Blackboard is committed to protecting the privacy of all users. Due to changing regulations globally concerning use of data and privacy, including the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), there are changes that impact the end user experience and actions required of administrators. 

A new Building Block, Security Management: Data Use and Privacy Disclosure, is included in the following releases:

  • Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 CU1
  • Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 CU4
  • Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 CU8
  • Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2018

For more information on when CUs become available, visit Behind the Blackboard. 

The Building Block Security Management: Cookie Disclosure, originally intended to address regulations in the European Privacy Data Directive, has been replaced by the Building Block Security Management: Data Use and Privacy Disclosure. This Building Block is part of the core system and can't be disabled or removed. If Security Management: Cookie Disclosure was previously deleted from the system, the new Building Block will be added.


Install the Building Block

The new Building Block must be enabled. If the prior Building Block Security Management: Cookie Disclosure is present and disabled prior to running the update, links to privacy information and terms of use won't work properly. Any of the following actions can address this:

  • Enable Security Management: Cookie Disclosure prior to running the Cumulative Update installer
  • After the update, enable the Security Management: Data Use and Privacy Disclosure Building Block in Admin Panel > Building Blocks.
  • Before or after the update, run the following from the command line:

Windows: B2Manager.bat -s AVAILABLE bb-cookie-disclosure

Unix: ./B2Manager.sh -s AVAILABLE bb-cookie-disclosure


Where disclosures appear in Blackboard Learn 

We've added links to access the Blackboard privacy and data use statement, the Blackboard terms of use, and an optional privacy and data use statement from the institution. Privacy and Terms of Use can now be accessed on the login page, the login module, and the settings area of My Blackboard. In the Blackboard and Blackboard Instructor mobile apps, the links are found in Settings and in the Blackboard Terms of Use acceptance policy shown at login. Users can access important information about the use of their data and their privacy both before and after authentication. 

By default, the Security Management: Data Use and Privacy Disclosure Building Block requires all users to accept the terms of the disclosures before using the Blackboard Learn application on a new device or browser. This will occur after updating to a release that includes this building block.

The Security Management: Data Use and Privacy Disclosure settings page allows an administrator to define a web link to institutional statements about data use and privacy. An administrator could also store such a statement in the Content Collection as a public file and link to it.

For institutions that don't have users who would fall under regulations requiring this acceptance, the terms acceptance interface can be disabled in the Security Management: Data Use and Privacy Disclosure settings page. However, we recommend institutions keep the acceptance interface enabled because some users might access from another jurisdiction with such regulations.


Blackboard Security Management Cookie Disclosure

The Building Block Security Management: Cookie Disclosure, originally intended to address regulations in the European Privacy Data Directive, has been replaced by the Building Block Security Management: Data Use and Privacy Disclosure.

The Blackboard Security Management Cookie Disclosure Building Block supports the European Privacy Data Directive and related laws implemented in the United Kingdom and other member states. Specifically, this building block implements features that require users to provide consent prior to data collection and provides information about the nature and extent of data collection within Blackboard software and services to end users.

Blackboard recommends that customers enable this feature. Customers are strongly advised to consult with their own legal counsel regarding specific use of this feature and other privacy settings in Blackboard software.

Visit the Extensions Catalog to download and install this Building Block