Cookie Notice

Last updated: 08/25/2020

At the World Economic Forum, we respect your privacy and we want to be transparent about the types of personal information we collect about you and how we use it. In this Cookie Notice (the “Notice“) we explain how the World Economic Forum and its offices worldwide (“the Forum“) use cookies and other similar technology (“Cookies“) to recognise you when you visit  website at ( and website ( (the “Websites“). We also explain what these technologies are and why we use them, as well as your rights to control our use of them.

Please note that this Notice describes what types of Cookies we use generally on all our Websites and the specific Cookies that are used on each Website may be different. Therefore, some of the Cookies described in this Notice might not apply to the particular Website you are visiting.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small data files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website.  Cookies are widely used by website owners in order to make their websites work, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide reporting information.

Cookies set by the website owner (in this case, the Forum) are called “first party cookies”.  Cookies set by parties other than the website owner are called “third party cookies”.  Third party Cookies enable third party features or functionality to be provided on or through the website (e.g. like advertising, interactive content and analytics).  The parties that set these third-party Cookies can recognise your computer both when it visits the website in question and also when it visits certain other websites.

How long do Cookies last?

Cookies can remain on your computer or mobile device for different periods of time.

Some Cookies are ‘session Cookies’, which means they only exist when your browser is open and are automatically deleted when you close your browser.

Other Cookies are ‘persistent Cookies’, meaning they survive after your browser or app is closed and can be used by websites or apps to recognize your computer when you re-open your browser or app later. Persistent Cookies help us recognize you as an existing user, so it’s easier to return to our Website or interact with our services without signing in again. In the event you sign up to one of our platforms, a persistent Cookie stays in your browser and will be read by the service when you return to one of our Websites.

  • The length of the Cookies used on our Website is explained in more detail in the table below.

Why do we use Cookies?

We use first party and third-party Cookies for several reasons. Some Cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Website to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” or “strictly necessary” Cookies. Other Cookies also enable us to track and target the interests of our users and to enhance the experience on our Website. Third parties serve Cookies through our Website for advertising, analytics and other purposes. This is described in more detail below.

The specific types of first- and third-party Cookies served through our Website and the purposes they perform are described in the table below.


Types of Cookies Essential website Cookies: These Cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our Website and to use some of its features, such as access to secure areas. Analytics and customisation Cookies: These Cookies are used to tailor your user experience, gather statistics on usage and engagement and help better inform the Forum’s efforts to deliver world-class engagement, knowledge and events.
Who serves these Cookies These are essentially first party Cookies that are set by the Forum. These Cookies are third party Cookies. Our analytics providers is Google.
Duration Logged in user cookie- ends with session (cookies will vanish automatically) Non-persistent (cookies will vanish automatically)
How to refuse Because these Cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the Website to you, you cannot refuse them.

You can block or delete them by changing your browser settings however, as described below under the heading “How can I control Cookies?”

To refuse these Cookies, please follow the instructions below under the heading “How can I control Cookies?”

For more information about our providers’ Cookies, please read their privacy policies:
– Google [Privacy Policy]


Cookies are not the only way to recognise or track visitors to a website.  We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”).  These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our Website (or opened an e-mail that we have sent them).  This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within our Website to another, to deliver or communicate with Cookies, to understand whether you have come to our Website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns.  In many instances, these technologies are reliant on Cookies to function properly, and so declining Cookies will impair their functioning.

How can I control Cookies?

You have the right to decide whether to accept or reject Cookies. You can exercise your Cookie preferences by clicking on the appropriate opt-out links provided in the Cookie table above.

You can set or amend your web browser controls to accept or refuse Cookies. If you choose to reject Cookies, you may still use our Website though your access to some functionality and areas of our Website may be restricted. As the means by which you can refuse Cookies through your web browser controls vary from browser-to-browser, you should visit your browser’s help menu for more information.

  • You can generally accept or decline the use of Cookies through a functionality built into your web browser.
  • Click here to learn more about the “Private Browsing” setting and managing cookie settings in Firefox;
  • Click hereto learn more about “Incognito” and managing cookie settings in Chrome;
  • Click hereto learn more about “InPrivate” and managing cookie settings in Internet Explorer; or

Click here to learn more about “Private Browsing” and managing cookie settings in Safari.

In addition, most advertising networks offer you a way to opt out of targeted advertising.  If you would like to find out more information, please visit or

Updates to this Notice

We may update this Notice in order to reflect, for example, changes to the Cookies we use or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.  Please therefore re-visit this Notice regularly to stay informed about our use of Cookies and related technologies.

The date at the top of this Notice indicates when it was last updated.


For more information about how the Forum is using your personal information, please read our Web Privacy Policy.

Where can I get further information?

If you have any questions about our use of Cookies, or the way we process your personal information, please email us at