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The Business Data Science course program is governed by the Amsterdam-Rotterdam Consortium for Graduate Education (ARC). ARC is the consortium of the Schools of Economics and Business of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), providing and supervising the graduate and PhD education of the schools. Under the ARC umbrella are currently 2 programs: Business Data Science and the Tinbergen Institute research master in economics. ARC is not a legal entity but is represented by the Erasmus University Rotterdam (host university). ARC is providing back office services to the BDS program.

The purpose of this privacy statement is to inform you how we use and process personal data in relation to the website. 


  • Bulk emails

We use Laposta to remain in contact with associated students, researchers and other relations. Please be informed that your contact details will be transferred to Laposta for processing in accordance with their privacy policy. You have the right to opt out of these emails: any email you receive from us via Laposta will give you the facility to unsubscribe and to amend the data you provided. 

  • Privacy for website visitors

We use cookies on our website to understand more about our users and to improve their experience across our website. Read our cookies policy below. We use a privacy friendly setting of Google Analytics. The reports of Google Analytics mention anonymous IP addresses of visitors to our website. The IP addresses cannot be traced to persons. We will never provide these data to third parties, unless when required to do so by law. For Google’s privacy policy we refer to Google.

  • Processing of personal data in case of subscriptions or registrations

Where applicable, you may be requested to provide personal data in order to be involved in activities (e.g. attendance at events and registration for courses) or to receive regular updates on events. The data you provide will never be used for any other than the stated purpose. We utilize security and safety procedures which are intended to allow only authorized persons access to your personal data. Personal data will not be furnished to companies or organizations outside ARC, unless this is consistent with the purpose for which the data was obtained or when required to do so by law.

  • Embark

We use Embark to process applications to the research master program. A separate privacy statement on the handling of applicants’ data and Embark’s privacy statement can be found in Embark.

    Sites linked to the BDS website

The BDS website includes links to sites which have not been constructed by or at the instruction of BDS. BDS is not liable for the content of linked sites or the manner in which those sites handle your personal data.

This Privacy Statement was updated on November 27, 2019.