Data Protection


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework that sets rules for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). The GDPR sets out the principles for data management and the rights of the individual, while also imposing fines that can be revenue-based. GDPR came into effect across the EU on May 25, 2018.

GDPR applies to personal data which   "any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ('data subject'); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person”. For more information on this, please visit Cisco Trust Center.

Cisco and Cisco Networking Academy are GDPR ready. We have done what is necessary to meet the legal and contractual requirements of GDPR as it stands today. We will closely follow how the interpretation of GDPR will evolve and make changes as deemed necessary.

In pursuit of GDPR's requirements for EU Minors, Cisco Networking Academy has made changes to some policies. EU Minors for the purposes of GDPR are those children who are in Europe and are less than 16 years of age. Minors require a Parental/Guardian consent to access any online resources.


Parental/Guardian Consent for EU Minors

If you or your child is an EU Minor for the purposes of GDPR; you are required to provide Parental/Guardian consent to Cisco, if you are currently enrolled in one or more of Cisco's (Global Academy) self-paced learning courses. A copy of a letter that was emailed to these EU minors; addressed to their parents and the required Parental/Guardian Consent form can also be downloaded from here. The Parental form should be signed by the Parent/Guardian of the EU Minor and emailed to

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Cisco NetAcad Privacy Data Sheet

The Cisco NetAcad Privacy Data Sheet includes information about Cisco’s processing of Member/User's personal data in connection with the delivery of the Cisco Networking Academy Program, the location and transfers of that data, and how it is secured in accordance with privacy principles, laws, and regulations. Cisco will use your personal data in compliance with the information in this Privacy Data Sheet. Note that this Privacy Data Sheet is a supplement to the Cisco Privacy Statement.

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Cisco NetAcad GDPR FAQ

The Cisco NetAcad GDPR FAQs may answer commonly asked questions about steps that Cisco and Cisco Networking Academy have taken to be GDPR ready.

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