Privacy and Terms of Use

The World Economic Forum (the “Forum”) is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. It is committedly neutral and impartial with no political, partisan or national interests and, with the explicit intention of creating a platform for open dialogue between all stakeholders. The Forum owns, operates and makes available the websites www.weforum.org and forumblog.org as well as subdomain websites (individually “Website” and collectively “Websites”) and makes them available to the users of its Websites (individually “Visitor” and collectively “Visitors”) under the following Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Agreement to the Terms of Use

The Websites may contain features including blog, report and newsletter services, event, issue and community pages, member areas and other applications that may be available from time to time. Any person that accesses or uses the Websites agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use contain conditions, disclaimers and other provisions, some of which limit the Forum’s liability. Any person that does not agree or comply with these Terms of Use should not access or use the Websites.

Appropriate Use

Any use of the Websites by Visitors that would limit or constrict the availability or quality of the Websites’ features is prohibited and the Forum reserves the sole right to take any actions required to enforce this principle.

Visitors shall not use the Websites to post, submit or otherwise distribute unlawful, defamatory, abusive, obscene or offensive materials. Furthermore, Visitors shall not use the Websites in any way that may violate third party rights including, but not limited to copyrights or privacy. Neither shall Visitors access or attempt to access the Websites using interfaces aside from the ones provided by the Websites.

Visitors may provide personal information as part of the registration to access and use some of the features on the Websites as members, partners, bloggers, subscribers, participants, donators or similar. Information provided for registration must be accurate, correct and up-to-date. The Forum reserves the sole right to verify and deny access where data is incomplete, incorrect, inappropriate and/or missing.

Disclaimer

The Websites are provided “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” WITH NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, MERCHANTABILITY, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND TITLE. THE FORUM DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL LIABILITY FOR THE ACTS, OMISSIONS AND CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTIES IN CONNECTION WITH OR RELATED TO VISITORS` USE OF THE SITE. VISITORS ASSUME TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR USE OF THE SITE AND ANY LINKED SITES. IF THIS DISCLAIMER IS NOT ENFORCEABLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, IT MAY BE MODIFIED AT THE FORUM’S SOLE DISCRETION TO A FORM THAT IS ENFORCEABLE.

The Forum does not take responsibility for the correctness, completeness, up-to-datedness or quality of the information provided on the Websites. The Forum expressly disclaims any and all liability to any person in respect of anything done or omitted to be done wholly or partially in reliance upon the contents of the Websites.

Furthermore, the Forum is not liable for any damage or corruption caused by viruses (or similar mechanisms such as worms, lock outs, metering, or self-destruct mechanisms) on computers or other terminal equipment in connection with visiting, using and/or downloading data of any kind from the Websites. The Visitors are personally responsible for protecting their equipment appropriately from viruses and other risks on the Internet.

The Forum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, but disclaims the obligation, to monitor and/or remove content from any blog.

Website Content

weforum.org publishes content from third party sources on agenda.weforum.org as well as content commissioned specifically for publication on agenda.weforum.org.

All proprietary rights for articles published on agenda.weforum.org remain with the original source or the author of the article, and in the case of articles commissioned directly for agenda.weforum.org proprietary rights remain with the author.

For all other content published on weforum.org, the Forum reserves sole proprietary rights including, but not limited to, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights over all the content on the Websites; this includes all text, graphics, photographs, logos and/or other items that appear on the Websites. The Forum also reserves proprietary rights over the Websites’ template, including its layout and structure.

The Forum’s name and logo are registered trademarks of the Forum. Visitors are not authorized to use the Forum’s logo.

Publications

The content of any articles published on the Websites (“Articles”) is representing the opinion of the author of the respective Article. The content of any Articles published by other authors than the Forum on forumblog.org does not necessarily represent the Forum’s endorsement of the views or content of such Articles.

The Visitor may make use of the content of the Articles under the terms of Creative Commons Public License (“CCPL”); please see the terms of the CCPL at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/. The Forum reserves the right to revoke the CCPL at its sole discretion. Under the license, the Visitor may copy, distribute and transmit the Websites’ works, in whole or in part, in its original form or in an adapted form, provided the work is properly attributed to the author, it is for non-commercial use and it is not altered, transformed or built upon.

That means (excerpt from http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/):

  • Attribution: Visitor must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse Visitor or their use of the work).
  • Noncommercial: Visitor may not use this work for commercial purposes.
  • No Derivatives: Visitor may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

This CCPL shall not apply to the Forum name and logo, third-party materials, trademarks, names and logos, Website interface elements, graphic files and source code, photographs and videos. The Forum reserves all rights which have not been expressly granted.

Links to other websites

Links on the Websites may connect Visitors to external or third-party websites that are not related to the Forum or under its control. The Forum is not responsible for the content of external or third party websites that may be accessible or displayed through external links on the Websites. The presence of these external links does not represent the Forum’s endorsement of the views or content of these third party websites. Navigating to external websites through links on the Websites is done at the sole risk of the Visitor, and the Forum expressly disclaims any liability for any content that appears on any external site.

Links to this Website

The Visitor may link to the Websites provided the Visitor does so in a way that indicates that the link is to the Forum Websites and is fair and not misleading. Visitors may not integrate or make use of all or part of the Websites in ways that would confuse or mislead other Visitors as to the nature and origin of the Websites’ content.

Amendments

The Forum may amend these Terms of Use at any time, and such amendments will be effective immediately upon notice being provided to the Visitor. Notice may be provided on the Websites itself, and after posting of the notice, the Visitor’s continued use of the Website will be deemed as acceptance of the modified Terms of Use.

Waiver and Severability of Terms of Use

The failure of the Forum to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Terms of Use shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of these Terms of Use is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties` intention as reflected in the provision and the other provisions of these Terms of Use shall remain in full force and effect.

Applicable law

These Terms of Use shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the substantive laws of Switzerland, under the exclusion of any international treaty and under exclusion of any conflicts of laws principles. Exclusive place of jurisdiction shall be Geneva, Switzerland.

Contact

For questions regarding these Terms of Use, please contact the Forum at contacta0352e239d775fc2@079cd7weforum.org.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Statement discloses the privacy practices for all the Websites.

The Forum is committed to internet privacy and would like Visitors to be well informed of the gathering and use of their information through these Websites. The following form essential parts of the Forum’s Privacy Policy:

  • monitoring of general trends in the use of the Websites but no tracking of individual Visitors;
  • no collection of information concerning Visitors unless that information is voluntarily disclosed, for example by signing up as a member, partner, blogger, subscriber, participant, donor or similar, or subscribing to updates from the Website;
  • no selling or renting of information voluntarily disclosed to the Forum nor sharing of it with any third parties;
  • individuals who join the Forum as a member and partner will only be contacted by the Forum for purposes related to the work of the organization ;
  • at any time, Visitors signed up for specific services can cancel or modify their information.

This Privacy Policy is incorporated into the Websites’ Terms of Use. Any person that uses the Websites or registers on the Websites (member, partner etc.) acknowledges having read and agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Terms of Use and this Privacy Policy, as they may be amended from time to time. Any Visitor that uses or accesses the Websites agrees and consents to the collection of personal information in the manner outlined in this Privacy Policy.

Data Collection

The Websites collect two categories of information:

General information: The Websites automatically collect non-personally identifiable information using the Websites’ cookies to monitor Visitor usage patterns and information. The only information the Websites collect from a normal visit is the IP address, domain name, browser and type of machine used, referring websites, downloaded files, requested pages and time and date of those requests.

Personal information: In order to access certain features (e.g. Forum News), Visitors may be asked to submit information such as their name and e-mail address. This information is only collected where provided on a voluntary basis through the completion of one of Forum`s forms by the Visitor and is kept in the Forum databases and mailing lists.

Private Members Sites (e.g. toplink.weforum.org; kiosk.weforum.org; private.weforum.org): For specific information requirements and their usage please visit this page. This Policy is complementary to the general Forum privacy policy and gives additional details for the particular site.

Use of Information

The Forum will analyze browsing patterns and usage trends of the Websites Visitors with the general information collected.

The Forum periodically summarizes and analyzes these log files to learn how Visitors use content on the Webssite. This information is used to allocate resources effectively and to improve the content, organization and performance of Forum Website. This process does not collect, store or use personally-identifying information such as name, address, telephone number or e-mail address.

Use of Cookies

A cookie is simply a small piece of information that a web server asks Visitor`s browser to store on Visitor`s local computer, and then later their browser presents this information to the web server. In its simplest form, a cookie is an identifying number.

The Forum Websites use cookies for anonymous Visitor tracking. The Forum web server assigns each Visitor a unique numerical ID. All requests for pages are tagged with that ID, and by analyzing log files, the Forum can determine how many unique Visitors used the Website.

The Forum does not know the identity of a person based on the numerical ID. The cookies used on the Websites do not contain any personal information about Visitors nor are they used to look up personal information about Visitors. Even if Visitors have entered information about themselves in one of Forum`s registration forms, the Forum do not relate that information to the cookie data.

Security

Any information provided to the Forum by Visitors of the Websites is handled with due care and security, and will not be used in ways other than as set forth in this Privacy Policy, or in any site/area-specific policies, or in ways to which Visitors have not explicitly consented. The Forum employs a range of technologies and security measures to protect the information maintained on Forum`s systems from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction. When Visitors submit sensitive information via the Websites (such as credit card numbers or social security numbers) such information is encrypted and protected with SSL encryption.

All Forum employees who have access to and are associated with the processing of personal data are obliged to respect the confidentiality of official business matters, including personal data.

Retention of Personal Information

The Forum will retain Visitor`s personal information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.

Electronic Mail

When a Visitor sends the Forum personal identifying information via e-mail (that is, in a message containing a question or a comment, or by filling out a form that e-mails the Forum this information), the Forum uses it to respond to Visitor`s requests. The Forum may forward Visitor`s e-mail to other employees of the Forum (including Affiliates or branches of the Forum, also such which are located in countries which do not have legislation which provides for adequate Data Protection) who are better able to answer Visitor`s questions. The Forum does not retain or distribute lists of e-mail addresses to any parties outside of the Forum (including the Forum Affiliates and branches). In no event, does the Forum distribute lists of e-mail addresses to any outside parties. Information collected via e-mail will be retained at Forum`s sole discretion in a directly readable form as long as necessary to complete Forum`s response.

External Links

The Websites contain links to other websites that are not operated or maintained by the Forum and are not covered by this Privacy Policy. Visitors should be aware that the links on Forum`s Websites are provided only for Visitors ‘convenience. The Forum has no control over, makes no promises or warranties of any kind with regards to, and has no responsibility or liability for, the content of any other websites or their privacy policies, their use of cookies, or the way they collect, save, store or use information. Visitors should review the privacy policy of each website they visit.

Agreement and Notification of Amendments

By using this Website, Visitor signifies his/her agreement with the Forum's Privacy Policy.

The Forum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change, modify, add or remove portions of this Privacy Policy at any time. Visitor`s continued use of these Websites following changes to these terms means Visitor accepts those changes

Applicable Law and Venue of Jurisdiction

This Privacy Policy shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the substantive laws of Switzerland, under the exclusion of any international treaty and under exclusion of any conflicts of laws principles. The place of jurisdiction shall be Geneva.

Contact

Should you have any questions or concerns about the Forum's Privacy Policy, please feel free to contact us by e-mail at contactc9a60614dd224@1b3976bffc4aweforum.org.