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Privacy Policy Open University

Privacy Statement

The Open University (OU) respects your privacy. This Privacy Policy indicates how we treat your personal data. If you use our websites or provide us with personal data, you agree to this Privacy Policy. The OU is responsible for processing personal data in accordance with the Personal Data Protection Act. Processing shall be supervised by the Data Protection Officer. This official has been registered with the Dutch Data Protection Authority.

Use of data

We may use your personal data for the following purposes:

  • enrolment for educational purposes;
  • processing of the requested (study) information or publications;
  • performance of our services;
  • information on current developments, conferences, seminars, etc.;
  • recruitment and selection;
  • participation in research;
  • user statistics;
  • security and improvement of our websites.
Your data will only be used for the purposes stated above.

E-mail and social media

We apply the Code on e-mail advertising.

In all our e-mail communications there is a link that you can use to unsubscribe. We also comply with the Social Media Advertising Code

Provision to third parties

For the processing of personal data, we may use service providers who will act as processors exclusively on behalf of the OU. Outside of this, we will not provide your data to third parties.


The OU ensures appropriate organisational and technical security measures of personal data.


Cookies are placed via our websites, simple small files that are stored by your browser on your computer. You can set your browser to not receive cookies. In that case, you may not be able to use all the features of our websites.


Our websites contain hyperlinks to the third party websites. The OU is not responsible for the content of these websites, nor for the privacy policy and the use of cookies on these websites.

Modifying your data

You can always retrieve, modify or delete your data at any time. Please, contact us for more information and other questions about our privacy policy. More information can be found on the CBP website.


Open University Valkenburgerweg 177 6419 AT Heerlen Mailbox 2960 6401 DL Heerlen 045-576 28 88

Modifying this privacy policy

The OU reserves the right to modify this privacy policy. This page was updated on February 18th 2014.

Also read our disclaimer here.