Careers website and online applications
A. Responsible party
Welcome to the website maintained by Volkswagen AG, Berliner Ring 2, 38440 Wolfsburg, firstname.lastname@example.org, listed in the register of companies of the District Court of Braunschweig under HRB 100484 (“Volkswagen AG”). We provide information below relating to the processing of your personal data by Volkswagen AG, which is collected when you visit this website.
B. Processing personal data
a. Processing log files
When you visit our website, we process the following log files relating to you:
- A cookie ID
- The operating system you use
- The web browser your use
- The screen resolution you have set
- The date and time of your visit
This data is processed in accordance with Art. 6, Section 1 (f) of the GDPR in pursuit of our legitimate interests to show you the website properly. The data is only processed for as long as you access our website.
We use the processor Amazon Web Services (Amazon Web Services, Inc.) to host this website. Access to the data from an unsecured third state cannot be excluded. Corresponding standard EU data privacy clauses have been concluded, which govern transmission of personal data to processors in third countries (as an appropriate guarantee of data processing in non-European countries), in order to protect your personal data adequately. You can find the EU standard contractual clauses used at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32010D0087.
b. Contact centre
We have a careers contact centre for your questions about starting your career, applying for jobs and available positions. You can reach us on our general hotline (05361-9-36363) and on our apprenticeship hotline (05361-9-46470). Outside of business hours, you can also leave us a message on the answering machine at our general hotline (05361-9-36363). We will then contact you on the phone number you used or by any alternative contact option you provide.
We ask that, when using our hotline, you only disclose the data required to answer your questions about starting at Volkswagen. Particularly sensitive data (this includes ethical background, political views, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, statements about health or sexual orientation etc.) will not be required and may not be passed on.
We process the data and information you provide (email address, phone number for calls if appropriate, optionally your name) exclusively for the purpose of dealing with your request. Insofar as is required for processing, we transmit your data to our Volkswagen Recruiter, Candidate Manager or the relevant departments so that we can clarify your concerns comprehensively, see Art. 6, Section 1 (b) of the GDPR.
The general hotline (05361-9-36363) is manned by Volkswagen Group Services GmbH (Major-Hirst-Str. 11, 38442 Wolfsburg; www.volkswagen-groupservices.com).
Data that has been saved will be deleted after 61 days at the latest.
c. Online application and job portal
We are currently using two platforms for online applications (until summer 2024):
Stellenbörse: The older system "Stellenbörse" includes positions for vocational training and the dual study programme. From summer 2024, these job offers will be available in the new system "Job Portal", too.
Job Portal: Entry opportunities that do not include vocational training, the dual study programme, internships for pupils or international internships are available via the newer Job Portal. These include i.e. jobs for experienced and young professionals, internships or the doctoral programme.
Below you will find the relevant data protection texts:
d. Online aptitude tests when applying for training and dual work/study programs (Volkswagen dual)
The application procedure for a training place at Volkswagen includes an online aptitude test. This can be found on the following page: http://onlinetest.vw-azubi.de. Upon successful completion, aptitude tests are carried out on computers on site. The on-site aptitude tests are also part of the application procedure for the dual study programme (Volkswagen dual).
The software for conducting and evaluating the aptitude tests is provided by the Volkswagen Group subsidiary AUDI (see "Third parties as contract data processors").
The aptitude tests are completed and calculated without using personal data. The corresponding applicant identification is carried out via an identification code generated in the Volkswagen HR system. The results of the aptitude tests are used exclusively for the purpose of checking your current application(s). Once the procedure has been completed, the assignment of the tests to your person will be deleted (see "Data deletion"). Test results are therefore no longer available for any subsequent applications for the next recruitment year.
The completely anonymous test statistics are retained in order to constantly ensure the quality of our selection process.
To ensure the quality of our test procedure we use a so-called first party session cookie which is required for the procedure and is exempt from the obligation to obtain consent and provide notification in accordance with EU regulations.
e. Use of Google Maps
Personal data is passed on to Google LLC if you use the directions to find the shortest route to our locations and this is then shown to you in Google Maps. More information on data processing at Google Maps can be found at the following link: https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=de
C. Using cookies & tracking tools
a. General information
Volkswagen AG uses various cookies on its websites. Cookies are small files containing configuration information and are saved on your device. Cookies can essentially be divided into three categories. There are cookies that are essential for the functionality of the website (referred to as functional cookies), cookies that make it easier to use a website and, for example, save your language settings (referred to as convenience cookies), and cookies on the basis of which a pseudonymised user profile is created (referred to as tracking cookies). Only functional and tracking cookies are used for this website.
Functional cookies have to be processed to allow you to visit the website (see Article 6(1) (b) of the GDPR).
Tracking cookies are only used if the website visitor has consented to this (see Article 6(1) (a) of the GDPR). Consent is provided via the cookie banner, which has to be actively clicked to do this.
You can revoke your consent to the data processing outlined using the listed cookies and tracking tools at any time and with effect for the future by clicking the following link and changing your current preferences in our Cookie Consent Manager:
For further information on our cookies, please refer to the cookie guidelines as well as the details provided below.
- Smart Signals
Based on the analysis of usage described above, Smart Signals controls distribution of personalised content on Volkswagen’s websites. No personal data is collected or processed as part of that.
Ensighten is a tag management tool and controls the tag integration described here. Ensighten itself does not collect any personal data as part of that.
b. Adobe Analytics
This website uses the Adobe Analytics web analytics service to evaluate user access to this website. Data is processed on the basis of the consent provided by you (see Article 6(1) (a) of the GDPR).
For the purpose of evaluation, cookies are stored on your computer to collect information, which is also stored on the servers of our processor Adobe Systems Software Ireland Limited (“Adobe”). Access to the information by Adobe Systems Incorporated based in the USA cannot be excluded. Corresponding standard EU contractual clauses have been concluded, which govern transmission of personal data to processors in third countries (as an appropriate guarantee of data processing in non-European countries), in order to protect your personal data adequately. You can find the EU standard contractual clauses used at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32010D0087.
It is not possible to link the information stored on the Adobe servers directly to a specific person, since Adobe Analytics is used with the “Before Geo-Lookup: Replace visitor’s last IP octet with 0” and “Obfuscate IP-Removed” settings selected. The “Before Geo-Lookup: Replace visitor’s last IP octet with 0” setting ensures that the IP address is anonymised before this geolocalisation by replacing the final octet of the IP address with zeroes. For the purpose of statistical evaluation, the user’s approximate location is added to the tracking package, which still contains the full IP address. Before the tracking package is saved, the IP address is then replaced with an individual, fixed IP address – referred to as a generic IP address – if the “Obfuscate IP-Removed” setting has been configured. This means that the IP address is no longer contained in a data set that is saved.
D. Your rights
You may assert the following rights vis-à-vis Volkswagen AG at any time and at no cost: Please see section F for further information about exercising your rights.
Right of access
You are entitled to information (Article 15 GDPR) from us relating to the processing of your personal data.
Right to rectification
You have the right to request that we rectify (Article 16 GDPR) any inaccurate or incomplete personal data concerning yourself.
Right to erasure
You have the right to have your data erased if the conditions set out in Article 17 of the GDPR are met. For example, you may require the erasure of your data if it is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected. You may also request that your data be erased if we process your data on the basis of your consent and you subsequently revoke this consent.
Right to restriction of processing
You have the right to ask for a restriction of the processing of your data if the conditions set out in Article 18 of the GDPR are met. For example, these preconditions will be fulfilled if you dispute the correctness of your data. You may then require the restriction of processing while the correctness of this data is reviewed.
Right of data portability
You have the right to receive your data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and transfer this data to another data processor, provided that data processing is based on consent or contract fulfilment and that automated processing methods are used.
Right to withdraw consent
Where data processing is based on consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent to data processing with effect for the future at any time and at no cost.
Right to lodge a complaint
You also have the right to lodge a complaint about our processing of your data with a supervisory authority (such as the Data Protection Commissioner for the German State of Lower Saxony [Die Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen]).
Right to object
If processing is based on an overriding legitimate interest, you have the right to object to the processing of your data. An objection is permitted if processing is performed in the public interest or if it is performed for a legitimate interest of Volkswagen AG or of a third party. If you object to data processing, please specify the reasons why you object to this data processing. You also have the right to object to data processing for direct advertising purposes. The same applies to profiling, insofar as it is related to direct marketing.
E. Your contacts
Contact persons for exercising your rights
The contact persons for exercising your rights and for further information can be found on the following website: https://datenschutz.volkswagen.de.
Data protection officer
Our data protection officer is available to you as a contact for any concerns related to privacy:
Data Protection Officer of Volkswagen AG
Berliner Ring 2, 38440 Wolfsburg
Version dated: 24 November 2023