Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement on the Bertelsmann University, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, website

Bertelsmann University welcomes you to our homepage, and also welcomes your interest in the Bertelsmann University and our offers. The protection of personal data is important to us. All of Bertelsmann University’s online activities comply with the applicable privacy and data protection laws. This privacy statement tells you how Bertelsmann University handles information generated during your visit to the Bertelsmann University website.

Collection and processing of personal data

The Bertelsmann University website can generally be used without providing personal data, other than the participatns access. Personal data is information that can be used to identify you, such as your name, your email address, or postal address. Such data is only stored if you use the participant access during the participation of a nomination program or provide it to the Bertelsmann University in order to subscribe to the newsletter.

Use and disclosure of personal data

Bertelsmann University uses your personal data exclusively for purposes of technical website administration (e. g. newsletter subscription), to give you access to special information, or to otherwise communicate with you. Without your permission, Bertelsmann University will neither disclose your personal data to third parties nor use it in any other way. Bertelsmann University employees are obliged to maintain confidentiality.

Information Required for Participant Area Registration

For selected programs, Bertelsmann University uses a password-protected participant area to manage the program preparation and follow-up. If you have been nominated for a Bertelsmann University program that involves using the participant area, the following personal data will be collected:

  • Optional information
    You can share the following information with other program participants for purposes of networking and interaction.
    - First name, last name
    - Position, company
    - Photo
    - Direct links to professional networks
    The publication of this data within the group of program participants requires your active consent. Your consent can be revoked at any time in your personal profile.
  • What data can other registered users see?
    Registered users can see the information you’ve approved for sharing in the list of participants for a given program, provided you have given your consent.
  • When is the data deleted?
    You continue to have access to the password-protected participant area for all Bertelsmann University programs requiring nomination. To support longer-term networking with other program participants, we store your data for a period of 5 years after the first login. If you wish to have your data on the Bertelsmann University website deleted before this, please let us know by sending an email to: university@bertelsmann.com.
  • Partners / Disclosure of personal data from the participant area in accordance with BDSG Section 4, para. 1 no. 3
    Bertelsmann University discloses personal data that is relevant for the planning, execution and evaluation of the program to the partners who are helping to run the program you are registering for.
  • What will my data be used for?
    The above-listed personal data is used solely for the administration of the programs you register for.

Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. It is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA.

Google Analytics uses so-called "cookies". These are text files that are stored on your computer and that allow an analysis of the use of the website by you. The information generated by the cookie about your use of this website is usually transmitted to a Google server in the USA and stored there.

Google Analytics cookies are stored based on Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO. The website operator has a legitimate interest in analyzing user behavior to optimize both its website and its advertising.

IP anonymization

We have activated the IP anonymization feature on this website. Your IP address will be shortened by Google within the European Union or other parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area prior to transmission to the United States. Only in exceptional cases is the full IP address sent to a Google server in the US and shortened there. Google will use this information on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activity, and to provide other services regarding website activity and Internet usage for the website operator. The IP address transmitted by your browser as part of Google Analytics will not be merged with any other data held by Google.

Browser plugin

You can prevent these cookies being stored by selecting the appropriate settings in your browser. However, we wish to point out that doing so may mean you will not be able to enjoy the full functionality of this website. You can also prevent the data generated by cookies about your use of the website (incl. your IP address) from being passed to Google, and the processing of these data by Google, by downloading and installing the browser plugin available at the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Objecting to the collection of data

You can prevent the collection of your data by Google Analytics by clicking on the following link. An opt-out cookie will be set to prevent your data from being collected on future visits to this site: Disable Google Analytics.

For more information about how Google Analytics handles user data, see Google's privacy policy: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245?hl=en.

Outsourced data processing

We have entered into an agreement with Google for the outsourcing of our data processing and fully implement the strict requirements of the German data protection authorities when using Google Analytics.

YouTube

Our website uses plugins from YouTube, which is operated by Google. The operator of the pages is YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA.

If you visit one of our pages featuring a YouTube plugin, a connection to the YouTube servers is established. Here the YouTube server is informed about which of our pages you have visited.

If you're logged in to your YouTube account, YouTube allows you to associate your browsing behavior directly with your personal profile. You can prevent this by logging out of your YouTube account.

YouTube is used to help make our website appealing. This constitutes a justified interest pursuant to Art. 6 (1) (f) DSGVO.

Further information about handling user data, can be found in the data protection declaration of YouTube under https://www.google.de/intl/de/policies/privacy.

Freedom of choice

You are free to decide what information you provide to Bertelsmann University. If you choose not to disclose any information, please be aware that you may not be able to access selected content on the Bertelsmann University website. Subscribers to the newsletter may unsubscribe at any time here. If your personal details changes (e.g. e-mail address), you can inform Bertelsmann University about the changes by sending an email to university@bertelsmann.com to correct or update your personal data.

Cookies

Cookies are small files that are temporarily stored on your hard drive. They are used only to collect information concerning usage of the Bertelsmann University website, enabling our site to recognize your computer the next time you visit the Bertelsmann University site. Cookies contain no personally identifiable data, so the protection of your privacy is ensured. Depending on your settings, your Internet browser will automatically accept Cookies. However, you can change your browser settings at any time and choose to access Bertelsmann University's website without accepting Cookies.

Security

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA takes precautions to protect your personal information against loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation and unauthorized access. In doing so, the data protection laws of the Federal Republic of Germany are of course observed.

Minors

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA strongly advises all parents and guardians to instruct their children in safe and responsible handling of personal data on the Internet. Without the consent of parents or guardians, minors should not submit any personal data to the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website. Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA will never knowingly collect personal data from minors or use it in any way or disclose it to third parties without permission.

Links to other websites

This privacy statement applies to the Bertelsmann University www.bertelsmann-university.com homepage. The websites of this homepage may contain links to other providers within and outside the Bertelsmann Group, to which this privacy protection statement does not apply. When you leave the Bertelsmann University's website, it is recommended that you carefully read the privacy statements of each website that collects personally identifiable information.

Rights of the data subject

If we have processed your personal data in the manner described here, you are entitled to the following rights:

  • Right of access (Art. 15 GDPR)
  • Right of rectification (Art. 16 GDPR)
  • Right of erasure ("right to be forgotten") (Art. 17 GDPR)
  • Right of restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR)
  • Right of data portability (Art. 20 GDPR)
  • Right to withdrawal (Art. 21 GDPR)
  • Revocation of data protection consent
  • Right of appeal to a supervisory authority

Please note that, for example, the right to restriction of processing or the right of data portability does not apply within the scope of every data processing, but only under certain conditions. The same applies to the right of withdrawal. In order to assert the rights of those you are entitled to, you can contact the data protection officer:

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
Konzerndatenschutz
Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 270
33311 Gütersloh

E-Mail: datenschutz@bertelsmann.de

Upon request, you will be informed in writing in accordance with applicable law whether Bertelsmann University has stored any personal data about you on its websites, and if so, which data.

Notification of changes

Should these data protection guidelines be amended, the changes will be announced in this statement, on the homepage, and at other appropriate places.

Last updated: February 2018