Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting our career website and your interest in the vacancies of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. This website is operated by the Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. KG (“Holding”) and acts as the central career portal for the Holding as well as its wholly or partially owned subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “we”, “us” or “HOLTZBRINCK”).

We take the protection of your personal data seriously and want you to feel comfortable when visiting our website and submitting your job application to HOLTZBRINCK. This privacy policy serves to inform you about the information we collect during your application via this career website and how it is used.

You can print this privacy policy here.

1. Collection of non-personal data / Web Analytics

To constantly improve our website we use Google Analytics web analytics functionalities in an anonymized form and in compliance with an order data processing agreement.

Google Analytics is a service provided by Google, Inc, 1600 ‘Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (“Google”). 
Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers usually in the United States. 
Please note that on this website, Google Analytics code is supplemented to ensure an anonymized collection of IP addresses (so called IP-masking). Therefore Google will truncate/anonymize the last octet of the IP address and leads to a shortened form of IP address actually stored by Google, which ensures your anonymity while visiting our website.
Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the USA. 
Google is a member to and obeis the data protection principles of the “US Safe Harbor” agreement and is registered with the DOC’s “Safe Harbor” program. Google will use this information on our behalf for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage to us. 
Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Through your use of this website you agree with this data protection policy and our and Google’s use of data as described in this policy document.
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 website. 
Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under
Further information concerning the terms and conditions of use and data privacy can be found at or at

2. Collection of personal data

We do not collect data except pursuant to Clause 1, unless such data is explicitly entered by you during the application process or transmitted to us by you (such as in the attached certificates, CVs, etc.).

We usually ask for the following personal information: first name, last name, address, phone number, e-mail address as well as cover letter, resume and references. To make your contact with us as convenient as possible, we have reduced the personal information required by us to a minimum. Therefore, the disclosure of the aforementioned information, with the exception of telephone numbers and certificates, is mandatory in order to allow us due processing of your application.

3. Use and disclosure of personal data

All personal information you submit to us during your online application is collected and used by HOLTZBRINCK solely for processing your application. HOLTZBRINCK collects and processes your information strictly confidential and in accordance with applicable German and European data protection regulations.

Applications within HOLTZBRINCK are processed in collaboration between the human resources department of the respective entity and/or the Holding, the management, and/or the corresponding department of the entity offering the vacancy. The responsible person in the respective department / management and the responsible person in the human resources department may belong to different legal entities within HOLTZBRINCK. Therefore, it is possible that your data will be exchanged within the publishing group. Whether this occurs and to what extent is described in more detail below.

3.1 Job applications for an offered vacancy

If you apply for a specific vacancy, you provide us with your personal data. These data are regularly exclusively available to the entity which has offered the specific vacancy (“Target Company”), but applications for management vacancies are always processed jointly with the human resources department of the Holding. Other than that, there is only the technically necessary and inevitable access of system administrators, who will only access your data to the extent necessary in case of technical issues. Any other access from within HOLTZBRINCK is barred.

If the HR department which processes your application should consider it a possible match for a different vacancy within HOLTZBRINCK, your application will be forwarded internally to the relevant department / subsidiary, unless you object explicitly in your application or afterwards by notifying the contact mentioned in the respective job advertisement, for example by e-mail. In this case, your application will not be forwarded to other departments / subsidiaries.

3.2 Unsolicited job applications

Deviating from the above procedures regarding applications for an offered vacancy (see Clause 3.1), in case of unsolicited (but highly welcome) applications you provide us with your personal data for review and matching with regard to several current or upcoming vacancies within HOLTZBRINCK. Therefore, it is possible that, in addition to the processing by the human resources department, your application will be forwarded to multiple departments and subsidiaries within HOLTZBRINCK. If you do not wish that your unsolicited application is forwarded to some or all subsidiaries within HOLTZBRINCK, please notify us in your application, or afterwards, by using the contact address mentioned in Clause 7, for example by e-mail.

3.3 Inclusion in our applicant pool

Applicants for whom we did not yet find a suitable vacancy will be included in our applicant pool to be able to consider your application for future vacancies.

With your consent, all your personal data and documents are stored in the applicant pool and checked for a match with new vacancies for a period of six months, afterwards your data will be deleted. Of course, your rights under Clause 3.6 (in particular to demand deletion at any time) remain unaffected.

3.4 Consent

By submitting your application, you grant your explicit consent to your personal data being stored, used and transmitted within HOLTZBRINCK as described above and in accordance with this privacy policy and in compliance with the requirements of the German Federal Data Protection Act.

3.5 Withdrawal of consent and deletion of your personal data

You have the right, at any time, to review and correct all your personal data stored by us, in particular pursuant to Clause 6. You can also withdraw your consent to the use of your personal data at any time.

Since your data was made available to a specific subsidiary when applying for vacancies there, please send all withdrawal and cancellation requests only to the contact mentioned in the respective job offer. In case of unsolicited applications, job applications for vacancies offered at Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. KG, as well as in case of inclusion in our applicant pool, please submit all requests instead to the address mentioned in Clause 7.

At your request, we will delete your personal data at any time.

4. Use of Cookies

On our sites, we generally do not use cookies, except the web analytics cookie used as laid out in section 1. Only in exceptional cases, so-called session cookies are used to store the data for a session control in your browser, particularly in the case of Section 3.4. This data is not personalized and will be deleted when you close your browser. We would like to inform you that you can set your browser to refuse cookies or that you receive a warning when cookies are being sent.

5. Security

To safeguard your personal data when entering your details in the online form, the transmitted data is SSL-encrypted.

However, you agree that the confidentiality of submitted information is not guaranteed if we or you are contacted outside of the application system, e.g. by e-mail contact. In particular, the content of e-mails may be intercepted by third parties. The same applies if your application is forwarded by e-mail to subsidiaries.

6. Right to be informed

Upon written request (with proof of identity) you will be informed by us of the information we have stored about you. Please contact the contact person from the job advertisement in case of an application for a specific job vacancy; otherwise please use the contact address from Clause 7.

7. Contact

Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co KG
Human Resources
Gänsheidestraße 26
70184 Stuttgart

Phone: +49 711 2150-0
Fax: +49 711 2150-269

v2.0, November 17, 2014