Updated Privacy Policy & New European Union Data Protection Law

May 24, 2018

Updated Privacy Policy & New European Union Data Protection Law

We value your Common App experience and that starts with ensuring the protection of your privacy. We also want to help you understand the control you have over your personal data within our system. 

Our privacy policy has been updated to reflect the new requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new European Union data protection law, which takes effect on May 25, 2018. If you're an applicant, school representative, recommender, or other individual located in a European Union country, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland, and you provide The Common Application with your personal data, you now have new privacy rights under the GDPR.

The Common App platform collects data from applicants and recommenders and, with their consent, sends it to our member colleges and universities. If you're located in an applicable country, you'll need to provide additional consent to the collection of your personal data within the Common App as well as the transfer of that data out of that country. 

If you're an applicant, you'll have this opportunity at several steps: 

* When you create a Common App account, or

* The first time you log back into the system after May 22, and

* When you roll over your Common App account on or after August 1

During these steps, you'll see five sets of statements (called affirmations) that you'll need to agree to in order for us to collect, transfer, and store your data out of that country; as well as share your data with certain partners that are within the Common App system. If you do not wish to give consent to all of the affirmations, you will not be able to create (or roll over) an account or continue using the system.

Please note: If you're 13 to 15 years old (but under the age of 16), a parent or legal guardian must provide consent. The Common App Support Team will contact you to help you with this process.

If you're a recommender, when you log back into your Common App account after May 22, or create an account, you'll be asked if you're located in an applicable country. If your answer is "yes," then you'll be directed to two affirmations that need your consent if you wish to use the Common App.

Additional FAQs are available in the Applicant and Recommender Solutions Centers. If you have any questions about your rights under the GDPR or the actions we've taken to comply with the GDPR, please contact us at privacy@commonapp.net.