WTO website privacy policy

This privacy policy explains how the WTO uses the personal data it may collect from you when you use the WTO website: www.wto.org. Other WTO-related websites may refer to and apply this policy to personal data collected in those websites.

What data do we collect?

The WTO may collect personal data, including your first and last name, email and other contact details, and recruitment application information.

The WTO also gathers information from standard server logs. This includes your IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system and information such as the web site that referred you to us, the files you download, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits.

How do we collect your data?

The WTO collects and processes data when you:

  1. use or view the WTO website via your browser's cookies
  2. create an account to personalize the website
  3. subscribe to email alerts
  4. apply for vacancies
  5. apply to participate in WTO events/meetings (physical or virtual)
  6. use some WTO databases.

How will we use your data?

The WTO will use your data only in a manner and a time period that is appropriate considering the basis on which that data was collected. For example, the WTO may use your personal information to:

  1. reply to enquiries you send to us
  2. where you have specifically agreed to this, send you particular newsletters by email or any other information relating to the work of the WTO which we think may be of interest to you
  3. process your application and/or organize travel for any on-premises or virtual interviews/assessments/events.

The information from standard server logs may be used by the WTO to understand from which countries the website is visited, when the site is visited, and to glean other information about how users access the WTO website. The intention is to assist the WTO in determining how to improve and develop the WTO website. The WTO also monitors network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage to the website.


The WTO may use your personal data to contact you with newsletters, information on WTO events and activities and any other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in the email you receive or by contacting us.

Security and confidentiality

The WTO does not sell or share any personally identifiable data volunteered to the WTO to any third party. Any personal data provided to the WTO is held with the utmost care and security and will be used only in ways set forth in this policy, or in ways to which you have explicitly consented.

All persons having access to, and associated with, the processing of personal data, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of official business matters, including personal data.

What are your data protection rights ?

Every user is entitled to the following:

  • The right to access — You have the right to ask the WTO for copies of your personal data.
  • The right to rectification — You have the right to request that the WTO correct any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to request the WTO to complete information you believe is incomplete.
  • The right to erasure — You have the right to request that the WTO erase your personal data, under certain conditions.
  • The right to restrict and object to processing — You have the right to restrict or object to the WTO's processing of your personal data, under certain conditions.

If you make a request, the WTO aims to respond to you within one month. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at the following email address: [email protected]

What are cookies?

Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard Internet log information and visitor behaviour information. When you visit the WTO website, the WTO may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.

For further information, visit allaboutcookies.org

How do we use cookies?

The WTO uses cookies in a range of ways to improve your experience on the WTO website, including:

  1. understanding how you use the WTO website
  2. recognizing you on the WTO website and remembering your previously selected preferences. These could include which language you prefer and your location.

How to manage cookies?

You can set your browser not to accept cookies. The following website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser: allaboutcookies.org Please note that, in a few cases, some of the WTO website features may not function as a result of blocking or removing cookies from your browser.

Photos/videos on the WTO website

The WTO regularly publishes photos/videos of public events held at the WTO. Through your participation in such an event, you grant the WTO the right to publish these images on the WTO website.

Privacy policies of other websites

The WTO website may contain links to other websites. This privacy policy applies only to the WTO website. So, if you click on a link to another website, you should read their privacy policy.

Changes to our privacy policy

The WTO keeps its privacy policy under regular review and places any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated on 2 December 2021.

How to contact us?

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, the data the WTO holds on you, or you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Email us: [email protected]


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