As a BergApps user, you have several powerful software components available to you @heidelberg.edu from Google. However, not all of the components are subject to the same terms of service and privacy policies.
The "Core" Google Apps
As part of its Google Apps for Education product suite, Google provides a set of what it calls "core" apps. Those apps currently include the following Google products: Gmail, Calendar, Drive (Docs), Groups for Business, Sites, and Talk (Chat).
These core apps are covered by the agreement that Heidelberg University has with Google. For these core apps offered under, and data stored in, the Heidelberg BergApps system:
- No ads are served to students, faculty, and staff.
- Heidelberg (not Google) owns the data.
- Your privacy is protected at a level comparable to that of other Heidelberg services.
- Google is in compliance with FERPA (it is considered a "school official" and is thus subject to relevant FERPA regulations).
Google reserves the right to change the set of available core apps at any time; however, the list should remain fairly stable.
Other Google "Consumer" Apps
We encourage you to use these non-core apps if you find them useful; however, remember that they are subject to ads and are not governed by the same privacy terms and conditions as are the core apps noted above--they are governed by a contract between you and Google. CNIT cannot provide support for these services.
Heidelberg reserves the right to enable and disable access to any "consumer" (i.e. non-core) apps at any time. Some of the consumer apps available under your BergApps login include
We are currently evaluating the viability of other non-core apps for possible inclusion in our BergApps offering.
Connecting Other Services
Occasionally, you may find sites that offer products or services that work with Google and can connect directly to your individual BergApps account, integrating the service with your BergApps logon. Keep in mind that you are accepting some risk when you connect such a service to your BergApps account. CNIT cannot provide support for such services.