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 (at)
  • 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.

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 (at) to correct or update your personal data.


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.


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.


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 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.

Right to information

If you have any questions concerning the processing of your personal data, please contact our data protection representative.

Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
Corporate Data Protection
Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 270
33311 Gütersloh
Email: datenschutz (at)

On request, you will be notified in writing in accordance with applicable legislation as to whether any of your personal data was stored during your visit to the Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA website, and if so what data was stored.

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: March 2016