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Privacy statement Student Portal, Brightspace & EDU Support

This page describes the privacy policy for the Student Portal and Brightspace, and is an addition to the University’s overall privacy statement.

This is a draft version. We are currently updating this page to provide all necessary information on the Brightspace environment.

Student Portal

The Student Portal is a gateway which provides the end-user with access to all the information that is available. These pages consist of modules which show static or dynamically generated data from several sources. The Student Portal is hosted in the same environment as the Brightspace environment provided by D2L.


Brightspace is the environment where the online part of education takes place. Lecturers and students exchange information, exams are administered and more advanced educational processes are supported. Brightspace is powered by D2L software. 

Brightspace user activity logging

Brightspace logs all user activity. It stores for example a user identifier, the exact requested page, IP address and a datetime. This information is used to analyse performance, provide support, track possible malfunctions and to investigate potential fraudulent actions.

All data is stored in a secure and properly certified AWS datacenter located in Ireland.

Third party services

Brightspace uses several “third party services” including services developed by and hosted within the University of Groningen. These services are necessary for a continuous and proper education. These services are for educational purposes such as, but not limited to, detecting plagiarism, viewing lecture recordings and displaying the Student Portal. With each third party, the university has a data processing agreement.

Cookie Policy

Functional & technical cookies

Functional and technical cookies are necessary for the normal functioning and proper performance of Brightspace. Such cookies are used for example for: login sessions, (language) preferences.

Analytical cookies

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is part of Google, Inc. The Student Portal uses content from the general content management system of the university. This system uses Google Analytics. Therefore, on the Student Portal, the Need to Know and Nice to Know modules may load Google Analytics.

More information about how Google Analytics uses cookies can be found here.

Other third-party cookies

Due to the nature of having end-users creating content, we cannot control everything users do. Users can load limited carefully selected third-party content providers. These providers can set cookies on their own, which we cannot control. Examples of such providers are Vimeo and YouTube.

On EDU Support, the user can choose to disable cookies. This will block for example YouTube cookies. However, this also means that watching YouTube video’s on EDU Support is not possible.

Last modified: 21 November 07:59 pm
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