The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) is dedicated to treating information about you with care and respect. This policy has been designed to help you understand what information we collect, how we use it and the choices you have regarding its use.
The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) collects and uses personal information in the process of serving its customers and the broader community. We continually strive to reduce the information we collect to the minimum necessary in order for us to meet our mission and your needs in a safe, secure manner. Here are some of the types of information we collect:
Account information, which may include name, username and password, contact information, demographic information, preferences, and other information that you may provide in the context of specific products, such as conferences or membership. We use such information:
We obtain no information about you from other sources
The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) does not sell or rent your information to third parties.
The security, integrity and confidentiality of your information is extremely important to us. We maintain and implement appropriate technical and organizational security measures that are designed to protect your information from unauthorized access, disclosure, use and modification. The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) uses secure servers and encrypted data transmission. We periodically review our security procedures to evaluate their continued effectiveness. Please be aware that, despite our best efforts, no security measures are perfect or impenetrable.
We retain your personal data for as long as is necessary to accomplish the purposes for which it was collected (or as otherwise set forth in this Policy).
You always have the right to request us to delete your record entirely (see below).
The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) does not knowingly solicit data from, or about children under 16, without the permission of parent(s)/guardian(s). If you believe that we may have any information from, or about a child under age 16, please contact us and we will delete that information.
The World Corrosion Organization (WCO)’s websites contain links to other websites administered by other organizations. This policy applies only to The World Corrosion Organization (WCO).org websites. The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) is not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites, even if you access them using links from our website.
As a global organization, The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) may engage in international activities. In connection with the management of these activities, The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) may need to transfer certain information to authorized systems, companies or individuals in countries other than your own. By using our services, the websites, apps, or otherwise providing us with your personal data, you agree to the transfer of your personal data subject to this policy.
We collect, use and are responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so in relation to individuals within the European Union we are subject to the General Data Protection Regulation, which applies across the European Union and we are responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal information for the purposes of those laws.
Under the GDPR, we can only use your personal information if we have a proper reason for doing so, e.g.:
A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, so long as this is not overridden by your own rights and interests.
You have the right to obtain from The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) confirmation as to whether or not we hold personal information concerning you in our databases. You have the right to access any personal information that we hold on you (with certain restrictions) and, in addition, the rights below:
If you are an individual protected by the GDPR, to request information about, or to avail yourself of these rights, please send an email to with "GDPR Request" in the subject line. In the email please describe, with specificity, the GDPR right you are requesting assistance with. Please note additional information may be requested prior to the initiation of a request and that The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) reserves the right to charge a fee with respect to certain requests. Upon The World Corrosion Organization (WCO)’s completion of the review of your request, you will be notified if your request has been granted, denied, or if exemptions apply.
As The World Corrosion Organization (WCO) and its products and services change over the course of time, we may update this policy to reflect changes to our information practices. We reserve the right to amend the policy at any time, for any reason and will do so by posting a new version online. Your continued use of our websites, apps, and/or continued provision of personal data to us will be subject to the terms of the then-current policy.
July 28, 2021