may ask you for your email address when we forward you to the external website. If you provide your email address to us, we will additionally store the relevant position as an application.

We use the stored applications to provide you with your application history in your MyStepStone account and to optimize further StepStone services you use, for example in order to provide you with information about even better fitting vacant jobs as part of a JobAgent (s. section 1.2 above) you subscribed to. Additionally we may use the stored applications in strictly anonymized form in order to make the StepStone services more fitting to market needs.
Information from CVs and cover letters attached to an application and stored in your MyStepStone account can be used by StepStone to prefill fields if you create a StepStone CV as per section 1.5 above.

1.10 Box number job offers
If you reply to a job with a box number you therewith give us your consent to forward your covering letter and all data included therein to the customer of that box number. We are entitled but not obliged to forward your cover letter. We do not check the content of your message on a regular basis. However, we are entitled to do so. We will not forward your covering letter if we discover that it contains illegal content as defined below. Furthermore we will accept any lock flags for particular companies, if you have given us the detailed and correct name (name and legal form of the company) and address. Due to the time consuming research involved we cannot accept lock flags for a whole group or organisation. As an exception we will, however, accept such lock flags that define every single company of such group or organisation giving the detailed name, address and legal form.
We do not forward any additional data apart from your covering letter (e.g. data from your CV), there is no matching with the personal data you have entered into our system.

1.11 With whom do we share your personal data?
The partial active and the public CV can be accessed by potential employers (normally employers or recruiters) within the StepStone DirectSearch Database . It can also be forwarded by email or print to interested recruiters in order to increase the reach and response rates. The StepStone DirectSearch Database can be reached directly via the StepStone Web sites or via simple or qualified links with StepStone’s cooperation partners on the Internet. Our websites are accessible worldwide through the internet. The potential employer could be located outside Germany or even outside the EU which could involve a transmission of data outside the EU. Only in case of public CV’s your personal user data in your CV will be disclosed without further request within the DirectSearch Database . If you have chosen the option of partial active CV, you may decide in each individual case and after you have been informed about the recipient whether you would like your personal user data to be disclosed to a potential employer who requests this information. Once your personal user data has been disclosed to a potential employer we cannot prevent misuse of such disclosed data. Also, StepStone cannot avoid that individuals other than employers, recruiters or HR consultants use the CV database.
If you have entered a partial active or active CV it is possible that your profile is contacted by email for other purposes or by other companies.
In order to establish an international element to our data base, we are planning to implement the StepStone DirectSearch Database in other countries of the StepStone Group enabling these to access the data. Further information about these companies is available at www.stepstone.com or at the end of this Privacy Statement.

1.13 Right of access to, editing and deletion of your CV data:
You have a right of access, information and rectification of your data.
If you wish to edit or delete your data or your CV in the database, simply log in at My StepStone and use the corresponding functions. You can delete one or more stored CV’s in the menu “CV”; all data stored for the registration with My StepStone can be deleted completely in the menu “Your Account”. If you want us to delete your personal data or CV we will be happy to do so on your behalf. Also, we will inform you immediately about your personal password in case you have forgotten it. StepStone is entitled to withdraw its services at any time, or to delete your data in whole or in part without giving further notice. You have no right to claim publication of your data.

It is StepStone’s goal to support you during all and any phases of your career. Our user area is intended as a talent pool in which candidates can make use of our cost free services to optimize their career.
StepStone wants to be your life long partner supporting your career rather than just help you find a one off job like a standard job board.

2. What data do we collect from recruiters in connection with the use of our site and how do we use these?
2.1. Online Ordering
If you order selected products online on our website via the respective form we will collect a spart of the order name and first name oft he contact person, the company name, email address and telephone number, address, VAT number, information about the number of employees and the content of a job ad to be eventually published as well as further information given voluntarily during the order. We use these data to process your order and for the purposes of marketing by us (s. 2.5 below).
2.2 Recruiter Space and Direct Search Database
If you use our recruiter space and/or have access to the Direct Search Database (“CV Database”) Database we will collect and store the Corporate User ID (i.e. based on the user name we will store the identity of the specific user) and the Company ID (i.e. based on the specific user being part of a specific customer, the name of this customer) upon every access. We also collect and store the scope of the individual use, i.e. which CVs have been accessed when.
The data collected and stored in this way will be used in order to prevent abusive use and thus to ensure a correct billing of the services. It will also be used in order to ensure and monitor that the Recruiter Space and the CV Database operate properly at all times and in particular to be able to solve eventually occurring issues for specific customers so that the usage of the Recruiter Space and the CV Database is enabled in its entire scope. Upon entering into the contract and when using the CV Database the customer and the specific user agree to the collection and use of the data in this scope.
Additionally we will use the data collected in strictly anonymized form in order to create stitistics about the general behavior of the customers in the CV Database. This allows StepStone to design the CV Database in a more customer friendly way.

2.3 StepStone Studies
If you want to order a StepStone study for download we will collect last name, position, telephone number, email address, company name, country and number of employees as well as voluntarily gender. This information is used on the one hand to provide you with a downloadlink for the study ordered as well as for purposes of marketing by us as far as legally permitted (s. below 2.5).

2.4 StepStone Academy
If you use the StepStone Academy we refer to the data protection policy which is available after redirection to the StepStone Academy (German only): http://www.stepstone.de/content/de/de/fur_stellenanbieter/academy/anmeldung.cfm

2.5 Newsletter
If you register for a newsletter we use your email address in order to send you the newsletter. Furthermore we may send you email newsletter about StepStone services similar to those which you already use if you did not object to the reception of such newsletters. You may object to all kinds of StepStone newsletters at any time free of charge.

3. What other information do we generally collect on our website and how do we use it?
In our Logfiles, we collect and store Internet Protocol addresses (IP addresses) for a limited period, as far as it is necessary for data safety reasons. We also use Internet Protocol addresses to create anonymous statistics, in order to measure the number of visitors to our Web site (traffic) and about the way our website and services are being used, e.g. about creating, editing and deleting of CVs and we use it for accounting purposes to calculate the number of clicks received via Web sites of our business partners. But we do not draw up user profiles or link the statistics to personally identifiable information.

4. Cookies
In order to make a visit to our website more attractive and enable you to use certain functions. we use so called cookies on various pages. These are small text files stored on your device.
Some of the cookies we use are deleted from your device at the end of your browser session (session cookies). Others remain on your device and enable us or our cooperation partners to identify your device when you visit us again (permanent cookies).
You can set your browser so that you are informed about cookies placed on your device or that you have to consent on a case by case basis or that you decline the acceptance of cookies in general or for specific cases. If you do not accept cookies the functionality of our site might be limited.  
Hereinafter we provide more detailed information about specific cookies.
This site cannot be used if you do not accept cookies.

StepStone uses Omniture Site Catalyst, a service provided by Adobe Systems Software Ireland Limited Inc. (“Omniture”). The service uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the Web site analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Web site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to servers in Ireland from where the information will be forwarded to servers in the United States in anonymised form. Omniture will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Web site, compiling reports on Web site activity for Web site operators and providing other services relating to Web site activity and internet usage. Omniture may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Omniture’s behalf. In no case will your IP address be associated with any other data held by Omniture. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this Web site. By using this Web site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Omniture in the manner and for the purposes set out above. You may opt out to the collection of data by Omniture for the future at any time. Further information about opting out is available at http://www.adobe.com/misc/optout.html.

Being an AdWords customer StepStone uses the Google Conversion Tracking. This is an analysis service provided by Google Inc. (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA; “Google”). If you visit our website via a google ad Google Adwords will place a cookie on yout computer (“Conversion Cookie”) Such cookie will expire after 30 days. It does not allow to identify you s an individual person. Unless the cookie expired upon your visit of certain of our websites we and Google will know that someone clicked a certain ad and was thereby redirected to our website. Every AdWords customer is provided with a different cookie. Therefore cookies cannot be tracked via the website of AdWords customers. The information obtained via the Conversion-Cookie will be used to draw up conversion statistics fort he AdWords customers which chose to use conversion tracking. The AdWords customers will be informed of the total amount of users which have clicked to their ad and were redirected to a site which contains a conversion tracking tag. However, they will not obtain any information by which users could be personally identified. If you do not want to participate in the tracking you may object to the placing of cookies, e.g. via the browser settings which generally deactivates the automatic acceptance of cookies. You may also set your browser so that cookies from “googleadservices.com” are blocked.

By using the technologies of Criteo GmbH (“Criteo”) information on surfing habits of visitors of our websites is collected and stored in an anonymized form for marketing purposes. In this context cookies are used or other technical information about your user behavior is collected. Based on an algorithm Criteo will analyze your surfing habits and will then be able to offer specific product recommendations by personalized ad banners throughout your online experience (web, in-app, email)). In no event these data can be used to personally identify the specific visitor of such website. All data will merely be used in order to improve the respective services; there will be no other use and no transfer of the data to others. You may object to this totally anomymized analysis of your surfing habits by clicking on the following link, thus opting out from the Criteo analysis: http://www.criteo.pro/us/privacy-policy/opt-out. You may obtain additional information on Criteo’s privacy policy at http://www.criteo.com/us/privacy-policy.

Scalable Central Measurement System
Our website uses the “Scalable Central Measurement System” (“Skalierbare Zentrale Messverfahren” – SZM) provided by INFOnline (https://www.infonline.de) for the determination of statistical data about the use of our website. The measurement data is collected anonymously. In order to recognize a computer system the SZM reach measurement altenatively uses either a Cookie with the identifier “ivwbox.de” or a signature which is generated based on several different information which is transmitted by your computer. IP addresses are not stored as part of the method and are used in anonymized form only.
The reach measurement was developed in consideration of data protection. The intention of the reach measurement is to define the intensity of use and the number of users of a website by statistical means. At no time individual users will be identified. Your identity will be protected at any time. You will not receive advertisements via the system.
For websites that are member of the Informationsgemeinschaft zur Feststellung der Verbreitung von Werbeträgern e.V. (IVW – www.ivw.eu) or which participate in the study “internet facts” of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online-Forschung e.V. (AGOF – www.agof.de) the user statitics are published monthly by AGOF and the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Media-Analyse e.V. (ag.ma – www.agma-mmc.de), as well as by IVW and are accessible via http://www.agof.de, http://www.agma-mmc.de und http://www.ivw.eu.
Apart from the publication of measurement data the IVW monitors the SZM-method continuously with respect to a generelly compliant and data protection compliant use.
Further information about the SZM-method can be found at the website of INFOnline GmbH (https://www.infonline.de), who operates the SZM-method, the data protection website of AGOF (http://www.agof.de/datenschutz) and the the data protection website of IVW (http://www.ivw.eu).
You may oppose to the use of data by the SZM via following link: http://optout.ivwbox.de

In connection with our product Follow Ad we cooperate with Xaxis, LLC. Through the technology of Xaxis cookies are stored on your computer. These cookies store information about job advertisements you visited at stepstone.de. Such information, which is provided by us to Xaxis, does not contain any personal data. Such information does not allow identifying you as an individual person. Based on these cookies Xaxis can provide you with targeted product proposals as personalizes banners on other parties’ websites (so called publishers). Also there such data cannot be used to identify you as an individual person.
You may opt out to the individual advertising by Xaxis and will then no longer receive individual advertising by Xaxis. In order to deactivate the internet based advertising by Xaxis please click here: http://www.xaxis.com/common/OPT-OUT_call.html.

Further information about the Xaxis technology is available at the Xaxis data protection policy at: http://www.xaxis.com/de/page/privacy-policy/#.
Tealium Audience Stream
We use Tealium Audience Stream on our site, a service provided by Tealium Inc., 11085 Torreyana Road, San Diego, CA 92121, USA (Tealium). Data is collected and saved with which – under the use of pseudonyms – user profiles are created. On behalf of the operator of this website/app, Tealium will use this information to shape your usage oft he website/app automatically, instantly and fitting your needs. For example, data is collected for: seen and clicked ads, articles, advertisement, visitor numbers, site’s topic etc. The pseudonymized user profiles will not be connected with personal data about the person behind the pseudonym without an especially given consent.
To create user profiles, cookies or for mobile devices similar technologies will be used. The information concerning your usage of the website/app gathered by the cookie will only be saved in Germany. You can disable the recording of cookies via the according setting in your browser; but we point out that you might not be able to use all of the website’s/apps’s functions fully. You can contradict future data collection and recording for the purpose of web analytics at any time by using the manual to opt out here http://tealium.com/de/privacy/.
Tealium iQ (Tag Management System) This website/app uses a tag management system (TMS), a service provided by Tealium Inc., 11085 Torreyana Road, San Diego, CA 92121, USA (Tealium), to configure parts of the website/app dynamically. To make this functionality possible, a cookie named utag_main is created. The TMS is necessary to provide this service and can therefore not be deactivated.
Facebook Pixel
We use the „Facebook pixel“ of Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA (“Facebook”) on our website/app. As part of this tracking pixels are included on our site that create a direct connection between your browser and the facebook server. Thereby Facebook obtains the information via your browser that our site was accessed from your device. If you are a Facebook user, Facebook can connect this data with your Facebook account. We do not have any knowledge about the data transmitted and the use of Facebook. We can only define, which segments of Facebook (e.g. age and interests) users shall be displayed our ads.
By accessing a pixel through your browser, Facebook can also verify if a Facebook ad was successful, so that we can collect the effectiveness of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes. Further information can be found inFacebooks privacy policy at: https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/. You have the possibility to opt out from the Facebook pixel by clicking here https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=ads#_=_or by deactivating it at the site of the Digital Advertising Alliance at: http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ Facebook.

For purposes of marketing and the optimization of our services we use services and products of WiredMinds AG (www.wiredminds.de). WiredMinds anonymizes IP addresses immediately after their collection by deleting the last set of numbers. Based thereon visitor statistics are generated and in an additional step after the anonymization user profiles are generated under a pseudonym. In this context cookis can be used. The collected data, which might contain personal data before they are anonymized, are transmitted to WiredMinds or are collected directly by WiredMinds on our behalf. Anonymized information can also be used for statistical purposes by WiredMinds itself. The generated data will not be used without the user’s consent to personally identify the visitor of this website and will not be merged with data about the data subject behind the pseudonym. You can opt out from the data collection, processing and storage with effect for the future at any time by clicking here.
We use a Cookie for the “vote” button in our survey windows, which will be stored on your computer for one week. A separate notice will be displayed for these cookies within the surveys. Apart from that StepStone only uses session Cookies, to make access to our Web site easier. Such Cookies are deleted as soon as you log out.

5. Illegal Content
Please note that you are solely responsible for all texts entered into our system or sent to us (e.g. for forwarding to box number advertisements). Please ensure that you do not send us any attachments that contain viruses or worms. Personal details provided to StepStone should not contain: information on illnesses, information about pregnancy, any information about ethnic origin, political opinion, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health and sexual orientation; defamatory or slanderous information; information having no reasonable relation to the job profile. The information you send us must be accurate and must not infringe copyrights, trademarks or other intellectual property rights, contravene law, competition law or other applicable provisions, official regulations, the rights of third parties in general or public policy (“Illegal Content”). This includes but is not limited thereto that you may not create CVs for third persons without their explicit consent or create CVs for non-existent persons and that photos provided to us must be up to date and display the face of the actual candidate. We point out that you are responsible for keeping your contact details, particularly your e-mail address up to date and ensuring that you can be contacted at the email address provided and that the email address is not transferred to third persons. It is not allowed to create CVs for the purpose of advertising the services of a company but only for the individual jobsearch and for freelancers to offer their personal services on their own account. Please note that you undertake to indemnify us against all claims made against us as a consequence of your failure to prevent Illegal Content appearing in any information you provide.

6. Who is processing your data?
Your data will be processed by StepStone Deutschland GmbH and on its behalf also by affiliated companies and external parties.

7. Right on information and further rights under data protection law
Under data protection laws you have a right to be informed without charge about the data we have stored about you as well as if applicable a right of rectification, blocking or deletion of that data. For the respective rights of candidates we additionally refer to section 1.10 above in this context.

8. Data Security
We use a variety of methods, such as encryption (SSL), firewalls, intrusion detection software and manual security procedures, to help protect the accuracy and security of your personal information and to prevent unauthorized access or improper use by third parties. The SSL encryption is activated if the key symbol is displayed at the bottom of your browser and if the address starts with “httpS://…”. This means the data transfer is protected by SSL (Secure Locket Layer) with a 128 bit encryption, preventing third parties from illegally accessing your data. If the encryption is not activated you should consider whether you should send confidential information via the internet. Emails are only encrypted if, in addition to the above, you use the StepStone Mailbox, not if you use your own email address.
Please note that this also applies to the personal password required for certain functions on the StepStone pages and the email confirmation you receive after your first registration if you receive these via your own email address. Please note we do not use encryption in our emails. We recommend that users change the password sent to them with a new personal password. You can also change your password at any time in the My StepStone at “Your Account”.We only store personal data that you have entered into My StepStone. No other person related data will be stored.
Please note that some employment contracts may not permit private use of the Internet during working hours or from your work place. Some employers systematically monitor unauthorised Internet activities on your work place. Although you are connected via a multiple network environment, you should be aware that there is a risk of unwanted access.
Please note that JavaScript™ technology is used on our Web sites. Interruption of services, withdrawal or changes of services, deletion of data
StepStone does not guarantee or warrant that the services are available at certain times. Disturbances, interruptions or a possible breakdown of the online service cannot be excluded by StepStone. Systematic backups of the servers are carried out regularly. In so far as data have been transferred to StepStone – regardless their form – we recommend that you create your own backup copies. StepStone reserves the right to delete a publication, without reason at any time without notice. The user has no right to claim publication. StepStone reserves the right to change, extend, limit or withdraw its services at any time. Therefore, StepStone shall not be liable for any deleted data or loss of data.

9. Links
Our Web site contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites. We encourage our visitors to be aware of this when they leave the StepStone Web site, and to read the Privacy Statements of each and every Web site that collects personally identifiable information. This Privacy Statement applies only to information collected on our Web site. Privacy Statement changes

10. Social Media
To make our websites more attractive to users we cooperate with different social media.

10.1 Facebook Plug-ins
We cooperate with the social network facebook, 1601 South California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304, USA. We use so called plug-ins to integrate facebook into our site. This can be in the form of “facebook connect” or “facebook – share”.
If you click on any such plug-in then your browser will take up a direct connection with the facebook server. Then, you will see a description of the content of such a plug-in (for example the friends-box). In this case, facebook will receive your IP address and other equipment related information. Also, it is possible that a cookie will be placed on your PC that will be deleted when you close the browser. You can choose in your browser setting if you want to allow cookies or not.
This means:
When the plug-in is loaded (when you enter a site that has a plug-in integrated), facebook will receive your IP address and the information that a user with this IP address has visited the internet site of Stepstone. If you are logged-in to facebook at the same time, then facebook can relate your facebook account to your visit to StepStone. That is why you can be shown toyour friends in the plug-in.
If you do not want Facebook to collect data about you via our internet website and to link this with your data stored on Facebook, you need to log off from Facebook before visiting our website.
Purpose and scope of the data collection, further processing and use of that data by facebook as well as your rights and options for your facebook settings to protect your privacy can be found in the facebook privacy declaration at http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
With the facebook-share button, you can recommend the StepStone service to your friends. They will see that you have visited and recommend a certain site (listing) of StepStone.
With the facebook-connect, you can use your facebook account to open or to connect to an existing My StepStone account. Upon creation of My StepStone account via facebook we will receive certain account details from facebook (namely: facebook user ID, your email address, first name, last name, birthday, your facebook user groups, your education history, your work history).
We will use these details to pre-fill you’re my StepStone account. The My StepStone account will not be visible to anyone except StepStone. Third parties will only see any of your personal data if you allow this explicitly, e.g. by choosing the option “partial active CV” or “public CV”.

10.2 Integration of Google +1
We use the Google +1 button which is provided by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States. When the plug-in is loaded (when you enter a site that has a plug-in integrated), Google will receive your IP address and the information that a user with this IP address has visited the internet site of Stepstone. In order to use Google + 1, you need an account at Google + 1. If you are logged in to your account at Google +1 and click on a button included at StepStone you recommend the content of the site where the button is included. Google stores the information that you clicked this button together with other information about that site. The information that you clicked the button and recommended the site can be displayed in your Google +1 profile or on other pages that use Google +1.
If you do not want Google to collect data about you via our internet website and to link this with your data stored on Google, you need to log off from Google +1 before visiting our website.
Further information about the collection and use of data by Google in connection with Google +1 and your rights relating thereto can be found in the Google privacy statement at http://www.google.com/intl/policies/policies/privacy/.

10.3 Integration of Twitter
We use functionalities of the service Twitter which is provided by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. When a Twitter plug-in is loaded (when you enter a site that has a plug-in integrated), Twitter will receive your IP address and the information that a user with this IP address has visited the internet site of Stepstone. In order to use Twitter, you need an account at Twitter. If you are logged in to your account at Twitter and click on a button included at StepStone you share the content of the site where the button is included with other Twitter-users. Twitter then stores the information that you clicked this button together with other information about that site and provides these information to other Twitter users.
If you do not want Twitter to collect data about you via our internet website and to link this with your data stored on Twitter, you need to log off from Twitter before visiting our website.

Further information about the collection and use of data by Twitter and your rights relating thereto can be found in the Twitter privacy statement at https://twitter.com/privacy.

10.4 Share This
We use plugins of the bookmarking service Share This, which is provided by ShareThis Inc. (“ShareThis”), 250 Cambridge Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306, USA. When a ShareThis button is loaded (when you enter a site that has a button integrated), ShareThis will receive your IP address and the information that a user with this IP address has visited the internet site of Stepstone. By using ShareThis plugins users can set bookmarks to websites and post, share or recommend links to the respective websites on social networks like Twitter, Facebook oder Google +1.
If a user is logged in to his account at the respective social network (e.g. Twitter, Facebook oder Google +1) and uses a ShareThis plugin integrated on our website the visit of the user on our website can be related to that user by the respective social network.
Further information about the collection and use of data by ShareThis and your rights relating thereto can be found in the ShareThis privacy statement at http://sharethis.com/privacy-manifesto.

10.5 Add This
Our website uses so called social plugins of the bookmarking-service AddThis, which is provided by AddThis LLC, Inc. 8000 Westpark Drive, Suite 625, McLean, VA 2210, USA (“AddThis”). The plugins are are usually marked with an AddThis-Logo for example a white plus symbol on orange ground. An overview of the AddThis plugins and their layout can be found at https://www.addthis.com/get/sharing.
If you access one of our sites containing such plugin your browser will establish a direct connection to the servers of AddThis. Thereby AddThis will receive the information you’re your browser has accessed the respective site and will store a cookie to identify your browser on your device. This information (including your IP address) will be transmitted by your browser directly to the servers of AddThis in the USA and stored there. AddThis uses the data to create anonymous user profiles which form the basis of personalized marketing to the visitors of websites using AddThis plugins.
Purpose and scope of the collection of data and the further processing and use of the data by AddThis can be found in the privacy policy of AddThis at: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/privacy-

If you want to object to the processing of data by AddThis fort he future you may place a so called opt out cookie which you can download at: http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out.
You can also completely prevent the download of AddThis plugins by using add ons for your browser such as the script blocker “NoScript” (http://noscript.net/)

11. Miscellaneous
Any changes to our privacy commitment will always be available here on our homepage so that our visitors are always aware of what information we gather, how we might use that information, and whether we will disclose it to third parties. At the bottom of this page you will find links to former versions of our Privacy Statement. If you want to store this Privacy Statement, please press ctrl-s, to print press ctrl-p
The public register of processing information (Verfahrensverzeichnis) can be obtained upon request from datenschutz@stepstone.de. In case of any questions or concerns in respect to our obligations under data protection law, please send us an email to info@stepstone.de or contact us at:

StepStone Hotline
0800 – 78 37 7860800 – 78 37 786 FREE
Postal address
Head Office StepStone Dusseldorf
Hammer Straße 19
D-40215 Dusseldorf

Or contact our data protection officer:
StepStone Deutschland GmbH
Hammer Straße 19
D-40215 Dusseldorf
eMail datenschutz@stepstone.de

Düsseldorf, 03.02.2018

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