Stepstone Website Terms of Use

1. Scope

By using our website and services, you accept our following Terms of Use.

These Terms of Use of StepStone GmbH, Völklinger Straße 1, 40219 Düsseldorf ("StepStone" or "we") apply to the contractual agreement ((hereinafter referred to as the “Agreement”) between StepStone on the one hand and the User (also referred to as “Users” or “you”) on the other hand, who is interested in the service that is offered at www.stepstone.com (“platform”), its other sub-websites, or any website of the StepStone Corporation that display these Terms of Use, as well as our mobile applications (“Apps”), (collectively referred to as “Service” hereinafter). The websites and Apps are collectively referred to as “StepStone Platforms” hereinafter. Please read these Terms of Use carefully. If you do not accept our Terms of Use, you cannot use our Services and should cease any further use.

2. Purpose of this platform

This platform contains general commercial information about the StepStone brands and services. For purchasing or using these services you may be referred to the respective StepStone brand websites.

If you require additional information on our brands and services, you may also contact us via the contact form on this platform. For information on how we process your personal data while using this platform, please read our privacy statement.

3. Intellectual Property and other informational rights

This platform contains many types of data, code and other information, which are protected by the applicable trademark and copyright laws. The platform may also contain personal information about our leadership or content creators, such as their names and photos and additional laws in regards of their informational rights and freedoms, such as data protection laws, may apply.

It is therefore not permitted to crawl, download, copy, or distribute the whole or any part of this platform. However, we do permit you to make technical copies for the purposes of reading or browsing and you may also make permanent copies for your personal use. Where we provide code, e.g. API-code, the use of this code is only permitted within the limits of the applicable laws, contracts that we have concluded with you or instructions that have been made available to you or the public.

Legal provisions that give you the right to use the content of this platform, in particular press and copyright law, remain unaffected.

Any content that you provide to us will be processed in accordance with your request and may be reproduced, distributed within the StepStone Group and stored for the purpose of processing your request ("processing"). If you wish to restrict this processing or if the content contains confidential information, you are obliged to inform StepStone in advance when transmitting your content. A restriction of the processing of transmitted content can also be communicated to StepStone in writing after the transmission of the content and StepStone will implement this restriction as far as possible. However, a subsequently communicated restriction does not constitute an illegality of the previous processing.

4. Downloads

Downloads shall be entirely at your own risk. We shall not be liable for any damage which may result from the download, installation, storage or use of software or content from our platform not due to our fault. Although we use state of the art anti virus programs, any liability for damage or disturbance of functionality caused by viruses or worms is excluded to the extent permitted by the applicable law.

5. Content

We are liable for the content on our platform to the extent that this is governed by the applicable law. However, we do not accept any liability for the accuracy, completeness, suitability for a particular purpose or currency of the information published.

6. Links to other web sites

If you follow an external link and thereby leave our platform, the content of such other website is beyond our control and influence. We do not accept liability for this. If it comes to our attention that links published on our platform contain illegal content, we will disable the link after investigation and verification of its illegality. Please note that the terms of use and privacy statements of such linked sites differ from the Terms of Use and Privacy Statement of our platform. Therefore, you should read and comply with the privacy statements and terms of use posted on linked sites.

7. Attachments, Content

You must not send us any attachments that contain worms or viruses. Personal details provided to StepStone should not contain sensitive personal information according to Art. 9 GDPR. You must not send us defamatory or slanderous information and must not infringe the rights of third parties, contravene official regulations or breach public policy (“Illegal Content”). Please note that you shall undertake to indemnify us against all claims made against us as a consequence of your failure to prevent Illegal Content appearing in any information you provide.

8. Rights Reserved by StepStone

StepStone does not warrant that the services offered on its platform are available at certain or all times. Disturbances, interruptions, or a possible breakdown of the online service cannot be excluded by StepStone.

Systematic backups of the servers are carried out regularly. In so far as you transfer data to StepStone - regardless of type – we recommend that you store safety backup copies of your data.

We reserve the right to change, extend, limit, or withdraw our services or to delete data without notice at any time. You have no right to claim publication.

9. Miscellaneous

You agree to use the Internet at your own risk. We have no liability for any down-times on our platform caused by technical problems or access to the Internet.

This agreement and its interpretation shall be governed by German law. The exclusive place of jurisdiction is Düsseldorf, Germany. However, if you are a consumer within the meaning of article 6 (2) of regulation (EC) no 593/2008, this choice of law may not deprive you of the protection granted by mandatory provisions under the law that would have been applicable (in the absence of a choice of law).

We reserve the right to amend these Terms of Use from time to time. The invalidity or incompleteness of any individual provision of these Terms of Use will not affect the validity of the remaining terms.

These Terms of Use replace all other terms of use previously applicable to the use of our web site.