Privacy Statement and Specific Conditions

You need to carefully read through and accept the Privacy Statement and Specific Conditions below in order to register with Skatch.co.

A) Privacy Statement for Skatch.co

This website processes personal information and it therefore needs to comply with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001. The information in this Privacy Statement is given pursuant to Articles 11-12 of that Regulation.

1. The Specific e-Service

The purpose of the Skatch.co website is to provide information and e-services to young Europeans interested in finding and sharing opportunities that can help improve their employability. The website is also for companies and organisations to develop and promote their youth-oriented opportunities.

Registered users can create and store personal profiles, be alerted by various media, such as e-mail, when there is information available that matches their profile, and also subscribe to newsletters and other information.

2. What personal information do we collect, for what purpose and by which technical means?

Identification Data

Users

The personal information required for the creation of a Skatch.co account is limited to the data necessary to identify a particular person, namely the first and last name and the e-mail address. For statistical purposes, users not representing an organisation  must also indicate their employment status. In addition, users may provide information on their interests, education level, contact language and date of birth. This information can be used for sending out targeted information or to provide users with information adapted to their profile. Users may also upload a photo of themselves, attach a CV and add links to their profiles on external social media sites.

In the "privacy settings" section, the user can indicate whether this information should be visible to other users or not. The only information that cannot be hidden is the user’s first and last name, which will appear, for example, when users make postings in the discussion forums or make comments on or queries for opportunities.

Organisations

Any organisation, company or undertaking lawfully registered in the European Economic Area can apply for a Skatch.co account by providing the organisation’s name and address, VAT or other official registration number, and the name, telephone number, and e-mail address of a main contact person. If the application is approved, additional user accounts for other locations or contact persons within the same organisation can be added by providing a reference to an already registered organisation. The main contact person needs to approve the creation of such additional accounts.

Technical information

Data is stored in a database located in the Data Centre of the European Commission and access to this data is protected by an authentication mechanism. Access to the service is made available through the EUROPA Web servers, also located in the Data Centre, where the application is hosted.

The application uses cookies (small data files placed on the user’s device) in order to make the website work properly, to provide more user-friendly services and to collect anonymous statistics on user behaviour. Users are informed about the current use of cookies in a cookie notice available from the site’s homepage.

3. Who is responsible for what in managing your personal data?

The European Commission represented by its Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion is the "controller" under Regulation (EC) 45/2001 as the Directorate responsible for development, support and operation of Skatch.co and for the technical and organisational measures set up to ensure adequate security to personal data, and particularly the needed confidentiality and integrity.

Development, support and operations of the system could be delegated to external companies or organisations acting as "processor" on behalf of the European Commission. Such processors are bound by contracts defining the terms of service, including personal data protection clauses indicating their responsibilities as provided for by Regulation (EC) 45/2001.

Functional specifications of the system, including retention time and modalities for access/rectification/blocking/erasure of personal data, are established by the European Commission.

Notice to the data subjects, as required by the Regulation (EC) 45/2001, is provided by the system under the responsibility of the EC through this Privacy Statement, the acceptance of which is a mandatory condition to be able to create an account.

Users are responsible for the quality of their own data. They can at any time access, modify, un-publish and delete their data. Further details are given below in section 6 of this Privacy Statement.

4. Who has access to your information and to whom is it disclosed?

Information on users is made available, for searching and display purposes, to organisations registered and verified by the site administrator acting on behalf of the controller.  If these organisations reprocess the information obtained, this processing has to be in compliance with Regulation 45/2001 on the protection of personal data or the national law, implementing Directive 95/46/EC, of the respective country of residence of the organisation inside the EEA. The European Commission can not be held responsible for any such actions.

Information on registered users is accessible to staff responsible for the administration of the website insofar as needed for the proper execution of their tasks. Information on registered users will not be disclosed to anyone external to this group of people. The data stored will not be used for sending out any kind of information to the registered users unless they have explicitly agreed to it, apart from messages relating directly to the Skatch.co service, its availability and development, and surveys conducted for evaluation purposes.

5. How do we protect and safeguard your information?

Only registered users accessing the site using their own password-protected accounts can browse the personal information that other users have decided to make visible.

6. How can you verify, modify or delete your information?

Once an account has been created, users will be able to modify their data at any time. All they need to do is log in to the site using their password-protected personal account and modify or update their profile. A user can de-register at any time and thereby delete their Skatch.co account and all related registered information. Users will be asked to confirm before final deletion. The data may, however, be kept in an archive for an additional period of up to ten days to allow the recovery of mistakenly deleted accounts.

In case the site is temporarily unavailable, users can contact the processing controller (see contact details below) and request that accounts are deleted or made invisible to other users.

7. How long do we keep your data?

User data is retained as long as the user continues to use Skatch.co.

The controller reserves the right to delete any accounts that have not been visited for a period of two years and no identifiable data will be stored.

8. Contact Information

The Skatch.co website is managed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

For any questions or complaints about the service, please contact the processing controller at the following e-mail address: contact@skatch.co

Complaints, in case of conflict, can be addressed to the European Data Protection Supervisor. For further information and contact details see: http://edps.europa.eu

B) Specific conditions for the use of Skatch.co

1. In accepting these conditions, all users agree to use Skatch.co solely for the purposes it is intended for, such as to search for information about available opportunities, to comment,  ask questions and apply to such opportunities, to share information, discuss experiences and provide advice to other users.

Users undertake to refrain from posting content or taking any action on Skatch.co that infringes or violates someone else's rights, violates the law or is deceiving, offensive, insulting, disrespectful or in any other way inappropriate.

Users  are responsible for any activity that occurs through their account and are responsible for keeping their password secret and secure.

2. In accepting these conditions, organisations agree to use Skatch.co to publish offers for opportunities provided by their own organisation, or together with other organisations, and to search for and contact individuals or groups of users for the purpose of offering such opportunities. Any offers or opportunities must predominantly be of a non-commercial nature and must respect guidelines and rules for the use of the site in place at any given time. When directed to individual users, the offers must be consistent with the wishes expressed by the user  in his/her profile.  The site may not, under any circumstances, be used to advertise or sell services or products.

Organisations may not demand a fee or any other form of payment from users for the mere access to information on opportunities, or to obtain an employment or other contract.

3. Minimum requirements for a traineeship/internship to be advertised on contact@skatch.co.

With respect to traineeships and internships, such opportunities offered on contact@skatch.co must comply with the Council Recommendation of 10 March 2014 on a Quality Framework for Traineeships, and in particular:

The traineeship advertised should be based on a written agreement to be concluded at the beginning of the traineeship between the trainee and the traineeship provider, indicating the educational objectives, the working conditions, whether an allowance or compensation is provided to the trainee by the traineeship provider, and the rights and obligations of the parties under applicable EU and national law, as well as the duration of the traineeship.

The rights and working conditions of trainees under applicable EU and national law, including limits to maximum weekly working time, minimum daily and weekly rest periods and, where applicable, minimum holiday entitlements, must be respected.

The traineeship agreement must clearly indicate whether coverage is provided in terms of health and accident insurance as well as sick leave and whether an allowance or compensation is applicable, and if applicable, its amount.

The traineeship should have a reasonable duration that, in principle, does not exceed six months.

The skills and competences acquired during the traineeship should be attested by the traineeship provider through a certificate on the basis of an assessment

Traineeship providers must include in their vacancy notices and advertisements published on Skatch.co information on the terms and conditions of the traineeship, in particular on whether an allowance and/or compensation and health and accident insurance are applicable. Upon request by potential candidates they must be able to give information on recruitment policies, including the share of trainees recruited in recent years.

Employment services and other providers of career guidance, providing information on traineeships on Skatch.co should apply the same transparency requirements.

4. The European Commission reserves the right to delete without prior warning any information inserted that can be regarded as unlawful, unethical or in any other way unsuitable. Likewise, any user using Skatch.co in a way judged to be inconsistent with the service’s purpose may have the account closed and all data deleted. The European Commission accepts no liability for loss or damage resulting from such an action.

5. The Privacy Statement and Specific Conditions may be changed from time to time. Users agree that they will be notified of such updates by a posting on Skatch.co and that their use of Skatch.co after the effective date of the updated terms and conditions constitutes their agreement to the updated terms.  The updated terms will be effective as of the time of posting unless a later date is stated in the posting.