Thank you for your interest in freetech academy. With this data protection declaration, we inform you about the nature, scope and purpose of the personal data processed by us and your rights as a data subject.


Responsible for data processing pursuant to Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR is Axel Springer SE, Axel-Springer-Str. 65, 10888 Berlin, phone: +49 30 2591 0, e-mail: (hereinafter also “we” or “us”), subject to deviating information in this data protection declaration.


When you use our offer, we automatically collect and process various data, such as:

  • Information about the accessing device and the software used
  • Date and time of access
  • Cookies and pseudonymous IDs (Essential)
  • Websites from which the user accesses our website or which the user accesses via our website
  • IP address

The at least temporary storage of the IP address is technically necessary to enable delivery of the website to the user’s computer. The legal basis for data processing is Article 6 (1) (.b) GDPR. Our servers also store your IP address for up to 14 days for our own security purposes (Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR).


As part of the application process for the FreeTechAxel Springer Academy of Journalism and Technology!  we receive personal data from you, such as your name, your contact details and your completed application form, which you  have sent us with your online application. This personal data will initially be entered unchanged in our internal application portal. Incidentally, the e-mail inbox for online applications as well as the applicant management system, in which your data is stored, are secured for access. All our employees are obliged to maintain secrecy and to comply with data secrecy.

The processing of the  data collected from you in connection with your application takes place for the purpose of establishing an employment relationship (implementation of the application process, initiation of an employment relationship). The legal basis for this is Art. 88 para. 1 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 para.1, para. 8 sentence 2 BDSG.

In the event that you  have given us a declaration of consent to the processing of your data, a further legal basis is Art. 88 para. 1 GDPR in conjunction with § 26 para. 2, para. 8 sentence 2 BDSG.

Your data will be used exclusively for the purpose  of your application to the FreeTechAxel Springer Academy of Journalism and Technology!  Collected and processed.


If you have ordered one of our mailings or newsletters, we will use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter you have ordered. The legal basis for data processing is Article 6 (1) (a) GDPR. You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future or unsubscribe from the ordered newsletter, e.B. by clicking on the unsubscribe link provided for this purpose in each newsletter.


Unless otherwise stated in this data protection declaration, we will only transfer your personal data to third parties if the transfer is necessary to fulfil our contractual obligations to you and this is evidently done with or together with another provider, if we are legally entitled or obliged to pass it on in any other way, or if you have given us your consent.


We also process personal data in countries outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”), including the USA. In order to ensure an adequate level of data protection, we use the standard contractual clauses of the EU Commission in accordance with Art. 46 para. 2 lit.c GDPR when designing the contractual relationships with the services used in third countries, unless there is an adequacy decision of the European Commission for the respective third country:  Standard contractual clauses in accordance with  Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2021/914 of 4 June 2021 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council.


In order to be able to offer our offer and to ensure the security of the offer, the use of certain cookies and similar technologies is necessary (essential). The use of these cookies is necessary so that we can provide the service you have requested. Further information on the aforementioned cookies can be found below.

Cookies are small files that your browser stores on your device in a directory provided for this purpose. Among other things, they can be used to determine whether you have visited a website before. Many cookies contain a so-called cookie ID. A cookie ID is a unique identifier of the cookie. It consists of a string of characters through which websites and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This allows the websites and servers visited to distinguish the individual browser of the data subject from other Internet browsers that contain other cookies. A specific Internet browser can be recognized and identified by the unique cookie ID. Cookies cannot identify you as a person without additional information.

Further information on the cookies or comparable technologies used and our partners can be found below in this data protection declaration. There you also have the possibility at any time to revoke a consent given by you with effect for the future. Cookies that have already been set can also be deleted by you at any time via an Internet browser or other software programs. This is possible in all common Internet browsers.  The duration of the cookies used is limited to a maximum duration of one year, unless otherwise stated.

We use the following essential cookies:


In order to enable the multilingualism of our website, we use the language plugin WPML from OnTheGoSystems Limited, 22/F 3 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong (hereinafter WPML).  WPML cookies  are set exclusively to recognize and record the language used or selected by the user. These cookies remain stored for one year and are then deleted.  The legal basis for this is Article 6(1)(f) GDPR.  f GDPR.

Further information on data protection compliance can be found here:


We use the web analysis service Matomo to analyse and check the use of our website. The statistics obtained allow us to improve our offer and make it more interesting for you as a user.

We operate Matomo in a version that does not require cookies. No Matomo cookies are stored on your computer for the purpose of web analysis. For the analysis of website usage, your IP address and information such as time stamps, visited websites and your language settings are recorded. We store the information collected in this way on our server.

This website uses Matomo with the extension “AnonymizeIP”. As a result, IP addresses are further processed in abbreviated form and direct personal reference is excluded. The  IP address transmitted by your browser via Matomo will not be merged with other data collected by us.

The legal basis for the use of Matomo is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

The Program Matomo is an open source project. Information from the third-party provider on data protection can be found under


No social media plugins are integrated on this website that load data directly from the servers of the social  media providers concerned. Rather, the integrated “plugins” are simple links to the relevant third-party pages, which we illustrate with corresponding graphics. A transmission of personal data to the operator of the social media service by the known plugins therefore does not take place.


We use components of the Instagram service. Instagram is a service that qualifies as an audiovisual platform and allows users to share photos and videos and also to redistribute such data on other social networks. The operator of Instagram is Meta Platforms Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland (hereinafter Instagram).  Further information and the applicable data protection provisions of Instagram can  be viewed under

However, this website does not integrate Instagram in such a way that data is loaded directly from Instagram’s servers. Rather, the integrated Instagram links are simple links to the respective Instagram pages, which we ourselves only display with corresponding graphics. A transmission of personal data to the operator of Instagram therefore does not take place.


We process personal data only as long as this is necessary for the purpose stated above. The personal data will then be deleted, provided that there are no statutory retention periods to the contrary.


If you have any questions or suggestions regarding data protection and the enforcement of your rights as a data subject, please contact our data protection officer at any time:

Axel Springer SE
Axel-Springer-Str. 65
10888 Berlin, Germany

Information and correction

You can receive information from us at any time free of charge about whether personal data about you are processed by us and also specifically which data about you is stored and request a copy of the stored data. You can also have incorrect data corrected and completed.

Deletion, restriction and the right to be forgotten

You can request the deletion and restriction of your personal data. Insofar as the deletion of your personal data precludes statutory retention obligations, your data will be marked with the aim of restricting its future processing.

Data portability

If applicable, you also have the right to have the personal data concerning you transmitted to you or another controller in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, provided that the processing is based on consent or a contract and is carried out using automated procedures. However, this does not apply if the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller. Furthermore, you have the right to have the personal data transmitted directly from one controller to another controller, insofar as this is technically feasible and provided that this does not affect the rights and freedoms of other persons.

Revocation / Objection

You can revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future at the above contact address.

Furthermore, you have the right, for reasons arising from your particular situation, to object at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you, which is based on a legitimate interest. This also applies to profiling based on these provisions. We shall no longer process the personal data in the event of the objection, unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

You have the right, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to object to the processing of personal data concerning you which we carry out for scientific or historical research purposes or for statistical purposes, unless such processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest.

Right of appeal

Furthermore, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority as well as the possibility to lodge legal remedies. The supervisory authority with which the complaint has been lodged shall inform the complainant of the status and results of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy.

Status: 29. March 2022

© Axel Springer SE 2022 – Axel Springer SE wants to become the world's most successful digital publisher.