Data protection declaration specifically for the application process

Protecting your personal data throughout the whole application process is important to us and we want you to feel secure when you visit our website.


smava GmbH
Kopernikusstr. 35
10243 Berlin

are the data controller in the meaning intended under data protection laws. The data protection laws of the European Union apply.

In the following we explain what information we collect during your application process and how this is used.

1. Personal data

Personal data means individual items of data relating to the personal or professional circumstances of an identified or identifiable natural person. This includes, for example, information such as your name, your address, your telephone number and your date of birth.

2. Collecting and processing personal data

a) Use of the website
When you use our website, the only personal data that we save is your IP address in the server log. We also routinely save additional technical, non-personal data in our server logs, namely

  • the website from which you accessed our pages,
  • the name of your Internet service provider,
  • the browser and operating system you use (including information on the version of each)
  • which pages within our website you have visited and
  • the date and duration of your visit.

b) Application process
We also offer an applications portal which you can use to apply for vacancies at smava. In this case we collect the following data from you:

  • Personal data (first and surnames [compulsory information], date of birth, address, academic level)
  • Communications data (telephone no./ cell phone no. [compulsory information], fax no., e-mail address [compulsory information])
  • Information disclosed (from third parties e.g. credit agencies or from official registers)
  • Data relating to the assessment and evaluation in the application process
  • Data on your education (schools, vocational training, civil/military service, studies, doctorate)
  • Data on your career to date, training and professional certificates
  • Information on other qualifications (e.g. language skills, PC skills, volunteer positions)
  • The photo submitted with the application
  • Information on the requested salary
  • Application history

3. Use and passing on of data

We only use the technical information which you provide for security purposes and to optimize our Internet presence.

We only use the personal data you provide to process your application for the advertised vacancy. Your personal data are only made available to those persons involved in the application process. All members of staff involved in processing the data are obliged to keep your data confidential.

For operating our applications portal and managing your application we use the technical solution “Softgarden” from the company softgarden e-recruiting GmbH, Tauentzienstraße 14, D-10789 Berlin. The data provided by you are stored and processed on our behalf by Softgarden. We have a data processing contract with softgarden e-recruiting GmbH which complies with the statutory requirements. Further information on Softgarden is available at:

Other than this, we will not pass your data on to any third parties unless you have explicitly authorized us to do so or unless we are obliged to do so as a result of statutory provisions and/or orders from the authorities or the courts.

4. Storage and deletion of data

Your application data are automatically deleted six months after conclusion of the concrete application process unless any statutory provisions prevent erasure, or if continued storage for the purposes of providing evidence is necessary or if you have explicitly authorized us to store them for a longer period.

5. Talent Pool

If you have decided to be entered into the talent pool, this means that anybody in the company is able to access your personal data if they have a position to fill. Entry to the talent pool is by invitation from one of our recruiters.

6. Einsatz von Cookies

We use cookies on our career portal website for technical session control. The data stored in the cookies is deleted at the latest when you close your browser.

You can refuse the use of cookies by setting your browser not to accept cookies or to warn you whenever cookies are sent to your computer. However, we must point out that in this case certain functions on the website may not be available to you.

7. Internet-specific services

Our website uses “Google Analytics 360” from Google LLC., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA (hereafter referred to as “Google”). Acting on our behalf, this service uses cookies to evaluate your use of our website, to collate reports on website activities and to provide the website operator with other services associated with use of the website and Internet use. In general the information generated by the cookie relating to your use of this website is transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there. We have activated IP anonymization on the website. This means that for users in member states of the European Union or within other states which have signed up to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, Google removes the last three digits of your IP address prior to transmission to the USA in order to ensure that the IP address cannot be definitively linked to an individual. Only in exceptional circumstances will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and only truncated once received there. Google will not collate the IP address transmitted to Google Analytics 360 by your browser with any other personal data which you may have provided to Google, in setting up a GMail or YouTube account, for example.

If you wish to prevent the tracking procedure, you can avoid a cookie being associated with your computer. In order to do this you can, for example, set your browser software settings to prevent cookies from being saved in general. With Google Analytics 360 information on your usage can still be collected even if you have deactivated cookies. This service also enables us to analyze activity on our website across devices (e.g. if it is accessed via a PC and subsequently via a tablet or a smartphone). For this purpose you are allocated an individual “User ID” as a pseudonym. In view of the discussion on the use of analytical tools with complete IP addresses, we would like to point out again that this website uses Google Analytics 360 with the extension “_anonymizeIp()” and that IP addresses are therefore generally only processed in truncated form in order to ensure that they cannot be directly linked to a particular individual.

You can, however, prevent the collection of data relating to your use of the website (including your IP address) by Google and the processing of this data by downloading and installing the browser plugin available from the following link (

You will find further information on the collection and use of data by Google in Google’s privacy statement (

8. Security

In order to comply fully with the particular requirements of data protection we employ all the technical and organizational security measures necessary to protect your personal data against loss or misuse. For example, all of softgarden’s computer centers are exclusively hosted in Germany so that your data are subject to the strict European guidelines on data protection.

9. Rights to information, rectification, erasure and blocking and the right to object

You have the right to demand information on the data we have stored in connection with you as well as the source, recipients or categories of recipients to whom this data is passed on and the reason for storing it at any time.

You can object to the use of your data for the aforementioned purposes at any time, with effect for the future. You are further entitled to revoke authorization for the collection, processing and use of your personal data (authorization pursuant to the data protection laws) previously granted to us at any time, with effect for the future.

Furthermore, you have the opportunity to correct your personal information, to have it blocked or deleted by us.

For any information, to request information on your data or to object to processing of your data, please contact us by e-mail.