4. Information we obtain about you from other sources

We also process data that we haven’t obtained directly from you. This occurs whenever a user provides us with information or we collect information from other sources. In such cases we process the respective data within the scope of fulfilment of our contractual obligations towards the respective user and/or to safeguard our legitimate interests, while giving due consideration to your interests.

Data from address book uploads

This includes the following data, which can be extracted from another person’s vCard:

  • First and last name
  • E-mail addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Job title and company name
  • Place: City and country
  • Twitter and Facebook handles

Intended purpose

We make it possible for users to expand their network on XINGand invite non-users.
When a user makes use of this feature, personal data is processed on their behalf and under their responsibility. XING makes appropriate functions available to users to manage the data processed on their behalf and in particular to delete this data. Users have the right and the option to cease the processing of personal data on their behalf at any time.

Source of the data

Users who want to expand their personal network and already have access to your data can upload this information to XING.


No third parties have access to the uploaded data.

Period saved for and objection

We save this data until the respective user either deletes this data themselves or their user account is deleted.
The invited non-users can select an opt-out link in the invitation e-mail to object to the sending of further invitations or invitation reminders to their respective e-mail address.

Legal basis

The legal basis for this processing of personal data is Article 6 (1) f) of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) .

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Third country:

A country outside of the European Union.


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.


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: 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.


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


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.


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.