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Privacy Policy December 6, 2019
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The Bertelsmann Stiftung attaches great importance to protecting the privacy of personal data. All of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s online activities are carried out in accordance with European Union standards and GBDe recommendations from September 2001. In addition, the Bertelsmann Stiftung adheres to the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany regarding data privacy and data security.


Collection and handling of personal data


Personal data is all information that identifies you, such as your name, email address, and postal address. We will only store such data if you provide this information to the Bertelsmann Stiftung, for instance, if you order informational materials or subscribe to our newsletter.


Use and sharing of personal data


The Bertelsmann Stiftung will use your personal data solely for the purposes of technical administration of the Website and for other communication with you. The Bertelsmann Stiftung will neither share your personal data with others nor use it in any ways other than those mentioned above. The Bertelsmann Stiftung requires its employees to maintain the confidentiality of this information.


Opportunity to choose


You are free to determine which information you provide to the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Newsletter subscribers may unsubscribe at any time via our newsletter page. If you would like to change your personal data (such as phone number, email address, or postal address), you may also contact the Bertelsmann Stiftung directly. Please use the contact form to send us a message.


Automatically collected information


When you access the Bertelsmann Stiftung Website, we collect certain information automatically—that is, not via a registration form. This information does not identify you personally. It includes the type of browser used to access our site, the number of visits, the average visit duration, and the pages visited. We use this information to improve the design, content, and functionality of our Website. We do not use this information for any other purpose, and we do not pass this data on to third parties.




The Bertelsmann Stiftung takes precautions to protect your personal data from loss, destruction, falsification, manipulation and unauthorized access. We observe the data privacy provisions under the law of the Federal Republic of Germany as a matter of course.


Links to other sites


This privacy policy applies to the Website. The Bertelsmann Stiftung Website also contains links to other Web sites. The Bertelsmann Stiftung accepts no liability for the content of these other Web sites. When you leave the Bertelsmann Stiftung Website, we recommend that you carefully read the privacy policy of every Website you visit that collects personal data.


More information


If you have questions or concerns regarding the handling of your personal data, please contact our data privacy officer:


Bertelsmann AG


Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 270

33311 Gütersloh



If you request, we will inform you in writing, in accordance with the laws in effect, whether the Bertelsmann Stiftung has stored any—and, if so, which—of your personal data through the Internet technology used.


Notification of changes


If these data privacy provisions change, we will post a notice of those changes on the homepage and in other appropriate places.

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