Protection of user privacy has always been a primary concern of The Common Application. If you are a student 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 are now afforded new widespread privacy rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) effective May 25, 2018. Under the GDPR, new higher standards on what is considered the lawful processing of your data are imposed; there are now more explicit privacy rights afforded to you; and there are now new accountability standards imposed on The Common Application since we collect, handle, store and/or process your data.<br><br>EU data protection rules apply to individuals located in any of the following countries:<br> 
<table style="width: 100%;"><tbody><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Austria</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Estonia</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Ireland</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Netherlands</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Sweden</td></tr><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Belgium</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Finland</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Italy</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Norway</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Switzerland</td></tr><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Bulgaria</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">France</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Latvia</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Portugal</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Poland</td></tr><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Croatia</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Germany</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Liechtenstein</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Romania</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">United Kingdom</td></tr><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Cyprus</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Greece</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Lithuania</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Slovakia</td></tr><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Czech Republic</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Hungary</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Luxembourg</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Slovenia</td></tr><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Denmark</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Iceland</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Malta</td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1">Spain</td></tr></tbody></table>
The Common Application platform exists specifically to collect data from applicants and recommenders and, with their consent, transmit it to our member colleges and universities for the purposes of applying or beginning an application.  If you are located in an applicable country, you will need to provide express consent to the collection of personal data within the Common App as well as the transfer of that data out of that country.  During the account creation process, or at the time you first log back into the system after May 25th if you have already created an account, you will see several affirmations.  You will be able to indicate the ones to which you give express consent.  If you choose not to give express consent to all of the affirmations, you will not be able to create an account within the Common App or continue using the system.<br><br>If you are located in an applicable country and are age 13 or over but under the age of 16, consent to the affirmations must be made by a parent or legal guardian.  If you are within this age range, the Common App Support Team will contact you to  facilitate the collection of consent from a parent or guardian.  You will not be able to submit an application to a member college, and no data will be transferred to a member college, until such consent is obtained.  <br><br>Under the GDPR, you have certain rights over the data collected within the Common App (rights of access, rectification, erasure, portability, etc.). To exercise any of these rights or to withdraw your consent at any time, please send your request to  <br><br>No personal data will be retained by The Common Application if you do not complete the account creation process or if you withdraw your consent at a later time.<br><br>Complying with the GDPR affords The Common Application an additional opportunity to continue our long-standing history of safeguarding the personal information of our users.If you have any questions about your rights under the GDPR or the steps we have taken to comply with the GDPR, please contact us at<br><br>Additional Links:
<ul><li><a href="…; target="_blank">Common Application GDPR Affirmations</a></li><li><a href="; target="_blank">Official EU GDPR page</a></li></ul>

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