We are very pleased about your interest in freetech academy. With this privacy policy, we inform you about the nature, scope and purpose of the personal data we process 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, Germany, telephone: +49 30 2591 0, e-mail: (hereinafter also referred to as “we” or “us”), unless otherwise stated in this Privacy Policy.


When you use our offer, we set absolutely necessary cookies and collect and process the following information to enable the usability of the provided functions and to ensure the security and stability of our offer. Cookies are small text files that are transmitted from the Internet to your computer together with the data actually requested. This data is stored there and kept ready for later retrieval. We use cookies in particular for the collection of the following information:

  • Information about the accessing terminal device and the software used
  • Date and time of access
  • Websites from which the user accesses our website or which the user accesses via our website
  • IP address

The processing of your IP address is absolutely necessary to enable the delivery of our offer to your end device. The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 para. 1 lit. 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 FreeTech Axel 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 submitted to us in your online application. This personal data is initially entered unchanged into our internal application portal. In addition, the e-mail inbox for online applications and the applicant management system in which your data is stored are protected against access. All our employees are obliged to maintain confidentiality and data secrecy.

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

In the event that you have provided us with a declaration of consent for the processing of your data, the further legal basis is Art. 88 (1) GDPR in conjunction with Section 26 (2), (8) sentence 2 BDSG.

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


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


Unless otherwise stated in this privacy policy, we will only transfer your personal data to third parties if the transfer is necessary to fulfill our contractual obligations to you and this is obviously done with or together with another provider, we are otherwise legally entitled or obligated to transfer the data, or you have given us your consent to do so.


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


In order to be able to offer our service and to ensure the security of the offer, the use of certain cookies and similar technologies is required (Essential). The use of these cookies is necessary so that we can provide the service you have requested. You can find more information about the aforementioned cookies below.

Cookies are small files that your browser stores on your device in a designated directory. 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 by which websites and servers can be assigned to the specific Internet browser in which the cookie was stored. This enables 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 via the unique cookie ID. Cookies cannot identify you as a person without additional information.

You can find more information about the cookies used or comparable technologies and our partners in this privacy policy below. There you also have the option to revoke your consent at any time with effect for the future. Cookies that have already been set can also be deleted by you at any time using 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 of one year, unless otherwise specified.


The vast majority of the services or content of the third-party providers, however, are only loaded and the relevant data processing only takes place if you have previously declared your consent within the meaning of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR or, with regard to cookies and similar technologies, according to § 25 para. 1 TTDSG. In addition, there are a few cookies or similar technologies that are absolutely necessary to provide the service you requested (Section 25 (2) TTDSG) (special category absolutely necessary), as well as certain downstream data processing based on certain legitimate interests pursuant to. Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR; the setting of cookies or data processing in these constellations is carried out without consent, although we give you the opportunity to object to the data processing based on Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

Multilingualism of the website

To enable multilingualism on our website, we use the WPML language plugin from OnTheGoSystems Limited, 22/F 3 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong (hereinafter WPML). Cookies from WPML are set solely 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 Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR.

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We use the web analytics service Matomo to analyze and review 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. Therefore, 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 timestamp, visited web pages and your language settings are collected. We store the information collected in this way on our server.

This website uses Matomo with the extension “AnonymizeIP”. This means that IP addresses are processed in a shortened form and a direct reference to a person is excluded. The IP address transmitted by your browser via Matomo is not merged with other data collected by us.

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

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


There are no social media plugins integrated on this website that directly load data from the servers of the social media providers concerned. The integrated “plugins” are rather simple links to the relevant third-party sites, 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 service Instagram. Instagram is a service that qualifies as an audiovisual platform and allows users to share photos and videos and also to redistribute such data in 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 privacy policy of Instagram can be found at

However, this website does not integrate Instagram in such a way that data is loaded directly from Instagram’s servers. The embedded Instagram links are rather 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 no legal retention periods conflict with data deletion.


Please contact our data protection officer at any time with questions and suggestions regarding data protection and the enforcement of your rights as a data subject:

Axel Springer SE


Axel Springer St. 65

10888 Berlin

Information and correction

You can obtain information from us at any time and free of charge about whether personal data about you is being processed by us and also specifically which data about you is being stored, as well as 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 is contrary to statutory retention obligations, your data will be marked with the aim of restricting its future processing.

Data portability

Where applicable, you also have the right to have the personal data concerning you transferred to you or to 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 with the help of automated processes. 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. You also have the right to obtain that the personal data be transferred directly from one controller to another controller, insofar as this is technically feasible and insofar as this does not adversely 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-mentioned contact address. Contact address.

Furthermore, you have the right to object at any time, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to the processing of personal data concerning you which is carried out on the basis of 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 assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims.

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

Right of appeal

Furthermore, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the competent supervisory authority and the possibility of legal remedies. The supervisory authority to which the complaint has been submitted will inform the complainant of the status and outcome of the complaint, including the possibility of a judicial remedy.

Status: 31.05.2023

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