Privacy Statement


United Nations Watch is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose mandate is to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter.

Please read this Privacy Statement carefully to understand how United Nations Watch (referred to as “we,” “our,” “us”) collects, uses and stores your personal data. This Privacy Statement governs your use of our website and your interactions with us. By using our website, you agree to the terms of this Privacy Statement.

If you have any questions regarding this Statement or our privacy policies, please contact us at


“Personal data” is any data or information that personally identifies a person or that, together with any other available data, makes any person identifiable to another.

United Nations Watch collects personal data in the following ways:

  • Subscriptions: When you subscribe to any of our online newsletters or campaigns, we collect the data needed to add you to our mailing list.
  • Donations: If you donate to United Nations Watch, we collect the data required to process your donation with our payment processor(s).
  • Volunteer Participation and Employment: If you seek employment with United Nations Watch or volunteer for United Nations Watch, we will collect information related to your role. For instance, we will collect employment history information if you submit a CV to United Nations Watch.
  • Events: When you register for and attend a United Nations Watch event, we will collect personal data in order to keep you informed about the event and track attendance.
  • Engagement with Campaigns: We keep a record of your engagement with our campaigns. If you engage with our campaigns, e.g., sign an online petition, we will keep a record of these interactions.
  • Inquiries: When you submit an inquiry, query, or complaint, we will collect the personal data you provide in order to assist you and follow up with you in the future.
  • Website Use: We use third-party analytics providers, hosting providers and search information providers from whom we may receive general aggregated, anonymous information about you and your usage of our website.
  • Social Media: If you like or follow United Nations Watch on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram, we automatically have access to whatever public information you share on these third-party platforms.
  • Other Sources: United Nations Watch may also obtain your personal data through independent research related to a particular project and/or referrals from others who believe you would like to support our cause. We may also combine data about you with data that is available from other sources including publicly available sources.

Please note that when you register with us, join one of our campaigns, or register for one of our events, you are stating that you are over 18 years of age or are a minor acting with parental consent. If you are a minor, we need your parental consent as well. If you have any issues with parental consent, please contact us at You agree that any information you provide to us about yourself upon registration or at any time is true.


Your personal data may be collected, processed and/or stored by us for the following purposes:

  • Informing you of United Nations Watch activities, events and other relevant information through our newsletter, briefings, press releases and other updates;
  • Other marketing purposes such as soliciting donations and advertising our events;
  • Managing and processing inquiries, registrations, donations and other interactions with you;
  • Conducting data analytics. We may process data about your use of our website and services. This usage data may include your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is our analytics tracking system, Google Analytics. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analyzing the use of the website and services, and for security purposes.
  • Forwarding or sending petitions you have signed to advocacy targets;


  • Consent – United Nations Watch processes your personal data with your consent when you complete the online subscription form on our website. You may withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at or by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of one of our emails.
  • Legitimate Interests – United Nations Watch processes your personal data on the basis that it is in our legitimate interests to do so, subject to your interests and fundamental rights, in the following circumstances:

➢ When you join one of our online advocacy campaigns, United Nations Watch adds you to our mailing lists. You may unsubscribe from our mailing lists at any time by contacting us at or by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of one of our emails.

➢ If our independent research related to a specific project (for example, the publication of a particular report) indicates that you likely have an interest in our work, we will add you to our mailing lists. You may unsubscribe from our mailing lists at any time by contacting us at or by clicking the unsubscribe button at the bottom of one of our emails.

➢ In limited circumstances, United Nations Watch processes the personal data of specific individuals for the purposes of sending personalized solicitation emails to those individuals. If you have received such a communication from us, and no longer wish to receive such communications, please contact us at

  • Contract – United Nations Watch also processes your personal data where this is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, such as processing a donation or payment, or where it is necessary for United Nations Watch’s legitimate interests of operating, protecting and improving our website and services.


We do not rent, sell or otherwise disclose personal data about our online visitors with unaffiliated third parties for their own marketing use. We do not share your personal data with third parties except in the circumstances set forth below. 

We may share your personal data with our staff anywhere in the world and with United Nations Watch – USA and Moniteur UN Watch Canada for any of the purposes described herein.

We may disclose your data to third-party service providers we have retained (as processors) to perform services on our behalf. These service providers are restricted from using or disclosing the data except as necessary to perform services on our behalf or to comply with legal requirements. These activities could include any of the processing activities that we carry out as described herein.

United Nations Watch and the third parties referenced above may process your personal data outside of Switzerland and the European Economic Area, including in places considered by the European and local Data Protection Authorities to have an inadequate level of data protection. United Nations Watch will ensure, when required by applicable law, that adequate safeguards are in place to protect your personal data where it is transferred to territories outside of Switzerland or the European Economic Area. If we share your personal data with third-party service providers, we ensure agreements are in place obligating such third parties to comply with applicable data protection laws and to implement adequate safeguards to protect your personal data in accordance with the relevant governing legislation.

In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out herein, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.


United Nations Watch may collect certain data from website visitors, including but not limited to the date and time of visit, type of browser used, type of Operating System used, Internet Protocol (IP) address, and aggregate information regarding which pages users of the site access or visit.


We use third-party analytics tools, such as Google Analytics, to better understand who is reading our newsletters, who is using our website, and how, so we can continuously improve these products. These analytics tools may use cookies and other technologies to collect information about your use of the website and your preferences and activities. These analytics tools collect information sent by your device or the website and other information that assists us in improving the website. This information may be used to analyze and track data, determine the popularity of certain content, and better understand your online activity, among other things.

Cookies and Other Tracking Technologies

Third-parties may use cookies, local storage objects, Web beacons and other technologies. These technologies are used for tracking, analytics and personalization and optimization of the website.

Cookies are small files that are transferred to and stored on your computer through your Web browser (if you allow it) that enable the website’s or service provider’s system to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. You can instruct your browser to stop accepting cookies. But if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use all portions of all functionality of the website.

Persistent cookies remain on the visitor’s computer after the browser has been closed.

Session cookies exist only during a visitor’s online session and disappear from the visitor’s computer when they close the browser software.

Flash cookies (also known as local shared objects) are data files that can be created on your computer by the websites you visit and are a way for websites to store information for later use. Flash cookies are stored in different parts of your computer from ordinary browser cookies. You can disable the storage of flash cookies.

Web beacons are small strings of code that provide a method for delivering a graphic image on a Web page or in an email message for the purpose of transferring data. You can disable the ability of Web beacons to capture information by blocking cookies.

Some of our business partners, such as our analytics providers, advertising networks, social sharing provider, and social media connections, also use cookies and other tracking technologies on our website, some of which may track users across websites and over time. Given the nature of third-party services, they are constantly evolving and if you have any questions concerning the use or policies of those third parties, we encourage you to consult their Privacy Policies and Terms of Use directly.


United Nations Watch retains your personal data for only as long as is necessary for the purposes for which it was collected or as otherwise permitted under applicable law. 


United Nations Watch has implemented reasonable physical, technical and administrative security standards to protect personal data from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction. We protect your personal data against unauthorized access, use or disclosure, using security technologies and procedures. Only authorized individuals access your personal data, and they receive training about the importance of protecting personal data. While we take reasonable measures to protect the information you submit via the website against loss, theft, and unauthorized use, disclosure, or modification, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. No internet, email, or mobile application transmission is ever fully secure or error free. Email or other messages sent through the website may not be secure. You should use caution whenever submitting information through email or the website and take special care in deciding which information you provide us.

Our service providers and agents are contractually bound to maintain the confidentiality of personal data and may not use the information for any unauthorized purpose. We cannot guarantee that transmissions of your personal data will be fully secure and that third parties will never be able to defeat our security measures or the security measures of our partners. WE ASSUME NO LIABILITY FOR DISCLOSURE OF YOUR DATA DUE TO TRANSMISSION ERRORS, THIRD PARTY ACCESS, OR CAUSES BEYOND OUR CONTROL.

Please also note that our website contains links to third-party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of these third-parties.


If you are an EU Data Subject, you have the following rights under the GDPR data protection law. To exercise these rights, please email us at with a description of your request. Some of the rights are complex, and not all details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.

  • Right to access. You have a right to access personal data that United Nations Watch holds about you.
  • Right to rectification. You have a right to request us to correct your personal data where it is inaccurate or out of date.
  • Right to erasure (sometimes called the right to be forgotten). You have the right, under certain circumstances, to have your personal data erased. Your data can only be erased if it is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was collected, and we have no other legal ground for processing the data.
  • Right to restrict processing. You have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data, but only where: (i) its accuracy is contested, to allow us to verify its accuracy; or (ii) the processing is unlawful, but you do not want it erased; or (iii) it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected, but we still need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (iv) you have objected to processing of your data, and verification of overriding grounds is pending.
  • Right to object to processing. You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data at any time, on legitimate grounds, except if otherwise permitted by applicable law, or to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. If you raise an objection, we have an opportunity to demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate interests which override your rights and freedoms.
  • Right to data portability. You have the right to data portability, which requires us to provide personal data to you or another controller in a commonly used, machine readable format, but only where the processing of that information is based on (i) your consent; or (ii) the performance of a contract to which you are a party.
  • Right to complain to a supervisory authority. If you consider that our processing of your personal data infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.
  • Right to withdraw consent. To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.
  • Right to Decline Automated Decision Making. You have the right to not be subject to decisions based solely on automated decision making, which produce legal or significant effects for you, except where these are (i) necessary for a contract to which you are a party; (ii) authorized by law; (iii) based on your explicit consent. Even where such decisions are permitted, you can contest the decision and require United Nations Watch to exercise human intervention. We currently do not use automated decision making (including automated decision making using profiling) when processing your personal data. If we ever use an automated decisionmaking solution, you have a right to request that a decision based off your personal data cannot be solely decided via an automated process.


We reserve the right, at our discretion, to change, modify, add, or remove portions of our Privacy Statement at any time. Any changes we make in the future will be posted on this page with an updated revision date.

You are advised to periodically review this Statement in order to keep up with changes to our Privacy Statement.

If you have any questions regarding this Statement or our privacy policies, please contact us at

August 2018

UN Watch