General information

Last updated: 15/05/2018

Scope of this Privacy Policy

XING is a service intended through a variety of different applications to improve and simplify users' professional lives. The combination of these applications gives users the best possible user experience and the widest range of functionality. With the boundaries between our professional and private lives becoming ever more intertwined, and correlations occurring between the two, XING is focused not only on a professional context but also includes applications in a private context. XING is particularly interested in opening up new capabilities for users (primarily in a professional context, but also in their private lives), making it easier for them to form horizontal networks, democratising information, fostering the exchange of information, and supporting lifelong learning. In order to fulfil these aims, XING makes offers, recommendations and services available to its users, often on the basis of data it has collected, and encourages interaction – both within and beyond a user’s network. The applications that make up the service XING include, in particular, the social network where users can acquire a membership, an "events platform" and an "employer rating platform". Some of the XING applications may appear online under another brand name or in the form of other XING Websites (e.g. kununu).

This Privacy Policy shall apply to the entire service XING (including all applications). Additional Privacy Policies apply to the following applications, which you can access on the respective websites of the applications:

Responsible body

We, XING SE, assume the role of controller as per the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In other words, we are the legal entity that shall determine the purposes and means of the processing of personal data . Our contact details are as follows: Dammtorstrasse 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, Tel.: +49 40 419 131-0, Fax: +49 40 419 131-11, E-mail: info@xing.com.

Data Protection Officer

Our Data Protection Officer is Felix Lasse, Dammtorstrasse 30, 20354 Hamburg, Germany, E-mail: Datenschutzbeauftragter@xing.com.

Processing for another purpose

The purposes for which we process your personal data are outlined in the section 1. General statement about the purposes of data processing. We will inform you once again should we process your personal data for any other purpose, i.e. for a purpose other than the one the personal data was originally saved for.

Duty to provide and necessity of personal data for contract closure

You are not legally required to make your personal data available. Nevertheless, in order to close a user contract you must provide information such as your name and e-mail address. Without this information we are not able to enter into such a contract with you. Within the scope of the user contract, we are contractually obliged to keep the data provided in its precise and complete form for all applications used by you and for the entire duration of the contractual term. During the initial process of data entry we inform you if the provision of personal data is necessary for a particular feature or application ("mandatory field"). Where data is required, any failure to provide this information will result in the respective feature or application not being accessible to you the user. In the case of optional data, not making this information available may mean that our services cannot be provided in the same form or scope.

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Cookies:

Small files that enable us to store specific information related to you, the user, on your end device. You can edit the settings of your browser to prevent cookies from being saved.

Third country:

A country outside of the European Union.

EU GDPR:

The Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and the Council dated 27 April 2016 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data, on the free movement of such data, and on the repeal of the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.

Newsletter:

Newsletters or status e-mails and advertising for XING’s own similar products and services, or surveys for the purpose of XING’s own market research.

Personal data:

Pursuant to Article 4 (1) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.

Pixel:

Pixel: An image file or link to an image file that is added to the website code but not sent to your end device (e.g. PC, smartphone, etc.). Pixels are usually used in conjunction with cookies.

Profile:

The page on the XING Websites where the personal data made available by the user is displayed in the social network.

Profiling:

Pursuant to Article 4 (4) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to a natural person, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or move-ments.

Social network:

The contact and communication forums belonging to the applications of the service XING.

XING:

The service XING and the applications belonging to the service XING.

XING Websites:

All websites, subdomains, aliases, mobile applications, background applications, web services and embedding in third-party websites where the service XING is available.