Privacy Policy

Columbia Business School (“School”) has partnered with Kaplan, Inc. (“Kaplan,” “we,” or “us”), a leader in online education, to power and support certain of the School’s online programs (“Programs”) designed for students ages 13 and older  This Privacy Policy explains how we use, share and protect personal data and applies to and connected sites (collectively referred to as “Site”). This Privacy Policy is designed to ensure that you are aware of how your personal information is being used and to provide you with choices about that use. By visiting the Site, purchasing or using our Programs, interacting with the Sites and mobile apps, you accept the terms of this Privacy Policy and as it may be amended from time to time. 

Residents of the EU/UK and Certain U.S. States

If you are a resident of the EU/UK, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and/or Virginia, you have additional privacy rights, which you may read about by following the relevant link(s):

EU/UK Residents Privacy Rights

CA Residents Privacy Rights 

CO Residents Privacy Rights

CT Residents Privacy Rights

OR Residents Privacy Rights

TX Residents Privacy Rights 

UT Residents Privacy Rights  

VA Residents Privacy Rights


Children Under the Age of 13

No one under age 13 may provide any information to or post any information on the Site. We do not knowingly collect personal data from children under 13. If you are under 13, do not (i) use or provide any information on the Site or on or through any of its features, (ii) create an account on the Site, (iii) make any purchases through the Site, (iv) use any of the interactive or public comment features of the Site, or (v) provide any information about yourself to us. If you are under 13 and interested in the Programs, please have your parent or guardian contact us on your behalf at If we learn we have collected or received personal information from a child under 13 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information.

Please read the entire Privacy Policy. These are highlights of the policy: When you share data about yourself with us or when data about you is shared with us, we use that data to provide services to you, market to you, and respond to inquiries. We may share your data with others but only in specific, limited circumstances. We do not disclose your Personal Data to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. We follow the law and respect your data privacy rights. You have the right to control your data and inform us of your preferences.

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This Privacy Policy covers the following:

Information We Collect

Personal Data is any information about an individual from which that individual can be identified. Your name, address, phone number and bank account number are examples of personal data. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data). We collect and store Personal Data from you in various ways, including when you visit the Site, create an account with us, apply for a Program, purchase products or services with your parent if you are under 18, use our Apps, answer surveys, upload or post to the Site, participate in our social media communities and when you send us feedback.  We also may request information about your interests and activities, your age, and other demographic information.

When you provide Personal Data to us, the information may be sent to servers located in the United States and other countries around the world. When you log-on to our websites or to our App(s), we automatically receive information from your device, including your IP address and location. We and our service providers may use “cookies” to keep, and sometimes track, information about you, and to create a personalized web experience. Cookies are small data files that are stored on your device’s web browser. Cookies track where you travel on our Site and what you look at and purchase. You can decide if and how your computer will accept a cookie by configuring your preferences or options in your browser. However, if you choose to reject cookies, you may not be able to use certain online products, services or features on the Site. We and our service providers may also use so-called "pixel tags", "web beacons", "clear GIFs" or similar means (collectively, "Pixel Tags") in connection with some Site pages and HTML-formatted email messages to, among other things, compile aggregate statistics about Site usage and response rates. A pixel tag is an electronic image, often a single pixel (1x1), that is ordinarily not visible to Site visitors and may be associated with cookies on the visitors’ hard drives. Pixel Tags allow us to count users who have visited certain pages of the Site, to deliver branded services, and to target our promotional or advertising campaigns and determine their effectiveness.

Do-Not-Track Disclosures

Some web browsers may transmit “do-not-track” (DNT) or Global Privacy Control (GPC) signals to the websites with which the user communicates. Because of differences in how web browsers incorporate and activate this feature, it is not always clear whether users intend for these signals to be transmitted, or whether they even are aware of them. Through its vendor OneTrust, Kaplan honors DNT and GPC signals in all US states. Globally, Kaplan will interpret the browser "do not track" signal as an opt-out signal of the sale of personal information to the US Privacy API.

For more information on “do-not-track” and Global Privacy Control, visit and

Information Provided from Other Sources

We may also obtain Personal Data about you from other Kaplan businesses, business partners, contractors, and other third parties. If your parent, school, employer or other third party purchases products on your behalf and for your use, or if an agent refers you to Kaplan, such third parties may provide us with Personal Data about you, including your first name, last name and email address.  

How We Use Information

We will only use your Personal Data as permitted by law and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.  Most commonly, we may use your Personal Data in the following ways:

–For the purpose you provided Personal Data, for example to enroll you in one of the Programs or respond to a specific inquiry;

–To allow you access to the Programs in which you have enrolled and to post content and communicate with others;

–To customize and personalize your experience to you;

–To administer, support, improve and develop our business;

–To, where you have given your consent, if required by law:
--send you information about the Programs;
--send you information about the School’s other programs, including higher education programs;
--send you information about the Programs of our other university partners that may be of interest to you;
--send you information about Kaplan products and services that may be of interest to you;
--deliver advertising to you through our trusted third party service providers, such as Facebook Custom Audiences or other similar business tools;

–To better understand your needs and interests (i.e. surveys, research);

–To comply with our legal obligations or to enforce our terms and conditions;

–To protect, investigate and deter against fraudulent, unauthorized or illegal activity; and

–As otherwise described to you at the point of collection.


Mobile Devices, Phone Calls and SMS

If you provide us with a telephone number when submitting a form, applying for a Program or while interacting with the Site and you affirmatively consent to be contacted at that number, we may contact you by telephone and/or text message utilizing automated technology at such telephone number(s).  Standard messaging, data and other fees may apply. You understand that this consent is not required to purchase products or services from us. If you do not wish to continue receiving SMS messages from us, you may stop messages by replying “STOP” to any message or reply “HELP” for help. Messaging frequency varies. You may also direct us to stop marketing to you by emailing us at

How We Share or Disclose Information

We may share your Personal Data in the following limited circumstances:


Parents/Guardians and Others Known to You: We may share your Personal Data with your parents/guardians. If payment for your Program was made by another third party, such as a grandparent, school, or sponsor, we may share your Personal Data with that third party as well. We may also share your Personal Data with others who you have specifically designated as authorized to receive information from us.

Service Providers: We may share your Personal Data with trusted third parties who are delivering services to us, including those who help deliver the Programs, help us process transactions, such as charging your credit card when you make purchases, and otherwise help us operate our business. These third parties are not authorized by us to use your Personal Data except in connection with providing services to us.  We may disclose pseudonymous data (such as IP address or device ID) to third party attribution services who help us recognize you across the multiple devices you may use to interact with us.

Legal Matters & Safety: We may disclose your Personal Data in response to legal process, to protect our rights, as otherwise required by law, or for the prevention or detection of a crime. 

The Kaplan Family of Companies: We may share your Personal Data with other companies within the Kaplan family of companies.

Sale or Transfer of our Assets: If we sell our company or part of it, or our business enters into a joint venture with another business entity, we may disclose your Personal Data to our new business partners or owners who may then provide you with information about their products and services.


We do not disclose your Personal Data to third parties for their direct marketing purposes.


Disclosure of Other Types of Data: We may disclose anonymous, aggregated or de-identified data to third parties. 


Transfer of Data Outside of Your Home Country

Your Personal Data will be held in the United States. Your Personal Data may also be stored, processed and accessed in other countries where we have facilities or where you are located. You consent to the transfer of your Personal Data outside your country, including to the United States.


Third Party Websites and Links

 You may be able to link from the Site to third party websites and third party web sites may link to the Site ("Linked Sites"). This Privacy Policy governs collection and use of Personal Data by us.  This Privacy Policy does not apply to Linked Sites, and we make no representation about their data practices or policies. 


Data Security

We employ security measures to protect your information both online and offline from access by unauthorized persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage. The Personal Data we obtain from students allows us to deliver smarter, more efficient and more effective instruction.


Your Ability to Choose

If you do not wish to continue receiving emails from us, you may unsubscribe by clicking on the unsubscribe link in our emails and following directions. If you do not wish to continue receiving SMS messages from us, you may stop messages by replying “STOP” to any message or replying “HELP” for help. You may also direct us to stop marketing to you by emailing us at



Comments, queries and requests relating to this Privacy Policy are welcomed and should be addressed as follows:

By mail: Kaplan Inc. 1515 W Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33309

By email:

Rev. May 23, 2024