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Cookie Statement


This Cookie Statement describes how SAP Alumni Portal ( uses cookies and similar technologies to collect and store information when you visit SAP Alumni Portal ( websites.


What are cookies and similar technologies?

Cookies are small files placed on your device (computer, tablet or smartphone). When you access a website, a cookie is placed on your device and it will send information to the party that placed the cookie.  

There are other technologies that perform a similar function to cookies. These include web beacons, clear gifs, and social plug-ins. These are often used in conjunction with cookies to help a website owner understand its users better. When SAP sends you newsletters or other messages, SAP uses these technologies so that SAP can track email open and click rates. In order to determine a user's ability to receive HTML e-mail in addition to whether or not an e-mail has been opened, SAP includes a "web beacon" in the majority of HTML e-mail messages SAP sends. A web beacon (a small .gif image) is activated when an HTML e-mail is opened via a request for the image on our servers. This capability helps SAP send e-mail in a format that users can read and enables SAP to track the aggregate number of e-mails opened. The web beacon does not collect any personal data.


What are first party cookies?

SAP’s websites have first party cookies and SAP sometimes allows third parties to place cookies on your device. The difference between a first party cookie and a third-party cookie relates to who places the cookie on your device. First party cookies are cookies that are specific to the website that created them. These cookies enable SAP to operate an efficient service and to track patterns of user behavior to SAP’s website.


What are third party cookies?

Third party cookies are placed on your device by a third party (i.e., not by SAP). While SAP might allow third parties to access SAP’s website to place a third-party cookie on your device, SAP does not retain control over the information supplied by the cookies, nor does SAP retain access to this information. This information is controlled wholly by that third party according to the respective privacy policy of the third party. For more information about these cookies, please click the “Cookie Preferences” link in the footer of the webpage. If a “Cookie Preferences” link is not in the footer, then SAP does not allow a third party to place a third-party cookie on your device for this particular website.


What is a session and what is a persistent cookie?

Our websites may place session and persistent cookies on your device. Whereas the difference between a first party and third-party cookie relates to the party controlling the initial placement of the cookie on your device, the difference between a session and a persistent cookie relates to the length of time the cookie lasts. Session cookies are cookies that typically last for as long as you are using your browser, or browser session. When you end your browser session, the cookie expires. Persistent cookies, as the name implies, are persistent and will last after you close your browser. This allows for quicker and often more convenient access to our website.


What cookies are used on SAP websites?

SAP wants you to be in a position to make an informed decision for or against the use of cookies which are not strictly necessary for the website’s technical features. If you elect to reject cookies used for advertising, you will be shown advertising that is less targeted to your interests.  This will still allow you to use all of the functionality of the website.

SAP differentiates between Required Cookies that are absolutely necessary for the website’s technical features, Functional Cookies that allow SAP to analyze the site usage, and Advertising Cookies that are used by advertising companies to serve ads relevant to your interests.

On SAP Alumni Portal ( only Required Cookies are used.

Required Cookies

Required Cookies are required to enable core site functionality. These cookies allow SAP to provide you a secure log-in and to remember your log-in details, to establish and maintain your shopping cart, and to make sure the website looks consistent.

Functional Cookies

Functional Cookies allow SAP to analyze site usage so it can measure and improve its performance. These cookies collect information on how a website is used – for example, which pages a visitor opens most frequently and whether they receive error messages from a page. These cookies do not save any information that permits identification of the user. The collected information will be aggregated and thus will be analyzed in a non-attributable way to a specific user. These cookies are used exclusively to improve the performance of a website and thus the user experience.

Advertising Cookies 

Advertising Cookies are used by advertising companies to serve ads that are relevant to your interests.  These Cookies allow you to share pages with social networks and to post comments. Further, to serve ads relevant to your interests. 


What first party cookies are on SAP Alumni Portal (

Required cookies

PurposeSaves id of webnode for user
PurposeIdentification of user's session.
PurposePrevents redirection loop after remember me redirect.
Lifespan1 min
PurposeRedirects user to portal if remember me is active.
Lifespan900 days
PurposeWordPress sets this cookie when you navigate to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow or reject cookies.
PurposeIdentification of user's SAML SSO session.
PurposeSAPAlumni Portal uses more webservers than one to serve requests. This is identification of the webserver used for the latest requests.
Lifespan1 day
Name_cookie_remember _me_username
PurposeEncrypted username. Used for the login-form remember-me functionality.
Lifespan1 month
PurposeSecurity measure needed for the remember-me functionality.
Lifespan1 month
PurposeIndicates that you agree with the usage of cookies on our webpages. It is set automatically upon closure of the 'Use of cookies' information layer. If this cookie exists the information layer will not be shown again for the next 12 months.
Lifespan1 year
PurposeEncrypted information containing internal SAP Alumni Platform user id, timestamp of last activity in browser, user's iddle time, actual language.


What third party cookies are on SAP Alumni Portal (

We are not using any third party cookies on our website.


How can you manage and delete cookies?

You can block and delete cookies by changing your browser settings. To manage cookies using your browser settings, most browsers allow you to refuse or accept all cookies or only to accept certain types of cookies. The process for the management and deletion of cookies can be found in the help function integrated in your browser.

If you wish to limit the use of cookies, you may not be able to use all the interactive functions of our website.


What are social plug-ins?

A social plug-in embedded on a website allows you to share content on a third party social media provider’s website. You can recognize social plug-ins as buttons displayed on website pages that feature the logo of the social media provider; e.g., for the Facebook page plug-in, you can recognize the button by a white "f" on a black background.


SAP does not have influence or control over the processing of personal data on the social media provider’s website, and the social plug-in remains active until you deactivate it or delete your cookies. Please refer to the privacy and cookie statement or policy of the respective social media provider for more information about the social media provider’s data protection and privacy policies.


On which legal basis does SAP makes social plug-ins available?

SAP uses social plug-ins on its websites on the basis of its legitimate interest to make SAP visible on social media pursuant to Article 6 (1) lit. f DSGVO or the applicable national law.


How do social plug-ins on SAP websites work?

If you see one of the social plug-ins and you want to use one of these social plug-ins, click on the respective social plug-in to establish a direct connection to the server of the respective social media provider and you will be redirected to that social media provider's website. 


If you have a user account on the social media provider and are logged in at the time you activate the social plug-in, the social media provider can associate your visit to SAP’s websites with your user account. In this situation, data transmissions can also take place that are initiated and controlled by the respective social media provider. Your connection to a social media provider, the data transfers taking place between the network and your system, and your interactions on that platform are governed solely by the privacy and cookie statement or policy of that social media provider. Personal data may also reach providers in countries outside the European Economic Area that may not guarantee an "adequate level of protection" for the processing of personal data in accordance with EU standards. If you do not want to share any data with the social media provider in connection with an SAP website, do not click on the social media plug-in on SAP’s website. 

Last updated: 11. March 2021